Wellness initiatives, Olympic and Paralympic medals, new academic programs, and the successes of our faculty, students, and alumni were among the top viewed online stories from St. Lawrence University during the 2021-22 academic year.
St. Lawrence University Joins JED Campus to Support Student Mental Health
Furthering its support of student well-being and mental health, St. Lawrence University partnered with The Jed Foundation (JED) and their signature program JED Campus, to evaluate and strengthen mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs to provide strong mental health support systems for students.
Nine Saints to Make 2022 Olympic Appearances
Nine Laurentians—eight of them women—represented countries around the globe at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Competing in hockey, skeleton racing, and skiing, these extraordinary Laurentians—including members of the gold medal-winning Canadian Women’s Hockey Team—brought their leadership and athleticism to the world stage.
Peterson, Team USA Win Gold in Mixed Relay Race
In her 2022 Winter Paralympic Games debut in Beijing, China Saints Nordic skier and neuroscience major Sydney Peterson ’24 represented Team USA in a three-medal performance. Peterson finished with a bronze in the women’s sprint cross country, silver in the women’s long-distance cross country, and gold in the mixed relay cross country.
Celebrating Black Laurentians
Passionate campus leaders, creative artists and actors, supportive Community Assistants, and caring students who work to keep the campus community safe; St. Lawrence University celebrated Black History Month by honoring the Laurentians who have a positive impact on our community each day.
St. Lawrence Adds New Programs
Building on St. Lawrence’s interdisciplinary strengths, St. Lawrence launched five new academic programs as a result of the Experience St. Lawrence Task Force. Laurentians who pursue these programs will graduate with highly sought-after skills that are deeply rooted in St. Lawrence’s robust liberal arts education.
An Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship
Andrew Matthews ’22 juggles more than schoolwork and co-curriculars during the school year. A business in the liberal arts and economics double major who is also a member of the Saints baseball team, he equally spends his time working on strategy sessions, pitch decks, and public relations for Hoppz, an app he co-founded with friends and brought to life during the pandemic.
What’s at Stake: Alumni, Faculty Publish Research on Climate Change and Winter Sports in the North Country
Winter in the North Country is synonymous with outdoor activities like pond hockey and cross-country skiing. In a collaborative research article recently published in The Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, two faculty members and three St. Lawrence alumni explore how carbon emissions and climate change could affect these cold-weather traditions.
St. Lawrence McNair Scholars Selected for Prestigious Scholarships and Grants Program
U.S. Department of State Thomas Pickering Fellowship
Following a highly-competitive nationwide contest, Shiru Kimani ’22 was selected for the U.S. Department of State Thomas Pickering Fellowship Program, an award that fully funds a two-year master’s degree program for students pursuing a degree relevant to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
National Science Foundation Fellowship
St. Lawrence also celebrated the success of Anuva Anannya ’22, who was the first St. Lawrence McNair Scholar to be selected for the 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will fund her research-based master's and doctoral degrees at an accredited U.S. institution of her choice.
St. Lawrence Announces $500,000 gift to fund the Ken Okoth Black American Music Project
In March 2022, St. Lawrence University President Kathryn A. Morris announced an anonymous gift of $500,000 to establish the Ken Okoth ’01 Black American Music Project, created in respect and admiration of Okoth’s life and love of music. The generous donation will support opportunities for students to foster a greater understanding and celebration of Black American music.
Building a Laurentian Dream Team in Boston
At the Northwestern Mutual Boston Downtown office, Laurentians have a reputation for being hard workers and learning quickly. Madison Wilcox '14, who has recruited many of the St. Lawrence graduates who work there, attributes the group's work ethic and collaborative nature to the community-centered life fostered while on campus.
St. Lawrence University Among Top Colleges in the Country: U.S. News & World Report
Each year, St. Lawrence is included in several well-respected rankings. This year, the University upheld its strong standing among the nation's top liberal arts colleges according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings.
Praise for Career Connections, Going Green, and Global Engagement
St. Lawrence also received praise from the Princeton Review for its efforts to make sustainability an integral practice in all aspects of campus life and for its outstanding alumni network and internships. With more than 60 percent of students studying off-campus for a semester, St. Lawrence climbed the ranks among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad in the Institute for International Education (IIE) annual Open Doors Report.
St. Lawrence University Dedicates Campus Residence in Honor of First Black Graduate
16 Hillside Road—St. Lawrence’s Dean of Student Life’s house—is now officially the Jeffrey Campbell House. The dedication during Laurentian Weekend in September celebrated the legacy of The Rev. Jeffrey Worthington Campbell, the University’s first African-American graduate in 1933 and the first Black Laurentian to be ordained as a Universalist minister by the former St. Lawrence School of Theology in 1935.
Liberty League Champions!
This fall, Saints Men’s Soccer secured the Liberty League Championship title in a high-stakes overtime win against Ithaca, marking the ninth title for the team since 2004 when the conference was formed.
The Scarlet and Brown continued to stack up accolades during the year as women’s cross country and women’s squash became Liberty League champions, Fenn Novicki was named National Champion at the IHSA Nationals, and Saints Women’s Lacrosse made their first NCAA appearance in three decades. Several teams won league or conference titles, competed at the national level, were named All-Americans and players of the year, and earned All-Academic honors.
Five Alumni to Receive 2022 Awards from Alumni Executive Council
In recognition of their long-term and exemplary service to the University and exemplary professional accomplishments and community volunteer activities, several Laurentians will receive Alumni Citations and the Sol Feinstone Award for Humanitarian Service.
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