Category: Student Life

  • Alan Khazei to give keynote address at 2015 'DEIS ImpactJan. 22, 2015

    The festival of social justice runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9. Khazei will speak Feb. 3.

  • Brandeis celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and 'The King in Us All'Jan. 21, 2015

    Roy DeBerry '70 was the featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.

  • Dallamora earns national honors for service to women’s soccerJan. 20, 2015

    Judges head soccer coach Denise Dallamora was awarded the 2015 NSCAA Committee Award for Excellence.

  • Brandeis to host showing of ‘Selma,’ panel discussion on race and civil rightsJan. 20, 2015

    A week of reflection on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., includes special screening of the critically acclaimed "Selma" on Jan. 21 and a faculty discussion on race, civil rights and social justice on Jan. 22.

  • Ethan Stein '15 launches cyber security company, eyes changing the worldJan. 15, 2015

    CyberSecurityPlan, the recently started venture of Brandeis senior Ethan Stein, is set to offer companies and organizations a stronger and safer defense against cyber attacks.

  • Midyear students from near and far join the Brandeis familyJan. 12, 2015

    105 new students from around the country and world move into Brandeis to begin their college experience.

  • Brandeis named a top 10 school for a sociology degreeJan. 7, 2015
  • Catching up with Sheldon Best '08Jan. 5, 2015

    Best's most recent appearance on the stage received critical acclaim. He answered questions on the acting life for BrandeisNOW.

  • Winter issue of Brandeis Magazine in mailboxes and onlineDec. 22, 2014

    The latest issue explores what it means to be Brandeisian, from Ebola clinics in Africa to legal courts in the United States.

  • Revving it up in and out of the classroomDec. 18, 2014

    Jen Swain ’15 has made the most of her Brandeis experience. While busy with her studies during the week, on many fall Saturdays she is at Gillette Stadium cheering on the New England Revolution as a member of the Rev Girls.

  • Senior Studio midyear exhibit shows off student workDec. 17, 2014

    More than 40 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures and videos, by Brandeis seniors are on display in the Dreitzer Gallery until Jan. 12.

  • Sorensen Fellows reflect on summer journeysDec. 15, 2014

    The six fellows had internships that took them around the globe. They described their experiences in a recent presentation.

  • Brandeis named a top 10 school for an economics degreeDec. 12, 2014

    College Factual has ranked Brandeis as one of the top 10 schools to earn an economics degree in the United States.

  • World of Work helps open doors for ambitious undergradsDec. 8, 2014

    The Hiatt Career Center program awards stipends for Brandeis students performing unpaid internships. For some students, it allows for opportunities that wouldn't have been possible.

  • Alumnus paints fencing room muralsDec. 2, 2014

    Former Judges fencer Chris Spencer ’94 has painted two murals in the fencing room, one of university namesake Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis holding a saber. The other is of three fencers, each representing one of the sport’s disciplines — foil, epee and saber.

  • Judges soccer teams compete in NCAA playoffsNov. 18, 2014

    After two home wins, the men's soccer team will play Amherst College in Oneonta, NY in round three, while the women's team shutout Penn State Behrend before falling to Misericordia University in the second round.

  • Enter Jesse Appell ’12: comedian and global Internet sensationNov. 14, 2014

    Fulbright Scholarship to study Chinese comedy leads Brandeis alumnus to use humor to connect people and nations.

  • Brandeis goes global during International Education WeekNov. 12, 2014

    Campus will connect with the world for a weeklong celebration of diverse cultures, people, and ideas.

  • Men's and women's soccer get ready for NCAA playoffsNov. 11, 2014

    The men's team hosts Husson University on Gordon Field in round one of the national tournament on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. while the women are on the road against Penn State-Behrend.

  • Wandering the Earth and stars with Isaac Steinberg ’15 Nov. 10, 2014

    Isaac Steinberg is an avid traveler, amateur astronomer and editor-in-chief of Wander: Brandeis Abroad, the student magazine supported by the Office of Study Abroad. For International Education Week, Nov. 9-14, Wander is presenting a student photo exhibit in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium.

  • Jordan Zides '15: Miracle on the sidelinesNov. 6, 2014

    Jordan Zides '15 loves soccer. On a fateful day in July 2011, that passion for soccer may have saved his life.

  • Shota Adamia carves his niche in the fashion worldNov. 4, 2014

    After winning a $10,000 scholarship and connecting with designers and clothing retailers worldwide, a career of runways and red carpets awaits.

  • Brandeis team takes debate to WalthamOct. 30, 2014

    Brandeis Academic Debate And Speech Society debated whether to repeal casino gambling in front of an audience of Waltham residents.

