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In the Media - August 2018 Roundup

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Vassar College was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s “The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America” list. A Hudson Valley magazine story highlighted regional attractions open to Vassar students, while another Hudson Valley magazine story (both were written by Sabrina Sucato ’15) noted the college’s commitment to sustainability. Vassar was recognized as a top-performing college as part of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, as noted by the Daily Freeman. The college’s commitment to low-income students was mentioned in a MarketWatch story about financial aid rankings. A Good Neighbors Committee grant was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the expansion of Morse Elementary School’s Summer Personalized Academic Kit program.

The importance of Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater was the subject of a This Is Broadway article.

Lynn Povich ’65

Lynn Povich ’65, Newsweek’s first female Senior Editor and author of The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace, was the subject of a Muse story.

An emerald ash borer study by Vassar students and Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns staff was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story, including a quote from Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative Manager Jennifer Masina Rubbo, about a plan to remove infected trees.

Jason Blum ’91, award-winning producer and founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was interviewed on NBC’s Dateline.

Shanlon Wu ’80

Shanlon Wu ’80, former federal prosecutor and founding partner of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple PLLC, joined CNN as a legal analyst, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360° and Erin Burnett OutFront, and wrote a CNN column about the Paul Manafort trial. Wu also discussed the trial’s closing arguments in another CNN column.

Producer Jon Read ’09 and Shirley, a film featuring scenes shot at Vassar, were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story. Vassar and the film, which includes the talents of Producer Jeffrey Soros ’83, Production Assistant Johnny Wojcik ’11, and Electrician Sarah Gittins ’16, were mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter story.

Simbulance, an ambulance simulator built by Omri Bareket ’19, Daniel Moskowitz ’19, Yoon Yoo ’20, Naveed Nikpour ’19, and Victoria Clarke ’20, was the subject of a Journal of Emergency Medical Services story.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Guardian story about Spike Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman.

Justin Patch

Justin Patch, Assistant Professor of Music, spoke with WAMC about Aretha Franklin’s impact on music and the Civil Rights Movement.

Immigrant, Montana, the latest novel by Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was the subject of a Toronto Star story. He also wrote a CNN article about Nobel Prize-winning writer V.S. Naipaul, who died on August 11 and a Sharp magazine story, “My Strange Fascination with My Mom’s Prayer Beads.”

Karen Strain Smythe ’82, AAVC Trustee and Career Networking Committee member, is running for the New York State Senate’s 41st District seat, as noted by Mid-Hudson News Network.

Joe Capotorto ’15 won a 2018 Columbia University Film Festival Jury Award for Best Producer for his film Nice Talking To You.

Brothers and authors Owen King ’99 and Joe King (Hill) ’95 spoke with Portland Monthly about writing and growing up with Stephen King as a dad.

Dr. Natalie Nixon ’91

Design strategist Dr. Natalie Nixon ’91 offered her thoughts on redesigning business in a Communication Arts column.

Zoe Wulff ’19 was quoted in a Virginian Review story about students who spend their summers interning at nonprofit organizations.

Actress and producer Alysia Reiner ’92, who plays Natalie “Fig” Figueroa in Orange Is the New Black, was interviewed on NBC New York.

Shana Nys Dambrot ’93, Arts Editor of LA Weekly, was quoted in a New York Times story about the debate surrounding the hiring of a new director at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Nicole Wood ’12, a video specialist who also does puppetry, was quoted in a New York Times story about KidZone TV, an in-house broadcast studio at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.

Suffragist and women’s rights activist Inez Milholland, class of 1909, was mentioned in a New York Times story about 10 women from New York who deserve to be honored with statues.

Keming Yan ’21 broke a record by motorboating alone across China’s Bohai Gulf, which he did in five hours, as noted by Dailymotion.

Marissa Wolf ’04

Marissa Wolf ’04 was named Artistic Director at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, as noted by the Oregonian and

Nate Cuson ’20 was interviewed for a Forbes article about why he believes it’s smart to invest in Facebook.

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg ’99 was quoted in a Bloomberg story about whether employers should be liable for revenge porn among workers.

Judith Appelbaum ’60, who spent nearly 60 years as a book publisher, was remembered by the New York Times.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History at American University, wrote a Los Angeles Times article about how the 1968 Democratic National Convention fomented today’s culture wars.

Author and essayist Melissa Holbrook Pierson ’80 was recognized as one of three women who changed the face of motorcycling by

Aapta Garg ’08, Program Officer at Promundo, a global consortium that engages men and boys in promoting gender equality and preventing violence, co-authored a Ms. magazine column about how young men can help eliminate sexual assault.

Joakim Lartey ’78, a musician and Coordinator of Supportive Learning Environments and Positive Youth Development at Ulster County BOCES, was the subject of a Times Herald-Record story.

A memoir by lawyer Andrew Singer ’88, China Sings to Me: A Journey into the Middle Kingdom and Myself, about his junior year abroad in China, was the subject of a Cape Cod Chronicle story.

Katherine Center ’94

Best-selling author Katherine Center ’94 was the subject of a KHOU story.

Yu Zhou, Professor of Geography, was quoted in an Asia Times story about the rise of artificial intelligence technology in China.

Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam ’55 and Martha “Marty” Hayne Talbot ’54, co-founders of the Student Conservation Association, were mentioned in a Seattle Times story about former environmentalist and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

Katie Merriman ’08, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted in a WRAL story about Muslim history in Harlem.

Christian Holthausen ’96, Export and International Communications Director at Champagne AR Lenoble, wrote a column about what consumers want from wine producers.

Dr. Sandye Wilson ’75

A speaking engagement by The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson ’75 was the subject of a Vineyard Gazette story.

Flower of Iowa, a World War I drama written by Lance Ringel, Senior Writer, will premiere at the 2018 New York New Works Theatre Festival, as noted by

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy Marco Dees, who died following a rock-climbing accident, was remembered by the Hudson Valley Post.

Pietro Geraci ’18 was quoted in a New York Times story about college students who purposefully attend schools where they feel like they don’t fit in.

Margaret Ellen Clifford, class of 1929, and former drama professor Hallie Flanagan Davis were included in a story about historic women playwrights who will be honored in a Boston theatrical production.

The 200th birthday of Vassar’s first professor, astronomer Maria Mitchell, was the subject of an Inquirer and Mirror story.

Raluca Besliu ’11 wrote a Eurasia Review story about environmental contamination in Romania.

Barry Lam

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and his podcast Hi-Phi Nation were the subjects of a Philosopher’s Zone story.

Arshiya Malik ’12 wrote a Women 2.0 story about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.

Stuart Kaswell ’76, Managed Funds Association’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director, General Counsel, will step down from his post, as noted by Hedgeweek.

Olin Thompson III ’93 is one of four lawyers being considered for a Rhode Island Superior Court vacancy, as noted by the Providence Journal.

-Photo of Justin Patch ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Marissa Wolf ‘04 ©Tess Mayer-The Interval NY; Shanlon Wu ’80, Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Katherine Center ’94, Dr. Sandye Wilson ’75, and Lynn Povich ’65 courtesy of the subjects; Dr. Natalie Nixon ’91 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Barry Lam ©Duke Photography-Megan Mendenhall.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 6, 2018