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In the Media June 2016 Roundup

President Catharine Hill and her work on diversity and affordability in higher education were the subjects of a New York Times story and she was quoted in a New York Times article about the changed relationship between colleges and their students. Hill wrote a Hechinger Report op-ed about committing to diversity and inclusion on campus. Vassar College was mentioned in a Huffington Post op-ed about celebrating scholars as much as athletes and in a Washington Post story about Thanksgiving and Unitarian Universalists. The Huffington Post included Vassar in an article about developing talent at top colleges and the college was mentioned in an Inside Higher Ed story about need-blind admissions. The college was included in a Sustainable Cities Collective story about universities with teachable landscapes and in a Hudson Valley News Network story about the expansion of a regional public relations firm. The Huffington Post included Vassar in a story about the value of liberal arts colleges. The Borough of Manhattan Community College noted the participation of eight students in Vassar’s Exploring Transfer program. The Poughkeepsie Journal published a list of 2016 Vassar graduates from the region and noted Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce scholarship awardees who will attend Vassar. Harvard Business School noted Vassar’s participation in a multi-college educational collaboration.

Powerhouse Theater

Vassar was mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter article about Leslie Odom, Jr. and the musical Hamilton, which was part of the Powerhouse Theater program. Playbill noted the musical’s earliest days of development at Powerhouse in an interview with the director, Thomas Kail. Playbill also noted three recent Broadway hits that were workshopped at Powerhouse, including Hamilton, The Humans, and Bright Star. The Poughkeepsie Journal noted the theater program in a story about the Tony Awards and articles published by, Roll Magazine, Playbill, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Hudson Valley News Network discussed the current Powerhouse season.

The Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project exhibition, on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, was the subject of stories on WAMC and The Art Center’s Touch the Sky exhibition was noted in the New York Times.

Karin Tanabe '02

Karin Tanabe ’02 and her novel, The Gilded Years, about the life of Anita Hemmings, Class of 1897, were the subjects of stories published by USA Today, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, WTSP, Book Riot, theSkimm, Washington Life Magazine, and the Georgetown Dish.

The work of Professor of Astronomy Debra Elmegreen as lead researcher on the Hubble Space Telescope project that recorded a tadpole galaxy was covered by Tech Times,, Christian Science Monitor, the Space Reporter, CNET,, GeekWire, and Immortal News.  

Julia Franks '86

Author Julia Franks ’86 and her novel, Over the Plain Houses, were the subjects of stories published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Tennessean, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the Knoxville News Sentinel, Smokey Mountain News, and NPR.

Writer Jesse Ball ’00—a recently announced Guggenheim Fellow—and his work as an author and teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago were the subjects of a Chicago magazine article.

James Citrin '81

James Citrin ’81, author and leader of Spencer Stuart’s North American CEO Practice, wrote a LinkedIn article based on his Wesleyan University Phi Beta Kappa commencement address, “The Life-Changing Power of Small Things.”

Screenwriter Jonás Cuarón ’05; his upcoming film, Desierto; and his famous filmmaking father, Alfonso Cuarón, were the subjects of a Los Angeles Times story.

Professor Mia Mask

Film professor Mia Mask was quoted by MSNBC for a story about the new remake of the miniseries Roots.

Artforum noted the election of Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein ’76 as chair of the Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees.

The White House announced the appointment of Valerie Martínez ’83 as a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Jessi Klein '97

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein ’97, head writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer, was named one of this summer’s must-read books by Wired. Klein also wrote a humorous New Yorker column, “The Bath: A Polemic.”

Cindy Ornstein ’77, executive director of the Mesa Arts Center, was interviewed for a Phoenix New Times article about the arts center.

Kathryn Tolbert '74

The Washington Post published a story written by Kathryn Tolbert ’74 in which she interviews her mother, who lived near Tokyo in 1945—the year the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Doug Quinn ’89 and his Midtown bar, Hudson Malone, were the subjects of a New York Times story.

Investigative reporter and data specialist Steve Reilly ’09 wrote a popular USA Today cover story about thousands of lawsuits against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, including those from hundreds of individuals who say they weren’t paid for work performed.

Tanya Wright '89

Actress Tanya Wright ’89 penned a Huffington Post op-ed and was the subject of a People magazine article.

New York Observer and Women’s Wear Daily noted the appointment of Stellene Volandes ’93 to the position of editor-in-chief of Town & Country. In the former story, Volandes mentions English professor Patricia Wallace.

Jarrett Gregory ’05, associate curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was appointed co-curator of the Armory Show 2017, as announced by the show.

Nora Molasky ’17 was one of the co-authors of a recent study linking the use of anti-anxiety medication to reduced empathy, as reported in EurekAlert!

