Category: Student Life

  • 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.

  • Are you Generous U?Feb. 10, 2014

    Generous U, a national college-based philanthropy contest, was launched by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis’ Heller School in 2009 to increase philanthropy on college campuses. This year, the contest will award $10,000 to the winning student group and $1,000 to the runner-ups operating engaging, sustainable and impactful philanthropies. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 3.

  • Students’ interest in fashion results in national scholarships and career opportunities Feb. 5, 2014

    In what is becoming an annual tradition, two Brandeis students were awarded $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. This is the fourth consecutive year that Brandeis students have earned the national honor.

  • Experience makes all the difference for HSSP majorsJan. 31, 2014

    The HSSP major requires hands-on learning through internships, pre-approved summer programs or research projects. Since its launch in 2003, the interdisciplinary major has become one of Brandeis’ most popular.

  • ’DEIS Impact unites campus to pursue social justiceJan. 28, 2014

    The third annual ’DEIS Impact, Brandeis’ festival of social justice, kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31. The festival continues through Feb. 10 and will feature more than 50 events, including a keynote address by Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, as well as talks, workshops, performances, and exhibitions organized by students, faculty, clubs and academic departments.

  • Another step in preventing sexual violenceJan. 22, 2014

    College administrators from around the country gathered at Brandeis for a full-day seminar on sexual assault prevention and response on campuses. The program, led by The Clery Center for Security on Campus and the Victim Rights Law Center, focused on how to implement federal laws to best protect sexual assault survivors and universities.

  • Alum recalls meeting young MLK on campusJan. 14, 2014

    Campus will celebrate King’s life and work with the 9th-annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: 'For the Love of a Dream!' The event will be held on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

  • Newest Brandeisians arrive on campusJan. 9, 2014

    On Thursday, 134 new Brandeisians arrived in Waltham, bringing some much needed warmth and life to a cold, quiet campus. They are members of the largest and most competitive midyear class in Brandeis’ history.

  • Magazine promotes wanderlustDec. 20, 2013

    'We hope the magazine transports readers to other places, as well as inspires them to travel themselves and see what the world has to offer them,' says Isaac Steinberg '15, editor in chief of student-run magazine Wander. He recently completed the fifth edition of the magazine.

  • Hallelujah: The finals countdownDec. 12, 2013

    What happens as the semester comes to a close? See this portrait of the Brandeis campus during final exams.

  • Latkes, jelly donuts and a laser light show — it must be HanukkahDec. 6, 2013

    Members of the Brandeis community joined together on Dec. 4 to celebrate Hanukkah. Sponsored by Hillel at Brandeis, with the support and participation of Chabad, the evening included the lighting of individual hanukkiot, eating jelly donuts and latkes,and watching a laser light show.

  • Brandeis students go away with Gilman Scholarships Dec. 3, 2013

    Five Brandeis undergraduates are selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which provides $5,000 that can be applied to study-abroad costs.

  • Celebrating unsung heroesNov. 22, 2013

    At a celebratory 35th anniversary party and website launch Thursday, generations of women and men looked ahead and back at the founding of the women’s and gender studies program, and the cultural climate that led to it.

  • What is your generational moment?Nov. 21, 2013

    We all have that moment — that moment that imprints itself on the fabric of our lives and the lives of a whole generation. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, BrandeisNOW asked professors, students and alumni to share their generational moments.

  • Sit down, please!Nov. 8, 2013

    Sarah Bierman's site-specific art merges with nature and lets the community take a load off. She currently has three installations on campus, all sitting furniture with trees growing out of them.

  • Forum highlights Heller’s focus on achieving diversity, equity Nov. 5, 2013

    At a discussion on the state of diversity at the Heller School, Dean Lisa Lynch underscored an institutional commitment to creating equity and eliminating barriers that keep individuals from achieving their full potential.

  • Hiatt hosts fifth annual Biotech, Health and Science Forum Nov. 5, 2013

    This year’s Biotech, Health and Science Forum expects to draw more than 250 students, with more than 150 alumni participating online through a live video stream. This annual event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center.

  • Korean, 'Brandeis-style'Oct. 28, 2013

    This fall, the university’s first-ever Korean language course, Korean 10A, launched, exceeding enrollment limits in a couple of hours thanks to the popularity of Korean pop music.

  • New travel grant program takes undergraduates to IsraelOct. 25, 2013
  • Say 'Brandeis!'Oct. 25, 2013

    Shutterbugs across campus are showing their love of Brandeis this week as part of a campus-wide 10-day Photo-a-Day Challenge on social media.

  • Four questions for a young artistOct. 24, 2013

    Paul Belenky ’14 is a biology and studio art major from Newton, Mass. When he’s not in the studio or the lab, he pursues outdoor adventure in Canada and Alaska.

  • Fall Fest offers comedy, classes and communityOct. 22, 2013

    Belly dancing. A petting zoo. Judah Friedlander. What do they have in common? They’ll all be part of Fall Fest, which begins Thursday evening and runs through Sunday. The annual family weekend features an array of on- and off-campus events.

  • No better time for the Now ProjectOct. 21, 2013

    The Now Project is a student-organized conference and series of programs that aim to foster connections among Jews both on and off campus. Students, staff, alumni and community leaders are invited to the kick-off event, a conference that will take place on campus Sunday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Inaugural Brandeis Law School Reception draws students, alumniOct. 18, 2013

    Nearly 100 Brandeis students and alumni, along with students from select Boston area schools and law school and LSAT representatives, kicked off the inaugural Brandeis University Law School Reception Oct. 15. The event was sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center.

  • Queer students look back at studying abroadOct. 11, 2013
  • Philosophy of inclusion helps debate club carry the day Oct. 11, 2013

    The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society is in peak form this season. Ranked as both the No. 1 club and team of the year in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, BADASS has left Ivy League teams like Harvard and Yale in the dust. Now, they're training the next generation of debaters, and hosting a high school debate tournament.

  • Lisa Boes named new Dean of Academic ServicesOct. 11, 2013

    Lisa Boes, the Allston Burr Resident Dean for Pforzheimer House at Harvard University, has been named Brandeis University’s new Dean of Academic Services.

  • Hundreds come out for inaugural Year in Service and Volunteer FairOct. 10, 2013
  • Psychological Counseling Center meets gold standard for suicide preventionOct. 4, 2013

    Brandeis University has been awarded the JedCampus Seal from The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.

  • Building Bridges the Brandeis wayOct. 4, 2013

    A new student initiative to strengthen ties between black and Jewish undergraduates is about to take off — to Israel. Brandeis Bridges will send five black and five Jewish students to Israel to learn about coexistence firsthand in early January.

  • Tom Brady helps kick off rededicated TYPSept. 25, 2013

    New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, who grew close to Myra Kraft ’64 during his long tenure with the National Football League team, made a surprise appearance at team owner Robert Kraft’s home on Tuesday to meet the TYP students and alumni.

  • All work and no play? Not anymore.Sept. 23, 2013

    Brandeis and local children finally reaped the reward of months of hard work: A new playground at Prospect Hill Terrace, a low-income housing development. Together with Bentley University, the Waltham Housing Authority, KaBOOM, UnitedHealthcare and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, the playground was built in a single day.

  • Lawrence issues university report card at staff meetingSept. 12, 2013

    At his third annual meeting with all staff Wednesday, President Fred Lawrence assessed Brandeis’ progress in reaching academic and financial goals since the Board of Trustees formally endorsed the Strategic Plan last May.

  • Waltham Group to hold annual blood drive Oct. 1 to 3Sept. 10, 2013
  • Upperclassman offers words of wisdom to freshmenAug. 29, 2013

    After arriving on campus and moving into their dorms Sunday, the Class of 2017 gathered in the Spingold Theater Monday evening for a new student orientation program called, 'This is Our House!' Dean of Students Jamele Adams led the event in which upperclassmen, including Osaze Akerejah '14, offered some advice in the form of a poetry slam.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author addresses new studentsAug. 29, 2013

    The Class of 2017 got their first real taste of academic life at the Helen and Phillip Brecher New Student Forum, where, like true Brandeisians, they posed challenging and thought-provoking questions to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones.

