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Comings and Goings: Class of 2000

Comings and Goings: Class of 2004

Working to Serve

Making Connections

Ready or Not...

Now We're Talking

Alumni Accomplishments

The Kenya Connection

Laurentian Reviews

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Alumni Accomplishments

Ever taken a good book to the beach and then found you can't read it because you can't keep the glaring sun out of your eyes or off the book? Scott '92 and Sarah Markey Bushweller '94 from St. Lawrence University may have the answer to your problem. They've invented a new outdoor book accessory called Bookbrella, which has been licensed by Antioch Publishing (

"Sarah and I love to read at the beach, but we often became frustrated by the glare," says Scott. "We would constantly be repositioning ourselves to shade our books. We invented the Bookbrellas so we can enjoy reading outside in the sun."

The Bookbrella has a hinged clip that attaches to the back of a book, and a bendable neck coming off the clip. A lightweight miniature umbrella is attached to the bendable neck. "Simply position the miniature umbrella in the direction of the sun and it shades your book," Scott explains. "The miniature umbrella is available in six colors (red, gold, royal blue, Kelly green, turquoise and lavender). Bookbrella came out in the second half of 2003; it is currently being placed in stores and is offered in one catalog. We were recently on a well-known national talk show with our product." Scott notes that they were obligated to sign an agreement that they would not name the program when promoting Bookbrella.

When not inventing eye-saving beach accessories, Scott is a homecare physical therapist and Sarah is a physician's assistant at a family practice clinic; they live in Wading River, on Long Island, N.Y. Scott graduated from the University of Vermont physical therapy program in 1996 and Sarah from Touro College's physician assistant program in 1999. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Kayleigh, who clearly enjoys the beach as much as her parents.

Colleen E. Curry '88 is the new supervisory museum curator at Yellowstone National Park. She is responsible for all aspects of the park's archives, library and museum collection program, including employee supervision; management of a budget of over $500,000; research and documentation on all objects offered for inclusion in the collections; and oversight of all objects in exhibits throughout the park and on loan to other institutions. She also sits on the Research Council, which approves research permits and specimen-collecting in the park. The park's collections include over five million objects ranging from priceless watercolors to travertine-covered souvenirs from the park's early days, to a collection of 33 historic vehicles, to natural history specimens and archival documents covering all aspects of the park's history. She's also responsible for planning and overseeing the move of the entire program operation to a new 33,000-square-foot collections storage and research facility just outside the park. "The Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center will have state-of-the-art storage areas, laboratories (archeology, geology, paleontology, herbarium and natural history) and research library," she explains. The plan is to open the center to the public by fall 2004; Curry will be its director. "This is definitely my dream job!" she says.

Previously, Curry was curator at Arlington House (the Robert E. Lee Memorial) and George Washington Memorial Parkway, both National Park Service sites near Washington, D.C.; collections manager at the Lehigh County Historical Society in Allentown, Pa.; and assistant curator for the Supreme Court of the United States and at The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson near Nashville, Tenn. She has an M.A. in museum studies (with academic concentration in American studies) from George Washington University.

Trustee David B. Laird Jr. '65, president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Private College Council, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., at its December 18, 2003, Commencement exercises. In "Charting our Collective Future," remarks prepared for that occasion, he said, in part, "Over the next decade, the Millennial Generation will entirely recast the image of youth from downbeat and alienated to upbeat and engaged – with potentially seismic consequences for America." Addressing the graduates, who are considered members of that generation, he asked, "What will you accomplish with the knowledge of the genomic structure? Will you find new life in the universe? Will your medical breakthroughs reduce the ravages of HIV/AIDS and other global predatory diseases? How will you arrest and manage the growing disparities between rich and poor both in our nation and around the globe? How would you repay the unprecedented national, state and personal debt we are acquiring for you? How will you disarm the global clash of civilizations, cultures, religions, and political systems? How will you better educate all of tomorrow's children? And how will you tell us that our lifestyle and health demands exceed even your most generous abilities? Will you help convene a public, and civil, discussion of these challenges?"

Having earned a liberal arts degree, Laird told the graduates, they "have the tools" to answer these questions: "A sense of what is required to continue to learn in an environment in which the only constant is change; a set of individual and shared values…; experience in adapting to different contexts and systems of thought; a sense of the power of a unified global mission; (and) a set of role models of commitment, shared sacrifice and the quality and power of teamwork."

 Susan L. Morrison '58, right, of Jekyll Island, Ga., recently donated a turtle sculpture by Tyler Dominey to the Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island. She also donated funds for a "discovery room" in the center, which is operated by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.  

Michael W. Schneider '63 has been named director of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's Office of International Operations. He oversees the international staff as well as Maryland's global network of business center and representatives. After college he served in the Navy for five years, then joined Koppers Company, a global industrial engineering and manufacturing conglomerate based in Pittsburgh, later managing its dales and marketing program in France and the United Kingdom, and subsequently in all of Europe. He has also been an executive with Environmental Elements Corp., and he has founded three businesses: North American Business Ventures Inc., Far East Business Ventures Inc. and Technolink China Ltd. He lives in Severna Park. Md., where he is a part-time boat captain and diving instructor. He and his wife, Ingrid, are the parents of two adult children.

Holly Haas '80, right, graduated from New York Law School in May 2003 and passed the New York Bar Exam on her first try. Emily Wachtel Gill '80, left, attended the graduation ceremony, which was followed by a celebration at the Hudson Hotel. Haas will practice employee-side employment law in the New York City area. She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and lives on the Upper East Side . She is an active volunteer in Carl Shurtz Park near Gracie Mansion.

John Hanley '83 has been named executive director of the North American Securities Administrators Association; he began his new duties on January 5. He came to NASAA from the Independent Community Bankers of America, where he was director of legislative strategy, advising bank leaders on legislative, political and regulatory matters. He has held management positions at Citicorp and Chase Manhattan Bank, and with the Institute for Strategy Development, a Washington , D.C. , financial consultancy. He has two Laurentian siblings: Mike '72 and Margaret Hanley Warner '79.    

Ted MacMahon '88, director of institutional advancement at The Fenn School in Concord, Mass., has been elected president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter. He has been on the organization's Board of Directors for six years, during which he founded its first "youth in philanthropy" program, which recruits professional fundraisers to teach basic fundraising skills to inner-city youth. Before moving to The Fenn School earlier this year, he was vice president for development at the Home for Little Wanderers, a nationally known child and family service agency in Boston. A skier in college, he has run 15 marathons.

Bob Wagenaar '88, postmaster in Eutaw, Ala., returned home during the winter, after a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan. He received the Bronze Star for his service from Lt. General Barno, Commanding General in Afghanistan. He was a history major, football player and member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at St. Lawrence.

Greg Griffin '91 is senior director of development with the Syracuse University Library System, raising funds along with three daughters. Greg is happy to be back near his hometown and is planning to start his doctorate in higher education in the fall. He and his wife, Casey, live in Liverpool, N.Y. Greg was director of alumni and parent programs at St. Lawrence before taking the SU position.