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Clarkson Receives $55,000 From Alcoa Foundation For Diversity Programs And New Global Faculty Exchange Initiative

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Clarkson University has received three grants totaling $55,000 from the Alcoa Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Alcoa Inc., to fund diversity-related student activities, a global perspectives exchange project, and ongoing minority scholarship support. Clarkson received the maximum amount awarded to individual universities in 2002.

We are grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for its continued investment in and support of Clarkson and our pioneering programs, said Clarkson President Denny Brown. "In the past, their support has enabled the University to start many successful initiatives that are now hallmarks of the Clarkson educational experience. These three programs are each consistent with the shared vision of both Clarkson and the Alcoa Foundation of broad-based diversity, global awareness and gender-equity in education and the workplace."alcoagrant

The grant money was awarded as part of the Alcoa Foundation's "Campus Partnership Program."Feedback received from the panel review committee indicates that the Clarkson proposal was well written with excellent metrics, a good leveraging of funds and a thorough 2001 report on usage, and reflected a strong partnership with Alcoa.

Continuation funding of $20,000 was given for enrichment activities to Clarkson minority student professional chapters, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (founded at Clarkson), the Society of Professional Women, and the Society of Women Engineers. The money will also help finance administrative support for Clarkson's Pipeline of Educational Programs office, which will allocate and distribute the fund and which provides advising and administrative support to these student professional societies.

A grant of $23,000 was awarded to provide seed money for a new Faculty Exchange Program focusing on global supply chain management. Leveraging Clarkson's increasing reputation as a leader in global supply chain management education, the exchange program seeks to grow this strength by infusing greater international perspective about the best practices in the field though faculty exchanges. With the funding from Alcoa, Clarkson plans to execute a faculty exchange program focusing on supply chain management with two of the 18 foreign universities with which Clarkson currently has exchange agreements, and to develop contacts at three more. The three-year project goal is to have an active faculty exchange partner in place in every continent.

Continuation funding of $12,000 was also provided for the Alcoa Scholars Program, which provides critical scholarship aid to help Clarkson recruit and retain underrepresented minorities and women in science, business and technology. Because of Alcoa Massena Operations' and Clarkson's shared proximity to the Akwesasne community on the St. Lawrence Seaway, preference will continue to be given to Native American students pursing a technical degree.

The Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in the quality of life and education worldwide through targeted giving that supports a range of national, international and policy organizations that underscore key interests and areas of excellence as determined by the Foundation.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Alcoa Foundation recently presented Clarkson University with a check for $55,000 to support diversity-related initiatives and new programs. (L-R) Alcoa Coordinator of Information Technologies Lance Fountaine; Alcoa Systems Analyst and Clarkson alumna Angela Page; Clarkson Provost Tony Collins; Alcoa Senior Quality Engineer Steven Marsh; Clarkson Career Center Executive Director Kathryn Johnson; and Clarkson School of Business Dean Tim Sugrue.

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