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In the Media – November 2015 Roundup

Vassar’s urban education collaboration with Bank Street College of Education was mentioned in the GW Hatchet. Vassar was included in an Education Dive story about college enrollment levels of students receiving Pell Grants and a Baltimore Sun story about the high cost of not investing in U.S. colleges. The Daily Freeman reported on the Alejandro de la Fuente talk “Racial Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the Cuban Revolution” held at Vassar. A Time story on how veterans can pick the best colleges mentioned Vassar, as did a Christian Science Monitor article about the difficulties facing veterans in college. The college was included in a Daily Voice story of the largest employers in Dutchess County and was recognized as a winner in the Professional Grounds Management Society’s 2015 Green Star Awards, as noted in Lawn & Landscape. Vassar was mentioned in the Conversation regarding Gloria Steinem and her autobiography, My Life on the Road, and in the Plain Dealer regarding a concert tour of Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. The college’s Community Works program was illuminated in the Poughkeepsie Journal. and the Mid-Hudson News Network. President Catharine Bond Hill penned a New York Times op-ed about the drawbacks of the free tuition proposals of presidential candidates and was interviewed on Here & Now about keeping higher education affordable. Hill was also quoted by Inside Higher Ed about students who are veterans. She was the keynote speaker at Eduventures Summit 2015, along with Eduventures President and CEO Tony Friscia ’78. The Country Wisdom News wrote about the Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative. The Gordon Parks exhibition The Making of an Argument at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was the subject of New York Times and Poughkeepsie Journal articles. The Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater summer season at Vassar was mentioned in a Bloomberg Business article. The Daily Freeman wrote about the Charles Geiger exhibition Quasibotanics: From Apocalypse to Now in the James W. Palmer III Gallery.

The Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Thompson Memorial Library.

Ulysses Cylinders, the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Thompson Memorial Library was the subject of stories in Chronogram and the Millbrook Independent.

Whitney Donhauser ’89 was named the new director of the Museum of the City of New York. Donhauser will replace outgoing director Susan Henshaw Jones ’69, as reported by the New York Times, the New York Observer, and Artforum.

Associate Dean Edward Pittman '82

Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity Edward Pittman ’82 was interviewed on Marketplace about the ALANA Center and the importance of cultural centers and faculty diversity on college campuses.

Margot Lee Schmorak ’01 was interviewed by Fox News following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Schmorak was at a café near Le Petit Cambodge, a restaurant where gunmen opened fire on patrons.

English professor Kiese Laymon wrote a story about hip hop duo OutKast and their unique Southernness for the Oxford American. Laymon was named one of Ebony’s Power 100, a list of influential African Americans.

Noah Goldberg ’17, who is taking part in the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris, co-authored a Newsweek article about the return of Arab dictators.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and recently elected to the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, was interviewed by the New York Times concerning death penalty cases and the Supreme Court. She was also featured in a C-SPAN3 video talking on Capitol Hill about civil rights and policing practices.

Rooftop farm designer Gwen Schantz ’03 was the subject of a story in Curbed.

Candle and perfume artist and entrepreneur Tanwi Nandini Islam ’04 was the subject of a NY City Lens story about Bangladeshi American female business owners.

Aviation trailblazer and Mayo Aviation founder Gwendolyn Lee Olson Mayo ’54 was memorialized on AviationPros.com.

Psychology professor Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a Salon article about the needless pressure put on adolescents and in an Allergic Living article about food allergies among adolescents.

Thomas Heuser '05

The Durango Herald wrote about a performance by San Juan Symphony music director candidate Thomas Heuser ’05.

Alice Ramsey Bruns ’31, daughter of motoring pioneer Alice Huyler Ramsey, Class of 1907, was memorialized in a NorthJersey.com story.

USA Book News noted MB Caschetta ’88, author of Miracle Girls, as a winner in its 2015 USA Best Book Awards in the category of literary fiction.

Kathleen Bedoya ’89, co-creator of the show East Los High, was interviewed by NPR about the show.

Lou Anella '86

High Plains Journal wrote about Lou Anella ’86, an ornamentals professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and director of the Botanic Garden, who was named the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Education Award by the Irrigation Foundation.

Political science professor Stephen Rock was quoted in a Time story about fighting ISIS.

Writer and Marine veteran Benjamin Busch ’91 was interviewed on WMUK about the transition from military to civilian life.

Blouin Artinfo ran a story on the couture Valentino collection of arts patron Adele Bergreen ’44, who passed away in January 2015.

Dede Bartlett ’65, a retired executive at ExxonMobil and Philip Morris, was the subject of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.

Kathy Teyler Jarrett '73

Kathy Teyler Jarrett ’73 was interviewed on AM Northwest about an AARP award she won for an essay she wrote chronicling her role as caregiver for her husband who had Lewy body dementia.

