Alumnae Honored During Reunion Weekend

CANTON - Nancy Frank '67, Lennelle Dougherty McKinnon '58 and Christine Koski '79 were recently honored during St. Lawrence University's Reunion Weekend, held May 30 through June 2.

Frank was the recipient of the University's Sol Feinstone Award for Humanitarian Service, while McKinnon and Koski were both recipients of an Alumni Citation. The three honorees received their awards in front of most of the more than 700 Laurentians who attended the weekend’s events.

The Feinstone Award is presented to a St. Lawrence graduate who, through devotion of his or her resources or personal effort, has demonstrated deep commitment to the advancement of the freedom of people to pursue and attain personal, professional and economic freedom. With the exception of St. Lawrence employees, all graduates of the University are eligible for the Feinstone Award. Nominations are solicited annually by the Membership and Honors Committee of the Alumni Executive Council. The Committee recommends a finalist to the Board of Trustees.

Alumni Citations, a tradition at St. Lawrence since 1949, are awarded annually to graduates for long-term and exemplary service to the University or for exemplary professional accomplishment or community volunteer activities. All graduates of the University are eligible, though University employees are not. The Alumni Executive Council’s Membership and Honors Committee selects a slate of three to five candidates with special attention given to candidates who will celebrate their Reunion during the year in which they are honored. The slate of candidates is forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

Nancy Frank '67

“Where Nancy sees a need, she creates an organization to address the situation,” her nomination said.  “Whether it be fundraising to rebuild an inner-city playground, inspiring local churches to have a interfaith hospitality program where their space is utilized to house the homeless, sponsoring the refugee Sudanese in a better life here in the United States or committing to the building of water wells in Africa, she is not afraid to act.”

Frank has been an active volunteer in her community since moving to Rochester in 1972. She has been a board member of the Child Development Center, Junior League of Rochester, Baden Street Settlement, Pre-Trial Release, Downtown Development Corporation, the Toy Library, Family Service's Awareness Theater, and the Grantmakers' Forum.  She was a founder in the formation of Project Intervention (a drug and alcohol education awareness nonprofit for educators), a program that was reviewed in 1987 by then Lt. Governor Stanley Lundine as a model for New York State.

More recently, Frank saw a need in her community for housing for homeless families. Learning about the Interfaith Hospitality Network in other places across the country, she felt it could also benefit Rochester. In 2004, she had acquired the seed money necessary to start the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN). RAIHN now has 1,800 volunteers and 36 congregations involved in providing shelter for homeless families. Frank is currently president of the RAIHN Board of Directors.

In 2005, Frank founded the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (AFRECS), a national nonprofit organization, and became its first executive director. This is a network of individuals, churches, and other organizations that seek to focus on the needs and priorities of the Sudanese people. They advocate for public and private assistance to Sudan as well as working to advance peace and stability in the region.

In addition to her work with "the Lost Boys" and the Sudanese community in Rochester, she has traveled to Sudan to teach a women's leadership course in a Sudanese village, be present for the election of the new Anglican archbishop, and raise funds for housing for student's families at the Berea Theological Seminary. Grateful for Frank’s work, the school named a building in her honor.

Frank was instrumental in starting Water for Sudan and on one of her trips she organized a group from Rochester to visit a Water For Sudan drilling operation in one of the more remote areas of Southern Sudan, Bahr el Ghazaal. She currently serves on the board for Water for Sudan.

Lennelle "Lennie" McKinnon '58

Described by her peers as “an ambassador of St. Lawrence,” McKinnon, a Canton, N.Y., native, has been a leader among her classmates since she was a student, graduating with highest honors in English and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. One nominator wrote, “Lennie has touched generations of Laurentians. She has been a supporter, friend and surrogate parent to many.” McKinnon has served St. Lawrence in several capacities, including leadership roles during class reunions, fundraising initiatives and other events, as her class reporter and as a member of St. Lawrence’s Alumni Executive Council for six years. In addition, she has been an integral member of the leadership for the Tri Delta Beta Chapter at St. Lawrence, where she has served in numerous capacities and worked with current members.

McKinnon’s service extends beyond St. Lawrence. She was a teacher for more than three decades in Canton and was recognized with an Outstanding Educator Award by Kappa Delta Pi. She has been a member of the Edward John Noble Guild of Directors for 25 years and served as president twice in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors Advisory Board.  Currently, and for the last 18 years, McKinnon has chaired the committee for the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guilds Golf Tournament, which has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for the local hospital.

Christine Koski '79

During her time on campus for Reunion Weekend, Koski offered a continuing education session and met with Laurentians to discuss the importance and responsibility of giving back to St. Lawrence. She has served as a development chair for her class reunions and brings family members and friend’s children to visit campus as they consider colleges and universities. She has hosted presidential visits and dinners for traveling St. Lawrence sports teams and is the chairperson of the Kappa Delta Sigma Alumni House Fund.

Koski has spent almost 20 years in the chemical industry and is the president and CEO of nMetric, which is headquartered in California and specializes in scheduling and task-tracing software for complex high-mix, high-change environments, particularly in discrete manufacturers. Prior to joining nMetric, Koski founded Koski Consulting Group, which consulted with small firms on issues of strategy and marketing.

She serves on several boards of directors including Sun Hydraulics, Oragenics, and Cheltec. In addition to her leadership and board responsibilities, Koski also works with nonprofit organizations.