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04-18-2001

George I. Alden Trust Donates $150,000 For Clarkson University Science Laboratories

The George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass., has donated $150,000 for innovative renovations to undergraduate teaching laboratories and research facilities in the Cora and Bayard Clarkson Science Center at Clarkson University. 

This gift helps Clarkson to meet the Fred L. Emerson Foundation’s Challenge Grant to raise $1 million for the science lab renovation project.

The laboratories for biology, physics and chemistry will be upgraded to accommodate information technology and serve innovative curricular changes. Clarkson faculty teaching undergraduate science courses have integrated team learning and creative problem solving experiences into laboratory coursework. This places unique demands on laboratory design. Plans are to replace the traditional row-style lab benches, built over 30 years ago, with interactive team learning stations, complete with computer simulation capabilities, as well as state-of-the-art equipment for experimentation. Research laboratory renovations will include improved facilities for undergraduate research activities.

“The new laboratory configuration will support contemporary teaching methods and enhance the skills our students need to succeed in the technology-focused world they will face upon graduation," said Clarkson Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins.  “We are extremely grateful to the Alden Trust for its third major commitment to Clarkson capital priorities in the last ten years.”

Established in 1912 by Mr. Alden, a college educator and successful entrepreneur, the Trust has a major focus on supporting worthy causes in higher education, particularly initiatives that advance career-related education for serious-minded youth. 

This gift is part of “The Campaign for Clarkson,” which includes fundraising priorities for new construction and renovations, student financial aid and academic excellence initiatives. To date, the University has raised more than $49 million toward its $70-million goal.

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

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