Justice Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court of South Africa delivered the keynote address of Equal Rights Awareness Week, sponsored by student organization P.E.A.C.E (Promoting Equality and Community Everywhere). Justice Sachs was a Freedom Fighter against the South Africa apartheid regime and was the chief architect of the 1996 post-apartheid constitution.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp gave a lecture and demonstration titled “Kinetic Energy” in Walker Athletic and Fitness Center. Tharp is lauded for her contributions to classical and modern dance and has received numerous awards including a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards and nineteen honorary doctorates. The event was sponsored by the Carolyn Grant Fund. The Miscellany News, The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Former CFO of the College Anthony C. Stellato died in his home in Poughkeepsie. Stellato served as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer from 1980 to his retirement in 2000. He was survived by his wife and three sons. The Miscellany News

During an EPA investigation, crystallized picric acid, a substance with a molecular structure similar to TNT, was found in Olmsted Hall. Picric acid was often used up until the 1980s but was discontinued and removed from Vassar facilities, as it is explosive in solid form. The substance was detonated on the Vassar Farm by the Westchester County Bomb Squad.

Professor of History David Schalk retired at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year. After completing his doctorate in European intellectual history at Harvard University, Schalk joined the Vassar faculty in 1968 and taught European and French History. After his retirement, Schalk continued to publish articles and reviews, sit on doctoral thesis panels, and give lectures. Room 23 in Swift Hall was named in his honor.  The Miscellany News and Vassar History Department