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WEB HIGHLIGHTS highlights the work of James Tynion IV '10 on the new DC Comics title Talon, saying the comic "is giving James Tynion IV the chance to spread his wings as one of DC's most promising new writers." Tynion was a student of Batman writer Scott Snyder while at SLC, and has been co-writing the back-up stories in Snyder's Batman series and assisted on the Batman Annual #1 earlier this year.


Rickey Laurentiis '11 has been awarded a 2013 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Earlier this year, Laurentiis was one of five recipients of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. interviews Joshua Langman '14 about his work with SLC's Theater Outreach program. Of the program, Langman says: "There are so many people who could benefit from seeing and participating in theater but who are unable to go to the theater—so outreach brings the theater to them."


Microbe hunter W. Ian Lipkin '74, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, is featured on PBS' Emmy-nominated Web series The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.


In The New York Times, Politics faculty member Sam Abrams is cited in an article on West Coast politics and that area's tendency to be a "Democratopolis."



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Fall Issue: The Will to Live



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To all of our alumni and friends we send a warm holiday wish from your FSL team.  December marks a poignant time of the year.  On the one hand there are holiday parties and presents to enjoy and on the other we bid farewell to another year.  Both feelings can commingle in a gift to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence (FSL).  Gifts to the Fund are gifts to Sarah Lawrence – gifts that go directly towards our current students and our Princeton Review # 1 ranked faculty.  Contributions to the Fund are also gifts to yourself.  From late childhood, right about the time some holiday myths are debunked, we are taught it is better to give than to receive and what better gift is there to give than the gift of an education.  A donation today enables you to cross “make a gift to SLCoff your to-do list and in some instances enables you to keep one New Year’s resolution.  Before 2012 becomes 2013, please make your contribution and feel good about your own generosity and achieve a tax deduction as well.  Giving the gift of an education to our engaged and motivated students will put you right into the holiday spirit.  With your participation we hope to pass the $1,000,000 mark before December 31.  We are very close to 1,000 donors, ¼ of the way to our goal.  We’d like to unwrap your donations as we count down the 12 days of Christmas.  Who needs a partridge in a pear tree when you can participate in the Fund and 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. Happy Holidays and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!


SLC Alumni Celebrate the Holidays Together

Sarah Lawrence College alumni celebrated the holiday season together in eight different cities across the country. Alumni gathered for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, while sharing stories from both the past year to tales from their SLC days. We hope to see you at more events. Be sure to visit the Alumni web site frequently, as we are adding events all the time!

View photos from recent events

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Faculty on the Road Spring Semester Announced


Get out your planners, because The Office of Alumni Relations has scheduled its spring semester of the beloved Faculty on the Road Program. The Edith Ingalls Vignos '45 Faculty on the Road Program brings together alumni and faculty to re-create a Sarah Lawrence seminar. Members of our renowned faculty take their academic passions to cities across the country, and ask you to come prepared to discuss questions pertinent to their topics. Take part in the lively discussion!

Upcoming Spring Faculty on the Roads

January 23, 2013 New York, NY Ilja Wachs, “The Utopian  Vision of Huckleberry Finn”


January 23, 2013 New York,
Mary Dillard, “Just Whose Story Is It? Current Debates in African Oral History Research”
February 23, 2013 Houston, TX Linwood Lewis, "Racing Environmentalism: Psychologies of Race and the Natural World"
March 9, 2013 Minneapolis, MN Melissa Frazier, "Dostoevsky and the Detective Novel"
March 9, 2013 San Francisco,
Seminar led by Sam Abrams,Politics faculty member
March 10, 2013 Los Angeles, CA Seminar led by Sam Abrams,Politics faculty member
April 6, 2013 Boston, MA Seminar led by Nancy Baker, Philosophy faculty member
April 13, 2013 Philadelphia, PA Martin Goldray, “The Symphony Orchestra and the Cult of the Conductor”
April 21, 2013 Chicago, IL Seminar led by David Castriota, Art History faculty member

Be sure to visit the Alumni web site frequently, to see when registration for these events go live!


Mary Morris Lawrence, Pioneering Photographer, Leaves $1.8 Million to Sarah Lawrence College


Sarah Lawrence College is honored to announce a $1.8 million bequest, received from the estate of the late Mary Morris Lawrence, who received her diploma in 1936. A photojournalist and the first female news photographer for the Associated Press, Lawrence went on to become a world-renowned documentary photographer.

