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In the Media - December 2016 Roundup

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences

Vassar College’s award of the inaugural Jack Kent Cooke Foundation $1 million prize and its dedication to enrolling and graduating first-generation and low-income college students were noted in a Forbes story and a Forbes op-ed. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences was featured in Architectural Record and the building’s bird-safe glass was the subject of stories in Green Building Advisor and Wired. The Posse Veterans Program and participant Patrick Hood ’17 were mentioned in a Diverse: Issues in Higher Education story and the program and Vassar’s commitment to enrolling veterans were the subjects of an Inside Higher Ed article. The college was mentioned in stories in Medical Daily and the Cornell Chronicle about an accurate questionnaire—created by researchers from Vassar and Cornell University—that can predict risky behavior. A campus visit by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke about the Enough is Enough initiative to eliminate sexual assault on college campuses, was the subject of Time Warner Cable News and Poughkeepsie Journal stories. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the La Paz Centro Arts Bazaar and a WAMC story noted the Vassar Haiti Project Art Auction and Sale, both held at Vassar. The college and Interim President Jonathan Chenette were mentioned in Inside Higher Ed, Kansas City Star, and Daily Star stories about campus leaders who urged President-elect Donald Trump to take a stand against harassment, hate, and acts of violence. Chenette and Vassar were also included in Boston Globe and Inside Higher Ed stories about a letter signed by leaders of the Seven Sisters colleges criticizing comments made by Trump appointee Stephen Bannon and urging him to act according to his leadership role. Vassar was noted in a SouthFloridaReporter.com story about the invention of fudge. The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve was listed as a top college farm by Farm to School, as noted in Lancaster Farming. The farm was also mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story. A performance at Vassar by the Escher String Quartet was noted by Patch.com and the Millbrook Independent. Inside Higher Ed noted the faculty approval of a plan to lower the teaching load to four classes per year, from five, and add a new student supervisory requirement. The reading by author Jennine Capó Crucet—from her book Make Your Home Among Strangers—at Vassar was noted in Repeating Islands.

Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project

The work of artist Mark Dion, on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

The Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance—created at Vassar and now including other universities and faith-based organizations—and the refugee families it is bringing from war-torn areas were reported by the Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley One, the Times Herald-Record, the Shawangunk Journal, WAMC, the Highlands Current, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Daily Freeman. A meeting held by the alliance was covered by the Poughkeepsie Journal, WAMC, News 12 Westchester, the Times Herald-Record, and Patch.com.

Elizabeth Bishop '34

Award-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop ’34 was the subject of a biographical story in the New Yorker. The story was written by author Megan Marshall, whose next book, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, will be published in February 2017.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 was named a 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, as noted by PBS NewsHour and SOGO Tech News. She was also mentioned in an INSIDER story about veterans who have changed the world for the better.

Meryl Streep ’71 will be honored with the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, as noted by Entertainment Weekly, Variety, CNN, Playbill, and BroadwayWorld.com. Vassar and the actress were mentioned in a Teen Vogue article about celebrities who ate in their college dining halls.

Tony Award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt ’93 appeared in an HP Spectre x360 advertisement.

Associate professor Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, was interviewed on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show about normalizing the presidency of Donald Trump.

Lynn Povich ’65, award-winning journalist and author of The Good Girls Revolt, talked about the election results and Hillary Clinton on NPR.

Public defender Sarah Siegel ’08 was mentioned in a Village Voice article and on WNYC about her work in uncovering alleged corruption in a New York City precinct.

Artist Alexa Meade ’09, who creates two-dimensional artwork out of three-dimensional objects, was the subject of a WUSA story.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was quoted in a New York Times story about the funeral of her cousin, noted journalist Gwen Ifill.

Professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell was the subject of a Space.com article.

The induction of Frances Rosenthal Kallison ’29 into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was noted by the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Jewish Post.

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, penned a History News Network column on the parallels between the elections of 2016 and 1860.

Patricia Jordan '72

Patricia Jordan ’72, 1993 New York State Teacher of the Year, was one of several prominent teachers who signed an open letter to the Washington Post about the election and why they can’t stay neutral.

Psychology professor Abigail Baird ’91 was quoted in a Doc NYC story about the screening of the documentary Beware the Slenderman.

Arlene Sabo, Director of Safety and Security and newly named president of New York Women in Law Enforcement, was mentioned in a Daily Freeman story.

