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Alumni Accomplishments

Ben Warner ’88 has been named Ski Press Media's vice president of global business development and publisher of Ski Press USA. Warner, identified in a company announcement as a “longtime publishing executive and snowsports industry expert, will oversee all the day-to-day business dealings of Ski Press USA,, and the Snow Press Show Daily from the company’s new U.S. head offices in southern California. He has more than 16 years of experience building media business in the action sports and outdoor lifestyle markets. He was previously with niche publishing leader Fancy Publications, and before that was senior group publisher and vice president of sales for Primedia’s Action Sports Group (including POWDER and BIKE magazines). He is experienced in integrated media programs, custom published products, and advertising sales. He joins a management team that includes U.S. Editorial Director Peter Kray ’89.

Several Laurentians got together in June to say good-bye to Minerva Arias ’03 (third from right in the front), just prior to her departure for Zambia, where she will serve with the Peace Corps. 

Morgan “Mo” Cassara ’97 has been named assistant men's basketball coach at Boston College, according to an announcement made by head coach Al Skinner. He had been head coach at Clark (Mass.) University for two years, and before that an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. He was also a collegiate assistant coach at two other institutions, Washington & Lee and The Citadel, and head boys’ coach at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, where he compiled a 90-21 record. He was the Saints’ men’s basketball captain in his senior season. He earned his master's degree in high education and administration from Boston College in 2002.
David J. Miller ’81, executive director of Audubon New York, was presented with the National Audubon Society’s highest award for excellence, the Charles H. Callison Award, at a national meeting in Vail, Col. on May 19.  The award is given annually to an Audubon professional who has made remarkable contributions to conservation through creativity, coalition-building outreach, perseverance, patience and a positive attitude.  Having served with the National Audubon Society since 1988, Mr. Miller was nominated for this prestigious award by the Board of Directors of Audubon New York and the Audubon Council of New York State.

“David is a spectacular individual and administrator,” said Gladys Goldmann, chair of the Audubon Council of New York State. “He enjoys a reputation as a relentless, fair and knowledgeable advocate for conservation issues who is not only incredibly hard-working but is also well received and appreciated at the highest levels of federal, state and local government.” He serves on dozens of boards and commissions at every level of government and is actively engaged in his community; he was also an organizer of his 25th reunion at St. Lawrence in June.

Class Reporter Ken Polk '91, Williamsville, N.Y., has been promoted to major accounts sales manager for the Western NewYork mid-market team at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Buffalo. He began his ADP career in 1995 as district manager in the SBS sales division. Polk's seven years with SBS included five years as a district manager and two years as a sales manager. In 2002, he was promoted to major account sales. A Dana Scholar and psychology major, Polk studied in London and was editor of The Hill News, as well as a member of the Jewish Student Union, ODK, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Phi Kappa Sigma. He is vice president of the Alumni Executive Council.

The Pittsburgh Penguins of the Nationla Hockey League have signed Rejean “Ray” Shero ’84 to a five-year contract as their new general manager. Shero had been assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators for the past eight seasons. Before joining the Predators organization, he spent six seasons as assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators, joining the club in its second year of existence as an expansion team.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Shero was a two-year captain of the Saints men’s team, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982. He worked as a player agent for seven years before entering NHL management. “He has earned great respect in the hockey world and comes extremely well-recommended,” said team president and CEO Ken Sawyer. Shero and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Christopher and Kyle.

Alex Kirby Taylor '89 has been named Distinguished Performance Award Winner of the Year at The Hartford, in New York City. Taylor is an expert in The Hartford's group retiree health products. A release from the firm states, "Her knowledge, experience and customer focus are invaluable to clients as they make decisions regarding their retiree medical insurance needs." At St. Lawrence, Taylor majored in economics, with minors in speech and theatre and psychology. She served on the yearbook senior class committee and worked in the speech and theatre department. After graduation, she spent a year in Europe studying French and then began her career in insurance in New York City. She is the new president of St. Lawrence's Alumni Executive Council.

Two Laurentians were among those honored at a reunion of the first of the NHL’s New York Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup championship teams (the 1979-80 squad), held on March 4, 2006, at the Nassau Coliseum. The current Islanders’ competition that day was the Philadelphia Flyers, the team the Islanders beat to win the trophy in 1980. The president of the organization was William A. Torrey ’57, shown with the cup at his side. Torrey is currently an alternative governor of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Also recognized was the team’s trainer and current University athletic trainer Ron Waske ’69. In June, Waske was further honored with induction into the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Association/Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers Hall of Fame. Waske was also the athletic trainer for two NHL All-Star games and served as vice president of the PHATS.

Shane Loonan Williams-Ness ’93 has been named vice president of Sawchuk, Brown Associates, an Albany-N.Y., based public relations/public affairs firm. She will focus on new business development, providing senior-level marketing counsel and strategic planning for select clients and managing the firm’s Saratoga Springs office, which was her own marketing communications firm before merging with Sawchuk, Brown. Her specialty areas are strategic marketing, public relations, market entry and customer strategies, e-business solutions and event management and planning; she has experience in Chinese, Indonesian, South Korean and Russian language and business practices. In the Capital Region, she has been coordinator of a $150,000 Department of Health bioterrorism and emergency preparedness plan for the Home Care Association of New York State, and director of external affairs for the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, responsible for fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts.

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