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Brandeis Athletics Celebrates Homecoming, Oct. 12

If anyone knows how to get the attention of alumni athletes at Brandeis, it’s Jessica Bergman ’91. A three-sport athlete (basketball, softball and track) as an undergraduate, Bergman has maintained strong ties to her former teammates and coaches since graduation.

bergman"My connection to Brandeis was always through athletics,” said Bergman, who has consistently supported school teams and even issued a matching gift challenge to fellow women athletes that raised nearly $10,000.

When Alumni Association Board President Adam J. Rifkin ’97 asked her last year to join the board and help engage more alumni athletes, Bergman jumped at the chance. “I was thrilled to help find ways to get athletes, as well as members of other affinity groups, more involved in the Brandeis community.”

By her second board meeting, Bergman already had a plan. Spurred by the recent success of the men’s and women’s soccer teams and discovering that coaches Mike Coven and Denise Dallamora have a combined 75 years of service at Brandeis, she decided it was time to celebrate. Rifkin and Douglas Affinito ’80, board vice president in charge of constituent relations, agreed.

The result: Athletics Homecoming, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12. Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, Friends of Brandeis Athletics (FOBA) and the Alumni Club of Greater Boston, the day-long celebration will feature a barbecue, men’s and women’s soccer games against University Athletic Association rival University of Rochester, a ceremony honoring Coven and Dallamora, and the  Joseph M. Linsey Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner.  President Frederick Lawrence and several members of the Alumni Association board will be in attendance at various events throughout the day. There will also be an alumni softball game at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

“After seeing President Lawrence and his wife, Kathy, cheering wildly at the Brandeis basketball game against NYU, I knew that it was time to celebrate all of our current and former athletes and their incredible successes,” said Bergman, who will travel to campus from New York where she works in sales for Credit Suisse.

“This is an opportunity for alumni athletes to gather and celebrate Brandeis athletics, reconnect with old teammates, and make new connections with other alumni who share a common interest,” said Affinito. “It is a great example of our new initiative to bring together alumni with common interests. We will continue to instigate other forums for alumni affinity groups to coalesce around common interests, which will foster tighter connections between alumni and Brandeis.”

Admission to Athletics Homecoming events is complimentary. Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony are $100 per person ($60 non-tax deductible). 

Categories: Events, Alumni Profile
Date: September 27, 2013