Cari Shane ’87 penned a Washington Post column about not renting out her Washington, D.C., home to supporters of Donald Trump.

Michael Kimmel ’72, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, talked about sexism in sports on Here & Now.

Mandy Fabian '93

Writer and director Mandy Fabian ’93 penned a Huffington Post article about her latest project, The Young Hillary Diaries, a fictional Lifetime series that imagines what life might have been like for teenaged Hillary Clinton in the 1960s. The series was co-created by Jessica Cabot ’06.

A Daily Princetonian story mentioned President Emerita Frances Daly Fergusson.

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson ’02 was honored by the Dramatists Guild Fund with its inaugural Thom Thomas Award, as noted in UDaily.

Gabriella Fryer ’82, Executive Director of Stringendo, was quoted in a Hudson Valley News Network story about her music school.

Mildred Kayden ’42 was the subject of a Juilliard Journal story.

Adam McDaniel '96

Artist Adam McDaniel ’96 was featured in the documentary 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters, now screening at festivals.

Barry Kostrinsky ’82 penned a BroadwayWorld.com story about the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.

Zachariah Mampilly, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africana Studies, was quoted in a New Republic story about Obama’s legacy in Africa.

Evelyn Friedman ’76 was appointed director of development of Walkway Over the Hudson, as noted in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

MB Caschetta '88

Pretend I’m Your Friend, the latest book by author MB Caschetta ’88, was reviewed by Entertainment Weekly.

The Post-Standard noted the appointment of Kara Williams ’97 as director of strategic initiatives for the Allyn Foundation.

The Times Union noted the appointment of Laura Graceffa ’87 as Robert C. Parker School’s head of school.

Bonnie Flickinger ’54 was interviewed on ESPN’s The Risk Report* about the Vatican’s art collection.

Visiting Instructor in Anthropology Louis Philippe Römer co-wrote an Africa is a Country op-ed about the election and the individuals who supported Donald Trump.

Sule Marshall '18

Sule Marshall ’18 was the subject of a Trinidad and Tobago Express story about a mobile app he created that provides real-time updates on a user’s area events.

Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources and Associate Professor of Sociology, was mentioned in a Bennington Banner article.

Gail Archer

College Organist Gail Archer was the subject of a Bozeman Daily Chronicle story.

Business Wire noted the appointment of Allan Weinstein ’92 to the board of directors of Wireless Telecom Group.

A speaking engagement by author Ana Maria “Anita” Sanchez ’77 was noted in the Rome Sentinel.

History professor Joshua Schreier co-authored a Forward story about the election of Donald Trump and the support he received from right-wing Israelis.

Adriana di Bartolo

Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students, was mentioned in an Ithacan story about non-binary pronouns.

Christine Howlett, Associate Professor and Chair of Music and Director of Choral Activities, was mentioned in a Hudson Valley One article.

Eréndira Rueda, Associate Professor of Sociology, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Faculty Accolades

Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through the Space Telescope Science Institute for her research utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope for “Probing Super Star Cluster formation in the most favorable environments: the metal-enriched, gas-rich and turbulent collisional ring of NGC 5291.” 

Jennifer Rubbo, Manager of the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, in collaboration with Mary Ann Cunningham, Associate Professor and Chair of Earth Science and Geography; Margaret Ronsheim, Professor of Biology; and Mary Ellen Czesak, Lecturer and Lab Coordinator in Biology, secured a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program to support the creation of a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) and a Habitat Assessment Map for the City of Poughkeepsie. The NRI will provide baseline information on natural, historic, and cultural resources in the city, including its trees, parks, tributaries to the river, and waterfront. The Habitat Assessment Map will identify important biological habitats in the city. 

Mandy Fabian ’93, Adam McDaniel ’96, Patricia Jordan ’72, Sarah Siegel ’08, and MB Caschetta ’88 courtesy of the subjects; Bridge for Laboratory Sciences ©Architectural Record; Adriana di Bartolo ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Elizabeth Bishop ’34 ©Vassar College Special Collections; Gail Archer ©Buck Ennis-Crain’s New York Business; Sule Marshall ’18 ©Imrul Islam ’17; Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 ©NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Laura Graceffa ’87 ©Robert C. Parker School; Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project ©Vassar College-Chip Porter.


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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, December 2, 2016