David Ambroz ’02, a White House Champion of Change, and his work to improve the foster care system were the subjects of a Huffington Post article.

Noah Baumbach '91

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach ’91 and his film Kicking and Screaming were included in an A.V. Club story about all-time great dialogue comedy.

The work of Lauren Sherman ’10 on social media and the teenage brain was reported by U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, the Daily Mail, and the UCLA Newsroom.

Museum of the City of New York Director Whitney Donhauser ’89 was quoted in a Curbed NY story about a new exhibition at the museum featuring the photographs of Mel Rosenthal, who previously taught at Vassar.

The New Canaan Advertiser noted that the Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2016 Community Service Award was presented to Dede Bartlett ’65 for her work in combating domestic violence.

The Playwrights’ Center announced its three 2016-17 Core Apprentices, including filmmaker Sam Lahne ’12.

Co.Exist mentioned XiaoyuanCharlene” Ren ’13 in an article about student activists who are mapping China’s water pollution problem. Ren recently became a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow, which includes a grant of $80,000-$90,000 for her water pollution work.

Unexpected Destinations: The Poignant Story of Japan’s First Vassar Graduate—about Sutematsu Yamakawa, Class of 1882—was the subject of an Enterprise story.

Violet Delancey '12

Singer and songwriter Violet Delancey ’12 and her new album, When the Clock Strikes Midnight, were the subjects of a No Depression story.

Playbill wrote about the Soho Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season, which will include the world premiere of Duat by Daniel Alexander Jones ’91.

Psychology professor Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a Huffington Post story about the harassing behavior of some men toward women.

Alysia Reiner ’92 was included in a Tribeca story about the best female performances of 2016. Reiner stars in the financial thriller Equity.

David Means, visiting associate professor of English and author of the novel Hystopia, was interviewed on WMUK.

Professor emeritus Lawrence Mamiya

Professor emeritus Lawrence Mamiya was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a state-ordered hearing for a prisoner and a Monterey County Herald article about Muhammad Ali.

Author Kimberly McCreight ’94 was interviewed on WTNH’s CT Style about her newly released book, The Outliers.

The West Milford Messenger mentioned history and international relations professor Robert Brigham in a story about teaching history more effectively.

Ethan Slater '14

Ethan Slater ’14 was interviewed for a Chicago Tribune article about The SpongeBob Musical, in which he plays the lead role.

Kelsey Karpman ’16 was included in a Baltimore Sun story about Prince George’s County Public Schools.

The Lewisboro Ledger reported that Christina Rae ’92, co-chair of the Lewisboro Democratic Committee, will attend the Democratic National Convention as a delegate.

Sara Mathes ’19 wrote a Uloop article about what to bring to a music festival.

The University of Kentucky announced it will name one of its residence halls after Frances Jewell McVey, Class of 1913, who was an instructor in the university’s English department from 1915-1921 and served as dean of women from 1921-1923.

Professor Ben Ho

Economics professor Ben Ho was quoted in an MIT Technology Review article about inexpensive solar power.

Music historian Ellen Rosand ’61 received the William Clyde DeVane Medal, Yale College’s oldest award for outstanding teaching, as reported by YaleNews.

Drama professor Darrah Cloud was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about upcoming regional theater performances.

Jeff Kosmacher

Jeff Kosmacher, Vassar’s director of media relations and public affairs, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about promoting jazz music in the Hudson Valley.

The appointment of Katherine “Katie” Vane ’08 as communications and projects coordinator in the Burlington, Vermont, mayor’s office was announced on

The appointment of Leyda Mata ’94 as senior vice president and director of operations of OmniVere’s Legal Services Segment was announced by PRWeb. noted the exhibition of the artwork of Bess Frelinghuysen Ratliff ’92 at the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library.

Real Estate Weekly noted the appointment of Maya Kriet ’09 as director of communications at Halstead Property.

The Buffalo News noted the promotion of Kara Williams ’97 to interim vice president of programs at the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The U.S. State Department announced that its 2016 Critical Language Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Williams ’18, who will study Arabic in Jordan with the award.

The Daily Journal announced that John Tapscott ’16 was named a Fulbright Scholar.

—Photos of Karin Tanabe ’02, Violet Delancey ’12, Julia Franks ’86, Tanya Wright ’89, Kathryn Tolbert ’74, Ben Ho, and Ethan Slater ’14 courtesy of the subjects; Jessi Klein ’97 courtesy of Comedy Central; Powerhouse Theater, Jeff Kosmacher, and Mia Mask ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Lawrence Mamiya and Noah Baumbach ’91 ©Vassar College-John Abbott; James Citrin ’81 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe.