Who are we?
When you see us around campus, please feel free to say "hi!"
Meet the Staff
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities
In the spring of 2014, Stephanie Grimes was promoted to Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities. In this role, she will oversee the Department of Orientation and will continue to supervise the programs and services provided by Student Activities. As a member of the Dean of Students Office, she serves as a liaison between the University and the students in moments of crisis or challenge.
In July of 2004, Stephanie Grimes was appointed as the Director of Student Activities, but she was no stranger to Brandeis. Before becoming the director, she held positions including Associate Director of Student Activities, Activities Adviser and Quad Director. Her complete Brandeis experience includes 15 years of service. Before joining Brandeis, she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C. She holds a master's degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bryant College (now Bryant University). She manages the day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to staff supervision, budget management, marketing and promotion and vision for the department. She directly advises the Fall Fest (Family Weekend) program alongside the associate director and Senior Week. When not in her home in the Shapiro Campus Center, she is home with her husband and her son.
Associate Director of Student Activities
Steve joined Brandeis in the spring of 2014. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Steve worked at Quinnipiac University as an Assistant Director in the Student Center & Campus Life and at The University of Akron as the Residence Life Coordinator for Co-Curricular Programs & Activities. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a master's degree in College Student Personnel and Assumption College with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication. At Brandeis, Steve's major responsibilities include advising Student Events and the Student Service Bureau, as well as co-advising Fall Fest. Outside of Brandeis, he is also heavily involved in volunteering regionally and nationally with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). When not wearing his "work hat," Steve can be found at a local concert, Red Sox game, or traveling the country to explore new places!
Maria Alana Anderson
Student Activities Advisor
Maria joined Brandeis in 2011 as a Student Activities Adviser. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Maria worked at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Hall Director while earning her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Maria also has a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Women & Gender Studies from Clark University. At Brandeis Maria currently advises Student Events, the Undergraduate Theater Collective, Cholmondeley's Coffeehouse, and co-advises the Senior Week program. In addition, she can help you with any club or leadership question you might have. Besides attending amazing UTC productions and other events on campus, Maria enjoys visiting museums and historic houses and cooking vegan meals.
Kelly Whiffen joined Brandeis in 2010 as the Department Coordinator of Student Activities and Community Service. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked in several coordinating roles, including Weekly Ad Coordinator and Schedule Coordinator at CVS Caremark and Communications Coordinator at Camp West Woods. She also worked with students as a gymnastics coach. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Ithaca College, where she was actively involved in campus life as a gymnast for the school's Varsity team, copy editor for the school's newspaper and co-director of a Christian retreat. Outside of Brandeis, Kelly enjoys running, reading and volunteering with her church.
Marketing and Box Office Manager
Leigh Hilderbrandt joined Brandeis in 2000 as the Box Office and Subscriptions Manager for the Theater Department and moved over to Student Activities in 2011, operating Brandeis Tickets and handling marketing for the department She coordinates with student organizations and university departments to provide ticket services for various types of events held throughout campus, from theater and music performances to conferences, cultural shows, dance parties, and even some off-campus events too. Prior to Brandeis, Leigh worked at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, VT and the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, FL. In addition to theater, she has entertained a variety of career interests, including veterinary assistant and 911-communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater and Visual Arts from Penn State University. Outside of Brandeis, Leigh spends time with her dogs and cats, fosters and volunteers for animal rescue groups, does DIY projects at her 1720 home, and works as a certified personal trainer.
Student Activities Operations Specialist
Darryl David, a TYP alum and class of 2009 graduate, joined Brandeis October 2012 as Student Activities Operations Specialist. Prior to returning to Brandeis, Darryl spent two years working with Orchard Garden Pilot School’s special needs community and one year prior as the METCO Specialist at Lincoln Sudbury Regional HS. He received a degree in Sociology from Brandeis University and continues to use his professional and personal experiences to better his community. Outside of Brandeis, Darryl, a Brooklyn, NY native, enjoys DJ’ing at various clubs in the MA & NY areas.
Where are We?
The Department of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center in room 203. Please stop by to meet us and get involved.
We are open Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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