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In the Media – August 2016 Roundup

The Hill noted Vassar College’s efforts in enrolling low-income students and the college’s work to ensure low-income students graduate was hailed in a New York Times letter to the editor. The Today Show, the Boston Globe, Fox News, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and NYup.com mentioned the college in stories about the Princeton Review, which ranked Vassar #1 for financial aid. The college’s freshman class was the subject of stories published by the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Daily Freeman, and Mid-Hudson News Network. In a Huffington Post article about homeless college students, Vassar was mentioned as one of a handful of colleges that provides aid to students in need. Vassar was noted in an Inside Philanthropy article about philanthropist and banker Henry Arnhold. The college was included on a Blasting News list of the best institutes for urban studies and was mentioned in Boston Globe, MassLive.com, and Business Insider stories about the increasing number of schools that no longer require SAT scores from applicants. Vassar; its radio station, WVKR; and former volunteer DJ Steve Freeman were noted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the annual Jazz in the Valley concert. The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote about Vassar’s Exploring College program for Poughkeepsie High School students. President Catharine Hill was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about low-income students at wealthy colleges. The college’s Special Collections archive of Elizabeth Bishop ’34 materials was noted in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story. President Henry Noble MacCracken was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the grand opening of the Juliet Theater in 1938.

Taylor Mac

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story about Taylor Mac’s work-in-progress, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which he debuted at the theater. Powerhouse was also noted in a WAMC interview with Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, who has worked on various productions at the theater for the past 20 years. The history of theatrical works at Powerhouse was the subject of American Theatre and Backstage stories.

Professor David Kennett

The appointment of David Kennett, professor of economics, to interim president of Mount Saint Mary College was announced by WAMC, Hudson Valley News Network, Mid-Hudson News Network, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Times Herald-Record, and the Daily Freeman.

The New York Times reviewed A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific by Associate Professor of English Hua Hsu.

Huang Hung '84

A New York Times article about Norden Camp, a Tibetan Plateau camp, mentioned Dechen Yeshi ’77, who runs the camp and a nearby textile business, and Huang Hung ’84, a fashion and publishing entrepreneur.

Brooklyn Grange, co-founded by Gwen Schantz ’03 and Anastasia Cole Plakias ’05, was the subject of a Modern Farmer story.

Dallas Morning News story noted the Democratic National Convention speech of Ilyse Hogue ’91, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Linda Fairstein '69

Author Linda Fairstein ’69 and her latest book, Killer Look, were the topics of a WAMC Roundtable interview.

Bennett Graebner ’94, executive producer for the new television series Love at First Kiss, was quoted in stories in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Newsday.

English professor Amitava Kumar penned a New Yorker essay, “The Agony and Ecstasy of India at the Olympics.”

Noted astronomy professor Maria Mitchell, who discovered Miss Mitchell’s Comet in 1847, was the subject of a Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket story. A brief biography of Mitchell was discussed on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

Fulbright Scholar John Tapscott ’16 and his upcoming trip to Germany as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program were the subjects of a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal story.

Vera Cooper Rubin '48

Astronomer Vera Cooper Rubin ’48, who helped discover dark matter, was included in the book An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women in Science, as noted in Brain Pickings. Rubin was also the subject of a Sky & Telescope story.

Alice Huyler Ramsey, Class of 1907, who was the first woman to drive a car from coast to coast, was the subject of a Farm and Dairy article.

Dale Mezzacappa ’72 authored a Philadelphia Public School Notebook story on a group of young women—including Liz Griesmer ’17—that is working to revive the Equal Rights Amendment.

In anticipation of her new film, Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep ’71 was interviewed by many media outlets, including CBS This Morning, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, Time, the Hollywood Reporter, and People.

Professor Quincy Mills

History professor Quincy Mills was quoted in a News & Observer story about black barbershops.

