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Memorial Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Africana Studies at Vassar

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.

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Summer Immersions Program: Getting a Jump-Start on College

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.

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Vassar Professional Development Series Offers Food for Thought…and Action.

More than two dozen Vassar administrators recently took a couple of hours away from their daily tasks to reflect on “Sustainable Leadership: Navigating Personal and Professional Boundaries.” That was the topic of a workshop presented by Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement—the first in a series of professional development sessions planned throughout the year by the Office of Human Resources.

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Vassar Connections Propel Exhibition, Play at NC Art Museum

An exhibition featuring the work of Joseph Christian Leyendecker, a noted 20th century illustrator who produced ads for the company that made Arrow shirts, has triggered a confluence of Vassar connections at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in North Carolina. Allison Slaby ’93 is the exhibition curator. Senior Writer Lance Ringel will present his play about the famed “Arrow Collar Man.” And Suzanne Shapiro ’04, fashion historian for the company that produced the Arrow brand, will deliver a lecture.

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