Student Profile


Kayla Newby '16
Major: Biology and Studio Art
Hometown: New River, AZ

What is your favorite part of your role? My favorite part of being the President of SSB [Student Service Bureau] is having the opportunity to give back to the Brandeis community by trying to make students' lives a little easier. However, a close second has to be working with and forging friendships with the rest of our amazing SSB staff/family. 

How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? My time at Brandeis has been tremendously improved by my involvement with SSB. It has provided me with valuable customer service, business, and management experience, in addition to allowing me to find a way to connect and interact with the greater student body. 

What made you get involved? Initially, I got involved with SSB because I was looking for a part-time job on campus my freshman year. I hadn't heard of SSB before but I noticed they were hiring and decided to apply. I soon realized that SSB was a truly unique place to work. Run completely by students who were genuinely interested in improving their peers' time at Brandeis, SSB was a friendly, engaging place to work. At the time, I had no idea I would end up staying with SSB for all four years of my time at Brandeis and eventually work my way up to the position of President, but I am so grateful it worked out that way and that I have been able to have such a positive experience.

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Usdan Student Center

The Usdan Student Center opened in 1970 at a cost of approximately $6.9 million. It comprises 125,500 square feet. Within its walls are:

*Conference and Events Services handles reservations for the various meeting rooms in the student center.

Usdan Student Center Philosophy

The Usdan Student Center provides services, conveniences and amenities that supports a theme of “COMMUNITY." It provides opportunities for all to interact on several levels with new faces and varying ideals on a daily basis. Through various boards, committees, and professional staff, the center provides a cultural, social and recreational environment that is complementary to the formal academic program of the university.

Posting Policy

The Usdan Student Center is a great place to post flyers and posters to advertise for events. All advertisements must be approved by the Shapiro Campus Center Info Booth Staff and placed via thumb tack on the bulletin boards within the building, or hung with tape on the brick walls. Any questions please ask the Campus Center Team at the Shapiro Campus Center Info Booth.

Tabling in Lower Usdan

Lower Usdan is a also great place for recognized student clubs and organizations to "table" for their events.  To request tabling space, please visit the Department of Student Activities in room 203 of Shapiro Campus Center.

Mailbox Stuffing

Recognized clubs and organizations may stuff mailboxes to advertise upcoming events by filling out a Mailbox Stuffing Request Form at the Department of Student Activities, SCC 203.

Display your Artwork

Want to show your original artwork in Upper Usdan? The 12-foot wall to the left of Louis' Deli has built-in hanging hardware and is open to anyone in the Brandeis community by application. The space is overseen by the Office of the ArtsIf you're interested in submitting a group or solo proposal, please use this online form. Questions? Email