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Sarah Lawrence College Holds Virtual Commencement and Plans for the Future PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 27, 2020: Cristle Collins Judd, the 11th President of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, has presided over three commencement ceremonies since becoming Sarah Lawrence's President in 2017. Her third was on May 15, 2020, and was like no other. Like many schools, colleges, and universities, the undergraduate and graduate commencements at Sarah Lawrence College were virtual.

Putting together the virtual celebrations required creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, characteristics for which Sarah Lawrence is well known. They also had to put together all of the technology needed to make it all work.

President Judd wanted to make sure the ceremony provided "a sense of community" and was "authentic," and "personal." To accomplish this, Sarah Lawrence used a zoom room for students, faculty, and staff and a live stream for the 1,000 or so family members who watched the ceremony. In the zoom room, students from all over the world, including Australia, China, and Brazil, chatted with each other and faculty, threw up their caps and enjoyed a community feeling. There was also a social media hashtag where students posted photos.

Tonya Lewis Lee '88, lawyer, producer, author, entrepreneur, women's health advocate, and wife of Spike Lee, was the speaker for the undergraduate commencement.

Dr. Barbara Bowman '50, the remarkable 91-year old educator, advocate, researcher, co-founder of the Erikson Institute, and mother of Valerie Jarrett, was the speaker for the graduate commencement.

Two senior class co-presidents also spoke. While the ceremony was not in person, it was great. As President Judd said, "It felt like we got it right,"

Now, President Judd is looking toward the future. Sarah Lawrence College will be open for the coming year, whether virtually, in person, or a combination of the two. They have planning groups working on all the complex issues, including class size, residential living, international students, physical distancing, testing, contract tracing, and more. Judd and the planning groups are consulting with numerous experts, and Judd is in constant touch with her colleagues at other colleges and universities on all the issues.

Sarah Lawrence is actually offering students the opportunity to start classes as early as July 8. Students who might typically travel or have a job before the fall start are unable to do so due to COVID-19. Some might want to start their college education early, and "Sarah Lawrence can provide a bridge through uncertainty," said Judd. There will also be classes for pre-college students and adults over the summer. Additionally, the college is launching Sarah Lawrence Live, a dynamic, personal, individual way of teaching and learning online.

Finally, some of what has been thrust upon Sarah Lawrence during COVID-19 will carry into the future. For example, live streaming has enabled Sarah Lawrence to significantly broaden its presenters and audience for career panels and events. This will continue.

As the co-presidents of the senior class said in their speech, while COVID-19 has caused disruption, the Sarah Lawrence education provides the tools needed to help solve today's problems - - creativity, questioning, and independent thinking.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College



 
Photo Gallery of Memorial Day Memories PDF Print Email

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By Staff 

May 20, 2020: Below is a photo gallery of Memorial Day memories from past years.

These photos were taken by MyhometownBronxville photographers, Neely Bower and Allaire Warner.  Enjoy!

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Living History of Bronxville: Marcia Lee Interview of Marilynn Hill in 1997 PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 20, 2020:  From 1991 to 2006, 123 residents of Bronxville were interviewed by Marcia Lee, former Mayor of Bronxville and co-founder of MyhometownBronxville.com, for the cable TV program A Living History of Bronxville.

Each interview ran approximately 45 minutes on air and covered the person's service to the community, his or her professional accomplishments, and his or her family background. 

In the coming month, MyhometownBronxville is going to feature some of the episodes from this series.

This interview is of Marilynn Wood Hill, a historian, author, and community volunteer, primarily in the areas of history and education. 

She serves on the boards of the National Archives Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the advisory council of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. 

She was the first chair of the Bronxville Board of Ethics, chair of the Bronxville Adult School, and co-chair of the Bronxville Centennial Celebration in 1998.

A resident of Bronxville for over forty years, Dr. Hill is a co-founder and life co-chair of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy and the editor of The Bronxville Journal

Click here to watch this interview

Pictured: Marcia Lee interviewing Marilynn Hill


 


 
Community Generously Supports Bronxville Library Benefit PDF Print Email

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By Irena Choi Stern, board member, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

May 20, 2020: On March 11, three days before its scheduled benefit “LOOKING EAST: Women Reshaping Asian Literature,” the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library made the painful decision to cancel, given the growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. 

The very next day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced limits on public gatherings throughout the state. Despite the dire circumstances and ominous outlook, community support for its library remained steadfast, and only one refund request was made.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enormous community support for the Library and its programming, which is only possible through the generosity of its patrons,” said Dina Grant, FOBPL president. “We were concerned that the cancellation of our main fundraiser would have a deleterious impact on our ability to underwrite Library programs and services but, thanks to this extraordinary community, we will be able to move forward as before.”

The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library funds all the adult and children’s programming and continues to offer virtual programming during the quarantine. It underwrites a popular museum pass program to New York City institutions and expands the availability of e-books. 

A special task force is examining ways to enhance the Teen Room and make it more appealing and useful to young adults.

The impressive art collection that graces the library’s walls is also supported by the FOBPL, primarily through a restoration fund. 

In recent years, the FOBPL has funded the purchase of the new Children’s Room circulation desk, and a new projector and flat-screen television for the Yeager Room. 

Soon, an additional park bench for library visitors will grace the rolling green lawn outside the library and, in recognition of the community’s generosity, the plaque mounted on it will read: Made Possible by Community Support for the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.

Photo courtesy Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
 
Enjoy a Virtual Night Out With The Hoch Chamber Music Series Concert on April 25th PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Associate Director of Communications, Concordia College   

Apr. 22, 2020: Concordia Conservatory will, for the first time, broadcast a Hoch Chamber Music Series concert. The broadcast will take place on Saturday, April 25, at 7 pm via the Concordia Conservatory YouTube channel, Optimum channels 19, 74 and 75, and Fios channels 34, 40, and 47.

Concordia College and the Conservatory hope that the joy of music – so evident in every concert of the beloved Hoch Series – brings comfort in a trying time.

The Conservatory is suggesting that if possible, music lovers make a night of it by enjoying a pre-concert Zoom cocktail party with friends and family, and take-out dinner delivery to support their favorite local restaurants.

The broadcast features Grammy Award-winning violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet and bassist John Patitucci at Concordia College's Sommer Center, with Broadway's Golden Couple soprano Marin Mazzie and tenor Jason Danieley, violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and Jee Sun Lee, cellist Julia Lichten, the Chamber String Orchestra, and the John Patitucci Trio. This cherished 2012 concert featuring songs of the heart took place before Mazzie's tragic death from cancer in 2018.

The first half of the concert includes Bach's The Art of the Fugue, No. 15, Mozart's String Duo, KV, 423, Dohnanyi's Serenade—Vivace, and Dvorak's Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77—Scherzo & Trio. The second half features Broadway and concert stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley singing a timeless array of songs, including My Foolish Heart, Be Careful, It's My Heart, and My Heart Stood Still with the Chamber String Orchestra featuring Lawrence Dutton and the John Patitucci Trio.

Jim Hoch has generously committed to supporting Concordia during this global pandemic. Details will be announced at the top of the broadcast on April 25.

For information about Concordia Conservatory, click here or call 914-671-9620.

Concordia Conservatory's mission is to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music by offering excellence in education and performance.

Pictured: Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley 

Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
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