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Table of Contents

Choosing a College: Where Do I Start?

Navigating the Funnel

Perfect Fit

They Beg to Differ

What to Ask About Study Abroad on Campus

What's it Worth to You?

Surviving the Empty Nest: A Guide for Parents

Alumni Accomplishments

The Kenya Connection

Laurentian Reviews

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Alumni Accomplishments

David Demarest ’70 has been elected president of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He is in the 11 th year of a 14-year term as a Justice of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial District, which covers Northern New York. He has been a district representative to the association and its secretary; he also serves on the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, which is charged with editing and publishing New York Pattern Jury Instructions, the pre-eminent source for jury charges in New York for judges who conduct civil jury trials. He earned his law degree at Albany Law School in 1973 and lives in Potsdam, N.Y., with his wife, Sandy Pike Demarest ’88. [credit] Mark Hall '06  

FinancialTimes has announced the appointment of Stephen Howe ’76 as vice president of advertising for the Americas. Howe will oversee advertising operations and sales with a focus on growth in the U.S. Howe was previously vice president of advertising for The Wall Street Journal, where he directed the newspaper’s display, financial and classified advertising sales staff and managed advertising services and support operations. He also worked closely with counterparts at The Wall Street Journal’s Interactive and International editions. An economics major, he completed an executive management program in sales management at Columbia University. He serves on the board of directors for the American Advertising Federation and the Advertising Education Foundation, and previously served on the board of directors of the Advertising Council.

The Council for Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), an advocacy organization for institutions in New York State, has named Carlos Garcia '82 (right, with St. Lawrence President Daniel F. Sullivan) to its Alumni Hall of Distinction. Garcia, an associate in the New York State Department of Education's Office of Higher Education, was among the graduates of independent colleges honored at an event earlier this year that also marked the 30th anniversary of the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and 35th anniversary of its Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

Garcia, a recipient of TAP and HEOP assistance as an undergraduate, earned his degree in sociology. At CICU's event, he stated, "The very existence of (HEOP) made my future possible. I have a passion for advocating for the disenfranchised in our society; it is important to be able to articulate their problems and develop solutions for them."

Garcia has worked in higher education and state education adminstration since graduating from St. Lawrence. Among the responsibilities of his current position is oversight of the 42 Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Programs (C-STEP) in New York State, helping disadvantaged students enter science, mathematics, technical and licensed professions. He has had an impact on tens of thousands of students working to enter challenging careers. St. Lawrence is among the schools participating in C-STEP.

Members of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) have elected Richard F. Herbek ’68, village manager of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., a Northeast regional vice president, for a three-year term commencing in October. As one of 17 vice presidents, three of whom are elected from the Northeast, Herbek will represent ICMA to state associations of local government management and maintain relationships among other affiliated organizations. His career in local government spans more than three decades. In 1971, he was named assistant to the village manager of Scarsdale, N.Y. where he later served as assistant village manager; he became village manager of Croton-on-Hudson in 1981. He earned his MPA at NYU in 1970.

Karen R. Hitchcock ’64 became the 18 th principal and vice chancellor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., on July 1. She was also named professor of anatomy and cell biology. She had been president of the University at Albany, a State University of New York unit, since 1996; among her accomplishments there, she attracted a $403 million technology research center. She received an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence at Commencement exercises in May.

Reamy Jansen ’66, professor of English and humanities at Rockland Community College, a SUNY unit, was the 2003 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity, becoming the only person on his campus to win both that honor and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which he garnered in 2000. A 30-year member of the faculty, he is the faculty advisor to the college’s magazine of literature and art. As a writer, he is an essayist, reviewer, critic and poet; he is vice president of the National Book Critics Circle and is a contributing editor to the Bloomsbury Review of Books, where he publishes reviews and interviews, and has also published in a variety of literary magazines as well as newspapers. His chapbook My Drive, which has received generous praise, was reviewed in the Winter 2004 online edition of St. Lawrence. He frequently gives readings, most recently at the Touchstone Galley in Washington, D.C. On campus, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and a photographer.

Dennis P. Ryan ’86 was recently named executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. He is pictured delivering the keynote address at the Memorial Day 2004 Commemorative Service at the Veterans Memorials on the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany. Ryan is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department, which is the primary agent for job creation and economic growth and workforce development in the state. He was previously with the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, where he was acting commissioner for eight months. He has also represented Governor George Pataki in Washington, D.C., and worked for U.S. Rep Rick Lazio. He and his wife, Robyn, and their three children live in Delmar, N.Y.

Frederick A. Zito ’47 is a recent recipient of a prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. A retired NASA aerospace engineer who lives in Babylon, N.Y., Dr. Zito was honored as “an outstanding and successful individual (and) someone who has dedicated his life to helping others. He exemplifies all that is great about America,” said William Fugazy, chair of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) at the award ceremony on May 15.

Established in 1986, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Past recipients include six U.S. presidents, members of Congress, Nobel Prize-winners, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and individuals prominent in fields ranging from science and business to entertainment and the military.

At NASA, Dr. Zito was a technical liaison for the guidance, navigation and control equipment that was used successfully on the Lunar Module that landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Over the course of his career he received five commendations from NASA. He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and is on the boards of the Museum of Italian Culture in Islip, N.Y., and the Long Island Wireless History Association. He is a member of the NECO Foundation, working with the National Park Service to determine the extent of NECO participation in the establishment of an ethnic museum at Ellis Island.

Dr. Zito also worked for the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy, along with several corporations. He has taught courses at five different colleges and universities. Upon receiving two doctorates during the same week in May 2002—a Ph.D. from NYU and an Ed.D. from Dowling College--he remarked, “One must keep using the brain as well as the muscles.” He also holds three master’s degrees, as well as two U.S. patents and two U.S. copyrights.

A mathematics major and education minor at St. Lawrence, Dr. Zito said in 2002 that “my skilled and dedicated teachers (at St. Lawrence) endure in my memory.” He and his wife of 54 years, Marie, are the parents of five children, one of whom is deceased, and the grandparents of eight.