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Acclaimed physicist and Vassar alumna Sau Lan Wu will deliver the address at the 150th Vassar College Commencement exercises, on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Acclaimed physicist and Vassar alumna Sau Lan Wu will deliver the address at the 150th Vassar College Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The commencement program will begin at the campus Outdoor Amphitheater at 10:00am. A crowning achievement in Dr. Wu’s illustrious career was her integral role in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, popularly known as the “God particle,”

Tananbaum Fellowship will enable Hannah Van Demark ’15 to intern with the Senate Banking Committee and look at foreign policy factors influencing U.S. economic stability.

Last summer, Hannah Van Demark ’15 completed an internship in rural Bolivia with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. This summer, supported by a Tananbaum Fellowship, Van Demark will intern with the Senate Banking Committee in Washington, D.C.

Tananbaum Fellow Tamsin Chen ’15 will spend the summer working for the iF Foundation, an NGO that provides aid to farmers in rural Haiti.

Tananbaum Fellow Tamsin Chen ’15 will spend the summer working for the iF Foundation, an NGO that provides aid to farmers in rural Haiti. Chen’s interest in Haiti began her first year at Vassar when she joined the Vassar Haiti Project.

Journalist Max Kutner '11 pens Newsweek cover story on suicides among farmers

Max Kutner's story "Death on the Farm" examines the troubling tend toward suicides among farmers across the country, as well efforts to stop it.

The Daughter of…

Given to Vassar by her children, the papers of Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald Lanaham Smith, Vassar class of ’42 and the daughter of F. Scott and Zelda, have now been processed and are available to researchers and the public in the Archives and Special Collections Library.

Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque ’00 Screens Documentary on Sudan

For decades, Sudan has been fraught with political strife between North and South, Christians and Muslims. In her documentary The Longest Kiss, award-winning filmmaker and activist Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque ’00 follows six Sudanese youths, offering portraits of Northern Sudanese struggling under dictatorship and Southern Sudanese starting over as citizens of a newly formed nation.

Vine removal project, campus trash pickup, a planting party and picnic, a dinner, and a food security workshop are some of the activities planned for Earth Day.

The Committee for Sustainability will host a vine removal project and campus-wide trash pickup Wednesday, April 23 in observance of Earth Day. VEG (Vassar Experimental Garden), Vassar Greens, Slow Food, and the Animal Rights Coalition also have activities planned.

Inside Cuba

Isabel Moore ’15 spent the fall of 2013 in a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. She intended to document daily life in Havana through photographs, but she was frustrated with the “stereotypical” images she produced. The solution? Distribute disposable cameras to Cubans throughout the city. The resulting images are part of a Faculty Commons exhibition in the College Center this month.

Born Free's Animal Advocate Adam Roberts

The summer after his freshman year at Vassar, Adam Roberts ’90 saw a film about the treatment of livestock at slaughterhouses. He became a vegetarian and, later, an animal rights advocate. Now, he’s the CEO of Born Free USA.

Author Rebecca Stead '89 to speak at Met Museum Presents event "Spark: It's About Time"

New independent Vassar College store and BurgerFi restaurant to move into former Juliet Theater property in the Arlington neighborhood

The store will open late this summer in the former Juliet Theater space across from the campus at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview avenues. It will succeed the current Vassar Bookstore which the college has jointly operated for many years with the Barnes & Noble company. Adjacent to the Vassar store a BurgerFi restaurant will also open in a portion of the Juliet space.

Alumnae/i Advise in a Tough Job Market

In the face of a tough job market, a recent Career Development Office networking event brought students face-to-face with successful alumnae/i, providing a welcome antidote for seniors’ pre-graduation angst.

The New York Times remembers "Cultural Matchmaker" Priscilla Morgan '41

Reunion registration is open for all classes ending in 4 and 9

Editors Honor 100 Years of the Misc

At a recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Miscellany News, both current and six decades of past editors gathered to reminisce. The campus newspaper veterans recalled important stories of the day—from national elections to the Civil Rights Movement—and laughed at inside jokes about sleepless production nights.

Writing Food

Cookbook authors Liz Crain ’00 and JJ Goode ’03 love food—and writing. But it took lots of surprising detours and chutzpah to find their way to success. Their most recent releases—Goode’s Pok Pok and Crain’s Toro Bravo—offer plenty to tempt the taste buds.

Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp '05 talks with the New York Times about opening the first company store in SoHo

Smiles and Stitches

With a lot of creativity and even a good deal of sewing, Eric Black ’94 and his family are looking to make their way in a new business venture—creating good monsters. What started as a Hanukkah gift from a three-year-old to her father has grown into a family-owned and operated small business that aims to help chase away kids’ nighttime fears while giving back to those in need.

Dan Bucatinsky '87 appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show to talk about the new season of the hit television show Scandal

Academy-award nominated writer John Gatins '90 talks about his new movie Need for Speed with the Poughkeepsie Journal

Edward Pittman '82, associate dean of Campus Life and Diversity, publishes article on helping young black and Latino men succeed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Photography and Activism: Ethnographic Art

Photographer Cebe Loomis ’13 explored the responsibilities inherent in ethnographic filmmaking when she traveled to Bali, Indonesia, to document the final stages of Bitter Honey, a film about polygamy among three Balinese families.

