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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.

"Class of 2014" Retirees

We've gathered photos of several longtime employees who accepted Vassar's early retirement incentive and departed the college in 2014. These include shots taken in December at the college's annual employee holiday party, photos from the Vassar archives, and personal photos that were provided.

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.

On Campus - February Preview

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

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.

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.

The Sports Page

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

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.

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.


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