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One Year Out: Sharon Adongo ’14, Tech Consulting Entrepreneur

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.

Watson Fellow Jelena Borak ’15: Seven Countries in 12 Months

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.

Men’s Rugby Heads to Nationals

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.

A Professor and His Research Intern: Going Viral

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.

Time-Out Grants Aid Two Alumnae

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.

All Families Weekend

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.

Jeremy Bloom ’12: A Man and His Accordion

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.

Meryl Streep '71 to fund screenwriting lab for women over 40, reports the Daily News

Cool Courses: Putting Sustainability Theory into Practice

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.

On Campus - May 2015 Preview

A preview of events on the Vassar campus for May 2015

Professor Hua Hsu pens The Fader cover story about comedian Hannibal Buress

Patricia Jordan ’72 Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

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: One of 100 Projects for Peace

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.

Max Gold ’10 Directs Beast

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 Earns All-American at NCAA Division III Championships

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.

Vassar Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's $1 Million Prize

Students Trounce the Faculty/Staff Team in the 6th Annual Match-up

Vassar’s faculty and staff squad put up a good fight in the first half of the 6th annual student-faculty basketball game, but in the second half, the students ran over, around, and through the wheezing Old School squad, cruising to a 10-point lead that held to the end.

A Conversation with Julian Williams, Vassar’s Title IX Officer

Meet Julian R. Williams, Esq., college’s Title IX officer responsible for conducting investigations of alleged violations of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies, including sexual assault and harassment.

The Sports Page

A review of Vassar Athletics in action over the course of March 2015.

5 Questions: RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will deliver the inaugural Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society on April 2. Her talk is titled The New Polytechnic: Addressing Global Challenges, Transforming the World.

All Families Weekend

All Families Weekend will have much to offer the parents, siblings, and friends who come to campus April 17-19.

AAAVC Celebrates 30 Years

There is plenty in store for the African American Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College's 11th Triennial, which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group. Beginning April 10, the weekend will include an interview with Dr. June Jackson Christmas ’45-4 about pioneering activism.

In the Media - March 2015 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for March 2015.

On Campus - April 2015 Preview

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

Cool Courses: Comedy, or the Importance of Being “Stoopid”

In “The Art of Acting: Comedy,” associate professor of drama Shona Tucker uses the works of Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ionesco, among others, and teaches her students the ancient art of mime and other physical comedy to preach the importance of being “stoopid.”

Telling the James Baldwin Story

Documentary filmmaker Karen Thorsen ’68 has used her renowned film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket as a tool within a larger project to spur conversations about race and diversity. Titled the James Baldwin Project: Conversations with Jimmy, the program uses the writings and words of Baldwin to provide hope and empowerment.

Jane Smiley '71 talks with Chronogram about her new trilogy, The Last Hundred Years

Vassar Travel Program: Seeing the Unexplored India

This winter, 22 alumnae and friends joined a Vassar Travel Program trip to India led by knowledgeable guides Glen and Sipra Johnson. Carla De Landri ’78 describes the incredible sights and sounds of Gujarat.

The Sports Page

A review of Vassar Athletics in action over the course of February 2015.

In the Media – February 2015 Roundup

A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for February 2015.

On Campus - March 2015 Preview

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

Judith Regan '75 talks to the New York Times about her new publishing house, Regan Arts

Teaching After War

An expert on post-conflict human rights education, professor and author Tracey Holland is dedicated to helping the marginalized. From her fieldwork building schools in Nicaragua, Angola, and Mexico to her service as faculty director of Vassar’s Urban Education Initiative, Holland seeks to ensure a quality education for those who need it most.

Vassar Athletes Take the Polar Plunge

Organized by the Vassar chapter of the Student Athletes Advisory Council, the Vassar delegation to the Polar Plunge at a lake in Fishkill, NY, raised about $1,000 for Special Olympics programs in New York State.

The Los Angeles Times writes about Jason Kassin '90 and his Hollywood software company, FilmTrack Inc.

For the Sake of Argument

Over Winter Break, three members of the Vassar Debate Society –all political science majors or double majors--traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they finished in the top half of the 350-team field at the World Universities Debate Championships.

A Taste of Teaching

Awarded a Winter Break internship by the Urban Education Institute, Jose Herrera ’18 tutored and mentored physics students in Boston for three weeks in January. He says he learned two things: teaching physics is hard, and it’s what he wants to do.

Vassar Action Plan Aims to Strengthen Campus Community

Like college campuses across the country, Vassar has been grappling with issues relating to race, class, anti-Semitism, and sexual assault, as well as continuing tensions stemming from differing viewpoints about the Middle East. President Catharine Hill recently outlined steps to address these concerns as part of the college’s ongoing efforts to ensure an equitable and supportive community.

The Sports Page

A preview of Vassar athletics in action over the course of January 2015.

Sophomore Career Connections

Sophomore Career Connections: Linking Liberal Arts to the World of Work brought 152 sophomores back to campus early from winter break to spend the weekend attending workshops, networking, and gaining valuable career insight from more than 50 participating alumnae/i and parents.

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.


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