Notes from One Mead Way: SLC Alumni eNewsletter



Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of women's history and co-founder of the Women's History graduate program at Sarah Lawrence, passed away on January 2. In creating the graduate program—the first in the nation—The New York Times says "Dr. Lerner set about trying to establish women’s history as a respected academic discipline and to raising the status of women in the historical profession.


Several members of the Sarah Lawrence community are among the 2013 Golden Globe nominations. Alumna Julianna Margulies is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for her role in The Good Wife. Breaking Bad, on which Peter Gould '82 serves as writer and director and David Porter '94 serves as a composer, is nominated for Best Television Series (Drama). Silver Linings Playbook, a film produced by Donna Gigliotti '76, is nominated for Best Motion Picture (Comedy). And Girls, a television program produced by Jennifer Konner '94, is nominated for Best Television Series (Comedy).


Nasrene Haj '12 and Mila Pinigin '12 recently launched The Creators Collective, an interdisciplinary art group; The Brooklyn Daily Eagle & Daily Bulletin reported on the Collective's opening night.


Artist and activist Hui Ling Lee '05, who recently held an exhibition entitled Subterranea at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, has been named to "The Edge Power List 2012," a list of "ordinary Malaysians doing extraordinary things" compiled by The Edge Malaysia.


"Dungeons, Dragons & Drama: The Tabletop RPG," taught by Visual Arts faculty member Patrick Downs, is included in a Washington Diplomat article on innovative college courses. In the class, students create their own tabletop RPG (role-playing game), a genre that continues to heavily influence the video and online game industry.



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Fall Issue: The Will to Live



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Happy New Year! We hope all our alumni and friends had lovely holidays and that you added “donate to Sarah Lawrence College” to your list of resolutions. And 'hey ho’ (for those who listen to Hits 1 on Sirius radio), you can keep at least one resolution by making your contribution today to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence (FSL). Gifts to the Fund are gifts to Sarah Lawrence – gifts that go very directly to our engaged and motivated students and our Princeton Review # 1 ranked committed and passionate faculty. Participating in the Fund will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling and who doesn’t need a warm and fuzzy feeling in January. Make the winter a little less cold by warming the hearts of the Sarah Lawrence community by enabling SLC students to learn, to grow, to transform. December was a very strong month for the FSL. At over $1,500,000 we are a little less than halfway to our $3,500,000 goal. With 1600 donors we are more than 1/3 of the way to our donor goal. Start 2013 off right, with a meaningful gift to your Alma mater! Before you sit down to watch those Bowl games or the NFL play-offs you can “score big” by participating in the 2013 FSL. We can’t promise that your team will win, but we can promise you will feel like a winner!

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 month and year may have changed but one thing has remained the same, The FSL team’s gratitude for your dedication to and support of Sarah Lawrence. Thank you!


New Year, New Events!

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

Upcoming Calendar of Events

January 12 Savannah, GA Savannah Luncheon
January 26 Delray Beach, FL President Karen R. Lawrence in Palm Beach
February 16 San Francisco, CA President Karen R. Lawrence in San Francisco
February 17 Los Angeles, CA President Karen R. Lawrence in Los Angeles
February 18 Key West, FL Key West Luncheon

Exhibits in the Library

Don't miss "Paintings Over Time (Reimagined Moments)," an exhibition featuring the works of Theatre faculty member Shirley Kaplan at the SLC Esther Raushenbush Library (January 21 to June 9). The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and masks that connect with the theatre as painted images of puppets, cabaret performers, and dream figures that are linked to the real and unreal everyday stage.

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!

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Join SLC Alumni for an Evening of Dance

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David Neumann, SLC Theatre Faculty, is performing at American Dance Institute (in Rockville, MD) with Jodi Melnick on Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 3rd at 2 p.m. Two of today's smartest dance makers are brought together for an exciting mixed bill engagement. Tickets are on sale now. Reserve online and use the code GRAD for a 50% discount or call the box office for special pricing of just $15. SLC alumni are invited to attend a special champagne reception with David Neumann after the show on Saturday evening, February 2nd. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

For tickets visit: or call (866) 811-4111.


