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Alumni Accomplishments

The California State University Board of Trustees has selected F. King Alexander ’87 to be the sixth president of California State University, Long Beach. Alexander had been president of Murray State University in Kentucky since 2001.

A recognized expert in higher education finance and public policy, he is a foundation fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a faculty affiliate at both the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Previously he was the coordinator of the higher education program and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. His Ph.D. is in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his master of sciences in educational studies/comparative education is from the University of Oxford (England); he majored in government at St. Lawrence.

Kay Stearns Bruening ’79, of Skaneateles, N.Y., has been appointed department chair in nutrition and hospitality management in the College of Human Services and Health Professions at Syracuse University. A registered dietitian, Bruening’s research relates to outcomes assessment and child nutrition. She serves as a consultant to the New York State Department of Health on the Team Nutrition Training Grant, which will promote physical activity and nutrition in participating after-school programs. Bruening majored in biology at St. Lawrence, and has a master's degree in human nutrition from Syracuse University and the Ph.D. in clinical nutrition from New York University. At St. Lawrence, she was a member of the biology honorary Beta Beta Beta, a Faculty Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Michael J. Curtis ’67, M’72, right, professor of school psychology in the department of psychological and social foundations at the University of South Florida in Tampa, receives the National Association of School Psychologists’ 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Daniel Miller, president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  A press release from the association states, “Dr. Curtis has dedicated his career to the quality preparation of school psychologists, educating, supervising and mentoring hundreds of specialist and doctoral-level school psychologists. His scholarly contributions and understanding of systems-level change and long-range planning have singularly influenced the knowledge base of school psychology and the professional standards on which school psychological practice rests.”

Curtis earned his Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been on the faculty at the University of South Florida since 1993. President of the National Association of School Psychologists in 1988-89, he has also been president of the Ohio School Psychologists Association, the Journal of School Psychology and the Society for the Study of School Psychology, and chair of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs. Curtis has served as a member, chair or co-chair of committees in the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 12 years and as an accreditation site visitor for APA since 1988. He has been a consultant to 27 schools or school districts, has assisted 21 state school psychological associations with strategic and long-range planning, has published extensively and has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years.

InfiniRoute Networks (sm), Inc., the leading provider of fully managed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) peering services for wireline and wireless carriers worldwide, has announced that Larry Frank ’79 has joined the company as its vice president and chief marketing officer. He brings to InfiniRoute 25 years of telecommunications industry experience as a product management and marketing executive. He is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and marketing of InfiniRoute’s products and services in the U.S. and in the emerging markets of Latin America, Europe and Asia. He holds a post-graduate certificate from Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Chicago. A government and economics major at St. Lawrence, he was elected to ODK and Phi Bata Kappa.

The Network Works:

Kathleen M. Faulknham ’01
was recently hired as an associate attorney with Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC of Syracuse, N.Y. With her is Harrison “Harry” Williams ’55, a partner in the firm. “Katie contacted me while she was a student at Richmond Law School, seeking a summer internship,” says Williams, who thoughtfully submitted the photo. “Her outstanding work earned her an invitation to join the firm.”


For years, David Officer ’67 (center),
senior vice president for Permal Asset Management in New York City, has been sponsoring interns for years and occasionally hiring them afterwards. Most recently, he hired former intern Bill Cummings '05 (right) as a compliance associate. Cummings had been referred by Tim Bello '04 (left), who started with Permal in 2004. “Having St. Lawrence interns has helped us tremendously,” says Officer. “It’s a win-win-win situation.” The tradition continues; Jamie O'Donnell ’06, Ancramdale, N.Y., was an intern with Permal in January 2006.

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