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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.


Jabari Bowen '18
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. 
43:10 6/6/23
Ashley Fendler Saville '08
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: 
36:40 4/10/23
Barry Torres, Director of Music Ensembles
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. 
50:04 3/13/23
Joe Chiarenzelli '11
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.
47:05 2/13/23
Arturs Saburovs '10
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.  
39:44 1/9/23
Jack '11 and Emily '09 Droppa
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.  You can check out their website here: It's the perfect time of year to celebrate our Laurentians who own small businesses! If you would like to support our entrepreneurial Laurentians while looking for gifts for loved ones this holiday season, check out the Small Business Guide here: 
37:53 12/12/22
Lyndsay Malcomb '10
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. 
42:34 11/14/22
President Morris
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. 
36:07 10/10/22
E-Ben Grisby '99
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. 
37:28 9/12/22
Cooper McCrillis '21
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. 
43:53 8/8/22
Year One in Review
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.
36:46 7/11/22
Reunion Weekend 2022
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. 
41:30 6/2/22
Danica Cunningham '13
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_urgonnamissme and, and about her musical pastimes at and
32:17 5/9/22
Ross Gibby '89
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 environment. 
35:25 4/11/22
Lizzie Edwards '12, M'13
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.
35:55 3/14/22
Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead
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 by providing spiritual and emotional support to students, staff, and faculty, regardless of faith background. She also is the pastor of the campus’ weekly Gospel Service and directs the Community Gospel Choir. Shaun received the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University, the Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago) and the Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary.
40:22 2/9/22
Esports with Josh Lanza and Kyle Jicha
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 University in July 2021 to serve as the University’s first Esports Coordinator and specifically coaches Super Smash Bros.  He and Kyle Jicha, Overwatch Coach and IT Systems Engineer, share the story of how students’ passion brought their vision for an esports team to life, and how it impacts the campus community. Visit the esports team page:
37:59 1/10/22
Andy Chan '14
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. Lawrence with honors in economics, and went on to earn a master’s in analytics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Duke University.
37:27 12/13/21
Hana Bushara '21
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, SLU Funk, and the Singing Sinners, Hana majored in Global Studies and minored in both Sociology and Music. She is currently at the London School of Economics pursuing a master's degree in Strategic Communications.
43:27 11/8/21
Paul Doty & Paul Haggett
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 lore. Learn more about St. Lawrence's Special Collections and Archives here: Information:Paul Doty, Paul Haggett, 
41:10 10/11/21
Jeff Byrne '74
This month Jeff Byrne ’74 joined us from Lake Placid, NY for a conversation about his passion for athletics and mentorship, and the impact that the Olympic Regional Development Authority has on the region. 
37:10 9/13/21
Sonja Jensen '19
This month we’re all about food! Sonja Jensen ’19 shares her journey through SLU PIC to her current role at GardenShare (, working with local farmers and farmers’ markets here in St. Lawrence County.  If you want learn more about the North Country and why some alumni stick around, start here!
40:29 8/9/21
Dzifa Yador ’11
Dzifa Yador ’11 shares the story of her journey from St. Lawrence University to Spotify Podcasts, and in her story we see part of St. Lawrence’s own journey of growth. Plus, she gave us a few podcast tips along the way.
38:35 7/12/21
Hagi Bradley
Welcome to the first episode of Scarlet and Brown Stories! This month we kick things off with Vice President and Dean of Student Life, Hagi Bradley.  Hagi shares his journey to St. Lawrence and how he found his forever home in our little corner of the world. Between sharing his experiences guiding the campus through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hagi shares his hopes for St. Lawrence, and his love for North Country Waterfalls and all things Yoda.
41:11 6/14/21
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00:07 6/10/21