A Look Back at The Past 12 Months at Yeshiva University
For Yeshiva University, 2017 was a year of new beginnings, outstanding achievements and memorable moments.
In September, the YU community celebrated the historic investiture of Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as the school’s fifth president and welcomed his vision for the future of the University. Just weeks after Dr. Berman spoke at the ceremony, proclaiming his goal of leading YU to the frontlines of engagement with a rapidly changing world, the University convened a conference of scholars, experts and communal leaders to explore the challenges and opportunities of the “world of tomorrow.”
In 2017, the University also celebrated the graduation of more than 1,700 students from its undergraduate colleges and graduate schools, as well as the ordination of more than 130 new rabbis at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary’s Chag HaSemikhah. The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys marked its centennial with a yearlong celebration.
YU launched a host of new educational offerings this year, including master’s degrees in enterprise risk management and data analytics and visualization at The Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies, a master’s in taxation at Sy Syms School of Business, and a joint BA/MSW program between the undergraduate schools and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. A new partnership in electrical engineering with Tel Aviv University and expanded offerings in computer sciences and mathematics furthered YU’s commitment to STEM programs and to preparing its graduates for the marketplace of tomorrow.
2017 was another great year for faculty accomplishments. The University received funding for mental health services and business startup incubation, as well as faculty and student research grants in space travel, chemistry, physics, cancer treatment, school safety, psychology and undergraduate scholarship. YU-affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine received a record $174 million in NIH research funding.
Students helped advance Dr. Berman’s message of “promoting the moral and material betterment of human society around the world” this year. Following a January immigration ban, students at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law helped secure the release of five immigrants detained at JFK Airport. In the aftermath of the shocking and disturbing events in Charlottesville in August, faculty across the University shared their reflections. Over the summer, students organized summer camps aimed at empowering and inspiring Israeli youth. Following the devastating floods in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, students embarked on several cleanup and disaster relief missions in September.
Back on campus, YU held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated 20,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza on West 185th Street. 2017 was also a historic year for YU Athletics, which inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class and saw the women’s tennis team win its conference championship and become the first women’s program in school history to earn a bid into the NCAA tournament.
Looking forward to the year ahead!