Notes from One Mead Way: SLC Alumni eNewsletter



From Newsday: Seven of the Hudson Valley's major private colleges -- including liberal arts institutions like Vassar, Sarah Lawrence and Bard -- boast an average graduation rate of 71 percent, well above the nationwide rate of 65 percent for peer institutions, according to new federal data.


Harlem World profiles Carolyn Adams '65 in her careers as a dancer, educator and Harlem preservationist.


Poet Kim Rosen MFA '04, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words, is featured in an interview on CBC/Radio-Canada's Sunday Edition.


Drawing upon his own experience serving on the Admission Committee at SLC, literature faculty member Nick Mills comments in his opinion piece on the exaggerations and overarching messages in the new Tina Fey film, "Admission."


In his NYTimes op-ed, "States Gone Wild," Bill Keller cites politics professor Sam Abrams' explanation of the nature of state and local government.


Economics faculty member Jamee Moudud recently appeared on RNN's Richard French Live to discuss the battling budget plans released by Republicans and Democrats. Watch the episode: Part 1 and Part 2.



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Spring Issue: Lost and Found



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What does April signify for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence? We are hoping the forecast is for a shower of donations. While for some April showers bring May flowers (and Mayflowers bring Pilgrims – if you don't know this joke ask a little one), at Sarah Lawrence we anticipate April showers of contributions which bring happy student faces in May. On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day on our beautiful Bronxville campus. Made beautiful by your gifts to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. Your gifts provide for student scholarships, faculty resources and campus enhancements. Please don't be an April fool and forget to participate in the 2013 Fund. Your generosity enables SLC students to translate passion into practice. So before you celebrate Administrative Professionals day on April 24 please make your FSL contribution to help our students 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


Reunion 2013! Register Now!

Reunion weekend is Thursday June 6 – Sunday June 9 2013. We hope you'll visit SLC's beautiful campus this summer to reconnect with friends and enjoy a variety of seminars, workshops, tours, dinners, and parties. Remember, regardless of class year, all are welcome at Reunion!

If you register before May 10th, you will be entered into the Reunion 2013 Early Bird Registration Raffle!

Registration for classes through 2007:

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Registration for classes 2008 and later:

One-Stop Registration

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Look Who's Coming to Reunion!

Show your work at the Alumni Art Exhibit During Reunion!
See more info on the Art Exhibit

Share your talents at the Alumni Cabaret during Reunion!
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Reunion 2013

Look at these Exciting Upcoming SLC Events!

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Get out your planners, because The Office of Alumni Relations has many exciting upcoming events.

Upcoming Calendar of Events

April 13 Philadelphia,

FOR Philadelphia
Martin Goldray, Music Faculty
Title: The Symphony Orchestra and the Cult of the Conductor

April 13 SLC Campus Reception for 10th Anniversary of Poetry Festival
April 21 Chicago, IL FOR Chicago
David Castriota, Art History Faculty
Title: Why the Right Always Says the Country is Going to the Dogs; The Lessons of Ancient Athenian Political Rhetoric
April 24 Washington, D.C. DC: Karen R. Lawrence Reception
You're Invited to a very special reception with President Karen R. Lawrence at the Cosmos Club
April 27 Savannah, GA Savannah: Luncheon
Lela Busey '56 hosts informal luncheon for Savannah alumni.
April 28 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn: Williamsburg Gallery Crawl
Join Brooklyn alumni for its annual walk in Williamsburg.
April 28 Boston, MA Boston: President Lawrence James Joyce Discussion
President Lawrence leads a discussion on James Joyce in Boston.

Currently on exhibit at the Esther Raushenbush Library Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, paintings & drawings by Shirley Kaplan. The exhibit runs through June 9th (weekdays 9AM-8PM, weekends 11AM-5PM).

View photos from recent events

See Office-sponsored Events Calendar

Be sure to visit the Alumni web site frequently, as we are adding events all the time!


TEDxSLC is Coming Soon!


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TEDxSLC is organized by members of the Sarah Lawrence community who believe that our students and faculty are amongst the foremost thinkers and visionaries of the day. Sarah Lawrence education empowers young minds to articulate the truly bold, innovative ideas desperately needed in the world today. Speakers were selected from a large pool of students, faculty and staff through a juried process of written and live presentations of their ideas.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Sarah Lawrence College

See more information on TEDxSLC


10th Annual Poetry Festival, April 12-14 at SLC


The 2013 SLC Poetry Festival will take place from April 12 to 14 on campus. The Festival offers readings, panels, a small press fair, and a launch party for LUMINA, the literary magazine of the College's MFA program.

This year's confirmed poets include the following: Henri Cole, Eduardo C. Corral, Monica Ferrell, Johannes Göransson, Kate Knapp Johnson '79, MFA '81, Ed Bok Lee, Dawn Lundy Martin, Joyelle McSweeney, D. Nurkse, dg nanouk okpik, Jon Sands, Vijay Seshadri.

See schedule of events

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SLC Offers Exciting Alumni Benefits


Sarah Lawrence has partnered with The Princeton Club of New York and Liberty Mutual to offer exciting benefits to SLC alumni.

Princeton Club Membership benefits include: weekly member events, dining business amenities, fitness facilities, Guest rooms at special member prices, reciprocal clubs worldwide, as well as lending library, barbershop, concierge, notary public and discounted parking and car service rates. The application and instructions are on

Liberty Mutual offers auto, home and renters insurance program. Featured coverage: Renters Insurance. The value of your belongings (your computer, smart phone, clothes, jewelry and sporting equipment) adds up. In the event of fire or theft in your rental unit, only the building is protected -- not your personal belongings. For more information, visit

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SLC Filmmaking Festival and Conference


Sarah Lawrence College's Film Department presents four days of screenings, seminars and workshops, from Thursday, April 25 - Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The festival begins with the presentation of student films and SLC PHIL Moving Picture Show Competition Winners at the Bronxville Cinemas in downtown Bronxville on Thursday night. Other highlights include visiting artist Karen Yasinsky, who will lead a workshop on the use of the single frame in experimental film and a panel on the future of screenwriting, led by Fred Strype.

See the festival's Eventbrite page to register and for more information.

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You're Invited to a Special Panel Discussion


You're invited to the panel discussion, "Living with Dying in America, Assisted Dying 15 Years after Oregon," on Thursday, April 18th, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Donnelley Auditorium, Heimbold Visual Arts Center at SLC. In 1994, Oregon passed the controversial "Death with Dignity" Act legalizing physician-assisted dying. The Act was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2006. What has this Act meant in practice? How has it been implemented in Oregon and other states that have legalized physician- assisted dying? What have been the experiences of patients and physicians? This panel discussion is led by Judy Schwarz, RN, PhD, Karianne P. Page, MD, Howard Grossman, MD, Maura del Bene, and will be complemented by a screening of the award-winning film, "How to Die in Oregon" in the Donnelley Auditorium at 5:00p.m.

For registration and information, please contact 914-395-2412 or contact

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UPCOMING SCREENING - The House I Live In APRIL 22, 2013 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
Donnelley Theatre, Heimbold Visual Arts


You're invited to a screening of the award-winning documentary, The House I Live In. Filmed in more than twenty states, this movie tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. Kara Elverson '07 served as Field Correspondent and Production Manager on The House I Live In, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Melody Lee '12 is a Policy Associate at the Drug Policy Alliance. She utilizes The House I Live In as an advocacy tool to support local drug policy and criminal justice reform efforts across the country.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion about current drug policies and the human and financial costs of the war on drugs with Kara Elverson '07, Melody Lee '12, Dominic Corva, and Rima Vesely-Flad. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

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SLC Summer Programs for High School Students


We'd like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for the teenagers in your life to experience the wonderful enrichment of a Sarah Lawrence education this summer. Summer at Sarah Lawrence College includes both credit and non-credit enrichment courses for high school students entering the 10th grade and up. These high school students will get a taste of what it is like to be a student at Sarah Lawrence College by participating in seminars and conferences. Students in the pre-college intensives have the option of studying a wide array of subjects from film, writing, musical theatre, art history, animation, dance, gaming… and more! Students may choose to live on campus or commute. For more information, call 914-395-2205 or visit the Summer at SLC Page.

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UPCOMING SCREENING - Precious Knowledge


As part of the Art of Teaching Graduate Program and Child Development Institute Spring Film Series, the film Precious Knowledge will be screened on Monday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center at SLC. Light refreshments will be served from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. After the screening, discussion will take place with a panel which will include the teacher featured in the film, Jose Gonzalez, filmmaker Eren McGinnis, and SLC faculty. The film follows students and teachers at Tucson High School and their fight to bring back ethnic studies programs that were eliminated by state lawmakers who felt the ethnic studies program promoted "racial solidarity" and anti-Americanism.

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News from the Sports Desk: SLC Gryphons Sweep HVMAC Volleyball Awards


Sarah Lawrence College men's volleyball player Harrison Holmes '15 has been selected as the Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference (HVMAC) Volleyball Player of the Week, while teammate Chris Manfugas '15 was tabbed as Volleyball Rookie of the Week, as named by the league on Tuesday.

Holmes earned his fifth Player of the Week honor of the season after setting two program records in Sunday's HVMAC match against Yeshiva University. The sophomore racked up 24 kills in the match including a record nine kills in the fourth set.

See SLC Gryphons Web Site


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

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Alumni Announcements


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


Ann Cefola '81, MFA '97 is one of 85 poets from seven countries selected to participate in the Pulitzer Remix ( Each poet has created 30 "found" poems from a Pulitzer novel and will post one a day during April, National Poetry Month. Ann's assigned work is Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson (Pulitizer 1935).

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Ron Hurl '98 was ordained a Catholic priest. Inspired by Michael Davis and his classes, Ron pursued graduate studies in philosophy at Catholic University and became a Franciscan brother in 2003. Ron then pursued studies for the priesthood at Washington Theological Union and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on November 3rd 2013. He now works as a Roman Catholic parish priest at St. Andrews Church in Fort Worth, TX.

Father Ron Hurl

Frederic Richter '10 recently presented his AFI thesis film. His film was selected for the "thesis showcase" at the DGA, which means it was one of five out of thirty films chosen. See photo of Fred, along with a sizable SLC contingent present at the film premiere. (Photo features William Parker Marshall '11, Aaron Edwards '10, Rafael Gamboa '09, Frederic Richter '10.)

Frederic Richter

Jedd Novatt '80 has an exhibit, Chaos Caliente and Chaos Agosto, at the Lever House in New York City.

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