We have collected some of the major press releases
and on-line news features of the past semester for a second look
at St. Lawrence’s
Fall 2004 achievements. Click on an image for a larger version.
- St. Lawrence's department
of mathematics, statistics and computer science is one of 30
nation-wide that has been selected to participate in a program
to develop a series of profiles of recent graduates, with the
goal of helping undergraduates learn about career possibilities.
In September, New York Lt. Governor Mary Donohue presented
Vice President for\ Administrative Operations Thomas Coakley
with the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award
is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions
to New York's small-business community.
Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Robin
H. Lock, the Jack and Sylvia Burry Chair in Statistics at St.
Lawrence, received two major awards at the Joint Statistical
Meetings held in Toronto in August – the Mu Sigma Rho
5th Statistical Education Award and the American Statistical
Association (ASA) award for Outstanding Contributions to Statistics
- Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and
Literatures Roseline Tremblay was among the 68 finalists for
the 2004 Governor General's Literary Awards, among the most
prestigious recognitions for literature in Canada. Tremblay
was a finalist in the non-fiction category, for her book L’Écrivain
imaginaire: essai sur le roman québécois, 1960-1995.
- Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Melissa
Schulenberg won the Purchase Award for work in the North Country
Regional Juried Art Show, presented during the summer of 2004
at the Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam.
St. Lawrence's mixed-voice a capella choir the Laurentian Singers
performed this fall for U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York).
The former first lady and first-term senator visited Canton and
Potsdam in September, and the Laurentian Singers were among those
greeting her during her swing through Northern New York.
- St. Lawrence's chapter of the national leadership
organization Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) received the Presidential
Award of Excellence, the highest recognition than an individual "circle" may
Donald K. Rose '64, of Palo Alto, California, a native of Pitcairn,
was elected to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees effective
Trustee Derrick H. Pitts '78, chief astronomer and director of
the Fels Planetarium in Philadelphia, PA, has been named one
of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science" for
2004, as selected by Science Spectrum magazine and Career Communications
Gifts & Grants
St. Lawrence has begun the early phase of its next comprehensive
fund-raising campaign, with a $5 million pledge from Trustee
R. Sheldon Johnson and his wife, Virginia ("Peachy"),
of Norwalk, Connecticut, among its first major gifts. Johnson,
a member of the Class of 1968, was named chair of the campaign
during the fall meeting of the Board.
|- A new scholarship has been established at St. Lawrence to
assist Fort Drum military dependents or soldiers finishing their
tour of duty in obtaining a college degree. It has been established
at the University through a gift from Trustee Emeritus John '59
and Josee Rostenberg of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Greenwich,
Connecticut. Both were military dependents.
|- Renovations to the Burkman Gymnasium were celebrated with
a ceremony on December 11. Several donors announced their intention
to support the renovation project, which began in April and was
|- St. Lawrence was awarded a grant of $194,476 by the National
Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program to
support the purchase of weather station equipment; ambient air
and aquatic monitoring equipment; and analytical instruments
for the University's Integrated Science Education Initiative
|- Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ning Gao has also been awarded
a grant of $92,900 by the Lake Champlain Research Consortium
to fund a study by her and other scientists of mercury contamination
in Lake Champlain. The project, entitled "Enhancements to
the Lake Champlain Mercury Mass Balance: A Multidisciplinary
Approach," will be headed by Gao.
In Scraping By in the Big Eighties (University of
Nebraska Press, September 2004), Professor of English Natalia
Rachel Singer combines memoir with political commentary to
make the point that "history
is being revisited upon us" in a trickle-down phenomenon
she dubs "déjà-voodoo."
the age of 30, Bob Cowser, Jr., is leading a happy life as a
husband, father, and English professor at St. Lawrence University.
But he misses the exhilaration he felt as a young man when he
took the field for high school football games. In what is every
Monday morning quarterback's fantasy, Cowser revisits his days
as a football star by joining the Watertown Red and Black, the
country's oldest semi-professional football team." That's
how the publishers (Grove/Atlantic) of Dream Season: A Professor Joins
America's Oldest Semi-Pro Football Team describe the new
book by Cowser, associate professor of English.
|- A new book by Assistant Professor of Global Studies John
Collins explores the memories of Palestinians in the "intifada
generation," those who were between 10 and 18 years old
when the intifada began in 1987. Occupied by Memory (New
York University Press) is based on extensive personal interviews
and "provides a detailed look at the intifada memories of
ordinary Palestinians," according to the publishers.
- The Class of 2003 had a 94% placement rate,
with education as the top career field choice for St. Lawrence
University graduates one year after graduation. Some 69% of
the class is working in career positions, 25% are attending
|- Nineteen students have been awarded travel enrichment and
independent travel research grants for Winter Break and Spring
Semester through the Center for International and Intercultural
Khia Grinnell-Donahue '08, of Sequim, Washington, participated
in two events in the fall that brought together members of Native
American tribes from throughout the nation.
