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Staff and Faculty Recognized for Excellence

Brandeis International Business School honors passion and dedication at awards reception

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

Faculty and staff members recognized for excellence by peers and students
May 21, 2016

On the eve of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) diploma ceremony, the school gathered with friends and family to celebrate achievements and recognize outstanding community members. Following Brandeis IBS tradition, Dean Bruce Magid, P’15, awarded the honors to two staff and two faculty members on Saturday, May 21 during a festive gathering.

“Our promise of World Ready means providing students with access to and support from outstanding faculty and staff,” Magid said. “These four individuals collectively bring real-world experience, industry knowledge and a deep passion for our students’ success. We are grateful for all they do in helping us fulfill our mission of preparing our graduates for successful global careers.”

Samantha Mocle and Meredith Robitaille received Distinguished Staff Service awards. Their dedication to Brandeis IBS was described as vital and integral to the success of the business school.

2016 Staff Awardees

Mocle, digital communication specialist in the marketing and communications department, was commended as “a storyteller, collaborator and contributor” to the school. In addition to her efforts in advancing the institution’s message, Mocle was recognized for her contributions to the Culture and Leadership Working Group as well as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The successful launch of the World Ready Women campaign, which celebrated the accomplishments of female students, alumni, staff and faculty, was just one of her many achievements noted.

Robitaille serves the business school as associate director in the office of administration and student services. Colleagues describe Robitaille as an “invested team player” and cite her “intelligence, patience and sense of humor” as instrumental. She has served on the Academic Integrity Task Force, drafted academic policy and played an integral role in the Culture and Leadership Working Group at Brandeis IBS. Robitaille’s achievements were highly praised, including her efforts in introducing a new data system while bringing a new sophistication to the data management of her department.

Brenda Anderson, faculty member at the business school and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Adjunct Professor David Lundgren were presented with the 2016 Brandeis IBS Excellence in Teaching Award.

2016 Excellence in Teaching Awardees

Anderson teaches a range of finance classes at Brandeis IBS. This year marks the third time she has received a Brandeis IBS Teaching Award, having also won in 2012 and 2006. Students recognize Anderson for her ability to transform dense material into an enjoyable learning experience. One student remarked that “accounting was once the course I disliked most, but after meeting Professor Anderson, it became easy and interesting.” Another noted her “wonderful attitude,” remarking that it is evident that Anderson wants her students to learn.

Lundgren specializes in momentum, trend-following and relative strength strategies. This year, he taught Technical Analysis. “Professor Lundgren has a great style of teaching and provides great professional insight on the subject,” said one student. “The way he managed to inject passion into all of his students was fundamental,” said another. “Perhaps most important was his kindness and availability toward all of us.”