Inspiring Stories

Each and every day donors to St. Lawrence are contributing to our mission and helping our institution make a lasting impact on students' lives. Read some of their stories.

Celebrating Women’s Philanthropy at St. Lawrence

We would like to acknowledge our appreciation for the thoughtful and generous contributions the following eight women have made to the future of St. Lawrence. We are proud to include these Laurentian women in the G. Atwood Manley Society and are forever grateful for their philanthropic efforts.

Dr. Walter H. Baumhoff

Grateful for his decade of service at St. Lawrence as a young Dean.

Obiora Udechukwu

Saying “thank you” to St. Lawrence on the University’s 150th anniversary of legacy giving.

Joseph F. '73 & Cynthia Wilton Riggs '75, P'00

In 1998, the G. Atwood Manley Society Achievement Award was established to recognize individuals who demonstrate dedication and loyalty to St. Lawrence University through their involvement in the Manley Society.

Professor Samantha Glazier

Mark Twain wrote, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it.” Everybody talks about changing the world, too, but Samantha Glazier is working on it. 
David Halstead '91

David Halstead '91

St. Lawrence is a special place that helped shape us into the adults we have become, taught us the value of our education and showed us how we can contribute to the global world in which we live.
Todd Haskell ’90

Todd Haskell ’90

Todd Haskell ’90 has consistently supported St. Lawrence University each year as an annual fund donor and a volunteer. As a student, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, president of Thelmo, and a Dana Scholar.

Deena Giltz McCullough ’84

Deena Giltz McCullough ’84 had heard stories about St. Lawrence throughout her childhood in Plattsburgh, New York. She even visited the campus a few times, enough to make the place feel familiar before enrolling. Still, like all new students, she found a place that pushed her to learn more — starting with herself.
Christine Koski ’79

Christine Koski ’79

Every one of us has been helped along the way by others – family, teachers, friends. From the professor who insisted I stay with his family instead of in a hotel for my first night in Canton to my network of classmates, St. Lawrence has supported me in many ways.
David W. ’78 and Barbara Williams Wiederecht ’77, P’15

David W. ’78 and Barbara Williams Wiederecht ’77, P’15

Since graduating from St. Lawrence University, Dave ’77 and Barb Wiederecht ’78, P’15 have consistently supported the University in many ways.

Don ’70 and Suzanne Martin ’72

Don ’70 and Suzanne Martin ’72 have seen how a St. Lawrence liberal arts education can influence lives – including their own.

Patrice “Pat” Welch Schulze ’72

Pat Schulze graduated from St. Lawrence 1972 with a major in Government. While a student, she was active in her sorority, Tri Delta serving as rush chair and president. She also served as an orientation leader, played varsity tennis for four years and was a member of Mortar Board Society, now ODK.

Steve Hill ’72

While at St. Lawrence, Steve Hill ’72 (pictured here with his wife Ramona) was a history major, a Nordic combined skier, and active with ROTC.  Upon graduating, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Nicole M. and David C. Areson  ’71

David C. Areson ’71 graduated cum laude with a BS in mathematics. At St. Lawrence, he was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (the mathematics department honorary society) and on the Dean’s List.

Al Olszewski ’70 and Sue Gemberling Olszewski ’70

“We met the night before graduation. It was literally the last day we were on campus together.”

Pete Ticconi ’69

Pete Ticconi ’69 did not have an inkling of the influence that St. Lawrence University was to have upon his life, and certainly he had no idea that he would one day work at his alma mater
Frank P. Piskor

Frank P. Piskor ’69-’81

St. Lawrence honors scholar, educator, administrator, bibliophile, humanitarian and philanthropist the late President Emeritus Frank P. Piskor.

Anne Lauriat ’68

Anne Lauriat ’68 in her own words, how her time at St. Lawrence shaped her into who she is today and why she is a G. Atwood Manley Society member.
Susan Underwood ’68, P’03

Susan Underwood ’68, P’03

Looking back to her time on campus and the life she built as a graduate, Susan Underwood ’68, P’03 speaks of her gratitude for some distinctly Laurentian opportunities.

Dorothy Toth Beasley ’59

Planning a gift to St. Lawrence that honors a beloved sister and the whole Laurentian family.
Robert Lyle ’58

Robert Lyle ’58

Robert V. Lyle graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and has remained close to the University ever since.

Professor Emerita Rita Goldberg (1957-2001)

Rita Goldberg did a lot more than teach Spanish at St. Lawrence.  Now she’s planning to do even more. 
Marcia Thompson Dawson ’48

Marcia Thompson Dawson ’48

Marcia Dawson ’48 was incredibly involved during her time at St. Lawrence. Marcia was an English major and an active member in both the Greek and athletic life.

Helen “Aitchie” Aitchison Ellison ‘45

While attending St. Lawrence, Aitchie was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and a cheerleader for the college. After graduation and a brief time working the controllers office, she moved to Boston where she met the love of her life, Hank Ellison, who later became an honorary St. Lawrence alum.  

Dorothy McKinney Malin ’40

Dorothy McKinney Malin ’40 was known by her friends as an energetic person with a generous spirit.
Doris M. Offermann ’34

Doris M. Offermann ’34

Doris M. Offermann graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in economics in 1934.
Edith M. Costello ’27

Leo B. ’26 & Edith MacBirney ’27 Costello

Edith M. Costello was the proud daughter of two Laurentian graduates. Although she never attended St. Lawrence, she left a bequest of nearly one million dollars.
J. Kimball “Kim” Gannon ’24

A Song That Keeps on Giving to St. Lawrence

I'll Be Home for Christmas remains one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all times, and it gives more to St. Lawrence University than just a special holiday feeling.

G. Atwood ’16 and Alice Manley ’17 P’45

G. Atwood Manley was born 125 years ago, on October 31, 1893. Lennie Dougherty McKinnon '58 received the 2018 G. Atwood Manley Society Achievement Award. At the award ceremony during Reunion, she thanked President Bill Fox and the other gathered Laurentians and presented the following details of G. Atwood Manley’s achievements:

A History of Inquiry: Prestigious Laurentian Professorships

The Craig Professorship was established in 1872 and endowed in 1873 under the will of John Craig of Rochester. In 1925 the professorship was changed to the Craig Professorship of English. In 2016, Dr. Sarah Gates (pictured) was appointed the Craig Professor of English.