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SLU's Frequently Asked Questions:
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After Words: Reports, observations and reflections on the September 11 attacks

Alumni Accomplishments

Class Notes

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How does one nominate someone for recognition?
Nominations for honorary degrees, Volunteers of the Year, Alumni Citations, North Country Citations and the Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award may be sent to Lisa Cania, in University communications; nominations for honorary degrees may be sent to the president's office; nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame may be sent to Margaret Strait, director of athletics.

What are our "comparison schools," and why those particular ones?
The "New Comparison Group" is a list of 25 colleges and univer-
sities that have enough in common (assets, curriculum, enrollment, etc.) to warrant their being considered valid bench-markers for us when it comes time to make major decisions, such as comprehensive fee increases. They are:
Allegheny College
Bates College
Bucknell University
Carleton College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Connecticut College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Gettysburg College

For more information: Lisa Cania, associate vice president for
University relations,

Who is eligible to live off campus?
Students can reside off-campus if:
they meet criteria for commuter status.
they have a documented residential need that cannot be accommodated in campus housing (physical, psychological, learning-related or economic).
they are seniors selected in the off-campus lottery.

"Last year," says director of residential learning communities and housing Gary Hartz (for more information:, "we granted 30 seniors permission to live off-campus. With the creation of a new townhouse-style senior housing complex, potential residential occupancy will increase, and the need for the off-campus lottery will be reevaluated."

What percentage of students study abroad?
About 40 percent of our students spend a semester or longer studying in another country on a University-sanctioned program (our own 13, plus the International Student Exchange Program, which places students in any of over 100 countries).

For more information: Nancy Pierce, coordinator of off-campus programs,

How do we pick our Commencement speaker?
We don't anymore. At Commencement ceremonies, all candidates for honorary degrees are asked to give brief remarks. And we select honorary degree recipients based on faculty and Board of Trustees-approved criteria, including stature, connection to the University's mission and existing or potential relationships with the University.

For more information: Lisa Cania, associate vice president of University relations,

How do I get a transcript?
Transcripts must be requested from the registrar's office. You may call them for details, at 315-229-5268, or fill out their on-line form, at

For more information: Carolyn Filippi, registrar,

How do I get there from here?
More than half of St. Lawrence's students have cars. For those who do not, the University offers two new options: free transportation to airports in Ogdensburg, Massena, Watertown, Syracuse, Ottawa and Montreal, and subsidized bus service at college vacations to New York City, Buffalo and Boston, with several stops on each route.

Does the state budget situation affect St. Lawrence?
The financial impact on New York State of the September 11 attack, when coupled with the economic slowdown, has caused the state not to fund fully programs to which it had earlier committed. The impact on us is relatively small, but still significant. For example, the University receives assistance based on the number of students who graduate each year. This program, nicknamed Bundy Aid, was slated to bring in $237,900 but brought in only $197,900. The state also usually provides full funding for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). Both these programs had commitments for staffing and services this year that St. Lawrence has picked up in the absence of state aid. Altogether, state support to St. Lawrence will miss the mark by over $125,000.

Is (name establishment) still there?
Come back and check! But if you can't travel here right away,
you can check out the Canton Chamber of Commerce Web site at

Will the Snow Bowl reopen?
We have no plans to reopen the Snow Bowl, as the liability is too high.

How many students are there?
This year, we have just under 2,000 undergraduates and 100 graduate students, 54% women and 46% men; about 6.5% are U.S. minorities. Students come from 35 states and 20 foreign countries. Those numbers have remained remarkably consistent over several years.

What are the University's plans for the future?
St. Lawrence is in the fifth year of a 10-year master plan to support excellence across the curriculum; increase the size of the faculty, allowing even closer student-faculty initiatives; and renovate and construct facilities related to student development and academic mission. A full accounting of our achievements to date is posted on the University's Web site under Major Initiatives:

What's next? In spring 2002, we'll break ground for a new townhouse for seniors (up to 50 beds constructed on open land between Lee Hall/Eben Holden and the golf course) and a new student center which will make possible, after 2004 when it opens, the renovation of the Noble Center for the arts. We will continue our annual investment in residential facilities refurbishment (Sykes is next), and our annual investment in information technology and recurring capital projects. In the planning stages with architects, and for which we are seeking more comprehensive funding, are new and renovated science and mathematics facilities.

Improvement in the University's financial picture, the continued existence of major facilities needs, and historically low interest rates convinced the trustees last year that an additional tax-exempt borrowing should be undertaken to ensure that we can keep the facilities momentum going. In spring 2001, the trustees decided to structure a $40 million borrowing. Our goal is to match it with $40 million in new/capital gifts for facilities improvements so that a total of $80 million in additional projects can be accomplished in the next five-seven years.