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In the Media - April 2016 Roundup

President Catharine Hill

The San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the Houston Chronicle, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Daily Freeman, the Daily Journal, the Republic, WAMC, and the Bryan-College Station Eagle* reported on the announcement by President Catharine Hill that she will conclude her role at the college in June 2017. The New York Times presented Vassar as a model of colleges who enroll low-income students in an article that quoted Hill and Art Rodriguez, dean of admission and financial aid. President Hill wrote a Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed about economic diversity and income inequality, was quoted in a Business Insider story about inexpensive Ivy League educations for low-income students, and commented about finding the right college for a New York Times story. Vassar was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story pertaining to the college’s inclusion in the Princeton Review’s newly published book, Colleges That Create Futures, as well as in PR Newswire, CNN, and KESQ stories about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence, which the college received in 2015. The Times Union mentioned Vassar’s inclusion in Forbes’ list of the Best Value Colleges in New York and the college was included in a Huffington Post article about choosing the right university. Vassar was mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter article about its hosting of the early preview of the musical Hamilton and a Backstage story about actor Leslie Odom, Jr. State of Politics included Vassar in a story about the New York primary election and the college was praised for the beauty of its Commencement location by Patch.com. Hudson Valley News Network reported on the award given to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which protects Hudson River tributaries, by Vassar’s Frances D. Fergusson Good Neighbors Partnerships. The Daily Trojan mentioned Vassar in a story about the Warrior-Scholar Project and A Plus included the college in a story about the U.S. Quidditch Cup 9. The Poughkeepsie Journal cited a discussion on campaign finance with guest speaker Federal Election Commission member Ann Ravel. The college was included in the list of the top 10 hipster colleges in the U.S. by College Magazine and was included in a Bucknell University story about the Teagle Foundation Grant, which was used to strengthen liberal arts educations. Vassar’s women’s baseball team, established in 1866, was mentioned in an espnW story about female baseball scouts. The Class of 1951 Observatory and the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns were noted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Earth Day events.

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was subject of stories in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chron, and Mid Hudson Valley Patch.

Navigating by Stars II by Michelle Stuart

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and its multimedia exhibition Touch the Sky were the subjects of Chronogram and Poughkeepsie Journal stories.

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater 2016 season was covered by the New York Times, BroadwayWorld.com, Playbill, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Amitava Kumar

The Poughkeepsie Journal, the Indian Panorama, and India-West reported on the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to English professor Amitava Kumar. During his fellowship term, Kumar will work on a project on writing and academic style, Every Day I Write the Book

Professor David Means

Hystopia, a novel that looks at a different future for the Vietnam Era when President John F. Kennedy is killed in 1970, not 1963, and its author, Visiting Associate Professor of English David Means, were the subject of stories published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, the Huffington Post, Commonweal, and the Boston Globe. The Daily Freeman noted the lectures of Means and Lucas Mann ’08.

Film professor Mia Mask was quoted in an NPR story about the casting of Zoe Saldana in the new Nina Simone biopic. She also curated a Museum of the Moving Image retrospective of Sidney Poitier, as noted by the Village Voice and Indiewire, and spoke on MSNBC about the iconic actor.

Professor of Religion Marc Michael Epstein was mentioned in stories in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Denver Post, the Washington Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Salon about a Jewish family reclaiming the Birds’ Head Haggadah, the world’s oldest illustrated Passover manuscript, stolen during World War II. Epstein was also quoted in a Jewish Week story about the Passover Haggadah.

The Daily Freeman and the Poughkeepsie Journal reported on the three students—Cecil Carey ’17, Kali Tambree ’17, and Raymond Magsaysay ’17—who were selected as 2016 Truman Scholars.

Ruby Pierce ’16 was listed by MSNBC in its “Women in Politics: College Edition” series. The women were selected to be part of a larger discussion of women candidates and women’s issues.

Carol Hamilton ’74, group president of L’Oréal Luxe USA, and Liz Kaplow ’81, founder and chief executive officer of Kaplow Communications, were recently honored at the 2016 Matrix Awards for their contributions to the communications industry, as reported by Women’s Wear Daily.

