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Vassar Inspiration and Education Weekend (VIEW) Recap

The weekend of September 19–20 brought about 150 alumnae/i back to campus for VIEW, or Vassar Inspiration and Education Weekend — Vassar’s version of homecoming. VIEW is designed to bring alumnae/i class, club, admission, affiliate, and reunion volunteers together to find ways to inform their work as volunteers and ambassadors of the college. Events included a “State of the College” panel featuring senior officers of the college and a Friday dinner honoring Fay Gambee ’62, this year’s recipient of the AAVC Outstanding Service to Vassar Award.

On Saturday, all alumnae/i were welcomed back on campus for a chance spend a day as a Vassar student again. Professors from the departments of film, political science, history, and psychology led class-style lectures, proving that a Vassar education doesn’t have to end at graduation. The new Prentiss athletic fields were dedicated and special tours were conducted of the arboretum, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the farm, and the greenhouse, and the visiting actors from the London Stage hosted a text workshop on The Winter’s Tale. Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey played in the afternoon and a cappella groups the Night Owls, Measure 4 Measure, and Matthew’s Minstrels held a concert, as did the Vassar Choir. The day finished with a conversation hosted by President Catharine Hill, a dinner, a bonfire, and stargazing at the Class of 1951 Observatory. Amidst all these events, alumnae/i found time to reconnect with friends and attend information sessions.

VIEW attendee Megan McDonnell Schuler especially enjoyed the lecture by Professor of Film Sarah Kozloff. “I loved the class on Violence in the Media. It was such the great Vassar experience in that it sparked fantastic discussion. In fact, most people did not want to leave when our time was up. I truly felt like I was back in class and wished I could have stayed!”

Whoever said that a homecoming weekend had to include football?

October 2008

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