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News Digest
2005-2006 Year in Review

News Digest is your weekly collection of news releases and Web feature stories. For more resources on campus events and programs, check these Web sites:

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Campus News
Viggo Mortensen '80's speech at Commencement May 21, advocating an activist life, was reported in some form in over 100 news media outlets, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, as well as on the Internet, including /Time/ and /People/ magazines and the /New York Times /and /Christian Science Monitor/ newspapers. Check out the Commencement photo album, texts of speeches by honorary degree recipients Richard Gilbert, Viggo Mortensen, and Barbara Tewksbury, class speakers Adam Casler and Brooke James, and President Daniel F. Sullivan.
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More Laurentians in the News
The St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees passed an historic resolution at its meeting on May 20. St. Lawrence adopts environmental sustainability as one of its core values, thanks to the efforts of the Thelomathesian Society and student leaders.
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Twenty-five students have been selected as 2006 University Fellows for this summer, in a program that allows them to receive funding while conducting research with a faculty partner.
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St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Sociology R. Danielle Egan has been named the Frank P. Piskor Faculty Lecturer for 2007. Next spring, Egan will deliver a campus lecture on the topic "Between Angels and the Pathologically Prurient: Moral Education and the Production of Childhood Sexuality."
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Karla E. General, a St. Lawrence University junior from Hogansburg, New York, is one of 12 students from nine tribes and 11 universities to be selected as 2006 Native American Congressional Interns.
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St. Lawrence University students were among the thousands from around the nation this year turning away from more familiar notions of spring break in favor of lending a hand in the Gulf Coast region devastated by Hurricane Katrina, staffing a soup kitchen in inner city Philadelphia, studying peace-making techniques to combat middle school bullying, and touring Eastern Europe with American music performances.
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Faculty and students traveled to the Bahamas, Curaçao and Senegal during January, for study associated with University courses. *
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Haverford College Dean of Students Joseph Tolliver was named vice president and dean of student life at St. Lawrence.
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One of the most heated rivalries in all of college sports - between St. Lawrence and Clarkson in hockey, of course - became a team effort that benefited local health-care organizations. A St. Lawrence sorority and a Clarkson fraternity put the rivalry aside and joined forces for a good cause and raised $2,000.
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Elinor R. Tatum, of New York, has been elected to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University, beginning July 1. Tatum, a 1993 graduate of St. Lawrence, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of /The Amsterdam News/, the oldest continuously published black newspaper in New York City. The newspaper is also the nation's oldest continuously minority-owned newspaper.
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St. Lawrence University Visiting Assistant Professor of English Trimiko C. Melancon has been named a Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies.
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A spring 2006 course with a travel component brought four St. Lawrence students and their professor to a region that's a flashpoint in recent headlines: the border between the United States and Mexico.
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Sesquicentennial Celebration
Charter Day was celebrated on April 3 with events on campus and in 37 locations across the country.
The biggest, most successful Reunion ever brought over 1,100 alumni to campus to celebrate their class anniversaries, their special affinity connections, and the University's Sesquicentennial year. Highlights included the rededication of Hale Chapel in Atwood Hall, thanks to a generous donation from the Wheeler family; seminars related to University history, traditions and culture; gatherings of past and present Alumni Council members, graduates of the Theology School, and Laurentian Singers; and a State of the University Address by President Daniel Sullivan. Check out our Reunion Photo Album!
Gifts/Grants
Keep your eyes on the progress of construction through the Johnson Hall of Science photo album, updated as of June 17, and visit the many related news stories on our Web site about the sciences. St. Lawrence received a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation last fall to help fund science facilities construction. In order to meet the challenge, the University must raise just over $4.1 million in new gifts and pledges for the project by April 1, 2007. The University broke ground in May 2005 for the $36.9 million, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable design for biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience and psychology.
A gift to St. Lawrence University from Richard D. Church, of Norwood, has been established and will support an annual lecture on neuroscience. The first Richard D. Church Lecture will take place in the fall of 2006.
