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News Digest
August 27, 2007

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Welcome to the fall semester!

News Digest is your weekly collection of news releases and Web feature stories. For more resources on campus events and programs, check these Web sites:

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Campus News
Chiarenzelli research grant may help develop new energy sources
St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Geology Jeffrey R. Chiarenzelli has been awarded a $55,000 grant by the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund to study the geochemistry and texture of Precambrian sedimentary rocks that may one day serve as new sources of energy. The Precambrian Era spans approximately 90 percent of Earth's history, and abundant sedimentary rocks from this vast time interval may hold large energy reserves. For more
Writers Series Opens September 6
The 2007-2008 St. Lawrence Writers Series begins on Thursday, September 6, with an appearance by poet Toi Derricotte, at 8 p.m. in the Common Room of Sykes Residence Hall. It is open to the public, free of charge.
For more
Music ensembles welcome all musicians
Membership in several of St. Lawrence University's music ensembles is open to the community.
For more
SLU plans Menotti opera
St. Lawrence University will present a production of Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved one-act Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors this holiday season, and is looking for a local child to play the title character. For more

Selected Highlights from Summer News Digests
Don Rose named vice chair and chair-elect of the Board of Trustees
Donald K. Rose, of Palo Alto, California, has been elected vice president of the St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees, and chair-elect for 2007-2008. He will become chair of the board upon the retirement of Larry Winston on June 30, 2008.
For more

Kirk Fuoss named Maurer Professor
St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Kirk W. Fuoss has been appointed to the Maurer Professorship of Speech and Rhetoric, recently established by a gift from the Maurer Family Foundation.
For more
Green Power, thanks to the student Environmental Action Organization and Student Government
St. Lawrence University's Student Center is going green in 2007-2008, powered by sustainable energy. It is estimated that the center accounts for 7 percent of total electricity use on campus. For more
Education programs receive national accreditation
St. Lawrence University's undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs, preparing teachers on the undergraduate and graduate levels for service in public and private schools, have been accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 2007 to June 2012. For more
Momentum St. Lawrence reaches half-way mark with $100 million
The University's Momentum St. Lawrence campaign, announced publicly in October 2006 with a goal of $200 million, has reached its half-way mark, at $100 million. Read more about the progress. Momentum St. Lawrence will carry St. Lawrence to the future by growing the endowment, expanding student benefits through facilities, scholarships and program enhancements, and strengthening the St. Lawrence Fund. Learn more about the objectives of Momentum St. Lawrence by visiting the campaign Web site.
SLU meets challenge to raise $4.5 million, earning $1 million from the Kresge Foundation
St. Lawrence University has met the Kresge Foundation Challenge, raising over $4.5 million by April 1, 2007, which means a $1 million grant from the foundation. The funds are dedicated to the construction of the Johnson Hall of Science. For more
Mellon Foundation awards $250,000 grant for rhetoric and communication
St. Lawrence University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for use over five years to support a new program in rhetoric and communication. For more
Grant allows SLU to explore relationships between student engagement and well-being
The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and funded by the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York, has awarded St. Lawrence University a $250,000 grant, which will allow the University to foster various pedagogies of engagement within the First-Year Program through intentional and intensive faculty and staff development. The grant, which is part of BTtoP's Demonstration Program, is also intended to facilitate more in-depth study of the connections between student engagement, student civic development and student well-being.For more
Student video on climate change wins national award
Nigel Fellman Greene '09, of Medfield, MA, the president of the SLU Coalition on Climate Change, is the winner of the national "Hot Spot" video contest sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters. The 30-second video he made will be sent to presidential candidates, and he's being sent to the New York Live Earth concert taking place on July 7. For more
Class of 2006 reports 95.9 rate for employment or graduate school
One year after graduation, 95.9 percent of St. Lawrence University's Class of 2006 who responded to a survey report either being employed or in graduate school, the highest total placement rate reported since 1997. For more
President Sullivan in the news
The June issue of University Business includes an article by President Daniel Sullivan on sustaining the town-gown relationship. Read the article. President Daniel Sullivan was a guest on the National Public Radio show "The Best of Our Knowledge," produced by WAMC radio in Albany, New York, on July 9, on a program about higher education access and accountability. President Sullivan provided a four-minute commentary for the program, which is available for listening online. On May 21, the New York State Associated Press newswire carried a story about President Daniel Sullivan's 2007 Commencement speech, in which he was highly critical of U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and her policies. Among publications that ran the story was New York Newsday. The online publication Inside Higher Education also ran a news item on the speech, which generated a number of readers to respond with comment. The Blogger News Network carried a story about the speech as well.
Alumni News
Catherine Day Phillips '89 is the first female trainer to win the Arlington Million horse race. She is the co-owner of Jambalaya, the first Canadian-bred horse to win the race, run at Arlington Park in Illinois August 11, 2007.
For more
Josh Belsky '89, "pitman" for the Swiss Team Alinghi, sucessfully defended the America's Cup this year. It is the fifth time he has participated in the event and the third time he has been a member of the winning team. For more

Web Site Updates and Features

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