Category: Student Life
- 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.
- Davis prize-winners work on AIDS preventionApril 18, 2013
Davis Projects for Peace is a philanthropic initiative that funds grassroots projects promoting peace and addressing causes of conflict. Recently, the initiative awarded Ardak Meterkulova ’13 and Mangaliso Mohammed ’13 $10,000 each to develop their ideas for AIDS prevention.
- Rose Art Museum to host Family Day on Saturday, April 20April 18, 2013
- BEMCo celebrates 30 years of helping othersApril 18, 2013
Thirty years and more than 7,600 calls after James Meisel '85 founded the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, the organization will celebrate its anniversary with a gala in Sherman Function Hall.
- Steve Whitfield honored as scholar, mentor, friendApril 16, 2013
Whitfield is one of the faculty most consistently mentioned by students and alumni as having profoundly and positively influenced them during their time at Brandeis. He is the author of eight books and has edited two others.
- Hiatt programs offer innovation in job-huntingApril 16, 2013
The recent Just In Time Job and Internship Fair and Practice Interview Days are examples of innovative ways in which the Hiatt Career Center is supplementing traditional career development activities to help the Class of 2013 do just as well – or better.
- Matt Kupfer '12 named Carnegie junior fellowApril 14, 2013
A double major in international and global studies and anthropology with a minor in Russian studies, Kupfer wrote his honors thesis on “Interethnic Conflict in Southern Kyrgyzstan” after witnessing the conflict in Osh firsthand during an internship.
- Waltham Group hosting blood drive April 16-18 April 14, 2013
- Learn to change the world at Sorensen Fellowship info sessionApril 12, 2013
- Brandeis Phi Beta Kappa elects 84 new membersApril 12, 2013
The Brandeis chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elected 77 new members from the class of 2013 and seven new members from the class of 2014. Stuart H. Altman, PhD, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, will speak at the 2013 initiation ceremony during commencement weekend.
- CGES students to lead discussion on growing up German after the Holocaust April 11, 2013
- IBS hosts 3 Day Startup for aspiring entrepreneursApril 10, 2013
What do you get when you combine five entrepreneurial ideas, 35 sleep-deprived students and only 54 hours to bring those business concepts to fruition? It’s a question that Brandeis International Business School was happy to solve.
- Students, faculty-staff to face off at Hoops for HaitiApril 10, 2013
The Brandeis Haiti Initiative will host “Hoops for Haiti,” the annual staff and faculty versus students basketball game to raise funds for Haiti, at 6 p.m. on April 14 in the Gosman Athletic Center. Tickets are free for students; donations are appreciated.
- GPG grant boosts institute for Russian JewryApril 10, 2013
Genesis Philanthropy Group and Brandeis University have signed a multi-million dollar partnership agreement to support the further development and expansion of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, which was founded by GPG and the university in 2009.
- International Journal hosting 'Closer Look into North Korea'April 9, 2013
- Theater Arts seniors to present plays, dances, talksApril 8, 2013
In its second official year, the festival has grown in both population and number of performances. Students will focus on one “role” for their thesis – director, actor, etcetera – but may find themselves working on a peer’s project in a different role.
- Sam Shankland '14 wins a major chess fellowshipMarch 28, 2013
Shankland began playing chess when he was nine – a relatively late start for top-flight players. He tied for first in the Under-18 category in the 2008 World Youth Championships in Vietnam, placed third in the 2011 U.S. Championship and became the youngest-ever California state champion at the age of 16.
- Rachel's Rides provides alternative to taxisMarch 19, 2013
Rafael Abramowitz ‘14 knew he wouldn’t get rich by purchasing Rachel’s Rides Co., a Brandeis-exclusive car service, from his classmate. But it’s already provided him with a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, community-building and environmentalism.
- Anxiety sufferers: Here's an alum who feels your painMarch 17, 2013
Dan Smith '99 is one of an estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety-related symptoms such as panic attacks, irrational fears and unsubstantiated worries. He returns to campus Wednesday to read from and discuss his New York Times best-seller 'Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.'
- Exhibition at Dreitzer features students' photos, sculpturesMarch 17, 2013
Students from the Introduction to Photography course self-curated their exhibit, titled, “The Ink Can Bury a Blade,” while the sculpture portion of the exhibition, which is untitled, was curated by members of the faculty. The exhibits will be open until March 22.
- Brandeis on White House honor roll for community service commitmentMarch 13, 2013
- Students advocate increase in local, healthy foodMarch 13, 2013
Activists want to see more local, fair-trade, ecologically sound food on campus from producers who treat their employees well and their animals humanely. They argue that 'food justice' is part of Brandeis' overarching social justice mission.
- Archery club to host first independent tournamentMarch 12, 2013
Pop culture's obsession with movies that feature archers has helped boost the Brandeis Archery Club from a small team of four competitive shooters to an active and thriving club with 24 team members. The club will host its first independent tournament on campus on March 17.
- Mock classes advance student group's push for Korean language instruction March 8, 2013
- Track and field, fencing head for NCAA competitionsMarch 8, 2013
Both squads are heading into the final stages of the winter season with fine accomplishments behind them and hopes for All-American rankings on the horizon.
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