After the landmark court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the New York Times published an op-ed from president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, who points to college and university admissions offices’ growing emphasis on socioeconomic class-based—versus race-conscious—affirmative action. Having earned a Bunton-Waller Scholarship at Penn State, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of English Eve Dunbar penned a reflective essay on affirmative action for Colorlines.com. President Catharine Hill commented on the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling in the Huffington Post and in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
President Hill also authored a New York Times letter to the editor that addresses Vassar’s efforts to bridge the civilian–military gap.
The Poughkeepsie Journal covered the major highlights of the 29th season of Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, which will include the musical Bright Star, based on an original story by multi-award-winning actor, playwright, and musician Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.
Morgan Twain-Peterson ’03, winemaker and founder of Bedrock Wine Company, a new-wave producer of “intense wines made from very old vines, with the aim of capturing and expressing California’s wine heritage,” was mentioned in the New York Times. Twain-Peterson is the son of Ravenswood Winery founder Joel Peterson.
The Los Angeles Times paid tribute to the life and legacy of Elisabeth Coleman ’66, who joined a groundbreaking 1970 sex discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek, the magazine for which she managed to work her way up from researcher to correspondent. Coleman went on to serve as the first woman press secretary to a California governor.
Organist and composer Joseph Bertolozzi ’81 captured the interest of the New York Times for transforming the Eiffel Tower into an enormous percussive instrument, as part of his latest public art installation, with rhythms recorded through a microphone by sound engineer Paul Kozel. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge served as Bertolozzi’s previous musical project!
The Reporter featured a profile of painter and muralist Max Mason ’75, who, with his pencil and sketchbook in hand, depicted all 18 holes of Merion Golf Club’s East Course—host of this year’s U.S. Open—in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. “Right now, I’m working on something called The Baseball Project that has me painting all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks,” he added.
The University of California, Irvine announced the appointment of cultural anthropologist Bill Maurer ’89 as dean of the School of Social Sciences. Following in the footsteps of Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Sciences Barbara Dosher, he will oversee seven academic departments, 15 research centers, 65 staff, 139 faculty members, and roughly 5,000 students.
The New York Times spoke with Debbie Treyz ’74 of J.P. Morgan Private Bank about charitable giving from one’s head and one’s heart. “We feel that people do start with this heartfelt desire to do good and they have all the good intentions in the world,” she maintains, “but giving dollars does not always translate into results.”
Vassar trustee Christianna Wood ’81, a chartered financial analyst and chartered alternative investment analyst with more than 30 years of experience managing institutional capital on a global scale, shared her professional views on divesting from the fossil fuel industry in University Business.
WFMZ-TV reported on the lifesaving work of Jacqueline Cutts ’09, founder, president, and chief executive officer of Safe Mothers, Safe Babies. Her efforts, which began as a project while studying public health at Vassar and later turned into a global initiative, have included partnering with another organization to install 22 solar suitcases in hospitals throughout Uganda, ultimately increasing live-birth deliveries by 53 percent.
Obie Award-winning set designer Norse “Beowulf” Boritt ’93 was interviewed by the Boston Globe. His artistry may be admired in The Two Gentlemen of Verona through July 28, as part of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common.
—Compiled by Jared Scott Tesler