News & Features


Imrul Islam ’17 Captures “Songs of the Sea”

With a grant from Vassar’s June Ross Marks Travel Fund, Imrul Islam ’17 traveled to coastal villages of his native Bangladesh to learn more about the lives of fishermen and to tell their stories through photographs in a blog entitled “Songs of the Sea.”

Minerva Tantoco '86 named New York City's chief technology officer, reports Crain's

Testing, Testing, Testing

President George W. Bush predicted that test scores would rise under No Child Left Behind, but more than a decade later, they haven’t. Education professor Chris Bjork and Ford Scholar Kyle DeAngelis ’16 are looking at why.

Exploring College Program Changes Lives

Vassar initiated the Exploring College program in 2009 to increase college attendance rates for promising students from low-income families in Poughkeepsie and nearby. Almost all of the participants do go on to college, but NaIa Jackson is the first who will attend Vassar.

One Year Out: Hannah Bober ’13, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Hannah Bober ’13 says that one of her post-Vassar goals was to get out of her comfort zone and expand her experiences. “AmeriCorps definitely did that for me,” she says. Right after graduation, she moved to rural Minnesota to work at a Boys and Girls Club.

One Year Out: Dan Flynn ’13, City Year Boston

Dan Flynn’s long-term career goal is to practice law, but he took a year before applying to law schools to volunteer for City Year in the poverty stricken Dorchester section of Boston, an experience that he says will shape the rest of his life.

Tobias Armborst of Interboro Partners: Planning Ahead For the Next Big One

Vassar assistant professor of art and urban studies Tobias Armborst and his partners at Interboro are the creators of one of the four plans selected from more than 140 to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and protect Long Island from future storms.

Diving Into Research

Now in its fifth year, Diving Into Research gave Chase Morgan-Floyd, Alexandra Frazier, and four other members of the incoming class an opportunity to experience original research at the college level before the beginning of the semester.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018 brings 665 freshmen to Vassar’s campus, including 36 valedictorians, students from 46 states and 31 foreign countries, and 74 first-generation college students. Among our newest students are class council presidents, editors-in-chief, authors, musicians, veterans, and varsity sports captains. Read more about the class.

The Sports Page

A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of August 2014.

Juliet Theater Gets New Life

The Juliet building has a celebrated history as the go-to place for campus moviegoers for more than 50 years—it operated as a cinema from 1938 to 1990. The extensively renovated brick building now has a new life as the Vassar College Store.

In the Media – August Round-up

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

Protection From the Storm

Assistant Professor of Art and Urban Studies Tobias Armborst and his colleagues at Interboro Partners are the creators of one of the four plans selected from more than 140 to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and protect Long Island from future storms.

President Hill co-authors Wall Street Journal op-ed about collaboration between Vassar and West Point

On Campus – September 2014 Preview

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

Vassar Viewbook Wins UCDA Awards

Vassar's new viewbook for prospective students won two awards from the University and College Designers Association, including a Silver award in the recruitment/viewbook category and an Award of Excellence in the photography category.

Time-Out Grant applications now available online

Studying in China

Four Vassar alums will soon embark on a unique study abroad trip, each spending several months at a Chinese university via the Chinese Government Scholarship. Their studies will include Chinese language, international diplomacy, and visual arts and design.

On Campus – August 2014 Preview

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

Powerhouse Theater Training Program: Freedom to Fail

According to three Vassar students who spent the summer in the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, learning how to work with criticism is one of the keys to growth as an artist.

Vijay Das '06 offers his thoughts on expanding Medicare for all Americans on CNN

Paula Madison '74 talks to Poynter about the search for her family's Chinese roots

In the Media – July 2014 Roundup

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

Orange Is the New Black Villain Comes Clean

Alysia Reiner ’92 plays a tough, unfeeling, and law-breaking assistant warden on Orange Is the New Black , but in real life, she is dedicated to helping improve the lives of women entangled in the criminal justice system. For her volunteer efforts, Reiner was recently honored by the Women’s Prison Association.

It Got Better

In their web series It Got Better, Dan Bucatinsky ’87 and Lisa Kudrow ’85 give LGBTQ celebrities a chance to share their stories of adolescent struggles with today’s teenagers, many of whom are facing similar feelings of hopelessness.

