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In the Media – August Round-up

President Catharine Hill was quoted by Bloomberg for a story on a plan by the Education Department to create a system to rank U.S. colleges. Additionally, Hill, who has reservations about the rating system, was interviewed by the New York Times  and the Boston Globe with regard to low-income students attending elite colleges. She and West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen co-authored a Wall Street Journal editorial about the two institutions’ efforts to bridge the civilian-military divide. The program brings West Point cadets to Vassar and Vassar students to West Point to take classes and engage in other college activities.

Catharine Hill

Bruce Mendelsohn ’90 shared with the Telegram & Gazette his experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as well as his worries about his brother’s and cousins’ families in Israel.

Tim Koechlin, director of the International Studies Program, wrote about the Photographs from Vassar College’s Privilege Campaign for the Huffington Post. The gallery showing featured photos of administrators, faculty, and staff and each individual’s meditations on their identities, privileges, and lack of privileges.  

A Poughkeepsie Journal article on regional craft breweries noted Matthew Vassar, who earned his fortune brewing beer. The Poughkeepsie Journal also mentioned the college and its founder in a story about Brew Fest, an area fundraiser featuring beer tastings, food, cider, live folk music, and a photography exhibit at the former Vassar Brewery.

The Poynter Institute announced the appointment of Adam Serwer ’05 as BuzzFeed’s new national editor. Serwer previously worked as a reporter at MSNBC and Mother Jones.

Professor Peipei Qiu

Professor of Chinese and Japanese Peipei Qiu was interviewed by Voice of America about her new book Chinese Comfort Women, which details the sexual slavery of Chinese women by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

The Washington Post reported on the three-dimensional mapping of the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. by art history professor Andrew Tallon. He has mapped many of the great cathedrals in Europe, but this project is his first in the U.S.

Vassar’s designation as a Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation was cited in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about positive achievements in the region. A San Francisco Chronicle story on the Princeton Review’s 2015 college rankings noted Vassar, which was listed as one of the 20 Best College Campuses in the U.S. Vassar was also mentioned in the New York Times regarding the positive career impact of a bachelor’s degree from a prestigious college.

Rebecca Schuman '98

Rebecca Schuman ’98, columnist for Slate magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae online career hub, appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show, where she praised Vassar for focusing its financial resources on education.

English professor Kiese Laymon was honored with Stanford’s 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for his first novel, Long Division, as reported by Stanford News.

The Boston Globe interviewed Nina Zinsser Booth ’07 for a story on young farmers. Booth and two other farmers operate First Root Farm, which offers Community Supported Agriculture to 175 members.

The New America Foundation named Hua Hsu, associate professor of English, a Ford Academic Fellow. Hsu will use the fellowship to research the history of diversity and multiculturalism.

Laralyn McWilliams ’87 was featured in an article published by Gamesauce. McWilliams is the chief creative officer at The Workshop and an expert video game designer.

Paula Madison '74

The Poynter Institute interviewed Paula Madison ’74, a former journalist and executive vice president at NBC. The article details Madison’s search for her family’s Chinese roots, which was made into a documentary and book.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal** reviewed the memoir Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’68. Following a May-December courtship, the author married Robert M. Morgenthau, who went on to become a long-standing Manhattan district attorney.

The exhibit Deluge was named a Passport Pick by the Litchfield County Times. The site-specific cloth installation by artist Todd Knopke was previously on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The Poughkeepsie Journal highlighted the Art Center’s Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art exhibition.

The Hudson Valley Press announced the incoming members of Vassar’s field hockey team. Last year, the team—led by Liberty League Coach of the Year Michael Warari—went to the Liberty League Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. The Hudson Valley Press also reported that the men’s and women’s volleyball teams received recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, each having earned the Team Academic Award.

Adam Erkis '17

Adam Erkis ’17 was named Liberty League Pitcher of the Year, as reported by Main Line Media News. Erkis finished the season with a 7-1 record and earned First Team All-Liberty League honors.

Adam Green ’95 was recognized as a CNN Hero for his Rocking the Boat project, which  empowers youth from the South Bronx to build wooden boats from scratch that they use to row, sail, and perform river restoration.

Meryl Streep ’71 appeared on The Today Show to discuss the tragic death of Robin Williams as well as her new movie The Giver. A photo of Streep celebrating the film with co-star Jeff Bridges was published in People magazine.

Stuart Kaswell ’76 was quoted in a Financial Times** story about regulation of hedge funds in the European Union. Kaswell is executive vice president and managing director, general counsel, for Managed Funds Association.

Rebecca Green '08 and Warren Green '76

Warren Green ’76 and his daughter, Rebecca Green ’08, were featured in a Sunday Boston Globe** story about the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 3,804-mile cross-country bike ride benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Both Greens are participating in the ride.

The photos of Dixie Sheridan ’65 appeared in the New York Times’ review of New York International Fringe Festival shows.

Elizabeth Gaffney ’88 reflects upon growing up in Brooklyn in a house full of love and Vassar in the New York Times. Gaffney’s mother, Ann Gaffney ’59, and brother, Walker Gaffney ’86, are also Vassar graduates.

Steven Cook '90

In a Washington Post op-ed, Steven Cook ’90, Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, argues that Washington can’t solve the identity crisis in the Middle East.

An Idolator story featured Emily Lichtenberg ’10, creator and host of Slumber Party @emmieshouse. A recent episode of Lichtenberg’s web show included an interview with New York-based R&B electro duo ASTR’s Zoe Silverman.

Maggie Spilman ’08 received the PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices Fellowship, as reported by the Daily Bruin. The fellowship provides support for aspiring writers who lack formal training or financial backing to pursue literary aspirations.

Professor Luke Harris

TheGrio.com quoted political science professor Luke Harris, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, for an article on affirmative action.

Philipstown.info wrote about Poughkeepsie-based WVKR, which was established in the early 1970s and is run by Vassar students.

Libby Murphy ’08 appeared in Ulster Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue. Murphy is a climate outreach specialist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Seattle Times announced the appointment of Jeffrey Herrmann ’92 as the new managing director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Herrmann previously served as managing director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted the opening of the new Vassar College Store at the site of the former Juliet Theater.

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--Photos of Warren Green ’76 and Rebecca Green ’08 and Rebecca Schuman ’98 courtesy of subjects; Catharine Hill and Luke Harris ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Peipei Qiu ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Steven Cook ’90 ©Vassar College-Al Nowak; Paula Madison ’74 ©NBC Universal-Chris Haston; Adam Green ’95 ©Vassar College-Lowell Handler; Adam Erkis ’17 ©Vassar Athletics.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, August 29, 2014