SLC Students Win National Awards

Sarah Lawrence College students have distinguished themselves this spring with several prestigious awards and honors in a variety of fields:

Graduating senior Nathan John has won a Watson Fellowship that will enable him to spend a year traveling to nine global cities around the world and experience them on bicycle. John will ride the streets of Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Cairo, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo seeking to “discover the effects of geography, political system and economy on the course of urban development.” Documenting what he experiences through digital video recording (by affixing a camera to his helmet or handlebars), taking color portraits of individuals he encounters, as well as landscape photographs that related them to their environs, and writing a journal that will be “a repository for anecdotes both laughable and terrifying,” John hopes to offer “a picture of the urban infrastructure and growth patterns” of the places he visits and how they affect those living there, as well as a picture of “broader trends in these areas and how these trends reflect the imperatives of various nations.” John will “draw on the tricks of two years working as a bicycle messenger (in New York, Austin, San Francisco and Dublin) to navigate the hazards of foreign streets” and will employ the experience of five years of photography instruction to document his experiences.

Emma Mulaney ’07 and Laura Lawler ’08 have been named Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholars based on their commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Mulaney’s work currently revolves around grassroots activism on behalf of exploited and disenfranchised communities. She is interested in pursing a career in environmental law with the goal of bringing about change in environmental policy. Lawler, who has been doing research on organic and conventional agriculture in the U.S. and Mexico will be documenting practices in Tanzania next year. Her future plans currently include environmental journalism, NGO work or possibly environmental law.

Becky Lipsitz ‘07 has won the Ellen Taaffe Zwillich Prize for women composers under the age of 21, awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music as part of their 25th annual “Search for New Music” awards for her composition “Many Waters.” She is currently working on a large-scale, extended work for wind ensemble.

First year theatre graduate student Lauren Wilson is a winner in the 30th Annual Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival. “Wedding Duet” has also recently been published in the upcoming anthology “Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays".

Neil Knox, a first year theatre graduate student, was co-winner of the John Cauble Award for Best Short Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his play “Lions.”