November 2011 Monthly Update

Facilities Master Plan: The campus community was invited to attend a series of open forums, November 14, 16 and 17, to hear proposals from each of the three firms being considered to help St. Lawrence University develop its next Facilities Master Plan, one of the key recommendations of the Strategic Map. These forums were the first of several opportunities for faculty, students and staff to become involved with this important process.  The University will select one firm to work with us in a collaborative process that will produce a Facilities Master Plan that will serve as the blueprint for campus development in support of the academic mission and faculty, student and staff needs for the next 5-10 years. 

Homecoming: Over 400 alumni and guests returned for Homecoming 2011, which took place the first weekend in November. This revitalized program, which was coordinated by the Alumni and Parent Program office, with the assistance of the Athletics Department, the Alumni Council and student support, included events such as the Athletic Hall of Fame induction, a campus pep rally, trivia night in Pub 56, athletic contests and more.  Hundreds of students, faculty and staff also participated in the weekend’s events.  

Admissions Update: As of November 10, we had received 123 Early Decision applications, compared with 52 as of the same date last year. Our priority deadline for Early Decision was November 1.  Students who decide later that St. Lawrence is their first choice can commit to Early Decision at any time up until February 1.  We review ED applications on a continual basis, and we notify Early Decision applicants throughout December and January.   Approximately 30% of the Class of 2015 chose St. Lawrence through Early Decision.  

Search for Vice President for University Advancement: We continue in the active phase of recruitment of candidates, with the search committee working closely with our consultants, Storbeck/Pimental.  Interviews of prospective candidates will take place in New York December 6 and 7, and finalists will visit campus in early 2012.

Electronic W-2 Forms: As a part of the University’s continual efforts to reduce administrative costs, the W-2 tax forms for 2011 will be produced electronically in January.  The new HR/Payroll system provides the ability to do this and employees who provide consent may use Webadvisor, the same portal used to view pay advices and enter and approve timesheets, to do so.  Kathy Mullaney or Carol Gable will answer questions.

Educational programs on harassment and discrimination: We are partnering with United Educators to provide online educational programs on issues of sexual and discriminatory harassment for all SLU faculty and staff.  Not only is this programming the right thing to do, we also will benefit from stable insurance rates if we meet the United Educators’ goals for implementing and completing this educational program. More information about the on-line program is coming your way after Thanksgiving.