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Alumni Accomplishments

Reviving a tradition that goes back to the church’s early years, a St. Lawrence alumnus is the new minister to the Canton Unitarian Universalist Church. The Rev. David S. Blanchard ’80 attended the church while a student at St. Lawrence, where he majored in government, was active in Thelmo and studied on the Kenya Program. He earned a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1986; as part of his theological training, he was a summer intern at the church in 1984, under minister Max Coots.  Prior to his Canton appointment he had been a Unitarian Universalist minister in Lexington, Ky., and in his native Syracuse for 17 years. He has two daughters, including Emily ’11.

Comcast Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, has named William E. Dordelman ’84 senior vice president and treasurer.  He oversees the Philadelphia firm’s relationships with financial institutions, manages the company's capital formation activities, and supervises many of the internal financial processes associated with operations.  Prior to joining Comcast in 1993, Bill was an investment banker for nine years with Lazard Frères & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., and an affiliate of Montgomery Securities, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions and oversaw corporate financial matters pertaining principally to the media and communications industry. He lives in Bryn Mawr, Pa., with his wife, Sally Black ’84, and their two children.

Syracuse University second-year head women’s hockey coach Paul Flanagan '80, P'13 was named the College Hockey America (CHA) Coach of the Year in March. In just the program’s second season, Flanagan led the Orange to a 17-16-1 record, eight more wins than it earned during its inaugural campaign. Under Flanagan’s direction, Syracuse achieved its first national ranking in program history, becoming the No. 10 team in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.  Flanagan was Saints women’s hockey head coach for several years before taking on the challenge of launching SU’s program in 2008.

Last April, three Canton/Potsdam-area educators were among chaperones on their respective schools’ annual combined French exchange sojourn in the small town of Nogent-Le-Retrou, two hours east of Paris. Pictured in Monet’s Giverny garden are, from left, Tom Ham ’65, Martha Collins Chisholm ’88 and Danielle Brown Wilson ’93.

During the Laurentian Singers’ spring tour, they performed as part of a benefit at the Connecticut governor’s mansion. Doug Kerr ’79, right, with Singers director Barry Torres, explains, “The benefit was sponsored by my company, American Direct, to help rebuild the SummerWind Performing Arts Center, and I could not resist the opportunity to invite them to perform. They did a fabulous job as always and were the high point of the event. There were several alumni in the audience.” 

Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest global network of microfinance institutions and banks dedicated to the economic empowerment of low-income women, has appointed Kathryn C. Mayer ’82 director of the Center for Microfinance Leadership (CML). She brings more than 20 years of global private sector leadership development experience to CML.  Among her accomplishments is the creation of a leadership development program for women investment bankers. She is the author of Collaborative Competition™:  A Woman’s Guide to Succeeding by Competing, a tool to empower women to succeed through practicing healthy competition in the workplace.

Darlington School, Rome, Ga., announces that Matthew Peer ’01 has assumed the role of director of student life, effective July 1, 2010. A sociology major, he holds an MA in liberal studies with a focus on social sciences from Wesleyan University. He has nine years of experience teaching and coaching at the high school and middle school levels, and has held multiple roles associated with student life. He was previously at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., where he was named the 2008 Fanning Faculty Award Winner; last summer he was academic director of Tabor Academy’s Summer Program in Marion, Mass. MattPeer will live on the campus of the residentiland day school with his wife, Jessica Webb ’01, and their children Jackson, 3, and Ella, 11 months.

Trustee Derrick Pitts '78 has been named one of the TheGrio's "100 Black History-Makers in the Making." is "the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets." The site chose individuals in 10 categories. It terms Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, "a star among the stars." The geology major makes frequent appearances in the regional news in Philadelphia, as well as in national news outlets.

