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In the Media - July 2017 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in a HigherEdJobs story about how colleges can increase minority graduation rates and a Poughkeepsie Journal article about private colleges opting out of tuition aid. Vassar was mentioned in a Marshall Project story about the value of educational and employment programs that serve incarcerated individuals. The college was noted in a Post-Star article about New York colleges’ high national ranking for producing graduates with high median salaries. Vassar College was mentioned in a New York Times book review of There Your Heart Lies, whose protagonist is a graduate of the college. President Elizabeth Bradley was quoted in a Politico story about public health work. A study co-authored by Bradley was mentioned in stories in the Washington Post, the Sun Journal, the Jackson Hole News & Guide, and the Waco Tribune-Herald. Bradley talked about rising health care costs on MPR News. Vassar was included in an IIT Today story about Illinois Institute of Technology’s Teen STEM Program. Vassar was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about new vegan burgers being sold at BurgerFi, which shares space with the Vassar College Store. The images for an exhibition at the college’s Integrated Science Commons were mentioned in a Communication Arts story.

Kecia Lewis played August Boatwright in The Secret Life of Bees

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater season was the subject of Playbill, Wall Street Journal, WAMC, Poughkeepsie Journal, TheaterMania.com and WAMC stories. The Powerhouse musical The Secret Life of Bees will feature Golden Globe Award-winning Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba, as noted by Entertainment Weekly, Playbill, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and BroadwayWorld.com. The Powerhouse play, Good Men Wanted, was the subject of a WAMC story. Michael Sheehan, Producing Director and Education Director for Powerhouse Theater, was the subject of a Hudson Valley News Network story.

Mark Ruskin '76

The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI, by author Marc Ruskin ’76, was the subject of stories and reviews from several media outlets, including Newsmax TV, the New York Post, Vice, WNYC, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Epoch Times, and the Johnny Dare Morning Show.

President Emerita Catharine Bond Hill penned a Hechinger Report column about giving low- and middle-income students better opportunities, while cutting costs.

Spencer Scarth and Miranda Fergus were added to the swimming and diving team coaching staff, as noted by SwimSwam.

A New Republic story looked at the new biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop ’34.

Linda Fairstein '69

Author and former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein ’69 was interviewed about her latest book, Deadfall, on CBS This Morning, and she was the subject of an Island Now story.

Gail Becker ’64 was quoted in a Wilson Quarterly story about her work on a U.S.-USSR cultural exchange exhibition, Photography USA, and her biography was included in a separate Wilson Quarterly story.

Alma Kimura ’76 competed for Team USA at the International Powerlifting Federation World Classic Powerlifting Championships and won first place in her division, as noted in the Northwest Asian Weekly. Kimura also set a new world record for women in her age and weight category with a deadlift of 315 pounds.

Andrew Tallon, Associate Professor of Art, was quoted in a Time magazine story about the repairs needed to save Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Tanwi Nandini Islam '04

Author and entrepreneur Tanwi Nandini Islam ’04 was mentioned in a South Brooklyn Network article.

Edith Clarke, class of 1908, an inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, was mentioned in a Daily Gazette story about women who made a positive impact at General Electric Company. 

Alice Huyler Ramsey, class of 1907, the first woman to drive across the United States, was the subject of a Roadtrippers story.

Matthew Knigge ’18 was named 2017 Division III National Middle Attacker of the Year, as noted in Off the Block.

Susan Combs '66

Susan Combs ’66, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and Comptroller, was nominated Assistant Secretary of Policy Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior, as noted in the San Antonio Express-News and E&E Daily.

Film producer Donald Rosenfeld ’85 was the subject of a New York Makers article.

Annette Smith ’77, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, was named Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, provided her take on the film Girls Trip on WNYC.

Angela Dumlao ’13 penned a HuffPost column about cis people actively working to help the trans community. 

Emma Carmichael ’10 penned a goodbye column for Jezebel, where she has been editor-in-chief since 2014.

Leonard Steinhorn '77

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, a professor at American University’s School of Communication, penned a Moyers & Company article on the president’s populism, a second column questioning whether Democrats are the party of elites, and a third Moyers & Company column about how the president and his supporters believe the civil rights victories of the 1960s hurt the United States.

Don Foster, Professor of English on the Jean Webster Chair, was mentioned in a CSO story about encrypted messaging applications, terrorism, and his work on textual authorship analysis.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, talked with the Hindustan Times and India New England News about his new book, The Lovers. He penned a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

Steven Benaquist '95

Comedian Steven Benaquist ’95 and a one-man show he wrote based on the correspondence between an incarcerated Tupac Shakur and Tony Danza were the subjects of a LEO Weekly story.

The Olean Times Herald mentioned suffragette Harriot Stanton Blatch, class of 1878, in an article about a historic roadside marker commemorating her and the women’s suffrage movement.

Brian Lukacher, Professor of Art, was quoted in a Newsweek story—written by Max Kutner ’11—about the company that painted Steve Bannon’s Napoleon portrait.

Benjamin Ho, Associate Professor of Economics

A study co-authored by Benjamin Ho, Associate Professor of Economics, was the subject of Daily Mail, Free Malaysia Today, Malay Mail, and news.com.au stories. The study’s findings show support for income equality, with a desire to preserve existing hierarchies.

Playwright and theater artist Bradford Louryk ’00, a Drama Desk Award winner for his play Christine Jorgensen Reveals, was the subject of a Scranton Times-Tribune story.

Astronomer Maria Mitchell was mentioned in CapeCod.com  KUOW, Smithsonian, and Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket stories. She was noted in a KCUR story about the total solar eclipse of 1878, which Mitchell witnessed with some of her Vassar students who traveled with her to the Midwest.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the election integrity commission created by the White House.

