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In the Media - September 2016 Roundup

Vassar College and president emerita Catharine Hill were mentioned in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about low-income students at wealthy colleges. Hill also penned a Washington Post column about rising college costs and the middle class. A New York Times op-ed recognized the college’s commitment to enrolling veterans and a Christian Science Monitor article noted Vassar’s commitment to the socioeconomic diversity of its student body. Vassar and its Class of 2020 were the subjects of a Hudson Valley Press article. The college was included in an Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick story about the Indiana University Maurer School of Law agreements with undergraduate institutions and in a Chronogram story about a panel discussion on author John Burroughs. The campus visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s wife, Cheng Hong—a professor of English with an interest in American nature writers—was reported by the All-China Women’s Federation. Vassar was mentioned in an espnW story about women in professional baseball.

Professor Joseph Tanski

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences’ diffractometer and chemistry professor Joseph Tanski were mentioned in a Chemical & Engineering News story about the rarity of having X-ray diffraction technology in undergraduate classrooms.

The Poughkeepsie Journal interviewed artist Barbara Beisinghoff, whose work is on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The James W. Palmer III Gallery exhibition If Color Could Kill: New Paintings from New York City was the subject of a Chronogram story.

The Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Training Program was mentioned in a Piedmont Highlander article about summer programs that inspire artists.

Emma Hartman Noyes House was included in a 6sqft story about avant-garde student housing.

The Poughkeepsie Journal, the Brownsville Herald*, and the San Francisco Chronicle noted the lecture by Margee Ensign, president of the American University of Nigeria, who discussed the country’s refugee crisis. A discussion by Asian studies expert Livia Kohn, who talked about the concept of happiness in Chinese teachings, was noted in the Daily Freeman. The campus discussion “Cheating the Impossible” by high-wire artist Philippe Petit was mentioned in the Daily Freeman. The Daily Freeman noted the talk by author Rob Dunn, who delivered the William Starr Distinguished Lecture. The Daily Freeman mentioned the campus talk by Valerie Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway.

The Naval Academy will name its new cybersecurity building after computer pioneer and Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper ’28, as reported in the Baltimore Sun, the Capital, and Navy Times.

Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity Edward Pittman '82

Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity Edward Pittman ’82 penned a Diverse: Issues in Higher Education op-ed recommending measures to improve campus climate and relations.

Equity, the new film by actress and producer Alysia Reiner ’92, was the subject of articles published by Quartz, Motto, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, the Providence Journal, Vulture, the Huffington Post, and NJBIZ. A story about Reiner, her new film, and other work appeared in Makers.

NPR broadcast a concert by singer Rachel Yamagata ’96 at the Cultural Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

Olaf Carlson-Wee '12

Polychain Capital founder Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12 was the subject of an Institutional Investor article about his blockchain hedge fund.

Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was interviewed on All Things Considered about the success of micro-budget horror films.

Good Girls Revolt, the Amazon Prime series based on the book of the same name by award-winning journalist and author Lynn Povich ’65, was the subject of articles in the Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Atlantic.

Ronni Gordon ’76 penned an espnW article about how tennis helped her recover from leukemia.

Alexa Meade '09 and Lil Buck

The video Color of Reality by artist Alexa Meade ’09 and movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck was the subject of stories in Hip-Hop Wired, the FADER, and LA Weekly. Meade was also profiled by the Porsche Newsroom.

Frances “Bobbi” Kallison ’60 will be posthumously inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, noted the San Antonio Express-News.

The nonprofit Rocking the Boat, founded by executive director Adam Green ’95, was the subject of a Bronx Times story.

Musician and entrepreneur Lezlee Peterzell-Bellanich ’90; her family history; and her company, NY Yacht & Boat Charter, were the subjects of a Nyack News & Views story.

R.J. Koreto '84

The novel Death Among Rubies—which includes a character who was a turn-of-the-century Vassar graduate—written by R. J. Koreto ’84, was reviewed in Kirkus Reviews.

