- Brandeis to offer Semester Online courses in 2014June 11, 2013
In a partnership between 2U, Inc. and a group of top-tier colleges and universities, Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time to college students from anywhere in the world. Brandeis will offer 'Psychological and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Health' and 'The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now.'
- Reunion weekend features parties, classes, awardsJune 3, 2013
Undergraduate alumni whose class year ends in a 3 or an 8 are invited back to campus June 7 to 9 to celebrate their Reunion with family and friends. The celebration kicks off with Friday night’s all-class Fire and ’Deis Welcome Back Party, featuring a tapas-style dinner and dancing to live music under a tent on the Great Lawn.
- Mal Sherman finishes term as board chair, stays on at BrandeisMay 28, 2013
Malcolm L. Sherman – “Mal” to hundreds of Brandeis professors, students and staff who have known him during his 33 years on the university’s Board of Trustees – has brought strong leadership to a long list of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, but nowhere has his commitment been as long or as deep as at Brandeis.
- Brandeis retirement plan transition underwayMay 28, 2013
All Brandeis faculty and staff should be aware of important changes to the Brandeis University Retirement Plan. While the employer contributions and vesting schedule are not changing, the university is offering a streamlined and simplified investment lineup, designed to offer employees choice, simplicity and value. A detailed Fund Change Transition Guide was sent to all participants’ homes in April. The guide provides complete details about these changes, including a comprehensive fund mapping guide to show where retirement money will be moved if employees don’t take action by the deadline.
- Erica Rabner's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner"May 23, 2013
Erica Rabner '13 gave a powerful performance of the national anthem for fellow graduates of the Brandeis Class of 2013, families and friends in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center.
- Wieseltier reminds humanities grads of their valueMay 19, 2013
Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, started commencement ceremonies off eloquently with a heartfelt defense of the humanities and an encouragement to humanities graduates to resist the forces of technologic gimmickry and scientism.
- Heller School grads celebrate diversity, altruismMay 19, 2013
They came to The Heller School of Social Policy and Management from across the globe – from Ghana to Indonesia, from Israel to Jamaica – to learn how to make their communities healthier, stronger and more just. At the Spingold Theater on Sunday, The Heller School celebrated the Class of 2013’s commitment to social justice and civic engagement.
- 'Run to do good...Get your hands dirty'May 19, 2013
Inspirational speeches, heartfelt thanks and an abundance of joy marked Brandeis University’s 62nd commencement, as more than 7,000 students, faculty, families and friends celebrated the awarding of 850 bachelor’s degrees, 803 master’s degrees and 93 doctorates in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. In his commencement address, Dr. Rick Hodes, who has devoted his life to helping severely afflicted children in Africa, urged graduates to “run to do good” and “get your hands dirty.” In addition to Hodes, honorary degrees were awarded to Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; painter, sculptor and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly; Chaim Peri, director emeritus of Yemin Order Wingate Youth Village in Israel; visionary community leader and co-founder of Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Education and Community Enrichment) Elaine Schuster and Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic.
- President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 19, 2013
- Text of Ellyn Getz's student addressMay 19, 2013
- Grads, families look at Brandeis and the road aheadMay 19, 2013
As students raced up and down South Street to commencement ceremonies – clutching coffee and pizza or each other, accepting flowers, adjusting their caps – the road that follows graduation was on their, and their families’, minds.
- Dr. Rick Hodes' commencement addressMay 19, 2013
- Remembering Emeritus Professor of Music, Harold ShaperoMay 18, 2013
Classical music composer, pianist and longtime professor of music at Brandeis University, Harold Shapero, died in his sleep on May 17, following complications from pneumonia. He was 93.
- Angela Gutchess wins Wellington LotteryMay 17, 2013
- All in the Family: Getz parents and children feel that campus is their second homeMay 14, 2013
Ken ’84 and Debra Hassenfeld Getz ’85 met at Brandeis and brought their young children to campus so frequently it felt like home. This Sunday, daughter Ellyn will deliver the student commencement address. Her brother David is a member of the Class of '15.
