President Karen Lawrence Joins Twitter

Our very own President of Sarah Lawrence College is making her foray into social media. If being her neighbor, optioning to take her James Joyce lecture, and dining at her kitchen table as a first year still didn’t get you as close to Karen as you wanted, now you can follow her on Twitter. @PresKarenSLC will be keeping you informed, 140 characters at a time. (Sorry, @KLaw was taken. I checked.)

Roughly five years old, Twitter has proven to be a groundbreaking service in terms of how we produce and distribute information on a global scale, but still, some are hesitant to join its platform. A local Boston news site recently published an article explaining Why More College Presidents Need to Be on Twitter. The president of our country (or at least his intern) is keen on the little blue bird, so what excuse can the presidents of our nation’s colleges offer for not preening their digital feathers?

Heads buried in classic books, taking the words of brilliant dead men as their gospel, many who immerse themselves in the world of academia seem to express some aloofness towards the virtual realm. But technology is inevitably transforming every field and being in the social media game will give any community leader a more impressive platform on which to personalize communication and market ideas.

I’m proud to say that Karen Lawrence is embracing the opportunity, hopefully preparing to fill our News Feeds with some quality cheers of Gryphon pride, enigmatic Ulysses quotes, and even multimedia from her adventures abroad. (Next stop — Instagram?)

Showing her desire to keep in touch with the student culture, Karen will be following accounts that provide her with SLC updates, Bronxville and Westchester happenings, and up-to-date content in journalism, literature, and education.

Sarah Lawrence is a high profile college because of its location, price, anti-conventional system, and luminously successful list of alumni. Now it’s time for us to take our intellectual dynamism and stake out a more impressive presence on the digital turf.

Follow Karen!

 

Image courtesy of Twitter.

Amanda is a native New Yorker and peanut butter enthusiast. She is currently an Editorial Assistant at The Faster Times and Assistant Editor at The New York Egotist. She has written for Lilith Magazine and Moment Magazine about all things Jewish and questionably Jewish. Email: amanda@thefastertimes.com. Twitter: @amandawalgrove

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