Best-selling Author Returning to Campus


Onondaga Community College Alumna Laurie Halse Anderson, ’81 speaks at the American Association of Community Colleges conference where she received the Outstanding Alumni Award. The best-selling author will be returning to campus April 25.

New York Times best-selling author and Onondaga Community College alumna Laurie Halse Anderson, ’81 will headline the OCC Foundation’s Celebration of Success. The annual event is a showcase for the achievements of OCC students and an opportunity to recognize OCC Foundation donors and community partners who inspire their success. The Celebration of Success will be held Thursday, April 25 in the SRC Arena and Events Center. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and event program to commence at 6 p.m.

Laurie Halse Anderson graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1979 and earned a degree in Humanities from OCC two years later. She is one of OCC’s distinguished Alumni Faces honorees and a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. Her writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Her latest book, Shout, was released recently. Shout is described as follows on her website:

         “…she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice – and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.”

The Celebration of Success will be emceed by Matt Hauswirth, ’08, a Sportscaster for the television stations of CNY Central. The Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors will be recognized as the 2019 Impact Award honoree for its support of the OCC Foundation and the Believe in Better fundraising campaign.

Tickets to the Celebration of Success are $50 each and can be purchased through the college’s website. The cost for OCC employees is $25. Students are free but must register to attend in advance. More information on the event is available by contacting the OCC Foundation at (315) 498-6060 or

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