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Environmental Studies: New Major, Real-world Research

One of our first interdisciplinary programs gets its own stand-alone major

Global Vision:
A new major is rather worldly

Home and Away: Adirondack Semester
Our newest off-campus program is our nearest

Field Days: Integrated Science Education Initiative
Redefining how we teach the sciences

University Fellows Program
Student-professor partnerships open new horizons in learning

Alumni Accomplishments

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Alumni Accomplishments

photo of Jack AlofsJack Alofs ’58 was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame on June 4, 2000. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jack coached basketball for 32 years, the last 20 at Herkimer County Community College, where he amassed a record of 391-155—a winning percentage of .720. In 1991, the year he retired, his team won the NJCAA Division III title. Twice named New York State Junior College Basketball Coach of the Year, he has said that his greatest joy in coaching was preparing his players for life.

photo of Douglas HartfordDouglas Hartford ’65 has been named vice president for advancement at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn. He was previously vice president for public affairs at Metropolitan State University, also in St. Paul; vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University-South Bend; and director of planned giving at the University of California-Davis.


photo of Rick BeyerF. Richard "Rick" Beyer ’66, elementary principal at the Seymour Magnet School of International Humanities, Syracuse, N.Y., is the winner of the T. Walsh McQuillan Award, presented by the School Administrators Association of New York State at its annual conference in Saratoga Springs last November. The award is given annually to administrators who have strong leadership skills and have made exceptional contributions to elementary education. Beyer has crafted an orientation and mentoring program for new administrators and is a strong supporter of training teachers in Internet applications in teaching, and of school-community relationships. He holds advanced degrees from Syracuse University.

Photo of GeorgeGordonGeorge B. "Sandy" Gordon ’67 has been named university counsel for the University of Alabama. An attorney for the university since 1982, he will coordinate legal services provided to the system by the Tuscaloosa campus office. A varsity tennis player and sociology major at St. Lawrence, he earned his law degree at the University of Alabama School of Law in 1974 and was in private practice in Tuscaloosa before joining the university system.

photo of Allen FinkelsonAllen Finkelson ’68 has been named one of the world’s top lawyers by Commercial Lawyer, the leading legal industry periodical in the United Kingdom. Finkelson, who is an attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which ahs offices in New York City, London and Hong Kong, told the magazine that American lawyers and investment bankers are "the architects of a deal, not merely the mechanics." The magazine called him "one of the half-dozen leading (merger and acquisition) individuals on the U.S. legal scene." He has represented CBS in its $35 billion merger with Viacom and Worldcom’s $43.7 billion takeover of MCI.

photo of Patrick FarmerPenn State women's soccer coach Patrick Farmer ’74 M’76 has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Coach-of-the-Year for 1999. Farmer, who guided the Nittany Lions to their first-ever NCAA Women's College Cup appearance in 1999, has been at the helm of the young Penn State program since its inception in 1994. The national coach-of-the-year honoree was similarly recognized by Soccer Buzz magazine in 1998 and as the top Division III mentor in 1989. He has guided PSU to five consecutive NCAA tournaments, a top-three finish in the Big Ten Conference each season, including two championship titles (1998, 1999), and the tournament championship (1998).

photo of Peter HuntPeter F. Hunt ’75, president and CEO of Hunt Real Estate Corp., Williamsville, NY, has been named 1999 Executive of the Year by Buffalo/Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, Inc. The presentation was made at the organization’s Distinguished Sales and Marketing Awards event on February 28, 2000. He is the third generation in his family to lead the firm, which was founded by his grandfather in 1911, and has overseen its remarkable growth in the last two decades. He has been active in real estate on the national level, having testified before a Congressional hearing, and has a lengthy list of civic involvements, including chairman of the board of trustees of Daemen College and youth hockey coach.

photo of Charlotte BarnardCharlotte Barnard ’77 has been named editor-in-chief of Hearst Special Publications, a group of titles such as House Beautiful Kitchens/Baths and Good Housekeeping Do It Yourself that provide information and service on decorating, remodeling, home improvement and home building. Before that, she had been an editorial production manager for Vogue and an editor for many publications, including Glamour and Ladies’ Home Journal.

photo of James IrelandJames "Jay" Ireland III ’77 has been named president of NBC Television Stations, with offices at NBC headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza, New York City. He had been with General Electric since 1980, most recently as vice president and CFO for GE Plastics in Pittsfield, Mass. He has overall executive responsibility for overseeing the operation of NBC’s 13 owned-and-operated television stations, which reach more than 27 percent of U.S. television households.

photo of Linda MitchellLinda Terrell Mitchell ’80 has been named vice president and general counsel of America West Airlines. She oversees all legal affairs of the airline, based in Phoenix, and The Leisure Company; both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of America West Holdings Corporation. She holds an MBA from Lake Forest College and her law degree from Harvard.


photo of Scott GilesScott Giles ‘82 was walking around the Antarctic one day last January (that region’s midsummer), and whom should he bump into on the shores of Lake Hoare but a fellow Laurentian, Andrew Fountain ’75. Giles, a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, was overseeing a National Science Foundation research program there, while Fountain, a glaciologist and assistant professor of geology at Portland (Ore.) State University, was a team leader of one of the NSF projects. "We had quite a chuckle that we could go to the end of the Earth and still run into a fellow Laurentian," Giles said.

