We are delighted to welcome all new parents and the parents of the Class of 2017 to Sarah Lawrence and to welcome back our seasoned friends. While our students and faculty are the heart of our institution our parents and our alumni are the soul. Parents are an integral part of the richness of this wonderfully supportive and diverse community. We hope you will engage and participate and be an active part of the parent community throughout your student’s years at SLC.
Gearing up for the September 9 start of classes, Parent Programs had a very productive summer. Working with our colleagues in the Admissions Office we held several summer send-offs for new students and their parents - hosted by current parents or parents of alumni. These receptions have been a great way for us to connect with new members of the Sarah Lawrence family. These receptions provide an opportunity for students and parents to re-meet Admissions representatives, to meet Parent Programs staff and to chat with the Dean or other members of the Office of Student Affairs. The most gratifying part of these send-offs is watching new students meeting other new students from their region and having current students or young alumni present to answer their questions. New parents creating bonds with other new parents and of course the reception host(s) is another highlight.
A first for Sarah Lawrence was new parent Katherine Michiels P’17 offering to host the San Francisco send-off. This is just one of the ways new parents can become involved. In Los Angeles, Janna and Jim Harris, parents of Emma '14 again hosted the largest of our receptions with over 70 people at their home. The Office of Parent Programs is also grateful to Lucy and Jeffrey Colman, parents of Stuart ’09 and new student Emma ‘16; Deborah Cooper and Daniel Sternberg, parents of alumna Julia ’12; and Jamie and Cynthia Sanchez, parents of Chelsea ‘14, for again hosting extraordinary receptions in their homes in Chicago, NYC and DC respectively, to Dr. Kathryn and Robert Smerling, parents of Matthew ’14, for hosting a second New York City reception at the Cornell Club; and a great big thank you to Peter & Christin Manning who hosted for the first time at their home in Boston. We are hoping all last year’s hosts will be marking their calendars for next summer, and invite others to think about hosting as well.
The energy and excitement at these receptions is just one way we build the parent community. Parent friendships, begun at the summer send-offs, continue to grow during Opening Day and Family Weekend. As members of the Parent Programs Office it was exciting to observe parents, under the Parent Resource tent, who attended receptions seeking out other parents they had met previously. We invite all of you to attend Family Weekend on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, not only to visit with your student, but to meet the other wonderful parents in our Sarah Lawrence community.
If you would like to become more involved in this dynamic community, there are a number of ways you can participate, including:
- Contributing to the Parents Fund. Gifts to the Fund immediately enrich the experience of your student and his or her classmates, by supporting all academic and extra-curricular programs
- Hosting a welcome reception in your home
- Being a Parent Ambassador at an admitted student event
- Work with the Office of Career Services to be a mentor or to offer student internships
- Making supportive phone calls to parents of new students to help ease the last-minute jitters
- Making fund raising phone calls to other parents on behalf of the Parents Fund
- Becoming a member of the Parents Advisory Council (PAC), which aims to strengthen the student experience and to financially strengthen the College
This is just a sampling of ways you can get involved. If you have other creative ideas, Parent Programs is eager to hear them and help you channel your particular passions into a meaningful experience for your student and the entire student and parent body. For more information, please contact Jody Abzug, Director of Parent Programs, at (914) 395-2523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.