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Clarkson Alumni Demonstrate Strong Support For University

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Clarkson University’s 117th Alumni Reunion, held last weekend, was one of the most successful ever, with more than 1,000 visitors to the University’s campus, giving the University an opportunity to showcase new directions in leadership and programs, as well as to emphasize the vital importance of alumni in Clarkson’s future. collinsreunion2003

President Tony Collins addressed alumni for the first time as president at the Alumni Awards Brunch on Saturday. His speech set the agenda for the weekend, underscoring the importance of alumni in enhancing the University’s reputation and raising its profile internationally through their successes, contributions and support. His remarks also communicated his vision for Clarkson’s future and made a commitment for the University to enhance and broaden its reputation.

“I want the rest of the world to know and envision what Clarkson the institution means out in the world: talented, energetic, versatile leaders who create clever technological advances that make the lives of people better,”  said Collins. “Government officials shaping policies. Hospital surgeons and biomedical researchers saving lives. Women and men with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  You ¾ our Clarkson alumni ¾ that’s who you are. You are leaders in applying technology to improve lives across society.”

The response from the alumni, according to Steve Newkofsky, associate vice president for Alumni & Parent relations, was overwhelmingly positive and supportive. “There is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation generated by Tony and Karen Collins’ new roles on campus and in the community. People recognize their deep commitment to Clarkson and the North Country, and that makes them great ambassadors for our University in the wider world.”

Reunion attendees responded enthusiastically to Collins’s message of the important role alumni play in the ongoing success of Clarkson and demonstrated their commitment to their alma mater throughout the weekend with special gifts and support that included:

  • donations of more than $2.2 million in individual and class gifts, much of which will directly benefit students though financial aid and scholarships
  • a   $240,089 gift from the Class of 1953 designated for library acquisitions in support of faculty research
  • twenty-eight new members of the Golden Years Club inducted from the Class of ‘53

Alumni, including Michael A. Smith ‘68, general manager of the Chicago Black Hawks; NHL players Craig Conroy '95, Todd White '97, and Erik Cole '01; and Clarkson Athletic Hall of Fame members Kelly Priestley '81 and Al Nolet '78 were on hand to participate in the unveiling of new athletic logos.

The event was also an opportunity for Clarkson to express its commitment to women’s hockey and to recognize the vital role athletics plays in the life of University and the importance of women’s programs.

Photo caption: New Clarkson University President Tony Collins addresses alumni for the first time as president at Saturday’s Alumni Awards Brunch.
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