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Vassar College was included in an Edvocate list of U.S. colleges and universities with the best graduation rates. President Elizabeth Bradley won a University of Chicago Booth School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. Bradley received the Public Service/Public Sector Award. She was also quoted in a Mid-Hudson News Network story about Vassar College’s commitment to community engagement and gave the keynote address, titled “Higher Education in the 21st Century,” at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Contact Breakfast, as announced by several media outlets, including the Daily Freeman. The Vassar College Libraries were included in a DePaulia story about libraries with impressive rare book collections. The 16th annual Modfest, including a talk and performance by actress and singer Ali Stroker, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story. The 16th annual Modfest was mentioned in Highlands Current and Hudson Valley One stories. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibition People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol was the subject of a front page Poughkeepsie Journal story. The Filmmakers’ Workshop at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater was the subject of a BroadwayWorld.com story.

Chisa Hutchinson ’02

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson ’02 was named as one of the recipients of Audible’s first class of theater commissions to receive funding from its $5 million Emerging Playwrights Fund, as reported by various media outlets, including KLTV and Digital Journal.

Rachel Simmons ’96, author, educator, and co-founder of Girls Leadership, was interviewed on Good Morning America and CNN about her new book, Enough As She Is, and how teenage girls can find balance in their lives. Simmons’ book was also the subject of a Daily Hampshire Gazette story.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, penned a New Yorker column—adapted from his essay published in the anthology Go Home!—about gaining a sense of belonging as an immigrant, poetry, nostalgia, and other topics.

Author, lawyer, and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein ’69 was interviewed on Imus in the Morning.

Gloria Cordes Larson ’72, who will step down from her decade-long post as President of Bentley University, was the subject of a Fifty Plus Advocate story.

Elizabeth Vianna ’89

Elizabeth Vianna ’89, Winemaker and General Manager at Napa Valley’s Chimney Rock Winery, was interviewed on Marketplace about winemaking.

Dr. Annette Beyer-Mears ’63, former Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, was recognized for her contributions to medicine by the Chicago Evening Post.

Dr. Georgette Constantinou ’70

Dr. Georgette Constantinou ’70, a children’s mental health advocate for decades, was the subject of an Akron Beacon Journal story.

Television producer Bennett Graebner ’94 was the subject of a Buffalo News story about The Bachelor Winter Games, an offshoot of his popular show The Bachelor.

A recent paper published in the Social Science Journal, co-authored by Abigail Baird ’91 and Debra Zeifman, both Professors of Psychological Science, and Emma Roellke ’16, was mentioned in a Psychology Today article about school shootings.

Quincy Mills

Quincy Mills, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, author of the book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about how a visit to the barbershop helped reduce blood pressure in African American men. Mills and his book were mentioned in a Chattanooga Times Free Press story about the importance of barbering skills and barber shops in African American history in Chattanooga. He was also quoted in an Albany Herald story about the important role of barbershops as a community gathering place.

Author and former Newsweek Senior Editor Lynn Povich ’65 was quoted in a Daily Beast story about failing news magazines Time and Newsweek.

Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd ’32 Chair, wrote a Salon story about World War II African American G.I.s.

Leslie Chihuly ’83 was mentioned in a UNLV News Center story about the university’s annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebration.

Jane Kramer ’78

Jane Kramer ’78, former Time-Out Grant recipient and founder and Executive Director of Enriching Lives through Music—a nonprofit that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in Hispanic neighborhoods in Marin County, California—was recently inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. Kramer was the subject of a Marin Magazine feature story.

Dr. Delia Cheung Hom ’00, director of Northeastern University’s Asian American Center, received two national awards, the Dr. Daniello Balón Mentoring Award from the Asian Pacific American Network and the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community, as noted by Public .

Tina Jones ’91, a board member of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, was mentioned in a Southern Illinoisan story about a Black History Month program at the General John A. Logan Museum.

Jason Kassin ’90

Jason Kassin ’90, co-founder and CEO of FilmTrack, received the 2018 Entertainment Merchants Association Scholarship Foundation Honors Award for his service to the community, as noted by Media Play News. Kassin is being recognized for his work on behalf of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

D.E. “Dan” Lyons ’84 was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Controller at Imperial Oil Limited, as noted by Markets Insider, Bloomberg, Morningstar, and Benzinga.

Dr. Natalie Nixon ’91

Dr. Natalie Nixon ’91, Design Strategist and Principal at Figure 8 Thinking LLC, wrote an Inc. article about creative steps to take for productive meetings.

Abigail Baird ’91, Professor of Psychological Science, was quoted in a Dana Foundation article about the effects of incarceration on cognitive function.

A study co-authored by Kelli Duncan, Assistant Professor of Biology on the Class of 1951 Chair and Director of Neuroscience and Behavior; Katherine Blackshear, Research Associate in Chemistry; John Hayden ’14; and Stephanie Giessner ’16 was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research.

Candice Signor-Brown, Assistant Director of Athletics, Lecturer in Athletics and Physical Education, and Head Coach of the women’s basketball team, was quoted in a Hudson Valley News Network story about the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker honorees.