photo of Anne SibleyAnne Sibley ’85, M’94 is the new director of public relations at Clarkson University. She had held a similar position at SUNY Canton College of Technology. At Clarkson, she is responsible for shaping Clarkson's overall public relations strategies and program. In particular, she will work with regional, national and business media.


photo of George WhitmoreGeorge N. Whitmore ’89 has joined Standish, Ayer & Wood, Inc., a Boston-based investment firm, as vice president of advisor sales. In this newly-created position, he is responsible for marketing and selling mutual funds and separately managed tax-sensitive products to the registered investment advisor community.


photo of David HaffenrefferDavid Haffenreffer ’90 has joined CNNfn as a business news anchor. From the CNN Business News headquarters in New York city, he co-anchors "Ahead of the Curve," a weekday early-morning news program that prepares viewers for the day ahead with a complete overview of the day’s headlines and the latest analysis of market performances around the world. Haffenreffer has hosted the syndicated personal finance program "Money Talks" and provides Reuters financial updates for ABC-TV and been business news and financial markets anchor for Bloomberg Radio and Television.

photo of Mona MarounMarsh Inc. has announced the appointment of Mona Maroun ’94 as assistant vice president in its Syracuse, N.Y., office. She is responsible for day-to-day maintenance of risk management accounts and for managing property and casualty insurance coverage. A global professional insurance services firm, Marsh Inc. is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.


photo of Shelly ClementsShelley Clements ’99 has been named traffic coordinator at Direct Results Group, Boston, Mass., a marketing and customer relations firm. She oversees all agency workflow. While studying in London on St. Lawrence’s program there, she completed an internship in advertising. A Faculty Scholar, she graduated magna cum laude with majors in English writing and fine arts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

photo of Kris Magherio, Hugh Gunnison and Janne LinaresAt Moving-Up Day ceremonies on April 29, Alumni Council member Hugh Gunnison ’52, center, presented Alumni Council Senior Leadership Awards to Kristian Margherio ’00, left, and Janné Linares. Margherio, of St. Louis, Mo., was the number one student in his class, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.984; he was a member of the men’s hockey team, which advanced this year to the Division I Frozen Four. Linares, of the Bronx, N.Y., was a leader in several organizations, including Intercultural House and the Black Student Union, and was a writing tutor in both Spanish and English. Both students plan to attend law school; for more on them, see this issue’s feature section.

A 50/50 Class

At a special banquet on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend, the 50th Reunion class of 1950 was honored and inducted into the Honor Guard. In their remarks on that occasion, President Sullivan and Reunion Chair Bill Davis ’50 provided several glimpses of the class, from which we have drawn these excerpts:

· The Class of ’50 was the largest to that time in St. Lawrence history, beginning in the first post-World War II year, 1946, with 339 members, including 212 men.

· It experienced such joys as a 41-6 defeat of Clarkson in football and endured such sorrows as the loss to fire of the R, a favorite student hangout downtown.

· Classmates participated in one of St. Lawrence’s first capital campaigns, a $400,000 drive, finished just before their graduation on June 11, 1950, to build an indoor hockey and skating rink—today’s Appleton Arena.

· Their Commencement speaker was Louis St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, and his speech was broadcast nationwide bv ABC Radio.

· The class produced business executives, college professors, attorneys, physicians, engineers, librarians, teachers, ministers, military officers, entrepreneurs, an opera singer and an FBI agent.

· Fifteen were elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

· Sixteen have been named to various editions of Who’s Who.

· Nineteen have served on the Alumni Executive Council.

· Three became trustees of St. Lawrence.

Saints Network

Summer/Fall Laurentian Events

What’s been happening…

July 13 Young Alumni Happy Hour Washington, DC

July 27 Rock Cats Baseball Game New Britain, CT

July 30 Day at the Races Saratoga Springs, NY

July 30 Sackets Harbor Concert/Reception Sackets Harbor, NY

August 3 Buffalo Bisons Baseball Game/Picnic Buffalo, NY

August 4 Vermont Expos Send-Off/Game/Picnic Burlington, VT

August 22 Colorado Rockies Baseball Game Denver, CO

August 23 Boston Red Sox Baseball Game Boston, MA

August 26 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament New York, NY

September 15 Saints on the St. Lawrence Boat Tour/Dinner Alex Bay, NY

September 16 Golf Outing/Dinner Stow, MA

September 21 Young Alumni Gathering Boston, MA

September 22 Young Alumni Gathering New York, NY

September 27 Young Alumni Gathering Washington, DC

October 12 Career Finance Panel New York, NY

October 14 Cider Party Syracuse, NY

October 15 Regional Make A Difference Days Various

October 15 SLU at the Zoo-Bronx Zoo New York, NY

October 15 Stonehurst Regatta Rochester, NY

Stay tuned for lots of other stuff tentatively on the calendar!

Sat., Oct. 28 Head of the Fish Saratoga Springs, NY

Fri., Nov. 10 SLU v. Princeton Men’s Hockey Princeton, NJ

Sat., Nov. 11 SLU v. Yale Men’s Hockey New Haven, CT

Thurs., Dec. 7 "Chicago" Production and Cast Party New York, NY

Sun., Dec. 17 Town-Gown Holiday Reception Canton, NY

March 8-12, 2001 Ski Event at Copper Mountain Colorado

For up-to-date information, visit the Events Page of the St. Lawrence Web site at

Information is current as of July 11,2000.

Are you interested in helping plan events in your area or

do you have questions about upcoming events? Call Greg Griffin ’91,

director of alumni and parent programs, at 315-229-5519 or e-mail