Alumni Magazine Summer 2014 - page 27-28

Summer 2014
Summer 2014
Inaugural Physician
Assistant Studies Class
Sixteen students in the Master of
Science in Physician Assistant Studies
program graduated in May. The
Class of 2014, the first to enter
the graduate PA program,
began their studies in
January 2012.
Many of the graduates
plan to pursue careers
in northern New York.
“The area medical community has been very supportive and very receptive to our
students,” says Michael Whitehead, chair and clinical associate professor.
Over 700 applications have been received for 20 available spots for the Class of 2017,
which will start in January 2015.
Small Device. BIG IMPACT.
Sometimes a small device canmake the biggest impact.
Mechanical engineering major LaurenMagin ’14 has designed a hand-
powered sustainable device that can be used in developing nations to quickly
heat up water and kill bacteria.
That project earned her a trip to South Korea, where she presented
her human-powered cavitation heater at an international conference on
renewable energy technology.
Magin’s device consists of a rotating cylinder in which the motion
causes “cavitation” or generates bubbles in the water. The goal is to
heat the water to the boiling point. The device could then be taken to
a remote village in order to make the water safe for drinking. She is
developing the prototype with the help of two fellow students.
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Receives
Honorary Degree
Former U.S. Secretary
of Energy and Nobel
Laureate Steven Chu
received an honorary
doctor of science
degree at Clarkson’s
Chu is the William
R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
of Physics and Professor
of Molecular and
Cellular Physiology at
Stanford University. He served as the 12
U.S. Secretary of Energy under
President Barack Obama.
Chu also presented a lecture on energy/climate challenges and solutions
and the need for the world to transition to a sustainable energy future.
Bridges to Prosperity
CEO Also Receives
an Honorary Degree
Avery Bang, CEO for Bridges to
Prosperity, a nonprofit organization
that constructs pedestrian bridges
in the developing world, was also
recognized with an honorary degree
at commencement. Avery and her
organization design bridges that
connect rural populations with
much-needed access to education,
health care, commerce and other
community needs.
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Old Main Gets a Face Lift
The first phase of Clarkson’s downtown campus revitalization
is nearing completion with renovations to the historic Old
Main building. Old Main will soon house the North Country’s
first green data center using IBM technologies and research
facilities for the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a
subsidiary of Clarkson.
The next phase focuses on the redevelopment of the
Congdon Hall and Downtown Snell Hall buildings.
Buy a Backpack. Change a Life.
Clarkson students Dan Briere and Evan Jennings have
launched a company that seeks to turn a profit and make
a difference in the world.
Outland Manufacturing’s canvas backpacks are
attractive, as well as rugged, so early sales are brisk.
Customers are also embracing the company’s spirit of
social enterprise. For every backpack that Outland sells,
school supplies are donated to help an impoverished
child in Haiti.
“We’re working with the nonprofit organization
Healing Haiti in Cite Soleil,” says Briere. “This is one of
the poorest cities in the world. Most families live on less
than $2 a day, so a donation from one backpack goes far.”
The 18-year-old entrepreneurs began their venture
as part of Prof. Marc Compeau’s first-year business class.
The Great Presidential Switcheroo
Presidential Switch Day is a chance for one lucky
student to change places with Clarkson President
Tony Collins for a day.
This year, President Collins and Anthony
Spencer ’17, a political science and business
double major (Aretê) from Cleveland, Ohio,
switched places for 24 hours in April.
Spencer’s name was drawn as the winner
in the “Presidential Switch” raffle during Spirit
Week. President Collins assumed Spencer’s
normal student routine (including ROTC duties
and an early-morning run) and Spencer presided
over the campus community with a full day of
presidential meetings and activities.
This fundraising event was sponsored by the
Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA)
to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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