Notes from One Mead Way: SLC Alumni eNewsletter



J.J. Abrams '88
, known for his hit television shows Lost, Alias, Felicity and Revolution will be honored with the Producers Guild's 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.


Daniel Ross '13 discusses the disappointing show at this year's Breeder's Cup on Currently a senior at SLC, Ross was formerly a steeplechase jockey in the United Kingdom and an exercise rider around the world..


In The Washington Post, Writing faculty member and alumnus Melvin Jules Bukiet '74 reviews Herman Wouk's new novel The Lawgiver.


Heather McDonnell, Associate Dean of Financial Aid and Admission, published an article entitled, "Making College Real for Young Men of Color," in the College Board publication, Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color.


Rashaun Mitchell '00 is the recipient of the 2012 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. The Bessie Awards acknowledge outstanding creative work by independent artists in the fields of dance and related performance in New York City.



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Fall Issue: The Will to Live



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Happy November! As concerned and interested citizens, we have watched the Presidential race with keen interest. We at The Fund for Sarah Lawrence are always keenly aware of our race to raise the necessary funds to bridge the very real gap between revenue from tuition and the actual cost of educating our engaged and motivated students. I am happy to report that in spite of the recent stormy weather in the Northeast courtesy of “Sandy” and the Nor’easter and the Halloween that was but wasn’t in the tri-state area, the FSL has had successful months to date. We enter November at $500,000, 1/6 of the way to our dollar needs and with over 600 donors almost 1/6 of the way to our donor goal. The only missing ingredient is you! As we begin this season of Thanksgiving, please give thanks to your committed and passionate faculty by investing in your alma mater through the 2013 Fund for Sarah Lawrence and then the FSL Team will enthusiastically give you thanks. Your donations to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence enable our student body to learn, to grow, to transform.

You can mail your contribution to the 2013 Fund for Sarah Lawrence to 1 Mead Way/Bronxville, NY 10708; call us at 914-395-2533 or donate on line at

The FSL team is grateful for your dedication to and support of Sarah Lawrence. Early Happy Thanksgiving!


SLC Campus Weathers Sandy

The College weathered hurricane Sandy with excellent preparation thanks to our wonderful staff. A big nod also goes to the students who observed our shelter-in-place policy with good humor. This policy meant staying in their dorm rooms for 24 hours! Thankfully, we were spared major flooding and serious structural damage and no member of our Community was injured. On Thursday and Friday, faculty volunteered to teach more than 25 special “Hurricane” classes—on topics from Paradise Lost to comedy workshops to Goya, Picasso, and politics. On Friday evening, more than 700 students attended the Fall Formal under a tent on the South Lawn.

SLC opened the Campbell Sports Center’s facilities to our neighbors for hot showers and made the Esther Raushenbush Library available for charging electronic devices and enjoying our warm reading rooms. Students are currently coordinating volunteer teams to do recovery work in Westchester and Long Island.

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Time for SLC Holiday Parties!


Can you believe it? 'Tis the season already! Ring in the holiday seasons with old and new friends from the Sarah Lawrence community. We have more holiday parties this year than ever before -- in many of our recently established regional alumni chapters.

See Regional Chapters Page

Saturday, December 1, 2012 Bay Area Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Chicago Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Boston Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 

Washington DC Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New York Metro Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Holiday Party

View photos from recent events

Register for your holiday party

See Office-sponsored Events Calendar

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Luncheon and Discussion with Richard Morais '81


Please join us for a Luncheon and Discussion of Buddhaland Brooklyn by alumnus author Richard Morais '81. Buddhaland Brooklyn, now available in bookstores, is Mr. Morais’ novel about a repressed Buddhist priest who has lived a remote existence in the mountains of Japan before he is sent by his superior to open up a temple in New York. The Hundred-Foot Journey, Mr. Morais’ first novel, is an international bestseller about a lowly Indian chef who conquers the elite world of French haute cuisine. The Hundred-Foot Journey has been published in 21 territories across the globe and is in active film development.

The luncheon takes place on November 15 at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY.

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Screening, Reception, and Book Signing with Cynthia Lowen MFA 2006


The Office of Alumni Relations and The Art of Teaching, Child Development, Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and Media Arts, The Writing Graduate Programs and The Child Development Institute and Early Childhood Center cordially invite you to a reception and book signing, following the screening of "Bully".

Screenwriter Cynthia Lowen MFA 2006, writer of the book, Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis, will present clips from this newly released film.

