March 2014 Monthly Update

March Monthly Update for Campus
William L. Fox, President


Admissions:  On March 14, Admissions and Financial Aid mailed admissions decisions and financial aid awards to those students who applied under the Regular Decision application option.   We've admitted 2,024 students, 1% fewer than last year.  (A total application number always is determined later in the spring.) A record number of U.S. students were offered admission, as were a significant increase in students from our targeted expansion markets in the south, west, and Mid-Atlantic.

Academic Planning: Academic Planning:  APR 2.0, our new online advising and registration system, was registration and degree planning/auditing for students and advisors.  Our inaugural advising period runs for two weeks through March 28 and as of March 20, over 1,000 students had logged in to begin their academic planning. Our initial round of class registration for the 2014 fall semester will begin Monday, March 31 at 7am.  This project is the result of many months of hard work and collaboration among the Registrar’s office, Admissions, Financial Aid, IT and the Business Office.

Advancement: As of March 14, cash gifts to the University totaled $9.67 million, up $2.9 million over last year at this time.  The St. Lawrence Fund is at nearly $2.86 million in cash gifts, up $159,190 over last year at this time.   Fundraising for the new residence hall remains our top capital priority, with $7 million in commitments raised to date.   

Regional event programming included an alumni reception in Naples, Florida, with Margie Strait. Upcoming events in Houston, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona are planned with Val Lehr, and in Washington, D.C. with Shelley McConnell and students of the Model OAS Program.   A Women’s Initiative event was held in March in San Francisco, CA and a reception is planned for April in Rochester, NY.  The inaugural Laurentian Leadership Society dinner will be held in New York City on April 8 to recognize lifetime donors to the University of $100,000 or more.  This event will highlight several St. Lawrence students who will speak and perform.

Laurentian for Life Week (March 30-April 3) is a series of on- and off-campus events to honor our lifelong connections with St. Lawrence and with our Laurentian friends.   Leading up to Charter Day (April 3) we will highlight aspects of the St. Lawrence experience: Laurentians Serve, Laurentians Learn, Laurentians Connect, Laurentians Give and Laurentians Celebrate.  Visit the L4L Week website for a schedule:

We encourage faculty and staff to use the online faculty/staff engagement forms to document the types of interactions you are having with alumni and to take advantage of your University Advancement liaison as a resource. Visit to share information. 

Chapel Restoration Update:  The University has identified over a dozen separate projects required to be completed before Gunnison Chapel is restored to the beauty and majesty we all know.  These projects include:

  • Spire fabrication
  • Anchoring  and fastening of steeple
  • Lightning protection system
  • Safety inspections
  • Masonry
  • Asbestos remediation
  • Electrical infrastructure relocation and replacement & fire alarm system installation
  • Roofing repairs
  • Pew removal and refinishing
  • Cleaning of interior woodwork, stone and painting
  • Duct work cleaning
  • Specialty bell work
  • Rebuilding the bell tower areas
  • Construction of ADA accessible restroom on main floor

Gunnison is likely to remain closed through the calendar year 2014.  Updates on the schedule will be shared as soon as they are known.  Events normally held in Gunnison in the spring have been relocated:

Moving Up Day:                                                                                Burkman Gym                                                  

Last Lecture                                                                                      Gulick Theatre                                  
Laurentian Singers Commencement Concert                                     Gulick Theatre                                  

Baccalaureate:                                                                                  Gulick Theatre  

New Residence Hall:  All common area curtain walls have had glass installation completed, bringing in wonderful natural light and providing extraordinary vistas of campus. Due to the weather, the standing seam roofing remains incomplete.  With a warming trend ahead of us, we plan to complete the roof by early April.  Installation of the main electrical transformer and associated switchgear has been completed, and the tie-in for the new electrical service to the new building is finished.  Plumbing, electrical and sprinkler rough-ins, and light framing layout continue.  Rooms and common spaces are taking shape, as drywall is being installed and shower stalls and bathroom fixtures to follow.  We are still on schedule for a fall 2014 opening date.

Herring Cole: The woodwork refinishing is almost complete with the exception of the 8 new bookcases that will be built in and stained to match the existing woodwork.  By mid-April, the carpet will be installed, followed by the built-in reading tables and chairs.  Upgraded lighting fixtures and wall sconces will complete the project, which will be ready prior to Commencement in May. 

New Lighting in Newell:  The University has replaced lighting in Newell Field House with new, brighter and more energy efficient bulbs. The original lights installed 14 years ago were state of the art; improvements in technology allow a better and more sustainable environment in this space.

Positive Coeducation Anniversary Celebration:  In 1974, the St. Lawrence Presidential Commission on Coeducation at St. Lawrence issued a ground-breaking report on coeducation, with recommendations that continue to resonate throughout the University. On its 40th anniversary, a panel discussion presented by the tri-partite Gender & Sexuality Equity Committee reviewed the report's far-reaching effects and what remains to be achieved. Panelists at the March 24th event were Vice President Val Lehr: Opportunities for Advancement for Women in Academia at St. Lawrence; Professor and Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies Danielle Egan: Gender Studies as a Discipline at the University; Director of Athletics/Senior Advisor for Administration Margie Strait: Title IX and Beyond and Paige Friedlander '16 & Haley Burrowes '14, The Women's Resource Center, 20 Years On.