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News Digest
October 20, 2008

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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:

Check out what's happening today, or any day, at St. Lawrence Master Calendar of Events
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Be updated on St. Lawrence's national visibility St. Lawrence In the News
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Campus News
Sondergard Named Piskor Professor At St. Lawrence
Sidney Sondergard has been named Piskor Professor of English at St. Lawrence University. Piskor Professors "must be excellent teachers and have demonstrated leadership in developing new learning experiences for students" and must "set high professional standards by showing concern for the intellectual activity of the campus and by being a productive and respected scholar, and give promise of continuing growth and excellence."
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Alexander String Quartet At St. Lawrence October 28-31; Concert Oct. 30
The Alexander String Quartet, St. Lawrence University's quartet-in-residence, will perform in concert on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Eben Holden on campus. The event is open to the public, free of charge.
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Autism Is Topic For Neuroscience Lecture At St. Lawrence
"Where Are We With The Autisms?" is the title of the third annual Church Lecture in Neuroscience, to be presented by Vanderbilt University Professor Pat Levitt at St. Lawrence University on Tuesday, October 28, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Hepburn Hall. The event is open to the public, free of charge.
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SLU Lecture To Focus On Caspian Oil
Christopher Kendall, emeritus professor of geological sciences and the marine science program at the University of South Carolina, will deliver the Susan Caroline Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology at St. Lawrence University on Thursday, October 30, at 8 p.m. in Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall. The title of the lecture is "The Caspian Oil Province: A Continuing Loadstone to the West's Imperial Interest in Hydrocarbons," and it is open to the public, free of charge.
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Rafferty Sweeney '09 Wins Award For Geology Research
Rafferty Sweeney '09, of Longmont, CO, won the Austin A. Sartin Award for Outstanding Student Research presented at the Sigma Gamma Epsilon undergraduate research session at the Annual 2008 Geological Society of America Meeting in Houston, Texas. This is the second year in a row that a St. Lawrence student won the award; in 2007,
Lauren Chrapowitsky '08 won.
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Habitat 'Sleep Out' Raises Funds And Awareness
About 25 students slept outdoors on the quad on October 3, in an event to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, as well as awareness about homelessness.
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St. Lawrence in the News
Sustainability Coordinator Louise Gava was quoted in the October 17 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about how colleges' sustainability efforts may be affected by the global financial crisis.

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Saints Sports
Volleyball won its first tournament title since 2000, taking the Hartwick Tournament with a win over the host team in the title game Saturday. Men's hockey evened its record at 2-2 with wins over Niagara and RIT, while women's hockey lost to No. 4 New Hampshire and tied Boston University. Stephanie Finn '11 advanced to the finals of the New York State Women's Tennis Championships. Men's soccer traveled to Texas and played the No. 1 team in the nation, Trinity, losing 5-1, before rebounding to beat Southwestern 2-0. Women's soccer played to a 1-1 tie with No. 11 Ithaca. Field hockey beat both Geneseo and Nazareth. Football jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Union, but fell 35-14.
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Web Site NEW Features, Updates, and Reminders

Interactive Web Cam!
Our new Web Cam allows you to adjust the view to see a real-time panorama of a section of campus! One person at a time can control the camera. Each person has a minimum of 20 seconds to interact with the camera. If other users log on, your turn will conclude after 20 seconds. But if you are the only user, your turn will be extended until others want to explore. If you can't log on immediately, it's because others are in the queue. But try again in a few minutes! Directions for control of the camera are on web page. You will need Java installed to view this feature. If you don't have Java, you can download it here.

Visit SLULive!
for new podcast, a feature from North Country Public Radio on the Hunter's Moon. SLU Live! includes features such as the Laurentian Singers performing our school songs, recording of the Bacheller Memorial Chimes, links to our admissions video, our photo albums, our student blogs, and our Web cam.

We're on Facebook! Join the 1,779 fans of SLU on Facebook and sign up for RSS Feeds:
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3. To subscribe to one of our RSS feeds for either regional Saints Network events or student blogs, click on the link that says Subscribe to this feed in your RSS Reader associated with the item you're interested in.

Admissions Counselors Bridget Everly and John Gursky are blogging. Here's an excerpt:
Applying ED is a risk, but a relatively safe one compared to say bungee jumping or diving with sharks. At St. Lawrence ED is binding. This means that if you choose St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence chooses you then you will be attending St. Lawrence the following fall. How do you know that St. Lawrence is the place you want to be for the next four years - - you just do. Gut feelings are hard to explain, but once you know…you know. So I tell students, if the last week in October you wake up every morning for a week and say “I want to go to St. Lawrence” then ED is a good option for you. However, if you wake up that same week and every morning a different school is on your lips…well the maybe you should consider regular decision.  Read more from Bridget and John. Blake Carbone '09 and Josh Johnson '10 continue to blog for the academic year, Blake from campus and Josh from our study abroad program in Denmark. Read more from Blake and Josh and blogs from

St. Lawrence YouTube site:
You can watch SLU videos in many ways, including links on our own Web site's SLU Live! page, and now, on an SLU YouTube site. The YouTube site includes a four-minute, student-produced video on the academic, extracurricular and athletic passions of St. Lawrence students. Hassan Raza '11 and Jim Mayers '11 produced this piece in the spring, and hope to be producing more student perspectives over the next year. These student-produced videos give everyone another view of St. Lawrence!

Sports Desktop Wallpapers: We now have desktop wallpapers available for your home or office computers of all the fall sports teams, as well as men's and women's hockey. In addition to a stunning image of each sport, the 2008-09 schedules for each team will be right there for you to view. The winter and spring teams will be added in the near future. Go to the homepage of your favorite fall sports team and download one today!

St. Lawrence is now on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. Make connections today!

Student, faculty and alumni profiles
Every other month, we post about 30 new profiles of students, faculty and alumni. We've been posting profiles for over two years and more than 400 profiles are available throughout the Web site. You'll find profiles in such pages as Graduates, Faculty, Students, Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Research Opportunities, and many more. Check out the NEW profiles throughout the web site.

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.

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