  • Orientation brings new friends, calms nervesAug. 27, 2013

    After arriving over the weekend in cars filled to capacity, the Class of 2017 unpacked, hugged their family goodbye and embraced the beginning of their Brandeis experience. Together, and with some help from their orientation leaders, they prepared for their freshmen year.

  • Discussion to mark 50th anniversary of March on WashingtonAug. 26, 2013
  • A new beginning at The Rose Art Museum Aug. 26, 2013

    The Rose Art Museum will reopen Sept. 17 with five new exhibitions that explore a range of topics, including American celebrity, the profound cultural and social shifts of the 60s and 70s, and the psychology of contemporary drone warfare.

  • Brandeis, partners help local children draw playful futureAug. 6, 2013

    A new playground will be constructed Sept. 17 at Waltham's Prospect Hill, thanks to Brandeis and several community partners. Last week, the community's children offered a few ideas to the organizations, drawing depictions of their dream playgrounds.

  • Students catch computer science bug with 3D gamesAug. 2, 2013

    Encounters, a family of immersive, residential programs for teens, brought 400 high school students to campus this summer. One of the newest draws is a 3D Game Design program taught by Tim Hickey, a computer science professor, who hopes it will help create a more diverse generation of computer scientists.

  • LauraBen Moore ’14 helps USA rugby to cup finalsJuly 19, 2013

    Senior LauraBen Moore, in only her second year of competitive rugby play, has earned a starting role on the USA Rugby Women’s Junior All-Americans (WJAA) team at the 2013 Under-20 Nations Cup. She’ll be playing for a gold medal against Canada on Sunday.

  • Youth summit explores the world of medicine July 18, 2013

    The inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine gathered a diverse group of nearly 175 teenagers mulling careers in medicine and healthcare. Over nine days, the delegates received a behind-the-scenes, hands-on education, attending talks by renowned doctors and scholars and visiting medical schools and hospitals in the Boston area.

  • Transitional Year Program named in memory of Myra Kraft '64June 13, 2013

    Established in 1968, Brandeis University’s Transitional Year Program is a one-year academic program for students who have not had access to necessary resources either at home or in school to prepare for a rigorous four-year undergraduate experience.

  • Alum brings 'Seinfeld' characters into 21st centuryJune 6, 2013

    What if 'Seinfeld' were still on the air? That’s a question Josh Gondelman ’07 and his friend Jack Moore posed to each other one lazy Sunday afternoon. The result: @SeinfeldToday, a Twitter profile that now boasts more than 588,000 followers, and offers a variety of possible answers to the question.

  • World of Work program helps jumpstart careersMay 28, 2013

    The WOW program offers financial awards to Brandeis students who wish to pursue summer internships with organizations that may not be able to provide a salary. It encourages students to use the summer to explore career fields, gain new skills and experience the world of work.

  • Students learn international court from the insideMay 28, 2013

    How international trials work in practice has been the focus of two Brandeis students studying in The Hague this past semester. Both Haleigh Brockman ’14 and Amelia Katan ’15 are spending April and May as interns at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

  • Erica Rabner's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner"May 23, 2013

    Erica Rabner '13 gave a powerful performance of the national anthem for fellow graduates of the Brandeis Class of 2013, families and friends in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center.

  • Wieseltier reminds humanities grads of their valueMay 19, 2013

    Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, started commencement ceremonies off eloquently with a heartfelt defense of the humanities and an encouragement to humanities graduates to resist the forces of technologic gimmickry and scientism.

  • Heller School grads celebrate diversity, altruismMay 19, 2013

    They came to The Heller School of Social Policy and Management from across the globe – from Ghana to Indonesia, from Israel to Jamaica – to learn how to make their communities healthier, stronger and more just. At the Spingold Theater on Sunday, The Heller School celebrated the Class of 2013’s commitment to social justice and civic engagement.

  • President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 19, 2013
  • Text of Ellyn Getz's student addressMay 19, 2013
  • Grads, families look at Brandeis and the road aheadMay 19, 2013

    As students raced up and down South Street to commencement ceremonies – clutching coffee and pizza or each other, accepting flowers, adjusting their caps – the road that follows graduation was on their, and their families’, minds.

  • Dr. Rick Hodes' commencement addressMay 19, 2013
  • Soccer star to march Sunday, return in the fallMay 16, 2013

    Sam Ocel was the 2012 University Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Year and Brandeis' top male athlete. He'll march in the academic procession with his classmates Sunday, then return for one more season.

  • All in the Family: Getz parents and children feel that campus is their second homeMay 14, 2013

    Ken ’84 and Debra Hassenfeld Getz ’85 met at Brandeis and brought their young children to campus so frequently it felt like home. This Sunday, daughter Ellyn will deliver the student commencement address. Her brother David is a member of the Class of '15.

  • Two from women's tennis team are NCAA-boundMay 10, 2013

    Senior Faith Broderick and sophomore Carley Cooke of the 24th-ranked Brandeis University women’s tennis team, have been selected to represent the Judges at the 2013 NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, which will be held May 23 to 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

  • Community members' art enlivens the campus May 8, 2013

    From the Great Lawn to Farber Library, from wide-open spaces to nooks and crannies in the trees, works of art dot the campus as a result of the annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, adding to the environment of creativity, community and celebration.

  • Peace Corps veterans beat path to Heller School doorMay 7, 2013

    Brandeis ranks fifth in the nation on the Peace Corps’ list of top Coverdell Fellows programs, though it only began participating in the fellowship two years ago. Currently, 27 returned Peace Corps volunteers are studying at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

  • SCRAM promotes student engagement with RoseMay 7, 2013

    The group, which currently has 28 members, aims to expose students to the Rose, to provide students with opportunities for in-depth interaction with the collection and to communicate student interests and opinions about the museum.

  • Apply now for fall semester parking permitsMay 6, 2013
  • John Nunes '13 wins State Dept. scholarship to study RussianMay 3, 2013
  • Kansas State students win Generous U competitionMay 2, 2013
  • Festival brings crowds, smiles, songs to campusMay 1, 2013

    Brandeis celebrated four days of music, dance, theater and visual arts with its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts and Springfest concert. Crowds of visitors joined the campus community in 'imagining the impossible,' this year’s theme, during the festival April 25 to 28.

  • Wander with this year's Study Abroad participantsApril 30, 2013

    Wander: Brandeis Abroad, the magazine which chronicles in photos, poetry and prose the experiences of Brandeis students who spend a semester studying overseas, has published its fourth edition, in conjunction with the Office of Study Abroad. It is available online and in print.

  • Student speakers for commencement selectedApril 30, 2013

    Undergraduate Ellyn Getz and graduate student Enrique Levin have been chosen to give the student addresses at Brandeis’ 62nd commencement on Sunday, May 19. Getz is a double major in business and theater arts; Levin is receiving an MBA from the International Business School.

  • Sam Shankland '14 advancing on international chess scene April 28, 2013

    An Orinda, California, native, Shankland is an economics major and a chess Grandmaster, placing him at the highest level of players internationally. His laid-back, confident manner is suggestive of leadership-role athletes like pitchers and quarterbacks.

  • Ceremony to celebrate service, social justiceApril 26, 2013

    The Department of Community Service will host the fourth annual Celebration of Service and Commitment to Service Award Ceremony on Monday, April 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Sherman Function Hall.

  • First Brandeis multilingual video festival is April 25April 23, 2013
  • The Hague puts students' classroom learning to testApril 23, 2013

    Can the international community really put a sitting president on trial for serious crimes? As Brandeis students studying in The Hague have learned, international justice presents a bold mix of politics and law.

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