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In the Media - May 2018 Roundup

Conceptual artist Tim Youd in the Thompson Memorial Library.

A performance at Vassar College by conceptual artist Tim Youd was the subject of a New York Times story. The college was named the most beautiful college campus in New York State by BuzzFeed and the plan to purchase 15 percent of Vassar’s electricity through a community solar project was the subject of a Mid-Hudson News Network story. Vassar’s 154th Commencement was the subject of Poughkeepsie Journal and Mid-Hudson News Network stories. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a push to move a polling site to campus and a Hudson Valley magazine story about the college’s Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vassar’s use of renewable energy sources was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article written by Sustainability Coordinator Alistair Hall ’11. Vassar was mentioned in an Altamont Enterprise story about a partnership between the college and the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station to stop the spread of invasive plants. The college was included in a Narratively story about suffragettes who farmed during World War I to help solve the country’s food crisis and an EdSurge story about the use of Education Design Lab “badges” to measure soft skills students gain while attending college. Vassar, its Undergraduate Research Summer Institute, and John Long Jr., Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair and Cognitive Science Department Chair, were mentioned in a Frontiers in Robotics and AI article about testing biological hypotheses with embodied robots. The college was mentioned in a Bucks County Courier Times story about the Vassar Haiti Project. In a story about the 17 most inspiring graduation speeches, Reader’s Digest included Arianna Huffington’s 2015 Commencement speech, and Vassar’s 2018 Commencement speaker, Heather McGhee, President of Demos, was the subject of a Daily Freeman story. President Elizabeth Bradley was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the ongoing capital construction project at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Matthew Vassar’s birthday was the subject of a Brookston Beer Bulletin story. A concert by the Vassar College Majors, “Music Down In My Soul,” was the subject of a Hudson Valley 360 story.

Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik

Several media outlets reported on Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s 2018 Powerhouse Theater season, including Variety, Playbill, and The season will feature Tony Award winners Jason Robert Brown, Duncan Sheik, and Steven Sater. Powerhouse was included in a New York Times story about summer theater festivals and a Poughkeepsie Journal story about places to go for summer fun. It was also mentioned in a Playbill story about The Secret Life of Bees and a Bay Area Reporter story about Bright Star, both developed at Powerhouse.

Ethan Slater ’14

Ethan Slater ’14, who plays the title role in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, as noted by several media outlets, including Playbill, Variety, and Forbes. Slater and Junk, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and started out as a reading at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, were the subjects of a Poughkeepsie Journal story. In addition Slater spoke to Entertainment Tonight about his nomination and how he started playing SpongeBob on Broadway.

Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, produced two Tony Award-nominated plays, The Iceman Cometh and Three Tall Women, as noted by Variety.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was named to Essence magazine’s “Woke 100 Women” list.

John Long Jr., Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair and Cognitive Science Department Chair, talked about evolving robots with the Nikkei, the world’s largest economic and business newspaper.

Julia Lathrop, class of 1880, former head of the United States Children’s Bureau, and Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair and author of Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government, were mentioned in an NPR story.

Dr. Richard Huganir ’75

Dr. Richard Huganir ’75 was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, for his pioneering research into how the brain works.

President Emerita Catharine Bond Hill was quoted in an Atlantic story about the limited number of applications prospective students may send to colleges. She wrote an Inside Higher Ed column about how colleges and universities can change the negative view of higher education held by some Americans.

An Albuquerque Journal story examined a study co-authored by Abigail Baird ’91, Professor of Psychological Science; Emma Roellke ’16; and Debra Zeifman, Professor of Psychological Science, about the link between school shootings and large schools.

Novelist and former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein ’69 wrote a USA Today op-ed about being one of the founders of the city’s sex crimes unit, which worked to find justice for sexual assault victims.

The potential closing of Steepletop, the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, was the subject of stories published by the New York Times and the Poughkeepsie Journal. The Austerlitz, NY, home now serves as a museum and a National Historic Landmark, but the cost of operating the site exceeds its income.

Carrie Goldberg ’99

Attorney Carrie Goldberg ’99, who is representing Harvey Weinstein accuser Lucia Evans, was mentioned by several media outlets, including the New Yorker, the Daily News, CNN, and the Washington Post.

Artist Bayne Peterson ’06 and his artwork were the subjects of a Juxtapoz magazine story.

Author Katherine Center ’94 was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about her latest book, How to Walk Away. The book was also reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.

Clover Letter, an email newsletter and community platform for Generation Z girls, co-founded by Liza Darwin ’10, was recently acquired by AwesomenessTV, an NBCUniversal-owned media network, as announced in Variety.

Ray Gordon ’85, President of the Chesapeake Fencing Club, was the subject of a Baltimore Sun story.

The new penthouse home of Susan Thomas ’75, Steve Hutchinson ’71, and Lilia Hutchinson ’18 was the subject of an Omaha World-Herald story. Thomas did much of the design work for the Omaha property.