The American Philosophical Association announced its 2016 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest winners, which include philosophy professor Bryan Van Norden, who penned “Confucius on Gay Marriage” for the Diplomat.

Drama teacher Art Almquist ’89 was the recipient of the 2016 Reba R. Robertson Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, as reported by the Tucson Weekly.

Actress and entrepreneur Tanya Wright ’89 was the subject of a New York Carib News story.

Max Fagin '10

Jim Wright ’85, president and chief investment officer of Harvest Financial Partners, participated in a Q&A for theWall Street Transcript.

Max Fagin ’10, who has applied for a position as a NASA astronaut in the hopes of traveling to Mars, was the subject of an Oklahoman story.

Former history professor Caroline Farrar Ware and her 1935 book Greenwich Village, 1920-1930, were mentioned in an Atlas Obscura story.

History professor Mita Choudhury penned a column about becoming an academic, living abroad, and growing up Asian in the U.S. that appeared in the Guardian and Gulf News.

Associate professor Zachariah Mampilly

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africana Studies Zachariah Mampilly was quoted in an AllAfrica.com story about African peacebuilding.

Scott Lee Greenberg ’11 was quoted in a New Haven Register story about the Connecticut Bail Fund, which helps address the problem of posting bail for poor defendants.

John Long, professor of biology and cognitive science, was quoted in a Mint story about robotics and a ZDNet story about a cyborg stingray developed at Harvard University. Long was also mentioned in a RoboticsTomorrow.com article about the 25th International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

Sheila Loanzon '02

Sheila Loanzon ’02 and her new book, Yes, I Have Herpes, were the subjects of a Mercury News story.

Lawrence Mamiya, professor of religion and Africana studies, was quoted in a Cato Institute article about Muslim assimilation.

Eric Watson, assistant director of leadership gifts, was quoted in a New York Times story about PGA Tour rookie Harold Varner III.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis ’51 was the subject of a WPPB story.

Carlos Mandeville '16

Carlos Mandeville ’16 co-authored a Forbes column about the benefits of community-owned solar power systems.

Black Enterprise noted the appointment of Christine Villanueva ’93 as senior vice president, head of strategy at ad agency Walton Isaacson.

The Lewisboro Ledger reported on Democratic National Convention delegate Christina Rae ’93, co-chair of the Lewisboro Democratic Committee.

James Citrin ’81, author and leader of Spencer Stuart’s North American CEO Practice, offered tips for job seekers in a Big Think article.

Grace Murray Hopper '28

Grace Murray Hopper ’28 was included in the list of six women who helped shape the modern world by Blastr.

An exhibition of the paintings of Victor Martinez ’93 will be held at the Clarence Dillon Public Library, noted NJ.com.

Business Wire announced the appointment of Karimuddin Ahmad ’93 to executive vice president of global product and innovation at Total System Services (TSYS).

District Chronicles noted the appointment of Yvette Downs ’82 to chief financial officer of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency.

Stephen “Steve” Leonard ’82, vice president of business development at ClearLynx, LLC, wrote a Ship & Bunker story about the bunker industry.

Katharine Lawrence ’08 penned an in-Training column about showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Henrietta Raymond ’59 was the subject of a Courier News story.

Eric Feldman '96

The promotion of urban planner Eric Feldman ’96 to senior associate with Rhodeside & Harwell was noted in Lawn & Landscape.

A talk by Lisa Fischetti ’78 about her design work was noted by Planet Princeton.

—Photos of Max Fagin ’10, Grace Murray Hopper ’28, Carlos Mandeville ’16, Linda Fairstein '69, Sheila Loanzon '02, and Eric Feldman ’96 courtesy of the subjects; Zachariah Mampilly ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Quincy Mills ©Vassar College; Huang Hung ’84 ©Vassar College-Lee Ferris; Vera Cooper Rubin ’48 ©Mark Godfrey; Thompson Memorial Library ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; David Kennett ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Taylor Mac ©Kevin Yatarola.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 6, 2016