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In the Media - April 2018 Roundup

The Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library

Vassar College and Cordelia Elaiho ’12 were mentioned in a 74 story about the prevailing sense of belonging KIPP charter school graduates feel at the colleges they attend. The college was mentioned in Hudson Valley One and Chronogram stories about an Andy Warhol symposium with SUNY New Paltz and a Food Engineering magazine story about a new Asahi Shuzo International sake brewery opening in Hyde Park. A visit to Vassar by author and humorist Jonny Sun was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story. Vassar College, its ranking on the New York Times’ College Access Index, and its commitment to economic diversity were the subjects of a Marist Circle story. Vassar and Annie Chang ’08 were mentioned in a Brides story about planning a wedding at one’s alma mater. The college was mentioned in a* story about productions by women playwrights in Seattle. The Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library was named to EDsmart’s list of the 51 “Most Incredible College Libraries,” as noted by Tulsa CW. The Office of International Services’ fourth annual International Dance Festival was the subject of a Hudson Valley 360 story. A performance art installment by Tim Youd, Retyping “The Group” by Mary McCarthy, was the subject of Hudson Valley One and Hudson Valley 360 stories. Youd will retype The Group, written by Mary McCarthy ’33, at various Vassar sites as part of his 100 Novels project. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz and his Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture were the subjects of a Hudson Valley One story. President Elizabeth Bradley was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the value of selective liberal arts colleges and listening to diverse political viewpoints. 2018 Commencement speaker Heather McGhee, President of Demos, was the subject of a WAMC story. The creation of the Vassar Political Review, a politically-oriented student publication, by founder Andrew Solender ’20, was the subject of an Inside Higher Ed story. UJIMA: A Groove Society was mentioned in a Hudson Valley One story about an intercollegiate West African dance and music concert.

Ada Ferrer ’84

Ada Ferrer ’84, Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, was named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Frederick News-Post remembered Dr. Beatrix “Betty” McCleary Hamburg ’44, the first openly African American student admitted to Vassar and the first African American woman to graduate from the Yale School of Medicine.

Ethan Slater ’14, who plays the title role in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, was the subject of NewsweekWPIX and Bethesda Magazine stories.

Mia Mask

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Guardian story about black feminism and recent hit films featuring African American leads and/or casts. Mask was also mentioned in a Village Voice story about a nine-film tribute to Sidney Poitier, which she organized at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The success of David Kennett, Professor of Economics on the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Chair and Interim President of Mount Saint Mary College, was the subject of a Times Herald-Record story. The Times Herald-Record also mentioned Kennett in a story about the new president appointed to lead Mount Saint Mary.

Amy Entelis ’71, Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide, was the subject of a YaleNews story.

Ryan Linn ’06

Ryan Linn ’06 and his company, Atlas Guides—a map-based navigational app for smartphones—were the subjects of a Portland Press Herald story.

Pamela Mars Wright ’82, former Chairwoman of Mars Inc., was included in a Financial Advisor list of the top 15 U.S. women billionaires.

Science researcher and writer Samantha Jones ’11 penned a column, “Dissecting the Brain, One Cell at a Time,” for Psychology Today.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, at her Steepletop library.

The New York Times reported on a financial crisis jeopardizing Steepletop, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917. The Austerlitz, N.Y. site—which achieved National Historic Landmark status in 1971—is home to the artists' residence Millay Colony of the Arts. As the article states, the Millay Society, the non-profit organization responsible for preserving the estate, "opened the house and gardens to visitors in 2010; many of her possessions are on display, including her portable typewriter, her library collection and gowns she wore on reading tours." The Millay Society has sounded alarm bells about the prospect of losing the property where Millay had lived until her death in 1950--she is buried there alongside her husband.  It's currently mounting a campaign to avoid closure, and is seeking an organization or educational institution interested in partnership.

Tylea “Ty” Alpaugh ’22 was the subject of a Scranton Times-Tribune story.

Sam Wagner ’13 and Carlisle Schaeffer ’14

Little House Brewing Company and co-founders Sam Wagner ’13 and Carlisle Schaeffer ’14 were the subjects of a story.

