As Earth Day approaches, Bard College is celebrating successful participation in the 14th annual RecycleMania Competition. Bard took first place in the Food Service Organics (or composting) category, keeping thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill over the course of the eight-week competition. Led by Bard's student EcoReps and the Bard Office of Sustainability, the college competed against 460 other institutions, representing more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The EcoReps created a robust program for this year’s competition, including sustainability pledges, a recycled clothing fashion show, trash audits, and an upcycling craft night. This is the third time Bard has won the Organics category of the competition. Visit Website 04-15-2014
Josh Hodge '14 has successfully navigated the rigorous five-year, dual-degree program required by the Bard College Conservatory of Music while also competing as a varsity athlete for the college. Hodge is the principal bassoonist in the Conservatory Orchestra. He's also been the captain of the men's swimming team for two years and is running track this spring. Now, as he looks forward to graduate school in the fall, he reflects on his time at Bard. 04-14-2014 http://www.bardathletics.com/awards.aspx?aow=11
Bard College students have won two 2014 Davis Projects for Peace Awards, which provide $10,000 in funding for proposed projects. Lia Soorenian ’14 (from Glendale, California), won a Davis award for her project, “Sustainable Apiculture: Community Empowerment Through Local Economies.” She will travel to the village of Lichke in Armenia, where mining is the primary industry, to promote sustainable development through beekeeping. Ameer Shalabi ’16 (from Mas’ha in the West Bank), Zelda Bas ’16 (from Paris, France), and Harrison Liddle ’14 (from Miami, Florida) have together won a Davis award in support of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative (BPYI). Every year, 20 Bard College students with BPYI travel to Mas’ha, where they partner with the local community to run children’s summer camps and community service projects, teach English classes, and engage in cultural discourse. 04-06-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2554
Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home. Here they talk about what drew them to the college in the beginning and the scholarly, creative community they've found on campus since.
Bard students Jasper Katz '15 and Winston Duncan '17 presented March 21–23 at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, held this year at Arizona State University in Phoenix. CGI U, founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, gathers young leaders to solve global issues, supporting college and university students in creating and implementing their own social, economic, and environmental initiatives. President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton lead the conference, which brings together more than 1,000 students to work with experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities. As a CGI U network institution, Bard will fund Katz and Duncan's projects up to $10,000 through the Center for Civic Engagement. Katz aims to create a national network that provides community resources for people struggling with depression. Duncan is working to expand his nonprofit organization, Wheels to Africa, which collects and distributes donated bicycles in impoverished areas. 03-21-2014
The campus contains more than 70 buildings of varied architectural styles, from 19th-century stone houses and riverfront mansions to structures designed by noted contemporary architects. Most of the College's facilities are clustered at the center of campus: Kline Commons, with its main student dining hall and meeting places for students and faculty; classrooms; libraries; the computer centers; science labs; art studios; and the gymnasium. The Bertelsmann Campus Center provides a spacious setting for social and intellectual exchange among members of the Bard community. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts contains two theaters and offers student performances and professional music, dance, and theater. Several residence halls are located in the central campus area, while others are within easy walking or bicycling distance. A free shuttle provides regular service between the campus and the neighboring towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli.