Dear Parents

Hello from Annandale!

Bard Alumni/ae CenterBard alumni/ae will soon have a place on campus to call their own! The Alumni/ae Center will feature the latest in green technology, provide informal meeting and conference rooms, exhibition spaces, and offices for Bard's Alumni/ae and Development programs. Alumni/ae Center ConstructionThe new rehabbed space will be located across from Bard's main campus entrance. In addition, adjacent to the Alumni/ae Center will be Two Boots, a Cajun-Italian pizzeria. Two Boots' owner, Phil Hartman, is a filmmaker and restauranteur who studied at Bard and is the proud parent of two Bardians from '08 and '11 and. A short term capital campaign is underway to raise $315,000 by December 31 and many naming opportunities still exist. For further information contact Amy Husten, director of development, at 845-758-7505 or

Each semester the Dean of Student Affairs Office offers shuttles to local area airports (Albany, JFK, and LaGuardia) for academic breaks. Shuttles are available Friday, March 30 (12:00 pm departure) and Saturday, March 31 (9:00 am departure). Students must sign up in person and the fee is $30.

On a personal note, this will be my final eNews dispatch. I have accepted a position at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Over the last four years I have learned much from you all and have thoroughly enjoyed bearing witness to the growth your students experience every day at Bard. It has been a distinct professional and personal pleasure. As always, you can contact or call 845-758-7861 with any questions or concerns.


Kate Cruz
Assistant Director of Development, Parent Programs

Paid Summer Internships

All too often students must turn down summer internship opportunities because they are unpaid. The Bard Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) has a solution! The CCE supports student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally, and internationally by providing funding to participate in internships and other forms of community engagement that address issues impacting people and communities around the world.

Bard Civic Engagement in New OrleansEach summer CCE provides awards to support student internships, pre-professional experiences, and community action projects. Internships and projects should address issue(s) related to the broad field of civic engagement including education, government, justice, human rights, media, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. This summer the CCE will fund at least 15 internships and students will be awarded, on average, $3,000. While the CCE primarily supports summer internships applications for semesterly or intercession internships may be considered. These awards are given only to current Bard students in good standing who intend to return to campus for at least one term after completing an internship. Awards are not designed to support tuition for academic programs for which students receive academic credit.

The application deadline is Friday, March 23. Further information, including the application, is available here.

Do you have a Steinway in need of a loving friend?

In October 2011 the Bard College Conservatory of Music broke ground for the 16,000-square-foot Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building. The building, named for an alumnus and long-time benefactor of the Conservatory, will house classrooms, 15 teaching studios, a student lounge, and a 145-seat performance space with state-of-the-art audio and video recording and live-streaming capabilities. To meet the needs of our talented students the Conservatory needs a number of donated pianos for the teaching studios (used Steinway pianos in excellent condition: models A, B, L, M, and O) and the practice rooms (baby grands: Steinways, good Mason and Hamlins, Yamahas, or other high quality makers). Gifts are fully tax-deductible and will be gratefully ackwnowledged with plaques on the pianos.

For further information please contact Ann Gabler, Development Manager at the Conservatory, at or 845-758-7866.

Room Draw

Village DormsEach spring the Office of Residence Life & Housing conducts an annual Room Draw to allow eligible students the opportunity to self-select rooms and roommates and/or suitemates for the next academic year. Detailed information will be sent directly to students following Spring Break.

Current first-year students must select a roommate in order to go through Room Draw. Students should consider many different housing options in the event that their first choice residence is filled before they have chosen a room. As you discuss next year's living arrangements together please keep the following in mind as we welcome and encourage students to live on campus:

  • There are no other housing options that provide the range of support services such as 24/7 on-call staff, live-in professionals, and security personnel who respond to day to day concerns;
  • Residing in a community of peers, on campus housing offers students many opportunities to expand their educational, cultural, and social living experiences through the exchange of ideas, participation in governance, and the development of interpersonal leadership skills;
  • There is never a worry about an unresponsive "landlord," unforeseen utility costs, or roommates who do not pay their share of communal bills.

Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Students should insure that they are financially cleared by Friday, April 20.
  • Students will select their rooms on either Tuesday, May 8th or Thursday, May 10. A Room Draw lottery number will appear on their clearance card - which they must pick up from the Office of Residence Life & Housing - by Monday, May 7.
  • First-year students should attend Room Draw with their selected roommate. Rising juniors and seniors typically select single rooms. If a student does not have a roommate in mind the Office of Residence Life & Housing will organize an opportunity to connect students.
  • Students applying for special housing (medical needs, suites, neighborhoods, squatting rights, etc.) will be provided specific applications and deadlines prior to Wednesday, May 2.
  • If a student cannot attend Room Draw because of a schedule conflict he/she should request a Proxy Form at the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
  • Students desiring housing during summer months due to on-campus employment must complete an application. The application is available here.

Finally, all non-graduating students must check out of their residence halls no later than Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 pm. More information about the checkout process and instructions for graduating students will be available in April.

If you have any questions please feel free to visit the Residence Life website or to contact their office at or 845-758-7455.

Bard College 150th Anniversary Campaign

News from Bard

Is your student interested in studying abroad in Palestine, Kyrgysztan, Russia, Germany, or Hungary? The application deadline is April 1.

Dr. George D. Rose '63, a biophysicist at The Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

The Bard College Conservatory of Music is presenting their first ever Bard Percussion Concert. Students will perform with the Conservatory faculty's percussion ensemble, So Percussion, on Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 pm.

On Sunday, March 18 Associate Professor of Photography Tim Davis '91 will emcee "Issue 44" for the Blind Spot Lab: an open mic-style event about the relationship between humor and photography. Featured storytellers include: Corinne Botz, Ben Coonley, Nancy Davenport, Larry Fink, Richard Mosse, Laurel Nakadate, Penelope Umbrico, and you! 3:00 pm at Cabinet (300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY). Admission is free but space is limited. RSVP to

Marc Verzatt, a faculty member of  Bard's Graduate Vocal Arts program, discussed Baroque music in anticipation of the world premiere of the operas Four Sisters and Nelee et Myrthis, which he directed. Watch the video here.

Bard's Hockey team, the Raptors, won the league title in their inaugural season! The team came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 5-4 in the tournament final.

Performed by Bard students and assisted by professional lighting and costume designers, Bard's Spring Moderation Dance Concerts give students a chance to use the language of dance and apply what they have learned during their first years in the Bard Dance Program. Friday, March 23 through Sunday March 25.

Bard Dance Moderation Concert

Bard in the News

Professor of Classics James Romm recently proposed examining Greek history to better understand and solve Greece's debt crisis in the Los Angeles Times.

Director of Italian Studies Joseph Luzzi discussed Martin Scorsese's documentary, "My Voyage to Italy" as part of BigThink. Watch the video here.

Joseph Luzzi

On February 29 Leon Botstein participated in a Floating University lecture at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City. He spoke with the Huffington Post to discuss the question, "What is art?"

Ellen Condliffe, a Bard Prison Initiative Fellow and Levy Institute Research Professor called for higher education to work for the public good in Harvard Magazine.

The New York Times called the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which featured works by Laida Lertxundi '03 and Visiting Assistant Professor of Film & Electronic Arts Kelly Reichardt, a "new and exhilarating species of exhibition."

Bard writers in residence Teju Cole and Bejamin Hale (2012 Bard Fiction Prize winner) as well as Karen Russell (2011 Bard Fiction Prize winner) have been selected as finalists for The New York Public Library's 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award.

American Symphony Orchestra

Did you know that you can listen to and purchase live recordings of the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bard President Leon Botstein, on Google play? Copland, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Prokofiev, and more! You can also stream performances that have taken place at the RIchard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts here for free.


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