Scarlet & Brown Stories

Scarlet & Brown Stories

Join us each month as members of the Laurentian community chat about what St. Lawrence University and being a Laurentian means to them. On this podcast, you'll hear incredible stories from alumni, faculty, staff, parents and students. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Is there someone you think we should interview? Email us at The Scarlet & Brown Stories podcast is produced by St. Lawrence University's Offices of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving with music by Christopher Watts, inspired by Eugene Wright '49.


June 6, 2023 43 mins

Jabari Bowen '18 joins us to discuss his St. Lawrence experience and how it has translated into having a life of meaning. Jabari also shares his thoughts prior to attending his 5th Reunion and why he is excited to serve as a Co-Chair for the Class of 2018. 

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Ashley Fendler Saville ’08 is the owner and founder of ANENOME based in Burlington, VT. A self-taught sewist, Ashley shares her passion for upcycling textiles, specifically quilts, which she re-purposes into beautiful yet functional handmade clothing items. While at St. Lawrence, Ashley was a Psychology major, a member of the rowing team and lived in Java. 

Visit Ashley’s Website:  | Instagram: https://www.ins...

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We sat down with retiring Director of Music Ensembles, Barry Torres P'09, '11, to discuss his 25+ year career at St. Lawrence University, what music means to the Laurentian experience, and his upcoming final tour with the Laurentian Singers during spring break in March 2023. 

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February 13, 2023 47 mins

Listen to our conversation with Joe Chiarenzelli '11 and learn how he combined his interests in biology and philosophy into a career as a Program Specialist in the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. Joe entertains us with his unlikely career path and his best advice for those looking to follow suite.

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January 9, 2023 39 mins

Join us this month as the team sits down with Arturs Saburovs '10. Arturs has translated his experience as an international student on St. Lawrence's campus to his career as a diplomat for his home country of Latvia. We discuss what SLU was like for him as an international student, what his role entails as a diplomat living in London, and a bit about how he stays connected as a volunteer for St. Lawrence.  

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December 12, 2022 37 mins

Jack '11 and Emily Tulip Droppa '09 discuss their Scarlet and Brown stories for our fifth episode of Season 2! A Laurentian couple in Burlington, VT, Jack and Emily met at St. Lawrence and own and operate Weird Window Brewing. Tune in to hear about the Laurentian experiences, opening a small business during COVID, and their love of brewing. 

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November 14, 2022 42 mins

Lyndsay Malcomb '10, Executive Director of Admissions at St. Lawrence, joins us this month as she talks about what it's like to be an alumna living and working in Canton, NY. Lyndsay gives us a peak into the world of Admissions and shares how she stays connected with Laurentians in her Network. 

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October 10, 2022 36 mins

Join us this month as the team sits down with President Kathryn A. Morris, 19th President of St. Lawrence University. President Morris chatted with us about her first year on campus, her three strategic initiatives for the year ahead, and her upcoming Inauguration later this month. We also learned about some of President Morris’ St. Lawrence and North Country favorites. 

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September 12, 2022 37 mins

This month our team sat down with E-Ben Grisby ’99 for a conversation about his experience teaching special education, volunteerism in his local community, and his time on campus. E-Ben demonstrated how Laurentians create change, wherever life takes them and inspired us to do the same. 

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August 8, 2022 43 mins

In our first episode of Season 2, we hear from Cooper McCrillis '21 who's Laurentian story is anything but normal. In the spring of 2020, Cooper and his classmates went through more than one "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences when the COVID-19 Pandemic brought an end to their semester abroad in Kenya. 

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July 11, 2022 36 mins

The podcast production team takes a look back at year one of the Scarlet & Brown Stories Podcast and the many ways our guests have exemplified the five Laurentian pillars of Learn, Serve, Give, Connect, and Celebrate.

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June 2, 2022 41 mins

Kickoff your Reunion Weekend 2022 with a conversation with two of our Reunion Chairs! Barbarajean "BJ" Schaefer Blodgett '72 and Tarrah Price ’21 joined our hosts to swap stories of their time on campus and share what being a Laurentian means to them. 

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May 9, 2022 32 mins

This month Danica Cunningham ’13 invites our listeners into the world of music therapy, where she forges connections with her clients through all kinds of musical mediums. As Danica shares her love of music, she also provides some concrete ways that music can support mental health and introduces elements of the local music scene in Burlington, VT. Can’t get enough of Danica, learn more about her work on Instagram at @dcup_urgonnami...

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April 11, 2022 35 mins

You might not see a link between acting and the sustainability industry, but for Ross Gibby ’89, it’s been a very natural journey! This month Ross walks our listeners through his journey from working in the entertainment industry to working for a company finding new uses for nonrecyclable plastic waste. Join us this month to discover some surprising facts about concrete and how one Laurentian is doing what he can for the environmen...

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March 14, 2022 35 mins

This month, Lizzie Edwards '12, M'13 shares her journey as an educator, coach, and lifelong learner. A dedicated St. Lawrence volunteer, Lizzie talks to us about the Young Alumni League and what makes it a unique competition among volunteers from different class years.

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February 9, 2022 40 mins

This month, University Chaplain the Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead joined us for a candid conversation about tradition and community at St. Lawrence. Reflecting on the unprecedented events of the last two years, Shaun shares the impact that it has had on her and the broader Laurentian community, along with her hopes for the future.

Recently promoted to University Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead serves the campus community...

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January 10, 2022 37 mins

Esports is relatively new to campus life at St. Lawrence University, but this athletics team provides a unique community to students, allowing them to take their passion and channel it into strategy, teamwork, and competition.  Esports Coordinator Josh Lanza and Overwatch Coach Kyle Jicha share the team's origin and what it’s doing for students on campus now, and in the future.

Josh Lanza joined St. Lawrence Universi...

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December 13, 2021 37 mins

This month Andy Chan ’14 shares the impact Laurentians have had on his life, both professionally and personally, and his experience serving on the St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees as a McCurdy-Sprague trustee.

Andy Chan ’14 is a Director of Product Management at Avalara, a cloud-based software platform that provides an end-to-end suite of sales and other transactional tax compliance solutions.  Andy graduated from St. Lawre...

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November 8, 2021 43 mins

This month Hana Bushara ’21 shares her love for music and the St. Lawrence community all the way from graduate school in London. In addition to chatting about her memories of her time at St. Lawrence, Hana also plays a bit of her original music for us.

Hailing from Bermuda, Hana Bushara '21 made waves during her time at St. Lawrence, driven by her love of music and community. At various times a member of the Laurentian Singers,...

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October 11, 2021 41 mins

Who burned down the original St. Lawrence gymnasium?  Curious about one of a kind collections and manuscripts?  What were Fisher Hall and Laurentian Hall?   Listen to this month's episode featuring Paul Doty, Special Collections & Archives Librarian, and Paul Haggett, Archivist's Assistant, from the Owen D. Young Library's Special Collections and Archives to find out more and test your knowledge of Laurentian lor...

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