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St. Lawrence to Host Reunion Events Beginning June 1

St. Lawrence University will welcome graduates to campus for its annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, taking place from June 1 to 4.

This year, St. Lawrence will commemorate the 50th anniversaries of the Spain and Austria study abroad programs, the 25th anniversary of Information Technology Helpdesk students, and the 10th anniversary of the Peterson Quantitative Resource Center.

Three St. Lawrence University graduates will receive Alumni Citations for exemplary professional accomplishments or community volunteer activities, including James B. Brush ’77, P’08, a Rochester-area former business executive committed to improving education for city school children; Martha MacCallum Gregory ’86, a primetime Fox News anchor; and, Sue Katzen ’86, publisher of Redbook magazine.

Buffalo-area educator Mary Jo Faucher Hunt ’76, P’04, who has committed herself to volunteer efforts across Western New York, will receive the University’s Sol Feinstone Award for Humanitarian Service. All award winners will be leading alumni college seminars during Reunion Weekend.

Alumni Citations

James B. Brush ’77, P’08

James (Jim) Brush is executive director of E3, a nonprofit committed to improving educational outcomes for Rochester city school children.

He was president and CEO and, with his brother Douglas, owner of Sentry Group, a privately held manufacturer and marketer of fire-resistant safes, files and chests based in Rochester, New York. Brush joined Sentry in 1986 and held positions as national sales manager, vice president for sales, marketing and international, and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Sentry, he worked for IBM in various sales, marketing and management roles in Chicago from 1977 to 1986.

Brush is a current board member and finance committee chair at United Way of Greater Rochester and a member of the board at Caldwell Manufacturing, The Children’s Agenda and E3 Rochester.

Brush has carried on the legacy of his family by attending St. Lawrence, which includes his grandparents, parents, sister, uncles and most recently his son, Davis ’08, and three nieces and nephews.

A former University trustee, Brush received his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence in 1977 and his MBA from Northwestern University in 1983. While at St. Lawrence, he was on the swimming team all four years and was co-captain of the 1976 NCAA National Championship swimming team, at the time the school’s first ever NCAA athletic title. He was also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Sue Katzen ’86

Sue Katzen is the publisher of Redbook, one of the largest publications read by women in the United States, with a circulation of over 2 million readers. The magazine is published by Hearst Corporation. Katzen has also held the positions of associate publisher of Cosmopolitan magazine and CosmoGirl! Over her career, she has held various advertising sales and management positions at Meredith Corporation and Hachette Filipacchi Media. She was named Publisher of the Year at the Media Industry Newsletter’s (min’s) Magazine Media Magazine Awards in June 2016, a top honor in the publishing industry.

As an alumna, Katzen has found the time to give back to St. Lawrence in many ways. She has served on the Alumni Executive Council, participated in the Laurentians in Residence program, hosted student interns at Hearst for our New York City Semester and was the speaker at the Women’s Initiative event in New York City in January 2016, sharing her professional expertise with fellow Laurentians. Since the program’s inception, Katzen has hosted a Laurentians Investing in Networking and Careers (LINC) event at Hearst, which was attended by Todd Haskell ’90, senior vice president of digital marketing, Kevin O’Malley ’79, senior vice president and publisher of Elle magazine, and Drew Osinski ’10, account manager for Hearst digital sales.

Katzen graduated with a multi-field bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence.

Martha MacCallum Gregory ’86

Martha MacCallum Gregory is the anchor of the new prime time show “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Fox News (weeknights at 7PM/ET). She recently completed her run as Anchor of “The First Hundred Days” of the Trump presidency for Fox News. She also has interviewed President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during their first months in office.

Her career began in 1991 as a producer at Wall Street Journal Television. She then moved to NBC and CNBC where she was a reporter for "The News with Brian Williams,” the "Today Show,” and “CNBC World.” She served as co-anchor for CNBC’s “Morning Call” with Martha MacCallum and Ted David. After 9/11, MacCallum became the anchor of the primetime show “Checkpoint,” which examined homeland security. MacCallum created the award-winning series “Inside the Business” for CNBC. She joined Fox News in 2004 and has become one of America’s most-recognizable news anchors. She has covered every major story of the last 20 years, including four presidential elections, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, two Popes and the Royal Wedding.

Martha is a recipient of the Gracie Award for her coverage of business news. In addition to her successful career at Fox News, she has also managed to find time to volunteer for her alma mater. Martha has been a Laurentians in Residence panelist, took part in a 2014 career panel in New York City, served as a career advisor, and was on the Reunion Development Committee during her past reunions. She serves on the advisory board of Soldier Strong and the board of trustees of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, and is a former board member of The Link Community Charter School in Newark, New Jersey.

Martha graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1986.

Sol Feinstone Award for Humanitarian Service

The Feinstone Award is presented to a graduate who, through devotion of his or her resources or personal effort, has demonstrated a deep commitment to the advancement of the freedom of people to pursue and attain personal, professional and economic freedom.

Mary Jo Faucher Hunt ’76, P’04

As an advocate, facilitator, mentor and coach, Mary Jo Faucher Hunt has donated her time and expertise to a number of organizations, including serving two terms as vice president of the Association of Junior League International, Inc., the Junior League of Buffalo, WNY Women’s Foundation, trustee and chair of the governance committee at Paul Smith’s College, the Child Care Resource Network, former trustee at Nardin Academy, the board of directors at United Way of Erie County, Success by Six, and currently serves as secretary for NY Funders Alliance.

In 1994, she was recognized as a Buffalo 40 Under 40, volunteer of the year in 2004 by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and was inducted into the Erie County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Currently, Hunt is the executive director of the James H. Cummings Foundation and director of career development at Hunt Real Estate. Previously, she served as the executive director of Leadership Buffalo, interim executive director of the Child Care Coalition, and a teacher in Buffalo Public Schools.

Hunt graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and government, and she earned her master’s degree in elementary education from State University College at Buffalo. She has also completed coursework in executive leadership development at Harvard University and Daemen College.

Being an advocate for St. Lawrence, she has served as a Reunion volunteer, Career Services volunteer, Admissions volunteer, and is a member of the Laurentian Leadership Society, the Manley Society and the Friends of Owen D. Young Library.

 

Complete biographies of St. Lawrence alumni awarded citations are available on the Alumni Council website at www.stlawu.edu/alumni-council/alumni-awards.

For more information, visit the Reunion Weekend website at www.stlawu.edu/reunion or call St. Lawrence’s Office of Laurentian Engagement at 888-758-4438.