Notes from One Mead Way: Summer 2012 eNewsletter



Several members of the Sarah Lawrence community are among this year's Emmy Award nominations. Alumna Julianna Margulies '89 is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Good Wife. Merritt Wever '02 is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie. And alumna and executive producer Jenni Konner's ('94) show Girls is nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Breaking Bad, on which Peter Gould '82 serves as writer and director and David Porter '94 serves as a composer, is nominated for several awards. And in the category of Best Commercial, Procter and Gamble's "Best Job" is nominated; founder David Carmen '80's Anonymous Content was the production company for the ad.


Vogue profiles Katie Ford '77, former CEO of Ford Models, as she embarks on a new mission: ending human trafficking and forced labor around the world.


CNN reports that Nancy Alvarez '70, author of Little Nancy: The Journey Home, has been named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.


Literature professor Nicolaus Mills explores "the new face of homelessness" in America in a Newsday opinion piece.


In an opinion piece in the New York Daily News, Writing faculty member Melvin Bukiet examines the "win-at-all-costs academic culture" and the pressures caused by grades and standardized tests in high school.



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We hope all of our alumni are enjoying a wonderful summer. It is never too early to gear up for the 2013 academic year which means gearing up for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. In 2013 we plan to raise over $3,500,000 to help meet the varied and important needs of the College. In 2012 over 3,000 alumni supported their Alma Mater, and in 2013 we want to blow past this number. Every SLC alum has their own reason for giving and your collective support truly benefits our faculty and our campus. Your donations enable all our students to learn, to grow and to transform as you did.

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 commitment to and investment in Sarah Lawrence. We also need you. If you are interested in volunteering for The 2013 Fund please contact Jody Abzug, Senior Director, at 914-395-2523 or


Reunion 2012 Videos and Photos are Online!

Over 500 SLC alumni and their guests joined together for a magical Reunion weekend of old friends and new memories. We now have a retrospective video created by Abby Urban '12 -- as well as all of our Reunion photos up on the SLC Alumni web site. See you and your friends learning, dancing, and having a great time!

Reunion 2012 Video and Photos

SLC Reunion Video


Look at These Exciting Upcoming Events!


Get out your planners, because The Office of Alumni Relations has many exciting upcoming events -- in several of its recently established regional alumni chapters.

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Upcoming Regional Events

August 12 Minneapolis: Casual Summer Get Together 8/12/12
Join fellow SLC alumni at home of Vicki Churchill Ford '60 MSEd '87 & Silas Ford on beautiful White Bear Lake. Bring your swimsuit and your appetite. Supper will be served. Guests are welcome -- the more the merrier!
August 15 Boston: Happy Hour in Back Bay on 8/15/2012
A casual get together at Back Bay Social Club (867 Boylston Street between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets). Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.
August 15 DC: Happy Hour at The Brixton on 8/15/12
A casual get together at The Brixton (901 U St NW between N Florida Ave & N 9 1/2 St). Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.
August 15 Los Angeles: Happy Hour at The Hudson on 8/15/2012
A casual get together at The Hudson (1114 North Crescent Heights Blvd. in West Hollywood). Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.
August 15 NYC: Happy Hour at Union Hall on 8/15/2012
A casual get together at Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215). Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.
August 15 San Francisco: Happy Hour & Jazz on 8/15/2012
A casual get together at The Comstock Saloon (155 Columbus Avenue). The evening will feature a performance by the Sean Vigneau-Britt ('08) Trio. Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.
September 19 Boston: "Good People" at the Huntington Theatre
The Office of Alumni Relations has 20 tickets to "Good People" a play by David Lindsay-Abaire '92 at the Huntington Theatre. Tickets are for the balcony section. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.

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

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Save the Date for Reunion 2013

Mark your calendars 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!

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

Reunion 2013

Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute


Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute offers a wide range of fall noncredit classes in NYC and Bronxville.

Starting mid-September there will be three new Writing Institute classes offered in Manhattan: Start Your First Novel, Writing Historical Fiction for Children, and Narrative Writing. The Writing Institute is also offering the popular Nature Writing class in conjunction with the New York Botanical Garden at their mid-town Manhattan location and adding two seasonal writing workshops at the Botanical Garden. For information about all thirty noncredit writing courses offered on campus and in NYC , see Registration is open through September 13.

Also, the Center for Continuing Education is offering a variety of courses for students of all ages this fall. See for information. And did you know that alumni can take regular Sarah Lawrence classes through our Post BA program?

For information, call 914-395-2205.


