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October 3, 2008

PCE raises money for diabetes

Members of Partners for Civic Engagement, Brandeis’ first living community for first-year students dedicated to community service, are participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes this weekend. The 5K walk is scheduled for this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.

Students in PCE spent the beginning of the semester working with the Prospect Hill Community Learning Center and helping promote Citizenship Week. The Walk to Cure Diabetes, a fundraising event to support research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications, is the first project they have planned and organized as a group. Leanne Ortbals ’12, who has been participating in the walk for eight years, and Sarah Michael ’12 are spearheading the project with the support of the hall’s Community Advisor Paul Balik ’10.

“Organizing the walk has been a lot of fun,” said Michael. “It’s the first time we’ve organized something all together and I’m really excited to see how it turns out.”

PCE students have been raising money for the event through dorm storming, tabling in Usdan, and holding a fundraising competition between North Quad and Massell Quad. They have also created a web account for online donations. So far, PCE has raised over $3,000 for the walk.

“Raising money and planning the walk has been really fun and rewarding,” said Ortbals. “It feels really good to work on a good cause with the people you live with.”

Donation establishes new IBS program

Louis and Barbara Perlmutter ’56 have donated $5 million to the International Business School to establish the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership.
The institute will focus on sharpening analytical decision-making skills.
“The institute will act as a bridge between the theoretical and technical knowledge that the student masters in the class room, and the pragmatic skills needed for success in the rapidly changing world of business and finance,” Senior Associate of Communications Mathew Parillo wrote in an e-mail to The Hoot.

-Ariel Wittenberg

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