This site is no longer updated.

Current Vassar news can be found at; otherwise you can browse recent archived news items.

In the Media-May 2021 Roundup

Vassar College’s renaming of the ALANA Center to honor the late professor and architect Jeh Johnson was the subject of a Spectrum News 1 Hudson Valley story that quoted President Elizabeth Bradley. The president was also interviewed on Think Out Loud about grand strategy and pandemics. The College hosted a performance of And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey along the Trail of Tears, created and performed by Cherokee actor and activist DeLanna Studi, as noted by WAMC. Vassar was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about a Mindy Kaling comedy series that will including filming at the College.

Eric Marcus ’80

The Welp magazine list of the best podcasts of 2021 includes Making Gay History, by Eric Marcus ’80, and The Mirror of Antiquity, by Curtis Dozier, Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’68 was remembered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Lawyer, author, and cancer-survivor Karen Roberts Turner ’86 was the subject of a Washington Lawyer magazine story.

Delegate Alfonso Lopez ’92, Majority Whip of the Virginia General Assembly House of Delegates, was quoted in an NBC News story about sponsoring an advisory LGBTQ+ board bill, which was recently signed into law.

Eve De Rosa ’91 was named the first African American and the first woman Dean of Faculty at Cornell University, as noted by the Cornell Chronicle and

Jason Wu ’07
Jason Wu ’07 was named to Good Morning America’s “Who is Making Asian American Pacific Islander History in 2021: The GMA Inspiration List.”

Ash Hoyle ’18 was named Damn These Heels Director of Programming, as noted by

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson ’02 was named to the Keen Company Board of Directors, as noted by

Jason Blum ’91, Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, was mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter story about Blumhouse’s BlumFest.

The Immortalists, by author Chloe Benjamin ’10, was the subject on a Tehran Times article.

Cindy Crusto ’91
Cindy Crusto ’91 became the first female African American professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

Avi Mandell ’99, Acting Director of the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration, was the subject of a NASA article.

Mack Liederman ’20 was featured in an NBC Nightly News segment about moms surprised with Mother’s Day reunions after mothers and their children were separated for many months because of the pandemic.

Dara Greenwood, Associate Professor of Psychological Science, talked with BBC about the psychology of soap operas.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a New York Times op-ed, “The Oldest Productivity Trick Around.”

Georgette Bennett ’67
Georgette Bennett ’67, founder of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, was named one of four women over 50 making a difference in foreign policy and human rights by Forbes, and was featured on MSNBC.

Edward Pittman ’82, Senior Associate Dean of the College for Professional Development, wrote an Inside Higher Ed op-ed about implicit bias workshops on college campuses.

A musical about astronomer Maria Mitchell, Vassar’s first professor, will receive NEA support, as noted by the Cape Cod Times. Mitchell was also the subject of a Vintage News story.

Carllos Lassiter ’00 was named Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at Austin College, as noted by North Texas e-News.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was included in an AARP story about places for art-lovers to visit in the Hudson Valley.

Lisa Kudrow ’85
Lisa Kudrow ’85 was joined by Lady Gaga for a remix of “Smelly Cat” (the song Kudrow made famous on Friends) during the Friends reunion, as noted by HuffPost.

Yesenia Perez ’18 received the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Intellectual Contribution Award for Arts in Education, as noted by HGSE.

Heather Deichler ’02, Senior Vice President and Head of Lincoln Financial Group’s MoneyGuard Product Management, was recognized by Digital Insurance in its 2021 Women in Insurance Leadership NEXT list, as noted by Associated Press.

Deborah Brand ’96 was named Principal of Sleepy Hollow High School, as noted by

The latest book by author Marian Thurm ’73, The Blackmailer’s Guide to Love, was reviewed by Kirkus.

Steven Cook ’90, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote a Foreign Policy article about the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Lilli Cooper '12 and Ethan Slater '14

Broadway performers Lilli Cooper '12 and Ethan Slater '14 (both of SpongeBob SquarePants) were featured this video about the crisis many theater workers have experienced in light of the COVID shutdown.

Physicist Sau Lan Wu ’63, a visiting scientist at CERN and the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, was profiled by the Association for Women in Science.

Ryan Hart ’91, Executive Director of Gift Planning at Columbia University, talked on the podcast, The Development Debrief, about conversational gift planning.

Sandra A. J. Lawrence ’78 was appointed to the National Association of Corporate Directors Board of Directors, as noted by WFMZ-TV.

The first ever all-female cross-country drive of Alice Huyler Ramsey, class of 1907, was the subject of a story.

Photo credits: Campus shot, Tamar Thibodeau; Eric Marcus, courtesy of the subject; Jason Wu, Kenrick Louie; Cindy Crusto, courtesy of Yale School of Medicine; Georgette Bennett, Karl Rabe; Lisa Kudrow, Stockton Photo, Inc.; Sau Lan Wu, John Abbott. 

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, June 9, 2021