St. Lawrence in the News-Jan. 11, 2021 | St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence in the News-Jan. 11, 2021

This regular roundup features a selection of recent mentions of St. Lawrence University and its students, faculty, and staff in regional, national, and international media outlets.

Associate Professor of Education Jeff Frank wrote a piece published by on December 15 responding to a Wall Street Journal op-ed that suggested Dr. Jill Biden, wife of President-Elect Joe Biden, should drop her honorific “Dr.” title.  

“Instead of denigrating the Ed.D., we would be better served understanding what this degree is meant to do. It is meant to prepare people who can study schools so that they can be improved,” Frank writes in his piece, ‘Jill Biden’s Doctorate: Let’s Improve Education Instead of Insulting Educators.’

“Teachers are working tremendously hard to do their best during an extraordinarily challenging school year. They are drawing on the work of doctors of education like Biden, and doctors of education like Biden remain in classrooms drawing on their doctoral training in ways that benefit their students and schools.”

Read the piece.

Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg penned an opinion piece titled “To Educate Pandemic Fighters, Turn to the Liberal Arts,” which was published in December by and appeared in the December 27 print edition of The Post Standard.

“As with other pandemics in history, success in fighting Covid-19 will also necessitate a broader strategy that takes into account politics, culture, communication and many other fields,” Schonberg writes. “We need broadly educated people leading the effort to see how the scientific and non-scientific fields fit into an overall solution, and bring about consensus among many interests.”

Read the article.

Four Saint Lawrence University students during a Zoom interview.

Several first-year students were interviewed by InformNNY/ABC50.

Watertown-based interviewed several students who took part in Assistant Professor of History and African Studies Rosa Williams’ ‘Health Activism: Fighting for a Healthier Future’ First-Year Program during the Fall 2020 semester. The class partnered with the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York to create “Get the Folk Through It: A Pandemic Documentation Project” that involved interviewing community members about how they’ve responded to the pandemic.


Emma Nesbitt ’24 shared what she most enjoyed about the project and what she learned about the community: “Everyone has each other’s backs and there’s a really large sense of community.”

Watch the interview from December 28 and read the feature story shared at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

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