  • Ruderman Scholars committed to improving the lives of people with disabilitiesOct. 28, 2014

    After completing an internship geared at helping people with disabilities, four Brandeis undergraduates will take part in a research assistantship.

  • Fall Fest offers families a slice of campus lifeOct. 28, 2014

    Brandeis welcomed its students' families to campus for a weekend-long celebration of its character and identity.

  • Marty Krauss appointed Heller School's interim deanOct. 23, 2014

    President Frederick M. Lawrence and Provost-elect Lisa M. Lynch have named Marty Krauss PhD '81, a renowned expert in intellectual disabilities, as interim dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

  • Alumni and students show Judges pride at homecomingOct. 21, 2014

    As Brandeis celebrated its annual Athletic Homecoming, hundreds of former student-athletes reconnected with campus and the current crop of Judges.

  • The Brandeis Judges: If you can play, you can playOct. 17, 2014

    Brandeis Athletics is joining the You Can Play Project to support equality and safety for all athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation.

  • New community center in Prospect Hill celebratedOct. 17, 2014

    Brandeis, Bentley and the city of Waltham have collaborated to establish the center, staffed predominantly by students volunteers from the universities.

  • Campus ramping up for Homecoming, Fall Fest Oct. 14, 2014

    The Brandeis campus will be abuzz with visitors and activities the next two weekends, starting with Homecoming, Oct. 17-19, and followed by Fall Fest, Oct. 23-27.

  • Liz Hood '15 shines on and off the courtOct. 14, 2014

    Senior volleyball player Liz Hood has been a force for Brandeis on the court, while excelling in the classroom as a business major.

  • Princeton Review names Brandeis IBS a top business schoolOct. 10, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School earns place on Princeton Review's best business school list for seventh consecutive year.

  • Lemberg Children's Center officially unveiledOct. 7, 2014

    The new Lemberg Children's center was unveiled and dedicated on Tuesday, as Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy honored Brandeis and President Lawrence for their role in helping educate Waltham's toddlers and infants.

  • Lisa Lynch appointed Brandeis provostOct. 6, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence has named Lisa M. Lynch, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

  • Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program celebrates incoming classOct. 3, 2014

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hosted a reception at his home to recognize students who have been admitted to Brandeis through the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program.

  • Ghanaian President John Mahama visits BrandeisSept. 30, 2014

    John D. Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, visited Brandeis to present his lecture "The Promise of Africa."

  • Men’s soccer’s Soboff named National Player of the WeekSept. 24, 2014

    Following an impressive week in Division III play, Judges midfielder/forward Michael Soboff '15 earns nationwide recognition.

  • The places you’ll go: Students prepare to study abroadSept. 22, 2014

    The Office of Study Abroad hosted its annual fair for students who are considering going overseas to continue their academic and cultural growth.

  • President Lawrence addresses the state of the university at staff town hallSept. 18, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence updated staff members about the state of the university at his annual town hall meeting in Levin Ballroom.

  • Meet Sneha Walia '15, President of the Brandeis Student UnionSept. 17, 2014

    Student Union President Sneha Walia '15 is relishing her role as a campus leader and has a range of new ideas for the Brandeis experience.

  • Guiding light: 'Light of Reason' illuminated, Rose opening celebratedSept. 11, 2014

    The Brandeis community gathered outside the Rose Art Museum to celebrate Chris Burden's new installation, "Light of Reason," and the Rose's fall opening.

  • Beyond her 300th win, Dallamora is a players' coachSept. 10, 2014

    Women's soccer head coach Denise Dallamora has been a game changer both on and off the field for her players.

  • Ferguson vigil and town hall address institutional racism in the USSept. 8, 2014

    Several hundred members of the Brandeis community came together on Thursday, Sept. 4 for an evening of introspection, unity and to remember the lives lost to institutional racism in the U.S.

  • Students return to modernized Foster ModsSept. 5, 2014

    Upper classmen residence hall opens after summer-long renovations

  • Celebrate new 'Light of Reason'Sept. 2, 2014

    The Rose Art Museum is celebrating its fall opening with a free concert, food trucks, and the official lighting of 'Light of Reason,' an installation by Chris Burden.

  • Decoding sleep, mapping quasars: A day in the life of undergraduate scientistsAug. 4, 2014

    Every summer, the labs at Brandeis hum with activity as dozens of undergrads work closely with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on research projects.

  • Touchette named director of community livingJuly 29, 2014

    Timothy M. Touchette has been appointed director of community living. He will oversee the management and daily operations of 11 residential areas, which house approximately 2,900 students.

