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.
Dan Rusanowsky ’83
Dan Rusanowsky ’83, the only radio broadcaster in the National Hockey League San Jose Sharks history, is featured in NHL News for receiving the highest honor in his profession, a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the 44th person selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
In the story, Rusanowsky recalls his first-time broadcasting on the radio, during his freshman year at St. Lawrence.
Rusanowsky majored in English at St. Lawrence University.
Keenan Suthers ’21
Former Saints hockey forward Keenan Suthers ’21 has been highlighted on Our Sports Central, an alternative and minor league sports news channel, for his assignment to the AHL club, the Toronto Marlies. Previously, Suthers played in 56 games for the Growlers, scoring 40 points along the way.
Suthers majored in biology at St. Lawrence University.
Anna Wolke ’23 and May Buckingham ’23
Wildlife biologists Anna Wolke ’23 and May Buckingham ’23 have been featured in numerous articles, including a recent report by Bozeman Daily Chronicle, highlighting their biology research in the mountain tops. Wolke and Buckingham have been monitoring raptor hawk populations from an elevation of about 8,560 feet, hiking these high ridges with their binoculars, notebooks, and collection of hawk identification books all in the name of research. With many species facing declines from climate change and loss of food and habitat, scientists say tracking how raptors are faring is the first step to saving them.
Wolke and Buckingham majored in biology at St. Lawrence University.
Jennifer Finan ’17
Jennifer Finan ’17 has been recognized by the Let's Win Pancreatic Cancer Organization as a part of "Five Promising Researchers Leading the Charge in Treatment Advancements." Finan’s research is focused on unraveling the importance of pancreatic cancer extracellular signaling to endothelial cells within the tumor microenvironment. Finan works at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and is investigating which cells within pancreatic tumors are importing these cancer extracellular vessels, and how this impacts the surrounding normal cells.
Jennifer majored in biochemistry at St. Lawrence University.
Edward Higgins Jr. ’71
Edward Higgins, Jr. ’71 has been recognized by Upstate Medical University for receiving the Upstate Humanitarian award. Higgins is a vascular surgeon who has dedicated his life to providing top-tier surgical care to patients around the world, principally in Haiti through the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope, which he established in Fonds Parisien, Haiti, in 2016.
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