Rebecca Mountain ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to teach in the Netherlands, as noted by the Village Green.

Dr. L. Ebony Boulware ’91

Dr. L. Ebony Boulware ’91, Professor of Medicine at Duke University, was the subject of a Chronicle story.

Michael Silverman ’91, Special Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, received the Legacy Award at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Transgender Advocacy Awards, as noted by

Andrew Shvarts ’07, author of City of Bastards, was’s Author of the Week.

A concert honoring jazz great Ed Xiques, Adjunct Artist in Music, was the subject of a Chronogram story.

Jordan Kramer ’05

Jordan Kramer ’05, founder of Winnegance Oyster Farm, was the subject of a story.

Lillian Meredith ’07, artistic director, director, and curator of LaundryFest, was mentioned in a story about the production.

Yasemin Smallens ’20 and Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science on the F. Thompson Chair and Director of Research Development, co-authored a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed touting the benefits of a municipal ID program in Poughkeepsie.

Martha Webster ’45-44, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, was remembered by the newspaper.

Lisa Hunter ’07, who is running for political office in Washington, D.C., was profiled in MidCity DC.

Geoffrey Wertime ’06

Geoffrey Wertime ’06 wrote a New York Times letter to the editor about the many difficulties faced by those who are evicted from housing.

John Hine ’75, Senior Business Analyst at Baystate Health, is running for a Massachusetts state representative seat on the Democratic ticket, as noted by

Eamon Grennan, award-winning poet and former Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English, was the subject of a Hartford Courant story.

Strider Kachelein ’17, Bandon School District technology teacher and MarLo Dance Studio instructor and choreographer, was the subject of a Bandon Western World story about a production of Peter Pan.

Carolyn Merchant ’58

Carolyn Merchant ’58, Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics at the University of California, Berkeley, was the subject of a Daily Californian story about her legacy of ecofeminism and environmental history.

Becky Stone ’70 will perform the role of Harriet Tubman at Greenville Chautauqua’s History Alive Festival, as noted by the Union Times.

Jamie Pearson ’91 was appointed to the Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. advisory board, as noted by Canadian Insider. Pearson is Director of Operations at Bhang Corporation, a multinational cannabis company, and Managing Director of AMMBA Inc., a cannabis consulting firm.

Vassar’s first professor, astronomer Maria Mitchell, was included in a Valley News story about a theater production featuring six powerful American women.

Zachary Bokhour ’16 and an original typeface he designed, Inform, were mentioned in a Print* magazine story about four student typeface designers.

Vicki Miles-LaGrange ’74

Vicki Miles-LaGrange ’74, District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, received an honorary degree at the University of Oklahoma’s 2018 commencement ceremony, as noted by

Eric Trump, Adjunct Instructor in German Studies, wrote a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed about Medicare coverage for dialysis and kidney transplants.

The retirement of Nancy Wills Keteku ’72, who spent 28 years promoting higher education to students in Ghana and throughout Africa as the U.S. Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for the U.S. Embassy, was the subject of a Ghana News Agency story.

Madio Wallner ’22 was the subject of a Reno Gazette-Journal story.

Livvy Floren ’64, a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, was quoted in an MSN story.

Laurel McGiffert ’70, a partner at Plunkett Cooney, was appointed Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the law firm, as noted by

Richard Born, Professor of Political Science, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the gubernatorial bid by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and a Chronogram story about the political climate for those running for office during the midterm election.

Yu Zhou, Professor of Geography, was quoted in an MSN story about a Chinese bank that is run completely by robots.

Professor Emeritus of English Frank Bergon was interviewed by the Martha’s Vineyard Times about writer Flannery O’Connor.

Mojan Farid ’20

Vassar Refugee Solidarity and Mojan Farid ’20 were mentioned in a Nyack News and Views article about the second annual Interfaith Dinner hosted by Congregation Sons of Israel Nyack.

Caitlin Forsyth Kireker ’08 was named Associate at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, as noted by the Daily Record.

Geoffrey Ossias ’87 was named Partner and Head of Perkins Coie’s Arizona Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice, as noted by Kinney Recruiting.

Sherry Greene-Starr ’75 was appointed to the Cape Cod Association’s board of directors, as noted by

Karen Kirshner ’80 won Best in Show at the National League of American Pen Women’s 2018 Biennial Art Competition for her painting “Faith,” as noted in Newsday*.

-Dr. L. Ebony Boulware ’91 courtesy Duke University; Jeffrey Wertime ’06 ©Dave Cross Photography; Ethan Slater ’12 ©Vassar College-Samuel Stuart; Mojan Farid ’20 courtesy of Vassar Refugee Solidarity; Tim Youd ©VassarCollege-Karl Rabe; Jordan Kramer ’05 © Soukup; Carolyn Merchant ’58 ©UC-Berkeley; Duncan Sheik, Dr. Richard Huganir ’75, and Alexa Jordan ‘17 courtesy of the subjects; Sherrilyn Ifill ’74 ©NAACP-LDF.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 1, 2018