Parents Newsletter: Spring 2014 Issue
Sarah Lawrence's 86th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23. The ceremony takes place under a tent (rain or shine) on Westlands South Lawn at 10 a.m., and a live stream will be available for those not in attendance. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, editor-at-large of TIME magazine, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author, will deliver the Commencement address.
Visit the Commencement page for general information about the big day!
The Fund for Sarah Lawrence and the Office of Parent Programs are joining forces to share our own Sarah Lawrence College version of March Madness. From March 1-31 we will be sharing with you—and hope you will share with us—at least 31 reasons why we are Mad about SLC! There are so many reasons to love this incredible institution and we will be sharing them on our Facebook page. Because we know how much our parents care about the College, we accepted a challenge from our Board of Trustees. If we receive 750 contributions from March 1-31 they will donate $100,000. Participation matters! Please donate this month and show your love for Sarah Lawrence. Then post something on Facebook—your page or ours!—to let your student and other SLC parents know you have done your part to reach the challenge. It’s March Madness, go crazy with your support!
SLCeeds, Sarah Lawrence College's Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, helps students connect their studies and interests to work and service in the world. A preliminary PitchFest event took place in November, and the winners from this competition embarked on an intensive "SLCeeds Track." In late February, they attended a weekend-long boot camp lead by Golden Seeds using interactive modules to teach the Sarah Lawrence College students about the many components of a business plan. These students will continue to receive exclusive business training in preparation for the FinalPitch event on April 17. Stay tuned!
Evaluations and Assessment: Ensuring Students are Equipped for Success
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.
The Phil Project
The Phil Project is an on campus student organization that promotes student philanthropy on campus. The mission is to encourage SLC students to learn the value of giving back. The Phil Committee—as the students in the organization are referred to—hosts learning activities and yearly fund raisers in collaboration with other campus clubs to raise awareness.
This year The Phil Project has resumed its tradition of hosting The Moving Picture Show, an annual film competition where students submit films that they have made embodying what they believe to be the "Sarah Lawrence spirit," as well as the "value of philanthropy." In addition, the committee hosted "Thank-a-donor Week," during which the entire student body came together to thank donors and patrons of SLC for their generosity and support.
The Phil Project also plans to hold a bake sale during Global Youth Service Days (April 11-13) and sell candy grams for National Teacher’s Day (May 6) from students to their teachers. The Committee will also use opportunities such as the Junior Class Great Gatsby Party to raise awareness about giving back.
Each year, The Phil Project partners with various organizations on campus in an effort to reach as many students as possible and to come up with new and innovative ways to raise awareness about why philanthropy is vital, not just for Sarah Lawrence, but also for society at large. As part of the SLC education, we believe in developing well-balanced individuals who become contributors to their societies.
Pre-professional Event for Seniors Brings Distinguished Alumni to Campus
On January 23 the College presented "Your Liberal Arts Connections: A Pre-Professional Conference," a day long informational and networking event for SLC graduating seniors. Featuring keynote remarks from Charlie Fink '81, former Senior Vice President of AOL, creative executive, and both new media and theatrical producer, the event also included an alumni panel discussion, a guest speaker on network building through social media and online profiles, small group informational sessions where students with specific career interests met with alumni in those fields, and a concluding networking reception. Read more about the event and view a slideshow»
Senior Gift Committee
What do you get when you bring together SLC Seniors who love their faculty, love their campus, and love their peers? The Senior Gift Committee! This year’s committee is aiming to reach 60% participation in gifts from the Senior Class. Their student fundraising goal is $2,014 and they are half-way there with $1,177 with two months until commencement. They are confident—and we are confident—they will reach their fundraising goal.
The goal of the committee is to raise awareness about The Fund for Sarah Lawrence and to stress the importance of giving back to the College. The 2014 Senior Class and committee has focused on expressing their love of faculty with their giving. Seniors understand that their donations today and in the future ensure the value of their Sarah Lawrence degree, make an SLC education available to the next generation of students and support faculty. All members of the SLC community including parents are invited to join Seniors in reaching their FSL goals. For more information about the committee and to read about the members visit The 2014 Senior Gift Committee page.
Welcome Kevin McKenna, Dean of Enrollment!
The newest member of senior administration is the dean of enrollment, Kevin McKenna. Having arrived in November, Kevin joins the admission team in the wake of the success of last year’s recruitment efforts. The College began the 2013-2014 year with the largest first-year class in SLC’s history, a total of 427, plus 37 transfer students.
Having worked in admissions and enrollment on both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Chicago, Kevin was director of international admissions for three years, and had served as associate director of the Office of College Admissions/Enrollment and Student Advancement and as executive director of graduate enrollment and initiatives. Announcing the appointment, Karen Lawrence noted Kevin’s knowledge of the diverse analytical tools necessary to plan, execute and assess the College’s enrollment strategy.
Summer at Sarah Lawrence is chock full of courses and workshops for high school students. From college courses for credit to residential and non-residential non-credit programs to the perennially popular Summer Writer's Workshop, there's something for everyone. Learn more about all the summer offerings for high school students»
Friends of Athletics
We’re proud to announce the creation of the SLC Friends of Athletics, a group for those who share a love of sports, competition, and achievement and who are committed to supporting the Gryphons! Reflecting John Dewey’s belief in the mind-body connection, SLC’s organized sports and physical education courses date back to the very beginnings of the College. Today, we have 15 intercollegiate teams with more than 180 student-athlete participants—and our numbers are growing! Our student-athletes are remarkable both on and off the playing field and are active members of the greater College community. Please consider joining our efforts to support them by becoming involved in the Friends of Athletics. Learn more»
Calendar of Events
A Folk Festival, a Poetry Festival, theatre performances, a slew of sporting events—there's a lot going on on campus this semester! Check out our Calendar of Events Open to the Public to keep up with what's happening.
Last day of classes
Residence halls close at 5 p.m. for First Years, Sophomores, and Juniors
New students arrive
October 20 and 21
October Study Days
Last day of classes
Residence halls close at 10 a.m.
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