St. Lawrence Celebrates Retirements, Anniversaries
St. Lawrence University recognized retiring faculty and staff and celebrated employee anniversaries during a ceremony held on Wednesday, April 22, in Eben Holden Center.
President William L. Fox ’75 and Lynn Smith Fox recognized those retiring and employees celebrating 25 years of service.
The following is a list of retiring faculty:
Arthur Clark, professor of education and coordinator of the Counseling and Human Development program, joined St. Lawrence in 1990 after holding positions as a school counselor, school psychologist and licensed psychologist. He earned his bachelor's at Eastern Nazarene, his master's in education at Boston College, and his doctorate of education at Oklahoma State. He is the author of four books and more than forty scholarly articles and book chapters, including his most recent publication Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life. His teaching fields included counseling theory and practice, and human development and psychopathology. He also is a former president of the New York State Northern Zone Counseling Association.
Rebecca Daniels, associate professor of theater, earned her bachelor's at Stanford University, her master's in fine arts at the University of Portland, and her doctorate at the University of Oregon. She has taught theater and performance courses in the Department of Performance and Communication Arts since arriving at St. Lawrence in 1992. She also taught a First-Year Seminar, Performing Diversity, and a team-taught performance/communication-oriented First-Year Program college. The Birdsong Professor from 2008 to 2014, she served as department chair for seven years and as associate dean of the first year for three. She directed numerous theatrical productions at St. Lawrence, including her original play, The Famous Mrs. Beach, in 2002. She is the co-author of the play Weaving Penelope, based on the legendary wife of Odysseus from Homer’s The Odyssey. The author of Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Influence of Gender on Their Work (McFarland, 1996), she is currently working on a memoir based on letters her father wrote and photos he took while stationed overseas during World War II, tentatively titled The War: A Love Story. Daniels was the founding artistic/producing director for Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), a small professional theatre in Portland, Oregon from 1981 to 1988.
Joan Dargan, professor of modern languages and literatures (French), joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1983. A graduate of Anna Maria College, she earned her master's and doctorate degrees at Princeton University. She has written the critical study, Balzac and the Drama of Perspective, and provided the English translations for the collection Palabras/Words by poet Noemi Escandell. Her book Simone Weil: Thinking Poetically was awarded the Prix Anne de Jaeger by the Fondation Anne de Jaeger in 2000. She also translated Miklos Veto's critical work The Religious Metaphysics of Simone Weil. Her recent publications include articles on contemporary Irish poetry, and she spent her 2011-2012 sabbatical year in residence at University College Cork. Many times a director of the St. Lawrence program in Rouen, France, Dargan taught language and literature courses in French and a course on Irish poetry.
Glenn R. Harris, professor of environmental studies and Culpepper Teaching Fellow, received his undergraduate degree in geology from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and his Ph.D. in environmental planning and design from the Pennsylvania State University. He has taught courses on the health effects of pollution, land-use planning, and the foundation of environmental thought, along with Seeing History: Reading the Natural and Cultural Landscape, an entirely field-based course. Harris has chaired the environmental studies department for 12 years. He is the author of An Environmental History of New York's North Country: The Adirondack Mountains and the St. Lawrence River Valley, as well as more than 50 scholarly papers and 30 technical and community service reports, many co-authored with students. He has received the Piskor Faculty Lectureship, the Owen D. Young Outstanding Faculty Award and the J. Calvin Keene Award. A member of numerous professional and community organizations, he takes particular interest in both the Adirondack State Park and the St. Lawrence River Valley.
Baylor L. Johnson, associate professor of philosophy and former director of the outdoor studies program and the Adirondack Semester, is a past recipient of the Owen D. Young Outstanding Faculty Award and the Maslow Award. A lifelong mountaineer, rock climber, backpacker, skier and general outdoor enthusiast, he was a founder of the Outdoor Studies program, including the Outdoor Program and the Adirondack Semester. Among his publications are The Spiritual Benefits of Wilderness, Ethics in a Tragedy of the Commons and The Case for the Global Commons, with Faye Duchin. He holds a bachelor's in history from the University of Tennessee, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and master's and doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University. His special interests include social and ethical philosophy in relation to environmental problems and solutions; environmental philosophy; and free will and responsibility. Among courses he has taught at St. Lawrence are Symbolic Logic, Elementary Reasoning, and Philosophy and the Environment, a course he was one of the first philosophers in the country to teach. He has become actively engaged in projects to enhance and take advantage of Canton’s natural environment.
Alan Searleman, Dana professor of psychology, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at SUNY at Stony Brook and came directly to St. Lawrence as an assistant professor in 1978. He was promoted to associate professor in 1983. In 1989, he was appointed full professor, and in 2007 he was elected by the faculty to become the first Charles A. Dana Professor of psychology. He was chair of the psychology department for eight years during the 1990s. Among courses he regularly taught are Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and Sensation and Perception. His main research interests are left-handedness, human memory, and visual illusions. He has published two books on human memory and dozens of articles on a range of topics in psychology, is often interviewed and quoted in the popular press, and has participated in live radio broadcasts discussing his research. He especially enjoyed working with students on empirical research, and annually taking a large group of students to a major psychology conference. He remains an ardent Skating Saints hockey fan.
Margaret F. “Margie” Strait M’73, who retired in January 2015 as director of athletics and associate professor of sports studies and exercise science, enjoyed a 44-year career at St. Lawrence that included coaching, teaching and athletics administration. A native of the North Country, she came to St. Lawrence in 1970 as coach of the University’s ski teams. Subsequently, she coached six sports, including women’s tennis for 17 years and men’s tennis for eight, before becoming the director of athletics and chair of the sports studies and exercise science minor in 1997. In 2010, President Fox appointed her senior adviser to the administration. In her 17-year career as athletics director, she oversaw the addition of seven new teams to the Saints’ Division III NCAA program, bringing to 32 the number of intercollegiate varsity sports that St. Lawrence offers its student-athletes. She also planned and managed extensive renovations to numerous athletics facilities, and the construction of others. Among a palette of honors, she was named UnderArmour Athletics Director of the Year in 2013.
Also retiring are:
Loren C. Arquitt, Facilities Operations
Linda L. Dixson, Dining and Conference Services
David E. Dox, Facilities Operations
Lois A. FitzRandolph, Brewer Bookstore
Earl H. Froats, Facilities Operations
Sharon Henry, University Communications
Susan Liberty, Torrey Health Center
William N. Russell, Facilities Operations
Andrew J. Tupper, Facilities Operations
Employees celebrating 25 years of service are:
Peg Barkley, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
Nancy J. Bovay, Dean’s Office
Arthur J. Clark, Education
Robert A. Durocher, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation
Michael P. Farley, Music
Barbara Heller, WSLU-FM Radio
Barbara Phillips-Farley, Music
David Richer, Security and Safety
Donna M. Schaab, Admissions
Cathy H. Shrady, Outdoor Studies
Natalia R. Singer, English
April D. Wells, Finance
(Note: Not all retirees or 25 year anniversary present at the ceremony)