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Three Young Alumni Honored By Clarkson With Woodstock Award

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Potsdam native Mark W. Manning of Dedham, Mass.; Joelle B. Maurer of Rochester, N.Y.; and David L. Relyea of Camillus, N.Y., have each received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.

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.woodstock2003

Since earning a bachelor of science degree in accounting and law from Clarkson in 1988, Potsdam native Mark W. Manning has pursued a career in corporate law. A graduate of Boston University School of Law, he began his career at Craig and McCauley Law Firm representing local and regional banks in commercial lending transactions and regulatory compliance. He continued his corporate practice with the firm of Finnegan, Hickey, Dinsmoor and Johnson, before becoming manager of Business and Legal Affairs at Scitex America Corporation.

In 1999, Manning returned to private practice with Burns and Levinson in Boston, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity finance, and technology licensing.

Despite a demanding law career, Manning has remained active in alumni and community affairs. He was a member of Clarkson’s Alumni National Executive Council and served as president of the Boston chapter for three years. As an Alumni Admission Program volunteer, Manning chaired the Boston chapter send-off picnics and hosted or participated in numerous other events including the student-to-alumni networking panels and regional phonathons. Manning has also been member of his class reunion committee, and served as the Class of 1988 reunion gift chair and as a volunteer for the Campaign for Clarkson, the University’s largest ever, multi-year fund-raising effort that raised more than $115 million.

Manning is active with professional trade organizations and donates his time to local volunteer activities. He is a youth program supervisor at the Allston-Brighton YMCA, tutors English and mathematics and is co-chair for a Job Shadow Program at Brighton High School in Brighton, Mass. He also provides considerable pro-bono representation for minority and low-income business ventures in conjunction with The City of Boston Economic Justice Project.

Manning is the son of William and Rita Manning of Hannawa Falls.

Joelle B. Maurer received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and law from Clarkson in 1988. After earning a master of science degree in elementary education she took on teaching assignments with the Penfield (N.Y.) Central School District, before assuming administrative roles with the Girl Scouts of the Genesee Valley and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Throughout the years following her graduation from Clarkson, Maurer has been a committed and effective alumni volunteer. She is a member of the Alumni National Executive Council, and is currently president of the Alumni Association Rochester Chapter. Maurer has also served the Rochester chapter as secretary, webmaster and as chair of numerous events, including new student send-off picnics, the regional hockey satellite telecast and alumni-to-student networking panels. She is an active Alumni Admission Volunteer, serving as an adopt-a-high school contact for five Rochester area high schools, and represents the Alumni Association as a Project Lead the Way volunteer for local schools.

Her outstanding leadership and commitment at the chapter level to her alma mater earned her the Stub Baker ’27 Chapter Service Citation from the University.

As an undergraduate, Maurer served as president of the Clarkson Student Association and she has continued to provide leadership for the Class of 1988, chairing two class reunions and currently serving as class gift chair.

Maurer has also given her time and talent to her community, volunteering for the Penfield Central School District, Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Cub Scouts of America and the Penfield Recreation Department, where she has served as both an assistant and head soccer coach.

David L. Relyea has pursued a career in technical sales and customer service since his graduation from Clarkson with a bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution in 1988.

He began his career in Benton Harbor, Mich., with the All-Phase Electric Supply Company before moving to the Syracuse area to serve as a customer service representative for the R. L. Stone Company. He also served as a product specialist for ACI Controls and is currently a sales engineer with Nooney Controls Corporation.

Relyea is a recipient of the Stub Baker ’27 Chapter Service Citation in recognition of his commitment and contributions to the Alumni Association Central New York Chapter as a longstanding member of the board of directors and as its president for three years.  He has also hosted numerous chapter events and assists with alumni admissions activities in Central New York. Relyea has been a member of the Alumni National Executive Council and has been active in his class affairs, serving both as a member of his class reunion committee and as reunion activity chair.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University honored three young alumni with Woodstock Awards at the Alumni reunion held July 10-13.  [L-R] Clarkson Alumni Association President Susan McCormick, award recipients David L. Relyea ’88, Joelle B. Maurer ’88 and Mark W. Manning ’88, and Clarkson President Anthony G. Collins.
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