Alumni Magazine Summer 2014 - page 25-26

Summer 2014
Summer 2014
where they had to scrounge up
their own musical instruments and
“connive” to get enough copies
of sheet music. As expected, the
collegians were up to solving their
dilemmas and before long, the
administration put up funding for
instruments and uniforms.
“We wore nice slacks, Clarkson-
green blazers and straw hats. We
looked good. We were proud of
what we were,” Dilmore recalls.
The next challenge was a
budget for road trips and hotel
rooms. At first, the bandmates
would pile into an upperclassman’s
car. Whoever’s car had the biggest
trunk had to take the instruments.
“One of my best memories is
of driving through the mountains,”
Dilmore notes. “Bill Cosby was just
becoming well known and had put
out a couple of records. We would
recite his stories all the way.”
Eventually, the college
decided to get a bus — a very
old Trailways bus that had a hole
in the floor. “In winter, we had
a snowdrift in the aisle of the
bus. That didn’t sit well with the
administration, so around 1966
or ’67, we got enough of a budget
to afford buses and reasonable
hotels,” Dilmore laughs.
Both of his sons Jonathan ’97
and Gregory ’00 carried on the
Clarkson tradition, and his older
son is the fifth generation trombone
player in the family. The younger
Dilmores are called Big D, and
Little D. What of Roger? “I got
stuck with Old D,” he says.
For band member Michaele-
Lynne Jacot ’09, a human
resources coordinator for Staples
in Rochester, it was a family
ritual to drive up from Saratoga
Springs with her father, Brian
’77, to watch hockey games. Her
longtime wish to play in the Pep
Band was a big factor in deciding
to attend Clarkson, she says. “Most
other colleges don’t have a band, so
we were able to own the arena and
support our team.”
Recent graduate Ben
Zwierlein ’14 is already looking
forward to joining the Pep Band
Alumni Association. A civil
engineering major, he was in the
band all four years and served as
vice president and president.
“It’s like a big family; I just
fell in love with it,” he says. “All
my friends are in the band. It’s
one of the reasons I loved being
at Clarkson.”
The tradition carries on at Cheel Arena.
For more information
the Clarkson Pep Band Alumni
Association or the scholarship
fund, go to
Professor Santosh Mahapatra
Targeting Solutions for Niche Market Challenges
“The goal is
to improve
decision making
to guarantee a
smoother flow
of materials to
meet the highly
High-end cars. Custom-made jewelry. Handmade clothing.
iche markets present their own unique supply chain challenges — from managing
customer expectations to working with idiosyncratic suppliers.
School of Business Professor SantoshMahapatra has a reputation for tackling tough operational
challenges. His pioneering research in logistics provides solutions to tough problems across the globe.
Last fall, the associate professor of operations & information systems worked with
companies overseas to improve logistics and supplier relations in Italy’s luxury vehicle
manufacturing industry.
Teaming up with faculty at the University of Bologna’s School of Business, Mahapatra
worked with luxury automotive company Lamborghini and high-end motorcycle manufacturer
Ducati to improve supply chain operations.
In a niche market in which a car can cost upwards of $500,000, demanding customers
expect innovative features, lots of customization options and first-class service.
This poses unique challenges for supplier relations.
“The high-end components that go into these cars and motorcycles are very expensive and
there are very few suppliers,” says Mahapatra. “The manufacturers cannot afford to hold too much
inventory so they rely on their suppliers to have the materials ready to ship as they need them.”
Working with executives at Ducati, for example, Mahapatra helped develop an information
system to manage data on suppliers, their facilities, characteristics and performance. “The goal
is to improve information-based decision making to guarantee a smoother flow of materials to
meet the highly unpredictable demand,” says Mahapatra.
The 50
Anniversary Reunion of the Pep Band.
“The band was formed during an upwelling of spirit
in the middle of the turbulent 60s; the returning GIs
had graduated, the campus at Malone was reunited
with us at Potsdam, and a new generation was
coming to the fore full of social consciousness and
new ideas. Society was leveling; we considered
ourselves the equal of the Ivy’s. Why shouldn’t we
have a Pep Band, too?”
— Bill Rutherford ’66, Founding Pep Band Member
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