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Seasonal News Digest
Fall 2004
News Digest: Semester Report

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 in Sport.

- 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 achieve.

- 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 July 1.

- 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 Group, Inc.

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 completed recently.
- 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 (ISEI).
- 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.

Faculty Books

- 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."

- "At 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 graduate school.

- 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 Studies.
- 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."

St. 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 October 10.
- 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 radio show.

- 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.