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Support Students, Support Transformation

Russia's Abandoned Children

When the Saints Came Marching Home!

Alumni Accomplishments

The Kenya Connection

Laurentian Reviews

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Alumni Accomplishments

Having recently sent us a picture of a church named for St. Lawrence in Utah, Barbara Miller “BJ” Fontaine ’65 has now located two more for us in the Cotswolds region of England. St. Lawrence Church stands near Ha-Penny Bridge, Lechlade, while St. Lawrence’s Church is in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. The sharp-eyed who are also aware of the five-hour time difference will note that the latter church was getting a Service of Thanksgiving under way at the very moment at which St. Lawrence University began its Commencement exercises on May 16, 2004.

Two retired teachers were honored by the St. Lawrence Area Retired Teachers Association at its meeting in Canton in June. Receiving “Apple for the Teacher” awards for loyalty to their community and to education were Ruth Johnston Chisholm ’55, M’62, left, and Mary Gleason Colton ’60, M’65. Chisholm had a 30-year career in Canton, teaching middle and high school sciences and math, while Colton taught social studies in Potsdam and later in Canton.

 Dennis P. Ryan ’86 was recently named executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. He is pictured delivering the keynote address at the Memorial Day 2004 Commemorative Service at the Veterans Memorials on the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany. Ryan is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department, which is the primary agent for job creation and economic growth and workforce development in the state. He was previously with the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, where he was acting commissioner for eight months. He has also represented Governor George Pataki in Washington, D.C., and worked for U.S. Rep Rick Lazio. He and his wife, Robyn, and their three children live in Delmar, N.Y.

Dr. Edward Attarian ’52 has been honored with a gift of $1 million from H. Wayne and Marti Huizenga, via the Huizenga Family Foundation, to the Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston in Dr. Attarian's name, for the Attarian-Huizenga Department of Executive and International Health. Dr. Attarian retired from medical practice at the clinic on December 31, 2003 ; he had been chair of that department. Pictured at announcement ceremonies are, from left, Wayne and Marti Huizenga and Mary Lou Cole Attarian ’52 and Ed Attarian. The gift will be applied to a chair in Dr. Attarian’s name in the department, and for cancer research. In announcing the gift, Huizenga acknowledged the care he had received from Dr. Attarian, who said later, “My entire professional career started with my scholarship at SLU, and I have always been very grateful for that. I have been very proud of the University and all the help they gave me.”

Leadership Buffalo (N.Y.) has named Mary Jo Faucher Hunt ’76, left, executive director, effective in October 2004. She is pictured with Tony Colucci III ’80, president of the board of the 17-year-old leadership training group.

Hunt is a past president of the Junior League of Buffalo, and serves as co-chair of the 2004 campaign for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County with her husband, St. Lawrence Trustee Peter ’75, a real estate executive. She also has firsthand knowledge with Leadership Buffalo, having been part of the effort that created the organization and graduated from its centerpiece training program in 1990. She previously served on its board.

Leadership Buffalo is best known for the "class experience" program that Hunt and more than 800 other people have completed: a series of sessions over the course of a year that expose class members to a range of community issues, from law enforcement to education. The organization also runs programs for young people and for executives new to the Buffalo region.

Colucci said Hunt is good at both leading and lending a hand to community activities to make sure they succeed. “She's a player-coach,” he said.

A psychology and government major at St. Lawrence, Hunt earned a master's degree in elementary education with a specialty in urban education at SUNY Buffalo and taught in the Buffalo Public Schools; she has also held other education-related positions. She and her husband are the parents of four children, including Emily ’04.

Donald David ’77 , professor and coordinator of the award-winning design, technology and stage management program at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, was named the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Liberal Arts last spring. To be chosen by an outside selection committee from among more than 100 tenured liberal arts faculty “is an honor and it’s humbling,” he told a Dayton Daily News reporter. Professor David teaches scenic technology and design, designs the sets for campus productions and sometimes plays supporting roles on stage. He holds an MFA in theater design, technology and stage management from the University of Utah . According to the newspaper article, while at St. Lawrence David spotted a call for Noble Center (now Gulick) Theatre scenery builders, “and that was that.” “I remember fondly the hours spent building scenery in that shop behind the theatre,” he says. “It was my time doing theatre at SLU that led me to where I am now. And after 25 years teaching, I still love what I do and wouldn't change anything.”

