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 ISSUE #0040, JUNE 2011
    
ALUMNI/AE IN THE MEDIA
Adam Yauch '86 from the Beastie Boys returned to Bard to receive the Kellogg Award for Arts and Letters over Commencement Weekend. Later he blogged HERE and sent Leon a vinyl copy of the Beastie Boys 2007 album The Mix-Up.

Although the story is over ten years old, London's Daily Mail recently printed an article about the more than 6,000 polaroid photographs left by Jamie Livingston '79. More on his life can be seen HERE on the website of Hugh Crawford '78.

Robbinschilds, the dance duo of Layla Childs '95 and Sonya Robbins '96, came to the Philly Fringe to make new work and perform to high acclaim.

The artwork of Pamela Wallace's '87, displayed in Hudson, is reviewed HERE.

Documentary filmmaker Nick Corrao '01 is a finalist for the 2011 Student Academy Awards for Civil Indigent, his film about an activist for the homeless based in Florida.  See a trailer for his film HERE.

More cool Bard stuff in New Orleans. Nick Shapiro '08 is featured in an article about the Bard New Orleans Initiative, started by Stephen Tremaine '07.

Anna Banana (aka Anna Bohichik '04) and her band are featured in an article by Jesse Sposato '02 in the Greenpoint Gazette.

Arthur Blaustein '57, Bard's 1995 John Dewey Award winner for public service, wrote an article on public service for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dan Wilbur '09 is at it again with Better Book Titles! Read more on the NPR blog site HERE.

Asher Edelman '61 talks about art and money on CNBC's the Strategy Session. Click HERE to view.

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CLUB PROFILE
The Bard Socially Responsible Investment Committee (SRIC) was started by students to monitor the College's endowment holdings. It also created a designated Social Choice Fund as an alternative means of giving to the College in which all investments are screened for positive environmental, social, or labor records.

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Copyright 2011. Peter Mauney '93, MFA '00
Hi Friends,

Greetings from the Hudson Valley; today it is hazy, hot, and humid, but it wasn't like this three weeks ago when more than 300 alumni/ae and 500 seniors celebrated with their friends and family under huge pointy tents, in big silver buildings, on majestic hillsides, and in pokey dorm rooms in Annandale. It had rained all week, but it didn't rain on what I kept on calling 'the parade' ( but I guess it is actually 'the academic procession'). I was excited to see Adam Yauch '86 back on campus to get an award. He made everyone laugh with a story of a music senior project in Bard Hall that involved atonal music and a lawn mower. Although he was only here for two years he said Bard really opened his eyes to many things. The Sherman Brothers, aka the Disney Boys, were back on campus for the first time since graduating in 1949 and were proud to be given honorary degrees. Then there was Dick Koch '40 and Pia Carusone '03, both awardees doing exceptional things as well as members of the Board of Governors.

We had an airstream trailer (a Tradewind '61) for BardCorps, our alumni/ae oral history project. At the Annandale Roadhouse, the Class of 1981 represented with a medley of musicians from the seminal Bard bands The Trolls (some of the first Tivoli settlers in the 'Troll House') and Virus. Check out the video HERE. We also had a wonderful photography exhibition by the late Peter Kenner '66. Bard 'Communion' (Commencement/Reunion) Weekend is open to all and never not worth the trip. Next year it is on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2012. Save the Date!

The sad news this week was the death of Adolfas Mekas, a man who, if you knew him, needs no explanation. End of an era is not hyperbole. Adolfas was a Bard fixture for more than 30 years and on Friday he was buried in the Bard cemetery surrounded by family, friends, and former students. Lemons were thrown into the grave at his wife Pola's suggestion as homemade Limoncella was one of Adolfas' many legacies. If you have any memories of Adolfas you would like to share, please send them to us to put up on his page on our website.

Over the summer there will be alumni/ae events for you. (Anyone want to join me in July to watch the horses race in Saratoga or to watch the Mets play the Cardinals?) Keep tuned to our calendar.

Be seeing you,

Jane
(aka Jane Brien '89)

PS.  You know, I ( I mean me personally) don't usually ask you for $, but (if you can, especially if you did give once and haven't for a while) make a gift to Bard by June 30th (the end of our fiscal year). We need you. All gifts are meaningful. Thanks.

PPS. I have a free t-shirt for anyone who knows where the phrase 'Be seeing you' comes from.
BARD NEWS
Bard SummerScape 2011 opens July 7 with a dance triple bill by the Tero Saarinen Company. Bard alumni/ae: Receive a ten percent discount for all SummerScape events. Call the Box Office at 845-758-7900; the offer is limited to two tickets per buyer and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Bard's new Center for Civic Engagement gets a headstart with gift from the Open Society Foundation. See the New York Times article HERE.

"If I had known what I was doing,....I would have said no." Click HERE to read a great interview where Leon Botstein talks about coming to Bard, adolescence, and the art of persuasion.

Dimitri Papadimitriou, Bard's Executive Vice President and President of the Levy Economics Institute, advocates for more exports to improve the US economy in the Los Angeles Times HERE.

Bard High School Early College Queens is noted in the Daily News as the proud champion in Womens Rugby. Rugby in Annandale remains popular with students and alumni/ae, and progress is being made in fundraising to get a regulation pitch on campus in the next year.

While the Bard Socially Responsible Investment Committee waits for an official statement by McDonald's in an upcoming Wall Street Journal, the story of its success can be seen HERE with quotes from Katheryn Burstein '09 and Taun Toay '05. See below for more on Bard's SRIC.

150th ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Have you heard about the 150th Anniversary Campaign for Bard College? Launched in May 2010, it is the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in Bard’s history. The campaign will significantly strengthen Bard’s endowment, provide much-needed funds for capital projects, and will support the operating budget for the duration of the campaign. In fact, the campaign has already provided for annual scholarships, a new dorm, a new building for the Bard College Conservatory of Music, renovations to classrooms, and enhanced and improved IT infrastructure. Another early campaign success is the result by the Bard-St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors to donate more than $872,000 for an endowed scholarship fund. Click HERE to learn more about the campaign or lend your support.

 Campaign Goal: $594,350,000
 To Date
To Goal
% of Goal
 $312,180,212  $282,169,788  53%


Click on Dick Koch '40 to log into ANNANDALE ONLINE and view photos from 2011 Commencement and Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend.
DOWN THE ROAD
New alumni/ae events for the month include an installation by Pamela Wallace '87 in Hudson and performances by Peri Mauer '76 in Central Park in NYC.


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