Jan. 24, 2020
At Vassar’s sixth annual Sophomore Career Connections, held on the weekend of January 17, 248 sophomores gained invaluable insights from 103 alumnae/i and parents who spent the weekend helping them envision their futures. The event was co-hosted by the Career Development Office and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.
Dec. 13, 2019
Vassar alumna Diana Pearson ’78 has donated more than 80 manuscripts and other material from her late husband’s rare book and manuscript collection to Special Collections at Thompson Library. Some students in a medieval history class spent an hour viewing one of the manuscripts, and more students and scholars will benefit from the generous donation in the future.
Nov. 18, 2019
Alumnae/i, students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered for the Larry H. Mamiya Memorial Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Africana Studies at Vassar College in early November. Several alumnae who participated in the three-day occupation of Main Building in 1969, widely credited for helping to secure support for the college’s new Black Studies program, were in attendance.
Nov. 1, 2019
From November 1 to November 3, the college will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program with a conference, “Africana Studies and the Future of Freedom.” The event will feature noted scholars, current and former faculty and staff, and current and former students—including some who helped create the program 50 years ago.
Oct. 25, 2019
Fourteen first-year students got a jump on their college careers this summer as members of the Summer Immersion in the Liberal Arts program sponsored by Vassar’s Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI). The young men and women, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, spent four weeks on campus taking specially designed, credit-bearing courses, learning about resources the college offers, and taking part in service-based learning in the Poughkeepsie area.
Oct. 21, 2019
At a meeting on the campus on October 19, the Vassar College Board of Trustees agreed in principle to a decisive plan to move Vassar toward its goal of carbon neutrality by the year 2030. The trustees declared their support for a $13-million package of major renovations and upgrades to the college’s heating system as well as other energy-saving projects.
Oct. 9, 2019
Steven Caras has had two successful arts careers: as a dancer with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet and as a dance photographer. He recently shared his extensive knowledge of both fields with Vassar students and the larger community through a lecture, master classes, and an exhibit at the Palmer Gallery.