Heller 60th Anniversary

Dear Heller Alumni,

With great disappointment, we are announcing that  Heller’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at Alumni Weekend will not take place as scheduled during the weekend of June 5-7, 2020. 

This was a difficult decision, but our top concern is doing everything we can to protect public health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know that large gatherings present a serious public health risk. 

Our staff and volunteers are working on a “Plan B” option to ensure that the Heller community can connect, celebrate and look to the future together. With the situation still rapidly unfolding, it is too early to share plans for future celebrations, but we will share more information as additional decisions are made. Please let us know below if you have thoughts about how we might reimagine the format of our Heller 60th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Most of all, stay healthy and safe.

The Heller 60th Anniversary team

P.S. Everyone who has registered for the Heller 60th Anniversary celebration will be able to receive a full refund or donate the cost of their registration to the Heller 60th Anniversary Fellowship Fund, the Student Emergency Fund or any other fund. We will send more information to registrants soon. Please visit the Alumni Weekend website or contact alumniweekend@brandeis.edu for information about refunds. Any other inquiries can be emailed to heller60@brandeis.edu.

Student Emergency Fund

Please consider a donation to the Student Emergency Fund, which will aid the university’s commitment to mitigating the financial impact sudden circumstances related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak may have on students. 

As students transition to a remote learning environment for the remainder of the semester, many cannot afford to return home due to the cost of transportation. Others need storage solutions or internet access within off-campus housing. Equipment needs, for items such as laptops, are continuing to grow. We also need to address the many requests for supplementing the cost of rent, utilities, and food. In some cases, it is not possible for students to continue working, and as such, need access to funds to make up for lost wages. And of course, medical - both physical and psychological services - are being covered as needed.

This fund exists for precisely this situation - to provide urgent and emergency funds to students in need. 100% of the funds raised will assist Brandeis students in the face of this crisis. 

Students: if you are in need of emergency assistance, please email emergencyfunds@brandeis.edu for more information.

Share your Heller 60th Anniversary & Reunion Ideas

View a schedule of events that had been planned for the weekend to help with your brainstorming.

Anniversary Committees

Steering Committee Members

Steering Committee Chairs: Thomas P Glynn, III, MSW’72, PhD’77 and Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD’77, HHL’19

Steering Committee Executive Group: Constance Kane, PhD'85, Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14, David Weil

Steering Committee: Susan Curnan, Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, PhD’81, Michael Lesser, Bria Price, MPP ‘19, Tom Quinn, MBA'10, Bethany Romano, MBA'17, Julie Rosen, MMH’89, P’15, Sean Rush, Mindy Schneider ‘75, Curtis Tearte ‘73, Jylla Tearte, Setti Warren, Constance Williams PhD '89

Host Committee Members

Host Committee Chair: Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14

Host Committee: Ali Al Jundi, MA SID'14, Ban Almahfodh-Graime, MA’07, G. Lawrence Atkins, PhD'85, Jules Bernstein '57, Sunindiya Bhalla, MBA’11, Ruth Brandwein, PhD’78, Alissa Brooks, MBA/MPP'15, Jacqueline Daniels Braunthal, MMHS'84, Francis Pemberton Brown, MPP’11, Barbara Nobles Crawford, PhD'84, Isaac Cudjoe, MA COEX'19, Sarah Emond, MPP'09, Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD'83, Sheldon Gelman, PhD'73, Shirley Girouard, PhD'77, Elinor Gollay, MSW'71, PhD'77, Lillian Labecki Glickman, MSW’71,PhD’81, BNC, Calvin Harris, MPP'10, John Hunsaker, MBA'10, Michael S. Jellinek, MD, Shayna Jones, MPP'18, Constance F. Kane, PhD'85, Jonathan D. Katz, PhD'81, Parisa Kharazi, MS'13, David Korenthal, MA/MBA'16, Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, PhD'81, Simone LaPray, MBA/MA SID'15, Diane F Mahoney, PhD’89, Gabriel Malseptic, MBA'13, Danna Mauch, PhD’90, Ty Michelsohn-Leisey, MA COEX/MA SID'17, Ryan Mishler, MPP'18, Charles Nalyaali, MA SID'98, Jessica Pacheco-Estevez, MM'98, Paula Paris, MMHS'79, Flavia, C. Peréa, PhD'09, Anna Perlmutter, MBA'12, Deborah K. Polivy, MSW'72, PhD'78, Thomas Quinn, MBA'10, Sari A. Rapkin, Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14, Margo Rosenbach, ‘78, PhD’85, Miriam Rubin, MBA'15, Sean C. Rush, M. Bryna Sanger, Jane Mattson Shapiro, PhD’94, Audrey Shelto, MMH’82, Debra Rahmin Silberstein, MA’05, PhD’09, Nina M. Silverstein, PhD’80, David F. Squire, Jeanette C. Takamura, PhD'85, Jenny R. Yang, Roberta Walsh, PhD'89

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