One Year Out: Documentary Filmmaker Elena Gaby ‘13

One year out of Vassar, Elena Gaby ’13, who recently won Best Student Documentary at Cannes for her Vassar senior thesis film, is living in NYC, chasing freelance opportunities, and waitressing at a sports bar to close the gap.

Five Questions for Barbara Scheiber '42

At the age of 92, Barbara Scheiber ’42 published her first novel, We’ll Go to Coney Island. It’s a tale of the courtship between Scheiber’s parents, followed by the dissolution of their marriage. The book is inspired by the author’s childhood, growing up in a Jewish emigrant enclave in New York City.

The Physics Classroom of the Future

Under the auspices of the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI), Adam Warner ’17 and physics lecturer David Rishell are using animation and other multimedia tools to convert traditional physics experiments into interactive, digital versions.

Building Robots To Study Evolution

Four Vassar students in the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute are participating in a two-year project in evolutionary robotics funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. Phase one: building a fleet of robots using a 3D printer.

One Year Out: Dante Varotsis ’13 Offers a Helping Hand

Dante Varotsis ’13, an aspiring physician and a member of an online community that brings together designers, fabricators, and distributors of 3-D printed prosthetics, is literally offering a hand to those in need.

The Art and the Science of Acoustics

How exactly do sound waves travel, and what happens when they hit an array of 200 diffusers along the way? Physics prof David Bradley and his students are investigating those questions in the college’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute.

Pitching in at Local Non-Profits

Susie Martinez, Ishan Desai-Geller, and Ariadne Skoufos are part of a team of 11 Vassar students working this summer at Poughkeepsie non-profit social service agencies under the auspices of the college’s Community Fellows program.

Empowering Artists with WildSpice

Sienna Brown ’13, Alyssa Aparicio ’11, and Indiana Garcia ’11 are giving photographers, writers, and visual artists a platform for artistic expression with their arts magazine, WildSpice. The founders say their focus is on quality over quantity.

Amitava Kumar writes about Harry Roseman's photography for the Paris Review

The Shojo Manga Craze

Ford scholar Anne Fritzon ’16 studies the social impact of Shojo manga, a wildly popular comic book craze among women in Japan featuring teen girls who use courage and intelligence rather than physical beauty to find love and happiness.

Investigating p53, the Tumor Suppressor

Hundreds of thousands of researchers worldwide are actively engaged in the effort to understand and combat cancer—including three Vassar students who are using some novel approaches to investigate the disease under the supervision of chem prof Kelly Thayer.

President Catharine Hill writes in the Washington Post about increasing socioeconomic diversity at selective colleges

Five Questions with Recipe Developer and Tester Linda Hall ’83

You might not know it, but chances are you’ve seen a recipe by Linda Hall ’83. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Hall spent a few years working in the kitchens of New York City before starting a 15-year career in the test kitchen of Kraft, where she developed recipes used in millions of American homes.

Reclaiming the legacy of an ecology pioneer

This summer, with the help of two Undergraduate Research Summer Institute fellows, biology professor Margaret Ronsheim is continuing her quest to restore a unique 3.5-acre outdoor laboratory created in the 1920s by biology professor Edith Roberts.

What do we do now?

Their four years in the Vassar Bubble suddenly behind them, members of the class of 2014 are facing The Big Question: “What do we do now?” Some are off to graduate school, but most are testing the job market. Find out what nine newly minted grads have planned.

The New York Times Magazine looks at the work of fashion designer and writer Elizabeth Hawes '25

Olivia Iloetonma '14 talks with the Washington Post about the difficulty of educating Nigeria's girls

Reunion 2014

Nearly 2,000 alumnae/i, friends, and family came to campus June 14 and 15 for Reunion 2014. In addition to seeing old friends and making new ones, alumnae/i had plenty of time to enjoy concerts, dancing, lectures, tours, and the annual parade. It was an all-around fantastic weekend!

“Topping Out” the Bridge Building

Steelworkers recently hoisted the final beam atop Vassar's "bridge" building in a ceremony known as “topping out"—which takes place when a building has reached its maximum height. It's considered an important milestone in construction, one commemorated with quirky traditions. Read more about the origins of the ceremony and find out what Vassar did to honor the occasion.

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