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Clarkson University Honors Three Young Alumni With Woodstock Award

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LaDawn Holley Berko-Boateng of Englewood, N.J.; William D. Collins of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; and Lisa A. Napolione of Cincinnati, Ohio, have each received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.woodstock2002

Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

LaDawn Holley Berko-Boateng graduated from Clarkson in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Since Berko-Boateng’s graduation, she has served in various increasingly responsible positions in product design and development, client services, and marketing and management with the Texas Instruments Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Agilent Technologies.

She is currently business manager for Agilent Technologies Communications Management Solutions headquartered in New York City with responsibility for the Northeast market territories.

While a student at Clarkson, she was the founder and president of the University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Inspired by how NSBE had contributed to her educational and career success while on campus, Berko-Boateng and two fellow NSBE alumni established a $30,000 endowment in 2000 to provide funding to support Clarkson’s NSBE chapter operations. She currently serves as the NSBE Endowment chair.

Berko-Boateng has been active in alumni affairs, serving as class chair for the Campaign for Clarkson, a five-year strategic fundraising initiative and has served the Alumni National Executive Council as a member-at-large. In February, she was elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees, where she serves on the Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Committees.

Since receiving a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson in 1982, William Collins has held positions in all phases of sales, marketing and business unit management starting as a technical sales engineer with the Intel Corporation.

For 16 years, Collins was employed by the International Rectifier Corporation in various positions, including IBM national account manager, vice president of global accounts, vice president of worldwide automotive marketing, vice president and sales vision project leader, and senior vice president of sales and marketing. In 2002, he joined iRise Inc. and now serves as chief marketing officer of this privately held systems integrator and Internet software provider.

As a corporate recruiter, Collins has brought in many Clarkson graduates now employed at both Intel and International Rectifier. He has also been active in alumni activities on the west coast. He is involved in regional chapter activities, and has served as a regional chapter board member, class reunion chair and as an alumni admission volunteer.

Lisa A. Napolione received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a concentration in biology from Clarkson in 1987. She joined Procter & Gamble after graduation, where she has held various research and product development positions across the beauty-care business sector.

She is currently associate director for global hair care product development, and is responsible for technical leadership and technology development for a number of hair care principal lines and over-the-counter drug programs. Napolione is also responsible for Procter & Gamble’s technical public relations, and manages laboratories in Cincinnati, London, Japan and Venezuela.

Next month, she will assume new responsibilities as global baby care director, with global responsibility and site leadership in four international locations.

Despite extensive international travel and a busy schedule, Napolione has given generously of her time and energy in support of her alma mater. She has served on Clarkson’s Engineering Advisory Council and is currently a member of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees, chairing the Student Life Committee. She has recruited dozens of Clarkson’s graduates to Procter & Gamble over the past decade as the company’s executive liaison to Clarkson and lead recruiter. She has also been successful at recruiting to Clarkson numerous students from southern Ohio, and for her efforts, was named a recipient of the Charles S. Ehrlich ’56 Alumni Admission Service Award.

In addition, Napolione has worked with Procter & Gamble to establish a scholarship program at Clarkson that provides intern and co-op experiences for promising minority engineering students. Her corporate research responsibilities have led to partnering between Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing and Procter & Gamble across many core technology areas. She has returned to campus as a speaker, has served as a class campaign partner and this year served as class reunion chair.

Photo caption: Three Clarkson University alumni received the Woodstock Award this past weekend from their alma mater, Clarkson University: (left to right) Clarkson University President Denny Brown; award recipients Lisa A. Napolione, William D. Collins and LaDawn Holley Berko-Boateng; Alumni Association President Michael Santarcangelo; and Alumni Association Executive Director Donald Dangremond.

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