- Events, speakers will mark 62nd commencementMay 13, 2013
A weekend of celebrations will mark the university's 62nd commencement. The main ceremony will be held on May 19 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. More than 850 undergraduate degrees, as well as more than 900 graduate degrees and certificates, will be awarded.
- Brandeis National Committee to honor Whitfield with Sachar AwardMay 3, 2013
- Graduate teaching fellows honoredMay 2, 2013
- Student speakers for commencement selectedApril 30, 2013
Undergraduate Ellyn Getz and graduate student Enrique Levin have been chosen to give the student addresses at Brandeis’ 62nd commencement on Sunday, May 19. Getz is a double major in business and theater arts; Levin is receiving an MBA from the International Business School.
- Brandeis Magazine has rare Beatles photographsApril 21, 2013
The cover story features photographer Henry Grossman ’58, whose genuine friendship with the Fab Four gave him unique access to their daily lives, captured in some 6,000 rare photos he squirreled away — until now. There are also features on basketball in Afghanistan, comic escapades in China and more.
- BEMCo celebrates 30 years of helping othersApril 18, 2013
Thirty years and more than 7,600 calls after James Meisel '85 founded the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, the organization will celebrate its anniversary with a gala in Sherman Function Hall.
- Waltham Group hosting blood drive April 16-18 April 14, 2013
- Dean Lynch presents Heller School teaching, mentoring, staff awardsApril 11, 2013
Carole Carlson wins 2013 Teaching Award, Tatjana Meschede receives the 2013 Mentorship Award and Norma DeMattos is honored with the second annual Heller Staff Service Award.
- Dean Birren names teaching, mentoring award winnersApril 11, 2013
The 2013 honorees are Associate Professor of Psychology Donald B. Katz, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sara Shostak, Associate Professor of Biology James R. Morris and Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies ChaeRan Yoo Freeze.
- Four senior faculty awarded research leave grants April 10, 2013
Brandeis University has awarded four senior faculty research leaves for spring 2014. These competitive grants relieve the faculty member of teaching duties for a semester, providing flexible time for major research projects and a small amount of funding for research expenses.
- Dr. Rick Hodes to speak at 2013 commencementApril 4, 2013
Hodes has spent more than two decades as a physician treating children in one of the world’s poorest countries. His work has been the subject of a book and three documentaries, and he has received numerous awards, including being named a CNN Hero.
- Board of Trustees elects four new membersApril 3, 2013
The dean of a leading medical school, a top corporate executive, a businessman whose family connections to Brandeis go back to the university’s earliest days and a community leader involved in Jewish and civic organizations were elected recently to the Board of Trustees.
- Faculty, alumni remember Prof. Lawrence FuchsMarch 21, 2013
Fuchs was a renowned authority in the emerging field of American studies, a giving mentor to students and fellow faculty members and a champion of social justice and community service. He had an enormous impact in shaping Brandeis’ core values.
- Brandeis Board of Trustees elects new chairMarch 21, 2013
Perry M. Traquina ’78 has been elected chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective May 19, 2013. He will succeed Malcolm Sherman, the philanthropist and veteran business executive who has served as board chair since 2007.
- Crew team names its new racing shell in honor of President LawrenceMarch 19, 2013
- Lisa M. Lynch reappointed dean of Heller SchoolMarch 5, 2013
A former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Lynch is an internationally recognized scholar on employment issues who led the creation of the Heller School's new strategic plan. The appointment is for a five-year term.
- Senior staff hears dramatic defibrillator talkMarch 1, 2013
After the university purchased a new defibrillator - one of many located around campus - for the Bernstein Marcus building, David Bunis '83, senior vice president and chief of staff, invited Dr. Eric S. Nadel '84 of Harvard Medical School to give a training session on how to use it.
- Schwarzes' $3 million gift one of largest from facultyFeb. 27, 2013
Professor emeritus Gerald Schwarz wanted to honor his parents, the Brandeis mathematics department, which he says "has done a lot for me,” and the university, where he spent most of his career. The solution? A bequest establishing a chair in mathematics in his parents' names.