Mary Ann Cunningham, Associate Professor of Geography and Chair of Earth Science and Geography, and Neil Curri, Geographic Information System Academic Computing Consultant, were part of a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies investigative team that found that road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York State, as noted by EurekAlert! and Health Medicine Network.

Actress Grace Gummer ’08 will appear in Mary Page Marlowe at Second Stage Theater, as noted by She was also the subject of a Showbiz News story.

Dominie Garcia ’95

Dominie Garcia ’95 wrote a Government Technology story about smart city technology and how it can aid in improving health systems and environments around the world.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History at American University, and his lecture “Race, Gender, and Civil Rights: How the 1960s Shaped American Politics Today” were the subjects of an Omaha World-Herald story.

Abigail Fischer ’01 will perform Bach’s Mass in B minor at Carnegie Hall, as noted by and Musical America.

Carol “Poody” Maynard ’50 was the subject of a Day story about Pine Point School and StoneRidge Retirement Living’s annual biography project.

Steven Cook ’90

A talk on the Arab Spring by Steven Cook ’90, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East, was the subject of a Daily Courier-Observer story.

Community activist and philanthropist Mary Congdon Van Evera ’43 was remembered by the Duluth News Tribune. Van Evera served with the Red Cross during World War II; spent many years in service to the arts, the environment, and global peace; and served on several boards, including those of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Duluth Public Library.

Patricia Brooks ’47, a food critic for the New York Times Connecticut section for 38 years, was the subject of a New Canaan News story.

Tarun Tahiliani ’85

Fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani ’85 and his India by the Nile festival fashion show were the subjects of an Al-Ahram story.

A lecture by Lydia Murdoch ’92, Professor of History and Director of Victorian Studies, was the subject of a Penn State Harrisburg story.

Zachary Zane ’13 wrote a Good Men Project story, “How ‘Can I Kiss You’ Changed My Life for the Better.”

Mabel Newcomer, who taught in Vassar’s Economics Department for 40 years (1917–1957), was mentioned in a Stanford News Service story.

Susan Dackerman ’86

Susan Dackerman ’86, John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, was the subject of a Palo Alto Weekly story.

Michael Barakiva ’97, Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre and Upstart Creatures, was mentioned in a story about a performance of Perfect Wedding.

Dorothy Kim, Assistant Professor of English, served on a panel that examined incendiary speech and violence at Columbia University, as noted by the Columbia Daily Spectator.

S. Raj Chaudhury ’85, leader of the University of South Alabama’s Indian Ensemble, was the subject of a Vanguard story.

Abigail Baird ’91

Abigail Baird ’91, Professor of Psychological Science, participated in a New York University School of Law forum and documentary film screening about the horrifying case of two pre-teen girls who nearly stabbed a friend to death to appease the Slender Man, a fictional online character.

Natalie Keng ’90, founder of Chinese Southern Belle, was featured in an Atlanta & Company1-Minute Stir Fry” segment.

Trial lawyers Stephen Wald ’76 and Lauren Coppola ’03 joined Robins Kaplan LLP, as noted by Business Wire.

Karim Ahmad ’93 was appointed Chief Product and Transformation Officer of Paysafe Group, as noted by PaymentEye.

Lisa Je ’18 was awarded the Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship, as noted by New Hampshire Business Review. The award will support Je’s work on developing environmentally-friendly and economical materials for solar cells.

Paul Calogerakis ’80 was named Interim Director of Economic Development for the City of Poughkeepsie, as noted by Hudson Valley News Network.

-Photo of Tarun Tahiliani ’85 courtesy of Indiamarks; Susan Dackerman ’86 © Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts; Vassar campus ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Mia Mask ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis; Steven Cook ’90 ©Vassar College-Al Nowak; Dominie Garcia ’95, Sam Wagner ’13, Carlisle Schaeffer ’14, Ada Ferrer ’84, and Ryan Linn ’06 courtesy of the subjects; Abigail Baird ’91 ©Taylor Hooper Photography.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, April 24, 2018