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Vassar First Year Schedule of Events 2014/15

Beginning with New Student Orientation, the Vassar First Year is meant to introduce new students to Vassar in both academic and co-curricular contexts.


August – October, 2014
Capture your transition to Vassar on Instagram.

Vassar Devils at the Alumnae House

Monday, September 8 & Tuesday, September 9
Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college’s Alumnae House. Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction). Co-sponsored by The Vassar First Year, the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development

Fall Convocation

Wednesday, September 11, 2014
Fall Convocation is the culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year. Convocation address by Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair and Director of the Asian Studies Program

VC Dog Day

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Library Lawn
Meet the Vassar campus Dogs

Starr Lecture

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Villard Room
Alison Bechdel and her book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.  Come hear from the author of this year’s Common Reading. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty, the Freshman Writing Program and the Vassar First Year Program.  

Class 2018 Gala

Friday, November 7, 2014
Villard Room
A night of celebration for the Class of 2018 

Vassar First Year Late Night at the Lehman Loeb

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Permanent Collection Galleries
Enjoy the Lehman Loeb and the featured artwork


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Celebrate the end of the semester

Unpacking Vassar

January 26-30, 2015
The fourth event in a series of social justice programming. 

January 26 & 27

Building Personal Narratives Workshop* (Part 1 & II)
3pm to 6pm
Facilitated by Elizabeth Acevedo, Pages Matam, & G. Yamazawa

January 26 @7pm

Spoken Word Performance by Elizabeth Acevedo, Pages Matam & G. Yamazawa

January 30

Unpacking It All @6pm in the Aula

Leadership 360

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Want to become a student leader?  This event is for you. 

Almost Done Study Break

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freshmen 15

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Villard Room
A gathering for and by first year students, featuring fifteen 3-minute reflections on the achievements and challenges of the freshmen year. Celebrate your experience through song, dance, performance art, video, and other works of art.  Sponsored by the Freshmen Class Council and the Vassar First Year.

For more information contact Diane Eshelman(dieshelman@vassar.edu) or Ed Pittman (edpitman@vassar.edu).

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