- On the Move program returns, offers health and fitness supportFeb. 25, 2013
- Bill Imada plays career matchmaker at Hiatt Communications ForumFeb. 22, 2013
- Brandeis to resume normal class schedules and activitiesFeb. 10, 2013
Brandeis University will be open tomorrow and normal class schedules will resume.
- CAMPUS CONDITIONS UPDATEFeb. 9, 2013
The Brandeis campus is operating in a reasonably efficient manner given the significant impacts of Blizzard Nemo. The university plans to resume normal operations on Monday, February 11.
- SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Brandeis University closed, Friday, February 8Feb. 7, 2013
- Text of Provost Steve A.N. Goldstein's message regarding forecasts of an impending blizzardFeb. 7, 2013
- Trustee's gift establishes Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Jan. 17, 2013
- MLK Day to feature Herman Hemingway, Chad WilliamsJan. 7, 2013
The 8th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial “The Duty of A Dream!” will take place on Monday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. The keynote speaker, Herman Hemingway ‘53, is the first black man to graduate from Brandeis, and was a fraternity brother and mentee of Dr. King’s.
- One-day parking changes accommodate midyear student move-inJan. 7, 2013
- International Business School, Heller School programs praised, reaccreditedJan. 3, 2013
- Special needs not a disability for cafe workerJan. 3, 2013
Few people have had the chance to be featured on television, pitch at Fenway Park, act alongside Adam Sandler, introduce their state senator, compete in multiple sports and also get involved with the student population. Peter Filosa, a Usdan Cafe employee with special needs, juggles all of these activities.
- De Graffenreid appointed SVP for communicationsDec. 20, 2012
Ellen de Graffenreid has been appointed senior vice president for communications. De Graffenreid, an integrated communications and marketing leader, will oversee all university communications initiatives. She will officially assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2013, but will begin her transition immediately.
- Brandeis mobile app updated with events and directory featuresDec. 18, 2012
- Brandeis chefs share epicurian passionsDec. 17, 2012
If you’ve ever had dreams of competing on 'Hell’s Kitchen' or 'Iron 'Chef,' check out what sous chef Zachary Kestler served up in a recent competition. We sat down with some of the Brandeis chefs to learn about their training and what direction they feel large dining facilities are heading in.
- Employees recognized for their serviceDec. 11, 2012
Ninety-nine university employees were honored for their length of service at a luncheon held in the Faculty Center Dec. 7. President Fred Lawrence also presented the Louis and Helen Zirkel Staff Award to Alasdair Post-Quinn of Library and Technology Services and the Lou Ennis Staff Award to Laurel Carpenter of the Anthropology Department.
- Mort Mandel talks about doing good, doing wellDec. 10, 2012
His family relationships and values had much to do with how he and his brothers turned a $900 auto-parts business into a $3 billion multinational electronics corporation. Mandel's new book explains how to be a great leader and how to hire great leaders.
- Community invited to join in 'Messiah' sing-alongDec. 9, 2012
The Brandeis community is invited to join in the annual sing-along of George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece 'Messiah' on Dec. 13, followed by refreshments, caroling, Christmas tree trimming and a Hanukkah candle lighting in the Shapiro Student Center atrium from 4 to 5 p.m.
- Amb. Shapiro '91 hosts Lawrences, Israeli alums Nov. 28, 2012
A long-scheduled Alumni Club of Israel reception in honor of President Fred and Dr. Kathy Lawrence turned into a joyous celebration of the truce in the Gaza fighting, which was achieved with the help of Ambassador Dan Shapiro '91.
- Brandeis Magazine: History, anxiety, science and laughterNov. 27, 2012
In the fall/winter issue read about Pulitzer Prize winner David Hackett Fischer, who marks a half century of teaching history at Brandeis this year; Daniel Smith '99, who discusses his memoir on the anatomy of anxiety; scientific research on the Higgs boson, and a poignant essay by Michael M. Appell, MA’79, about achieving emotional comfort as a gay man.
