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Table of Contents

Who Are We?

Pluralism and Unity

Being Greek

A Sense of Belonging

Voice from the Right

An Attitude of Accommodation

Bigger Questions

Chaplain Kathleen Buckley

"Larry Got Gay"

Speed Bumps

The Great Financial Aid Misconception

The Difference that Differnce Makes

Laurentian Reviews

Alumni Accomplishments

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Alumni Accomplishments

 The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Gerald Benjamin ’65, dean of SUNY New Paltz's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of political science, to the position of Distinguished Professor, the university's highest faculty designation, conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence in a chosen field.

Benjamin, who joined the faculty at New Paltz as assistant professor of political science in 1968, is considered the pre-eminent scholar on New York State and local government. He has written, co-written or edited 14 books on topics such as regionalism, term limits, state legislatures, city government and municipal reform, New York City and New York State governments, race relations and the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and a biography of former Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He has had lectureships or fellowships in Japan, Israel, Italy and Taiwan, and, closer to home, has served his county as a legislator and his state as research director of New York's Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision. He is pictured with Lori Oakes Thompson ’95, director of international partnerships in the SUNY Office of International Programs, with whom he traveled to Turkey to develop joint degree programs for the SUNY system.

 A Family Tradition Continues: When Christine Clark Collins ’92 and John Collins ’92 (standing, left and center) were children growing up in Canton, they were in the playgroup organized by Professor of Psychology Jim Wallace, right, in large part for observation by his Developmental Psychology students. The two students went to St. Lawrence, married, settled in Canton (he is a lawyer and she is a teacher) and started a family—which last spring was in Prof. Wallace’s playgroup. The younger generation are, from left, John, 6 months when the photo was taken in April; Emma, 4; and Elizabeth, 2.

 Mark Isaacs ’93 is the new weekend morning “Eyewitness Weather” reporter for TV station KTRK, an ABC affiliate, in Houston. He is also the producer of a talk show, “Debra Duncan,” at the station. A speech and theatre and English double major, he was active in drama at St. Lawrence.

 Mark Klett ’74 has been named a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, where he is a professor in the School of Art. The designation is the highest honor offered to ASU faculty. A photographer, he has transformed the practice of landscape photography over the last 20 years, and is being compared by some to Ansel Adams. His work addresses vital sociological, technological, visual and ecological values in the intersection of land and community in the West through his creation of photographs that map the region’s temporal and spatial transformations over the last 100 years. In a new book, View Finder: Mark Klett, Photography and the Reinvention of Landscape (University of New Mexico Press, 2001), author William L. Fox notes how Klett, a geology major, was able to blend art and science at St. Lawrence.
credit: Tim Trumble/ASU

 Frank McCullough Jr. ’65 has been elected vice chair of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility. A NYPA trustee since 1997, he is a senior partner in the law firm of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP with offices in White Plains, N.Y. The primary focus of his practice has been in administrative law in the land use and development field. He has been extensively involved in applications dealing with the state Environmental Quality Review Act. A resident of Rye, N.Y., he is active in numerous civic and volunteer associations; he and his wife, Coralene Fellows ’65, have three children, including Tres ’93.

 Sauereisen Inc., a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of specialty cements and corrosion-resistant products, announces the appointment of J. Eric Sauereisen ’85 as president, the fifth in the company’s 103-year history. In his 12 years with the family business, he has progressed through several positions including inside sales, advertising, international sales and vice president - finance. As president he will concentrate on financial management, sales development and research administration. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School.

Lifelong Learner
 Frederick A. Zito ’47 received two doctorates during the same week in May 2002, obtaining a Ph.D. from NYU on the 16th (one inset) and an Ed.D. from Dowling College (he’s pictured with Dowling President Albert E. Donor) on the 19th. When asked, “Why two doctorates,” he replied, “To round off my education.” He continued, “People like me used to be called perpetual students. Now there is kinder, more understanding term, lifelong learners. One must keep using the brain as well as the muscles.” Dr. Zito also has an MS from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and an MBA from NYU.
Fred Zito joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 as a tail gunner and radioman on a torpedo bomber. He came to St. Lawrence as part of the Navy’s V-12 training program (other insert), then pursued a technical career, working for NASA on the Lunar Module portion of Project Apollo, the 1969 moon landing and return. He also worked on a high-energy physics particle accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory, on a synthetic fuel plant for the U.S. Department of Energy, and for the Federal Aviation Administration, and he has taught at Naval Reserve Officers School, Baruch College of Business Administration, Fordham University and others. He saw active duty in the Korean War, as executive officer of a guided missile unit, and later retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander. He holds two U.S. Patents.
“Everything about my time at SLU was pleasant, and endures in my memory,” he says. He cites in particular “The wonderful people who lived in Canton, my skilled and dedicated teachers, the helpful University personnel, my fellow students, the campus, the countryside and even the winter weather.” He was a math major and member of SAE fraternity.
Having successfully completed doctoral studies—twice—at the age of 78, Dr. Zito has some advice for those pursuing graduate study: “Don’t work into the early hours of the morning; enough sleep is more important. Be prepared to write or do research every day, and to say no to many requests (that interfere). Pay meticulous attention to detail, keep precise records, and find a systematic way to review your data.” Having prepared survey questionnaires in his doctoral work, he says, “Keep it simple, explain the reasons, be clear about the return date, don’t ask for information you don’t need, promise confidentiality and anonymity, and offer something in return.”
Finally, Dr. Zito says, “Ignore those who say you shouldn’t or can’t.” He adds, “The most important reason for my success has been my understanding wife of 52 years.” He and Marie are the parents of a son and four daughters, one of whom is deceased, and the grandparents of eight; they live in Babylon, N.Y.