A space at the heart of St. Lawrence’s campus where students can access resources that support their success in the classroom now bears the name Fox Hall, home of the William L. Fox ’75 Center for Academic Opportunity.
The dedication that honored President Emeritus Fox and Lynn Smith Fox’s steadfast commitment to generations of students and the entire Laurentian community was held on Saturday, May 21 as part of the University’s Commencement weekend festivities.
“St. Lawrence’s generous tribute to Lynn and me connects our hearts vividly and tangibly to the university’s deepest purpose—providing a specific place for students to discover with their advisers, mentors, and peers an answer to the question, what kind of student, what kind of person, can I be at St. Lawrence?,” President Emeritus Fox said. “When students walk out of this building more confident and more determined to become their better selves, my life’s work, now honored in space and function, shall be quietly fulfilled, one person at a time.”
In her remarks at the event, St. Lawrence University President Kathryn A. Morris expressed her gratitude to President Emeritus Fox and Lynn Smith Fox for their leadership, excellence, and dedication to student support.
“Simply put, the Fox Center for Academic Opportunity is a welcoming place for all students to receive academic support as they move through their educational journeys,” Morris said. “For our faculty and staff who work with the students, having a renovated space with the various programs in close physical proximity, now, thanks to the fundraising endowment, strong ongoing financial security to build out programming, the future is bright. It is truly an honor for Brian and me to pick up where Bill and Lynn left off, and we are grateful we have joined a community that is grounded in a student-centered institutional mission.”
Fox Hall’s campus location among academic, residential, and student life centers allows students convenient access to the offices of the First-Year Program (FYP), Sophomore Success Initiative, Academic Advising, Student Accessibility Services, Career Connections, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, as well as peer tutoring, study and student seminar spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.
Thelomathesian Society President and HEOP scholar Alexander Reyes ’23 shared remarks about the Center’s resources and central campus location.
“When I came to St. Lawrence, I struggled with exams because I did not know the best way to study. The counselors at Fox Hall were able to find study strategies for me to use in the classroom. Since then, I have performed well on my exams and quizzes in any class I have taken since my first year,” Reyes said. “I offer thanks to the Board of Trustees for choosing to honor President Fox and Lynn Fox in this meaningful way, and to the donors who have strengthened the services housed within Fox Hall and Fox Center for generations of Laurentians to come.”