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.
Several St. Lawrence alumni were featured by news outlets for giving back to their communities, growing their businesses, making discoveries, and combining their passions and expertise to create successful Netflix documentaries.
Daniel Amigone ’05
As a student, Daniel Amigone was a member of the Saints men’s golf team. He recently combined his skills and passion for film to create the Netflix documentary, “Full Swing.” He shared what it was like to tell the stories of some of the Professional Golfer’s Association’s heaviest hitters in an article published by BuffaloNews.com.
Amigone majored in English at St. Lawrence.
Brian Bisaccio ’81
As campaign chair for Scout Power, a 50-year-long fundraising event in support of Scouts living in Central and Northern New York, Brian Bisaccio ’81 is a strong advocate for giving back to his local community. He was recently recognized for his dedication to the organization and philanthropy at their annual event.
Bisaccio majored in economics at St. Lawrence.
Grant H. Cornwell Jr.
A leader in higher education, Grant H. Cornwell Jr. ’79 has made an impact beyond St. Lawrence as a champion of initiatives in diversity and global engagement, collaborative research, and experiential learning. His leadership as President of Rollins College was recognized with a number eight spot on the 50 Most Powerful in Orlando list.
Albert Paddock Crary ’31
A true example of the adventurous Laurentian spirit, the late Albert Paddock Crary ’31 led a team of eight men to the South Pole in 1961, making him the first person to have stood on both the North and South Poles. His journey to becoming a leader of polar research expeditions was featured in an article published by HistoryReader.com.
Crary majored in chemistry at St. Lawrence.
Sarah A. Friedman ’09
As a member of the Peace Corps since 2011, Sarah Friedman ’09 is passionate about giving back to communities around the globe. After being emergency evacuated from Ukraine in 2014, she collaborated with fellow volunteers to write and publish a cookbook that celebrates the country's rich culture and cuisine, with proceeds supporting humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Friedman majored in English at St. Lawrence
Karson Humiston ’15
Karson Humston ’15 found her entrepreneurial spirit at St. Lawrence after attending a trade show during her senior year. As one of the 22 percent of women in the cannabis industry, Humston explained how she navigates the stigma of the industry while cultivating her business in an article published by Inc.com.
Tom Manion ’06
Tom Manion ’06 has always wanted to find a career that allowed him to give back to others. His interests and determination helped him find the perfect fit as CEO of New Hampshire Hospital and as a member of several groups focused on supporting the local community, he was selected as one of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 under 40.
Manion majored in biology at St. Lawrence.
James Rossie '96
During his junior year at St. Lawrence, James Rossie ’96 attended a paleontology field school in Kenya and uncovered a passion for exploring the past. His recent discovery, which provides new insight into the diet of ancient apes, was featured in an article published by TBRNewsMedia.
“As fate would have it, my field project is now centered on an area on the west side of Lake Turkana that I first visited back in 1995,” he explained.
Rossie majored in anthropology at St. Lawrence.
Hamidou Sylla ’21
As a student at St. Lawrence, Hamidou Sylla ’21 launched a talk show, “Let’s Just Talk with Hammi,” as a way to bring together scholars and experts to discuss issues affecting the world. Following his passion for public discourse, he enrolled in a master’s program at Brown University and was featured in an article about being named this year’s master’s commencement speaker.
“We have a responsibility to the world, to ourselves, and to our future,” said Sylla. “You can decide how you want to leverage that responsibility. It’s up to us to spearhead what the future looks like, and we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines.”
Elinor Tatum ’93
As publisher and editor-in-chief of New York Amsterdam News, Elinor Tatum ’93 has navigated the transformation of the digital age in news with creativity and grit. The focus of a feature article published by Forward.com, she reflected on her identity and what inspires her work.
“We’ve come together to do some amazing things by working collaboratively and bringing the message of what’s going on in Black communities around the country and helping all of our Black newspapers move forward technologically and otherwise,” she said.
Tatum majored in government at St. Lawrence.
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