Last weekend the Bard Model United Nations team successfully competed in the McGill University Model United Nations Assembly (McMUN) in Montreal, Canada. Bard fielded a team of five delegates who served on committees simulating events in 1930s China, the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Nintendo's business strategy, and the UN’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Delegates from Bard were Sophia Foster (BRIDGE student), Jeremy Kaplitt '17, Brian Strigel '15, and Jess Zaccagnino '17. Gabriel Matsakis '15, Bard Model UN president, served as head delegate and James Ketterer attended as faculty adviser. Their next conference will be at Brown University from February 26 to March 1. 01-31-2015
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, received an honorary doctorate of divinity and delivered the commencement address Saturday, January 24 at the Bard Prison Initiative’s (BPI) 12th commencement ceremony. The graduation was held at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York. Bard College awarded degrees to more than 50 students—14 bachelor of arts and 37 associate in arts degrees. Among the B.A. candidates, nearly half majored in mathematics. Bard College President Leon Botstein presided over the ceremony along with representation from the College’s Board of Trustees. Brother Jesus Alonso, professor and head of the Center for Educational Outreach at Holy Cross College in Indiana, offered the invocation and benediction. 01-26-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2652
Bard College’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement on Saturday, January 17, included numerous volunteer activities on campus and at 20 sites in the Hudson Valley. More than 175 first-year students—who are on campus for three weeks of Citizen Science courses—and a number of upperclassmen, faculty, and staff leaders participated. The day's activities included grooming horses at local farms, organizing science projects with area schoolchildren, doing some heavy lifting for the electronic waste collection day for the towns of Tivoli and Red Hook, and tending to the woodland trails around the Bard College campus. 01-20-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=118
The third annual Bard Works program runs from Sunday, January 18, to Friday, January 23, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable career tools as they near graduation. Juniors and seniors participate in a series of workshops, networking events, and other professional development activities. With the support of mentors from the campus community and beyond, students hone their business etiquette and job searching skills, work on public speaking and workplace leadership, and explore how to translate their undergraduate education to the global marketplace. Participants include more than 50 alumni/ae, parents, and local professionals. On Thursday, January 22, the program takes place in New York City with a day of panels and a networking reception hosted by the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors. Read More 01-18-2015
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York City provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates from around the world to engage in the study and practice of international affairs. Students take advanced courses with leading foreign affairs experts and participate in substantive internships in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.