STU celebrates career, retirement of former president with renamed student lounge, portrait


St Thomas University recently celebrated the service and retirement of Dawn Russell, STU’s first female President and Vice-Chancellor, by renaming the student lounge and unveiling a portrait of Russell. The student lounge in Sir James Dunn Hall has been renamed the Dawn Russell Student Lounge to honour Russell, and her portrait—painted by her husband, artist Bill Johnson—will hang in the university’s Great Hall. “Dawn was motivated by the chance to give back to STU, so her service to the university was the ultimate gift from an alumna,” said STU Vice-President (Academic and Research) Dr Kim Fenwick. “She wanted to create the most positive experience possible for students, faculty, and staff alike, and in that, she succeeded.”