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Robin Brooks recently made the third in a series of deeds of gift to the Brandeis Archives and Special Collections Department. Over the years, he has contributed more than 100 items, primarily first-decade material — catalogs, student handbooks, syllabuses from Max Lerner and Abraham Maslow, alumni directories and Reunion scrapbooks. He recently donated 70 items from his personal collection of Leonard Bernstein memorabilia. He encourages other “early alumni” to contribute similar items toward the documentation of Brandeis’ history, to help answer research inquiries, offer the Brandeis community a picture of university life throughout the decades and provide great visual material for exhibitions. Robin says that, though his project is a labor of love and a happy task, reviewing and preparing the material is also tinged with more than a little nostalgia and the occasional tear for what was. Arnold Rovner directed a Cane Bay Players Theater Group production of “Social Security” in October 2012 in Charleston, S.C. He established the company in 2009. Arnie and his wife, Sherry, have relocated to a Del Webb community in nearby Summerville. They live close to son Eric and daughter-in-law Michelle (both doctors), and two of their seven grandchildren. Son Ron is a vice president at MetLife in New York, and son Gary is a lawyer living in Chicago. Arnie is an independent, semiretired life and health insurance agent. “Nobody fully retires in insurance,” he reports. Arnie goes on to say, “Living proximate to Charleston is a cultural and gastronomic pleasure, given the history and great chefs of the world residing here. I invite y’all to come on down and see for yourself the pleasures of a Southern existence. A lot of Yankees like ourselves have relocated and love it here.” In April, Dorothy Flippen celebrated her granddaughter’s becoming a bat mitzvah. Deena (Posy) Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman. She has taught and counseled for more than 40 years, developing therapies (healing stories) that address life-threatening diseases and spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community, political and environmental disintegration. Her latest novel, “La Negra y Blanca,” won the 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award. Her website’s URL is

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