|The Washington, DC Vassar Club eNewsletter | Spring 2012|
SAVE THE DATE!!! Vassar FilmFest 2012! October 20, 2012
The Washington Post invited psychology professor Abby Baird ’91 to co-author a post about sleep deprivation and teens. The Association for Psychological Science’s Observer invited Baird to blog about effective teaching strategies. The White House announced the nomination of Dorothea-Maria (Doria) Rosen ’72 for U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Stanford Arts Review (CA) featured artist Alexa Meade ’09 and her work. The Washington Post remembered the life of Ann (Bradford) Mathias ’51, noting that the education proponent overcame dyslexia with the help of a Vassar English professor. The Washington Post ran an op-ed by President Catharine Hill examining rising college prices and the role of federal support for higher education.
Chairman: Robert Walker ’79 Treasurer: Helen Troy ’72 Past Chairman, Ex Officio, and Interim Communications Chair: Karen Cox ’80 Programs Chair: LaFleur Paysour ’72 Scholarship Chair: Beatrix Davis Fields ’72 FilmFest Co-Chairs: Libby Richman ’92 Anita Green ’79 Carolee Walker ’79 All Ivy Singles Chair: Melanie Civic ’89
VCDC Annual Meeting
Be on the lookout for more information about the upcoming June/July VCDC Annual Meeting, with featured speaker Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ Senior Political Correspondent and Vassar Class of 1990. Details on date, time, and venue will be coming shortly! Jonathan Karl has been ABC News’ Senior Political Correspondent since September 2010. In this role, he is responsible for covering national political news, including presidential politics and Congress, for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including “World News,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopolous” and ABCNews.com. Before joining ABC News, Mr. Karl served as a congressional correspondent for CNN. In his eight years with CNN, he covered Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Pentagon. While there, he reported on two presidential elections, President Clinton’s impeachment, the NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, and congressional reaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
Vassar FilmFest 2012! October 20, 2012
A Call for Entries recently went out for The Vassar Club of Washington, D.C.’s 8th Annual FilmFest, scheduled for October 20, 2012. FilmFest Co-chairs Carolee Belkin Walker ’79, Anita Newman Green ’79 and Libby Richman ’92 are seeking submissions of full-length films, shorts, and student films for general or mature audiences, as well as full-length and shorts suitable for young children and families. They are also thrilled to announce that this year, the Vassar FilmFest will be moderated by Vassar Professor and Chair of Film, Kenneth Robinson.
Vassar Interview Day
and Admitted Students Reception 2012 On Saturday, February 4th, the Vassar Club of Washington DC hosted an interview day for students who are Regular Decision candidates living in the DC area. We held the event at KaBOOM!, a wonderful nonprofit organization in Van Ness, where alumna Judy Lem works. The vibrant space provided an exciting atmosphere in which 30 local alumni volunteers helped run the event, interview 23 prospective students, and mingle with their parents. Throughout the rest of February, volunteer alums conducted interviews with prospective students who were unable to attend the interview day. In total, we interviewed 39 students, many of whom commented that the interview experience greatly increased their interest in Vassar. When admissions decisions came out in March, we learned that this was the second-most-competitive year in Vassar’s history- just over 22% of the students who applied were offered admission for the class of 2016.
On April 23rd, VCDC held a reception for accepted students from our area. We held this event at the offices of the Smithsonian’s newest museum: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where Vassar Club of Washington DC Programs Chair LaFleur Paysour ’72 is the Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs. Students and their families spoke with alumni volunteers who shared their love for Vassar, and a panel of recent alums fielded questions about their Vassar experiences. We were excited to be joined by Greg Wong, the Vassar Admissions Officer for the DC area, whose presence greatly enhanced the event. The evening also served as a celebratory send-off for several of the students, who’d already sent in their deposits to secure their spots in the class of 2016!
Both of these events served as joyous occasions for alums to connect with students, exploring the different ways in which they might develop their talents at Vassar. The events also provided opportunities for alums to reconnect with Vassar classmates and to meet fellow Vassar alums from other class years. They enjoyed reminiscing about their favorite Vassar memories and traditions, showing the prospective students and their families the enduring benefits of a Vassar education. Year after year, the alumni interview helps make Vassar the top choice school for those students who choose to participate. Many thanks again to all of the alums who helped make this year’s interviews such a success. We look forward to working with more of you next year, so please be sure to sign up to volunteer this August through the Admissions Office!
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On recipients of the Vassar Club of Washington, DC Elizabeth Coonley Faulkner Prize
Allegra Shunk VC Class of 2009
The Vassar Club of Washington, DC Faulkner Prize is named for Elisabeth (Bussey) Coonley Faulkner, graduate of the Class of 1924, and President of the Vassar Club of Washington, DC from 1942 through 1944. The Prize provides a stipend to a Vassar junior or senior researching a thesis project in history or a related field in Washington, DC. The Club coordinates the award of the Faulkner Prize through a selection process managed by the Vassar Office for Fellowships in concert with the Committee on Fellowships. Over the years, the Faulkner Prize has allowed students to expand and improve upon their theses projects in valuable and intangible ways. In upcoming publications of this Newsletter, we will feature the work of these diverse scholars. Past winners include
In this issue, we invite you to read about Allegra Shunk, a recent recipient of this honor. Allegra Shunk ’09, a Vassar Club of Washington, DC Faulkner Prize Recipient, interned at a professional theater in DC during the summer of 2008 while engaging in research toward completion of her Drama Department thesis. Katrina Homel ’09, former Secretary of the Vassar Club of Washington, DC, asked a series of emailed interview questions to which Ms. Shunk replied with the following —
Vassar People in the Arts in DC
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Rebecca Holderness ’79 directed Einstein’s Dreams at the Spooky Action Theatre
Rebecca Holderness ’79, Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Theatre, Peck School of the Arts, directed the play, Einstein’s Dreams, which ran through June 26, 2011 at the Spooky Action Theatre in Washington, DC. Einstein’s Dreams is a bestselling novel written by Alan Lightman. It has been adapted for the stage by Kipp Erante Cheng. The ensemble cast included Elver Ariza-Silva, Frank Britton, Jonathan Fitts, Connor Hogan, Hilary Kacser, Lisa Lias, Whitney Madren, Beckett Martin, Madeline Muravchik, Adam Segaller, Sarah Thomas, Jade Wheeler and Wendy Wilmer. The play is about a patent clerk in Switzerland, twenty six-year old Albert Einstein, who dreams possible theories of Time. Characters, real and imagined, swirl around him, and reshape his life and his dreams through movement, light and sound. Relativity in action gives birth to a new theory and a transforming vision of life. In addition to being a professor and director, Rebecca Holderness is a choreographer who is the founder and artistic director of Holderness Theatre Company. Most recently, she directed Lori-Parks 365 Plays at Joe’s Pub and The Public Theatre/NYC with the Director’s Project at the Drama League as well as acclaimed Einstein’s Dreams and Crowns at Burning Coal in North Carolina. At UWM, Professor Holderness has developed and directed 1001 by Jason Grote, Of Mice and Men, Ghost by Zakiyyah Alexander, Mr. Melancholy by Matt Cameron, Einstein’s Dreams, From These Green Heights, The Road North, Starboard Home by Joseph Goodrich, and Hay Fever by No�l Coward. Her credits for the New York City/Off Broadway scene include: The Life of Spiders, premier, Kelly Stuart, HTC/The Culture Project; and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, tour for Lincoln Center Institute. Rebecca Holderness is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work and a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and is a Lincoln Center Lab and Drama League Directing Alumni. Newsletter Editor: Karen L. Cox
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