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In the Media - May 2019 Roundup

Vassar College’s Commencement was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story and was mentioned in a WAMC Roundtable discussion about Hudson Valley college graduation ceremonies. The college was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the Wagner Inn—which once served the needs of parents visiting students—that included a quote by Jeanne Opdycke ’57. Vassar was mentioned in a Sun Journal story about opportunities for Maine Community College students. The college was included in an L.A. Weekly story, written by Shana Nys Dambrot ’93, about artist Tim Youd, who kicked off his 100 Novels project at Vassar. The mentions of Vassar and Poughkeepsie on the game show Jeopardy! were the subject of a WPDH story. Vassar’s diversity outreach programs, including QuestBridge, Transitions, and the Posse Veterans program, were mentioned in a Hudson Valley magazine story about diversity and living an authentic life. The college and Commencement speaker Van Jones were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about commencement speakers at colleges. President Elizabeth Bradley was quoted in a North Jersey Record story about commencement speakers. The college was mentioned in an NBC News story about “comfort women” research by professors including Peipei Qiu, Professor and Chair of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair.

Powerhouse Theater

The Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater season was the subject of a Hudson Valley magazine story.

Susan Wadsworth ’58, founder and Director of Young Concert Artists—which discovers and promotes new classical music talent—was the subject of a New York Times story.

The latest book by author Michael Wolff ’75Siege—a sequel of his book on the Donald Trump presidency, Fire and Fury—will be out on June 4, as noted by CNN.

Andrew Tallon

The college and the late Andrew Tallon, Associate Professor of Art, and his laser-imaging work on the Notre Dame Cathedral were the subjects of many stories, including those in Curbed, R&D, the Engineer, and Spar 3D. An exhibition in the James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery in memory of Tallon was the subject of a Hudson Valley 360 story.

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg ’99 was quoted in a Washington Post story about whether revenge porn is protected by the Constitution and in a Queens Daily Eagle story about the consequences for cyber sex assault.

Seamus Carey ’87 was named President of Iona College, as noted by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, the Eastchester Daily Voice, and Catholic New York.

Philip Jefferson ’83

Philip Jefferson ’83 was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Davidson College, as noted by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Fitz Patton ’88 won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for his work on the play, Choir Boy, as noted by various media outlets including the New York Times, Playbill, the Washington Post, and Patton and Vassar were included in a Playbill story about where Tony Award winners went to college.

The Vassar Haiti Project and Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’68 were included in a Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed encouraging people to help the people of Haiti.

Trustee Lisa Kudrow ’85 appeared on the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.”

Bryan Rubin ’19 played all nine positions—a rare feat—in a single baseball game, as noted by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Sophia Steinert-Evoy ’17 helped launch a new podcast, “Next Left,” with The Nation magazine.

Tai Verley ’05

Actress Tai Verley ’05 was the subject of a Philadelphia Tribune story.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was the subject of a story.

Edna Dawley Strnad ’45 was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’s “Eight Over 80” list.

Seth Feman ’01 was named Deputy Director for Art & Interpretations and Curator of Photography at the Chrysler Museum of Art, as noted by Art Daily.

Bennett Graebner ‘94, Executive Producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette television shows, was the subject of a Gazette Day story.

Kiana Moore ’02 was named Vice President of Vox Media and Head of Digital, as noted by the Hollywood Reporter.

Pedro Rodriguez ’05, Vice President of Business Growth, Digital, Marketing, and Transformation at Horizon Media, was named to Adweek’s 2019 Media All-Stars list.

Kate Stewart ’01

A Well-Read Woman, by Kate Stewart ’01, was included in Marie Claire’s list, “7 Biographies About Women Worth an All-Nighter.”

Nick Lee ’19, who has written for, was profiled by the Vox Media digital publication.

James Mundy ’74 and the Frances Lehman Loeb Center exhibition, An Era of Opportunity: Three Decades of Acquisitions, were the subjects of an story.

Nassau Rowing Club President Kyle Chea ’10 was quoted in a Nassau Guardian story about the club’s summer camp.

Dylan Gottlieb ’08 was named a Jefferson Fellowship recipient, as noted by the University of Virginia.

David Means

Instructions for a Funeral, the latest book by author David Means, Visiting Associate Professor of English, was favorably received by RTE.

The work of Louise Seamster ’05, Postdoctoral Associate in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Sociology, was referred to in a article about universal free public college and cancellation of student loan debt by U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Vassar historian Colton Johnson was quoted in a North Jersey Record story about commencement symbolism.

Michele Tugade ’95

Michele Tugade ’95, Professor of Psychological Science, was quoted in a USA Business Radio story regarding her research about the wellness app Happify.

Documentary filmmaker Penny Lane ’00 talked with about her latest film, Hail Satan?

Suffragette Hazel Hunkins, Class of 1913, a paid organizer for the National Women’s Party, was one of the subjects of a History News Network story.

Sophie Wheelock ’15 wrote a CT Mirror op-ed about HB7070, a proposed bill in the Connecticut legislature.

Maura Smith ’77 joined the Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C. as a partner, as noted by Yahoo! Finance and the Associated Press.

Zachariah Mampilly

Zachariah Mampilly, Professor of Political Science, coauthored a Jacobin article about Africa’s road to democracy and was quoted in a Foreign Policy story about the possibility of violence in Sudan’s transition.

Irrational Games co-founder, President, and Creative Director Ken Levine ’88 was the subject of a story.

Suzanne Flynn ’92, an Emmy-winning scriptwriter for the television show General Hospital, was the subject of a Journal Inquirer story.

Kathleen “Kate” Kane ’86, Managing Director and Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual, was inducted into the Women’s Leadership Conference Hall of Fame, as noted by BusinessWest.

Todd Mitchell ’90 was named Chief Financial Officer and Secretary for RiceBran Technologies, Inc., as noted by Baking Business.

No Such Convention, held annually at Vassar, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Hudson Valley Comic Con.

Jean Gajano ’81, Executive Director of New Eyes for the Needy, and her vision for the non-profit were the subjects of a North Jersey Record story.

-Photo of Philip Jefferson ’83 courtesy of Davidson College; Andrew Tallon ©Vassar College-Nancy Crampton; residential quad ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Powerhouse Theater ©Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater-Buck Lewis; Tai Verley ’05 and Kate Stewart ’01 courtesy of the subjects; David Means ©Beowulf Sheehan; Michele Tugade ’95 ©Vassar College-Kevin Arce; Zachariah Mampilly ©Vassar College-John Abbott;