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Alumni Accomplishments

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Alumni Accomplishments

John T. Major '77 has been named chief of the Bureau of Wildlife of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He oversees the 131-member bureau that includes nine wildlife units statewide, a game farm, and central office units in the Albany area. After earning his master's and doctorate at the University of Maine, he worked at the University of Maine and as a consulting ecologist for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and several African countries, then joined DEC in 1984. An avid outdoorsman, he lives in Rotterdam, N.Y., with his wife, Ruth; their son, Michael, is a student at SUNY at Cobleskill.

Anne Spencer Zapletal '92 has been named project manager of the new Interactive Services Group at Eric Mower and Associates, the largest marketing communications agency in New York State outside of Manhattan. She manages interactive projects through all phases of production for such clients as Cooper-Crouse Hinds, Inficon and Onondaga County Economic Development. The group employs computer technology to create interactive presentation format such as Web sites, CD-ROM, multimedia kiosks and point-of-purchase displays. An English writing and fine arts major at St. Lawrence, she lives in Syracuse with her husband, Robert C. Zapletal Jr. '92.

Susan Pogodzienski Peck '89 received the juris doctor degree, cum laude, from New England School of Law, Boston, on May 26, 2000. The chief environmental risk officer at sovereign Bank New England in Boston, she is married to Kevin Peck. In law shool, she was named to the Dean's List each semester on served on the New England Law Review. She had an internship with the chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Highway Department and was a member of the National Environmental Moot Court Competition team.

E. Terrence Gardner Jr. '88 has been named the top railroad stock-picker by The Wall Street Journal. A vice president at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York City, he told the paper that railroad stocks "have been neglected for a ling time; they're due for a rebound." A former Marine Corps officer who saw combat in Operation Desert Storm, he was an RA and a member of SAE, the lacrosse and swim teams and the Rugby Club in college, and also studied in the London Program. He and his wife, Kerry, and their son, Edward, live in Brightwaters, N.Y.

Stephen Pryor-Bennett '79 is the new editor of The Record-Review, the weekly newspaper that serves Bedford Hills, N.Y., and vicinity. The paper has won recognition as the best community newspaper in the state in each of the last two years. A former reporter and editor for the Gannett newspapers in Westchester County, N.Y., he was an English major at St. Lawrence. He and his wife and their three children live in New Milford, Conn.

Richard J. Baltz '74 has been named directof of the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He had been associate director from 1990 to 1997 before moving to Fayetteville, N.C., as director of the VA hospital there. At Fayetteville, he was credited with improving services to veterans and employee morale. He has been with the Veterans Administration since 1977, and earned his master's in health care administration at George Washington University in 1978. He and his wife, Melissa, have a son, Christopher.

Carolyn Waszkiewicz '00 is one of seven recent college graduates named traveling consultants for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. Selections were based on leadership skills, academic achievement and contributions to college and community. During 2000-01 she is visiting over 30 collegiate chapters of KKG to aid in chapter organization and programming. An economics/mathematics major, she was a Trustee Scholar, economics teaching assistant and member of the economics honorary and the Alcohol Task Force. She was also president, treasurer and a member of the Scholarship and Standards committees of St. Lawrence's KKG chapter. She is the daughter of John III '75 and Barbara Lawrence Waszkiewicz '75, and her brother John IV is a member of the Class of 2004.

Laurentians Alumni Parents and Friends:

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For More Information…
More and more departments at St. Lawrence are producing their own newsletters these days. After we put out a call for samples last spring, this is what we got; many are created in part, and sometimes wholly, by students, and most feature stories and profiles about the activities and people in the respective departments. Some also include alumni activities. Where we can, we've indicated how those interested in seeing a copy can obtain one:
-Bionews ( (available only electronically)
-HEOP Newsletter (
-ODYssey, the newsletter of the University libraries (
-Service Learning News (
-The Government Gazette (
-CSTEP Newsletter of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (
-EDNB, the English Department News Bulletin (
-Geology Alumni Newsletter (
-Psychology Department Newsletter (
-The Fine Arts Newsletter (

Saints Network

Coming Up:

Friday, Feb. 16: SLU vs. Brown Hockey Game Reception Providence
Saturday, Feb. 17: SLU vs. Harvard Hockey Game Reception Boston
Saturday, Feb. 24: SLU Colgate Hockey Telecast See Web Site
March, 9-13- Copper Mt. Ski Weekend Denver

What's Been Happening:

Colorado Rockies: Scott Forbes '87 hosted a pre-game picnic for Laurentians at the Colorado Rockies baseball game on August 22.

US Open Tennis Tournament: 60 Laurentians joined Director of Athletics Margie Strait, and Joy Ciarcia-Levy '86 for the Arthur Ashe Kid's Day at the USTA Center in New York City on August 26 for a day of fun, great weather, and some great tennis.

Golf Outing: Alumni Director Greg Griffin '91 had a chance to play in a Laurentian Golf Outing with host David Thrun '88 and 28 others at the Stow Acres Country Club in Stow, Mass., on September 16.

Cider Party: On October 14, 55 Laurentians came to hear Beak and Skiff Farms owners David Pittart '74 and Steve Morse '68 explain the history of the orchard and get a guided tour of the cider mill. Laurentian families enjoyed a day of apple picking and some tasting. The afternoon was followed by an unofficial trip from Lafayette N.Y., to Skaneatleles, N.Y., to visit the Blue Water Grill, owned by Dan Riordan '76.

"SLU at the Zoo": Over 130 Laurentians came to the Bronx Zoo on October 15 for a guided tour by Tracey McNamara '76 and to hear about her recent contributions to identifying the West Nile Virus.

Anyone who is interested in attending or helping with events should contact Jeff Abke, assistant director of alumni and parent programs, at 315-229-5903 or We are always looking for new volunteers and good ideas.