A Clarkson Mosaic - page 40

practicality, both for the homemaker and the public school teacher. Dressmaking was a
continuation of the sewing courses as students designed and made articles of clothing.
The millinery (hat making) course developed the students' artistic sense of color and
design so that they could design their own hats. To pass the course, they had to design, draw,
color, and make an original bonnet.
Household economy course covered household accounts, such as maids, food, clothing,
etc. Marketing taught students how to select the most healthy foods, and laundry to understand
the different qualities of soaps, bleaches, fluids, starches, and bluings, as well as a knowledge
of their chemistry. Students washed every type of garment, ornament, or textile article
imaginable. What was washed in one class was ironed in the next.
In the student
Handbook of 1902
, students found explanations for the Clarkson system
for its seven grades: H for Honor, C for Credit, P for Pass, L for Low Pass. D meant that the
student was deficient in that subject, usually signifying that not all the work required for the
course had been turned in.
A single F meant that the student had a "condition" in that subject, indicating that some
misunderstanding about a substantial portion of the subject matter needed to be cleared up. That
"condition" was to be made up before that subject recurred in a course; otherwise, the student
had to take the course over. Examinations for making up "conditions" were held in February,
June, and September. Conditions not made up prevented the student from registering for any
other work to which that subject was a prerequisite. FF meant that the subject had to be
for all students explicitly stated the rules of student conduct. All
students were expected to observe the discipline customary in manufacturing workshops,
engineering laboratories, and drafting rooms, and were to refrain from noisy conduct, whistling,
singing, or unnecessary conversation.
Faculty Loads.
To cover the course work offered for the degrees, the seven faculty had to do
yeoman service by teaching 117 different courses. Even Director Aldrich found that he had to
William Aldrich (Director)
Theoretical Mechanics
Applied Mechanics
Engineering Economics
Henry B. Dates (Physics and Electrical Engineering)
Electricity and Magnetism
Telegraphy and Telephony
Dynamo Testing
Electrical Distribution
Electric Lighting
Electric Power Plants
Electrical Engineering Lab
Dynamo-Electric Machinery
Alternating Currents
Alternating Current Machinery
Electrical Transmission
Electric Traction
Electric Power
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