July 19, 2018

A Thank you letter from the Center for Great Expectations

 

A Thank you letter from the Director of Community Relations, Noreen:

 

Yet another Brandeis PhD wins Pulitzer Prize in History

Jack E. Davis, PhD’94, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for his 2017 book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.” Davis is the third Brandeis PhD recipient to win a Pulitzer Prize in History since 2006.

In announcing the prizewinners on April 16, the Pulitzer Prize board described the “The Gulf” as “an important environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that brings crucial attention to Earth’s 10th-largest body of water, one of the planet’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems.”

Read more here: Pulitzer Prize in History for the book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

BNC Microscope Campaign Announced

We are excited to announce that our new BNC campaign, Magnify the Mind, will officially launch on July 1, 2018.

The new campaign will further the advancement of neuroscience research through the purchase of a two-photon microscope. This new microscope will enable Brandeis researchers to observe brain activity in real time allowing our scientists to make new discoveries toward the treatment of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and autism.

We sincerely hope you will designate all your fundraising events and activities for this exciting campaign in FY19 to purchase a $500,000 resonant scanning two-photon microscope. Please share this at your board meetings, with chapter leaders and with incoming presidents.

New BNC campaign, Magnify the Mind

More details will be coming soon and please note the one-year campaign will launch on July 1st.

New bulletin for May – August programs is here!

Check out our programs for May – August 2018:

Calendar and Bulletin

Social Justice Committee Reports on JFS Giving Circle Project

Fall /Winter 2017

Through the generosity of our members, in late October we fulfilled the Fall/Winter Wish List of
our Jewish Family Services (JFS) Giving Circle family. As you know, our family consists of a
single mom, twin boys who are now two years old, and their four-year- old brother, who is on the
autistic spectrum. The family is enrolled in the Family Mentoring Program of Jewish Family
Services of Somerset, Warren, and Hunterdon Counties.

The JFS social worker said Mom was so grateful and excited when she delivered our donations,
which included clothes for her boys and herself, toys, art supplies, and two costume jackets for
Halloween.

Through our generosity, the family will have the necessities they need for the winter
season. The social worker said, “This summer was particularly difficult for the family, Mother
lost her job and was stressed not knowing how she would provide for her family. She
worked very hard and successfully to get another job that is better than her previous one.“

 As JFS shared in a “Thank You” letter, “Even though there have been difficult times, Brandeis
has been a reminder of kindness and generosity for the L.W. family. JFS appreciates  your
(Brandeis’s) consideration … in making this donation  through Jewish Family Services.”

 

A “Thank you” letter from Interfaith Hospitality Network

(On Tuesday, October 17, chapter members made dinner for the homeless who are in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program. They were housed at the Middlebush Reformed Church (MRC) here in Somerset. This letter comes from church member Sallye Poff.)

I want to thank you and your wonderful ladies for the absolutely elegant banquet you all prepared for the IHN folks on Tuesday evening.  I only wish you could have seen how much they enjoyed it.  Christina, the intern, joined them for dinner and was delighted to be part of such a special evening meal.  It was so great of you all to volunteer your time and labor to us for MRC’s IHN week.  You know that it’s sometimes difficult to cover all the evenings needed, so you really helped us complete what we needed for the week.

Please convey our gratitude to the ladies and let them know how their delicious food was so completely utilized.  They took leftovers from dinner into the center the next day for everyone.  I spoke with Karen in the morning and she was just amazed at the quality and quantity of your offerings.  The muffins were a big hit, and I even left them a note for that morning so they would remember to take them.  They have been a good and very appreciative group, and we all hope and pray for good things to happen in their lives.

Brandeis Professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall win Nobel Prize

Rosbash and professor emeritus Hall win prize with Rockefeller University’s Michael Young for work on circadian rhythms

Brandeis University warmly congratulates Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey C. Hall, professor emeritus of biology, on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Read more here: M. Rosbash and J. Hall win Nobel Prize

 

BNC’s National Awards for 2017

We are very excited to announce BNC’s National Awards for 2017!
Congratulations to all of our winning chapters.

The Louis Brandeis Award

Goes to

Phoenix

This chapter succeeded in meeting its financial and membership goals, conducting a Brandeis authored study group, submitted its slate, bulletins, minutes, highlights planned giving and hosts a University on Wheels program (UOW) with a Brandeis featured speaker.

Membership Goal Awards
Boston
Brevard
Cape Cod
Central Westchester
Conejo Valley
Harmony
Hartford
Middlesex
Norfolk/Sharon
Northern Virginia
Santa Clara Valley
Sarasota
Somerset
South Miami Dade
Staten Island
Tri-County
Tucson
Washington D.C.
Westlake

Financial Goal Awards
Baltimore
Brevard
Cape Cod
Central Westchester
Clearbrook
Concordia
Conejo Valley
Desert
Gotham
Harmony
Los Angeles
Middlesex
Norfolk/Sharon
San Dieguito
Santa Clara Valley
Somerset
Staten Island
Tri-County
Washington D.C.
Westlake

Your contributions support Brandeis libraries, science research and student scholarships. Thank you for all that you do for Brandeis University and wishing much luck and success in the 2018 calendar year. We are all so proud.

 

Jewish Family Service’s Giving Circle Project

Thanks to the generous contributions of our Somerset Brandeis members, our Jewish Family Service’s Giving Circle family was able to buy much-needed spring/summer clothing and food and use the donated items that we gave them.

JFS’s Family Mentor Program Coordinator acknowledged our efforts, saying, “For a single mom raising three boys with very limited resources, your Giving Circle has been instrumental in improving their lives. Mom, Lauren, was so grateful she wanted to share her name as did the family mentor, Randy A.”

Here are the thank you notes we received from Lauren and JFS’s family mentor:
From Mom:
“To My Giving Circle:
I wanted to thank you so very much for not only the gift cards and cash, but the diapers, beautiful scarves and
body wash! I will definitely be using every single thing! With thanks, love Lauren.”

From JFS’s Family Mentor:
“To Lauren’s Giving Circle:
Thank you so much for your generosity to Lauren. It means so very much to her and the boys!
Randy A.”

Thank you again for your generous contributions, time, and effort. We anticipate collecting additional
items for our family in late summer for their fall/winter needs.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact:
Margo Siroty at 973-366-4883 or mmasiroty@gmail.com
or
Marilyn Altman at 732-868-5463 or mtguss@gmail.com.

Marilyn Altman and Margo Siroty
Social Justice Committee Co-Chairs


 
 

A “thank you” from “The Center of Great Expectations”

We’ve got a very warm “thank you” letter from “The Center of Great Expectations”!

To read it click here:  CGE Letter

 

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