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News Digest
April 13, 2009
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A reminder that
News Digest is your weekly collection of news releases and Web feature stories.

To stay updated on campus events schedules, check out what's happening by linking to our Master Calendar of Events.
Keep up with news releases and web features from past weeks St. Lawrence News and Features
Be updated on St. Lawrence's national visibility St. Lawrence In the News
Read all about the Saints teams at Saints Athletics

More from Les!
Sustainability Tip #8
Headed to Brewer Bookstore or Northstar Cafe for a coffee, tea or fountain drink?  Remember your own mug!  Saves on cups and saves you money, too--you get a discount for bringing your own mug.

Campus News
Mellon Foundation Awards $800,000 Grant

St. Lawrence University has been awarded a grant of $800,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York City, for support of its Environmental Education Initiative for Active Learning, Research and Advocacy, a four-year collaborative project with broad multi- and interdisciplinary participation.
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Author McGuane to speak on campus
Novelist and nature writer Thomas McGuane will speak and read from recent work in an appearance at St. Lawrence University on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Common Room of Sykes Residence Hall. The event, the final one in the 2008-2009 Writers Series, is open to the public, free of charge.
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Sondra Smith will participate in national institute
St. Lawrence University Director of Educational Technologies Sondra R. Smith has been has been selected to participate in the 2009 Frye Leadership Institute, a leadership initiative focused on developing creative leaders to help guide information services for higher education in the 21st century. Smith, who was awarded a full scholarship from the Mellon Foundation to cover the costs of participation, is also the co-chief information officer at St. Lawrence.
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Clarkson University to honor President Sullivan
President Daniel F. Sullivan will be awarded an honorary degree, one of four, by Clarkson University at their Commencement on May 10.
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University Chorus plans concerts
The University Chorus will perform "Another Night At The Opera," an evening of well-known opera choruses, on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Russell Opera House and on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in Gilbert Recital Hall on campus at St. Lawrence University.
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Documentary film screening at SLU
St. Lawrence University will screen the 2007 documentary film The Sugar Babies: The Plight of the Children of Agricultural Workers in the Sugar Industry of the Dominican Republic on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Eben Holden. Filmmaker Amy Serrano will speak and take questions following the screening.
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Michael Tremblay'09 wins first prize in research poster presentation
Michael Trembley '09, of Syracuse, won first prize for the best poster presented at the recent Northern New York Local Section of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate and Graduate Chemistry Research Symposium. Trembley was one of seven St. Lawrence students presenting posters or making an oral presentation at the symposium.
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African Student Union Events April 13-18
The African Student Union at St. Lawrence University will hold a series of events April 13 through 18 in celebration of Africa Week. All of the events are open to the public, free of charge.
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Alumni News
Trustee Derrick Pitts '78 has been featured in a number of major news outlets recently, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, discussing a telescope that was used by Galileo, on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Penn., where Pitts is chief astronomer. And check out his recent interview with Stephen Colbert!
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St. Lawrence In The News
- Professor of Geology Mark Erickson is quoted in an April 8 story about hermit crabs on the Discovery News Web site, affiliated with the Discovery Channel.

- A photograph of the Newell Center for Arts Technology is included in a special online issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly (Volume 31, Number 1), devoted to learning spaces.

For more Laurentians in the News

Saints Sports Highlights
Men’s baseball won three of four games against Vassar, with the one lost game a close 5-4 score.  Alyssa Pirinelli won the hammer, shot and discus for the second straight week and Wendy Pavlus won the steeplechase and the 5000, but the Saints women’s track and field team settled for second in the Liberty League Championships. Jay Thornhill was champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, but the Saints men’s track and field team saw two straight Liberty League outdoor titles snapped by host RPI. The men’s tennis team swept the six singles matches against Hobart College en route to an 8-1 victory over the Statesmen.  The win extended the Saints’ winning streak to eight consecutive matches. Sophomore Stephanie Finn and first-year student Hillary Drewry both won their singles and doubles matches to help pace the women’s tennis team to a 5-4 victory over William Smith. Men’s and women’s crew teams had strong showings against Ithaca College.  The No. 20 men’s lacrosse team downed Liberty League foe Vassar by the score of 9-3. The women’s lacrosse team was held to only five goals as RPI defeated SLU by a score of 11-5.  The softball team’s struggles at the plate continued as the Saints were shut out in back-to-back games by Plattsburgh State. 

Honors for Athletes: Senior men’s hockey defenseman Zach Miskovic was one of two ECAC Hockey players named to the Reebok Division I All America East first team, becoming the 37th All America in Saint program history.  ECAC Hockey announced its 2008-09 Women’s Ice Hockey All-Academic Team, with 14 Saints student-athletes earning a spot with a 3.0+ grade point average.  Six members of the Nordic ski team and five others from the Alpine squad earned 2009 Academic All-America honors from the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.
More SLU Sports

Web Site NEW Features, Updates, and Reminders

Student Views Videos, by Kelsey Fraser '09
Student Views videos are produced and edited entirely by current St. Lawrence students. This semester, Kelsey Fraser '09 produces a weekly segment. This week, she interviews sample St. Lawrence seniors about their post-graduation plans. Check out the diversity of graduate school and career ideas she discovered!
Suggestions and ideas for future student-produced videos are welcome. Contact Lisa Cania or Mark Mende with your suggestions

The Spring issue of the St. Lawrence magazine is entitled The Chronicle of a Legacy, and features highlights of the ways
St. Lawrence has grown and been strengthened in the years 1996-2009. As a special web-only feature, view our photo album: A Photographic Tribute to the Sullivan Legacy.


SLU Live! includes features such as the Laurentian Singers performing our school songs, recording of the Bacheller Memorial Chimes, links to our admissions video and new helicopter video, our photo albums, our blogs, and our Web cam.

Blogs Keep you Up to Date with SLU!

*Bela Vonnak '09, a psychology major, is a member of the Saints men's basketball team. Read Bela's blog.
*Blake Carbone '09 and Josh Johnson '10 continue to blog for the academic year.  Read more from Blake and Josh
*Admissions Counselor John Gursky is blogging. Read more from John
*The Weave, created by Global Studies, is a public intellectual project that brings together a range of perspectives on local, national and global issues and on mainstream and independent media coverage of those issues.

*Projet Blog en France details life in Rouen for our students in residence there.
*From Fall 2008: SLU blog desde Espana


Helicopter Video View of the North Country!

St. Lawrence collaborated with several regional institutions to commission a helicopter video of the North Country. Enjoy the video tour that begins with a bird's eye view of our varsity crew team practicing on the St. Lawrence river, then shares the Thousands Islands region, Canton, the St. Lawrence campus, the foothills of the Adirondacks, Canaras and the Upper Saranac Lake region.

We're on Facebook!

Join the 2,689 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.

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.

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.

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!

360 Virtual Tours!
We've photographed 15 spaces throughout campus to show each in a 360-degree panoramic view. Check out our the new photo of Appleton Arena, taken between periods at the February 6 SLU-Clarkson game.

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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