Notes from One Mead Way: SLC Alumni eNewsletter


SLC students Connor Miller (director), Sam Graff, Audrey Hamm, and Amit Sankaran film SLC's take on Pharrell Williams' "24 Hours of Happy" project. Watch Sarah Lawrence College: 12 Hours of Happy


Sarah Lawrence ranked #1 in... corned beef? Jimmy Fallon gives SLC a shout out on The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon showed some Sarah Lawrence love on the February 27 episode of The Tonight Show. Watch the clip on Youtube.


Ansel Elkins '05 is the winner of the 2014 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Elkins has also received several other awards, including the North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Fugue Poetry Prize, the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Read more in The Los Angeles Times. reports that Rashaun Mitchell '00 has been awarded one of New York City Center's 2014 Choreography Fellowships.


The Los Angeles Times profiles Daniel Russel '75, the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The article looks at how Russel applies his training in aikido to his efforts to defuse tensions in the region.



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Fund for Sarah Lawrence - Donate today!

The Fund for Sarah Lawrence wishes to share our own Sarah Lawrence College version of March Madness. Because we know how much our alumni care about our College we accepted a challenge from two current members of our Board of Trustees. If we receive 750 contributions from March 1 - March 31 they will donate $100,000 to the Fund. Size doesn't matter. Participation does! Please Show your Love for Sarah Lawrence and donate in March. Then Share your Love and post something on Facebook letting your classmates, faculty and SLC friends know you have done your part to reach the challenge. You can mail your contribution to FSL: 1 Mead Way/Bronxville, NY 10708; call us at 914-395-2533 or donate on line at It's March Madness, go crazy with your support.


Reunion 2014 Online Registration is Now Open!


13 WEEKS TILL REUNION! That's right folks, only 91 little days left until campus comes alive with alumni celebrating their SLC memories and making new ones!

Reunion weekend is Thursday June 5 – Sunday June 8, 2014. We hope you'll visit SLC's beautiful campus this summer to reconnect with friends and enjoy a variety of exciting events and programs including seminars (with Fred Smoler '75, Jeff McDaniel '90, Lyde Sizer, Nicolaus Mills, and Joe Forte to name a few), local tours, dinners, and parties. Remember, regardless of class year, all are welcome at Reunion! REGISTER NOW!

If you register before May 9th, you will be entered into the Reunion 2014 Early Bird Registration Raffle! 1st Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Check out the full Reunion schedule here.

Registration for classes through 2008:

One-Stop Registration Deal

A La Carte Registration

Registration for classes 2009 and later:

Young Alumni One-Stop Registration

Young Alumni A La Carte Registration


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!
See more info on Cabaret

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Join SLC Alumni for an Upcoming Event!

Get out your planners, because The Office of Alumni Relations has many exciting upcoming events planned for 2014. Don't miss this opportunity to make new friends and Sarah Lawrence connections.

View photos from recent events held across the country!

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Philadelphia Faculty on the Road, 3/8/14
Blue Bell, PA
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Title: Personal Responsibility for Health: the Double-Edged Sword of Patient Empowerment and the New Morality of the Body
Sarah Wilcox, Sociology Faculty

Minneapolis: Tour of "The Romanovs" at The Museum of Russian Art, 3/15/14
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Members of the SLC community will take a guided tour of The Museum of Russian Art's exhibition "The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost"

LA: Happy Hour at City Tavern, Culver City, 3/19/14
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a casual get together at City Tavern, Culver City for drinks and appetizers.

NYC: Faculty on the Road, Rescheduled for 3/25/14
New York, NY
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Title: Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, and the Democratizing of Comedy
Malcolm Turvey, Film History Faculty

Limited space available. To register for this event, please email the Office of Alumni Relations at or call us at (914)395-2530.

NYC Writers' Night: Poems Among Friends, 4/2/2014
New York, NY
Wednesday , April 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a night of poetry featuring Estha Weiner '72, Lee Briccetti '76, Jan Heller Levi '77, Stephanie Strickland MFA '78 and current SLC writing faculty member Jeffrey McDaniel '90. Hosted by Stephanie Cooper '65 MFA '76.

NYC: 80s Alumni Happy Hour at Moscow 57, 4/9/14
New York, NY
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

You're invited to "1980s Sadies" a special happy hour for 1980's SLC alumni at Moscow 57, a new bar and restaurant opened by Ellen Kaye '82 and Seth Goldman '82 in the Lower East Side. Appetizers will be provided. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.

Register for an event today!

See Office-sponsored Events Calendar

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

Are You Mad About SLC? Join Us for the March Challenge!  

March is a month when people are madly in love with a lot of things… college basketball, cherry blossoms, St. Patrick's Day and new beginnings. But you know what The Fund for Sarah Lawrence, Alumni Relations and the entire Advancement team are madly in love with, beloved SLCers? We're madly in love with Sarah Lawrence—with its story, unique education, and all the beautiful, creative people that spend time learning and growing here.

Here's something new to love: we just learned that if we attract 750 new donations this month, two members of our Board of Trustees will jointly contribute $100,000 to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence.

So, over the next 30 days, we are going to stir up your nostalgia by sharing on the Fund's Facebook page one reason each day for our love of this remarkable College. We want to help you continue your own love affair with SLC and even make you fall in love all over again. Show us your love, and share that love with the world.

Make your gift today!

Stephanie Cooper

The New York Times, Inside Higher Ed highlight SLC's efforts to develop students' critical abilities


In a February 27 letter to the editor of The New York Times, President Karen Lawrence highlights how SLC's newly created method of assessment works to ensure that students possess the critical abilities necessary for success upon graduation and beyond. In a February 12 article titled, "Rejecting the Standardized Test," Inside Higher Education took an in depth look at this unique evaluation system, noting that instead of administering a standard test to freshmen and seniors, SLC's system requires a new analysis of each student after each course by every faculty member.


