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In the Media - August 2020 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in a New York Times story about the measures being taken by colleges to track and test for COVID-19. The College’s reopening and COVID-19 guidelines were the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story. Vassar was also mentioned in an Oprah Magazine story about what it’s like to send your children to college during a pandemic.

President Elizabeth Bradley was quoted in U.S. News & World Report and Forbes articles about safe in-person learning on college campuses, and she discussed Vassar’s plans to bring students back to campus on the Wall Street Journal podcast The Journal. Bradley also cowrote a USA Today op-ed about herd immunity and COVID-19.

Dean Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Dean of the College, talked to News 12 Westchester about Vassar’s fall plans.

Several Vassar alumnae who were prominent suffragists were featured in articles marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Harriot Stanton Blatch, class of 1878, was mentioned in a New York Times article about the work women did to secure the right to vote. Inez Milholland, class of 1909, and an art project that reenacts part of her travels in support of the 19th Amendment, were the subjects of a New York Times story. And Lucy Burns, class of 1902, cofounder of the Congressional Union for Women’s Suffrage, and suffragist Alice Paul were the subjects of a Williamson Herald story.

Mike Schmidt ’03, District Attorney for the Oregon county that includes Portland, and his prosecution philosophy for protests in that city were the subjects of a New York Times story.

Amanda Jones '10, center

MSN noted composer Amanda Jones ’10’s first Emmy nomination for her score on Apple TV+’s Home.

Sabrina Surgil ’21’s web-based business was noted in a New York Times story about college students who created their own businesses during the pandemic.

Computer pioneer Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 is having a Google transatlantic cable named after her, as noted by several media outlets including Forbes. She was also the subject of a We Are the Mighty post.

Scott Greenberg ’12, cofounder of the Connecticut Bail Fund and Executive Director of the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, was quoted in a story about the fund.

Tanya Odom '92

Tanya Odom ’92, a global consultant on diversity and human rights, was interviewed on LinkedIn’s Talk to the Brand webinar series about steps companies can take to fight racial injustice and foster inclusion at work.

Amy Entelis ’71, Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide, talked to Variety about collaborations between WarnerMedia divisions. She was also quoted in a Variety story about the CNN Original Series, The Story of Late Night.

Parker Fairfield Jr. ’24 published a photo book, Isolated on the Road, which chronicled a cross-country trip he took during the COVID-19 pandemic, as noted by the Conway Daily Sun.

David Kennett, Professor of Economics on the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Chair, who helped create the Concerned Neighbors committee which brings food to struggling residents, was quoted in a Mid Hudson News story about how food security is being addressed in the Hudson Valley.

The latest project by Trustee Jason Blum ’91, Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was the subject of a Daily News story.=

Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days, by Nina Shengold, Adjunct Instructor in English, was chosen as a book pick by James Conrad, as noted by WAMC and was the subject of Art in the Catskills, PREVAIL by Greg Olear, and Literary Ladies Guide stories.

A workshop presented by poet Camille Guthrie ’93 was the subject of a Bennington Banner story.

Alejandra Robins ’24, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about the opening of a public pool during the pandemic.

Professor Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a New York Times article about authors who have provided him writing advice.

Paul Johnson, Professor of Economics, was mentioned in an Economist story about a study about economic growth in emerging economies.

A report about severe maternal morbidity written by Sophie Wheelock ’15 was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story.

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada ’13 discussed her new book, Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the Classical Ideas podcast.

Mauricio Castro ’03, Assistant Professor of History at Centre College, wrote a Metropole review of the book Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City.

A People’s Guide to Greater Boston, a book by Eleni Macrakis ’14 and Joseph Nevins, Professor of Geography, was mention in a Boston Globe article.

Stellene Volandes '93

Stellene Volandes ’93, Editor in Chief of Town & Country, was the subject of a National Herald story.

Daniel Finamore ’83 was named Associate Director—Exhibitions, The Russel W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, as noted by

Chay Costello ’97, Associate Director of Merchandising for MoMA Design Store, talked to Womanly about a recent project related to women’s reproduction, sexuality, and activity products.

Christopher Galli ’06, Dickson Realty Vice President, was named Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, as noted by Nevada Business.

Photos: Campus, Tamar Thibodeau; Alamo-Pastrana, Roman Iwasiwka; Kumar, Michael Lionstar; Volandes, Staceu Bewles. All others, courtesy of the subjects.