Contact Us    Find People    Site Index
page header
 future students linkscurrent students linksfaculty and staff linksalumni linksparents linksvisitors links

January 9, 2006
News Digest:
Highlights of Summer/Fall 2005 from our weekly news and features service.

The University's Sesquicentennial Celebration is at its half-way mark. Be sure to check the dedicated Web site regularly for updates on events, feature stories, Fun Facts, "Then and Now" images and much more.

Click on an image for a larger version

Gifts and Giving
Highlights of stories about major gifts made to the University in support of academic programs.Last year, 2004-2004, St. Lawrence alumni, parents, friends, foundations and organizations donated $16.9 million to the University.

Three trustees residing in California, and their respective spouses, made gifts to the University that total over $6.25 million, all for the next comprehensive campaign. For more

Trustee Allan P. Newell, Hammond, pledged $1.2 million to the University's next comprehensive fund-raising campaign. For more

The Kresge Foundation approved a $1 million challenge grant to St. Lawrence, for construction of its new 115,000-square-foot Sarah Johnson Redlich '82 Hall of Science. The project, designed with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and with state-of-the-art environmental sustainability attributes, is the largest project in St. Lawrence history. It will open fall 2007. For more

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded two grants to St. Lawrence faculty .

To Associate Professor of Biology Joseph S. Erlichman, a $315,000 grant to conduct research, assisted by undergraduate students, to study glial cells in the brain. The grant has been made through the NSF's program for research at undergraduate institutions. For more

To Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Michael E. Schuckers, a $51,670 grant to purchase new computing equipment that will assist in an ongoing collaborative research project in biometrics. To date, Schuckers and collaborators at several colleges have received over $3.5 million in funding from the NSF. For more

The George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts, awarded a grant of $150,000 to St. Lawrence, to be used toward construction of its new 115,000-square-foot Sarah Johnson Redlich '82 Hall of Science. The building, scheduled to be completed for use in the fall of 2007, is the largest construction project in the history of St. Lawrence.For more

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awarded two grants to St. Lawrence this past fall. The Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant to the University assists in funding a new position in athletics. St. Lawrence received one of eight grants awarded under the program.For more And the Division III Initiative Grant of $10,000 for diversity programming will assist with funding workshops on diversity issues for first- and second-year student-athletes.For more

Campus News
Highlights of news and feature stories about campus programs and University faculty, staff and students.

St. Lawrence University faculty and staff received awards for outstanding service at Convocation, held on campus August 25, marking the start of the academic year.
For more

St. Lawrence students are getting a taste of the North Country on campus – literally. More and more local products have been added to the offerings in campus dining facilities and plans are under way to expand the program further. Last year, over $38,000 of the University's total food budget was spent purchasing local products.For more

The phrase "check out that bike" has a whole new meaning on campus. Beginning this fall, anyone with an I.D. that allows them to check books out of the University's libraries can also check out a bicycle.For more

The Class of 2004 reports a 94% placement rate within one year of graduation, and for the fourth straight year, education is the top career field choice for St. Lawrence graduates.
For more

Recent reports indicate that the number of students from other countries enrolled in United States colleges continues a post-9/11 decline, but St. Lawrence is enrolling its highest number of foreign students ever, thanks in part to its participation in a program that encourages international educational experiences. For more

Beginning in 2006, St. Lawrence will offer a summer version of its very successful program of study in Kenya, which began in 1974. For more

Sixteen students were awarded travel enrichment and independent travel research grants for the 2005-06 Winter Break and Spring Semester through the Center for International and Intercultural Studies.
For more

The annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, held in October, included St. Lawrence faculty, students and alumni presenting research. For more

With spectacular fall weather to assist, the St. Lawrence Outing Club once again placed people on all 46 "high peaks" of the Adirondack Mountains during Peak Weekend, September 30-October 2. In a twist, the club also managed to place people on 43 of the 46 peaks at exactly 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, in celebration of the University's Sesquicentennial. For more

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Dan Gagliardi has teamed up with Bill Vitek, professor of philosophy at Clarkson University, to release an album of jazz standards and originals, titled A Fine Line. Gagliardi plays bass; Vitek, piano.
For more

Director of Arts Technology Christopher Watts and Kelly J. Garcia '07, of Abilene, Texas, gave a presentation at the sixth annual Music Technology Workshop and New Music Festival, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the South and held at Birmingham-Southern College in July. For more

Somdeep Sen '07, of Calcutta, India, has been selected as a research associate by the Saratoga Foundation for Women Worldwide, to conduct research on women's lives in India. Sen, a government major, is studying in Finland during the 2005-2006 academic year, though the International Student Exchange Program, in which St. Lawrence participates. For more

St. Lawrence In the News
St. Lawrence has received the most regional and national attention ever in the past several months, as the University's reputation grows stronger and stronger. A few highlights:

Professor of Canadian Studies Robert Thacker and his book, Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, were the subjects of a major feature story in the December 17 issue of the Ottawa Citizen. The same story ran in the National Post (Toronto edition) on December 21. A feature story on the book and Thacker ran in the Toronto Star on December 24.
Positive reviews of the book appeared in the Toronto Star (November 27); the London, Ontario, Free Press (November 26), the Toronto Globe & Mail (November 26) and the Guelph Mercury (December 10).

The January-February 2006 issue of Bicycling magazine includes a story on St. Lawrence's "Green Bikes" program. A commentary piece by Kira Krumhansl '06, on the program, ran in her hometown newspaper, The Cabinet in Milford, NH, on November 17.
Professor of Education Arthur Clark is quoted in a story in the December issue of Self magazine, on defense mechanisms and how people use them. Clark is also the coordinator of the University's counseling and human development program.
Professor of Chemistry Paul Connett was interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" on November 14, for a story on a ballot proposition in Bellingham, Washington, to stop the practice of fluoridating water.
St. Lawrence's Peak Weekend is Number 7 on the Sports Illustrated list of "102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate," a follow-up to a similar 2003 story.
Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue was featured on the cover and is the subject of a feature story in the October 28 issue of National Catholic Reporter; the story focuses on the ways O'Donoghue brings faith and science together.
The Chronicle of Higher Education had three St. Lawrence stories this fall:

The October 21 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education included a story about alumni events that include community service; events organized in Denver by Betsy Kolber '78 for St. Lawrence alumni were included in the story.
An excerpt from President Daniel Sullivan's speech welcoming new students was included in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education's October 7 issue.
Examples of artwork from the Richard F. Brush Gallery exhibition "Far North: Inuit Prints and Drawings from Cape Dorset," and an excerpt from an essay by Trustee Allan Newell, appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education's September 23 issue.

The July 11 issue of Sports Illustrated included a photo essay on "sports tribes" – groups of enthusiasts committed to a particular endeavor. Among the "tribes" profiled is the semi-pro football team the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers, of which Associate Professor of English Bob Cowser is a member; the issue also includes a short interview with Cowser.
More St. Lawrence and Laurentians In the News

Viggo Mortenson '80 received critical acclaim for his starring role in the movie The History of Violence, John Loughlin '79 is named executive vice president of of Hearst magazines, Marion Roach Smith'77's book The Roots of Desire earned great interest, including an appearance by the author on national TV: these are just three of the stories of  St. Lawrence's many accomplished alumni, read more about them all here.

News Digest Archive
News Digest is a weekly compilation of the news releases and Web feature stories created in the past week. It is released, generally, every Monday.


St. Lawrence University · 23 Romoda Drive · Canton, NY · 13617 · Copyright · University Communications · 315-229-5585