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Clarkson NSBE Chapter Named National Chapter Of The Year

POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Clarkson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was named National Chapter of the Year at the annual national convention held recently in Anaheim, Calif. Its award comes in the small chapter category, which recognizes outstanding chapters with 35 or fewer members.

The Clarkson chapter was recognized for their chapter-wide academic excellence, their Pre-College Initiative, conference attendance, production of the annual televised quiz tournament "Tech Bowl," and involvement in community service.

The success of the Clarkson University chapter does not only stem from its current members, but from the daring Chicago six who founded NSBE back in 1975, and from the alumni who chartered this chapter in 1991, said Chapter President Janelle D. Jelks ('98, Technical Communications, Moultrie, Ga.), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Jelks and granddaughter of Justina B. Lewis, all of Moultrie.

Alexus T. "Alex" Bertrand ('00, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Buffalo, N.Y.), winner of the oratorical contest at the regional conference in Albany, N.Y., took first place nationally with a powerful speech on the convention's theme, "Learning From our Past to Engineer the Future." It is the first time a Clarkson student has ever won the competition either regionally or nationally. Bertrand is the son of Merintha and Chester Hayes of Buffalo.

Founded in 1975, NSBE is the largest student-run organization in the nation, with 10,000 members at 267 colleges and universities all over the United States and Canada. The organization's goals are to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers, to excel academically, succeed professionally, and to positively impact the community.

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