  • Alums, founders of, serve as inspiration for studentsJuly 23, 2014

    Endri Tolka '03 and Taher Baderkhan '03 spoke with students about starting their company and showed off what they have in development — college tours with Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

  • Brandeis fencers compete in South KoreaJuly 9, 2014

    Five Brandeis fencers have traveled to Suwon, South Korea to participate in an international competition and cultural exchange.

  • For art’s sake: A peek inside the Brandeis studiosJune 6, 2014

    In Brandeis’ community of studio artists, you can watch creativity in motion. Students collaborate, learn from gifted faculty and hone their technical skills. Whether they work in printmaking, sculpture, painting or new media, students find their personal voice in the universal language of art.

  • Business school honors teaching excellenceMay 30, 2014

    Andy Molinsky and Jay Leu received the Brandeis International Business School's Excellence in Teaching Awards in recognition of their dedication to teaching and mentoring.

  • Brandeis student-athletes earn All-America honorsMay 27, 2014

    Mohamed Sidique '15 and Carley Cooke '15 turned in All-American performances at the 2014 NCAA Division III track and field and tennis championships.

  • Class of 2014 celebrates, ready for new challengesMay 21, 2014

    More than 7,000 friends, family members, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate with the graduates participating in Brandeis' 63rd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18.

  • Grads: ‘leave the country better than you found it’May 18, 2014

    More than 7,000 celebrated the academic achievements of their loved ones and friends during Brandeis' 63 commencement ceremony on May 18.

  • Rachel Emily Benjamin '14 sings the national anthemMay 18, 2014
  • Geoffrey Canada's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Excited. Anxious. Nervous. Proud.May 18, 2014

    Parents bask in pride as Brandeis’ newest alumni take a backward glance, reflecting on the college experience and the surreal reality of leaving it as they embrace the future.

  • Heller graduates reminded to ‘pull together’May 18, 2014

    Graduates of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management gathered in Spingold Theater on Sunday morning for a diploma ceremony recognizing Master of Business Administration, Sustainable International Development, Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy in Coexistence and Conflict and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy recipients.

  • Advice at Rabb ceremony: 'geek out'May 18, 2014

    In Sunday's kickoff diploma ceremony, the Division of Graduate Professional Studies at the Rabb School of Continuing Studies conferred nearly 100 graduate degrees and certificates on a diverse group of professionals from across the country and around the world.

  • Eugene Kogan's graduate student addressMay 18, 2014
  • Ariana Boltax's undergraduate addressMay 18, 2014
  • #Brandeis commencement social media wrap-upMay 18, 2014

    Graduates, family and friends took to social media to express their joy, trepidation and nostalgia at Brandeis' commencement.

  • President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
  • Brandeisians earn Fulbrights, Goldwater, Gates CambridgeMay 13, 2014

    Nine current students and recent graduates of Brandeis have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Most will continue their studies overseas, including in England, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan, and Thailand.

  • Commencement weekend fast approachingMay 13, 2014

    Brandeis University will hold its 63rd commencement ceremonies on May 18 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, will present the commencement address.

  • Brandeis teams selected for Davis Peace PrizeMay 13, 2014

    Two projects from Brandeis University have received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant funded by the Davis United World College Scholars Program for designing international initiatives that foster understanding, provide opportunity and promote peace.

  • Seniors look back at their time at BrandeisMay 7, 2014

    As commencement draws near, 14 graduating seniors shared their thoughts on video about graduation, their senior bucket list, the perfect day at Brandeis, what they will miss about Brandeis, and advice for incoming students.

  • Phi Beta Kappa elects 69 membersMay 7, 2014

    The Brandeis chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 69 new members. Brandeis, which established the Mu chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1961, holds the distinction of achieving the quickest chapter chartering in relation to an institution’s founding.

  • Brandeis Achievement Award winners announced May 7, 2014

    Five rising juniors have earned the Brandeis Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and academic achievements. The honor includes a scholarship of $5,000 per semester for the students’ remaining four terms of study.

  • From IDF to CEO: Asaf Meir ’14 reflects on his pathMay 6, 2014

    When Asaf Meir ’14 arrived at Brandeis, the 24-year-old freshman was already a decorated soldier, a world traveler and an experienced manager. Here he added to his resume, becoming a community advisor, an officer with Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (BView), a teaching assistant and a web developer for Brandeis. Last fall, he added one more title to his list: CEO.

  • Senior Week promises fun, ‘disorientation’May 5, 2014

    Graduating seniors are invited to enjoy Brandeis in a more relaxed environment during the week leading up to commencement, May 9-17. Senior Week passes, which are good for entrance to all events, and tickets for individual events are on sale through May 8.

