April 2012 Monthly Update to Campus

Strategic Map:  As we have stressed, our Strategic Map is a document that will evolve over time.  We have revised the Map to incorporate the preamble text suggestions offered by the faculty.  I call your attention to the Map website, where you can read the next preamble text and also follow progress on the Map’s goals and objectives. 

Admissions:  Admissions and the campus have held two open houses for admitted students with the third and last occurring this coming Friday.  Sunny weather greeted both groups.  Deposits have been received from 317, a record for the date of this memo’s preparation, April 13.

New Program in Jordan:  Beginning in the fall of 2012, students will have the option to study for a semester or a year in Amman, Jordan, in partnership with American-Mideast Training Services. The program is designed for students interested in studying the Arabic language (both Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine colloquial dialect) and Middle Eastern and North African cultures. More details are available on-line.

Mellon Foundation Awards Grant for Humanities:  St. Lawrence has been awarded a grant of $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a five-year project titled "Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century."  With the grant support, the University plans to develop new cross-departmental collaborations, with a goal of strengthening and affirming the centrality of the humanities to the contemporary liberal arts curriculum.  More details are available on-line.

Website redesign: The University website redesign project kicked off this week with a series of meetings and a campus forum with partner firms Trellon and IE Design and Communications. Representatives from Trellon/IE and University Communications met separately with groups of students, faculty and staff to discuss the current website and future needs. This discovery phase will help inform a site audit and map, the first steps of a months-long project expected to continue into the fall. Visit  http://blogs.stlawu.edu/redesign/ for more information and to provide feedback.

Commencement:  Students, faculty, staff and guests at Commencement 2012 will hear remarks from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and Skidmore College dance professor Mary DiSanto-Rose '75 at St. Lawrence University's Commencement ceremony, on Sunday, May 20. Both will be awarded honorary degrees at the ceremony. Indian Lake Spanish teacher Martha Swan, founder of the organization John Brown Lives!, will be awarded the North Country Citation. 

University Advancement:  University Advancement has embarked upon the development of an alumni engagement metrics system that will measure how engaged our alumni are with St. Lawrence and will inform ongoing and new engagement programs.  We are researching peer institutions with similar programs such as Amherst, Colgate, Cornell, Hamilton and Middlebury, to name a few.  The goal is to have this system in place in 2012-2013.    

The Alumni and Parent Programs office will be renamed effective July 1, the Office of Annual Giving and Laurentian Engagement.  This new title recognizes the important role that engagement plays within the Strategic Map and our goals moving forward.

Reunion 2012 is May 31-June 3.  We hope to welcome at least 1,000 alumni and guests back to campus.  Highlights of the weekend include alumni college sessions led by alumni, faculty and staff, the dedication of the Quantitative Resource Center, the alumni awards and class gift ceremony, the annual Service of Remembrance and the all-class picnic (which faculty and staff are invited to attend).  Other Laurentian engagement programs underway include: travel programs to Spain – October 14-24, 2012 led by Professor Emerita Rita Goldberg; to Israel, Palestine and Jordan in June of 2013 with Associate Professor of Religious Studies Michael Greenwald; and regional events with Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jeff Rickey.

The Raiser's Edge and NetCommunity implementations continue on-schedule and on-budget.  We have just completed Round Two of data validation. Bob Doser, Advancement Systems Analyst and Report Manager, is offering sessions in the ODY computer lab to introduce the system to potential end-users across campus.

Harassment Awareness Training:  The United Educators On-line Training program for harassment awareness training has been completed by about a third of our employees. We need 100% of you to complete this important training.  St. Lawrence has a strong tradition of valuing the individual and we hope this on-line program will assist in affirming that culture. If we achieve 100% participation in the on-line education program, we improve awareness for a more inclusive campus culture, we also benefit from more stable insurance rates.  The on-line course will take about 45 minutes. If you need to stop and start again, you can log back in, and the course will continue where you left off.  We ask you to complete the course by June 30, 2012.  
To access and register for the course:

  1. Click on the link- http://elearning.ue.org
  2. First time users should select “ CREAT A NEW ACCOUNT” on the right hand side
  3. Enter the St. Lawrence Registration Code – 0942-SE37-XY12    (not case sensitive)
  4. Provide specific information about your role (staff member, faculty member, administrative supervisor, faculty member who supervises staff) at SLU and create a username and password
  5. Once logged on, under HIGHER EDUCATION, click on the appropriate course you wish to take.
  6. Use your User Name and Password each time you log on

At various times, the course will recommend you refer to our SLU Harassment Policies; they are located on our Policies and Procedures Web site under the Equity Policies and Procedures section.