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In the Media - October 2013 Roundup

Vassar College ranks fifth in producing Fulbright Scholars compared to other bachelor's degree-granting institutions, according to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article reports that 11 Vassar students were granted the awards for the 2013-14 academic year.*
Brent Feigenbaum ’82

Scotsman Guide’s website published the article, "Let Your Message Resonate Globally" by Brent Feigenbaum ’82, who offers advice on creating effective global marketing campaigns for companies with multiple international locations.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dara Greenwood wrote an opinion piece in Psychology Today about the open letter from Sinéad O’Connor to Miley Cyrus—the topic of which included misrepresentations of gender and identity in popular culture.

The New York Times chose the film Bridegroom as a Critics' Pick. The documentary chronicles the legal and emotional difficulties faced by Shane Bitney Crone, the partner of Tom Bridegroom '06, following Bridegroom’s sudden death in 2011. 

Biology professor and Chair of the Biology Department John Long gave a FORA.tv talk, “How the Need for Speed Drives Evolution,” to the California Academy of Sciences. The host of the talk was Bart Shepherd MA ’97.

The Hudson Valley Reporter wrote about the Vassar Alumni Baseball Game that took place on October 5. The game pitted alumni versus alumni for a day of fun at Prentiss Field.

The Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was featured in Rural Intelligence. The exhibit has been written about in several publications, including Roll Magazine and the New York Times. It runs through December 15.

Geography professor and Chair of the Earth Science and Geography Department Joseph Nevins discussed the documentary The Act of Killing, which details the government-sanctioned killing of hundreds of thousands in Indonesia beginning in 1965 in an Al Jazeera article. He offers a critique of U.S. complicity in the killings by failing to intervene and its alliance with Indonesia and its leaders.

The successful Vassar 150: World Changing campaign, which raised more than $431 million, was illuminated in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Daily Journal, the Hudson Valley Reporter, and on foxny.com and YNN.

Hannah Kullberg ’10 was featured in a story in the Portland Tribune’s Sustainable Life section. The article focuses on Kullberg, co-founder of The Better Bean Company, and the new, fully-recyclable packaging used in the vegan products her company makes.

Rebecca Eaton ’69, executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!, was a guest on the radio show Commonwealth Club. The interview included discussions of Masterpiece Theatre, Downton Abbey, and other programming produced by Eaton. She was also featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Kansas City Star for her new book, Making Masterpiece.

High school drama teacher Art Almquist ’89 was named one of People magazine’s 2013 Teachers of the Year. Almquist teaches at Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson, Ariz. The magazine announced that he is also the recipient of the first Readers’ Choice award based on votes from People’s readers.

The Palmer Gallery exhibit Bones, Books & Bell Jars: Photographs of the Mütter Museum Collection, featuring the work of Andrea Baldeck ’72, was highlighted in the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Daily Freeman. The exhibit includes black and white photographs of pathological specimens, anatomical models, surgical instruments, illustrated textbooks, and other artifacts from the museum.

Vassar College was ranked 44th by the Daily Beast in its Down + Dirty Guide to the Best Colleges 2013. To compile the list, the Daily Beast examined a variety of factors, including financial aid, class size, default rates, acceptance rates, and graduate starting salaries.

Kiplinger ranked Vassar College #13 as a best value among the top 100 private liberal arts colleges, recognizing the college’s commitment to academic excellence and generosity in financial aid. Kiplinger reviewed admissions rates, student-to-teacher ratios, and four-year graduation rates—and the actual cost of attendance for the majority of students after aid is factored in.

Jason Blum ’91

The New York Times published an article on Jason Blum ’91, a producer of horror movies. Blum's company, Blumhouse Productions, has created eight hit films, including Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, and The Purge, with a combined worldwide box office total of $1.1 billion.

Vassar’s Chicago Hall was featured on the Mid-Century Mundane blog. The article details the building’s history and architecture.

Vassar College was ranked #8 by Washington Monthly in its annual guide of colleges and universities that are committed to promoting public service. According to the article, 33.8 percent of Vassar graduates entered public service—including government agencies, public education, and nonprofit organizations—between 2000 and 2010.

President Catharine Hill was quoted in a New York Times education story about college costs.

Vassar Trustee Mark Burstein ’84 was featured in a Post-Crescent article about his formal installation as the 16th president of Lawrence University. President Catharine Hill will speak at the event, according to the article.  A story on Burnstein and his new role was also featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio broadcast an interview with Bryan Doerries, founder and artistic director of  “Theater of War.” The dramatic reading, which includes readings of Greek tragedies for civilian and military audiences, will be performed at Vassar’s Chapel in November.

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