  • Community service celebrated at BrandeisMay 1, 2014

    On April 28, the 5th Annual Celebration of Service honored those students, staff, faculty and community partners who participated in community service work throughout the course of the year.

  • Students ‘teach’ what they’ve learnedMay 1, 2014

    ‘DeisTalks - think TED Talks meet Brandeis - and the Experiential Learning Symposium provided students with two opportunities to speak with members of the Brandeis and local communities about knowledge they developed, or a learning experience they had, in or outside the classroom while studying at Brandeis.

  • Update on sexual assault prevention effortsApril 30, 2014
  • Brandeis student to embark on worldwide research tripApril 29, 2014

    Junior Madeline List was named the first Circumnavigators Club Foundation Scholar at Brandeis, an honor that will enable her to travel to eight countries on five continents in 10 weeks to study the socio-economic and cultural challenges faced by people with disabilities across the globe.

  • Festival goers find themselves in art of all typesApril 29, 2014

    The 62nd Annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts showcased a range of artistic forms and styles, from concerts to plays, art exhibitions to modern dance, video art to public sculpture, and featured the work of national, local, student, faculty, and alumni artists and performers.

  • Rwandan president meets with faculty and students April 25, 2014

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame came to Brandeis University on Wednesday, April 23, for a round-table discussion with faculty and invited guests, including Brandeis students originally from Rwanda. The Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Sustainable International Development program and Coexistence and Conflict program sponsored the visit.

  • Nothing but Nets, mobilizing for malariaApril 25, 2014

    Kira Levin ’17 is a Nothing But Nets Malaria Fellow, working with the United Nations on a grassroots campaign to raise awareness on college campuses about malaria and provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities in Africa.

  • D’Andre Young: world-class communicator April 22, 2014

    After receiving a LAGRANT Foundation scholarship, and spending the semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, D’Andre Young ’15 is building a major, and a career, in international communications.

  • Arts festival invites people to find themselvesApril 21, 2014

    The 62nd annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 24-27, offers more than 50 events, performances and activities that cover a range of artistic forms and styles.

  • Student entrepreneurs innovate at 3 Day Startup April 15, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School recently hosted its third annual 3 Day Startup, a program that encourages graduate and undergraduate students to brainstorm, develop and pitch business startup plans in just 55 hours.

  • BEMCo at the Boston Marathon — then and nowApril 15, 2014

    Yedidya Ben-Avie ’15, a member of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, believes in being proactive when an issue arises. This philosophy was put to the test last April when the bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line, and close to where he was stationed as a medical volunteer.

  • Blood drive fuels Boston Strong spirit at BrandeisApril 9, 2014

    The Boston Strong Memorial Blood Drive, which runs April 8-10 in Upper Sherman, is raising money for local charities including One Fund Boston and the Who Says I Can’t Foundation, which works with amputees. There is a raffle offering prizes such as a signed Red Sox photograph, vintage Brandeis athletic jerseys, free sessions with student trainers and much more.

  • 'Deis Day rocks campusApril 7, 2014

    Former, current and prospective students came together to enjoy a day of comedy, music and campus pride at Brandeis' annual 'Deis Day, sponsored by the Brandeis Student Union.

  • Jay Pharoah coming to Brandeis for 'Deis DayApril 3, 2014

    'Deis Day on April 6 gives students a chance to celebrate Brandeis, enjoy a barbecue, watch the Battle of the Bands, and catch a set by comedian-actor Jay Pharoah of 'Saturday Night Live,' who is known for his impersonations of Jay Z, Kanye West and President Barack Obama.

  • Students’ research addresses air quality in nail salonsApril 2, 2014

    Justice Brandeis Semester students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program recently presented to the Boston Public Health Commission, sharing research that assessed nail salon workers’ exposure to volatile organic compounds and chemicals.

  • Science Posse goes to WashingtonApril 1, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence, Vice Provost Irv Epstein and several current and former Brandeis students met with members of President Obama’s administration in Washington on March 31 to talk about Brandeis’ Science Posse program.

  • Musicians rock at audiovisual integration April 1, 2014

    Avi Aizenman ’13 asks, are musicians better at connecting sound and sight than non-musicians? She presented her thesis at the 2013 meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, and is now submitting her findings to a scientific journal. If the paper gets accepted, it will be her third published paper in two years.

  • Art of all styles, sounds and forms coming to campusMarch 31, 2014

    The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts will take place on April 24–27 and feature nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists, including Livingston Taylor and the Hungry March Band, along with music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, alumni, and faculty.