Science Improvements

New England Building surprisingly aglow at night—wrapped in insulation material, so exterior work can proceed in the cold—has been a warming campus sight this winter. It has also been a reminder that Vassar will soon begin enjoying benefits of the Integrated Science Center project, when New England and Sanders Physics reopen with significant upgrades.

Mission to Mars

Max Fagin ’10, currently pursuing an M.A. in aerospace engineering, is among the 1,058 people in the running for the first trip to Mars planned by Mars One, a private company founded by Netherlands billionaire Bas Lansdorp.

Faces of Vassar

In Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation, artist Bruce Bundock pays tribute to the hardworking people who are behind the scenes of the college’s day-to-day operations. The exhibit—on display at the Palmer Gallery through March 13—offers 22 acrylic paintings featuring Vassar’s carpenters, electricians, maintenance workers, and food service personnel.

Words in Air

One never knows when inspiration will strike. For poet Alice Kavounas ’66, the burgeoning popularity of GPS-based smartphone applications like Foursquare brought a burgeoning idea to light—creating an app that would bring poetry to its users in a unique way.

Sibyl Goldman '92 hired by Facebook to head Hollywood outreach team, reports Variety

The Senior Project

An original thesis, a study on the effects of fungicides, an original musical, and an innovative urban design project: these projects give Vassar seniors an opportunity to create a tangible representation of their intellectual growth over four years.

Cutting Along the Color Line

Associate Professor of History Quincy T. Mills is getting a host of media attention for his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America. Most recently, the author appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss his book, which illustrates the cultural significance of barber shops within the African American community.

Music for Movies

As a teenager, Jamie Christopherson ’97 watched the film The Mission and knew what he was destined to do—create scores for films. For more than a decade, Christopherson has done that and more, creating music for films, television shows, video games, and other media. His latest score is for a television movie based on the book Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Friendship and Intimacy in the Digital Age

In Friendship and Intimacy in the Digital Age—the third presentation in the “From the Pub” series—sociologist Michael Kimmel ’72 and girls leadership educator Rachel Simmons ’96 discuss friendships among those coming of age now. What does intimacy look like between friends today? And what role do technology and social media play in enhancing or disrupting intimacy? Watch the provocative discussion!

Imrul Islam ’17: A Super Human of Vassar

Inspired by the Humans of New York, a popular blog by photographer Brandon Stanton, Vassar first-year student Imrul Islam began Superhumans of Vassar, a photo blog of people he’s met since coming to Vassar.

Breath of Freedom

African American veterans serving in post-WWII Europe couldn’t help but notice the freedom they had overseas—a stark contrast to the Jim Crow laws back home in the U.S. The tale of their struggle is documented in the film Breath of Freedom, modeled after the book of the same name by Vassar Professor of History Maria Höhn.

Beyond the Wall

Marine Corps veteran Jack Eubanks ’17, director Emily Breeze ’14, and several other drama majors present Beyond the Wall, a semi-autobiographical play coauthored by Eubanks

Adene Wilson ’69 talks about Modfest

Twelve years after creating Modfest with her husband, Vassar Professor of Music Richard Wilson, Adene “Dee” Wilson talks about her inspiration how the festival has changed over the years from. A trained violinist and music major, Wilson’s goal is to bring 20th and 21st century art to today’s students.

Mary McCarthy Remembered

Friends, colleagues, and admirers of author Mary McCarthy ’33 assembled on Manhattan’s Upper East Side this January to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth and the 50th anniversary of her influential and controversial novel The Group. (McCarthy is shown here in Paris with son Reuel.) Read remembrances of the author known for her formidable intelligence, style, and wit—and see images from the event.

Vassar ranks seventh on Princeton Review's 2014 Best Value list for private colleges reported the Poughkeepsie Journal

The New York Times remembers Martha Beck '60, museum curator and founder of the Drawing Center in SoHo

Winters Past

Audio producers Isaac Kestenbaum ’03 and Josie Holtzman ’06 used their production talents to bring tales of winter to life on the website Winters Past. The duo brings together narratives about everything from ice yachting on the Hudson River to ice harvesting in Connecticut, with interviews and sound clips relating to climate change.

Inside Higher Ed details White House summit on college access attended by President Hill

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund head Sherrilyn Ifill '84 talks about over-criminalized discipline policies at U.S. schools on PBS Newshour

Harper's magazine features an excerpt from A Matter of Rats by Professor of English Amitava Kumar

Matthew Vassar’s Crash Course on Western Philosophers

Take Matthew Vassar’s 1.4-minute crash course on Western Philosophers and heart your alma mater TODAY!

URSI robotics project uses autonomous robots to study the process of evolution

Two Vassar students are studying the behavior of some robots this summer in what biology professor John Long calls the “Evolutionary Olympics.” And while the project, conducted as part of Vassar’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI), is still in its early stages, Long and his students are demonstrating that robots do have the capacity to evolve.


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