Puccia Valtorta ’80 has
joined the National Arbitration Forum’s national panel of independent
and neutral arbitrators and mediators. The NAF is one of the
world's largest providers of alternative dispute resolution services. An
attorney who has been practicing law in South Carolina since 1993, she
is qualified as a mediator in civil cases, state and federal courts, and
as an arbitrator. She also works in a solo law practice, specializing in
employment law, family law, and Social Security disability cases. Recently
she began practicing in the utilities area, with an emphasis on water rights
for local neighborhoods. She was an English major at St. Lawrence and has
a master's in English from Duke and a J.D. from the University of South
Carolina. She has published Family
Meal, a 1993 novel, and Start Your Own Law Practice in 2005;
she is working on a book about Social Security.
University Trustee Ken
Okoth was interviewed at length on both
the National Public Radio program “The Bryant Park Project” and the
CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., in early January, about his efforts both to
get his family out of Kenya and to help children throughout Kenya in the face
of violence surrounding the elections there. Ken teaches at the Potomac
School, in McLean, Va., and also runs a school in the Kibera district of Nairobi,
where some of the worst violence occurred.
Joanne Conlon ’73, Ed.D., was named
a 2008 American College Education Personnel Association Educational
Leadership Foundation Diamond Honoree. Director of student
academic support at Rosemont College in King of Prussia, Pa.,
where she has been since 2003, she received her master’s
in higher education at Syracuse University and Ed.D. and M.Ed.
in higher and adult education administration from Columbia
University. At Rosemont, Joanne has created and managed the
Title III-funded Student Academic Support Services Center for
the Undergraduate Women’s College. She created or enhanced
First-Year Experience Programs at Syracuse University, SUNY
Stony Brook and West Chester University. As a resident life
administrator at Stony Brook, she helped develop the Student-Community
Development specialization in the School of Social Welfare’s
MSW program, and served as a charter faculty member and course
developer. She also developed and served as instructor for
an innovative academic honesty seminar while there, which was
required as a developmental sanction for students found responsible
for academic honesty violations.
Kimberly McClure Pacala ’78 has joined
the Five Talents International board of directors. She’s
the director of development for Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks
in Lake George, N.Y. A press release from Five Talents International
states, “Pacala's interest in serving the poor in developing
countries stems from a St. Lawrence University semester abroad
experience in Kenya, during the spring of 1977.” Five
Talents International has provided funding for business training
and thousands of loans, ranging from $50 to $300, in 14 countries
across Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Each loan
finances a microbusiness that in turn employs at least six
other people. A majority of the loan recipients are women.
Jeff Lazovik ’70 was recently named
the director of SUNY Potsdam’s Counseling Center. He
will plan for, develop and maintain a comprehensive campus
counseling service; develop and monitor budgets; lead planning
and staff development initiatives; and assess the quality and
range of services. He had served as assistant director since
1990. Previously, was a counselor for the Mohawk Council of
Akwesasne, a consultant for St. Regis Mohawk Health Services,
a member of the St. Lawrence University counseling staff and
a mediation trainer for New York State. He has maintained
a small, part-time, private psychotherapy practice throughout
his professional career.
Thomas Sy ’82 was honored at the annual
awards dinner of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State,
in Albany on October 22. As executive director for Aspire
of Western New York, he was given the Daniel Wieder Executive
Leadership Award, one of only six people to receive a statewide
award in 2007. “Mr. Sy has helped bring about an expanded
series of individualized and innovative programs to ensure
that Aspire can help turn disabilities into capabilities each
day,” his citation read. Prior to joining Aspire in 2000,
he served in leadership roles at Niagara Memorial Medical Center,
Lockport Memorial Hospital and Media Memorial Hospital. Active
in civic affairs and a member of the St. Lawrence Alumni Executive
Council, the biology major lives in Lockport with his wife,
Diane, and two daughters, Ashley and Rachael.
