Sarah Lawrence Breaks Ground on The Barbara Walters Campus Center

January 22, 2018

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for The Barbara Walters Campus Center on Thursday, January 18. Named in honor of esteemed alumna Barbara Walters, who donated the lead gift of $15 million for the construction of the donor-funded building, the environmentally-friendly, 34,800-square-foot center will serve as a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff with lounges, dining, and event facilities—a magnet for intellectual, cultural, and social life. The enhanced event space will also enable the College to offer more opportunities to welcome members of the local community to campus. The Center is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

At the ceremony marking the start of construction, President Cristle Collins Judd said that the new Center will be a dedicated nexus for social, curricular, and co-curricular engagement. “The crossroads of Kimball Avenue and Glen Washington Road will now act as our ‘front door,’ presenting a welcoming face to the world and…the possibility of a deeper sense of engagement within the College and for our College with our surrounding community. This Center will create a civic space and a cultural anchor at a time when we, as a society, face a pressing need for opportunities to foster open conversation, to foster listening, to create and forge bonds of community.”

Judd publicly thanked alumna Barbara Walters, who could not join the groundbreaking festivities, for her gift that allowed the Center to become the central plank of The Campaign for Sarah Lawrence. She relayed a message from Walters: “…this is a very exciting time not just for the College but for the community. We can look ahead to a place of study, contemplation, and socializing that will be a focus that the College has not had before…”

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