News & Features
Jason Blum ’91, known for producing inexpensive independent horror movies—The Purge, Insidious, Paranormal Activity—that go on to make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, recently returned to Vassar to screen his latest feature, the critically acclaimed drama Whiplash, and to talk to film students about the business.
On Thursday, October 16, several generations of Vassarions met at the historic Lotos Club in Manhattan for the Vassar Club of New York’s (VCNY) 4th Annual Fall Fête. It was an unforgettable night of spectacular company, food, drink, and jazz.
Now in his second year in the PhD program in biology at the Mayo School of Graduate Education at the world famous Mayo Clinic, Brian Lu ’13 and his team are concentrating on research that may eventually lead to a treatment for diabetes.
What do you do with a degree in biochemistry and an interest in law enforcement? One year out of Vassar, Preston Miller ’13 is pursuing an MS in digital forensics at Marshall University, with a job waiting at one of the top NYC firms, Stroz Friedberg.
A month after she graduated, Asia Bryant ’14 moved to Atlanta, GA, to take a job writing software for AT&T. A computer science and psychology double major, Bryant says, “I love the job, and I love the location—there’s lots to do in Atlanta.”
Screening of documentary by journalist Paula Williams Madison ’74, who traced her family’s heritage to China, October 29, 2014
The film Finding Samuel Lowe draws from intimate interviews with Madison and her family. The 90-minute documentary uses original footage, family photos, and archival footage and documents to chronicle the journey of a celebratory meeting with 20 family members meeting 300 Chinese descendants of Samuel Lowe.
The new editor-in-chief of Jezebel, Emma Carmichael ’10, plans to put her stamp on the well-known women’s website. A former editor at the Hairpin and Deadspin—as well as the Miscellany News—Carmichael offers a look at the fast-paced world of online publishing and advice for those looking to find their way in.
Donna Nagy ’86 is executive associate dean for academic affairs and C. Ben Dutton professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Nagy filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the Obama administration in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, on which the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with the retail establishment. Nagy will discuss the Hobby Lobby case during a campus lecture on Wednesday.
NYT: Linda Fairstein '69 to serve as special advisor to SUNY as it overhauls its sexual assault policies
This year's Freshman Families Weekend included a panel discussion "Career Paths in Public Health."
Posse veteran Carl Callender '17 and President Hill are quoted in the New York Times about vets attending highly selective colleges
A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of September 2014.
Former AAVC President Geraldine “Gerry” Laybourne ’69 was honored with the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award. The award, bestowed earlier this month, is given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to humanitarian efforts in their communities and around the world.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for September 2014.
12 College Match students are enrolled in this year’s freshman class, thanks in large part to the Vassar chapter of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan), which hosts about 40 Los Angeles high school juniors during their annual tour of East Coast colleges.
Ten students were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants to become part of the college’s second cohort of veteran students participating in the Posse Foundation program initiated with Vassar in 2012.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for October 2014.
One year out of Vassar, Andrew Kim ’13 is part of a research team at Harvard Medical School that is tackling pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Kim’s team believe they have found a gene that may be promoting the progression of the disease.
This summer, Lanbo Yang ’15 used creative writing as a way to help homeless LGBTQ youths explore the issues they face. As part of his Burnam Summer Fellowship, he created and conducted a writing workshop for the Ali Forney Center in New York City, which offers myriad services for homeless LGBTQ youths. In his downtime, Yang—who has plans to become a physician—also volunteered at a Bronx medical clinic.
A double major in drama and philosophy, Andrew Rovner ’13 is working behind the scenes as a sound technician at the Steppenwolf, Jackalope, and Redmoon theater companies in Chicago. He’s also launched his own storefront theater group, First Floor.
Emily Izquierdo ’13 moved to L.A. with zero prospects but soon landed a job with Partizan Productions, a film and video production company. She’s since moved on to an animation studio called ShadowMachine that produces shows for Comedy Central.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of August 2014.
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.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for August 2014.
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
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for September 2014.
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.
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.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for August 2014.
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.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for July 2014.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take Matthew Vassar’s 1.4-minute crash course on Western Philosophers and heart your alma mater TODAY!
- Empowering Artists with WildSpice (Posted 7/22/2014)
- Amitava Kumar writes about Harry Roseman's photography for the Paris Review (Posted 7/22/2014)
- The Shojo Manga Craze (Posted 7/14/2014)
- Investigating p53, the Tumor Suppressor (Posted 7/14/2014)
- Looking Back on the 1960s: Leonard Steinhorn ’77 (Posted 7/9/2014)