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In the Media - November 2018 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned as a need-blind institution in an Inside Higher Ed story about the $1.8 billion donation to Johns Hopkins University by Michael Bloomberg, which is earmarked for scholarships. The college was mentioned in a CNBC story about colleges and universities that have no-loans policies for students. The college was included in Forbes and Fox Business stories about student debt and colleges with generous financial-aid packages. Vassar and the Posse Veterans Program were included in a Washington Post story that examined the lack of veterans at elite colleges. President Elizabeth Bradley wrote a Thrive Global article about young adults and the burden of mental illness. Vassar and President Emerita Catharine Hill were mentioned in an Inside Higher Ed article about veterans at top liberal arts colleges. A Hudson Valley Hispanic Heritage Committee event held at the college, which honored regional residents, was the subject of a story.

Xiaoyuan “Charlene” Ren ’13

Six Vassar alumnae/i were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, including Harrison Remler ’14, COO of Visionary Music Group; Xiaoyuan “Charlene” Ren ’13, founder of MyH20; and eevo founders Alejandro Dinsmore ’15 (CEO) and Casey Hancock ’16 (CTO), Harris Gordon ’15 (head of BD), and Matthew Griffiths ’16 (CCO).

Michele Tugade ’95, Professor of Psychological Science wrote a Thrive Global article about the power emotion of gratitude.

Immigrant, Montana, the latest novel by Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was included in the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2018” list. The novel was also the subject of a Winnipeg Free Press story.

The Immortalists, by author Chloe Benjamin ’10, was named in NPR’s list of the best books of 2018.

Joshunda Sanders ’00

Joshunda Sanders ’00 wrote a Longreads article in which she interviewed Glory Edim, author of the anthology Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.

Sophia Siddique Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair of Film, was mentioned in a New York Times story about noteworthy films that have found new life on Netflix.

Malcolm North ’79, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered about climate change, forest management, and the California wildfires.

Historian Eric Marcus ’80, founder, host, and producer of the podcast “Making Gay History,” was named to Out magazine’s Out100:2018.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Affiliate Professor of History at American University, wrote a Hill story about the 2018 midterm elections in the context of realignments present and past.

Vijay Das ’06, a writer and senior campaign strategist with Demos, was quoted in a Politico story about issues facing the next U.S. House of Representatives.

Edward Pittman ’82

Edward Pittman ’82 was named Vassar’s Senior Associate Dean of the College for Professional Development, as noted in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Eva Woods Pieró, Professor of Hispanic Studies, and Eugene Lopez-Huerta ’20 wrote a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed advocating comfort for asylum seekers instead of anger.

In the podcast “Without Fail,” Caterina Fake ’91, co-founder of Flickr and, talks about bringing her academic interests into the world of big tech.

Thomas Stevenson ’10 was interviewed on RCN Radio to discuss Colombia peace process negotiations and wrote a War on the Rocks op-ed on the same topic.

Richard Born, Professor of Political Science, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about local state Assembly races.

Thomas Heuser ’05, one of four finalists for the conductor and music director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, was the subject of a Casper Star Tribune story.

Evan Flugman ’04, an environmental-policy consultant, wrote a Tallahassee Democrat op-ed urging Florida citizens and leaders to confront the challenges of climate change.

Rabbi Ken Spiro ’81 wrote an op-ed about the root causes of anti-Semitism.

Peter Korzenik ’82, founder of Give Back Global, wrote a Becker’s Hospital Review column about U.S. health-care executives sharing their knowledge with their contemporaries in Africa.

Dr. Sharon Thompson ’90 was named a Good Morning Arizona contributor, as noted by

Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker, Professor of Earth Science, was quoted in a Highlands Current story about Hudson Valley soil and its effect on agriculture.

Natalie Keng ’90 and her business, Chinese Southern Belle, were featured on CNN.

Trainer Thom Szymanski ’09 was mentioned in a story about CrossFit DC’s “Life and Learn” Club.

Teacher Laurel Duckworth ’89 was the subject of a Sierra News Online story.

Sasha Velour ’09, the winner of season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was the subject of an Elite Daily story.

Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, discussed her research on imagination in a “Blog of the APA” story.

Paul Cardillo ’98 was named Investor Relations Officer at Popular, Inc., as noted by Global Banking & Finance Review.

Emma Jones ’19 was quoted in a Nation article about the 2018 mid-term election.

-Photo of Joshuna Sanders ’00 courtesy of the subject; Xiaoyuan “Charlene Ren ’13 and Jeff Walker ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; ©Vassar College-John Abbott.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, December 5, 2018