St. Lawrence graduates have a thirst for knowledge and are innovative problem-solvers. This periodic roundup features Laurentians who are in the spotlight for making a positive impact on their communities, companies, and the world.
Karim Abouhassan ’20
As a former U.S Junior Open winner in 2013, Karim Abouhassan ’20 began his professional career working at Arleen Specter US Squash Center where he led the organization of the 2020–21 Commercial International Bank-sponsored Professional Squash Association World Tour finals at the Mall of Arabia. Abouhassan has received recognition on The Squash Site as he becomes the new director of Junior National Teams for Team USA.
Karim Abouhassan majored in government at St. Lawrence University.
Mike Bottini ’76
Wildlife biologist Mike Bottini ’76 shared his passion for full-moon kayaking with Hamptons.com. Bottini began his environmental journey while a student at St. Lawrence and recalls his magical experiences hiking under a sliver of moonlight in the North Country. Bottini recommends simple safety measures for full-moon kayaking, and suggests various picturesque kayaking spots. He also collaborates with Peconic Land Trust for summer kayaking events aligned with full moons.
Mike Bottini majored in economics at St. Lawrence University.
Maude E. Gardner 1916
A distinguished 1916 alumna, Maude Elsa Gardner is highlighted by Dayton Daily News for her groundbreaking contributions to aeronautical engineering. After obtaining a mathematics degree from St. Lawrence, Gardner expanded her expertise by learning multiple languages and studying machine design. Her exceptional work at Wright Field and Massachusetts Institute of Technology led her to become one of the few women in America’s aeronautical engineering field, despite minimal recognition for her remarkable achievements.
Susan Kahler ’80
Avid golfer Susan Kahler ’80 showcases her exceptional skills in two featured articles by The Daily Gazette. Kahler’s adept swing and remarkable putting abilities have propelled her to victory in the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association (NEWGA) Championship and the NYS Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. Read more about her achievements: “Down the Fairway: Kahler seeks to repeat as NEWGA champion” and “Ballston Spa CC’s Susan Kahler pulls away to win fourth NEWGA Championship.”
Will Kunkel ’07
Will Kunkel ’07 has made a significant impact in the field of sports journalism, as highlighted in Fox 26 Houston, TV News Check, Mike Mcguff.blogspot, and others. Hes recently joined Fox 26 in Houston as a sports director where his expertise and dedication to delivering compelling sports coverage is featured.
Kunkle majored in sociology at St. Lawrence University.
Martha MacCallum ’86
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum ’86 was highlighted in Newsweek as a moderator of the inaugural Republican presidential primary debate for the 2024 election. The event on August 23 was held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, the same venue where the 2024 Republican National Convention was held.
MacCallum majored in government at St. Lawrence University.
Brian McCarthy ’90
Brian McCarthy’s inspiring journey to becoming the current vice president of communications for the NFL is highlighted by The Malone Telegram. With an impressive 30 seasons in the league, his trajectory from a former Telegram employee to a key figure in professional football shows his commitment and accomplishments in the sports industry.
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