Holly Snyder Solano '92 has won first place in Points of Departure, a juried national photography exhibition hosted by the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, Md. Viewers dubbed her winning image, Impatient Cyclist, “the “little alien.”  What appears to be an iconic alien movie scene is actually the unfolding of a childhood rite of passage: the sunny spring day her daughter geared up and begged her out the door for the inaugural ride on her brand-new, “big-girl” bike. The image was named Best in Show against 743 entries.  A geology major and summa cum laude graduate, Solano received her master's in instructional design, development and evaluation from Syracuse University in 1995. She resides with her husband, Anthony Solano '90, and daughter in Germantown, Md. Her company, Arts ’n Smarts, sells reproductions of her art and offers fine arts classes designed to encourage cognitive growth through fun. A portion of the company's sales is donated to local community service groups that help children with food, water, safety and emotional help.

Matt Storey ’96 has been appointed director at Camp Dudley in Westport, N.Y. He has been associated with the oldest continuously operating children’s summer camp in America since his childhood, and had most recently been business manager.  He has also been president and owner of Berkshire Direct, Inc. in Williamstown, Mass., where he was heavily involved in youth athletic coaching and leadership development.  He will work closely with Andy Bisselle, Dudley's executive director and the son of retired SLU financial aid director Phil Bisselle. Matt and wife Jessica Colegrove ’94 have three children, ages 9, 8 and 6.  

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, has named Judith Howe ’72 the next editor of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education (G&GE), effective January 2011.  Judy is an associate professor of geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and associate director for education and evaluation at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center based at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. In addition, she serves as the director of the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of G&GE since 2005. She earned her graduate degrees at Syracuse University and was given an SLU Alumni Citation in 2003.

According to an announcement received by the University, Diana K. Lloyd ’84, co-chair of the Government Enforcement & Compliance Group at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston, and her husband, Jordan D. Hershman, have received the Lester B. Gilson Community Service Award for their support of the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Norwood, Mass. Their children are sixth and eighth graders there. Diana has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2005; she received both her M.A. and J.D. from New York University, where she was editor-in-chief of the NYU Law Review.  

The Middlesex County (Conn.) Community Foundation has appointed Thayer Talbott ’90 director of programs and operations. She began her duties March 1, having worked as a communications strategies consultant previously. Her duties are to oversee the day-to-day operations for the foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County; research, develop and oversee new grant opportunities; and manage marketing and communications materials and their distribution.  At SLU she was an English major and was elected to Phi Bata Kappa.

Suna Stone-McMasters ’90, director of the chemical stockroom and environmental health and safety officer at SLU, has been elected president of SEHSA Environmental Health and Safety Association of New York, Inc., an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting a culture of safety on campuses throughout New York State. The organization includes public and private colleges and universities throughout the state, and concerns itself with employee training, emergency response, environmental compliance, fire safety and other essential programs.

South Carolina Bank and Trust, Columbia, has announced that Jill Ebersol Brownfield ’95 has been promoted to vice president. She had previously been assistant vice president and loan documentation manager for six years in the Orangeburg Operations Center. A history and government major and Phi Beta Kappa inductee, the North Country scholar and husband Kirby and their son reside in Columbia.

Gina Kingsbury ’04 added a second Olympic gold medal to her collection of hardware, helping team Canada to victory at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.  The Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, native who now resides in Calgary, Alberta, offers great advice to those striving to achieve their dreams: “Surround yourself with passionate people,” she advises.  “Find people who will not only transfer that passion to you but also understand your goals and help you stay on track to accomplish them.  St. Lawrence has a lot of caring and committed individuals who will help anyone do that.”

Heather McCauley ’06 is a co-author of a newly published study examining how partner violence affects women's reproductive health. The study, titled "Pregnancy coercion, intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy," was published in the January issue of the journal Contraception. Conducted between August 2008 and March 2009 at five reproductive health clinics in Northern California, the study involved approximately 1,300 English- and Spanish-speaking 16- to 29-year-old women who agreed to respond to a computerized survey about their experiences with relationships and pregnancy. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health; Heather is a researcher at Harvard, where she earned a master's degree in 2008, and where she has been accepted into the Doctor of Science program in the department of society, human development, and health, with a concentration in the social determinants of health.
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