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Table of Contents

A Day in the Life of a High-Tech Liberal Arts Student

Changing Perceptions

Take Us to Our Leaders

Learning Communities - A New Approach to Residential Life

Proposed Wellness Center To Address the Whole Person

Student Center Plans Continue to Evolve

Comings & Goings, Revisited

Staying the Course

Building Bridges: January 2001 Alumni Internship Placements

Alumni Accomplishments

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Alumni Accomplishments

It was a reunion of a different sort last December when Marion "Gaither" Galleher Kyhos '77 and her family welcomed her Kenyan host family from 1975 at the Kyhos home in Bethesda, Md. From left are Edna Ambundo; the Kyhos family, including husband Tom and children Justin, Patrick and Jennifer; and Sam and Bertha Ambundo. "Edna was 3 years old when I lived with the Ambundos," says Marion; "she just received her Ph.D. and is working at MIT. It was a terrific reunion!"

Timothy Fitzgerald '90 has been elected a partner in the Rochester, N.Y., law firm Harris Beach LLP, effective January 1, 2001. He practices in the firm's Commercial Real Estate Development and Finance Practice Group. He earned his law degree at Albany Law School of Union University and joined Harris Beach in 1995. He and his wife, Carol Calcagni Fitzgerald '90, live in Rochester.

Peter Rutkoff '64 has been named professor and director of American studies at Kenyon College, where he has been a faculty member for 30 years. A professor of history, he is also director of Kenyon's School-College Articulation Program, thorugh which high schools offer courses, taught by their own teachers with guidance from Kenyon mentors, to more than 1,000 students for college credit. He has received many honors, including Ohio Professor of the Year in 1993, and, with a Kenyon colleague, held a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1997-2000. He is the co-author of two scholarly books (see "Laurentian Reviews" in this issue of St. Lawrence), sole author of one, and the author of a forthcoming novel.

In her first bid for elective office, Donna Siwek '83 has been elected a New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Eighth Judicial District, which comprises the eight westernmost counties of New York State. At her swearing-in on January 4, she became the youngest person elected a justice in the district's history. A Buffalo attorney and cum laude graduate of St. Lawrence, she earned her law degree at the University of Buffalo Law School. She and her husband, bank attorney Tim McEvoy, live in North Buffalo with their children Conor, 7, and Emma, 5.

After a day of skiing, this throng of alumni unfurled the St. Lawrence banner at the base of the Copper Mountain slopes during last March's alumni ski outing are there. Thanks to Mary Ann Fitzpatrick Griffin '57 for submitting the photo.

Several cross country Laurentians got together at last fall's NCAA Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championship meet at the University of Rochester, to cheer the current men's and women's teams on to qualification for the national championships the following week. From left are current Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Deborah John Newman, Matt Dawson N'99, Aaron Todd '00, Sarah Smith '00, Jeff Cann '99, current Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Deborah Danehy Lyndaker '97, Chris Wilcox '00, Derek Poirier '96, Doug Lewis '97, Jeff Lyndaker '95 and current Associate Director of Athletics and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Mike Howard '87. The men's team won the regional championship and advanced to the NCAA championships, while the women's squad qualified for the NCAA tourney as a team for the first time in its history. Thanks to Chris Wilcox for submitting the photo.

Alumni Kudos

Scheduled to be honored at this year's Reunion Weekend, June 1-3, are the following Laurentians:

The Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award: counselor, psychologist and gay rights advocate Joseph Norton '40

Alumni Citations:
Gerald Benjamin '65, political scientist and public servant
Daniel Berggren '71, educator and musician
Andrew Ewing '75, chemist and educator
Rose-Alma J. McDonald M'79, Native American educator and social welfare advocate

Meet the Candidates

These Laurentians have accepted nomination for positions on the Alumni
Executive Council. Their formal election for three-year terms beginning
in June 2001 will occur at the June 3 annual meeting of the Alumni

Lucille Tower Funke '56
Priscilla Harvey Shroeder '57
Lennelle Dougherty McKinnon '58
William A. Barclay '92

The Joseph M. Fine III Memorial Scholarship

In January 2000, Joseph Fine '87 died in a traffic accident. He left his wife, Kim, and a 2-year-old son, Declan, as well as many Laurentian friends.

To honor Joe, two of his classmates have established the Joseph M. Fine III Memorial Scholarship at St. Lawrence in his memory. Proceeds from the scholarship endowment will be awarded annually to a deserving and needy student.

Further information can be obtained from Mark Verstandig '87 at 518-439-1391 (home) or 518-365-0811 (business), or, or David "Tex" Stallman at 1-888-289-4322 (business) or

Following the St. Lawrence International Programs:

First, Great Britain…
Next, Central Europe…
Then Spain…
France in 2001 (sold out)
Announcing, for fall 2002…

A cruising tour out of Copenhagen, home of the Denmark Program. Tentative stops include Stockholm, Helsinki, Talinn and St. Petersburg. Look for details in the Summer/Fall 2001 St. Lawrence.