During her years at SLC, Lawrence was actively involved in the College community. She returned to Sarah Lawrence to shoot photographs for the College’s viewbook, capturing the academic and social life of students. The archival photographs, which are exemplary depictions of campus life in the 1930s, can be viewed in an online exhibit, curated by College Archivist Abby Lester.

In 2001, Lawrence included these reflections in a submission to Class Notes: "I came to Sarah Lawrence, at 18, from a narrow-minded, straight-laced, socially correct boarding school. SLC turned me into a question-asker and independent thinker. My life now is still bolstered by what happened to me in college."

Mary Morris Lawrence

SLC Invites You to Join the Princeton Club


You are cordially invited to join The Princeton Club of New York, one of the newest Alumni Benefits available to you. The nine-story Clubhouse is an oasis from the busy streets or a hectic schedule, and is a warm, welcoming place for those who frequently travel to, live, or work in Manhattan.

Conveniently located on 43rd Street – just off 5th Avenue and minutes from Grand Central, Rockefeller Center, and the Theatre District, the Club is the perfect place to meet new friends, entertain clients, celebrate with family, and reconnect with classmates.

Apply for membership by December 15th and receive 50% off the initiation fee!

Apply for membership to the Princeton Club today!

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


Reunion 2013 will offer a variety of seminars, workshops, tours, dinners, and parties. We'll even have Midnight Breakfast! We hope you'll visit SLC's beautiful campus this spring (Thursday, June 6th – Sunday, June 9th, 2013) to reconnect with friends and recount the joys of your college years! This year, we celebrate with undergraduate class years ending in "3s" and "8s" -- but we welcome everyone!

Please click below to let us know if you plan to attend the 2013 Reunion celebration. We have posted the names of alumni who indicated they plan to attend on the Reunion Web site. Check out the list and let us know you’re planning to attend as well. If you do not wish to have your name published in our "Planning to Attend" list, please indicate so on your response.

Yes! I am planning to attend Reunion 2013!

Official registration materials will arrive in homes March 2013.

For a sneak peek of the joys of Reunion weekend, including photos and videos of Reunion 2012, visit the SLC Reunion Web Site. 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.

News from the Sports Desk: Go Gryphons!


Backed by 10 school-record performances, Sarah Lawrence College women's swim team triumphed as champion of the 2012 Ranger Invitational, hosted by Drew University from Friday through Sunday. Sarah Lawrence beat out the host Rangers, College of Saint Elizabeth, Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham and Post University to improve on their runner-up finish last season.

Also, Sarah Lawrence won their basketball homecoming game! Supported by a homecoming crowd of more than 300 screaming Gryphon fans, Sarah Lawrence College edged Pratt Institute, 35-32, in a thrilling non-conference game at Noyes Court at Campbell Sports Center on Friday. The win came down to a tense final minute of play, during which the Green and White supporters helped the Gryphons pull out the narrow win and secure victory in the program's first home game as an NCAA team.

See SLC Gryphons Web Site

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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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Alumni Announcements


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


Laura Dinnebeil '90 announced the upcoming "Political Comedy Thriller: Mademoiselle Many Times". Laura Dinnebeil stars as Mademoiselle Many Times, a writer in love with a French terrorist. A one-woman comedy about sex poetry, bombs, an emotionally unavailable astrophysicist and a spy who’s an art yuppie. Mary Allen of the NY Post called Laura, "Probably the funniest person in entertainment today". Interview Magazine's Paisley Dalton called Laura "the best monologuist in NYC!"


Dana Frasz '06 works to solve the problem of food waste through her organization, Food Shift. Food Shift was born out of the desire to create a more just and sustainable food system -- and the belief that food is too precious to waste.

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Matthew Lancit '02 announced that his documentary, FUNERAL SEASON, has now officially been released on DVD. The film has been described as “a snapshot of our multicultural, inter-connected world" (Montreal Gazette) and “a documentary in which ethnography is flipped on its head” (jury of the Traces de Vies - Rencontres du Film Documentaire). FUNERAL SEASON has been chosen for preservation by the Library and Archives of Canada, and has screened at: UnionDocs in New York, the Musée Dapper in Paris, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, and at various museums and universities around the world and over 40 international film festivals


Chloe Yelena Miller’s MFA 2005 first poetry chapbook, Unrest, will be published by Finishing Line Press in January 2013. Unrest illustrates the experience of loss through food, foreign language, travel, visual art, and more.

Chloe Yelena Miller

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