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In the Media-April 2021 Roundup

Vassar College was named the top private college for financial aid by the Princeton Review, as noted by CNBC, NBC Chicago, NBC New York, and others. Vassar was mentioned in a Bloomberg article about college admission decisions.  The College’s renaming of the ALANA Center in honor of former faculty member and pioneering architect Professor Jeh Vincent Johnson was the subject of Tennessee Tribune and Mid Hudson News stories. Vassar’s commencement plans were included in a Hudson Valley magazine story. The College’s Fall Semester plans were featured in stories in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Post, and Mid Hudson News, and were included in a CNBC story about colleges and universities that will require COVID vaccines for Fall 2021. Vassar’s work with WMCHealth to vaccinate students and others on campus was the subject of a Mid Hudson News story. President Elizabeth Bradley co-wrote a Washington Post op-ed about the need for international cooperation when confronting a pandemic. Bradley also spoke with the Mayo Clinic about how her background in public health policy helped prepare her for leading Vassar College during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vassar Devils were nominated for five Contemporary A Cappella Society Recording Awards, including best original song by a scholastic group for Lily Carmichael ’20 and Sophia Calder ’21, and best-mixed voices collegiate solo for Olivia Keane ’20.

Shaka King '01

Filmmaker Shaka King ’01, director, co-producer, and co-writer of the Oscar-winning film, Judas and the Black Messiah, was the subject of a News Americas Now story. The film’s Oscar wins for Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Original Song (“Fight for You”) were noted by Entertainment Weekly and many other publications.

Author, global consultant, and thought leader Tanya Odom ’92 was named Equity and Inclusion Program Director of the Walton Family Foundation.

Journalist Natasha Bertrand ’14, formerly a national security correspondent at Politico and political analyst for NBC, has joined CNN as national security and White House reporter, as noted by Talking Biz News.

Diana Lu ’09, Coordinator at the Germantown Info Hub, was interviewed by Slice Communications about her work in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Frederick Deknatel ’08 was named Executive Editor of Democracy in Exile, as noted by Democracy for the Arab World Now.

Benjamin Ho, Associate Professor of Economics, wrote a State of the Planet op-ed, “Time to Give Up on a Carbon Tax?” He also talked on the Newstalk podcast Moncrieff about the difficulty of trusting strangers.

Michele Tugade '95
Michele Tugade ’95, Professor of Psychological Science, wrote an Educause article about mental health and higher education.           

Alicia Payton-Miyazaki ’98 was named Principal at Oak Knoll School, as noted by InMenlo.

Erik Halberg ’16 was named Deputy Editor of Cecil Whig, as noted by the media outlet.

Gabrielle “Gabi” Mintz ’17, a student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was awarded the Shirley D. Curson Medical Student Scholarship, at noted by the Arizona Jewish Post.

Emily J. Lordi ’01 was named a Global Voices Fellows at Vanderbilt University, where she is Associate Professor of English.

 A sculpture of Sojourner Truth by Trina Twyeffort Greene ’58, commissioned for the SUNY New Paltz Sojourner Truth Library, was the subject of Spectrum News and Hudson Valley One stories.

Greg Russo '03

Screenwriter Greg Russo ’03 talked with Polygon about his new film, Mortal Kombat

April Beisaw, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was mentioned in a Science magazine story about repatriation of Native American human and cultural artifacts.

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, Polychain Capital founder and CEO, the first employee of Coinbase, was the subject of a CNBC story about Coinbase going public.

Shelby Pumphrey, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African American History at Vassar, was mentioned in a Washington Post story about a study on a post-Civil War Virginia mental institution for Black patients.

Christine Yu Moutier ’90, recently appeared on CNN Weekend Edition with Pamela Brown as well as TODAY with Hoda & Jenna. She authored “Bringing Suicide Prevention to Clinical Practice,” which was published on the Cambridge University Press’s blog ahead of the May launch of her new Suicide Prevention Handbook.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84
Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, was named to the Presidential Commission of the Supreme Court of the United States, as noted by the White House. Ifill was also a panelist for a Washington Post discussion about the roots of allyship across communities in fighting systemic racism. In addition, she was the subject of a Link News story highlighting voting rights defenders.

Emmy-nominated editor Conor O’Neill ’91 was named a partner at Nomad Editing Company, as noted by several news outlets, including Shots.

Spud Cannon—a band featuring Lucy Horgan ’20, Ariana Bowe ’20, Jackson Walker Lewis ’19, Meg Matthews ’20, and Sam Saias ’20—and their latest music were featured on Consequence of Sound.

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Studies, was the subject of an untapped new york story.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, talks to WAMC about two women directors nominated for Best Director Oscars.

Alli Joseph '94
Molly McGlennen, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, Julia Noonan ’21, and Alli Joseph ’94, producer of the documentary Conscience Point, talked with WAMC about the film—also the subject of a panel discussion at Vassar.

Adolphine Fletcher Terry, class of 1902, a child education advocate, was the subject of an Arkansas Democrat Gazette story.

Kerri Thompson Tillett ’91 was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as noted by the college.

Ed Adler ’76 P’16 wrote Newsweek, Palm Beach Post**, NY Daily News, CNN, and Southampton Press articles about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Photo credits: Campus shot, Tamar Thibodeau; Shaka King, Glen Wilson; Michele Tugade, Kevin Arce ’20; Greg Russo, courtesy of the subject; Sherrilyn Ifill, courtesy of the NAACP LDF; Alli Joseph, Matthew Peyton.