A Clarkson Mosaic - page 332

Social functions at fraternity houses are to be strictly confined to the basement recreation rooms
and first floor only, and to dining halls in the Residence Halls. Under no circumstances are activities to
be allowed above the first floor.
Alumni College
. Coordinated with the Alumni Spring Weekend, the College sponsored a two-
day Alumni College to provide the alumni the chance to continue their intellectual
development. Choosing as their theme,
Clarkson Looks at the Nineties
, eight faculty members
described what they foresaw as important
problems of the future as Clarkson turned 100 in
1996, and related them to the
John Tedford, Economics: "Growth - With or Without Scarcity: Will future growth and
economic development be restricted by resource scarcity?"
Alan Cassell, Civil and Environmental Engineering: "Water Worries - Now and in
Robert A. Shaw, Chemical Engineering, "Fission and Fusion: Power-generating
demands of the future."
William Harrison, Civil and Environmental Engineering, "Earth's Diminishing
Endowment: How are we handling earth's mineral resources?"
William Armstrong, History: "The Uses and Misuses of History - is history a valid
indicator of the future?"
Stuart Fischoff, Psychology: "Relationship of Personality Traits to Levels of Individual
and National Achievements."
Max Coots, Religion: "Resources of Faith: From the Frontier to the Future."
Edward Sampson, Humanities: "Mythology - Past, Present, and Future - myth and our
developing culture."
Three at Once
. Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Hoffman, Jr., Albany, made Clarkson
history by being the first three brothers ever to attend Clarkson at the same time. Bruce, a
senior, was in civil engineering; Gary, a sophomore, also was in civil engineering. Michael, a
freshman in Industrial Distribution, said he felt that "three civil engineers in one family are too
much." The one thing they said they liked best was the 1968 model car their father had given
them. An unwritten agreement among the three was that the car never left the College, although
the eldest was in command of it when he was on campus.
ASME Award
. Frank Ralbovsky '68 became the second Clarkson graduate to win the Arthur
L. Willston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Consisting of a medal
and $500 check, this award was presented annually to a student or recent graduate in ME from
any of the approximately 160 accredited American schools of engineering. It was granted for
the best thesis or brief which suggested additions or changes in college curricula and programs
for the purpose of stimulating and developing interest and participation in civic and public
activities for the benefit of society.
Ralbovsky's paper, "An Engineer's War with Technology," drew an analogy between the
problems of an engineer in communicating with industry, education, and society with those of a
military commander as each coped with his respective assignment; it also pointed out the value
of communication skills to each. In 1964, Kenneth Garonsky won the award for his paper
entitled, "The Purpose of Engineering and Education."
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