Report of Gifts 2018–2019
The 2018–2019 Bard College Report of Gifts contains the names of more than 5,700 alumni/ae, families, faculty, staff, and friends of the College whose generosity in the last year made Bard possible and whose ongoing commitment secures Bard’s future.
"Your gift inspires others to give. On behalf of myself and my family, I want to thank each of you for believing in the mission of this extraordinary college."
—Bard College President Leon Botstein
At Bard, We Show Up
At Bard, we show up. We build, paint, dig, teach, play, sing, sweat. We show up in the middle of the night, work in the rain, crawl under the car, whatever it takes. This does not mean erasing the self. It means struggling with the tension between self and collective interests, and then acting compassionately. —Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action; Director, Trustee Leader Scholar Program
A Culture of Intense Intellectual Discussion
When I visited Bard, I fell in love with the campus, both its natural beauty and the culture of intense intellectual discussion among students on anything from philosophy and art to the general meaning of life. An open and accepting community, Bard felt like the place for me. At Bard, I learned to engage, to embody different modes of thought and perspectives. This allows me to formulate more powerful arguments by having a well-rounded picture, a broader context. —Andrew Buchanan '11, anthropology major with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies
Transformation and Inspiration
Bard’s tutorial system and interdisciplinary curriculum emphasize independent and creative thought—and the skills required to express that thought with power and effect. Students are encouraged to explore, to be actively engaged, and to help shape their own course of study. This video offers a glimpse of the transformative, interdisciplinary experiences that students have at Bard.
An Incredible Learning Environment
Simply put, I fell in love with science at Bard. The professors truly care about your education, and their evident enthusiasm for teaching fosters an incredible learning environment. As a chemistry and biology major, I was especially appreciative for the wealth of laboratory research experience that I gained as an undergraduate. —Jasper Williams '14
On Campus and in the Community
Robyn Smyth’s Water class tests the Saw Kill for macroinvertebrates, which are indicators of water quality. This course is an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences (ELAS) offering, a group of courses that connect learning in the classroom with civic action.