A Clarkson Mosaic - page 148

After 1942 more trophies were added, and the Carnival lengthened by additional events.
However, by the late 1960s, student interest in the Carnival seemed to fade away, and later
Carnivals have never lived up to the festivities of the early days of the celebration.
Doc Powers remembered the finest ice carnival statue of all he saw. It was a grand piano
carved from ice and sitting on the river just below the first bridge from Market Street across to
Fall Island. Built by students living over the Montgomery Ward store [now Evans and White
Hardware] on Fall Island, this statue was given a special edge by the sculptors mounting a loud
speaker under the bridge to play piano selections. Then, as the river water level began to drop,
things looked bad for the piano, but its ingenious creators cut it loose with an ice saw, floated it
back, and anchored it in place.
The Clarkson Chemical Club was admitted to membership in the American Institute of
Chemical Engineering in April 1931, becoming the 13th chapter in the United States. Other
chapters were founded at Armour Institute (Chicago), Brooklyn Poly, Carnegie Tech,
Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, NYU, Ohio State, RPI, Wisconsin, and Yale.
The Council of the AIChE created an annual award to be given to the sophomore in
chemical engineering who received the highest scholastic grades in his freshman year at each
chapter of the Institute. The award consisted of a student membership badge of the Institute,
together with a certificate for the winner. Clarkson's first award went to Ernest Herbert Hankey
from Malone, N.Y.
Prof. Lucius Russell Retired. After serving Clarkson for 23 years as professor and head
of chemical engineering, Lucius Russell retired. He had graduated from MIT in his native
Massachusetts in 1886 and obtained a master of science degree from Columbia University.
On his retirement, Clarkson awarded him an honorary doctorate of science. In the year
before his retirement, he had played such a large role in bringing the American Institute of
Chemical Engineers to campus that he was honored for his dedication to Clarkson by having
that chapter designated as the Lucius Russell Chapter. He died in November 1935.
Honorary Degrees.
The first two honorary degrees were awarded at the June Commencement
when Doctor of Science degrees were awarded to President Emeritus John P. Brooks and to
Lucius K. Russell, who had just been appointed Emeritus Professor of Chemistry.
Fall Enrollment.
Clarkson enrolled 378 students: 64 seniors, 80 juniors, 113 sophomores, and
121 freshmen. Twenty-two seniors registered late because they had exhausted their finances,
and, unable to secure employment during the summer, they had been slow in negotiating further
loans. Their presence brought the enrollment to 400.
New Course.
A year-long course in Public Speaking was added to the curriculum in the fall of
1931. This course was created to provide the man who took it with mastery of the principles of
speaking in public and to make it possible for him to answer three essential questions: "What
can or should I say?" "How shall I arrange what I have to say in order to express it most
effectively?" and "How shall I deliver it?" During the second semester of the course, a study of
the rules of Parliamentary Law provided each student with knowledge of how to organize and
conduct business meetings.
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