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Clarkson University Meets "Alden Challenge"

Potsdam, N.Y. –Clarkson University was recently awarded $100,000 for its "Laboratories of the Second Century" project from the George I. Alden Trust, after successfully raising an additional $300,000 for the project. The Alden Trust grant will be used toward the upgrade and enhancement of the School of Engineering's Multidisciplinary Laboratory, which is just one component of the campus-wide initiative to upgrade laboratory equipment to state-of-the-art levels, with a total project goal of $2.6 million.

The "Alden Challenge" began in October of 1996 when the Alden Trust in Worcester, Mass., issued the 3- to-1 challenge to Clarkson. The Trust would provide Clarkson with a $100,000 grant if the University could raise three times that amount– or $300,000– by April 30, 1998.

According to Clarkson President Denny Brown, a number of Clarkson constituents "rose to the challenge." "The Alden Challenge motivated a wide range of donors, including a private foundation, a number of private companies, a professional association, and several individuals among whom were Clarkson alumni, Trustees, and friends," said Brown. "There is no question that the impetus provided by the Alden Trust challenge grant has been a tremendous assistance to Clarkson. We're very grateful to the Alden Trust for their generous support."

Clarkson's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Engineering Anthony G. Collins remarked, "The Alden funding has enabled Clarkson to implement its vision by providing an experiential learning environment in the Multidisciplinary Laboratory. Undergraduate engineering students will use state-of-the-art equipment to conduct laboratory experiments, gather and analyze data, and prepare multi-media presentations of their results. Through these laboratory experiments, students will strengthen their theoretical knowledge and achieve mastery in a range of skills critical for their professional success."

Without the support of the Alden Challenge it would not have been possible to create the environment necessary to educate today's engineering students, added Collins.

Alden Challenge corporate donors include: Nestlé USA; Alcoa Foundation; Bechtel Power Corporation; Bechtel Foundation; Blasland, Bouck & Lee; Barton & Loguidice; O'Brien & Gere; and the GE Fund. The private foundation that responded to the challenge is J.M. McDonald Foundation. The professional association is the New York State Association for Solid Waste. Likewise, the individual donors include University trustee and alumnus John Welch Jr., and alumni Joseph Mogavero (deceased), Paul Dudden, John Youmans, Frank Simpson, Francis Hoar (deceased), William Hurd, Fredric Skeris (deceased), and Richard Ashcroft.

This is the second challenge grant awarded to Clarkson University in recent years by the George I. Alden Trust. The University received $50,000 in 1994 for a 3-to-1 match by successfully raising $150,000.

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