St. Lawrence in the News – July 25, 2022 – Saints of St. Lawrence University | Candle Made Easy

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.

Kris Hoffmann & Julia Sirois’ 23

Kris Hofman

As part of a six-week summer research project, visiting biology lecturer Kristine Hoffman, Newt, her Labrador, which is trained to spot multiple turtle species, and Julia Sirois, 23, are combing the Rhode Island landscape to find out how many or few common ones live there turtle species. The couple recently gave an insight into Newt’s training in an article published by on July 22nd.

Hoffmann is an amphibian and reptile conservation biologist with research interests in habitat relationships, community interactions, behavioral ecology, refining field and statistical techniques, and outreach. She works to educate the public about wildlife and is a frequent public speaker hosted by Land Trusts and the Audubon Society.

Sirois, a conservation biology major, is a member of the St. Lawrence’s Class of 2023 and hails from Rumford, Maine.

jeff frank

jeff frank

jeff frank

Jeff Frank, Associate Professor of Education, shared how young people can be put on the path to living purposeful lives in an op-ed published by on July 22 and on July 21st.

Frank has taught a first-year seminar (FYS) called What Does it Mean to be Educated and courses such as Contemporary Educational Policy, Teaching and Teachers, and American Philosophies of Education. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University and a BA in Philosophy from Middlebury College.

Peter Pettengill

Peter Pettengill.

Peter Pettingill

As the number of visitors seeking outdoor recreation in the Adirondack region continues to rise, an article published by mentioned a study by Peter Pettengill, associate professor of environmental studies, on crowding in national parks on July 19th.

Pettengill has worked for the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, conducting field research in Acadia, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, an MS in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a BS in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Joseph Joeckel

Joseph Joeckel.

Joseph Joeckel

Professor of Canadian Studies Joseph Jockel ’74 commented on the likelihood of Canada joining the US Ballistic Defense Program in an article published by on July 11th.

Jockel is the author and co-author of several books and several articles on Canadian defense policy and Canada-US relations. He has served as Acting Secretary of the Canada-US Permanent Joint Board on Defense on an exchange program at the Canada Office of the US Department of State and has been a fellow at several academic and research organizations. Jockel is past President of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) and past Director of the Canada Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC

Alan Tucher

Alan Tucher.

Alan Tucher

Michael W. and Virginia R. Ranger, government professor Alan Draper, shared in an opinion piece published by how activists can use strategies to get anti-abortion laws repealed on July 11th.

Draper’s work covers American political development, labor history, and the civil rights movement. He is a two-time recipient of the US Fulbright Scholar Award and has published op-eds in The New York Times, USA TODAY and other newspapers and is an author and co-author of several publications.

The Rural Feminism Project

Jill Breit chats with five Saint Lawrence University students at the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York Center in Canton, New York.

TAUNY CEO Jill Breit speaks to St. Lawrence students. Photo taken in August 2019.

An exhibit capturing the history of feminism in the North Country, coordinated by Associate Professor of History Judith DeGroat and the TAUNY Center, was featured in an article published by on July 8th.

Read more about the project.

Janaya Parsons’ 26

Janaya Parsons ’26, the 2022 recipient of the League of Women Voters of Vermont Winona Smith Scholarship, was featured in an article published by on July 6th. The award recognizes civic-minded high school seniors who are involved in community and school activities.

Janaya is a member of the St. Lawrence’s Class of 2026 from Fairfax, Vermont. Janaya graduated from Bellows Free Academy with five honors in STEM, Arts, Humanities, Leadership and Renaissance.

Melissa Schulenberg & Brendan Reilly ’20

A group of people stand together at an art exhibition.  Several colorful prints can be seen on the wall in the background.

Between Worlds Mokuhanga Exhibition

That Between Worlds Mokuhanga ’20 exhibition featuring artworks by art and art history professors Melissa Schulenberg and Brendan Reilly was featured in an article published by on June 29th.

Schulenberg is an artist and printmaker whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, notably in Australia, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand. Her work draws inspiration from observed organic forms, the natural landscape and its immediate surroundings. At St. Lawrence, Schulenberg teaches the First-Year Program and Seminar, Drawing I and II, Beginning and Advanced Printmaking, Book Arts, and Senior Seminar.

Reilly is a member of the St. Lawrence’s Class of 2020 and holds a dual degree in Religious Studies and Modern Languages.

Karel Wolterbeek ’26

Karel Wolterbeek ’26, the 2022 recipient of the Harris Center for Conservation Education Environmental Leadership Award, was featured in an article published by on June 28th. The award is given to high school seniors who have “demonstrated a passion for the outdoors, a strong commitment to the environment and the ability to make a positive impact on their community.”

Karel is a member of the St. Lawrence’s Class of 2026 from Rindge, New Hampshire. He is interested in studying environmental sciences and is studying community-supported agriculture and accessible outdoor recreation.

Marina Llorente

Marina Llorente.

Marina Llorente

Charles A. Dana, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Marina Llorente, shared in a commentary published by how distance learning programs abroad cannot replace the value of an in-person experience, despite advances in technology on June 27th.

Llorente holds a Ph.D. and MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Kansas and a BA from the University of Málaga, Spain. Her research deals with ethics, politics of memory and contemporary literature and film in Spain and Latin America. At St. Lawrence, she has taught in the first-year program and teaches elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish courses.

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