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Alumna Joyce Kim selected as PopTech Social Innovation Fellow

December 22, 2015
Joyce Kim is among a small number of high potential change agents from around the world selected by PopTech as Social Innovation Fellows.

Dr. Ian Bickford '95 Named Provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock

December 13, 2015
President Leon Botstein announces the appointment of Dr. Ian Bickford, Simon's Rock ‘95, as provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College. Bickford will begin his term in January, succeeding Dr. Peter Laipson as leader of the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early-college programs.
Lifehack ranks Simon's Rock number two on a list of the 11 Best Colleges in America!

Simon's Rock Named One of 11 Best Colleges

October 28, 2015
Lifehack ranks Simon's Rock number two on a list of the 11 Best Colleges in America!
Author, mathematician, chief scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings, and one of the world's leading researchers in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), alum Ben Goertzel’s latest interview focuses on super- human thinking machines, longevity technology, and Simon’s Rock.

Visionary Ben Goertzel ’82 Talks Super-Human Thinking Machines & Achieving Immortality

October 12, 2015
Author, mathematician, chief scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings, and one of the world's leading researchers in artificial general intelligence (AGI), alum Ben Goertzel’s latest interview focuses on super human thinking machines, longevity technology.

4th Annual Rock the Community Day of Service This Weekend

September 23, 2015
Over 150 Simon's Rock Volunteers to Participate in Annual Community-Wide Day of Service

Three Simple Steps for Effective Networking

September 22, 2015
Director of Career Development James Jeffries offers advice for seniors seeking a first job or internship in the Time.com article "The Ultimate Guide to Networking During Your Senior Year."

Simon's Rock Students Win Award for Summer 2015 Research

September 22, 2015
June Yang '13, Maisha Zahed '13 and Nicholas Vandruff '14 deliver prize-winning research presentation at the New York State Section of the American Physical Society.
Alum Jessica Mah ‘06 literally rocks the cover of Inc. Magazine’s latest edition. inDinero – a firm that Mah co-founded with friend Andy Su in 2010 –ranked 146th on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

Alum Jessica Mah Lands Cover of Inc. Magazine

August 13, 2015
CEO Jessica Mah '06 rocks the cover of Inc. magazine's latest edition. inDinero—a firm that Mah co-founded with friend Andy Su in 2010—ranked 146th on Inc. magazine's 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
Provost Peter Laipson comments on the recent Forbes article by George Anders, “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.”

Useful After All: The Liberal Arts Degree as a Foundation for Lifelong Professional Agility

August 10, 2015
Provost Peter Laipson comments on the recent Forbes article by George Anders, "That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket."
Alumna spends two month conducting research in Montserrat for her MA program in Environmental Health at Yale University.

Alumna Sarah Abussa Reports on Field Work in Montserrat

August 06, 2015
Alumna spends two month conducting research in Montserrat for her MA program in Environmental Health at Yale University.

Twenty-year-old Alum Earns Master's Degree from Columbia University

July 17, 2015
Marne Garretson, age 20, to earn Masters of Public Health Degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, New York, on May 20, 2015.

Translating H.G. Adler: Writer's Voice Interviews Peter Filkins

July 15, 2015
Francesca Rheannon interviewed Simon's Rock Professor Peter Filkins for the Writer's Voice about his translation of German Jewish writer H.G. Adler's novel, The Wall.

Eric Kramer and Ethan Ackelsberg '12 Co-Author Scientific Paper

June 30, 2015
Faculty and students often work together on research projects. This past March, Eric Kramer, faculty in Science, Mathematics, and Computing, and student Ethan Ackelsberg ‘12 co-authored the scientific paper “Auxin Metabolism Rates and Implications for Plant Development,” published in the scientific journal Frontiers.

Faculty member Anastasia Samoylova in New Yorker

June 26, 2015
The New Yorker says new faculty member Anastasia Samoylova's series “Landscape Sublime” adopts and transfigures the clichés of nature imagery. Her unique images are influenced by her childhood in Moscow, the nature around her, and the cheesy stock photos on her screensave.
The 69th Tony Award for Best Musical was awarded to Fun Home, a groundbreaking new musical adapted from Bechdel's celebrated graphic memoir.

Alumna Alison Bechdel's Fun Home Wins 5 Tony Awards

June 08, 2015
The 69th Tony Award for Best Musical was awarded to Fun Home, a groundbreaking new musical adapted from Bechdel's celebrated graphic memoir.

Maryann Tebben Talks with the Splendid Table

May 28, 2015
Maryann Tebben, head of the Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock and author of Sauces, talks with the Noelle Carter, chef and test kitchen manager at the Los Angeles Times on the American Public Media's The Splendid Table.
Henry Alford returns to Simon’s Rock in May as commencement speaker. The author of five books and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, he also writes a monthly column about manners in the New York Times. He spoke with Simon’s Rock magazine about – among other things – manners, hotel-room amenities, and getting kicked out of boarding school.

Humorist and Journalist Henry Alford '80 Returns to the Rock

May 12, 2015
Henry Alford returns to Simon's Rock in May as commencement speaker. The author of five books and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, he also writes a monthly column about manners in the New York Times. He spoke with Simon's Rock magazine about - among other things - manners, hotel-room amenities, and getting kicked out of boarding school.
Faculty member Patty Dooley delivered in a keynote address at the closing ceremony of the Joint Science and Technology Institute, a “smart camp” run by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for high school-aged students interested in STEM.

What Stem Does to Thinking

April 23, 2015
Faculty member Patty Dooley delivered in a keynote address at the closing ceremony of the Joint Science and Technology Institute, a "smart camp" run by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for high school-aged students interested in STEM.
Dean of Bard Academy Ian Bickford

Third Time’s the Charm

March 26, 2015
Ian Bickford has been a student and a professor at Simon’s Rock. Now he’s back a third time – for the biggest adventure yet. The office of Ian Bickford ‘95 is a work-in-progress. Located on the second floor of the Hall College Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, it has bare walls and just a few books on the shelf. But its sparseness makes sense: Ian returned to his alma mater just four months ago, to launch a new initiative called Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock.
Roommate and best friends awarded Fulbright scholarships.

Rockers, Roommates, Best Friends and Fulbright Scholars

March 16, 2015
Marisa Benitez ‘11 and Zara Anwarzai ’11 have always been ambassadors of culture. It’s just what they do. Zara hails from Indianapolis—a quintessential all-American city—and yet her mother is Russian and her father Afghani. Marisa is an L.A. woman and second generation American, raised by a single mother and strongly steeped in Cuban culture. Each came to Bard College at Simon’s Rock ready for the challenge of early college, and both were nurtured in their academic pursuits—French and German philosophy, political theory, the cultural inferences of translation.