A Clarkson Mosaic - page 443

Highlight in
A special educational supplement of
magazine titled
Newsweek on Campus
prominently featured Clarkson in a major article,
Living With
, which took an overall look at the
effects of personal computers on college
campuses across the country.
Several Clarkson staff members who were interviewed in the article included David
Bray, dean of the educational computing system; John Serio, professor of humanities; and
Stephen Newkofsky, acting dean of student life. Three Clarkson students appeared on the cover
of this magazine which had a circulation of nearly one million copies: Beth Haas, Rebecca
Logan, and Richard Todd.
Phi Mu.
In the fall of 1982, a group of women sought a sorority that met their expectations of
providing a social outlet while at the same time maintaining their academic standards. Ten of
the women wrote to national sororities to find out their interests in establishing a local chapter
at Clarkson. Most responded favorably, and sent representatives to campus to explain their
positions. Phi Mu caught the women's fancy, and it was chosen because of its "sincere approach
and fine standards." In September 1983, Clarkson welcomed the Beta Iota chapter of Phi Mu as
its second sorority.
Forty juniors and seniors took part in the
View a Professional at Work
on January 5 and 6. Having been assigned to a
professional matched with their career interests,
these participants spent a day at a business or industry learning about its operation. Students
from ID, math and computer science, accounting, economics and finance, management and
marketing, and all four engineering majors were involved. Included in the
businesses taking
part were General Electric in Syracuse, IBM in White Plains, New York State Electric and Gas
in Binghamton, LCP Chemicals in Solvay, Bendix Fluid Power in Utica, Travellers Insurance
and Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, Greenman-Pederson in Babylon, Reynolds Metals in
Massena, and Bloomingdales in White Plains.
Students found this experience extremely valuable for making their own career
decisions. Typical comments included, "It has given me a better sense of what a job in my field
is like," and "I learned how an engineer spends his day in the real world." This program was
coordinated through the Student Life office, and was sponsored by the Society of Women
Engineers, and the Society of Women Managers; its co-chairpersons were Linda Palladino,
SWE and '84 CEE major, and Debra Vallee, SWM and '84 ID major. It began in 1978 as a
SWE event, but its popularity led to its expansion to students of all disciplines.
Computer Camp.
As evidence of the ever-widening interest in computers,
Science Digest
, a
monthly magazine for the nontechnical reader, sponsored a contest to send a family to
Clarkson's Family Computer Camp in July.
This camp was the first of its kind, and attracted over 26 families from as far away as
Bermuda. For seven days, 79 participants, ranging in age from five to 68, worked to improve
their computer skills under the able direction of Dr. David Bray, ECE department, with the help
of a well-qualified staff and a wide assortment of personal computers. It was so successful that
it was expanded to three weeks for the following summer.
ECAC-Bound Hockey Team.
With its 9-3 victory over Vermont on Tuesday, February 22, the
Golden Knights clinched a berth in the ECAC playoffs for the 21st time in the 22-year history
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