Tanya Odom ’92, a consultant and leadership coach, was named one of three women entrepreneurs who “unleash their energy for the greater good” by Entrepreneur magazine.

John Winton ’16, who works for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, was the subject of a TAPinto story about his work as a saxophonist in a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.

Peipei Qiu, Professor and Chair of Chinese and Japanese

Peipei Qiu, Professor and Chair of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair, and her book Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves were mentioned in a China Daily story about comfort women.

Ruvarashe Mubaiwa ’20 and Idzai Mubaiwa P’20 were mentioned in a Bakersfield Californian story about refugees welcomed in San Diego.

Drew Rodgers ’05 and his business, Barley Head Brewery, were the subjects of an article published in theDay.

Gabriela “Gabby” Baron ’92 penned a Pharmaceutical Executive story about analytics and the search for dangerous data in corporate integrity agreements.

Sasha Velour ’09, the winner of the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was interviewed for Here and Now on WBUR and WPSU.

Jeanine Liburd '92

Jeanine Liburd ’92 was appointed Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at BET Networks, overseeing all facets of strategic and creative brand development, consumer marketing, and cross-business initiatives, as noted by Variety.

Meryl Streep ’71 and her new film, in which she plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (who fought a legal battle to publish the Pentagon Papers), were the subjects of a Town & Country story.

Eric Trump, Adjunct Instructor in German Studies, penned a Poughkeepsie Journal column about the ethics of circumcision.

India Today mentioned the Thompson Memorial Library’s stained glass representation of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the world’s first woman to receive a doctoral degree.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, penned a Conversation article on why it’s important for the United States to understand Chinese thought. The article was reprinted in U.S. News & World Report.

Sarah Begley ’12 penned a Time column about the importance of the Harry Potter series on the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book.

Will Kyle ’19penned a Montpelier Bridge column about becoming more mindful and abandoning perfectionism.

Documentary film editor Leigh Johnson ’06, the 2017 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow, penned a PBS POV interview with award-winning editor Penelope Falk.

Pam Vogel ’12 penned a Media Matters for America story on CNN’s Russia coverage and James O’Keefe.

Bob Annibale '80

Bob Annibale ’80, Citigroup’s Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance, was appointed to the Accion board of directors, as noted by PR Newswire. Accion is a global nonprofit and financial inclusion pioneer.

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) School of Global and International Studies Dean Lee Feinstein ’81 was quoted in an IU Bloomington story about the university’s connections with Haiti.

Katherine “Kate” Collins ’08, Research Services Librarian at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, was the subject of a Duke Today story.

Hazel Hunkins, class of 1913

Women’s suffrage supporter Hazel Hunkins, class of 1913, was the subject of a Billings Gazette story.

Sabrina Sucato ’15 penned a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the realities of real estate for millennials.

Zach Sorgen ’12, who will be featured in a six-episode documentary series, No Grey Skies: Making of the Hottest New Girl Group, was the subject of a Fashion One story.

The film Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach ’91, was the subject of a Sri Lanka Guardian story, which includes several references to Vassar (the film’s main character is an alumna).

This is Dope, a marketing agency co-founded by Wendy Washington ’90, was the subject of a Black Enterprise story.

Orchid Burnside ’08 was mentioned in a Times Union column about her work as a tour guide.

Chef and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain ’77 received an Emmy Award nomination, as noted in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Alison Hyde ’59 penned a Buffalo News letter to the editor, hailing Vassar’s commitment to an economically diverse student body.

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Ameet Kabrawala ’01 was one of the attorneys who handled the government’s case against Hobby Lobby, which admitted to smuggling 5,500 ancient clay artifacts from modern-day Iran, as noted in the New York Times.

Time-Out Grant recipient Lisa Vihos ’81 penned a Tallahassee Democrat story about her work and a visit to Tallahassee.

Orchid Burnside ’08 was mentioned in a Times Union column about her work as a tour guide.

Chef and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain ’77 received an Emmy Award nomination, as noted in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Allison Cohen ’11 was named to the board of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, as noted by SILive.com.

Dale Mezzacappa ’72 penned a NewsWorks story about Philadelphia schools scaling back a special education program.

Attorney Pauline Yeung-Ha ’96 was the subject of a Brooklyn Daily story.

Richard Shamos ’03 was made a member of Sadis & Goldberg’s Financial Services Group, as announced by satPRnews.

Cebe Loomis ’13 and her current photographic project, “Tailings,” were the subjects of a Malibu Surfside News story.

Lucy Ellman ’19 penned a College Magazine list of the best jobs for students on campus.

Alumnae/i Blogs

Jorge Ortiz '00

Chasing The George, created by Jorge Ortiz ’00, is filled with advice for those looking to make it in Hollywood—from headshots and agents to inspiration and auditions.

Lost With Purpose, by Alex Reynolds ’13, gives readers feedback on the blogger’s world travels, providing advice for those looking to visit places off the beaten track.

Photo of Marc Ruskin ’76 ©Vital Agibalow for Hensel; Tanwi Nandini Islam ’04 ©Scott Dunn; Benjamin Ho and Main Building ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Jeanine Liburd ’92, Jorge Ortiz ’00, Kecia Lewis, and Susan Combs ’66 courtesy of the subjects; Steven Benaquist ’95 ©John Rabe; Hazel Hunkins, class of 1913, courtesy of the Billings Gazette; Bob Annibale ’80 ©Citigroup; Sherrilyn Ifill ’84 ©NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Peipei Qiu ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Linda Fairstein ’69 ©Katherine Marks.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 1, 2017