Weaving together child psychology, neuroscience, and theatre, Jaela Cheeks-Lomax ’17 and psychology faculty member Lizzie Johnston collaborated to develop a mindfulness curriculum for 2nd to 6th graders enrolled in a local after-school program.
J.J. Abrams ’88 will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 89th Commencement, which will be streamed live on Friday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Abrams has been an innovative writer, director, and producer in film and television over his celebrated career, which began in his final year at Sarah Lawrence, when he collaborated with a friend to write a feature film treatment that was purchased by Disney Studios.
Jamal Joseph, Oscar-nominated writer and director, will address the graduates of the College’s nine master’s degree programs at the 2017 Graduate Commencement. The event, which will be streamed live, begins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18
Leadership gifts in support of the Barbara Walters Campus Center:*
A commitment of $2 million from Trustee Sarah Gray Gund ’65 and her husband Geoffrey Gund
A gift of $2 million from Josephine Merck ’69
A gift of $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Peter Lawrence, made in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation, in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Lauder Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from the David Geffen Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from Peter Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Trustee Rachel Williams Zebrowski ’73, in honor of her mother Pauline Bolton Williams ’44 and in gratitude to Karen R. Lawrence
*as of January 31, 2017
Ali Weinstein ’17 had already cultivated a unique approach to conference work by the time she began her “Biology of Living and Dying” course. In addition to completing a traditional research project for each course, she would also write a feature-length screenplay that enabled her to explore course material in a fresh context while building a portfolio to support her pursuit of a screenwriting career.
Together, in just 24 hours, 762 donors made gifts in excess of $337,000 for the College. This generosity enabled Sarah Lawrence to earn the full $125,000 we had in matching funds. Thank you to every community member who made a gift, talked up the day, or made a public declaration of why they are #all4SarahLawrence. You inspired us all!
Today, your gift goes further—for student scholarships, for faculty retention, for our unique education—than any other day of the year.
Your enthusiasm is critical to our success. We are asking everyone who feels our school is important to share why using the hashtag #all4SarahLawrence. Throught the day, we will be sharing testimonials from Sarah Lawrence community members on the Giving Day website.
(She) Accomplished photo retoucher
(He) Founder and director of strategy for Constructive, a brand strategy and digital design firm
“We’re privileged to have had this special educational experience, where everything is possible.”
We’re excited to announce the return of Sarah Lawrence Giving Day, our special 24-hour fundraising challenge, on 4/4. On this day, each dollar you give for student scholarships, for our esteemed faculty, for this beloved institution, will be doubled. Last year, 675 members of our community donated on Giving Day. Join alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff as we come together #all4SarahLawrence.
On Monday, February 27, alumni, faculty, family, and friends gathered in New York City to celebrate Ilja Wachs, a beloved member of the Sarah Lawrence faculty for more than 50 years. Ilja sends along the following message to all those who were part of this special night: