News & Features
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.
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.
Professor Peipei Qiu talks to 51% about her book, Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for January 2015.
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.
Unraveling scientific controversies isn’t only a question of understanding the science but of analyzing the broader societal context in which they occur. A Science, Technology, and Society seminar aims to equip students to do just that.
As she has done for the past 25 years, Alice O’Keefe of the Field Work Office collected gifts for children of migrant farm workers, while others on campus made pies for the hungry, caroled at hospitals, collected toiletries for needy families, and more.
A 3.98 grade point average, combined with outstanding play on the soccer field, earned Zach Nasipak ‘15 first-team Academic All-American honors. He is the first Vassar student to earn the award, given to only 11 student athletes in the US.
On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, travel writer Bobbie Leigh ’55 writes about a Vassar Travel Program’s tour of Berlin that contrasted a vibrant, modern-day city with its weighty past.
Kaleidoscope, an annual celebration of Vassar’s international community, features traditional cuisine from around the world, a dessert contest, a talent show and photography competition, and a colorful flag ceremony.
Vassar’s equestrian team, a club sport sponsored by the Vassar Student Association, includes both experienced and novice riders and competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) events in the Hudson Valley.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for December 2014.
A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of November and December 2014.
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.
A roundup of Vassar and its alumnae/i, faculty members, students, administrators, and staff in the news for November and December 2014.
Head men’s soccer coach Andy Jennings, former Vassar athletic director who spearheaded the transformation of the college’s athletic programs and facilities, celebrated his 200th win this fall.
Ian Snyder ’17 interned at NASA’s Marshall Splace Flight Center last summer, working with physicist Dr. Alphonse Sterling to collect data on spicules, bursts of ionized gases that soar from the sun’s surface up to 25,000 miles into space.
A film major, a neuroscience major, three computer science majors, and a cog sci major put their heads together to create a platform for streaming 360° virtual reality videos. They see value not only for the gaming industry but education and fundraising, too.
Less than six weeks after she arrived on campus, Kate Christensen ’18 made Vassar tennis history: All-America status and advancement to the semifinals at the ITA National Small College Championships.
Since 1990, the children of immigrants have doubled in number, now representing 23% of the population of minors in the U.S. This course, “Children of Immigration,” explores how they are reshaping America and how America is reshaping them.
Posse Veteran Eduardo De La Torre '17 talks about his college experiences with U.S. News & World Report
Pantelis Kodogiannis ’95 isn’t just an attorney, he also plays one on the big screen. The lead actor in the soon-to-be-released Greek feature film Promakhos, Kodogiannis plays an attorney that takes on the British Museum, in the hopes of returning the Parthenon Marbles to Greece more than 200 years after they were removed.
“Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media,” a freshman writing seminar, explores issues such as climate change and fracking and teaches students how to dig for the science behind them and how to critically analyze the arguments presented in the media.
Two art majors, two physics majors, and a prospective math/physics major collaborated to create a science curriculum for middle schoolers using animated astronauts, cavemen, construction workers, bugs, cars, and paper airplanes to illustrate physics principles.
A roundup of Vassar athletics in action over the course of October 2014.
Six hundred Hudson Valley neighbors attended lectures, perused the artwork of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and soaked in the beauty of fall on campus during the fourth annual A Day at Vassar. To pull it off, more than 100 volunteers—faculty, students, administrators, and staff—donated hours of service for the October 18 event.
A preview of events on the Vassar campus for November 2014
During his first year out of Vassar, Ocasio Willson ’13 put his skills as a political science major to work as a legislative staffer in the N.Y. State Assembly. Now, frustrated by the slow pace of political change, he is turning his attention to real estate.
- In the Media - October 2014 Roundup (Posted 11/1/2014)
- Later, Jet Lag! (Posted 10/27/2014)
- Student Orgs Working to Get Out the Vote (Posted 10/24/2014)
- VCNY’s Unforgettable 4th Annual Fall Fête (Posted 10/22/2014)
- Oh, the Horror! (Posted 10/22/2014)