Generous Commitments to SLC Announced


Two Sarah Lawrence alumnae are responsible for generous new commitments to the College this summer. The Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation is providing a one million dollar grant in honor of the close relationship between their Honorary President, Mary Griggs Burke ’38 and Sarah Lawrence College. The Mary Griggs Burke Endowed Presidential Scholarships will provide financial aid for academically top-ranked students.

We are also pleased to announce that Jerome Siegel has made a $250,000 gift to the College in memory of his late wife, Ruth Leff Siegel ’50. The Ruth Leff Siegel and Jerome Siegel Endowed Fund for Student Life will help cultivate a vibrant and engaged student community by providing funding that brings students together for large-scale events such as dances, musical performances, campus-wide festivals, and lectures by well-known speakers. A portion of the gift will be used to refurbish student spaces in the Ruth Leff Siegel Center (“the Pub”). This gift is a fitting legacy for Ruth Leff Siegel ’50, an Honorary Trustee of the College who demonstrated a life-long commitment to an open, supportive, and joyful student community at Sarah Lawrence.

The College is incredibly grateful for the many years of support these important alumnae and their families have provided.


Campus Event in Spotlight: Maria Goeppert Mayer Anniversary


Dedication of the Physics Lab in the Ilchman Science Center in honor of former faculty member and Nobel Prize Winner Maria Goeppert Mayer will take place on September 12th. Professor Jim Gates, Director of the String & Particle Theory Center at the University of Maryland, will speak, and there will be a faculty panel.

Nobel Laureate Maria Goeppert Mayer was a key figure in establishing a meaningful program in the sciences at Sarah Lawrence, laying the groundwork for such current practices as the Science Third. Dr. Mayer was dedicated to "teaching as it is done at Sarah Lawrence -- not the mere imparting of knowledge, but the human contact with developing personalities". Mayer served on the Manhattan project but vowed her commitment to Sarah Lawrence, saying that if war work "imperiled the possibility of my return to Sarah Lawrence, the personal sacrifice demanded is too much".

Dr. Mayer has recently been honored on a stamp by the United States Post Office. This celebration will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Mayer's Nobel Prize in Physics.

This is just one of many exciting upcoming events. The full Fall Campus Events calendar can be viewed on the web site.

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Maria Goeppert Mayer

Sarah Lawrence College Presents: Salomé Chamber Orchestra

Sarah Lawrence College presents the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, a rare opportunity to hear this prestigious ensemble in an intimate Westchester setting. The orchestra will Perform the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante arranged for String Sextet and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence at Sarah Lawrence College Reisinger Concert Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3p.m.The New York Times called New York’s Salome Chamber Orchestra “glowing.” They have performed at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NPR’s Performance Today and on national television. Admission is free.

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Salome Chamber Orchestra

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.


Adam Distenfeld '85, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, presents the 30th annual outdoor sculpture show, Perpetual Energy. The show will open on August 4, 2012.

Perpetual Energy

Clarion E. Johnson, M.D. '72 is the 2012 recipient of the SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award. He will be awarded this recognition on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 during the SPE Annual Banquet.


Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency is elated to announce the appointment of Elizabeth J. H. Chodos '04 as its new Executive Director. She earned Dual Masters Degrees in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—where she wrote a thesis on artist residencies. Ox-Bow, school of art and artist residency is a 102 year-old creative community located on a protected 115-acre property in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Elizabeth J.H. Chodos

Poet Estha Lynn Weiner announces Maine Branches--four widely published poets read and reflect on their Maine connections: Margo Taft Stever (Frozen Spring, Mid-List Press); Estha Weiner (In the Weather of the World, Salmon Poetry); Jo Ann Clark (The Paris Review); and John Perrault (Here Comes the Old Man Now, Oyster River Press). Readings will take place on August 2, 2012 at the University of New England Art Gallery (716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine, 5:00pm) and August 3, 2012 at York Art Association (394 York Street, York Harbor, Maine, 7:00 pm).


Barbara Bennion '51 announces that her play about Latino immigration, FLOWERS BEHIND THE MOUNTAIN, is a winner of the 2012 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest at Castillo Theater in Manhattan. The director will be J.J. El-Farr. A previous reading was in 2011 at the CCNY Conference on Immigration and Education. The reading takes place on August 6, 2012 at Castillo Theater in New York City (543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th avenues).


Charlotte Observer profiled Charlotte-based musician Lindsey Ryan Horne MFA 2007. Lindsey just finished her new, self-released album, The Divers.


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