• Alumni Day

    Alumni Day 2015

    Alumni Day 2016


    Every year, alumni from all schools and programs take over campus for a lively day of all things New School, including exhibitions, performances, talks, receptions, tours, and more. Stay tuned for upcoming program developments.

    Schedule of Events

    12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Parsons Festival

    Open to all
    Self-guided tour of students' works on display at the Parsons Festival, an annual series showcasing some of our most talented students

    • Undergraduate Student Show (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center)
    • Parsons Scholars and Student Alumni Show (University Center - Lobby, Social Justice Hub, and Event Café)

    12:00-9:00 P.M.
    Mannes Student Recitals

    Open to all
    Glass Box Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street

    • Ki-taek Song, Tenor 12:00 p.m.
    • Zach Gulaboff Davis and Julian Bennett Holmes, Composers 3:00 p.m.
    • Michael Stewart, Collaborative Piano 5:30 p.m.
    • Mark Nimar, Tenor 7:30 p.m.

    Jazz Student Spring Ensemble Recitals

    Open to all
    School of Jazz Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street

    • Christopher Fleck, Voice 2:00 p.m.
    • Sigmar Thor Matthiasson, Bass 4:00 p.m.

    12:30-2:30 P.M.
    New School for Social Research Luncheon with the Dean

    Open to alumni of The New School for Social Research
    This event is at capacity.
    Wolff Conference Room, D1103
    Albert and Vera List Academic Center
    6 East 16th Street

    1:00-2:30 P.M.
    Parsons Scholars Capstone Presentation

    Open to all
    Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    Arnhold Hall
    55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor 
    High School seniors in the Parsons Scholars Program present a new online resource they've created for youth from under-represented backgrounds to access information about pursuing an education and career in visual art and design fields.

    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    The Art of Awareness: Yoga for All Levels

    Open to all
    This event is at capacity. Waitlist will be available on-site.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (L205)
    Find your center and invigorate your day with a mind-opening yoga session. Open to all levels, including beginners.

    2:15-3:00 p.m.
    The Open Mind: A Workshop on Mindful Meditation

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 304
    Come with an open mind and experience meditation in a welcoming community with your peers. Learn to use mindfulness techniques to solve problems, manage stress, and increase focus. 

    2:00–3:15 p.m.
    Continuing the New School's Activist Legacy

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (UL 104)
    Hear former Lang and Schools of Public Engagement student activists, now alumni, discuss real issues of the day.

    • Carmen Boon, Media Studies ’01, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, NYC Commission on Human Rights 
    • John Gentile, The Arts ’11, Teacher and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant 
    • Cleopatra LaMothe, Liberal Arts '08, Teen Programs Manager, Step Up
    • André D. Singleton, The Arts ’11, co-creator of The Very Black Project
    • Moderated by Jeremy Varon, Associate Professor of History
    • Introduction by Stephanie Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College

    2:00–3:15 p.m.
    Elections Unplugged: The Way Forward 

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (UL 105)
    Hear New School faculty members and a campaign insider break down this year's election.   

    • Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
    • Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Dean of Milano and Professor of International Affairs 
    • Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy
    • Introduction by: Michelle DePass, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    2:00–4:00 p.m.
    Tours of the new Performing Arts Space

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue; meet in lobby
    Get an insider’s tour of Arnhold Hall, opened in September 2015, which has transformed our campus and neighborhood with a unified space for Mannes, Jazz, and Drama.

    2:45–4:00 p.m.
    Parsons Scholars Exhibition Opening

    Open to all
    University Center, 5th floor
    The Parsons Scholars Program, a college access program for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, will showcase art and design work from several generations of Parsons Scholars alumni and current Scholars.

    3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Networking Lounge

    Open to all
    Event Café, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Rub elbows with alumni from different industries while enjoying live music and snacks. Take part in other activities taking place at the lounge: 

    • Profile Photos - Whether it's for LinkedIn, Behance, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, a professional photographer will be on site to capture you in the best light.
    • Continuing Education - Learn about the many enriching Continuing Education courses you can take using your 25 percent alumni discount.
    • Clubs with a mission - Join in conversations with members from New Black School and Sustainable Cities who are leading the charge for change on campus today.
    • Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab - Experience the work of this year's start-ups and learn about volunteering to mentor the next class of innovators.
    • Communication Design Networking Meetup - Communication Design alumni are invited to this networking lounge session, taking place in Room 204.
    • University Science Labs Tour - Get an inside look with Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Science Program. 

    3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Planned Giving Afternoon Tea

    Open to alumni interested in estate planning
    Learn more about the options available when planning your charitable future. Get the answers to your questions about estate planning, charitable vehicles, and tax deductions.

    4:15-5:30 p.m.
    New School Minute

    Open to all
    Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Celebrated New School faculty deliver rapid-fire 60-second lectures. Watch the 2016 presentations here.

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Alumni Day Closing Party

    Open to all
    Event Café, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Cap off your Alumni Day at this electric celebration, featuring The Lot Radio's Francois Vaxelaire, Media Studies '13 and DJ Sabine Blaizin, Liberal Arts '99, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

    Alumni Day Honorary Committee

    Olga Alexakos, Economics ’02
    Lara Backmender, Fashion Design '99
    Kalisha Buckhanon, Creative Writing '03
    Mark Cajigao, Acting '08
    Edward Cardimona, Product Design ’83
    Angelina Gadeliya, Performance '05
    Alston Green, Illustration ’72
    John Hurley, Directing '10
    Danielle Neftin, Literary Studies ’13
    Alex Vadukul, Literary Studies '11

    Watch last year's New School Minute lectures, read about the day's highlights, and view the photo album on Facebook and Flickr.

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