August Alumni Update from the School of Graduate Studies

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The School of Graduate Studies has experienced a summer of change and success. We are pleased to share that:

  • John Reeves ’89 was the recipient of the Graduate Medallion at this past year’s graduation exercises on May 31.
  • At the same time, four Ph.D. degrees were awarded to: Jeffrey R. Duerler, Carl E. Pace, Christine E. Palmer, and Vadim Putzu, as well as one M.A. to Brian J. Sullivan. 
  • Rabbi Rick Sarason, Ph.D., in his new capacity as director of the SGS, was invited to give the convocation address at the opening exercises in Cincinnati, which will be held on August 26.  We will be honoring Joan Pines on that occasion, who is a member of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors and Chair of the Central Region Board of Overseers. Joan just made a significant gift to the SGS, which will be shared more widely at the fall BOG meeting and Tribute Dinner here in late October.
  • Ten new graduate students will begin their studies here this fall---6 Ph.D. students (one part-time) and four M.A. students.
  • SGS will be hosting its annual luncheon for alumni and academic friends of the SGS at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta on November 22.  Many of our alumni will be making academic presentations at that national meeting.  

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Rick Sarason or Shelly Goldfarb.

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