The following collection of news
briefs highlights strategic accomplishments by faculty, students,
staff and alumni of St. Lawrence University as reported in weekly
News Digests in January-June 2004. The collection is organized
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and Student Research and Scholarship
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ning
Gao was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Vermont Department
of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to study the air quality of
Lake Champlain Basin. The grant will
be used to cover the costs of research, including undergraduate student
research assistants and summer interns.
Associate Professor of Physics Aileen
A. O'Donoghue is among the scientists who have been at work
on an extensive survey of stellar activity in nearby solar-type
stars, the results of which were reported at the recent meeting
of the American Astronomical Society. This report may provide information
about the behavior of the sun in both the past and the future.
Chapin Professor of Geology
and Mineralogy Mark Erickson and two of his former students,
Booth Platt Jr. '00 and Douglas H. Jennings '93, co-authored the
article "Holocene Fossil Oribatid Mite Biofacies as Proxies of Paleohabitat
at the Hiscock Site, Byron, New York" in the Bulletin of the Buffalo
Society of Natural Sciences, Vol. 37 (2003). The research was completed
with support from the James S. Street Student Geology Fund at St.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Computer Science and Statistics Michael E. Schuckers was awarded
an additional grant of $55,000 for the next phase of a biometric
statistical research project from the Center for Identification Technology
Research (CITeR). The organization awarded Schuckers a grant, also
for $55,000, for the initial phase in 2003. Schuckers and a group
of student researchers are evaluating various statistical methods
that have been proposed for estimating the false-reject and false-accept
rates of biometric identification devices.
St. Lawrence University is a participant
in an interdisciplinary collaborative research project that, overall,
has received some $3.1 million in funding from the National Science
Foundation (NSF), with support from the Department of Homeland Security.
St. Lawrence was notified that its collaborative biotechnology research
project with Clarkson University and other institutions has been
approved for funding by the National Science Foundation-Information
Technology Research Program. Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Computer Science and Statistics Michael E. Schuckers will
represent St. Lawrence as the co-principal investigator for the project.
Continuing funding of a program titled "K-12
Project-Based Learning Partnership Program," the National Science
Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $2 million to Clarkson and St.
Lawrence universities over the next four years. The grant expands
Clarkson's Project-Based Learning Partnership Program, created by
Clarkson University Professor Susan E. Powers, and St. Lawrence University's
Teaching Scholar Partnership Program, led by St. Lawrence principal
investigator Assistant Professor of Education Esther Oey.
St. Lawrence University Assistant
Professor of Environmental Studies Christopher A. Monz was
awarded a grant of over $80,000 by the National Park Service, Alaska
region, for a two-year project to monitor the impact of visitor use
in the Southwest Alaska Network parks and collaborate with other
scientists on inventory and monitoring studies.
Munsil Professor of Government J.
Ansil Ramsay delivered the Frank P. Piskor Faculty Lecturer
in April, on the topic "Good Societies and How to Get Them: The
Political Economy of Development." Associate Professor of Mathmatics,
Computer Science and Statistics Duncan J. Melville has been
named the Frank P. Piskor Faculty Lecturer for 2005. Next spring,
Melville will deliver a lecture on campus on the topic "Teaching
and Learning Mathematics in Mesopotamia."
Programs and Projects
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded
a grant of $250,000 to St. Lawrence University, in collaboration
with four other New York State independent colleges and universities,
supporting development of a resource-sharing system for academic
libraries throughout the state. The project, called ConnectNY, allows
the institutions to share library holdings, making the collections
of all five readily available to students, faculty and staff. Colgate
University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute
of Technology and Vassar College join with St. Lawrence to form ConnectNY.
The Second Annual Burt Symposium on Education,
Environment and Economic Vitality took place in March. The theme
of the event was "Our Community, Our Future: Building on Local Assets
in St. Lawrence County." Returning as a guest speaker at the symposium
was Michael Shuman, an attorney, author, consultant and entrepreneur
known nationally for his work in the field of community economics.
His talk was titled "Going Local in St. Lawrence County: A First-Year
Progress Report," following up on the work completed by local action/research
teams formed as a result of the inaugural Burt Symposium in 2003.
Honors and Awards
The Center for International and Intercultural
Studies at St. Lawrence awarded travel/research grants to nine students,
to assist them with expenses incurred while undertaking research
projects during the coming summer and fall.
Thirty students were selected as 2004 University
Fellows for this summer, in a program that allows them to receive
funding while conducting research with a faculty partner. This is
the sixth year of the program.
Twelve juniors were named McNair Scholars for
the summer of 2004, enabling each to conduct research with a faculty
John B. Linsley '04, was awarded
a Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad scholarship for intensive
Swahili, allowing him to participate in the prestigious program's
summer component. It is directed by the African Studies Institute
of Georgia. Linsley is one of only three undergraduates to be awarded
funding; the additional 14 participants are currently in graduate
programs, at institutions including Boston University, UCLA, Michigan
State University and the University of Georgia. In addition to studying
Swahili in Tanzania,
the program will also enable participants to travel to a number
of places where Swahili is spoken, including Zanzibar, and the historic
site of Bagamoyo, formerly one of East Africa's largest slave-trading
depots. Participants will also spend time living with host families
who speak Swahili as a first language.
Some 55 students participated in the 2004 Festival
of Science, offering oral or poster presentations on their research.
For more -- http://it.stlawu.edu/~math/activities/FOS/FOS2004/Complete%2525252520Itinerary.html
Toyin Showole '04 has been chosen as the
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Province Leader of the Year, a first in
St. Lawrence University's history.
Hypnocounseling: An Eclectic
Bridge Between Milton Erickson and Carl Rogers, by St. Lawrence
University Emeritus Professor of Education Hugh Gunnison Jr., was
published by PCCS Books of Ross-on-Wye, Wales, UK.