Dr. Marguerite O’Haire ’08

A study led by Dr. Marguerite “Maggie” O’Haire ’08, Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, about the positive effects of service dogs on war veterans with PTSD, was the subject of a Purdue News Service story.

Singer and record label co-founder Lizzy Plapinger ’10—who just released her solo debut, Bolt in the Blue—was the subject of an Interview magazine story.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Bloomberg story about the hit film Black Panther.

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, was named to the board of the Tezos Foundation, as noted by Rebrn.com.

Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was included in an A.V. Club story that mentions some of the films his company has produced, including Get Out and The Purge.

Janet Wold Kanzawa ’14

Janet Wold Kanzawa ’14 penned a Columbia Business Law Review article titled “Lobsters, Hot Air Balloons, and the Hometown Tax: A Japanese Model for Revitalizing Rural Economies in the United States.”

Aaron Fichtner ’91 was named President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, as noted by InsiderNJ.

Christiana Prater-Lee ’19 appeared in an Associated Press photo—featured by media outlets such as ABC News—with President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

Men’s fencing team member Tom Racek ’18, a top performer with the foil squad, was the subject of an Abington Journal story.

Susan Greenberg-Yarmush ’88, a certified nurse-midwife, joined Southern Berkshire County’s Community Health Programs, as noted by iBerkshires.com.

A stage reading of Blood, by playwright Yael Haskal ’19, was part of the second annual Women Playwrights Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse, as noted by BroadwayWorld.com.

Bryan Van Norden

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, and his book Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto were the subjects of Public Seminar and e-flux conversations articles.

Guitarist, composer, and writer Alan Licht ’90 will be performing in London, as noted by Upset the Rhythm.

Karen Strain Smythe ’82 announced her run for the 41st New York State Senate seat, as noted in the Examiner News.

Lisa Hunter ’07, who is running for political office, was the subject of a Washington City Paper story.

Dr. Elizabeth Kann ’89, co-author of the Pinkalicious picture books, was mentioned in a Northampton Press story about a musical based on the books.

Carolyn Kiel ’98 launched her new podcast, Beyond 6 Seconds, which features extraordinary stories from everyday people.

Caleb Northrop ’14 was named Managing Editor of SAGE Magazine, a student-run environmental publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as noted by the Grand Island Independent.

Sakina Jaffrey ’84 was featured by the WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review.

Kaitlin Manning ’07 was named a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, as noted by the New Antiquarian.

A lecture by Marc Michael Epstein, Professor of Religion on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair, was noted by Hudson Valley 360.

Alicia “Lecy” Goranson ’95, who portrayed Becky on the sitcom Roseanne, was mentioned in a 2paragraphs story about why she left the show to attend Vassar.

Long Bui, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society, was mentioned in a Dartmouth* story about identity politics.

A recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! by Lisa Kudrow ’85 was the subject of a Simplemost column.

The Clarion-Ledger remembered Cambi Evers-Everette ’05, public relations professional and granddaughter of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers.

Megan Glidden ’04, Community Engagement Librarian at ImagineIF Libraries, and her work were the subjects of a Daily Inter Lake story.

Amy Knight ’05

Amy Knight ’05 wrote a Millions article titled “Mutually Assured Destruction: Reading and Writing About Nuclear War.”

Hanging Bodies: Restraint and Visibility, by artist Allegra Shunk ’09, will be on display in Defiance College’s Women’s Commission Art Gallery through February 26, as noted by the Crescent-News.

Amy Feltman ’10 and Christine Vines ’10 were shortlisted for the fiction category by the Missouri Review*, a prestigious literary journal.

Meryl Streep ’71 will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, as announced by NJ.com.

Matthew Knigge ’18

Matthew Knigge ’18, a middle hitter on the men’s volleyball team, was credited with his 1,000th kill by VolleyMob.

Astrophysicist Ben Knowles ’99 will be the keynote speaker at the 28th annual Fort Atkinson Regional Science Fair, as noted by the Daily Jefferson County Union.

Sarah Towers Van Cleve ’54 and her husband, Dr. Robert Van Cleve, were the subjects of a Resident Community News story.

A house designed by Lisa Fischetti ’78, Principal at ldf STUDIO, was featured in Dwell magazine.

Jacob Parker-Burgard ’14 was quoted in a Monroe Courier story about a First Friday event.

Photo of Elizabeth Vianna ’89 courtesy of Chimney Rock Winery; Dr. Marguerite “Maggie” O’Haire ’08 ©Eric Pendleton; Chisa Hutchinson ’02, Janet Wold Kanzawa ’14, and Amy Knight ’05 courtesy of the subjects; Jason Kassin ’90 courtesy of Media Play News; Quincy Mills and Bryan Van Norden ©Vassar College-John Abbott; of Jane Kramer ’78 by Tim Porter; Natalie Nixon ’91 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Dr. Georgette Constantinou ’70 ©Phil Masturzo-Beacon Journal; Amy Knight ’05 by Richard Whitmer.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 6, 2018