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Dana Stevens '88 authors a NYT op-ed about writing—is it a job, or something more?

Vassar Alumnae/i Nominated for Academy Awards

Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre will host at least two Vassar alumnae/i during the 87th annual Academy Awards—producer Jason Blum ’91 and actress Meryl Streep ’71. A newcomer to the awards scene, Blum produced the film Whiplash, which received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Streep was nominated for Best Supporting Actress—her record-setting 19th nomination—for her role as the witch in Into the Woods.

Gavin Huntley-Fenner '90 writes about human error, lab safety, and Ebola in the Los Angeles Times

Five Questions for Noa Meyer '96

As the global program director for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women program, Noa Meyer ’96 fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs with business education, mentoring, networking, and access to capital. With partners such as the World Bank and the Clinton Global Initiative, the 10,000 Women program has realized much success.

Professor Peipei Qiu talks to 51% about her book, Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves.

On Campus - January Preview

A preview of events on the Vassar campus for January 2015.

Lisa Kudrow '85 Wins People Performance of the Year Award

An Intern Finds Her Passion

Nicole Wong ’15 began as an intern at Family Services last year, worked full time as a domestic violence counselor over the summer, and has now been named senior high-risk case manager at Domestic Violence Services even though she won’t graduate until May.

Unraveling Scientific Controversies

Unraveling scientific controversies isn’t only a question of understanding the science but of analyzing the broader societal context in which they occur. A Science, Technology, and Society seminar aims to equip students to do just that.

It Takes a Campus

As she has done for the past 25 years, Alice O’Keefe of the Field Work Office collected gifts for children of migrant farm workers, while others on campus made pies for the hungry, caroled at hospitals, collected toiletries for needy families, and more.

Academic All-American: Zach Nasipak ‘15

A 3.98 grade point average, combined with outstanding play on the soccer field, earned Zach Nasipak ‘15 first-team Academic All-American honors. He is the first Vassar student to earn the award, given to only 11 student athletes in the US.

Berlin: Vassar Travel Beyond the Wall

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, travel writer Bobbie Leigh ’55 writes about a Vassar Travel Program’s tour of Berlin that contrasted a vibrant, modern-day city with its weighty past.

Home away from Home

Kaleidoscope, an annual celebration of Vassar’s international community, features traditional cuisine from around the world, a dessert contest, a talent show and photography competition, and a colorful flag ceremony.

Not Just Horsing Around

Vassar’s equestrian team, a club sport sponsored by the Vassar Student Association, includes both experienced and novice riders and competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) events in the Hudson Valley.

On Campus - December Preview

A preview of events on the Vassar campus for December 2014.

The Sports Page

A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of November and December 2014.

Less Than One Year Out: Olivia Iloetonma ’14, Impact Investment Analyst

Right out of Vassar, Olivia Iloetonma ’14 went to work for D. Capital Partners, an impact investment firm that aims to raise the standard of living in developing countries by making investments that have a solid financial return as well as a social return.

In the Media – November and December 2014 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for November and December 2014.

200+ Wins for Coach Jennings

Head men’s soccer coach Andy Jennings, former Vassar athletic director who spearheaded the transformation of the college’s athletic programs and facilities, celebrated his 200th win this fall.

A Summer Studying the Sun

Ian Snyder ’17 interned at NASA’s Marshall Splace Flight Center last summer, working with physicist Dr. Alphonse Sterling to collect data on spicules, bursts of ionized gases that soar from the sun’s surface up to 25,000 miles into space.

Grab your virtual reality goggles and buckle your seat belt!

A film major, a neuroscience major, three computer science majors, and a cog sci major put their heads together to create a platform for streaming 360° virtual reality videos. They see value not only for the gaming industry but education and fundraising, too.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies 253: Children of Immigration

Since 1990, the children of immigrants have doubled in number, now representing 23% of the population of minors in the U.S. This course, “Children of Immigration,” explores how they are reshaping America and how America is reshaping them.

A Vassar First for All-American Kate Christensen ‘18

Less than six weeks after she arrived on campus, Kate Christensen ’18 made Vassar tennis history: All-America status and advancement to the semifinals at the ITA National Small College Championships.

Posse Veteran Eduardo De La Torre '17 talks about his college experiences with U.S. News & World Report

From the Courtroom to the Big Screen

Pantelis Kodogiannis ’95 isn’t just an attorney, he also plays one on the big screen. The lead actor in the soon-to-be-released Greek feature film Promakhos, Kodogiannis plays an attorney that takes on the British Museum, in the hopes of returning the Parthenon Marbles to Greece more than 200 years after they were removed.

Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media

“Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media,” a freshman writing seminar, explores issues such as climate change and fracking and teaches students how to dig for the science behind them and how to critically analyze the arguments presented in the media.

Fun with Physics

Two art majors, two physics majors, and a prospective math/physics major collaborated to create a science curriculum for middle schoolers using animated astronauts, cavemen, construction workers, bugs, cars, and paper airplanes to illustrate physics principles.

Stacy Pettit '81 elected Albany County Surrogate Court Judge reports Times Union


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