News & Features
The emerald ash borer has already been spotted about 25 miles north of Vassar and is expected to arrive by late July. Biology prof Margaret Ronsheim and her URSI fellow Tim Veit ’16 are deploying predator wasps to try to protect a dozen ash trees on campus.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for June 2015.
When Kevin Lee graduated with a degree in biology last year, he postponed graduate school for a year and completed three separate internships. Now he’s headed to Yale where he’ll pursue an MA in environmental management.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vassar has been one of the top 10 colleges in the country in producing Fulbright winners every year since 2007-08. Meet the new Fulbrights.
On the eve of Reunion weekend, Vassar and the Hudson Valley chapter of the Student Conservation Association surprised Liz Titus Putnam ’55, SCA founder, with the news that Hudson Valley SCA is moving its headquarters to the Vassar Farm in the fall.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for July 2015.
Nearly 2,000 alumnae/i returned to campus to celebrate Reunion 2015. Engaging in everything from get-togethers and special lectures to the annual BBQ and parade, alumnae/i and their families gathered to enjoy three days of activities and raised more than $16.8 million in gifts for Vassar.
Back in 1995, the men’s cycling team made Vassar history when they won the Eastern Collegiate Division II championship. These days, despite career and family obligations, about a dozen of them return to Potown every year for a couple of days of biking and camaraderie.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for May 2015.
Degrees were conferred to 610 members of the Class of 2015 at Vassar’s 151st Commencement on May 31. The recent graduates, along with their families and friends, heard from several speakers at Commencement, including keynote speaker Arianna Huffington (editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post), class president Zoe Heloise Fullerton ’15, and AAVC President Milbrey “Missie” Rennie Taylor ’68. Enjoy a photo gallery that captures the special day.
Many may remember Darra Goldstein ’73 as the guest editor of VQ’s popular EAT issue, published in the summer of 2013, but she’s better known as the founding editor of the James Beard Award-winning Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. Her latest project, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, is a nearly 900-page volume that examines our obsession with sugar and sweets.
A review of Vassar Athletics in action over the course of May 2015.
Linda Malone ’75, this year’s AAVC Spirit of Vassar Award recipient, is a law school professor, author, and champion for international human rights. In addition to writing numerous books and articles, Malone serves on the boards of several legal and human rights organizations and has worked on international cases including those involving war crimes.
One Year Out: Sara Drotzer ’14, master’s candidate, Richard Gilder Graduate School, Museum of Natural History.
Sara Drotzer’s childhood trips to the American Museum of Natural History sparked an early love of science. Now the 2014 Vassar grad is earning her master’s degree in teaching there and will soon begin sparking that passion in others.
Physics major Ariana Sharma ’16 had no plans to study abroad when she came to Vassar. But when she saw a poster in the College Center of a majestic sailing ship in the South Pacific, she changed her mind.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for June 2015.
After graduating with a major in drama and a correlate in English, Emily Breeze ’14 landed a paid internship as artistic resident at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. She’s currently directing her first professional production, The Boy at the Edge of Everything.
Students in “Sustainability Planning: Putting Theory into Practice” spent part of Spring Break in New York City, meeting with public officials (including two Vassar alums) and energy experts to learn about how sustainability policies are being implemented.
The 2015 Spring Convocation featured guest speaker James Kelly '09, Biology Professor Kathleen Susman, who delivered the Convocation address, and others. Read the speeches and look through photos from this annual rite of passage for students.
When Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold ’46 was elected to the Texas State Legislature in 1968, she became the only female member of the Texas House. She subsequently ran two spirited, highly competitive campaigns for Governor of Texas.
In her documentary directorial debut, Miriam Zimmerman ’82 brings to the screen This is Sparta!, telling the tale of Michael Oosterhout ’18 and his friends—a group of self-described high school nerds—who create and perform their own autobiographical musical.
Eunice Chou ’14 began doing research in biology professor Kate Susman’s lab freshman year and continued throughout her years at Vassar, studying the effects of a common fungicide on the central nervous system of nematodes. Now she’s pursuing her MD/PhD.
This June, a cultural collaboration among performing artists from Japan, Uganda, and Vassar College, will perform at the college, in New York City, and in Washington, D.C. Titled At Home in the World, the programs are directed by Tony Award winner John Caird.
A review of Vassar Athletics in action over the course of April 2015.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for April 2015.
Jelena Borak ’15 experienced first-hand the ethnic hatred that tore apart the Balkan states. Now the recipient of a Watson Fellowship, Borak will spend the next 12 months exploring how people in post-conflict societies use storytelling to heal the wounds of war.
A Science, Technology and Society major with a focus on computer science, Sharon Adongo ’14 and her business partner Dennis Onyango recently launched Uwazi, a company that helps nonprofits in Kenya use technology to support their goals.
On May 23-4, Nicholas Graham ’15 and his teammates, none of whom ever played rugby before coming to Vassar, will be vying for the national championship. Vassar is one of eight teams in the U.S. to qualify for the Rugby National Collegiate 7s Division II tournament.
Did you know that a single gram of soil contains up to a trillion bacteria and viruses? Scientists know quite a bit about the bacteria but much less about the viruses. Assistant biology professor David Esteban and Margaret Ginoza ’16 are hoping to change that.
Hundreds of family members and friends flocked to campus for All Families Weekend. Visitors were treated to tours, concerts, exhibitions, and more—including some stunning weather—as they spent time with their Vassar students. Check out our photo gallery to see some of the fun.
Playing the accordion didn’t make Jeremy Bloom ’12 any high school friends, but it eventually came in handy—first as an exchange student in Turkey, and later, a member of the Balkan music band Tipsy Oxcart. The five-member Brooklyn-based band is releasing its first album—and cookbook—in May.
Two out of 40 alumnae/i were selected to receive Vassar’s Time-Out Grant, which provides funding for alumnae/i looking to change careers or take time off to pursue a professional dream. The grant will offer Kathryn Tolbert ’74 the opportunity to create a collection of stories about Japanese war brides and will enable Jessica Forsyth ’95 to grow a foundation that helps at-risk urban youth.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for May 2015
Patricia Jordan ’72 was recently inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. A retired high school math teacher, Jordan also runs the Juanita James Memorial Scholarship Foundation—named after her mother—which provides financial assistance and mentoring to college students from Bronx housing projects.
President Catharine Hill interviewed on NPR's On Point about educating low-income students at elite colleges
Sahara Pradhan ’15 has been awarded a grant for her project “Let’s Go Home” from 100 Projects for Peace. To help stem the tide of young people leaving Nepal to become migrant workers, she will run an eight-week job skills training program.
Inspired in part by a love of mythology and folklore that was sparked by one of his first classes at Vassar, Max Gold ’10 wrote and is directing Beast, a dark re-telling of the classic fairytale, “Beauty and the Beast.”
Julia Cunningham ’17, a sophomore from Yardley, PA, broke three school and personal records in the 200-yard butterfly by the season’s end, earning All-American status with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division III championships.
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.
- The Washington Post talks with NARAL President Illyse Hogue '91 (Posted 6/11/2015)
- Max Kutner '11 investigates prisoner escapes in Newsweek article (Posted 5/6/2015)
- Paula Madison '74 talks to ABC News about her new book and documentary Finding Samuel Lowe (Posted 5/6/2015)
- Cool Courses: Putting Sustainability Theory into Practice (Posted 4/20/2015)
- Vassar Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's $1 Million Prize (Posted 4/7/2015)