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Booth Ferris Foundation Awards Clarkson University $150,000 For Bertrand H. Snell Hall

With a generous gift from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Clarkson University is now $150,000 closer to reaching its $14-million goal for construction of the new Bertrand H. Snell Hall on the “hill” campus in Potsdam. Faculty and staff from the schools of Business and Liberal Arts are moving into the 92,000-square-feet facility this week and will begin educating students in August. 

Sophisticated computer and media laboratories, fully wired classrooms, case and seminar rooms, and an open configuration of space will promote multidisciplinary inquiry and team-based problem solving in Bertrand H. Snell Hall. Students from across all disciplines will also have access to three innovative learning centers representing the bridge between technological skills and professional career pursuits.

“The Center for Excellence in Communication, the Center for Global Competitiveness, and the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship will foster unique synergies for promoting understanding, practice and application of the skills and competencies most desired for success in today’s global economy,” says Clarkson President Denny Brown.

This new academic facility is named after the late New York Congressman and Clarkson Trustee, Bertrand H. Snell.  Snell’s daughter, Mrs. Harold W. Cheel, made a major gift commitment to the project and has been a longtime supporter of Clarkson initiatives.  A dedication ceremony on Friday, October 13,will pay tribute to “The Power of Partnerships,” characterizing Clarkson’s strong relations with alumni, friends, government officials, corporate liaisons and foundation contacts. 

Bertrand H. Snell Hall is the centerpiece of the “Campaign for Clarkson,” which also includes fundraising priorities for student financial aid and academic excellence initiatives. To date, the University has raised more than $45 million towards its $70-million goal.

The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 under the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth. The Foundation’s primary interest is in the field of education and it has a history of supporting smaller colleges in New York.  In the past, Booth Ferris has also provided grants to Clarkson for laboratory renovations and the Cheel Campus Center.

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

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