The inaugural William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes were
presented this fall, to three students whose projects for the
2003-2004 academic year were judged to "best reflect the
goals of the First-Year Seminars."
|- Sarah Springborn '06, of Wellesley, MA, participated in an
internship in her hometown during the summer, assisting homeless
women in registering to vote.
John D. Gursky '07, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., received the Kurt
Swinton Scholarship to attend the Couchiching Institute on Public
Affairs in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, this summer.
A Sampling of Campus Events
Novelist John Irving spoke to a capacity crowd in Gunnison
Memorial Chapel in October, as part of both the University
Writers Series and Laurentian Leadership Weekend.
A debate on the major political parties' respective platforms
in the presidential election, featuring Bay Buchanan and Kathleen
Kennedy Townsend, took place on campus in October. The event
was sponsored by the John F. O'Loughlin Leadership Series Endowment.
|- David W. Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies
and Politics at Oberlin College, gave a public lecture titled "Patriotism,
Politics and Environment in the Age of Terror" in October
as part of the 2004 Hays and Margaret Crimmel Colloquium.
|- St. Lawrence hosted a group of the region's outstanding high
school seniors on campus November 3, welcoming 58 of the 84 nominees
for the Augsbury/North Country Scholar award for a day.
|- Novelist, editor and critic Ilan Stavans gave the 2004 Rabbi
Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture in November, on "The Scroll
and the Cross: The Tortured Path of Latino-Jewish Relations."
Lawrence In The News
- The December 17 issue of The
Chronicle of Higher Education included a story about
composer J. Kimball Gannon '24's bequest to the University
of a portion of the royalties to his works, including his
most famous song, "I'll Be Home For Christmas."
- Professor of Canadian Studies Joseph Jockel
was quoted in November 30 story on the Knight-Ridder news service,
on President Bush's visit to Ottawa. The story was carried
on numerous radio stations and in many newspapers that subscribe
to the service, including the Contra Costa Times (CA), Philadelphia
Inquirer, Salt Lake Tribune, Miami Herald, Bradenton Herald,
Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Kansas City
Star, Biloxi Sun Herald, Myrtle Beach Sun News, San Luis Obispo
Tribune (CA), Centre Daily Times (PA), Columbus
Ledger-Enquirer (GA), Monterey County Herald and Macon
Telegraph (GA). On November 20, Jockel was quoted in a
story in the Toronto Star, on the same topic.
|- A review of Associate Professor of English Bob Cowser's book, Dream
Season, appeared in the November 1 issue of Sports
Illustrated. Reviews also appeared in the Boston Globe (November
7) and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (November 9). An
interview with Cowser aired on the National Public Radio show "Only
A Game" on November 6; radio stations that have run recentinterviews
with Cowser about the book include KYW in Philadelphia, PA;
KMSR in Dallas, TX; WPHM in Detroit, MI; WGY in Albany, NY;
WCWA in Toledo, OH; WDRC in Hartford, CT; KMJE in Sacramento,
CA; WKQZ in Flint, MI; KMTT in Seattle, WA; and WGTD in Milwaukee,
WI. He has also appeared on the syndicated radio programs "Cable
Talk" on Cable Radio Network; "Daybreak USA" on
the USA Network; and "Business Talk This Morning" on
the Business Talk Radio network. In a story on "the secret
lives of academics" in the October 15 edition of The
Chronicle of Higher Education, Cowser's "other career" as
a semi-professional football player was detailed. A story about
Cowser's book also appeared in the New OrleansTimes-Picayune on
|- Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Roy
Caldwell was quoted in a story on the Fox News Web site October
25, about the influence of American popular culture on France.
|- In the October 22 edition of The Chronicle of Higher
Education, four scholars were asked "to discuss the
book or books that have most influenced their fields" for
an article called "The Short List." The four scholars
included Professor of English Natalia Rachel Singer, who cites
works by George Orwell, James Baldwin, Susan Griffin and Alix
Kates Shulman. The October 1 edition of The Chronicle of
Higher Education included an excerpt from the book.
- Professor of Psychology Alan Searleman was
quoted in an October 10 story in the Fort Collins Coloradoan,
on tips for remembering computer passwords, PINs and other
necessities of modern life.
- A story in the August 18 edition of Wired
News, on college courses related to homeland security
and terrorism, included St. Lawrence's global studies offering "Why
Do 'They' Hate 'Us?'" It also ran on the "Kim Commando" public
- Professor of Psychology Alan Searleman was quoted in
an October 10 story in the Fort Collins Coloradoan,
on tips for remembering computer passwords, PINs and other
necessities of modern life.
| - Professor of Government Alan Draper was quoted in an August
15 story in the Baltimore Sun, on the key issues in
the upcoming presidential elections, and which candidates seem
to be favored by certain groups of voters.