A Clarkson Mosaic - page 256

grew to 442 by the time he retired in 1987. David Wells '72 took over the program, and it
continues to flourish. It changed its name in 1991 to Interdisciplinary Engineering and
Initially, of the 132 hours required for graduation, 30 were in liberal studies, including
English, history, psychology, and public speaking. Business administration courses took up 30
more hours; engineering, 26 hours; the basic sciences of mathematics, physics, and chemistry,
26 hours; and the remaining 20 hours covered physical education, military science, and
Hecker Retired.
Dr. Charles Hecker retired as chairman of chemistry and chemical
engineering after 25 years at Clarkson. He completed his doctoral work at the University of
Cincinnati, and taught at universities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida before joining
Westinghouse Electric as a materials and process engineer. From there he became the plant
manager of Phenolite Corporation, and then the division head for the Rohm and Haas Company
before joining Clarkson as the head of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1929. He
was succeeded by Dr. Duane Green.
Snell Hall.
Clarkson gained partial use of "Snell Hall" (for the Business Administration and
Liberal Studies Departments) as Teachers College began to move to its new campus on outer
Pierrepont Avenue. Only 10 classrooms and several offices were occupied by Clarkson initially
as SUCP gradually moved out. The building had been purchased from the state for Clarkson by
Bertrand Snell. (See p. 302)
The fall semester registration stood at 1,090.
Since it became a bona-fide student newspaper in 1928, the
grew to
become a vital medium for presenting news and entertainment of interest to the student body as
well as serving as a record of events that have been part of Clarkson's history and tradition. Its
circulation of over 1,900 copies of each issue reached students and faculty of both Potsdam
colleges as well as alumni, townspeople, companies, and other colleges and universities across
the nation.
Proof of its high standards was evident from the high rating given to it by the
Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). In competition with newspapers from many colleges
throughout the nation, it was awarded the highest rating attainable in the ACP critical service.
Jack Hantz.
Jack became Clarkson's first soccer coach when the sport was played here on an
intercollegiate basis in 1954: Clarkson defeated Plattsburgh State in its first game. A native of
East Hampton, N.Y., Jack entered the US Naval Air Force right after his graduation from high
school in 1942, and spent the majority of his wartime service in the European Theatre. He
enrolled at Sampson College for two years before transferring to Ithaca College where he
earned his BS in physical education in January 1951.
He came to Clarkson in September 1953 as director of intramural athletics, including
wrestling and lacrosse. He stayed to become director of athletics, retiring in 1985 shortly before
his death in 1986. In his honor, the school named a soccer field adjacent to Walker Arena.
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