Karin Tanabe ’02 and her new book, The Gilded Years, about the life of Anita Hemmings, Class of 1897, were the subjects of stories in the Henderson Gleaner and the Bay State Banner.

Theater director and actress Erica Schmidt ’97 was the subject of a Heavy.com article.

Eda Holt ’54 and her boutique, Margaret’s, were the subjects of a Times-News article.

Adrian Burgos Jr. '93

University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos, Jr. ’93 was interviewed for the documentary Playing America’s Game, which examines the history of Latinos in baseball.

Evan Wright ’87, author of Generation Kill and writer and producer of Showtime’s Homeland, was interviewed by Task & Purpose about combat and his book, which details his account of the 2003 invasion of Iraq alongside the Marine Corps’ 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.

Roselee Blooston ’73 and her new book, Dying in Dubai, were the subjects of a story in Montclair Magazine.

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds ’71 was mentioned in a News & Observer article.

Erica Amato '91

Actress Erika Amato ’91 was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com story about an upcoming performance of Biography.

The poetry of Lillian Kalish ’16 and Nghiem Tran ’16 was published in the Lambda Literary Foundation journal Nepantla.

English professor Kiese Laymon penned a FADER article titled “What I Pledge Allegiance To.”

English professor Hua Hsu’s New Yorker essay was mentioned in an Amherst College op-ed written by Cullen Murphy, chairman of the board of trustees at Amherst.

Professor Mia Mask

Film professor Mia Mask was quoted in a NBC News story about Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor films.

Anthony Bourdain ’77, who won an Emmy Award for his travel and food show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal article.

Hildegarde Germann, Class of 1913, was the subject of a Herald-Whig story.

Geography professor Brian Godfrey was quoted in a Next City story about the 2016 Summer Olympics protests in Rio de Janeiro.

Azmaira Maker '91

Clinical psychologist and author Azmaira Maker ’91 penned a YourTango article on parenting effectively while coping with depression.

Acrobat and comedienne Olivia Hallie Lehrman ’01 was the subject of a BroadwayWorld.com story.

Penny Lane ’00, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate University, was mentioned in a Colgate Maroon-News article.

Psychology professor Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a Dana Foundation story about adolescent brain development.

Erik Lorenzsonn ’12 penned a Capital Times article about diversifying the world of funding startups.

Marielle Heydt ’17 received an Award of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards for her short film The Lesson.

Professor Justin Patch

Music professor Justin Patch was mentioned in a Georgia College Front Page article about a research project and website that tracks presidential campaign music.

Christopher Devlin ’86 co-authored a chapter titled “Maine Law in Commercial Lending Law: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law,” published by the American Bar Association, as reported by CentralMaine.com.

Sarano Kelley ’83 penned a LifeHealthPro.com column about the challenges of financial advisors.

Nancy Harrison ’74, senior fine art specialist at Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance and Fine Art Asset Management, was profiled by Health Data Management.

The appointment of Chloe Williams ’14 as a Project Lift family outreach educator was announced in the Post-Star.

Lisa Hunter ’76 was named to the New York Real Estate Journal’s 2016 New York Super Lawyers List.

Architect Matthew Cotton ’80 was appointed principal at the S/L/A/M Collaborative Boston office, noted the New England Real Estate Journal.

Antioch University Santa Barbara promoted Barbara Greenleaf ’63 to associate vice chancellor, advancement and external affairs, as reported by the Santa Barbara Independent.


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Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, Azmaira Maker ’91, R. J. Koreto ’84, Erika Amato ’91, and Alexa Meade ’09 courtesy of the subjects; Residential Quad ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Joseph Tanski and Justin Patch ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Edward Pittman ’82 ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Emma Hartman Noyes House ©Vassar College; Mia Mask ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Adrian Burgos, Jr. ’93 ©University of Illinois.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 3, 2016