June 24, 2017

About the BNC San Dieguito

About our chapter

Welcome to the Brandeis National Committee (BNC) San Dieguito Chapter.   This year we celebrate our 42nd year in coastal North County San Diego.  Since merging with the San Diego chapter, our members come from Coronado to Oceanside. Our chapter offers something for everyone – particularly our Study Groups – small, informal learning sessions (see description and schedule) – and friendships.  There are many other activities as well. While most of our members joined to enjoy these, they soon understand and embrace the reason for BNC – to support Brandeis University. We look forward to having you join us soon!

About Brandeis University and BNC

Despite its fine reputation, Brandeis is young for a university. It is a fine liberal arts college and the youngest private research university in the country.  It has been ranked among the top 35 U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since its inception.

It was founded as the only Jewish-sponsored, non-sectarian university in the Western Hemisphere by a small group of men, some without college educations themselves. They bought a veterinary college, for sale in a Boston suburb, and named it not for a donor of land or money, but for a Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis.The college opened to 107 students in the fall of 1948.

The first small library was housed in a stable. Needing books and journals, the founders turned to eight prominent Boston women, and the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee was born. They began with a campaign called ‘Books for Brandeis,’ which asked for a donation of $5 to place a book on the shelves.  They immediately collected $5,000 from family and friends, and two months later, had raised another $5,000. By now BNC has placed over 1 million books on the shelves; the libraries are truly world class, and almost every book bears a personalized book plate naming a donor.

Students are admitted on a ‘need blind’ policy, which allows the best and brightest attend. 70% receive financial aid; 85% go on to advanced degrees. Alumni include three Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel laureate and several Emmy Award-winners.  Faculty members have received honors too numerous to mention.

BNC has about 25,000 members in over 48 chapters nationwide. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $117 million for the university, put over a million books on the shelves and endowed a Librarian’s Chair. We contribute to library technology and provide research journals – print and electronic – as well as scholarships. Reaching beyond the libraries, BNC has endowed a science laboratory, has funded research and scholarships to study neurodegenerative diseases with a $3 million Sustaining the Mind campaign, and raised $1 million for a BNC Scholarship.

It is the largest friends-of-a-library group in the world.

Bulletins   –  Our Bulletin is published every other month (Jan., March, May, July, Sept. Nov) and distributed by email if possible to our members and prospective members  Links to the latest editions of the Bulletin are here for the convenience of our members and guests.

Study groups  –  These are informal learning sessions which meet once a month, some year-round, some for a limited number of sessions. New sessions begin in October but members are welcome to join in all year long.

Community Service/Social Justice – We support the Jewish Federation Food Bank and participate in various community activities throughout the year.

Linda Epstein     linda228@mac.com;

Board meetings – open to all, fourth Monday each month at Seacrest Village, Saxony Lane, Encinitas

– include refreshments, schmooze time, often followed by a no host lunch at Mel’s Place (at Seacrest)

Application form/contact us – New members are always welcome! Enrich your lives with our study groups and friendship.

Contact Membership Chair Iris Kanter at irisnk@comcast.net .

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