St. Lawrence in the News – November 7, 2022

This regular summary includes a selection of recent mentions of St. Lawrence University and its students, faculty and staff in local, national and international media.

President Kathryn A. Morris, faculty, staff and students have recently been featured by local and regional media, covering new university initiatives, addressing global politics and higher education issues, and giving back to the local community.

President Morris

Kathryn Morris.
President Kathryn A. Morris

That Inauguration of Kathryn A. Morris as the 19th President of St. Lawrence University, who presented her vision for new initiatives to ensure the university continues to thrive and prepare students for lives of global significance, was highlighted during a WWNY Show aired October 22 and featured in articles published by on Oct. 23 and on 24 Oct

“When we train our students. When we challenge them to be their best and do their best, we build a better future for them and for our world. This result is what I call the Laurentian influence,” Morris said.

President Morris dedicated her life to higher education and chose to be a professor because she understood the impact of teaching and mentoring on the lives of students. She came to St. Lawrence after a distinguished career at Butler University, most recently serving as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for eight years. Prior to her time as Provost, President Morris was a professor of psychology and head of that department at Butler. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, gender psychology, methodology and statistics.

The Saint Lawrence men's lacrosse team sits on the front lawn of a house in scarlet hoodies after vacationing on a sunny day.
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Holy Men’s Lacrosse

The Saints men’s lacrosse team raked and filled 28 sacks of leaves for a local community member during Make A Difference Day and was featured in an article published by on Nov 3

This year, nearly 400 students from across campus celebrated Make a Difference Day, coordinated by Volunteer Services. Representing 10 different sports teams, all six Greek organizations, various theme houses and several student groups, Laurentians spread out across the community to help North Country neighbors of Canton, Potsdam and Heuvelton rake leaves, clean garden beds, paint and picking up rubbish and cleaning up.

Howard Eisenstat

Howard Eisenstat.
Howard Eisenstat

Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat expressed his views on Turkish President Erdogan’s leadership and what it means for Turkey in an article published by on October 28th. A subscription is required to read the article.

Eissenstat’s recent work has increasingly focused on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policies, particularly on issues of the rule of law, minority rights and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). At St. Lawrence, he teaches courses in Middle Eastern history and politics and the First-Year Seminar (FYS). In addition to her traditional academic work, Eissenstat has been the Turkey country specialist for Amnesty International-USA for over a decade. He has lectured at the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, the US Military and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, testified before the Canadian Senate and provided briefings to congressional committees.

Alanna Gillis

Alanna Gillis.

Alanna Gillis, assistant professor of sociology, discussed in an episode of the Within the Higher Ed podcast published on October 21st.

Inspired by her work with Alleigh Szabo ’24Gillis argues that advancing classroom learning and fully online learning to meet the needs of students at institutions is key to success for the future of higher education.

Gillis is the author of several scholarly articles examining racial, class, and gender inequality in higher education and inclusive pedagogy. At St. Lawrence, she teaches Introductory Sociology, Introductory Sociology: Inequality, Educational Sociology, and a Community-Based Learning Course in Family Sociology—all of which supported her research on Hyflex courses. She has a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BA in Sociology from Furman University.

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Orientation leaders from St. Lawrence University, who spent an afternoon at Heritage Park to help the Buildings and Grounds Committee cover up graffiti, were featured in an article published by on Sept 24

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