In the book, Gunnison explores the links between Ericksonian
hypnotherapy and Rogerian person-centered therapy.
A new book by St. Lawrence University Assistant
Professor of French Roseline Tremblay is a study of the contemporary
Québécois novel. L’Écrivain imaginaire.
Essai sur le roman québécois: 1960-1995 or The Imaginary
Writer: A Study of the Québec Novel (1960-1995), has been
published by Hurtubise in Montreal.
Trustee Emerita Marjorie Watters Longley
'47 completed a gift agreement valued at $1.4 million and has directed
that her gift be used in support of the Student Center and two scholarships
initiated and supported over the years by her – the Akwesasne
and the Clarence Gaines Scholarships. The cash from this gift
will be distributed at a later date through Longley's estate. In
recognition of her generosity, the University named in her honor
the Marjorie Watters Longley '47 Student Leadership Suite, spaces
located on the north end of the third floor of the Student Center
that house The Hill News, the Gridiron, and the Thelomathesian
Society offices, work and meeting areas. The designation of this
space in her honor recognizes Longley’s long and respected
career as a business executive for the New York Times and
her active role as a civic leader in New York City.
Several donors to St. Lawrence University announced
their intention to support a renovation of Burkman Gymnasium in the
Augsbury Physical Education Complex. Work on the facility began in
mid-April. Preston Carlisle '52 and his wife, Joan Carlisle, of Lisbon,
New York, join Trustee Emeritus John Priesing and his wife, Madryn,
parents of John '94, of Bronxville, New York, in making leadership
commitments of over $200,000 each for the project, according to Vice
President for University Advancement Michael P. Archibald. Joining
the Carlisles and the Priesings in supporting this effort with leadership
gifts are Dave Jennings '74, former New York Jets punter and current
sports broadcaster of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; and Francis
LaMantia '88 and Wendy Hubbert LaMantia '91 of Wilton, Connecticut.
St. Lawrence University's neighbors throughout
the region were invited to participate in the grand opening of the
new Student Center on campus, held on February 21. An open house
and guided tours of the new building were part of the celebration.
The 60,000-square-foot building took 18 months of construction to
complete, beginning with groundbreaking in July 2002 and finishing
in January. Project architects are MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni,
of Pittsburgh, PA; the general contractor is Northland Associates,
Canton-St. Lawrence University Race Weekend, which
took place on May 1, resulted in the donation of $3,000 to each of
its charity partners: Camp Sunshine and St. Lawrence Valley Renewal
House. Camp Sunshine is a retreat in Casco, Maine, for children with
life-threatening illnesses and their families. The inaugural
Canton-St. Lawrence University race weekend found 230 runners and
over 100 volunteers taking part in the day.
A ceremony to dedicate the Wachtmeister
Field Station was held at the facility in May. In 2001, members of
the Wachtmeister family, of Warrenton, Virginia, gave $1 million
to construct and equip the Wachtmeister Field Station, a component
of the University's Integrated Science Education Initiative (ISEI).
The gift came from Edward and Karen Wachtmeister; their son Erik
Wachtmeister '99, Aspen, Colorado; and his brother, Carl Wachtmeister
'05. Karen Wachtmeister is a University trustee. The gift funded
the purchase and installation of permanent monitoring equipment;
construction of a field study laboratory facility, where samples
can be examined and instruction can take place; and the purchase
and installation of supporting equipment in campus laboratories.
Commencement took place on
May 16, with three distinguished graduates of the University receiving
honorary degrees and offering brief remarks at the ceremony. Honored
Karen Hitchcock '64, former president
of SUNY Albany
Mark Klett '74,
internationally known photographer and college professor
'78, novelist and college professor
The Board of Trustees named the campus fitness
center in honor of Trustee Ronald B. Stafford, a 1957 graduate who
was a member of the New York State Senate for 37 years. Trustees
voted at their meeting May 15 to name the University facility the
Ronald B. Stafford Fitness Center. Stafford has been a member of
the Board of Trustees for 18 years, giving his personal support to
the University. In addition, he has advocated for support from New
York State funds for a variety of academic projects, scholarship
programs and facilities construction projects at the University,
including the construction of the fitness center, which opened in
President Sullivan announced to the campus his
decision, endorsed unanimously by the Board of Trustees, to close
the Xi chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, effective immediately.
The awarding of Alumni Citations to four outstanding
graduates and the Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award to a fifth was
a highlight of Alumni Reunion Weekend at St. Lawrence University,
June 3 through 6. Alumni Citations, awarded to graduates of the University
for long-term and exemplary service to the University or for exemplary
professional accomplishment or community volunteer activities, will
be given to Varick Chittenden '63, of Canton, executive director
of Traditional Arts of Upstate New York; Donald Rose '64, of Palo
Alto, California, and a native of Pitcairn, retired director of Intel
Corporation; Dean Eppler '74, of Houston, Texas, a geologist with
NASA's International Space Station; and Kelly Spooner Zinna
'87, of Bethesda, Maryland, and a native of Ogdensburg, a forensic
psychologist who has expertise in school violence. The Sol
Feinstone Humanitarian Award, presented to a graduate who, through
devotion of his or her resources or personal effort, has demonstrated
deep commitment to the advancement of the freedom of people to pursue
and attain personal, professional and economic freedom, will be presented
to Robert Daly '54, of DeWitt, a clinical psychiatrist, professor
and founder and president of the Institute for Ethics in Health Care.
spring, the University mourned the deaths of Emily R. Mounce '07,
Flint Professor of Fine Arts Elizabeth L. Kahn and Professor Emeritus
of Geology Robert O. Bloomer.