Please Join Dr. Cameron Afzal on our Summer Program in Greece


Sarah Lawrence would like to invite alumni to join Dr. Cameron Afzal on our summer program in Greece and Turkey. Application deadline extended until March 15, 2014.

The Geography of Faith: Paul and the Emergence of Christianity in the Aegean- Professor Cameron Afzal will introduce students to the Greco-Roman world and the impact of the Apostle Paul’s work in major urban centers of the Eastern Mediterranean from May 26 through June 28, 2014.

Further information on the program and curriculum can be found at Please contact Prema Samuel, Assistant Dean for International and Exchange Programs, for more details. She may be reached at

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Alice Kaplan presents "A Camus Syndrome"


The annual Adda Bozeman Lecture will be presented by Alice Kaplan. Kaplan will concentrate on the ways Camus has been understood by intellectuals, by institutions, and by critics -- and hopes to track the uneven way his star has risen and fallen over the years. Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French, chairs the Department of French at Yale University. She is a specialist of 20th century French literature whose work addresses the intersection of literature, history and politics. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The event takes place on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, in the Donnelley Film Theatre.


Submit Theatre Proposals for Sarah After Hours


SLC Alums! You are invited to submit proposals of short theatrical pieces (1 to 10 minutes max) to be presented as part of the evening's events at The 3rd Annual Sarah After Hours. This event is a celebration for Alumnae/i of the Sarah Lawrence Theater program. The event will be May 18th at Dixon Place in New York City will feature performances by the graduating MFA class of 2014 and theater undergraduate and graduate alumnae/i.

Email one-page proposals to Amy Surratt at by March 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

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SLC Summer Programs for High School Students


The summer programs at Sarah Lawrence College now include both credit and non-credit enrichment courses for high school students, college students, and adults. These courses are designed like our regular academic year classes, with the unique Sarah Lawrence pedagogy. Summer students participate in our renowned seminar and conference system and are taught by Sarah Lawrence faculty. Through our programs, high school and adult students gain confidence and experience in academics and the arts, both in and out of the classroom, develop a variety of skills, and learn from exceptional instructors and motivated peers.

Please visit our website at or contact us at anytime at 914-395-2205 or to learn more or with questions. We hope to see you this summer!

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Why Do We Watch Movies? A talk by Cornell Professor James E. Cutting


One can argue that movies grip popular culture more firmly than anything else. Why? Professor Cutting will stress and provide empirical evidence for the following: movies are an excellent medium in which to tell stories; they are typically well-fit in their structure to the human mind; they allow us unparalleled experience in reading the mental states of others; and they allow for parallel (auditory and visual) narrative threads that can enrich storytelling. James E. Cutting is Susan Linn Sage Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and his work on movies has begun to appear in scholarly journals over the last five years.

This lecture takes place on Thursday, March 13th, in the Library Pillow/Meeting Room 201 at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Call for Alumni Admission Volunteers!


Join the STAR Alumni Admissions program! Members of STAR can get involved in various ways, from interviewing prospective students to hosting events to attending college fairs. We currently need volunteers in the cities listed below. If you have any interest in becoming a STAR Alumni Admission Volunteer in these cities or any other location, we want to hear from you. Please complete the online form here or contact Michelle Johnson, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, at

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Miami, FL
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • San Francisco, CA and surrounding areas
  • Los Angeles, CA (the Valley and Pasadena specifically)
  • San Diego, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Rochester, NY

Men's Basketball Ends Season in Record Fashion


The Gryphons concluded the 2013-14 season in record fashion, as Sarah Lawrence College men's basketball dismissed Cooper Union, 86-62, in a non-conference game at Noyes Court at Campbell Sports Center on February 28. With the win, SLC ended its winningest season by setting a new record. With 86 points, SLC set a record for most points in a game, edging the team's previous best from an 84-76 win over nationally-ranked Berkeley College (N.Y.) earlier this season.

In other news, men's swimmer Cameron Martinez '16 was awarded the Mark Randall Award as Swimmer of the Meet after the 2014 Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships.

See SLC Gryphons Web Site

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"" Mother in Law ""


No one is like your own mother—certainly not your second one by marriage. Out of all the almae matres in your life, isn't Sarah Lawrence the one, the original alma mater (nourishing mother) you want most to support with a planned gift?

Contact Dorea Ferris, Director of Gift Planning, at (914)395-2543 or with any questions you might have.


MFA Writing Program Update


We can't keep up with all the recent alumni publications! Check out what current students, faculty, and alumni are doing on the MFA Writing Program 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.  

Jessica Hendry Nelson MFA 2010 recently published the book, If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint). Her work has been published in The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Fringe, and PANK, among others. If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a collection of autobiographical essays about family relationships, addiction, and the chaos they bring. Reviewers have praised Nelson's debut memoir as hypnotic and wryly funny.

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Rachel Urquhart MFA 1999 announced the publication of her first novel, The Visionist. The Visionist is about faith, friendship, abandonment, deceit and the nature of good and evil. But most of all, it is about finding redemption. The New York Times called the book "transfixing".

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Ansel Elkins '05 won the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition for her manuscript "Blue Yodel," which will be published in April 2015.


John Pilson '91 announced that a show he curated opened recently at the Yale School of Art's 32 Edgewood Gallery in New Haven. A faculty member in the Yale School of Art's MFA Photography program since 2001, John continues to create his own work while teaching. This show contains painting, sculpture, photography, video, and sound art loosely inspired by the long and varied career of the American artist Jasper Johns


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