Parents Newsletter: Fall 2013 Issue
After Super Storm Sandy canceled Family Weekend in 2012 it was a delight to merely have to bundle up to enjoy Family Weekend 2013. More than 400 people braved the cool to enjoy a day warm with hospitality and filled with activity. Saturday began with a bird walking tour and early risers were rewarded with many sightings and several songs. A nice contingent joined us for the Welcome, Keynote Address, and Q & A Session with President Lawrence, Dean Green, Dean Crandall, and Associate Dean Singh. President Lawrence spoke with great pride about the many accomplishments of our students and some of the exciting programs scheduled for this year. Janet Turnbull Irving, Chair of the Parents Advisory Council, delivered a wonderful address, which you can read here.
Following the morning session lunch was served under the tent. All of our appetites were whet for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with delicious turkey and pumpkin ravioli. Feeding our souls while dining were performances by three of Sarah Lawrence’s acapella groups. Following lunch. families enjoyed panel presentations and faculty seminars. The latter highlighted a handful of incredible SLC faculty, as did the reception with President Lawrence and faculty dons, which closed the day’s formal activities.
On behalf of Parent Programs, we thank all of the families for attending this very special weekend and we hope that many of you will return next year and those unable to join us will do so in 2014. We also encourage you to come visit whenever your schedules allow. The Sarah Lawrence campus, which is home to your student, is a place we hope you will feel welcomed to come. Once here, please don’t forget to look us up!
Family Weekend Photo Gallery
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Fast Facts: The Class of 2017
Right now, we have the largest undergraduate student body on campus in the College's history: 427 first-years, 37 transfers, and, with our continuing students, a total of 1,453 undergrads. On the graduate side, we have 311 students in our nine master's programs.
Here are some facts about our newest students, the Class of 2017:
- 38% percent self-identify as being from underrepresented populations, an all-time record for the College
- 28% percent are men
- 20% are from California
- 19% are from New York
- International students make up 21% of our first-year class, joining us from countries such as China, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Malaysia (just to name a few!)
In May, Sarah Lawrence College entered into an alliance with the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute, the umbrella organization for the Beczak Environmental Education Center, establishing the Center for the Urban River at Beczak. The collaboration enables the College to create a research field station on the Hudson River, facilitate faculty and student research, and enhance environmental education programming about the river for the College’s teacher education programs and area school and community groups. In August, President Karen Lawrence announced the appointment of Ryan Palmer as director.
Faculty and Students in Print
This month, Arcade Publishing released the mystery novel Naked Came the Post-Postmodernist. The authors? Sarah Lawrence College Writing Class WRIT-3303-R and Melvin Jules Bukiet. In Bukiet's yearlong fiction workshop, he and his 12 students collaborated to write the novel, with each student contributing a chapter. Read more about the book in a New York Times article from earlier this year, and check it out on Amazon.com.
In other faculty-student publishing news, in June Physics faculty member Scott Calvin released the eBook What Do We Care What Other People Think? The book is a collection of true (or true-ish) stories written by first-year students at SLC. Check the eBook out on Amazon.com.
The Importance of Internships
The Office of Career Services is seeking parents and families to share internship opportunities. An internship is a well supervised, on-site, pre-professional work experience closely related to a career, academic, or personal interest. In addition to enabling students to explore possible career paths, internships also allow students to acquire new skills, define career goals, and network for future job opportunities.
Internships are an important aspect of your student’s career, professional, and personal development. Completing an internship in college is becoming the norm and is often an essential part of landing a first job. Having an internship listed on a resume is often a requirement for entry level positions.
If you have an opportunity to share, please e-mail Career Services your job description(s) for posting on SLC's internal internship database, CareerLink. If you are interested in having Career Services staff members speak with your Human Resources Department regarding recruitment opportunities, or to share any other suggestions, please e-mail the office.
Calendar of Events
Dance concerts, theatre performances, and a slow 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.
November 27-December 1
Last day of classes before Winter Break
Residence Halls close at 10 a.m. on 12/21
January 19, 2014
Students return from Winter Break
Last day of classes
Residence Halls close for first-years, sophomores, and juniors at 5 p.m. on 5/18
Residence Halls close for seniors at 8 p.m.
Moving and need to change your address? New e-mail address? Please keep your contact information current with us so we can continue to communicate with you during your student's time at SLC.