A Clarkson Mosaic - page 533

Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House, promised a Contract with America. Rains caused
Europe's worst floods in decades. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers in the Super
Bowl 49-26. After months of delay on both sides, the double-murder trial of O.J. Simpson began
in January with the prosecution calling its first witnesses. The National Hockey League settled
its strike and resumed play, creating an abbreviated schedule. New York became the 38th state
to impose the death penalty. An Arizona couple won a Powerball lottery worth $101 million.
Timothy McVeigh was arrested for the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in
mid-April, killing over 168 men, women, and children.
• New President
• Computer-taught Class
"Gee, Prof, but ..."
• Marketing the
• New Sports Conference
• Loan Clearinghouse
• Journal Editors
Who's Who
• Woman Scientist Honored
• Shope: Record-breaker
• MBA Internationality
• Hockey Champs
• Broughton Retired
• Mini-Baja Victory
• SOM Became CSB
• Strategic Plan
New President.
Entering the office just as the University began a new century, Clarkson's
fifteenth president, Dennis G. Brown, came to Potsdam from the position of Provost and Senior
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn. He also was
Professor of Chemistry. Prior to his Drexel appointment, Brown served in various
administrative positions at the University of Nevada-Reno, Montana State University, and the
University of Idaho.
His BA degree is from Whitman College, Wash., and his PhD from the University of
Illinois. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
"Gee, Prof., but ..."
After Prof. Broughton, technical communications professor, awarded a
failing grade in a speech course to a sophomore basketball player for excessive cuts during the
fall semester 1993, the young man came to the office to discuss his grade. He explained how he
had improved during the semester by following Broughton's tips and advice, and that he had
done what he had been asked so far as speeches were concerned. In reply to Broughton's
comments about excessive cuts, particularly because the syllabus for the course expressly
spelled out the attendance policy for the course, the young man remarked, "Gee, Prof., but you
never told me I had to come to class." Broughton's laughter pursued him out of the office.
The young man returned to class in spring 1995. In his first, "ice-breaker" introductory
speech, he concluded his remarks with the following:
I have taken a course with Dr. Broughton before.
This course.
What does that tell
you about Broughton's attitude about attendance?
Then he sat down. In May, his course grade of "A" was well deserved.
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