March 2012 Monthly Update to Campus

Facilities Master Plan: Saratoga Associates spent two days on campus to conduct campus-wide charrettes. More than 500 students, faculty and staff participated in the collaborative sessions, providing ideas and feedback to facilities needs and campus design possibilities.   Several separate meetings on such topics as community relations, residence life, classroom space and sustainability attracted dozens of participants.  Saratoga Associates will return to campus at the end of March to conduct further interviews. We also have created a public websitewith many resources, including the charrette results. 

Admissions:   Last Friday, March 16, Admissions and Financial Aid mailed decisions and aid packages to the students who applied in the “Regular Decision” application phase.  Dean Rickey provided a detailed report via email to the faculty and staff on Monday, March 19, with the headline that we anticipate making our class and financial projections with continuing achievement in academic quality, female/male ratio, and geographic, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic differences.  Overall, St. Lawrence is offering admission to 45% of this year’s applicants.  The admitted pool is academically stronger and more geographically, racially and ethnically diverse than a year ago.  As we head into the yield season, please extend Laurentian hospitality to visiting admitted students.  

Identity research and website redesignUniversity Communications and partner firm Studio-e will present the messaging recommendations of an identity study during campus forums scheduled for March 28. Studio-e conducted focus groups, one-on-one interviews and surveys with more than 150 students, faculty, staff and alumni in February. The messaging developed from this research will inform all communications and marketing, including the redesign of the University's website, a nine-month project scheduled to begin in April. University Communications soon will be sending more information on both projects, including opportunities for feedback.

Advancement:  For all causes, including the St. Lawrence Fund, we have raised $9.45 million to date toward our goal for the year of $16 million.

Guided by the Strategic Map, alumni engagement efforts continue to be a major thrust within University Advancement.  This was a special topic at the University Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees at its February meeting.  Trustees heard from Alumni Council President Deena Giltz McCullough ’84, University Advancement Tripartite Committee Chair Patti Frazer Lock, and Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Kim Hissong regarding new student and alumni engagement initiatives, results of recent Alumni Council focus groups and faculty ideas related to engagement.   Several initiatives currently underway include:  a Spain Laurentian travel program October 14-24 with Professor Emerita Rita Goldberg; Homecoming 2012 planning in conjunction with Alumni Council weekend (November 2-4), and expanded faculty and senior staff participation in regional events this spring and beyond.

The Raiser's Edge and NetCommunity implementations continue on-schedule and on-budget.  The vendor will be on campus March 19-22 for data validation and testing.  Project Team members are having conversations with offices across campus to identify shared data needs and collaboration opportunities

Finance: Operating activity through February continues to be slightly favorable to the Latest Revised Estimate that is calculated from submissions by budget managers and analyzed by Finance staff.