Erica Goldman, Heller MBA/MA’16, and husband Dustin welcomed baby girl Emerson Lily to the world on Jan. 15. Rabbi Arielle Hanien is a trauma expert at the Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center, in Sherman Oaks, California, providing assessments for patients and facilitating spirituality groups. Monique Elise Jimerson writes that she is the only person in the history of Mercer University — and the first African American female — to earn a doctorate in counselor education and supervision along with master’s degrees in pastoral care and counseling, community counseling, and education. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “The Relationship Between Spirituality and Depression, Church Attendance, and Prayer Among Elderly People.” Monique was a recipient of Mercer’s Center for the Study of Narrative 2018-19 Dissertation Scholarship. Alaron Lewis is senior lecturer in biology at the University of Washington Bothell, where she has worked since 2011. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 6-year-old daughter.

A mother, father and young daughter stand together with their arms outstretched in front of the Brandeis library

LIBRARIES ROCK: During Alumni Weekend, Marieka Kaye and Darrell Jackson, both ’99, had fun introducing their daughter, Aya, to the campus where they met as first-years. Now head of conservation and book repair at the University of Michigan, Kaye first learned about her field while working at the Brandeis library as a student preservation assistant. To see photos from other alumni events, visit

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