The screening and reception takes place on November 15 at Sarah Lawrence College Campus.

Register for screening of "Bully" and reception with
Cynthia Lowen

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Save the Date for Reunion 2013: Thursday, June 6th - Sunday, June 9th.


Reunion weekend is the perfect time to reminisce, reconnect, and return to Sarah Lawrence. You'll have the opportunity to take a seminar, go on local tours, explore new buildings on campus, cheer or perform at a cabaret, admire the work of fellow alumni at an art exhibit, and of course dance to your heart's content on Westlands Lawn. If all of the above works up an appetite, there's always midnight breakfast after the dance and a champagne brunch the next morning! Faculty also look forward to seeing you during Reunion, so don't miss out! In 2013, alumni with undergraduate class years ending in 3 and 8 will be celebrating milestone Reunions. All other alumni are welcome as well! For a sneak peak of the joys of Reunion weekend, check out this video created by Abby Urban '12. For more photos and video from Reunion 2012, visit the SLC Reunion Web Site.

If you'd like to BE A REUNION VOLUNTEER, please sign up here or contact Dania Abu-Shaheen, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at 914-395-2531 or

Can't wait to get in touch with your friends? We've created FACEBOOK GROUPS for classes celebrating their Reunion! Find your class Facebook Group. To become a member, click the "request to join" button at the top right corner of the group's front page. Once you're a member, be sure to invite your friends to make more SLC connections possible.

Come out for SLC Homecoming!


All alumni and friends are invited to attend homecoming on November 30th at the Campbell Sports Center in Bronxville, N.Y. The men's basketball game vs. Pratt Institute will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase and all proceeds go to the Students for Student Scholarship Fund (SSSF). You won’t want to miss the halftime show!

See SLC Gryphons Web Site

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The Annette McGuire Cravens '45 Endowed Internship in Visual Culture

Annette McGuire Cravens '45 has made a $200,000 gift to establish The Annette McGuire Cravens '45 Endowed Internship in Visual Culture. This gift will provide support for student internships in the visual arts and culture that focus on hands-on, object based experience at cultural institutions. Students applying for Cravens Internships will present proposals to the art history faculty, who will select candidates on the basis of merit and with a preference to qualified students with financial need. The Fund will help our students gain valuable experience in this highly-competitive field. Our Office of Career Counseling, as well as faculty and students, are enthusiastic about this opportunity to enrich learning experiences for Sarah Lawrence undergraduates.


Connect on Facebook and LinkedIn!

The Office of Alumni Relations has created Facebook Groups for you to connect with classmates and fellow alumni in your area. Please, stay active in these groups -- and keep the content coming!

Click here to join the Facebook group for Alumni in your city and Alumni in your class year.

Don't forget to network with fellow alumni on LinkedIn for all of your career-related inquiries, needs, or announcements.

All SLC alumni groups are closed and membership is by request and invitation. To gain membership, you must click the "request to join" button at the top right corner of the group. Once you're a member, be sure to invite your friends to grow the group!

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Have you recently changed jobs, received a promotion, or won an award in your field? Share your accomplishment with the alumni community.


The Straits Times featured Jeet Thayil MFA 2000 and his book, Narcopolis. The book is one of six novels up for the coveted literary award, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Straits Times called it a "hypnotic roman a clef".

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Jennifer Wallace '02, a Ph.D. student in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Award to study in Vietnam. There, Ms. Wallace will examine the perspective of local stakeholders who depend on the resources of the Mekong River and assess how their participation is shaping water policy at the basin and at national levels.


Kai Andersen '02 was recently named editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Hawai'i magazine, part of the Modern Luxury family of city publications. His official debut appeared this September. Modern Luxury Hawai'i is distributed throughout Hawai'i and is also available for the iPad and on the web.

Modern Luxury Hawai'i

Emma Gaalaas Mullaney '07 led the youth delegation to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Mullaney is fascinated by the relationships that exist between humans and their environments. Her academic research and environmental justice activism have brought her all over the world. Mullaney, who is now a doctoral candidate at Penn State, was selected for this position by SustainUS, a volunteer-led youth organization which advocates for sustainable development at the international level.


Joelle Wallach's '67 Scalerica d'oro for cello and percussion was given its World Premiere performance by cellist Regina Mushaba and percussionist William Trigg on Thursday, October 11 at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City.


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