January 2018 Notes from One Mead Way
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Barbara Walters Campus Center to break ground January 18th

The Barbara Walters Campus Center will break ground on Thursday, January 18, 2018. A ceremony and reception for the Sarah Lawrence community will mark the official start to the construction phase of the project. For more information, please visit the campus event calendar.

Spring 2018 Faculty on the Road schedule announced

The Edith Ingalls Vignos '45 Faculty on the Road Program brings together alumni and faculty to recreate a Sarah Lawrence seminar. The Spring 2018 Faculty on the Road season has been announced and will join the conversation on the inaugural theme of Democracy and Education. Seminars are planned in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, DC. Topics range from German history to journalism and African American cinema. Check out the complete listing of seminars and register online to join us. If you are interested in hosting a seminar, e-mail us.

147 days until Reunion 2018: Are you planning to attend?

Reunion registration will open in March, but you can get a sneak peek at the schedule of events hereLet us know if you plan to attend by completing this form. We will post the names of alumni who indicate they plan to attend on the Reunion website.

Nominations for the Citation Awards are still being sought for all alumni celebrating a milestone Reunion in 2018 (undergraduate class years ending in 3 and 8). Please complete the nomination form no later than January 15, 2018.

Join us for West Coast presidential welcome receptions and upcoming regional events

Alumni, parents, and friends will welcome the 11th president of the College, Cristle Collins Judd, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In New York, alumni will gather for Writers' Night, and in Boston, alumni, parents, and friends will join a discussion between religion faculty member Cameron Afzal and calligrapher Margaret Shepherd ’69. View the list of upcoming regional welcome receptions and other regional events online.

Volunteer to help seniors hone their networking skills

On Friday, March 2, mingle with seniors on campus at a reception that will give them the opportunity to practice their networking skills. By sharing your expertise and advice, you will help seniors improve crucial networking skills as they look ahead to graduating and joining the workforce. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and light appetizers will be served. To volunteer, please email Rosalind Ferstenberg by February 16 at

Sarah Lawrence College mourns the passing of Dean of Studies Emerita Marilyn Ogus Katz ’54

The College was sad to share the news of the passing of Marilyn Ogus Katz '54 on December 14. Marilyn was deeply beloved by students and colleagues and left an indelible mark on the College.

Spotlight on alumni

Vrinda Manglik '08 works in the Climate & Energy program of the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco. She has been in the environmental field since graduating, including earning a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Read Vrinda's full feature.

News and announcements from alumni

  • Leslie Rott MA ’15 was a contributor to Real Life Diaries: Living with Rheumatic Diseases, which was published in October 2017.
  • My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet ’09 is a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Poetry.
  • Newly-elected Nassau County executive Laura Curran ’89 was featured in The New York Times.
  • Mirabelle Marden ’00 was featured in a Vogue piece written by Carmen Rosy Hall ’16 and edited by Ella Riley-Adams ’14. Marden has opened a holiday market in Chinatown and is collaborating with Jaclyn Hodes ’01 of Awaveawake along with curating gift items from local artists.
  • Erica Cardwell MFA ’16 wrote an essay on racial trauma and self-esteem for The Believer, “Kara Walker and the Black Imagination.”
  • Michael LeVasseur ’04 published a study in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, entitled “The Effect of PrEP on HIV Incidence Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Context of Condom Use, Treatment as Prevention, and Seroadaptive Practices.”
  • Happenstance Theater, which includes Karen Hansen MFA ’88 and Sarah Olmsted Thomas ’08, presents BrouHaHa, “a comedic, existential escapade,” running January 4-21 at the Theatre for the New City on the Lower East Side (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets).
  • Trevor Wallace ’13 was recently selected as the 'New Explorer of the Year' for his work in Siberia discovering the oldest Scythian tomb, captured in the feature documentary Frozen Corpses Golden Treasures.
  • Mikhaelle Schiappacasse ’01 has been elected as partner of global law firm Dechert LLP.
  • Ouida Maedel '06 was featured as one of "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" in the December 2017 issue of American Theatre Magazine

See all the latest alumni announcements online and click here to share your news with the alumni community.

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Web Highlights

Audio fiction Sarah Awards partner with Audible, Inc.; contest winner gets development deal

President Cristle Collins Judd joins Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

How Tiffany LaTrice Williams MA ’13 combined “her passion for art, academic studies, and all things women
empowerment” to create TILA Studios; via Atlanta Daily World

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman ’96 discusses covering Donald Trump and ethics in journalism with Preet Bharara on NPR

Barren Island by Sarah Lawrence Writing Center director Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97 wins Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction in the National Jewish Book Awards

Campaign Highlights

Jenny Eskin ’86 pledges multi-year gift to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence

Alumni celebrate the holidays

Our 2017 holiday season was the most festive yet! Along with over 200 guests in New York, alumni gathered at holiday parties in 11 cities across the country, including Portland, New Orleans, and Minneapolis! Check out photos on Flickr.

Volunteer to mentor

When you log into the alumni website, you can keep your contact information up to date and volunteer to give career advice to alumni and/or students in your industry.

Spend the summer on campus

Registration is open now for summer programs for adults and high school students. Alumni who register by February 15, 2018 will receive a 10% discount on the cost of tuition for adult programs or for pre-college programs for their children or grandchildren. Visit the Summer Programs website for more information. Contact Summer Programs at (914) 395-2205 to request the discount before registering.

Advance Care Planning certificate program launched

Graduate and Professional Studies is proud to announce Advance Care Planning for Primary Care Practitioners, its first online, fully self-paced certificate program. Advance Care Planning for Primary Care Practitioners is a 4-hour certificate program (CMEs/CEs) offered in joint providership with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Completion of the program equips healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills to successfully address their patients’ Advance Care Planning needs and leads to a certificate of completion. Alumni who register for the entire certificate will get a 25% discount. Visit for more information.

As our inaugural year unfolds with a series of events exploring the theme Democracy and Education, we invite you to share your thoughts on this timely and important topic. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts with us on social media using #SLCDemocracyEducation
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