Aug. 1, 2019
More than 20 local high school students enrolled in a two-week, on-campus summer learning program under the auspices of Exploring College, a component of the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative (VCUEI) this summer. The summer session was part of a four-year enrichment program that prepares high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds for college.
Jul. 30, 2019
In conjunction with a New York-based social impact investment firm, the family and friends of educator Dan Mindich ’87, who died in 2014, will donate $2.25 million to Vassar, contingent on $1.25 million in matching funds, to help the college continue to provide training and mentoring for Vassar students planning to become teachers.
Jul. 17, 2019
The fusion of art and nature was the theme of a daylong event on June 29 at Kew Gardens in London, hosted by Vassar’s Office of Regional and International Programs and attended by more than 90 alumnae/i. The gathering was organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature, and featured a talk by Leslie Jackson Chihuly ’83.
Jul. 5, 2019
Vassar was well represented at New York City’s World Pride Parade on June 30, while two longtime gay rights activists, Eric Marcus ’80 and Ann Northrop ’70, took part in an alternative march on the same day that was organized to protest what they called the over-commercialization of the main event.
Jul. 3, 2019
Academics are, of course, only one component, however central, of the experience of being a Vassar student. In her first semester at the college, Rebekah Graham ’22, a former army medic, found herself a member of the women’s rugby team that won the national championship. “Being on the rugby team is the closest thing on this campus to being in the military,” she says. “You’re rolling around in the dirt, in pain together, working toward the same goal.”
Jul. 3, 2019
There are other challenges that are quite specific to Posse student-veterans. Registrar Colleen Mallet, who has taken on an entire array of extra tasks over the years to help the group, believes “Posse veterans are more accepted now on campus by the other students, who have become more sensitive.”
Jul. 3, 2019
After graduating with Vassar’s class of 2017, Eduardo De La Torre returned home to Houston, where he is now founder of DVG Financial, a firm that provides low-cost loans and teaches financial literacy to discharged veterans, a group particularly vulnerable to predatory lenders during the often-protracted period when they are waiting for their Veterans Affairs benefits to begin.
Jun. 17, 2019
More than 1,500 athletes and coaches competed in eight events in the Special Olympics New York Summer Games June 15 on the Vassar campus and three other venues. Many won medals, but those who didn’t were just as proud as they congratulated each other and shared all the fun they all were having with their friends, families and the more than 1,200 volunteers who made the Games a success.