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Vassar president Catharine Hill (second from right), representing Vassar College, joins other recipients of the 2011 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards. Photo © The Poughkeepsie Journal / Karl Rabe.

In the Media

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted that Vassar College was one of four recipients of the 2011 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards, which recognize and honor individuals and organizations who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, education, citizenship, philanthropy, community services, and other humanitarian concerns. The award recognized Vassar for its role as a "curricular innovator, pioneer for achievements in education, avid proponent of equal education opportunities for all, and producer of original thinkers," as well as for its "150 years of promoting curiosity and intellectual freedom." Vassar president Catharine Hill represented the college at a ceremony last month.

Meanwhile, Hill wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle of Higher Education about need-blind admissions and the perils of cutting back on student aid. 

Hill also wrote an op-ed for Education Week about the consequences of declining funding for education.

Lucette Lagnado

The Washington Post reviewed The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklyn, a memoir by Wall Street Journal reporter Lucette Lagnado ’77 (pictured). Described by the Post as “compelling” and “fascinating,” the memoir includes Lagnado's account of surviving cancer and her “feelings of being devastatingly lost during her freshman year at Vassar.” The Post concluded that Lagnado "writes poignantly," and that her memoir is “ultimately a rewarding journey.” The New York Times agreed, calling The Arrogant Years “a paragon of memoir writing.” 

National Geographic interviewed Vassar psychology professor Abigail Baird '91 and Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg ’74 in a feature about teenage brains. CNN Health also quoted Steinberg in a similar article.

The Bend Bulletin noted that the environmental group Central Oregon Landwatch hired Bend native Moey Newbold '11 as a campaign coordinator to address one of the city's major water projects.

MarketWatch announced that Jamshed Bharucha '78 was officially inaugurated as the 12th president of The Cooper Union, after taking the helm earlier this year. Frances Fergusson, president emerita of Vassar, spoke at the event.

The Boston Herald talked to Leonard Steinhorn ’77 about the fundraising prowess of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Chris Collin

The Los Angeles Times reviewed “Blindsight,” by Chris Colin ’97 (pictured), praising the “sensitivity and intelligence” with which he told the story.

Chronogram covered Vassar’s Elizabeth Bishop exhibit. Bishop was Vassar Class of 1934.

Ithaca College’s Buzzsaw Magazine spoke with Vassar English professor Amitava Kumar about 9/11’s impact on art and literature.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about Alison Lindland ’00 and other managers leaving corporate America to join start-ups. (A subscription is required to read the full text.)

Ken Burns’ Prohibition documentary on PBS prominently featured Lois Long (Fox) ’22.

Silicon India talked to Kamesh Nagarajan '91, senior vice president in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Global Wealth Management Division, about the importance of financial advisors for entrepreneurs.

RealScreen noted that Carbon for Water, a new documentary by Evan Abramson '00, won the "2011 Best International Short Film Award" at Canada's Planet in Focus environmental film festival.

Ben Kalina

Democracy Now! interviewed Ben Kalina '98 (pictured) about beach erosion, the development of barrier islands, and his forthcoming documentary, Shored Up.

The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis honored Carol (McCarthy) Duhme ’39 with a lifetime achievement award.

The CDC Foundation recognized Barbara Barlow ’60, founder of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, with its Hero award.

The Sacramento Business Journal profiled Gregory Cooper ’74, CEO of Medical Clinic of Sacramento, as part of a four-part “Health Care Focus” series.

The Wall Street Journal wrote about photographer Terry Gruber '75, and how taking school portraits of kids today is different than it was for previous generations.

Compiled by Peter Bronski

Lucette Lagnado '77. Photo © Harper Collins / Kathryn Szoka. Collin and Kalina photo courtesy of the subjects. 

November 2011

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