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News Digest
August 25, 2008

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The University Communications staff extends warm wishes to all colleagues and students for a productive and energizing academic year. Welcome to the Class of 2012 and new transfer and graduate students! We will post a photo album of Orientation images later this week.


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:

Master Calendar of Events
St. Lawrence News and Features
St. Lawrence In the News
Saints Athletics

Campus News
President Sullivan Signs Amethyst Initiative

President Daniel F. Sullivan is one of over 100 college and university presidents to sign The Amethyst Initiative, a movement to open the dialogue about the effectiveness of the 21-year-old drinking age and the role that colleges play in educating students responsible drinking.  Read the statement co-authored by President Sullivan and Clarkson University President Tony Collins.

St. Lawrence Writers Series/Contemporary Issues Forum Open With Bill McKibben
An appearance by environmental author Bill McKibben begins the St. Lawrence Writers Series for the 2008-2009 academic year. McKibben will be on campus on Thursday, September 4, for three events, all open to the public. The appearances are also the first events in this year's Contemporary Issues Forum.
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15 Percent Of Energy Purchased By SLU Is 'Renewable'
St. Lawrence University has purchased 3,280 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy for the 2008-2009, or about 15 percent of its annual consumption. This purchase will provide 100 percent of the energy consumed in the Student Center and 50 percent of the energy consumed in the Johnson Hall of Science.
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New Faculty Participate In Orientation, New Colleagues' Bios On-line
New members of the faculty at St. Lawrence gathered for orientation sessions recently on campus, and took time for a photo, and bios of all new faculty and many administrative staff members who have joined the St. Lawrence community since August 2007 are on-line for review.
Community Members Welcome In St. Lawrence Music Ensembles
Membership in several of St. Lawrence University's music ensembles is open to the community.
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Exhibition Inspired By Military Stories In SLU Gallery
An exhibition titled "Combat Paper and Warrior Writers," inspired by the stories of men and women in the military during times of war, is in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University through October 11.
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'Champy' Subject Of Work At SLU's Brush Art Gallery
"Champy," an installation by Emilia Edwards, is in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University through October 11. It is based on the alleged monster that resides in Lake Champlain, depicted in a panorama on the gallery's walls.
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Remington Works Inspiration For SLU Gallery Exhibition; Local Students Assist
"Horse Guts," an installation by the Kartoon Kings (Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio) based on the work of Frederic Remington, is in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University through October 11.
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Sandy Gates '09 Participates In Thailand Seminar
Sandy Gates '09, of Bethel, Vermont, recently participated in a seminar in Thailand, run by the Prevent Human Trafficking Institute. She is studying in Thailand through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and received funding for participating in the study program from the global studies department's Fred Kahrs Award.
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Alumni News
Mary Courtney '85 Wins Teaching Award
Mary Read Courtney '85 was recently recognized by the Rochester, NY, City School District as "an exemplary first-year teacher."
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St. Lawrence in the National News
Sierra Club Radio included an interview with St. Lawrence University Sustainability Coordinator Louise Gava on its August 16 edition, on a "green" back-to-school shopping list.
St. Lawrence is included as one of "the boldest of schools" mentioned in the September/October issue of Sierra magazine, its annual "Green College Guide," for including outdoor studies courses in its academic curriculum.
St. Lawrence students Nigel Fellman Greene '09 and Abby Rose '11 were quoted in an August 17 story in the San Francisco Examiner, titled "Back to School: Green Lessons from Students." Subtitled "Getting Straight E's: Ecology, Economy, Ethics," the article included two photos from the University and gave tips on living the eco-friendly life at college.

More Laurentians In the National News
Saints Sports
Saints fall sports teams started their pre-season preparations last week, including the football team which opens its season September 6 at Johns Hopkins. Daily audio interviews and camp reports are available. Men's soccer and volleyball have the honor of playing the first games of the year for SLU. Men's soccer plays Johnson and Wales at Clarkson and volleyball is at Oneonta, both Friday at 2 p.m.
More SLU Sports

Web Site Updates and Features

St. Lawrence YouTube site
You can watch SLU videos in many ways, including links on our own Web site's SLU Live! page, and now, on an SLU YouTube site. The YouTube site includes a four-minute, student-produced video on the academic, extracurricular and athletic passions of St. Lawrence students. Hassan Raza '11 and Jim Mayers '11 produced this piece in the spring, and hope to be producing more student perspectives over the next year. These student-produced videos give everyone another view of St. Lawrence!

Visit SLULive!
for new podcasts of the Saints football campus and on preparing for the Adirondack Semester. SLU Live! includes features such as the Laurentian Singers performing our school songs, recording of the Bacheller Memorial Chimes, links to our admissions video, our photo albums, our student blogs, and our Web cam (which will be upgraded in the next couple of weeks!)

Summer blogs
: Blake Carbone '09, Josh Johnson '10, Hassan Raza '11 and Tsewang Lama '10 blogged over the summer. Read about their various on-campus and off-campus experiences.

Admissions Counselors Bridget Everly and John Gursky are also blogging: I took our six interns to Ottawa for the day! Due to its close proximity to campus, our students, faculty and staff frequently pay visits to Ottawa.  (It only takes 1.5 hours to get to downtown Ottawa from Canton—you will need a passport or a birth certificate to cross the border). If you attend St. Lawrence, I can guarantee at least one of your classes will involve a field trip to Ottawa....If you have not been to Ottawa, it is a “must do” if you visit campus and have time to make the jaunt. As you can see in the pictures, we hit the highlights of the city, visited Parliament Hill, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, and had a great dinner in the bustling Byward MarketRead more from Bridget and John.

We're on Facebook!

Network, find friends, announce events on the SLU Facebook page, which has 1,474 fans. Check us out on Facebook (you need a Facebook account of your own to see ours) and become a fan!

Audio clips on campus map Web site! Explore our campus map and listen to our tour guides! "SLU Quick Clips" will give you the inside scoop for each building on campus. Visit the campus map.

Athletics Facilities Tour!
We've updated and enhanced the athletics facilities tour (link takes you to the Athletics home page and then you click on the photo of the tour to open a new window) Enjoy the tour!

Have you downloaded your SLU wallpaper?
We have a collection of some of our most beautiful photographic images that can be downloaded to your computer for desktop wallpaper...a wonderful way to remember St. Lawrence every day! Check out the wallpapers!

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