PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION
FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 17
France Merrick Grant
Continues Innovation Program
Construction
LEEDers
Hearst Corp. executive Gil ’50 and Ann Maurer
P’74, ’81, ’81, GP ’03 hosted President Wil-
liam L. Fox ’75, center, and 250 Laurentians at
the Hearst Tower in Manhattan last May. The
building, which recently was designated LEED
Platinum for its commitment to sustainable
operations, was an appropriate setting for
President Fox to speak about University priori-
ties including the new campus residence hall.
The structure is being built to LEED standards,
incorporating best practices for efficiency
and “green” design and construction, and will
feature geothermal heating and cooling. For
updates on construction progress, including
live video coverage, go to
/
newreshall.
From left, Allan Maragh '02, University Trustee
Tzveta Raynova '02, Manish Kapoor '97 and
Randy Wilson '02 enjoyed the gathering on
New York City’s skyline.
Recognizing that great ideas
come from many sources, and
that St. Lawrence University’s
future depends on encouraging the
creativity of its faculty, staff and
students, President William L. Fox
’75
launched a pilot “St. Lawrence
Innovation Grants” program in fall
2010,
with support from a presi-
dential discretionary grant from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The program is designed to cre-
ate initiatives that will improve
the quality of life at St. Lawrence
through curricular, co-curricular or
campus life projects, and provide
a foundation for the University’s
future.
The France Merrick Foundation
has approved a $250,000 grant to
help provide permanent funding for
the program. The goal of the grant
is to help St. Lawrence leverage
other resources to make permanent
the highly successful program,
which reflects creative ideas from
every St. Lawrence constituency—
faculty members, administrators,
coaches and students, usually in
combination.
The Merrick and Pinkard families
have a deep history and connection
with St. Lawrence that spans almost
40
years and two generations of
graduates,” said foundation family
member Peter Pinkard ’81, P’11,
’12,
who helped shape the proposal
with President Fox. “We see the
Innovation Grants as a wonderful
opportunity to foster campus-wide
collaboration in an effort to bring
positive outcomes to the entire
St. Lawrence community.”
SELECTED INNOVATION
GRANTS, 2010-2012
(
for details on these and others,
go to
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grants)
Campus Recycling Study
Mediation Program
Social Science Research Center
Accommodative Services iPad Pilot
Project
Global Dialogue Center
Hydration Stations
Technology-Infused Collaboration
Space (facilitates group work on
computing devices)
Students and Professor of Global Studies John Collins, back right, at the
Global Dialogue Center, recipient of an Innovation Grant.
Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo ’15
Alex Smith '12
Alex Smith '12