  • Geoffrey Canada to speak at commencementMarch 31, 2014

    Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, is recognized for his organization’s groundbreaking work to provide students in Harlem with educational, social and medical services that follows them from birth through college.

  • Scholars focus on the rights of people with disabilitiesMarch 27, 2014

    A Ruderman Family Foundation grant establishes the Ruderman Social Justice Scholars in Disability, helping Brandeis prepare undergraduates to become leaders in disability-related fields, including research, advocacy and service provision, and to advocate for the full community participation of people with disabilities.

  • Clinton, Mozart and meMarch 25, 2014

    The founder of the undergraduate composers collective recalls how he found his calling, starting with violin lessons and his first composition at age 11. Shaffer studies classical piano as a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble, performs as a singer-songwriter, sings baritone with a barbershop chorus and serves as music director of ImprovBoston.

  • Council enriches art, music and theater on campusMarch 24, 2014

    The Brandeis Arts Council recently awarded $95,000 to the three departments within the School of Creative Arts for programs, including intensive studio workshops, a dance/theater piece for undergraduate performers and a residency that will allow undergraduate and graduate composers to write music for professional musicians.

  • Taking on cancer – one step at a timeMarch 24, 2014

    The Brandeis community came together for the Relay for Life on March 23-24 to demonstrate its commitment to bringing an end to cancer, to show support for those who have cancer and to remember those who have died from the disease.

  • Congresswoman Clark visits Brandeis to learn about science education initiatives, meet with studentsMarch 21, 2014

    Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was at Brandeis to learn more about its science education initiatives, meet with students, faculty and senior administrators, and to tour campus, including the Rose Art Museum.

  • Students experience Jewish life in Moldova and UkraineMarch 21, 2014

    Students enrolled in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program traveled to Moldova and Ukraine this past February to learn about the current state and challenges of Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and to deepen their understanding of Moldovan and Ukrainian Jewish history.

  • Nielsen Greater China president discusses Chinese consumer and media marketsMarch 19, 2014

    Yan Xuan, P’17, president, Greater China, for Nielsen, was at Brandeis to talk about working and doing business in China and to share Nielsen’s insights into the diversity of the Chinese consumer and media markets.

  • What’s your extraordinary Brandeis Story?March 17, 2014

    As commencement nears, we are looking for stories that illustrate what makes Brandeis so Brandeis. Are you a graduating student who has had a Brandeisian experience? Do you know of a graduating student who has made a difference on campus and beyond? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Brandeis Global Brigade captures Brandeisian spiritMarch 13, 2014

    The Global Brigades builds relationships with villages in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana and sends students and professionals to work within the communities to implement health, economic and education initiatives.

  • Runners, fencers set for NCAA championshipsMarch 12, 2014

    Six Brandeis student-athletes will be competing at the NCAA championships in track and field on March 14-15 and in fencing on March 20-23.

  • More programs added to Justice Brandeis Semester March 10, 2014

    Students welcome the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic, combining traditional classroom studies with a mix of field work and community-engaged learning.

  • Ambassador Power highlights Mangok Bol’s plight in UN speech March 7, 2014
  • Brandeis team ready to tackle worldwide challengeMarch 3, 2014

    A five-person Brandeis team was among the 200 teams chosen from 10,000 applicants to participate in the Hult Prize regional finals in six locations, including Boston March 7-8. The winner of each region will present their start-up solutions at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York this September.

  • Teach-in to focus on South Sudan humanitarian crisisFeb. 27, 2014

    The recent outbreak of ethnic strife in South Sudan has spurred another crisis in an already hard hit region. Brandeis is hosting a panel discussion to raise awareness about the humanitarian emergency in South Sudan and the prospects for peace-building and reconciliation.

  • Update on crosswalk safetyFeb. 24, 2014
  • Long-distance loveFeb. 14, 2014

    Cambodian graduate student Soothe Phan asked his wife for a first date on Valentine's Day 2012 - just before learning he received a scholarship to get his degree at the Heller School. This Valentine's, they are expecting their first baby.

  • Brandeis team prevails in second annual economic crisis game Feb. 12, 2014

    Corruption, human rights violations and dependence on oil exports, a brain drain, and economic crisis are no match for a team of Brandeis International Business School students.

  • Mandela’s grandsons laud ’DEIS Impact, seek to create ‘African Dream’Feb. 11, 2014

    Who better to inspire a ballroom full of young social justice enthusiasts than the grandsons of a man who inspired the world to fight discrimination? Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa, gave ’DEIS Impact’s keynote address to a packed Levin Ballroom.

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