Marisa Benitez and Zara Anwarzai

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.

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Wendy ShifrinWendy Shifrin, beloved colleague, teacher, and friend, died on Wednesday morning after a long illness. A member of the Simon’s Rock faculty since 1984, Wendy was not only an accomplished dancer and choreographer but also a dedicated, compassionate, and gifted teacher. Her devotion to the College was legendary, and her door was always open to the many students -- including over 150 advisees during her career at Simon’s Rock -- who found her a caring mentor and guide and who remained in touch with her long after graduating.

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Third Time’s the Charm
By Alison Lobron

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.  And almost every moment since has been reserved for developing the curriculum – a 9th and 10th grade program designed and taught by college faculty – and to recruiting its first class.

 

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Simon's Rock Chemistry Professor Patty Dooley, Ph.D., Colonel of the Airborne, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Chemistry Professor Patty Dooley, Ph.D., Colonel of the Airborne, U.S. Army (Ret.), delivered the keynote address recently 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.

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Peter Laipson, Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon's Rock, shares a story from this year's Honors Convocation that demonstrates the true value of Rocker students, and what this means in the context of an American education system that emphasizes standardized test scores above all else.

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