Join Us for the 25th Anniversary of the Florence Program


We look forward to gathering with Study Abroad in Florence alumni to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program! Join us in Florence from June 13-16, 2013, to take part in a schedule of events designed to reacquaint you with the city and evoke the joyous memories of time spent there. There will be plenty of opportunities to re-establish old friendships and to meet new friends who have also shared this memorable junior year abroad experience.

The fee of $500 per person will cover all seminars, tours, and dinners during your stay. Once you have registered, you will be invited to sign up for specific sessions.

We would also like to invite you to submit your reflections and memories of your time spent during the program in Florence. Select entries will be part of a publication that will be distributed at the reunion. Please e-mail your submission (500 –700 words) to by January 31, 2013.

Read more about this celebration and the schedule of events

Register for the Florence Reunion today!


SLC Invites You to Join the Princeton Club --
Initiation Fee Discount Extended!


Sarah Lawrence has partnered with The Princeton Club of New York to establish an alumni club that is available to alumni, faculty and staff of the College. The Club has offered a 50% discount on the initiation fee for SLC and has extended this offer until January 31, 2013.

Membership benefits include:

  • Weekly member events
  • Dining business amenities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Guest rooms at special member prices
  • Reciprocal clubs worldwide
  • Lending library, barbershop, concierge, notary public and discounted parking and car service rates

The application and instructions are on the left hand side of the website at

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The Charitable IRA Rollover is Back!


The Charitable IRA Rollover is Back! The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ensures that at least through December 31, 2013, philanthropic members of the Sarah Lawrence community will be permitted to use IRA funds tax-free to benefit the College. Such gifts executed by January 31 at the latest can still apply to the 2012 tax year! These IRA "rollover" gifts are restricted to IRA owners age 70 ½ or older and may not exceed $100,000 in the applicable tax year. The gift must be sent by the IRA administrator directly to the College. Please call Judith Katz, Senior Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning, at (914) 395-2526 or e-mail to let us know about your gift or for more information.


Submit Your Alumni Citation Nomination


Applications for the 2012-2013 Citation for Achievement and Alumni Citation for Service are now being accepted. The Citation for Achievement is given to a person or persons whose work embodies the values and ideals of a Sarah Lawrence education, with the understanding that there is no one yardstick for achievement. The Citation for Service is presented to graduates for dedicated service to the College. Nominations for the citations are sought for all alumni celebrating a milestone Reunion in 2013 (class years ending in "3s" and "8s.") Citation Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at a celebratory luncheon during Reunion 2013.

Please complete the nomination form today!


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.

Upcoming Classes at the Writing Institute


This spring, the Writing Institute @ Sarah Lawrence is offering 30 noncredit classes in mid-town Manhattan and Bronxville. There are 11 week and 5 week classes as well as short intensives. Classes in all genres are available for both beginners and advanced writers. Most classes start in mid-February.

For more information and registration details see or call (914) 395-2205.


News from the Sports Desk: Go Gryphons!


Sarah Lawrence College swimmer Alexis Bates '15 (Morristown, N.J., Morristown) has been recognized as Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC) Swimmer of the Week for the period ending December 16, as announced by the league on Tuesday. In addition, first-year swimmer Sam Amberchan '16 (Menlo Park, Calif., Menlo-Atherton) was named to the HVWAC Weekly Honor Roll.

In the team's final dual meets before winter break, Sarah Lawrence College women's swimming split its two Friday matchups, defeating Bard College, 72-20, while falling to Purchase College, 56-39, at Campbell Sports Center pool.

See SLC Gryphons Web Site


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.


Author Christine Benvenuto '82 is the winner of the 2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize for her story "Death in Brooklyn."


Bruce Frankel, MFA Poetry 2003, is an editor for and contributor to LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts' Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times (from Life Planning Network). It is an indispensable handbook by 33 of the nation's top experts on positive aging and life planning. Bruce, the author of the prize-winning What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?, was recently elected Communications Chairperson of Life Planning Network, a national non-profit for professionals.

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Estha Weiner has a number of forthcomings! Her next poetry book, IN THE WEATHER OF THE WORLD, is forthcoming end of Feb. from Ireland's Salmon Poetry. Her poems and short essay appear or are forthcoming in the anthologies, NEW AMERICA , RABBIT EARS: TV POEMS, and IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES.


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