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SLU's Frequently Asked Questions:
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Web Site Quiz

After Words: Reports, observations and reflections on the September 11 attacks

Alumni Accomplishments

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How many alumni does St. Lawrence have? Who is the oldest?
Current records indicate 23,913 as of October 2001. The oldest one who we can verify was living at that time was Ethel McCleave Purdy '23, who was born April 18, 1899, and thus, at the age of nearly 103, has lived in three centuries.

What is there for students to do?
With over 100 organizations covering everything from computer games to dance to Habitat for Humanity, 32 varsity teams, numerous intramural and club teams (it wouldn't be fair to pin down a number because they come and go on the wings of student interest), a new fitness center with 133 pieces of equipment, a new climbing wall, around 20 movies on campus every semester, weekly entertainment in Java Barn-that's the Coffeehouse theme cottage's performance space on University Avenue-and The Underground in Noble Center, SLUp All Night (which provides things to do in the wee hours), half a dozen lecture and performance series, up to three exhibitions at once in Brush Art Gallery, student plays going on almost constantly, four singing groups, author receptions in the library, academic colloquia, and canoe routes and hiking/biking trails within sight of campus, it would make more sense to ask, "When do students find the time to do all there is to do?" Besides, if they can't find something to do, they can always study.

For more information: Kathryn McCaffrey, director of co-curricular education and programming,

What good does my $50 gift do?
More than you might think. Fifty dollars buys one new book for the library; add $10 and we can buy one more e-journal subscription. In 2000-01, the University received almost 2,900 gifts of under $100, for a total of $102,796 (an average gift of $36)-enough to buy a whole lot of books or subscriptions, or to fund seven student financial aid packages (based on an average award of just over $14,000).

Looking further afield, the more Laurentians who give (creating a higher participation rate), the more impressive we are to others. Corporations and foundations, whose gifts help us acquire "big-ticket" items like quarter-million-dollar confocal microscopes (see New Light, the Campaign St. Lawrence progress report, January 2002), factor in alumni giving participation rates, as a measure of the overall value of the education delivered by a college, when debating among many appeals for their largesse. And college guides, such as US News & World Report, take it into account when ranking colleges-which, like it or not, is one way we attract able students. So your gift can have a major impact.

For more information: Kim Robinson '94, associate director of alumni and parent programs,

Has ethnic diversity on campus changed? Geographic diversity?
In answer to the first part, not much. U.S. minorities (defined as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Other) accounted for 6.8% of the student body in1996-97, and 6.5% in 2001-02. This fact continues
to represent a challenge for the University. In answer to the second part, the trend in recent years shows a decline in students from the Middle Atlantic States and southern New England; an increase in those from northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont); and a steady approximate 50% of total enrollment from New York State, but with fewer from Downstate and more from the North Country, the latter traditionally being one of the generators of our very best students.

For more information: Alison Almasian, senior associate director of admissions,

What are distribution requirements and why do you have them?
Distribution requirements assure that students earning a St.Law-
rence degree have not only an in-depth education in their major field
of study, but also broad exposure to other disciplines, which is the hallmark of a liberal arts education. Currently, students are required to take one course in each of three areas (natural sciences, social sciences and humanities), complete at least one course dealing with non-Western or third-world topics, and complete at least two courses from the classical liberal arts, with at least one course from two of the following areas: mathematics or symbolic logic, arts or forms of expression, and foreign languages.

For more information: Dean Thomas Coburn,

What is the "walking campus?"
At St. Lawrence, most parking lots are located toward the exterior perimeter, allowing people to maneuver by muscle power about the campus without being impeded by vehicular traffic. This makes the campus safer, more attractive and cleaner.

