Alumni Return to St. Lawrence University for Reunion Weekend
St. Lawrence University welcomed graduates to campus for its annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which took place May 29 through May 31. This year, the University also celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Kenya Semester Program and the 50th anniversary of its study abroad program in France.
The weekend schedule included a variety of educational, recreational and social events, including seminars, tours, excursions to local attractions and the traditional Parade of Classes.
Born out of a J-term experiment in 1972, the semester-long Kenya Study Program was launched in 1974 and now boasts 2,000-plus alumni from 30 universities. Alumni from the program have gone on to distinguished careers in government service, academia and non-profit work in Africa, and many note that the KSP was a transformative experience in their personal and professional lives.
The University welcomed notable alumni from its Kenya Semester Program, including Kathleen Colson ’79, CEO and founder of The Boma Project, Ned Breslin '88, CEO of Water for People, and Ken Okoth ’01, current member of Kenyan Parliament. Staff from St. Lawrence's campus located in suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, also were in attendance.
St. Lawrence's oldest international study abroad program is based in Rouen, France, a city of 125,000 people, 75 miles northwest of Paris. The city of Corneille and Flaubert, of Joan of Arc and William the Conqueror, the center of Rouen is often referred to as the ville musée because of the abundance of major medieval structures.
Four graduates received Alumni Citations for exemplary professional accomplishment or community volunteer activities. Each will lead a seminar discussion during Reunion Weekend, on a topic related to their work. They are:
- Nancy Current Martin '64, an activist dedicated to saving the planet and its various animal species.
- Cynthia Arcate '77, president and CEO of PowerOptions, an energy-buying consortium.
- Ned Breslin '88, CEO of Water for People, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing access to clean water.
- Ken Okoth '01, member of Kenyan Parliament and chairman of the Children of Kibera Foundation. Okoth will receive St. Lawrence University's Sol Feinstone Award for Humanitarian Service.
Biographies of the graduates awarded the Alumni Citation are available on the Alumni website
More information about the weekend schedule is available on the Reunion Weekend website.