The work of author and Stony Brook University sociology professor Michael Kimmel ’72 was cited in a New York Times story about teaching men to be emotionally honest.

Jessica Cabot '10

The new web series Shitty Boyfriends, created and written by Jessica Cabot ’10, executive produced by Lisa Kudrow ’85 and Dan Bucatinsky ’87, and directed by Mandy Fabian ’93, was nominated for the Comedy: Long Form or Series Webby Award.

The New York Times reviewed Keepers of the Game, the latest documentary by Judd Ehrlich ’93.

The documentary Nuts!, directed by Penny Lane ’01, was the subject of a Hollywood Reporter story.

Matthew Elisofon '13

The new film Being Charlie, co-written by Matthew Elisofon ’13, was written about in People magazine and featured on Access Hollywood. Elisofon; his mother, Marguerite Elisofon ’78; and her new memoir My Picture Perfect Family: What Happens When One Twin Has Autism were the subjects of a New York Post article. She also penned a Time op-ed titled “What I Learned From My Autistic Daughter” and an article on her newly released book for NYMetroParents.

(T)ERROR, the documentary film by David Felix Sutcliffe ’02, was featured on PBS’ Independent Lens.

The retirement of Connecticut State Rep. Roberta Willis ’79 was announced in the Register Citizen. Willis served in her elected position for 16 years.

Christine Gritmon ’02, engagement editor at the Journal News, was named one of Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 for 2016.

Head Coach Candice Brown
Alistair Hall '11, Vassar sustainability coordinator

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce named women’s basketball head coach Candice Brown and Alistair Hall ’11, sustainability coordinator, as recipients of its Forty Under 40 Shaker Awards. Hall also penned a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the Poughkeepsie Community Wealth-Building Summit held at Vassar.

Tim Koechlin, economist and director of the International Studies Program, wrote a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed about a new Dutchess County jail facility in the works.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley ’71 was mentioned in a Time story about famous people who were rejected by graduate schools.

Ann Sutera Botash ’81 was the subject of a Syracuse.com article about her work with victims of child abuse and as the director of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Program.

Kleaver Cruz '11

Community organizer and writer Kleaver Cruz ’11 talked about his social media campaign, #TheBlackJoyProject, with the Daily Dot.

Historian Richard Shenkman ’76, editor and publisher of History News Network, was interviewed on Moyers & Company about the brain of the American voter.

History professor Quincy Mills was quoted in Variety and Birmingham Times articles about the film Barbershop: The Next Cut.

History professor Mita Choudhury was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about an upcoming lecture.

Sophie Gonsalves-Brown ’16 and Sam Beckenhauer ’18 were featured in a Poughkeepsie Journal video about the importance of political involvement.

Phil DeGisi '02

Phil DeGisi ’02 wrote a Business Insider story about Quidsi, a little-known company that produced more than 20 successful entrepreneurs and tech executives. He was also featured in a BBC segment about paying off debt quickly and offered financial advice in U.S. News & World Report.

Award-winning actress Hope Davis ’86 was interviewed by NJ.com.

Olivia Newman ’00, writer and director of the short film First Match, was chosen for Sundance Institute’s 2015 January Screenwriters Lab.

Abigail Alexanian ’11 was mentioned in an Armenian Mirror-Spectator story about the book Gloucester: When the Fish Came First.

Casey Zuckerman ’15 and Thomas Lawler ’15 were quoted in a Time article about young Hillary Clinton supporters.

The new album by jazz guitarist and producer George Walker Petit ’83, Emergence, was reviewed in Something Else.

Alice “Tish” Emerson ’53 appeared on CBS News in an interview with Lesley Stahl about grandparents who provide childcare and other assistance to their grandchildren.

Taishya Adams '97

Taishya Adams ’97, founding board president of New Legacy Charter School, was included in a Boulder Lifestyle story about 14 inspiring female entrepreneurs.