Jonathan Biele ’92 has been recognized as one of the
top 40 under 40 in investment banking by IDD magazine.com, “the
insider’s guide to investment banking and capital markets.” The
online magazine says, “Although Jonathan Biele only
joined Cowen & Co. [last] July, his deal
roster is long. He has raised more than $100 billion in more
than 250 transactions during his career. Before Cowen, Biele
was head of equity capital markets at Lazard and
a managing director in the firm's life science banking group,
and was part of the equity syndicate and equity capital markets
groups at Lehman Brothers. He was also a vice
president and syndicate manager at ABN Amro Rothschild.”
The Board of Directors of the Bank of Bennington (Vt.) has
named James D. Brown ’91 president and
CEO of the bank. Formerly the bank’s senior credit officer
and a member of the senior management team, Brown joined the
bank in 2001. He has held positions in retail bank management
and senior credit administration at the former Cohoes Savings
Bank, Fleet Bank and Evergreen Bank in Albany and Glens Falls,
N.Y. He possesses an MBA from the University at Albany
after double-majoring in government and economics and studying
in both Denmark and Kenya while at St. Lawrence.
Douglas Dempster ’77, acting interim
dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas
at Austin since fall 2006 and senior associate dean of the
college since 2001, has been appointed dean of the college.
Dempster, who holds the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail Senior Regents
Professorship and the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Fine
Arts as a professor in the college’s department of theatre
and dance, was named after a national search.
was on the faculty for 18 years at the Eastman School of Music/University
of Rochester. He held appointments in the departments of humanities,
philosophy, music theory and musicology, and was humanities
department chair and associate director and dean of academic
affairs. Well known nationally for curricular reform in professional
arts schools, he was founding director of the Eastman School’s
Arts Leadership Program.
With research specialties in aesthetics,
the philosophy of music theory, cultural policy studies and
the philosophy of language, Dempster teaches and is widely
published in diverse fields. He earned his doctoral and
in philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill after majoring in philosophy and government at St. Lawrence.
He is married to Kathryn Anderson ’77.
RUSSIA! Magazine is proud to present actor Viggo Mortensen ’80,
the star of David Cronenberg's hit Eastern Promises,
with its inaugural Rolling R, an annual award for the best "Russian" performance
by a Hollywood actor. The official citation commends Mortensen
for his "sensitive, multifaceted and authentic" portrayal
of Nikolai, a morally conflicted thug.
"Unlike the Muslim, Jewish and other communities, the Russians have been
historically docile about being portrayed as drunk, murderous plotters," explains
Michael Idov, the editor of RUSSIA!, "But that's not the offensive part.
The offensive part is being portrayed as a drunk, murderous plotter with a
Czech name and a Transylvanian accent. The bar for verisimilitude is so low
right now that, even in an excellent film like The Bourne Identity,
Bourne's 'Russian' passport is filled with random gibberish.
We'd like to reward the ones doing it right. We're proud to
acknowledge Mr. Mortensen, whose star turn in Eastern Promises is
amazingly sensitive, multifaceted, and above all authentic.
His character even speaks a specific old-school thief slang,
and switches to Ukrainian when comforting a Ukrainian woman."
Christopher Olsen ’79 has been named associate
dean for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Veterinary Medicine. A biology major and Phi
Beta Kappa inductee at St. Lawrence, he earned his DVM from Cornell
University in 1982 and his Ph. D. from Cornell in 1992. He
then joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has
taught public health and virology to veterinary medical students
while maintaining a federally-funded research program on public
health aspects of influenza virus infections. Dr. Olsen
has also been instrumental in establishing the school’s
Pet Pals and DVM/Master of Public Health dual degree programs
and in making the school a partner in the campus-wide Center
for Global Health.
Named after a hard-to-master feature of Slavic pronunciation,
the Rolling R is playfully described by its founders as an
award for "General Excellence in Acting Russian." The
actual award consists of a certificate and a round mini-sculpture.