A Clarkson Mosaic - page 501

Tretowicz, Olympian.
Dave Tretowicz '91, star hockey defenseman, set a Clarkson record by
playing in 142-straight hockey games in his four years at Clarkson, never missing a start for the
Golden Knights. He ended his college career with 20 goals and over 90 assists, third best ever
by a Clarkson defenseman. He earned 1991 All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors for
four goals and 32 assists, helping Clarkson win the league title and reach the NCAA semifinals.
He skated with the US National Team in the International Ice Hockey Federation World
Championships in Finland on April 19-May 4. Playing in all 10 games of the tournament, the
only collegian to do so, Dave recorded three assists and helped the US to the medal round and a
fourth-place finish, their best showing since 1985.
Dave also played in the USA-USSR Challenge Series in Orlando, Florida, in December
1990, and was named Top Defenseman of the tourney. He was a 1988 11th-round draft choice
of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He was one of 200 hopefuls in
Minnesota try-out camps later in the year searching for a spot on the US Olympic team; the 200
were narrowed to 30 who played a hectic 51-game schedule over six months before the final
members were selected; he was chosen for the US Olympic team.
Formula SAE Car
. Under the leadership of Joe Tunney '91, Clarkson built its third
competition automobile-a Formula SAE race car, called affectionately the "Mini-Indy"-to race
at the General Motors Proving Ground in Michigan on May 17-19.
Entered by colleges and universities across the nation, these racers, one-fourth the size
of the Formula One cars racing at Indianapolis, were judged by elements in a 1,000-point total:
presentation (75 points), engineering design (150), cost analysis (150), acceleration (75),
skidpad performance (50), maneuverability (150), fuel economy (50), and the endurance-track
event (300).
Its Yamaha FZR 600 motorcycle engine delivered about 45 hp, enough to drive the 450-
pound vehicle at a top speed of 50 mph. Its body frame was constructed of stainless steel,
covered with a shell of kevlar and Fiberglas. It was christened "Gert" in honor of Gertrude
Forrest, the retiring assistant to the associate dean of engineering.
Despite having to repair a broken rear "A" arm during the grueling endurance race, the
team was able to finish a respectable 20th out of 64 entries. This entry won the "Best First-year
Entry" which was accompanied by a check for $500 from the US Department of Energy.
Project Challenge.
Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders from area high schools participated in
a five-week Project Challenge, an opportunity for them to study in depth subjects not usually
taught in high school. This enabled them to experience the kinds of demands placed on college
students. Even though they were not assigned homework, they were challenged to participate in
various activities.
In this Saturday-morning program, students chose one of nine courses taught by
Clarkson faculty, and attended a series of five three-hour classes which began on February 2.
These nine courses included environmental conservation, cell biology, management simulation,
aerodynamics, engineering design, and civil rights movement.
Walker Arena Closed.
The Golden Knights hockey team completed its regular 1990-91 season
in Walker Arena undefeated by defeating Princeton 11-1. (See page 615) During one of the
intermissions, President Gallagher gave a brief history of the Arena for the crowd, and then
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