Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. It’s a day that will be marked in Brandeis history. Professor H. Michael Coiner gave his final lecture at Brandeis. Olin- Sang 101 was filled with students from the economics 2a course, A Survey of Economics, as well as faculty from the economics department and students who just wanted to attend his last lecture. Professor Coiner was his usual vibrant self throughout and when he was done, he wiped the chalk off of his hands, looked up at the students, and said, “And that’s the course”. This brought a huge round of applause from all who attended. One graduating senior, Darhan Rzaev, the Economics UDR, immediately went up to Professor Coiner to shake his hand and said to him “Yours was the first class I ever took at Brandeis and today it is the last one”.

Darhan Rzaev and Professor Mike Coiner

Mike’s retirement was celebrated by many in the World Court of the IBS building on Tuesday, April 17th where the soon-to-be endowed “Michael Coiner Scholarship Fund” was announced. Once this fund is endowed, students recipients this scholarship will be known as “Michael Coiner Scholars”.

The overwhelming amount of thank you’s and heartfelt expressions just don’t seem to express all that will be missed about Mike Coiner. We wish him the very best and look forward to celebrating the future scholars in his name!




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