All the Days, the new play by playwright and television writer Sharyn Rothstein ’03, was written about in New Jersey Stage.

History professor Maria Höhn was quoted in a Root story about Germans of African descent.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama Darrah Cloud, co-director of Half Moon Writers, was mentioned in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

As a Neville Wisdom client, psychologist Ruth Mayer ’62 was interviewed for a story on the clothing label’s website. The story was written by fashion designer Sharon Lee ’14, who works at a New Haven fashion design house and manufacturing company.

Patricia Goldstone '73

Author Patricia Goldstone ’73 and her latest book, Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow Worlds of Mark Lombardi, were the subjects of an interview on Forward Thinking Radio and articles in Newsweek and Artnet News.

Abby Johnson ’17 was quoted in a Democrat and Chronicle story about art programs for youths.

Edward Pittman ’82, associate dean of the college for campus life and diversity, was mentioned in a Daily Freeman story about a SUNY New Paltz social justice program.

Grace Hopper ’28 was included in a Federalist story about eight great women of science.

Lightning Bugs in a Jar, a short film by Sara Wolkowitz ’05 and Ian Simpson ’05, was featured in the Festival de Cannes Festival Corner.

Adam Eichen ’15 was mentioned in a Yes! magazine op-ed about participating in a political march.

QNS.com reported on the appointment of Melissa Green ’78 as vice president, commercial relationship manager at Suffolk County National Bank.

The Free Press published a review of the book A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay—a Class of 1917 alumna.

A speaking engagement by retired judge Patricia Marks ’71 was the subject of an AAUW Fairport Area Branch article.

Margaretta Palmer, Class of 1887
Mary Augusta Scott, Class of 1876
Laura Johnson Wylie, Class of 1877

A YaleNews story on the university’s first women to receive Ph.D.s included three Vassar graduates: Margaretta Palmer, Class of 1887; Mary Augusta Scott, Class of 1876; and Laura Johnson Wylie, Class of 1877.

The appointment of Barbara Richardson ’84 as commissioner of the Nevada Division of Insurance was announced in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Assistant biology professor Megan Gall was mentioned in a EurekAlert! story about a study on how sounds can improve hearing.

A lecture by mathematics professor John McCleary at SUNY Ulster was noted in Campus News.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Mihai Grünfeld was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about a library series that celebrates Latino-American culture.

Helen Shu ’19 was quoted in a Daily Free Press story about artist Mark Kostabi’s Boston gallery show.

Faculty Accolades

Barry Lam, associate professor of philosophy, was awarded a Summer Stipends grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to produce a new episode of his developing podcast series Hi-Phi Nation. Titled “Soldier Philosophers,” the episode features members of the U.S. military, in the shadow of two of the most morally complicated conflicts in recent American history; examines their experiences as cadets, officers, warriors, and teachers; and illuminates how war affects their philosophical views. Lam was also awarded a Humanities Writ Large Fellowship from Duke University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for his work on future segments of Hi-Phi Nation that will exhibit the insight and importance of philosophy to everyday human experiences, social policy, technology, and politics. 

Dorothy Kim, assistant professor of English, and her collaborator, Adrienne Williams Boyarin, of the University of Victoria, have been awarded a Connections Grant (25,000 CAD) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in support of the “Making Early Middle English” conference, which will convene at the University of Victoria in September 2016. At this conference of international scholars, Kim will debut her digital Archive of Early Middle English, a collaborative project supported by a Scholarly Editions and Translations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Photo of Patricia Goldstone ’73, Jessica Cabot ’10, Kleaver Cruz ’11, Phil DeGisi ’02, and Taishya Adams ’97 courtesy of the subjects; Margaretta Palmer, Mary Augusta Scott, and Laura Johnson Wylie courtesy of Yale University; David Means ©Beowulf Sheehan; Amitava Kumar ©Don J. Usner; Candice Brown courtesy of Vassar Athletics; Alistair Hall ’11 ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Matthew Elisofon ’13 by Stephano Giovanni; Savigating by Starrs II by Michelle Stuart.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 28, 2016