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The Academic Bill of Rights: Yea or Nay?

The Academic Bill of Rights - What is It?

It's My Right!...

Thelmo Resolution in Support of Civility, Free Speech and Dialogue

Is Tolerance Enough

If We Agree in Love

The Responsible Use of Freedom

Sticks and Stones...

What's Out There: Researching Academic Freedom

Alumni Accomplishments

The Kenya Connection

Laurentian Reviews

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Alumni Accomplishments

Educators Kathleen Calnon Dodge'81, Carrie LaPoint '93 and Michelle Rheome Pinard '81, left to right, spent their summer as trainers for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education in Seoul , South Korea . Pinard was the director and liaison for the 16 U.S. teachers who worked with Seoul office. The summer camp program was designed to increase the fluency and confidence of Korean teachers of English.

George Ashline ’89, associate professor of mathematics at Saint Michael’s College, has earned the college’s top teaching award for 2004, as determined by his colleagues. Ashline received the Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award at the Centennial Academic Convocation on October 1, 2004; the college observed its 100 th anniversary in 2004. A native of Rouses Point, N.Y., Prof. Ashline is renowned for hosting groups of students in his office at all hours and was also praised for his extensive work with local elementary school math teachers through the Vermont Math Initiative and Vermont Math Partnership, and for his work as an Association of Vermont Independent Colleges Master Teacher. He earned his graduate degrees at Notre Dame, and has published several papers on math education.

Leveraging its leadership in litigation and arbitration, the international law firm Milbank, Tweed , Hadley & McCloy LLP has announced that James N. Benedict ’71 and Sean M. Murphy ’91 will join the firm’s New York office as partner and of counsel, respectively. Commenting on the appointment, David Gelfand, partner and head of Milbank’s Litigation Practice, stated, “We are extremely pleased to have Jim Benedict, one of the most experienced and successful class action and derivative suits lawyers in the United States, and Sean Murphy, who specializes in securities and antitrust matters, join Milbank. The addition of Jim and Sean will allow us to expand our focus on the litigation needs of investment banks, investment advisers and other major financial institutions, as well as to address with greater depth the needs of our clients faced with class and derivative actions.”

Prior to joining Milbank, Benedict was a litigation partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance LLP. He frequently lectures and has authored a number of articles on class actions and other litigation matters. Murphy, formerly a partner in the litigation department of Clifford Chance, has also written a number of articles, on securities class action litigation.

Pope John Paul has named Frederick Campbell ’65 the new bishop for the Columbus, Ohio, diocese. Formerly Twin Cities ( Minnesota) Auxiliary Bishop, he was installed on January 13, as the leader of nearly 250,000 Roman Catholics in 23 counties.

Bishop Campbell was also rector of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, served on the St. Paul Seminary Board of Trustees and was a director of St. Thomas Academy and the St. Bernard School Board. He was ordained a priest in 1980, was a pastor at three churches over 19 years, and in 1999 was consecrated a bishop. A native of Elmira, N.Y., Bishop Campbell graduated with a B.A. in history and modern languages from St. Lawrence, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned advanced degrees from Ohio State University. From 1976 to 1980, he studied for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary.

There were no National Hockey League games as what would have been the normal season was scheduled to get under way, but that doesn’t mean the organizations weren’t active. In September, the Ottawa Senators announced the hiring of Greg Carvel ’93 as an assistant coach. A Phi Beta Kappa scholar with majors in government and mathematics and the senior captain and an Academic All-American hockey player at St. Lawrence, Carvel played professionally in Sweden for one year. He earned his master’s degree in sports management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996, and had been on the coaching staff of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks since 1999. His playing days are not quite over; he was photographed after playing for the Senators Office All-Stars during the Senators’ media training camp.

At their December 2004 meeting, State University of New York Board of Trustees Chair Thomas F. Egan and Chancellor Robert L. King welcomed Christopher Parker Conners ’83 to the board. The New York State Senate confirmed Governor Pataki's appointment of Conners on December 6, 2004; his term runs through 2008. Conners is a principal of British American, a family-owned and multi-faceted firm in Latham, N.Y., whose enterprises have included real estate development, producing films and television shows, book publishing, and the manufacture and sale of soft drinks. He is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of all aspects of British American companies. The son of former SUNY Trustee Bernard Conners ’51 and Catherine Connors Conners ’51, he was a geology major and member of Sigma Pi fraternity. He and his wife, Kendall Kraft Conners, live in Schenectady.

Artist, writer/editor and craftsperson Kam Ghaffari ’77, of Westerly, R.I., has recently installed a 3 ½-ton, 10-foot-high sculpture on the grounds of the recently remodeled Westerly train station, which is served by Amtrak. “Misquamicut” (a reference to the original Native name for the Westerly area, maning “place where the fish are”) is made primarily of cast bronze and Westerly granite, which is renowned as the world’s premier-quality architectural and sculptural granite. It was commissioned as part of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Joint Development Task Force’s ongoing beautification and revitalization efforts, and funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “At least one fish is visible from whatever direction you approach the sculpture,” said Ghaffari in a statement. “Let your imagination swim with them.”


Jon H. Kingsepp ’62, of the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office of Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.C., was recently appointed vice chair of two committees for the American Bar Association-Senior Lawyers Division: the State and Local Bars Committee and the Legal Education and Mentoring Committee. A member of the American Bar Association’s Torts & Insurance Practice Section (vice chair of the Business Torts Committee and former editor of its newsletter), he concentrates his practice in business and insurance litigation, public sector law and white-collar crime. He was recently appointed chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Senior Lawyers Section and is a former chair of the organization’s ADR Section and the General Practice Section. He also served as a clerk and vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. A fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and a member of the Michigan Municipal League, he graduated cum laude with a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University in 1968.

