The Top 10 St. Lawrence University News Stories for 2016

The year 2016 will mostly likely go down in modern history as one of those “years to remember.” It will go down as another memorable year for St. Lawrence University as well.

There is little doubt that Laurentians are proud of their University, and they’re proud that it fares well in a number of national rankings.

For three years running, St. Lawrence has been named by as one of the Best Colleges in New York State. The University also made’s list of 36 Top Middle Atlantic Colleges, which included four Ivy League universities. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence jumped seven spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges ranking, moving to number 53 from 60 a year ago, and it once again graced The Daily Meal’s ranking of Best Colleges for Food.

St. Lawrence hosted its first TEDx event, TEDxStLawrenceU, a self-organized event following in the tradition of national TED events. Organized entirely by students, the event — which featured 11 student, faculty and alumni speakers — was endorsed by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as desired campus programming for 2016-17.

Two endowed professorships were created in 2016 by generous alumni, including the James R. Wallace Professorship in Psychology. Named after Psychology Professor James Wallace for his 40-year impact on students, children and teachers, Hilary Ayn Valentine ’89 contributed $2.5 million to St. Lawrence to establish the named professorship. The second named professorship, the Michael W. Ranger ’80 and Virginia R. Ranger P’17 Professor in Government, was awarded in December to Professor of Government Alan Draper.

One of St. Lawrence’s most famous alumni, Kirk Douglas, who turned 100 on Dec. 9 of this year, gave an additional $2 million to the University to further endow student scholarships and maintain operation of Kirk Douglas Hall, the newest residence hall on campus.

Here are the top 10 St. Lawrence University News stories:

#10: St. Lawrence Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-17

#9: Kick It For A Cause to Benefit Massena High School Senior

#8: Major Gift Will Endow Professorship in Psychology

#7: SLU One of Top Schools for Food: 'The Daily Meal'

#6: TEDxStLawrenceU Announces Speakers for Nov. 12 Event

#5: Aquadro, Clark, Torrey to Speak at 2016 Commencement

#4: St. Lawrence Named a Top Middle Atlantic College

#3: Kirk and Anne Douglas Further Endow Scholarship Fund

#2: St. Lawrence Goes Up in 'U.S. News' Rankings

#1: St. Lawrence Named a Best College Campus in New York State

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