October 2013 Monthly Update

October Monthly Update for Campus
William L. Fox

Gunnison Fire
Plans for repair and restoration of the Gunnison steeple already have begun; I send assurance that the work will be done thoughtfully, quickly, and safely.  We will continue to provide information through emails and on our Web site at www.stlawu.edu/news. Thanks to all who have added hours to their days and tasks to their schedules.  

Following a significant increase in visits this summer by rising high school seniors, Admissions reports an 11% increase in applications compared to last year. 831 applications have been submitted, compared to 747 at this time last year.

Residence Hall Construction
We are on schedule to complete the new residence hall by August 1, 2014. For those who enjoy details: all floors have been set and grouted; the spray foam insulation on the exterior of the building is almost complete.  The plumbing and electrical contractors have begun rough-in work; piping and conduits are being installed.  The light metal contractor is installing track on the floors marking out rooms, starting on the first floor.  One stairwell has been built to access all four floors of the building, and a second stairwell is in progress.  The roof trusses are being placed, and the metal decking will begin the second week in October.  The standing seam metal roof will begin the last week of October, to be finished by mid-November.  All of the gable ends have been constructed, which give us a good idea of the scale and size of the building.  The exterior stonework has begun on the lower level of the building.  The main electrical and gas utilities are being installed to supply the boilers that will supply temporary heat during construction this winter.  The installation of the windows will begin with the first floor Nov. 20, and the last floor will be completed by Dec. 13.  We will close in the building completely by the beginning of December, allowing the interior work to continue in winter weather. 

Career Services
The results of the Career Services annual follow-up study show that the Class of 2012 had a 94% overall placement rate, and the average placement rate for the last five years is 95%.  Twenty-one percent of the class of 2012 is pursuing graduate study at such institutions as Boston University, NYU, University of Vermont, Iowa State, and University of Colorado.  The top fields of graduate study are education, science and technology, and the social sciences.  Seventy-three percent are pursuing careers at companies and organizations such as Universal McCann, Ralph Lauren, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Greenpeace, the Mayo Clinic, and the Miami Dolphins.  The top entry career fields are education, finance & banking, and sports & recreation.  Sixty-nine percent of new graduates pursuing a career reported finding their employment through networking.  Seventy-nine percent of the class responded to the study conducted seven to 10 months post-graduation.

Several national publications have ranked St. Lawrence among the nation’s best colleges and universities. This summer, both The Princeton Review and Forbes magazine featured St. Lawrence as a leading institution of higher education. Forbes placed St. Lawrence in the top 100 private colleges and universities in its “America’s Top Colleges” report, while The Princeton Review again included St. Lawrence in its annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges. More recently, U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 ranked St. Lawrence number 56 in its list of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges,” placing the University in the top 25 percent of this group.

St. Lawrence also received accolades for its dining services from The Daily Meal — a New York City-based food magazine. The publication again named St. Lawrence as one of the Best Colleges for Food in America. The magazine noted that the dining staff emphasizes sustainable preparation and the use of local ingredients.

St. Lawrence earned national recognition for its achievements in several areas of sustainability after completing a detailed campus report measuring academic and administrative practices. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave the University “silver” rating based on its score in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). St. Lawrence earned significant points for making environmental literacy a component of the University’s curriculum.

St. Lawrence unveiled a two-car electric vehicle charging station on campus during a Sept. 24 event attended by elected officials and representatives of partners ChargePoint and National Grid. The charging station was funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, under Governor Cuomo's Charge NY initiative. The charging station, free and available to the public, is between the Newell Field House and Sammis Tennis Courts.

University Advancement
Our goals for the St. Lawrence Fund are $5.0 million and 30% participation.   We have transitioned our Calling All Saints phonathon program to an automated calling system.  Our students are still making the calls to alumni and parents, but with the help of a computer software system that’s designed to improve our contact rate and ultimately our results.
Fundraising for the new residence hall remains our top capital priority, with nearly $6 million in commitments raised to date.

Our Laurentian Women’s Initiative events continue this year as a way to bring women leaders together across the country and to further engage them with the University through volunteer opportunities.  Plans are under way for events in Darien, CT (October 29), NYC (November 12), and Boston (November 14), highlighting speakers from campus including Kathy Mullaney, Cathy Tedford and Margie Strait.

Laurentian engagement efforts include Homecoming (October 11-13), and Reunion (May 29-June 1), with two major affinity reunions – the France program’s 50th anniversary and the Kenya program’s 40th anniversary.  The online Laurentian Lecture Series resumes this fall.  Liz Regosin led our most recent lecture on “Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation” with over 90 alumni, parents and friends in attendance.   Peter Bailey and Matthew Carotenuto will be leading upcoming lectures in October and November. 

A series of “Welcome to the City” events helped to kick off our fall schedule of regional events, welcoming our youngest graduates to the alumni community in key cities across the country.  For a full schedule of upcoming regional events visit: https://alumni.stlawu.edu/events  In addition to the events that are organized by University Advancement staff, we are pleased to announce that since the launch of our new “SLU in a Box” program, over 75 boxes have been sent to Laurentian-led events across the country.

As we continue to expand and measure Laurentian engagement, we encourage faculty and staff to use the online faculty/staff engagement forms to document the types of interactions you are having with alumni. Visit https://alumni.stlawu.edu/fac-staff_engagement to share information. 

In coordination with Advancement, our hockey teams have launched Saints Hockey Societies, an initiative based on a model used by many teams in the ECAC and throughout all of Division I Hockey.  Faculty members Liz Regosin and Cheryl Stuntz, with Margie Strait, offered a workshop for First-Year Program faculty and head coaches as part of an Innovation Grant for promoting communication and integration of athletics and academics. The athletic department has started a book club for coaches and staff, with the first common text Emotional Intelligence 2.0.