A Clarkson Mosaic - page 463

Most Engineering Degrees.
Clarkson awarded more bachelor's degrees in the four branches of
engineering than any other college or university in New York State, and was second in the east
only to Penn State.
Lowest Loan Default.
Clarkson had the lowest default rate in the state of New York on student
loans, and the fourth lowest in the United States. This is primarily due to the excellent
placement of graduates in high-paying jobs, and in the responsible attitude of graduates toward
repaying their loan obligations.
Record Alumni Giving.
Donations from 7,306 generous alumni to the Clarkson Fund
increased by well over a million dollars the University's endowment to a total of over $36
million, an increase of over 600 percent since 1977. Other interesting alumni statistics included
the fact that Clarkson had 22,158 alumni on record of whom 48% had graduated in the last 10
years, 83% in the last 25 years, and 6% last year. Sixty-three percent were engineering
graduates, 16% management, 10% ID, and 9% science.
NASA Center.
Clarkson was chosen as one of the four research institutions designated as a
NASA Center for the Commercialization of Space with funding of $1 million per year. Funding
for this program continued for five years.
CAMP Building.
New York State appropriated $1 million to Clarkson for the first year's
operation of a state Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) and $23.5 million for the
construction of a building to house the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).
Additionally, the State's Science and Technology Foundation formally designated Clarkson as
the Center for Advanced Technology in Advanced Materials Processing- Colloid and Surface
These two developments formed the State of New York, the Federal Government, many
major American multinational corporations, and a few highly promising, new-technology, small
businesses into a technical partnership which would advance University, state economic
development, and NASA goals. Corporate membership in CAMP included Corning, Grumman,
Kodak, IBM, DuPont, and Union Carbide with many other companies considering membership.
Ground was broken for the TUB- Temporary Union Building, an addition to the Schuler
Educational Resources center, to be used until the new Student Center could be built. This
5,000-square-foot addition was built to alleviate the shortage of student space by providing
"hangout" space, study space, and office space for student organizations.
Organized by President Clark to come up with solutions to the student space needs, the
ad hoc
Committee to Explore Student Space Needs recommended two possible solutions. One
was a free-standing building of 7,000-square feet between Moore House and Woodstock
Lodge. The other, an attachment of 5,000-square feet to the ERC, was chosen as more feasible,
for the space created would become available to the ERC staff once the student organizations
relocated in a new Student Center. In 1994, the Career Development Center moved into this
space from its former offices in Snell Hall.
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