Heidi Fortier Murphy ’98 has been hired as one of four conservation officer trainees by the state of New Hampshire. A former eighth-grade science teacher, she becomes the first full-time woman conservation officer in the state’s history. According to an October 24, 2004, story in the ManchesterUnion Leader, Murphy “grew up as one of five girls in a family that did some fishing (and) snowmobiling and enjoyed the out-of-doors. But she has never trapped a 400-pound bear using doughnuts or carried a dead body out of the mountains in sub-zero conditions -- or for that matter, changed the oil on an ATV or conducted field sobriety tests of snowmobilers in the woods. She is willing and eager to learn, though.”


Murphy is undergoing a year-long period of rigorous on-the-job training, touring the state and working in each region, and she will attend the police academy. Upon successful completion of the training, she will become a full-time conservation officer with a designated district.

Murphy has been an outdoor educator at the YMCA of the Rockies in Winter Park, Colo.; a conservation educator at E.F. Kehoe Camp in Hydeville, Vt., where she taught hunter education, hunting ethics, canoeing/camping and survival; and a professional ski instructor. A biology major at St. Lawrence, she was a member of the women's soccer and indoor track and field teams. She is married to classmate Ryan Murphy ’98; they live in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Trustee Derrick H. Pitts '78, chief astronomer and director of the Fels Planetarium in Philadelphia, has been named one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science" for 2004, as selected by Science Spectrum magazine and Career Communications Group, Inc. Pitts was chosen based on his lifelong work and accomplishments in making science part of global society. He and his fellow honorees were cited as role models for young people whose accomplishments are examples of the significant daily contributions made by the small cadre of African Americans in the field.

A press release from the Fels Planetarium states, "Pitts, the region's foremost astronomy authority, has been a vital component of the Franklin Institute for over two decades. In 2002, he oversaw the renovation of the Fels Planetarium and was integrally involved in the design of 'Space Command,' the Institute's new astronomy exhibit. Pitts twice modernized and redesigned the Institute's observatory.

"Pitts is the Franklin Institute's spokesperson in earth and space sciences to countless media outlets. He co-hosts the award-winning astronomy programs 'Sky Talk' and 'Sky Tour,' which he developed together with WHYY-FM, Philadelphia's PBS affiliate. In addition, he appears twice monthly on WXPN's 'Kids Corner,' a local children's radio program.

"He has been called upon by the 'Today Show,' 'Good Morning America,' the 'CBS Morning News' and ' Newton's Apple' to appear as a science advisor, and appears frequently on MSNBC. Pitts has also written astronomy columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and for South Jersey's largest daily newspaper, the Courier-Post; and has been featured in articles in the Inquirer's Sunday magazine, Mid-Atlantic magazine, Time magazine, Home & Garden and the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation's oldest continuously published African American newspaper.”

Kevin Szott ’86 not only competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece; he was also elected as the U.S. team's flag-bearer. Here, he leads the U.S. squad into the arena at the opening ceremonies last September 17. Szott, a 2000 judo gold medalist from Clifton, N.J., said, "I’ve been competing in disabled sports for 20 years and have decided this is my last Games. If I were writing my own script, it couldn’t have worked out any better. Carrying the flag adds to the excitement and means I have to win now." The visually impaired athlete captured the bronze medal in judo a few days later.

Szott is a versatile athlete who holds 31 national titles in wrestling, powerlifting, shot put, discus, javelin and judo for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and is only the second athlete ever to medal in four different sports at the Paralympic Games. His most recent focus has been judo; he is the first visually impaired athlete to be nationally ranked by USA Judo. During the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000, he became the second American to win a gold medal in either Olympic or Paralympic judo competition.

Szott became visually impaired at the age of 10 from retinitis pigmentosa and macular disease. In 1983, he earned First Team All-East Honors and was an NCAA Division III All-American in football at St. Lawrence. Szott earned two gold (wrestling and goalball) and one silver (shot put) medals, in addition to finishing fifth in the discus and javelin, at the 1984 Long Island Paralympic Games. Since then, he has medaled at numerous national and international competitions, including a silver in judo at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

"The fact that others chose me means a lot," said Szott, who also serves as a member of the USABA Board of Directors. "It’s like a pat on the back for all my athletic achievements, my work in disabled sports, and my contribution to the Paralympic movement in the United States. I didn’t think I’d be chosen because from archery to wheelchair rugby everyone at this level of competition has an unbelievable resume. There are so many great athletes in U.S. Paralympics." Overall, the U.S. Paralympic team won 88 medals in Athens.

Szott, who earned his St. Lawrence degree in biology, is a group sales representative for The Hartford. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from Penn State, where he worked for a time as a strength coach.

National Hockey League Hall of Famer and Florida Panthers Alternate Governor William A. Torrey ’57 was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame on November 16, 2004. Torrey has spent 36 years in the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. Under Torrey’s guidance, the Panthers broke expansion records for wins (33), points (83), and winning percentage (.494). The team also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals faster than any other post-1967 expansion team in NHL history. His hard work brought the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and 2003 NHL All-Star game to South Florida for the first time, and he was also responsible for the club’s move into the state-of-the-art Office Depot Center.

Torrey began his NHL career in 1967 as executive vice president of the Oakland Seals. Prior to joining the Panthers, he spent 21 years with the New York Islanders, the first 20 as general manager. Under his direction, the team won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.
  This is a well-deserved honor for Bill,” Panthers owner and Chief Executive Officer Alan Cohen said. “He was one of the pioneers behind the development of the Panthers and is one of the most respected men in hockey.”