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The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to St. Lawrence University to support personnel and program development initiatives in its Center for Arts Technology. Read more about the grant and about our arts facilities expansion project.
Two trustees donate $3.3 million to St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence University has announced that it has received a gift of $1.7 million from Trustee James "Jay" Ireland '77 and Valerie Lanigan Ireland '77, of New York City, and a gift of $1.6 million from Trustee Michael W. Clark '81 and Pamela Van Hoven Clark '82, of Darien, Connecticut. Both are for the University's next comprehensive fund-raising campaign.
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St. Lawrence University has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program. This money will be used to improve prevention of violent crimes against women and response to victims on campus.
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St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Biology Ana Y. Estevez has been awarded a $22,500 Research Starter Grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the role of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels in normal organismal physiology. Read more
Robert M. and Esther Thompson raised their 10 children on a family-owned dairy farm in Lisbon, and helped to support their children's higher education for 55 years. If that's not admirable enough, they now have created a family foundation and through the Foundation have established funds at St. Lawrence University to benefit its University Fellows program and Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership.
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St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Chemistry Ning Gao has been awarded a grant of $32,059, as part of a $105,000 project grant, by the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This project is an on-going study by her and other scientists of mercury contamination in Lake Champlain.
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A scholarship fund "to honor the mind and spirit" of St. Lawrence University President Emeritus Frank P. Piskor (1916-2006) has been established by Class of 1943 graduate Walter A. Hahn, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
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Faculty Books Published
A new book by retired St. Lawrence University professor and coach Dotty. Hall explores the history of women's sports at the University over its 150-year history. It will be available for sale at Brewer Bookstore.
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A new Penguin Classics book, /Rubén Darío: Selected Writings/, includes translations of the Nicaraguan author's work by St. Lawrence University Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Steven F. White.
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Two new books by St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Sociology R. Danielle Egan explore a shadowy topic in the world of "adult entertainment": exotic dance.
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Athletics Highlights
Former Saint women's hockey star Gina Kingsbury '04 became the third Saint athlete to earn an Olympic gold medal, when she was part of the Canadian women's hockey team's gold medal win over Sweden.
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Seven alumni and a hockey team were inducted into the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 11. Visit our on-line photo album for scenes from the weekend.
Seniors T.J. Trevelyan of Mississauga, ON and Mike Madill of Kirkland, QC, members of the men's hockey team, were recipients of two of the ECAC Hockey League's top individual honors at the league's recent awards dinner.
The *St. Lawrence women's ice hockey team* reached the semi-finals of the NCAA Frozen Four, losing 1-0, to eventual champion Wisconsin. Paul Flanagan's team set a new record for wins in a season with 31, and had two players named All Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Sabrina Harbec '08 of St. Hubert, QC,, a 2006 Patty Kazmaier finalist, was named a first team All American forward, while sophomore defenseman Annie Guay '08 of Rouyn-Noranda, QC, was named a Second-Team All American at the blueline. Flanagan was also named a top six finalist for the Division I NCAA Coach of the Year Award.
The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and St. Lawrence University will partner to present the 2007 NCAA Women's Frozen Four in Lake Placid, NY.
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Men’s lacrosse reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, losing 12-5 at Geneseo. The team made its first NCAA appearance since 1987 and opened the tournament with a win at Endicott College 13-10, finishing the year with a 14-4 record.
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The baseball team went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament, finishing its season with a 24-14 record and earning its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1991.
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Zane Buckingham '06 of Beaver Falls, NY, finished sixth in the 2006 NCAA Division III Decathlon Championship at Benedictine College in Illinois, turning in the 71st All America performance by a Saint male competitor since 1974. Zane, who finished with 6,581 points, becomes the second Saint multi-event athlete to earn All America and the first decathlete.
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Ray Shero '84 has been named the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The announcement was made May 25; he has been signed to a five-year contract.
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Saint baseball coach Tom Fay has been selected as New York State Regional Coach of the Year in voting by his peers.
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Nine Saint athletes were named athletics Stars of the Year as recipients of annual awards.
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