August 21, 2006
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your eyes on the progress of construction through the Johnson
Hall of Science photo album, updated August 19, and visit the many
related news stories on our Web site about the sciences.
St. Lawrence received a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation
last fall to help fund science facilities construction. In order to
meet the challenge, the University
must raise just over $4.1 million in new gifts and pledges for
the project by April 1, 2007. The University broke ground in May 2005
for the $36.9 million, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable
design for biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience and psychology.
Emeritus Richard F. Brush has pledged $3.4 million to St. Lawrence
University, with $400,000 going towards arts facilities improvements
now under way on campus and $3 million for future renovation of arts
facilities at St. Lawrence, in the Noble Center, have undergone two
phases of renovation in recent years. The $3 million gift from
Brush is for Phase Three, and beyond, and will launch fund-raising
efforts for those projects, still to be planned. Read
St. Lawrence University environmental studies professor is the co-investigator
of a research project to help define and guide sustainable outdoor
recreation and tourism on Northern Forest mountain summits. Christopher
Monz received a grant of $85,260 from the Northeastern States Research
Cooperative (NSRC) and the University of Vermont (UVM).
News and World Report released its annual college ranking on
Saturday. The entire Liberal Arts category includes 215 colleges,
with three categories: Top Colleges, Third Tier and Fourth Tier. St.
Lawrence is ranked #57 in the Top Liberal Arts Colleges,
of which there are 104. Last year, we were ranked # 61. We also are
cited in three other lists: Liberal Arts Colleges with the Highest
Graduation Rates, Liberal Arts Colleges with the Highest Proportion
of Classes under 20 Students, and colleges with Most International
Students. As a reminder, this set of rankings does not illustrate
the effects of St. Lawrence's decision to make standardized tests
optional in the admissions process, a decision that very well could
influence the 2007 rankings.
federal Commission on the Future of Higher Education—the so-called
“Spellings Commission” convened by Margaret Spellings,
our current US Secretary of Education—has just released its
report. President Daniel F. Sullivan has written three essays in response
to the Commission's report, on the topics of the appropriate higher
education for the 21st century, on science and mathematics education,
and on access to and affordability of higher education. Read
|Many members of the Class
of 2010 will arrive Friday, August 24, for
pre-orientation trips to the Adirondacks, and all new students
will be on campus Monday, August 28, for Orientation
itself. Matriculation will take place Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
in Creasy Commencement Commons or Leithead Field House in case of
poor weather. The New
Student Guide also is on-line for easy reference. Read
in the News
The Dover-Sherborn Press (VT) featured a story on August
17 about the experiences of Sherborn native G. Bowen Borgeson '07
during his Summerterm in Kenya, studying conservation techniques in
The August 9 issue of Education Week included a story on
the value of summer employment for students, according to admissions
professionals; Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial
Aid Terry Cowdrey was among those quoted in the article.
|- On August 3, the Rochester
(NY) Democrat & Chronicle ran a story on families saying
goodbye when it's time for a child to head off to college. Among those
quoted were Jamie Perconti '10 and his mom, Kathy.
Laurentians in the News
on the Web
Coming the week of August 28!
The homepage of the St. Lawrence Web site, and selected second-level
pages, will have a refreshed design! We've taken the best features
from our new, Summer 2005, Web restructuring, listened to feedback
over the year, developed new ideas, and have been working on a refreshed
look that you'll see in August. Watch for our new look!!
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