- Irving Schneider, dedicated trustee, dies at 93Nov. 26, 2012
Irving Schneider, P’75, H’83, a Brandeis trustee for nearly a quarter-century whose generous support of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management helped turn it into a nationally known center for health-care research, died on Nov. 23 in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93. Schneider was a member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees from 1970-94, served as vice chair from 1971-83 and 1987-93, and was made a trustee emeritus in 1995.
- From a fast day to a festival, Thanksgiving's unusual journeyNov. 20, 2012
The Continental Congress proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving, in 1777. Presidents Washington, Adams and Monroe also proclaimed national Thanksgivings, but after 1815 the tradition faded. President Lincoln restored national observance during the Civil War.
- Brandeis joins consortium to offer online learning Nov. 15, 2012
Semester Online will be the first to offer undergraduates rigorous, online courses for credit from a consortium of universities. The program is delivered through a virtual classroom environment and interactive platform developed by a private online education company.
- Kaufman, Sundiata to talk on black-Jewish relationsNov. 3, 2012
The program, cosponsored by the Brandeis Black Student Organization and Hillel, will focus on the overall state of relations between African-Americans and Jews, but may also consider how the two groups are going to vote Tuesday, and why.
- Stuart Altman to chair effort to cut health care costsNov. 1, 2012
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick cited the professor's 'deep and unparalleled' experience in public and private health care policy in appointing him chairman of the board that will oversee and set policy for a first-in-the-nation effort.
- Tree damage, power cuts extent of Sandy's impactOct. 30, 2012
Despite the weather conditions, many students celebrated their Monday off by hosting activities like touch football and tag via Facebook. President Lawrence expressed his appreciation for the many staff members who worked through the storm to keep vital systems operating, and he encouraged members of the community to remember the millions of people affected by devastating storm damage from New York south.
- University open and on regular schedule todayOct. 29, 2012
Brandeis University will be open and classes will proceed as regularly scheduled today, as Hurricane Sandy has declined to light rain and moderate winds. President Fred Lawrence expressed "heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of colleagues who worked... to complete our storm preparations.” Lawrence said that the staff will continue working to resolve the minor issues that arose during the storm. Please call Public Safety at (781) 736-3333 if you have any problems that require immediate attention.
- Classes canceled because of Hurricane SandyOct. 28, 2012
Monday classes have been canceled in cooperation with efforts by Gov. Deval Patrick to have the state prepared for the possibility of severe impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Food services for resident students will operate normally. Only essential staff personnel are to report for work. Students are urged to prepare by charging their mobile devices, securing a flashlight with fresh batteries and closing all windows. Any further announcements will be communicated by email and posted on the Brandeis homepage and BrandeisNOW.
- Reinharz Hall created to honor president emeritusOct. 15, 2012
The Brandeis Board of Trustees has voted to name Ridgewood A residence hall Jehuda Reinharz Residence Hall in recognition of President Emeritus Reinharz’s extraordinary contributions to the university over more than 30 years as an administrator and professor.
- Ruth Shapiro, 95, helped transform BrandeisOct. 15, 2012
Mrs. Shapiro died Sunday. Her philanthropic partnership with her husband, Carl, led to construction of three of the most prominent buildings on campus. She was dedicated to supporting underserved communities and people in need. The Shapiro team helped transform Brandeis into a leader in American higher education.
- New answer to question of what’s happening on campusOct. 2, 2012
New university events calendar makes it easier for the campus community and visitors to find out what’s happening around campus, share events with friends, sign up for reminders and add events to their own calendars.University will maintain the myBrandeis calendar through the fall semester to ensure a smooth transition.
- South Street detours on Columbus Day weekendSept. 28, 2012
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company will replace the train-crossing tracks on South Street near the Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail station between Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. The work will force the closure to traffic of the South Street railroad crossing during that time.