Patrick Farmer ’74 , a two-time national coach of the year honoree, has been hired as the second women's soccer head coach in Syracuse University program history. Most recently he was head coach at Tennessee Tech and prior to that at Ithaca College and Penn State; he developed winning programs at each (in 15 seasons, he compiled a 242-68-31 record). In 2003 he was tied for ninth in winning percentage for NCAA women’s soccer coaches in all divisions. In 2001 he was head coach for the professional New York Power in the Women’s United Soccer Association, finishing third after the play-off semifinals. From 1976 through 1987 he was women’s soccer coach (capturing six league titles and three sectional championships) and ski coach at the Town of Webb (Old Forge) Schools, in his hometown. Farmer was named the 1989 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III National Coach of the Year. In 1990 and 1991, his Ithaca College team won the Division III national championship. Farmer was hired to start the women's soccer program at Penn State in 1994. By his second season, he had pushed the Nittany Lions into the NCAA Division I Tournament. Penn State reached the national quarterfinals for the first of three consecutive campaigns in 1998 and then, in 1999, advanced to the semifinals. Farmer was the NSCAA Division I Coach of the Year that season. He has served as a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program Staff for 15 years, including the last 11 as a senior staff member with head or assistant coaching assignments.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced that Special Projects Manager Joe Kerper ’00 has won a second-place award in the “Good Shots, Great Stories” contest conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Kerper won in the category “Outdoor Magazines over 50,000” circulation for his story “Hunting in Good Company” in the January 2004 issue of American Hunter. The story focused on the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

Kerper is in his fourth year with the NRA and until recently held the position of senior communications specialist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer and federal park ranger. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for writing about introducing more young people to the hunting and shooting sports,” commented Kerper.

“Joe Kerper’s writing ability has been evident to us for years,” said Craig D. Sandler, the NRA’s executive director of general operations. “This is a well-deserved award, and it’s gratifying to see him earn the recognition.”

Michael N. O'Keefe ’75 has been named president and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg , Pa. He has been a member of the hospital's administration for 13 years, first serving as vice president of operations and then as the hospital's first executive vice president and COO. A government major and member of the football and track teams at St. Lawrence, O’Keefe earned his MPA from American University and began his career in healthcare administration in 1977 at Community-General Hospital in Syracuse , N.Y. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves locally on boards of directors of Swineford National Bank and Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity. He is also a division chair of the Campaign for Downtown Lewisburg. He and his wife, Gail, are the parents of three grown daughters: Molly, Erin and Kerry.

Terry Surles ’66 has been appointed vice president for the Electricity Innovation Institute, a non-profit research and development organization affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto , Cal. Surles has more than 30 years of experience in analyzing and studying energy and environmental issues. He served most recently as program manager of the Public Interest Energy Research Program and as assistant director for science and technology for the California Energy Commission. He spent most of his prior career in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratory system, most recently at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he was associate director for energy programs.  Previously he spent 19 years at Argonne National Laboratory, where his most recent position was general manager for environmental programs. In 1997–1998, California Gov. Pete Wilson named Surles deputy secretary for science and technology at the California Environmental Protection Agency. There, he enhanced the state’s technology certification program, the first of its kind in the United States , which received several awards for governmental innovation. He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Michigan State . The media relations manager at the Electric Power Research Institute is Christine Hopf-Lovette ’63.

A year ago, Wayne Morgan ’73 became the head men’s basketball coach at Iowa State after pictures of his predecessor partying in apartment after a lost game were published. According to the ISU Web site, “Iowa State (20-13) ended its 2003-04 season as one of the hottest teams in the nation, advancing to the NIT Final Four in New York City...much of the credit should go to first-year head coach Wayne Morgan, who inherited a program in turmoil last May [2003]...Morgan kept the Cyclones improving throughout the season, recording the second-best win total for an ISU first-year head coach.”  

Sue Engle ’97 has been appointed a leadership gifts officer at SUNY Cortland. Her duties as an officer are to "increase the college's support and endowment through gifts from alumni, parents and friends." Previously, she was an assistant director of development at the Media Research Center in Alexandria , Va. While there she served as executive secretary to the Board of Trustees and was presented with a 2002 Presidential Award as the Outstanding Employee. Before that, she was a government relations assistant with the Automotive Service Industry Association in Washington , D.C. A member of KDS who took part in the Washington semester, she lives in Cazenovia , N.Y.

Morgan “Mo” Cassara ’97 is the new head men’s basketball coach at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. Cassara, who was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, a Division I program, in 2003-04, was head coach at Worcester Academy for four seasons; he was 89-20 at Worcester, culminating in the New England Prep School championship in his final year. He also has collegiate coaching experience at The Citadel and Washington & Lee. He helped Dayton to an NCAA Tournament appearance last year, but said his background is Division III, including a four-year career as a player at St. Lawrence.

Carolyn Waszkiewicz ’00 was recently named office manager for Faster-Form Corporation, the parent company to multiple divisions serving the wholesale and retail floral industry, the retail giftware industry and original equipment manufacturers. She serves in a supervisory capacity and is responsible for human relations, ERISA and Affirmative Action compliance, Total Quality Management procedures, accounting, payroll and purchasing for 10 Faster-Form divisions. Faster-Form is a domestic manufacturer of floral supplies, giftware, displays, preserved bridal bouquets and preserved sympathy floral arrangements.

Carolyn has over two years of managerial experience with Faster-Form, which is headquartered in New Hartford, N.Y. She has an MBA from the University of Miami. After graduating from St. Lawrence, she was a traveling consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, visiting over 30 KKG chapters nationwide during 2000-01 to provide assistance in chapter organization and programming.