August 2012 Monthly Update

To date, we have received 702 deposits from first-year students and 651 remain active, well on our way to making the final goal of 640.  We have received record numbers and percentages of deposits from U.S. students of color and international students year-to-date.  On July 1, we welcomed two new assistant directors of admissions, Jenna Farmer ’11 and Ryan Walsh ’12, both who served the Admissions Office as students and summer interns.

Facilities Master Plan 
A campus forum on July 11 brought about 80 faculty and staff together for an update from Saratoga Associates, our facilities master planning consultants.  The update reviewed progress on assessment of residential and academic spaces as well as preliminary thoughts on the emerging campus needs related to the Strategic Map.  We plan update forums for faculty on September 18 at 4:30 p.m., on September 19 at 12 noon for all employees, and on September 19 at 7 p.m. for students. You will hear more about this very soon.

Website redesign
University Communications and Information Technology staff continue to work with our website redesign partners IE Design and Communications and Trellon on the development of the new site and content management system (CMS). The campus-wide group advising on the project, the Website Redesign Advisory Group, is reviewing design concepts from IE, while IT and communications staff continue to work in concert with Trellon to develop a feature-rich CMS. More testing of the designs and CMS will continue throughout the summer.

The University’s fiscal year ended on June 30.  Overall, $14.8 million was raised in private support from St. Lawrence alumni, parents, friends and corporations, foundations, and organizations.  These gifts provide needed funds for our ongoing programmatic and capital initiatives and help build our endowment.  In addition to providing unrestricted support, these gifts also help fund important initiatives such as student-faculty research, scholarship aid, student internships and travel.  The St. Lawrence Fund, which provides much-needed ongoing support for our operating budget, finished the year with $4.6 million raised. 

You heard the great news that Kirk Douglas ’39 and his wife, Anne, will give $5 million through the Douglas Foundation to a scholarship they started at the University in 1999. The gift will enhance the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund, which supports students who represent diversity, have financial need and demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership. The gift creates what will now be the largest endowed scholarship at St. Lawrence and expands the availability of the premier scholarship to all four classes. It was previously available only to juniors and seniors. Through the Douglas Foundation, Kirk and Anne Douglas have now given nearly $7.5 million to St. Lawrence to support this scholarship.

During July and early August, University Advancement held eleven “send-offs” for incoming freshman students and their families.  Organized in regions where we have high concentrations of students arriving in the class of ’16, these events provided an opportunity for our newest Laurentians to meet other students from their area.   

Athletics and Advancement
A special celebration is planned to celebrate Joe Marsh’s retirement on Thursday Nov.1, as a part of our Homecoming program. The event will cost $70.00 for those attending.  More details on the full Homecoming program are forthcoming.

Facilities Improvements:  Summer Facilities Projects - 2012
Projects completed as part of the University’s annual capital improvement program: 

Student Residences
Dana Dining Hall: 
*Replaced flooring

Dean Eaton Extension: 
*Renovated four existing single baths and added ventilation and floor drains
*Built out four ADA-compliant restrooms 
*Renovated eight student rooms
*Added custodial storage
*Insulated attic space to comply with energy code

Gaines Hall: 
*Replaced fire alarm system
*Renovated restrooms: new partitions, sinks, shower faucets, re-tile and sealing of flooring
*Basement – lighting & fire alarm upgrades

Lee Hall:
*Renovated East Wing: new flooring in student rooms and corridors, fresh paint throughout, new furniture in student rooms, restroom renovations.

Hulett and Jencks: 
*Repaired showers

*Re-pointed chimney        

Sykes Hall: 
*Replaced hallway carpet in international wing

Whitman, 11 Maple, 62 Park, and 21 Romoda: 
*Installed new sprinkler systems and detection devices.  

17 College: 
*Replaced roofing system     

21 Romoda: third floor renovation
*Added 11 beds to the existing 3rd floor
*Installed roof dormers to allow natural light into rooms
*Renovated and expanded restroom facilities
*Installed sprinkler system in entire residential sections of building for fire protection and detection devices. 

48 Park: 
Replacing windows, to be completed in August.           

53 Park: 
Repaired/replaced roofing system           

58 Park: 
Replaced bathroom floors       

76 Park: 
Exterior repairs

78 Park: 
Re-pointed foundation & added drainage 
Academic Spaces
*Replaced fire alarm system     

Painted 2nd and 3rd floor hallways, breezeway columns and overhangs

*Renovated dressing rooms 

Hepburn Hall: 
*Replace fire alarm panel
*Replaced entrance doors 


*Repaired front entrance, added railings, and painted steps

Noble Center: 
*Repaired masonry

Noble Center: 
*Replaced entrance doors 

*Completed phase I roofing system replacement

*Updated lighting

*Repaired masonry

Athletic, All-campus and Administrative spaces
Facilities Operations: 
*Replaced roofing system, insulated attic space 

*Renovated basement  

MacAllaster Soccer Stadium: 
*Repaired turf and coaches’ boxes 

Payson Hall: 
*Re-pointed entire building façade, accompanied by lead t-joints for cap stone perimeter of building
*Replaced roof
*Repaired and painted  first floor – West side of building

Student Center Winston Room: 
*Upgraded lighting 
*Repaired east and south entrances 
*Replaced lockers and flooring in Men’s hockey locker room 

*Renovated women’s track & cross-country locker room including new shower room. 

Campus Infrastructure
Slate maintenance 
Installed new steam lines for greater energy efficiency in Dean-Eaton Hall
Renovated Park Street crosswalks  
Repaved and curbed Romoda Drive 
Campus tree removal
Installed storm drains and curbing on road from Griffiths to Hulett and Jencks Road. 
Repaired sidewalk B-Lot to Jencks Hall
Sidewalk from Gaines to Hulett Hall
Elevator compliance inspections 
Central Heating Plant chimney repaired and re-coated