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A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Debra Elmegreen, Maria Mitchell Professor of Astronomy at Vassar, and her husband Bruce Elmegreen, IBM astronomer, recently announced the discovery of “Little Blue Dots,” a kind of galaxy never seen before, in the Hubble Frontier Fields.POSTED 1/15/2018 READ ARTICLE

On the Campaign Trail

In several of her classes, History Prof. Rebecca Edwards and her students look at the electoral process from a historical perspective. Now Edwards is part of the process herself, campaigning for a seat in the Dutchess County Legislature.

Associate Dean appointment

I am pleased to announce that Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino/a Studies, has accepted an appointment to a new position as Associate Dean of the Faculty & Academic Resources, effective July 2017 through June 2020.

Vassar Launches Workday Information Management System for Human Resources

As of March 20, 2017 Vassar has begun using Workday as its information management system for human resources (HR), payroll, and benefits. Workday replaces the current Banner system for these purposes, as well as replacing the use by some employees of paper forms to complete timesheets and request time off. Vassar employees will start using […]

Workday and Banner Online Tips as of March 20, 2017

Some of these tips will help employees start using Vassar’s new Workday system for human resources, benefits, and payroll, beginning March 20, 2017. Other tips explain the remaining ways employees can use Banner Online through June 30, 2017: WORKDAY Log into Workday ( from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet, using such […]

Julia Lathrop, VC 1880

Part of a series edited by historian Carol Berkin called “The Lives of American Women,” history professor Miriam Cohen’s new biography Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government focuses on the aspects of Lathrop’s life that make her a pivotal figure in the Progressive Era.

A New Way of Doing Philosophy

In his podcast series Hi-Phi Nation, Vassar Associate Professor of Philosophy Barry Lam uses storytelling and contemporary ethical dilemmas to bring philosophy to a wide audience.