- Community invited to break the Yom Kippur fast with the LawrencesSept. 21, 2012
- President talks with staff about strategic planningSept. 21, 2012
At his annual meeting with the staff, President Fred Lawrence reported on the status of the strategic plan for Brandeis currently being developed and the timetable for completing it. He urged staffers to give their input after a framework of the plan is presented in October.
- Crown donation to fund chairs, home for CenterSept. 13, 2012
The Crown family of Chicago has made a major gift to Brandeis University that will create three new endowed faculty chairs, help to provide a permanent home for the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and potentially jump start renovation of outdated mid-campus buildings.
- US News ranks Brandeis 33rd in nationSept. 13, 2012
- New courses serve wide interests across campusAug. 29, 2012
From discovering America to speech recognition to the Mafia and social justice, about 40 new courses will be offered to students this fall. Students can learn about the political environment leading to the Mafia’s rise in Sicily in the 1860s and how to build a speech application.
- Professors talk about why they love to teach first-yearsAug. 28, 2012
'When you teach an introductory course, you’re forced to confront the fundamental controversies in the field; forced to try to answer basic questions...,' says Robert Art, the Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations.
- Temporary parking changes in effect Tuesday for returning studentsAug. 27, 2012
- President urges freshmen to begin a search for selfAug. 26, 2012
At Brandeis Beginnings and at orientation for international undergraduates last Friday, the leaders of the university stressed the centrality of the struggle for social justice to Brandeis' mission and identity.
- Helping hands, broad smiles welcome Class of '16Aug. 26, 2012
In less than four hours, the Class of 2016 was moved in. After unpacking, the 820 incoming freshmen and their families wandered through campus, running errands, meeting classmates and attending a variety of events designed to familiarize them with campus life.
- New class arrives from the four corners of the earthAug. 24, 2012
In the months leading up to their Brandeis beginnings, members of the Class of 2016 have worked for the disadvantaged in urban America and upper Amazon, volunteered with communal and religious organizations, made films and music, and studied and traveled just about everywhere.
- Ken Kaiserman '60, a longtime trustee, dies at 73Aug. 22, 2012
Known for his splendid bowtie, generosity toward Brandeis and love of theater, Kaiserman also was active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvanians Against Handgun Violence and the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.
- Brandeis enjoys another strong fundraising yearAug. 21, 2012
Giving by alumni who graduated within the last 10 years jumped 19 percent from last year, and total fundraising exceeded $60 million for the 13th consecutive year. Some 75 percent of the Class of 2012 contributed to the class gift -- the highest percentage ever.
- Temporary parking changes in effect Friday to help early-arriving studentsAug. 20, 2012
- Longtime Tufts executive joins Brandeis senior staffAug. 13, 2012
Recruited by Provost Steve A.N. Goldstein and appointed by President Fred Lawrence, Steven S. Manos says that as senior vice president and chief operating officer he will be "working with academic colleagues to create a stronger faculty and to provide a better education for the students.”
- Brandeis Magazine summer issue: Let us entertain youAug. 9, 2012
The summer Brandeis Magazine is a themed issue exploring the world of alumni in entertainment. It includes a profile of award-winning filmmaker Debra Granik '85, a photo shoot of three rising stars by Lois Greenfield '70 and much more. Available on campus and online.
- MAT program awards 27 degreesAug. 2, 2012
- President names search committee for communications vice presidentJuly 26, 2012
- Milton Gralla, Brandeis benefactor, dies at 84July 17, 2012
He and his wife, Shirley, supported a number of important initiatives at Brandeis, including the Gralla Fellows Program for journalists, the Genesis program for high school students, the Summer Institute for Israel Studies and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
- Rising star Chris Bedford named director of the RoseJuly 12, 2012
At 35, Bedford will be among the youngest museum directors in the U.S. when he takes over at the Rose Sept. 15. He comes promising bold steps to open a new era in the museum's history and to more thoroughly integrate the Rose into the life of the campus.
- International Business School program ranked best in US by Financial TimesJune 18, 2012
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