Habari Gani?

Swahili for "What's the news?"

John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)

Spring ’16 Kenya Semester Program students’ independent study (IDS) placements spanned four countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. According to Matthew Carotenuto (KSP spring ’98), associate professor of history and coordinator of African studies at St. Lawrence, the Rwanda placements grew out of a 2013 faculty trip with St. Lawrence professors Wendi Haugh and Erika Barthelmess and KSP Co-Director Abdelwahab Sinnary. “We have fall ’08 KSP alumni Mark Marchant (Vassar College ’11) in Tanzania and Meg North ’10 in Kigali helping us with placements,” he said. Check out the April 12 post on the KSP blog (http://blogs.stlawu.edu/kenya/) for more on the spring 2016 cohort’s IDS experiences.

Britt Eastman ’18 and Gabriella Gurney ’18, both students on the spring ’16 KSP, ran the First Lady Half Marathon in Nairobi in March. “The race was a fundraiser for Beyond Zero, an initiative founded by Kenya’s first lady, Margaret Kenyatta, to reduce maternal and childhood mortality through prenatal health initiatives, newborn and child healthcare, and HIV treatment and prevention,” they said in a KSP blog post.

The Peace Corps has ranked St. Lawrence 14th among small schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. This is the second straight year that St. Lawrence has held this spot among small schools. In Africa, Laurentians are currently serving in Benin, Botswana and Tanzania. Scott Robinson '12 (KSP spring ’11) served in the Peace Corps in Togo and Rwanda after his graduation and credits his KSP participation for inspiring him to do so.

Haley Peterson (Hamilton College ’11, KSP spring ’10) was scheduled to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law in May, then she and her husband planned to move back to her home state of Vermont, where she'll prepare for the bar exam. Haley’s sister, Addie Peterson ’14 (KSP spring ’13), will lead a group of high school students on a community service program in Tanzania this summer with Putney Student Travel.

Carly VanTassel ’14 (KSP fall '12), a four-year women’s lacrosse player at St. Lawrence, will travel to Kenya this summer to help coach for Kenya Lacrosse. They will be working with athletes of all ages, including the U19 Kenya National Team, the first lacrosse team from the African continent sanctioned to play at the U19 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup. Carly is the assistant lacrosse coach at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., as well as a club coach for the Different Road Patriots Lacrosse Club in Watertown, N.Y.

As always, your news and photos are welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!


John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
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These spring '06 Kenya Semester Program alumni got together last winter for their annual Kenya Ski Weekend in Stowe, VT. Left to right: Amy Laverack Nordblom, Tracy Dana, Erin Mellow, Lizzie Conolly and Allison Freeman Mahoney, all '07