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Who is St. Lawrence University? We are a group of people with countless adventures and even more stories. The St. Lawrence Blog gives our students, faculty and staff the chance to tell their tales, in their own words and in their own way. Sharing these anecdotes in one place gives our community the chance to show how creative, daring and passionate we are about what we do. Alone, these stories are powerful; together they define St. Lawrence.
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The fresh rays of a springtime sun were shining on the April day that I visited St. Lawrence University for an Admitted Students Open House during my senior year of high school. During this visit, I would go on to taste the full experience that a student here could expect.
Every day at five o’clock, a student bell ringer plays the bells of Gunnison Memorial Chapel. From all across campus you can hear bells chiming, playing everything from the alma mater, to a “Happy Birthday” request, to something that sounds suspiciously like the Flintstones theme song.
When St. Lawrence asks me to participate, my motto is to say yes as often as possible. I think very deeply about the commitment and the impact of what I can offer. I don’t know how to do anything half baked – it’s just not in my DNA.
St. Lawrence, like any university, has several massive defining days throughout the year. There is the anxious excitement of Matriculation, the camaraderie of the hockey game against Clarkson, the joy of Fall Fest and Spring Fest, and the reflective magnificence of Commencement.
St. Lawrence University is home to some of the most unique college conditions. Our liberal arts campus offers an unparalleled serenity with modern infrastructure juxtaposed against the beauties of nature.
Sitting in a crowd filled with fellow SLU students, all of whom are gasping for a deep breath between bouts of laughter, you would think it would be easy to blend in.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015: My third day as a student at St. Lawrence University. Amidst the loud cheers of Orientation Leaders and the nervous chatter among new classmates, I clung to my first new First-Year Program (FYP) friend during the final round of Orientation icebreakers.
Pub cookies, candlelight and the alma mater. These are the things that come to mind when I think back on the many events and traditions that I have attended as a Laurentian.
I am often asked what my favorite aspect of St. Lawrence is. My go-to answer is the community; I love my friends and the greater St. Lawrence community because it is active, people are excited about what they are doing and what others are doing, and are generally outdoorsy and motivated.
Before coming to St. Lawrence, I viewed hockey as just another sport.
What do a biology and GIS professor have in common? A love for Kenya. St. Lawrence University is well known for its study abroad programs and the students are known for utilizing the opportunities to the utmost extent.
Alma Mater (Latin: alma “nourishing”, mater “mother”). In contemporary usage, the Alma Mater is a school or university an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with that school. According to its original Latin, Alma Mater translates literally to “nourishing mother”.
The Saints hockey season for both the men’s and women’s teams is in full swing and SLU students have been filing in and out of Appleton Arena every weekend. What many of these students do not know is that the ice at Appleton Arena is not used exclusively for varsity hockey. Appleton Aren