Is SLU a rich kids' school?
Sometimes impressions are formed at first glance-clothing for example, used to be an indication of wealth and status. But students from all economic backgrounds purchase their clothing at the Gap, Old Navy and L.L. Bean. So, superficial impressions are misleading.
A couple of figures may prove instructive:
Whereas in 1985 the number of St. Lawrence students whose family income was over $100,000 considerably exceeded the national average for private liberal arts colleges (it was almost double in the late '80s), in two of the most recent three years or which figures are available (1998 and 2000) it has been below that average.
The percentage of St. Lawrence students with family incomes over $100,000 has declined from a high of 42% in 1989 to 30% and 26% (men and women, respectively) in 2000.
Another measure is financial aid. Historically, around 70% of St. Lawrence students receive need-based aid to meet the annual comprehensive fee, which currently stands at $32,410. While the fee has gone up every year, this percentage has remained quite steady.

What are Canton's impressions of SLU?
As in most small towns with a college as a major enterprise, there has historically been a mixed regard for St. Lawrence among local residents, some of whom like the games and concerts, not to mention the millions of dollars we pump into the regional economy, others of whom don't like noisy late-night downtown parties, the added traffic and other elements of college life.

In recent years, St. Lawrence has taken a more active role in the community, especially with the establishment of the Canton Initiative, the University's program of co-investment in the community toward projects of mutual benefit. In 2001, St. Lawrence agreed to commit an additional $1 million to the program, bringing St. Lawrence's total commitment to over $2 million. The program was begun in 1997, with a commitment of $1 million. In 2000, the University contributed $280,000 toward construction of a new fire station in Canton as part of the Canton Initiative, over and above the initial $1 million. Among the projects that the University has co-invested in are a canoe launch on the Little River; development, improvement or expansion of several downtown businesses; relocation of the headquarters of Traditional Arts of Upstate New York; and construction or renovation of residences through the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The Canton Initiative also makes an annual contribution of $15,000 toward the funding of an economic developer position for the village. For general reactions to all of this, see the first part of the first sentence, above.

For more information: Macreena Doyle, associate director of University communications,

How do I use the Web site?
Easily! The site has about 11,000 pages, with more added every day. But most information can be accessed within two clicks of the mouse.

Now that you've mastered the home page, use the navigation information outlined above to find your way to a short quiz that will lead you on a tour of the rest of St. Lawrence's Web site. There are prizes, so check it out!

Is (name) still there?
A quick way to check whether a favorite professor or staff member is
at St. Lawrence is to check Directories on the Web site, accessed right off the main home page (see "How do I use the Web site," above).

Why does SLU cost so much?
Think of St. Lawrence as a small city, needing to offer the services and amenities of modern life. We have:
Three restaurants and two stores, two libraries, two field houses, several outdoor stadiums, and a fitness center larger than many in urban areas.
1,700 people living on 1,000 acres (with roads and sidewalks that need to be plowed and lawns that need to be mowed).
60 buildings (which are cleaned daily and repaired regularly). Many of our facilities are open 24/7, 10 months of the year, so utilities are high.
Over 200 public-access computers and a network infrastructure that accommodates everything from international research to Instant Messaging. (And we replace over 600 desktop computers for faculty and staff every three-four years, such is the rapid obsolescence of computing requirements.)
Employees, sites and equipment for various departments (academic and administrative), as well as for medical services, security, transportation, road maintenance, fitness training, psychological counseling and more. We have over 650 full-time employees to provide the best educational environment possible. Like municipalities, and corporations, we have to pay to recruit and retain the best of the pool.

When it comes right down to it, there's not much that a small city offers that is not offered at St. Lawrence.

The largest source of revenue for the University is from students in the form of tuition, room and board (the "comprehensive fee"). After deducting financial aid, this represents 57% of our revenues, or approximately $40 million. But even with that large portion of our revenues coming from students, other sources of revenue generate $29 million - a subsidy of 43% of the total operating revenues required to run this small city. The other sources are income fromt he University's endowment of $192 million, gifts from generous alumni, family and friends, grants from both New York State and the federal government, and other cash-generating operations on campus, such as the bookstore.

For more information: Kathyrn Mullaney, vice president for finance and treasurer,

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