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Catherine Avadikian Of Potsdam Named New Clarkson Director Of University Studies

Catherine Avadikian of Potsdam has been appointed director of University Studies at Clarkson University. She will also continue as academic adviser/coordinator in Clarkson's Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management Program (E&M).

"Cathy brings a proven record of expert advising experience to her new role as director of University Studies," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins, "She was recently recognized for her outstanding advising to E&M students with the Outstanding Advising Award in 1998. With Catherine's involvement, I am confident our Engineering Studies students and E&M students will receive exceptional academic and career advice."

Avadikian earned her bachelor of science degree in sociology at Clarkson, graduating "with distinction," and is currently taking graduate courses in technical communications.

Since Avadikian has been at Clarkson she has received many awards including, being named an honorary member of Sigma Tau Iota; the Outstanding Employee Recognition Award; being tapped for Phalanx; Phalanx Commendable Leadership awards in 1990, 1994, and 1995; Phalanx Commendable Service Awards in 1989 and1995; the Engineering & Management Appreciation Award; the Sigma Tau Iota Scholarship Award; and a two-year State Scholarship in 1973-75.

Avadikian has been active in many areas of University life, advising student organizations such as Phi Sigma Sigma; Alpha Kappa Psi, the national coed fraternity; the Society for Women Managers, the Engineering and Management Student Advisory Committee, Sigma Tau Iota, and the E&M Society.  She also recently served as a member of the President's Task Force Committee for Greek Affairs.

Currently, Avadikian is writing a Student Advising Handbook designed to assist students, faculty and administration in answering many of the day-to-day questions and concerns that arise when interacting with students. A Web site is also being designed to complement the handbook.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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