Many thanks to everyone, including those people listed below, who have contributed to the Mark A. Monaco Memorial Fund. On February 21, 2004, your contributions enabled Mark's foundation to realize a dream - the opening of the Mark Allan Monaco Memorial Conference Room in the new St. Lawrence University Student Center. Click here for more information regarding the dedication ceremony and to view pictures of the SLU Student Center and Mark's conference room.
"A new student center for St. Lawrence has been evolving on the drawing boards for some time now, and steps are in place that will assure its eventual completion, according to Vice President for Administrative Operations Thomas Coakley. The $15 million proposed center is still in the funding stages, after which several months of planning and two years of construction will be required before it will open, Coakley explained.
The 55,000-square-foot center is to be built "right in the middle of campus," according to Student Activities Director Anne Townsend. Plans call for construction on a site roughly bounded by Dana Dining Hall, Rebert Hall and Madill Hall that boasts proximity to most of the University's residence halls and classroom buildings, and to Brewer Bookstore.
Central to the building will be a "student entertainment theatre," while Gulick Theatre will continue to serve the speech and theatre department and other academic functions. The new theatre will have flexible seating adaptable for watching a movie, listening to a lecture or partaking of other types of events, according to Townsend. Another key component will be a food court, she said.
One of the main purposes of the new building will be to consolidate different aspects of student life into one central location, Townsend explained. She said the center is being designed to encourage organizations and departments to collaborate and share ideas and resources. Among functions that will be consolidated in the building, if current thinking materializes, will be those of the vice president of student life and co-curricular education, career planning, Thelmo, and student organizations such as The Hill News, the Gridiron and KSLU. "
— Katie Volpe '01
University communications intern Katie Volpe wrote the profile of career planning's Tracey Cross-Baker '90 in this issue of St. Lawrence.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Mark A. Monaco Memorial Fund through St. Lawrence University. In the future, we hope to raise enough money to establish the 'Mark Allan Monaco Memorial Interview Room' within the new St. Lawrence University Student Union that is described above. Below is a list of people from whom we have recorded donations. If you have donated to the fund through SLU but do not see your name listed below, please contact us. If you would like to contribute to the Mark A. Monaco Memorial Fund through St. Lawrence University, please visit the donations page for instructions. Thank you for your consideration.