Angela Goethals ’99 was included in an E! story about the actors of the Home Alone films. Goethals played the older sister of protagonist Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin.

Set designer Rogin Farrer ’15 spoke with the Boston Globe about the production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!).

Rising Instagram yoga star Claire Fountain ’09 was the subject of story in Racked.

Torrey Maldonado '96

Teacher and author Torrey Maldonado ’96 was included in a Publishers Weekly article about the rise of Latino/a authors and literature for youth.

Artist Adele Wayman ’65 was the subject of a News & Record story.                           

International Studies adjunct professor Richard Reitano authored a Poughkeepsie Journal article about political change sought by Cuban youths.

Jen Wineman ’00 was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com story about an upcoming production of Twelfth Night.

Russell Baker ’91, executive director of the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, was the subject of a Santa Fe New Mexican story.

Author Samantha van Leer ’17 discussed her favorite books in the Irrigator.

U.S. Army veteran David Carrell ’16 was the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony in Wappingers Falls, as reported in the Southwest Dutchess Daily Voice.

Author Carole Maso ’77 was interviewed by the Victoria Advocate about her work and a reading she gave at the University of Houston-Victoria.

The promotion of Kay “Katie” Shames ’82 to chair of Ohio Humanities was noted in the Cleveland Jewish News.

The Memphis Flyer wrote about Memphis Noir, an anthology edited by Laureen Cantwell ’06.

bctv.org reported on the appointment of former Vassar professor Mary McGee as Albright College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Ariana Venturi ’08 was noted in a BroadwayWorld.com story about a performance of These Paper Bullets.

Professor Luke Harris

Political science professor Luke Harris was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about police harassment of black youths.

Nate Malinowski ’06 spoke with the New York Times about The Lighthouse Works—an artist-in-residence program—which he developed.

Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason ’49 and the AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences were noted in a Science story.

A Railway Age article memorialized the late Linda Morgan ’73, former U.S. Surface Transportation Board chair.

A Newsweek story on China’s one-child policy and American adoptees quoted Jennie Lytel-Sternberg ’18.

Tracy Busch ’91 and her presentation “It Was Her War, Too: Comparing the Soviet and American Experience in World War II” were mentioned in a Torch article about Phi Alpha Theta history club events.

Katherine Dooley '06

A recent discussion on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity by University of Mississippi Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Katherine Dooley ’06 was noted in an Ole Miss article. 

Meryl Streep ’71 appeared in Inside Philanthropy for her generosity.

Author and literacy consultant Jennifer Serravallo ’99 was interviewed for a story in the Progress.

John Fattibene ’85 participated in a Forbes* list about the stock market and investing.

Alex Vastola ’13 penned a story in the Westchester Historian* about architect Wallace Harrison.

Faculty Accolades

Professor Debra Elmegreen

Debra Elmegreen, professor of astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, was elected to a six-year term as vice president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU has 12,000 professional astronomer members from 96 countries and Elmegreen is the only member of the Executive Committee from the United States. 

The new book by professor emeritus Michael McCarthy.

Michael McCarthy, professor emeritus of philosophy, published a new book titled Authenticity as Self-Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan. McCarthy has carefully studied the writings of Bernard Lonergan (Canadian philosopher-theologian, 1904–1984) for over 50 years. In his 1989 book, The Crisis of Philosophy, McCarthy argued for the superiority of Lonergan’s distinctive philosophical project to those of his analytic and phenomenological rivals. In his new book, he develops and expands his earlier argument with four new essays.

Gabrielle Cody, professor of drama, is co-editor (with Meiling Cheng) of Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres, newly published for 2016 by RoutledgeAs the nature of contemporary performance continues to expand into new forms, genres, and media, it requires an increasingly diverse vocabulary. Reading Contemporary Performance will provide readers with a rich understanding of the key terms and ideas that are central to any discussion of this evolving theatricality.  

Arden Kirkland, costume design assistant in the Drama Department, and her collaborators on the inter-institutional HistoricDress.org initiative (based at Smith College) received a 2015 Digital Humanities Award from Artstor to provide a platform for collaboration among the participating institutions. The team for HistoricDress.org is working to create a robust online environment specific to the study of historic clothing, representing digitized collections of historic clothing from colleges across the country, along with materials from scholars’ personal research archives.


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Photo of Lou Anella ’86 courtesy of Oklahoma State University; Debra Elmegreen, Katherine Dooley ’06, Kathy Teyler Jarrett ’73, Torrey Maldonado ’96, Thomas Heuser ’05, and Michael McCarthy courtesy of the subjects; Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 courtesy of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Edward Pittman ’82 ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Luke Harris ©Vassar College; Ulysses Cylinders and Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau. 

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, November 30, 2015