ISSUE #0038, APRIL 2011
Daniel Pinkwater '63 writes on the topic of eponymous sandwiches in the current issue of Saveur, in which he fondly remembers the Hergesheimer Special at Adolph's. A special thanks to Ron Jacoby '55, friend and classmate of Russ Hergesheimer '55, for bringing this article to our attention. Article here.

Taliesin Gilkes-Bower '10
is gearing up for an ambitious trip to Marrakesh this June. His plans are spelled out (video included) in his article "What If The DJ Were the NGO?" in the Huffington Post, here.

Diana Vazquez Saguilan '06 has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars in New York by the Hispanic Coalition New York. Details here

Nick Jones '01's play The Coward is one of the nominees for a prestigious Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Play category. The awards ceremony takes place on May 1, 2011
. Click here for more.

Gabriel Shalom '05's video "The Future of Art", created for the Transmediale festival in Berlin, was also featured in the March issue of Paris Vogue. Article and video here.

Janine Paat '08, cultural anthropologist, dancer, and teacher, was interviewed for the Philadelphia Daily News about her passion: hula. More here.

Bard trustee Asher Edelman '61 is now a contributor for the Huffington Post. Click here for his first article,"The Financial Crisis -- Are We Going Anywhere?"

Consultant Tom Aranow '72 details here the findings of a study carried out by the Alliance for Children and Families.

Anna Bohichik ’03 makes kiddie music cool with her Anna Banana Band. Time Out NY has taken notice. Article here.

Richard Sewell '56 is directing a series of plays by William Butler Yeats at Colby College, realizing a decades-old dream. Full story here

Pushcart Prize nominee Emily Rubin '78 continues to be in the news with her debut novel Stalina. Click here for a profile at

For all you Facebook users out there, because WE are YOUR biggest fan, we'd love for you to be a fan of the Bard-St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association! Just click here to reach our fan page, and click .

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Easily the coolest car on campus here in Annandale.

I clicked the photo above last night in the Kline Parking lot--the “dragon car” of Janet Wiles '12. She painted it while in high school in Houston and drove it up here by herself. I've been chasing it around campus for weeks (I’ve long been a fan of the crazy cars at Bard). It's mud season in Annandale; short shorts, fishnets, and groovy wellies seem to be the fashion. The streams are bursting and the daffs are poking up everywhere. Senior Projects are due in less than a month (remember that feeling?) and every night there's an event that looks amazing.

Last week we had actor Mark Ruffalo--local heartthrob and environmental activist--on campus as part of an event put on by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy that included the screening of the hydrofracking documentary Gasland. Olin Hall was packed. Ruffalo says, "if you've lost hope then you aren't doing enough." He’s right.

On April 2 I went to the eighth Bard Prison Initiative graduation at Eastern Correctional Facility. Bard alumni/ae, current student volunteers, trustees, faculty, administrators, and friends join the families of the students for these incredibly powerful events. Bard conferred six bachelor and 43 associate degrees in a ceremony that included speeches from four of the graduates. These speeches always make me cry; the pride, gratitude, intellect, and achievement of the speakers are enormous.

Just before we move into Commencement and Reunion Weekend overdrive around here, I am heading out to LA and San Francisco to host a couple of the upcoming Cities Parties. Parties are also planned in Boston, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Seattle, and Portland, Maine. Click here for more info on these and other upcoming Cities Parties nationwide.

Again, I want to encourage everyone to come back to Bard May 20-22 to be part of all the fun. Rooms are going yours online now by clicking here.

Be seeing you,

Jane '89

(aka Jane Brien '89, Director Alumni/ae Affairs)

PS. Local Bardians - This Friday night at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, unstoppable photographer, professor, and alumnus Tim Davis '91 has an opening that I'm looking forward to attending. Two fellow Bard professors are also showing their work that night, Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz. Info here (and in the Down the Road listings below).

Live in or near Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Seattle, or Portland, Maine? Click here to find out when and where your Cities Party will take place (they're all very soon!). The parties in Staatsburg, Chicago, New Orleans, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. are shaping up and will be posted soon (let us know if you'd like to help with those).

From today through Monday, April 11, the Venerable Tenzin Yignen, a Tibetan monk from the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, will construct a sand mandala of the Buddha of Compassion in the Reem-Kayden Center at Bard. Community members are invited to observe. Details here.

On Saturday, May 7, all are invited to celebrate Professor Robert Kelly's 75th birthday, and his 50 years of teaching at Bard, at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Details here. For those closer to Bard, his birthday will celebrated with a poetry reading on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. Details here.

On April 26, Leon Botstein will speak at Stanford University as part of the Stanford Presidential Lecture Series in the Humanities and Arts. Full details here.

Professor Eban Goodstein is the most recent Bard faculty featured on WAMC's Academic Minute. Click here to listen.

Professor Norman Manea writes on "Revolutionary shadows" here.

Leon Botstein spoke recently at Duke University and was featured in the Duke University Chronicle: "Bard President wants focus on humanities."

He also conducted the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall recently, featuring the oft-neglected work of American composer Walter Piston. New York Times review here.

Bard has once again been named a Tree Campus USA School by the Arbor Day Foundation. Full list of schools here.

May 20-22, 2011

Click here to view the schedule and register for events.
On-campus housing still available!

Reunion classes celebrating in 2011:
1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2010

New alumni/ae events for the month include music by Marta Topferova '96 in Brooklyn and Peri Mauer '76 in New York City; and art exhibitions by Jivan Lee '07 in Sylvania, Ohio, Anne Finkelstein '80 in New York City, Chad Kleitsch '91 in Woodstock, and Tim Davis '91 in New Paltz. Joyce Romano '86 appears in a play in Woodstock, as well.

Click here for full details and here to submit your event for next month's eNews.