St. Lawrence graduates have a thirst for knowledge, are innovative problem-solvers, and make their communities, companies, and the world better places. This periodic roundup features Laurentians at the focus of news stories shared by and within their communities.
Karonienhawi Thomas M’15 '19
As a 13-year member of the Akwesasne Tribal Police, Sargent Karonienhawi Thomas M’15 '19 is an advocate for members of her community. In recognition of her expertise in addressing unsolved cases, she was appointed to the federal Not Invisible Act Join Commission, which combats violent crimes against Indigenous people. Her accomplishment and career were featured in an article published by NorthCountryNow.com on May 7.
“Through my years of service; I have witnessed families, children, and individuals be pulled out of the darkest places by the unconditional love of family and the dedication of service providers, officers, leaders, caseworkers and advocates,” Thomas said. “That is what gives me hope that the answers to this epidemic raging over our people is within the reach of this generation’s grasp.”
Thomas earned master’s degrees in mental health counseling and educational leadership from St. Lawrence.
Doug Bannister ’88
After honing his interest in economics at St. Lawrence, Doug Bannister built a 30-year career in international business management, working in a variety of roles around the globe. During Brexit and on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, he became the head of one of the busiest shipping ports in England, the Port of Dover. His leadership and perseverance were the focus of an article published by TheGuardian.com on April 2.
“It was such a significant transformation that the nation was going through, and Dover is the epicenter of that activity,” said Bannister.
Bannister majored in economics at St. Lawrence.
Rajiv Narula M’20
A dedicated college educator, Rajiv Narula M’20 was selected for the distinguished faculty award by the SUNY Canton College Council, recognizing his effectiveness in teaching, scholarly ability, and continued growth. Narula's passion for teaching and dedication to environmentalism were featured in an article published by NorthCountryNow.com on April 21.
Narula earned a master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence.
Gavin Bayreuther ’18
As a defenseman for Saints Men’s Ice Hockey, Gavin Bayreuther ’18 was a leader on and off the ice. A member of the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, Bayreuther was featured in an article highlighting his positive attitude and dedication to the sport published by UnionLeader.com on April 2.
“You don’t always need your best but you need a good effort and to be consistent and focused. If you do that, you can help your team win,” said Bayreuther.
Michelle Drummond ’99
Last year, artwork by Michelle Drummond ’99 was permanently installed at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, making her the first Black female artist to earn the prestigious honor. Leveraging the physics, geometry, and math skills she gained at St. Lawrence, she created a 3D history-making piece. Michelle and her artwork unveiling were featured in an article published by CaribbeanNationalWeekly.com on March 18.
“The piece itself represents seeking new and positive ways to effect change through added knowledge and learning. As your breath of knowledge expands, represented by the ‘Tree of Life,’ you become more enlightened and empowered to effectuate a positive change. Likewise, the butterflies represent optimism and unlimited possibilities through a positive organic transformation.”
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