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Six Receive Clarkson University's Highest Alumni Honor

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C. Michael Elliott of Bethel, Conn.; Cynthia Dowd Greene of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Paul M. Horne of Ridgefield, Conn.; Alan D. Nolet of Los Altos, Calif.; Michael Santarcangelo of Latham, N.Y., and Michael A. Smith of West Tisbury, Mass., and Chicago, Ill. have been honored with Clarkson University’s highest alumni honor, the Golden Knight Award.

Presented each year during the Alumni Reunion weekend, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.goldenknight2003

Since his graduation from Clarkson with a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1973, C. Michael Elliott has distinguished himself as a committed Clarkson volunteer and professional leader in waterworks engineering.

In 1987, after 14 years with O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc., Elliott joined Stearns & Wheler Environmental Engineers and Scientists, where he currently holds the position of executive vice president and partner, as well as director of waterworks engineering.  He has authored more than 30 publications related to the waterworks field, and has been active professionally with the American Waterworks Association, the Association of State Drinking Waters Administrators, the American Public Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He is a registered professional engineer in 10 states and has been named a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Elliott’s breadth of service to Clarkson includes many years serving as a regional chapter event host, board member and president of the Central New York Alumni Chapter.  He has been a regional phonathon volunteer and served his class as a reunion committee member and as a volunteer for the Campaign for Clarkson, the University’s highly successful fund-raising initiative that raised over $115 million.  He has assisted with alumni admission activities in central New York and has been a long-standing member of the Alumni National Executive Council. 

Elliott was elected president of the Clarkson Alumni Association in 1999 after serving for three years as vice president.  His regional chapter leadership was recognized when he was selected by his peers to receive the Stub Baker ’27 Chapter Service Citation.

He holds a master of business administration degree from Lemoyne College, and has also made significant contributions to his community, including board memberships with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, the Boy Scouts of America and Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Since her graduation from Clarkson in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, Cynthia Dowd Greene has maintained an exemplary commitment and support for her alma mater while pursuing a successful career in the pharmaceutical and bio-chemical industries.

Greene began her 25-year professional career as a process engineer with General Foods Corporation, then spent four years with Stouffer Chemical Company in commercial development and product management positions. She joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and over the next 16 years rose through positions that included area sales manager, director of bio-chemical sales, director of sales and sourcing for the Bio-Chem Division, senior director of strategic sourcing, and senior director of franchise development for the Oncology/Immunology Division.  Today Greene serves as vice president of industry research for Newport Strategies Incorporated, where she leads the research team in the analysis, validation and enhancement of pharmaceutical industry data.

Her volunteer activities on behalf of Clarkson are extensive. After serving the Alumni National Executive Council as a member-at-large and vice president, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Clarkson Alumni Association in 1996.  As an alumni admission volunteer, Greene has attended many college fairs and student-parent receptions to represent Clarkson in Central New York.  For these efforts, she received the Alumni Admission Recognition Award in 1993.  Additionally, Greene has been a member of the board of directors and has regularly hosted events for the Alumni Association Central New York Chapter, and has returned to campus as a speaker for student programs sponsored by the Career Development Center.

Her professional, civic and charitable involvements include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Girls Incorporated of Central New York, Crouse Hospital and University Hospital in Syracuse, the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA and the Francis House Auxiliary.

Alan D. Nolet has distinguished himself as an astute marketing manager and business leader and an active alumnus since graduating from Clarkson with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1978. 

A graduate of the Stanford Executive Institute, Nolet spent the early years of his career as a technical specialist and research engineer with Allied Signal, before joining Johnson Matthey, a San Diego-based electronic materials company, where he rose to senior marketing manager.  He subsequently held positions as a corporate officer and vice president of worldwide sales and service for Lamb Research before joining Photon Dynamics, Incorporated of Milpitas, Calif. as senior vice president.  He also served as president of Photon Dynamics Japan and Photon Dynamics Korea.

In 1997, Nolet joined Tokyo Electron America as senior vice president and general manager and in 2000, assumed the responsibility for the start-up of Timbre Technologies, a firm developing bundled software technology for the semi-conductor processing industry, where he is currently chief executive officer and chief operating officer.

Nolet’s appreciation of the importance of his education inspired him to help to provide access for others by establishing an endowed scholarship at Clarkson. 

He also remains connected to Clarkson through one of his favorite pastimes, lacrosse.  A four-year member of Clarkson’s lacrosse team while an undergraduate, he was one of the nation’s top NCAA Division III attackmen and was named an All-American.  He is still ranked number two on the all-time scoring list at Clarkson.  In 1992, He was inducted into Clarkson’s Athletic Hall of Fame and is the only lacrosse player in Clarkson’s history to have his jersey retired. An avid Golden Knights Lacrosse fan, Nolet returns almost annually to participate in the Clarkson Lacrosse Alumni Weekend, has generously funded Clarkson’s Offensive Player of the Year Award, and has also assisted his alma mater as a Campaign for Clarkson volunteer.

Nolet’s civic contributions include service to Hosanna Industries, Greenpeace and the American Cancer Society, and volunteering as a teacher for Junior Achievement.

A successful public sector executive, Michael Santarcangelo is a devoted alumnus who has set the benchmark for his commitment and enthusiasm as a Clarkson volunteer. 

He graduated from Clarkson in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and began a 27-year career with the New York State Department of Public Service.  During this period, Santarcangelo was intimately involved in developing New York State’s energy policies and dealing with compliance and customer service issues.  He served the Department of Public Service as a valuation engineer, project director for the organizational management implementation team, program manager for energy compliance in the Consumer Services Division and chief business advocate in the Office of Business Advocacy. 

Santarcangelo left the Department of Public Service in 2001 to join Empire State Development in the position as director of energy policy, where among many projects, he is involved in the recovery and redevelopment of the World Trade Center as it relates to energy infrastructure issues.

A Clarkson Army ROTC graduate, Santarcangelo has remained active with the Army Reserves and held the rank of colonel until his recent retirement.  A highly decorated officer and graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, he has served for the last three years as the emergency preparedness liaison officer for the First United States Army.  He was deployed for 24 days at the New State Emergency Operation Center in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks

Santarcangelo has been involved with Clarkson and the Alumni Association since his graduation.  He was a president of the Capital District Chapter from 1974 until 1982, and has also served his chapter as a phonathon volunteer, satellite hockey event chair, alumni admission representative and host for numerous other chapter events over the years.  A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, he has served as reunion activity chair, reunion gift chair and as a class volunteer assisting with the Campaign for Clarkson.  Chair of the Alumni Admission Committee of the Alumni National Executive Council, he has also served Clarkson’s Alumni National Executive Council as member-at-large, vice president and president of the Alumni Association in 2001-2002.

Despite a demanding schedule, Santarcangelo has also completed numerous professional certifications and a master’s degree in public administration at SUNY Brockport.  He has been a certified football official since 1976.  A member of the Eastern Association of Independent Football Officials, he received the Hal Witner Award for outstanding service to football officiating and has served as a chapter officer and president.

Michael A. Smith is among the elite in professional sports as the general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. But Smith is not your typical National Hockey League (NHL) general manager.  A respected coach and hockey tactician he is recognized as an innovative administrator and a leader in the forefront of change in the NHL. 

A native of Potsdam, Smith attended Clarkson, completing a bachelor of science degree in social sciences in 1968.  During his years at Clarkson, he played for the Golden Knights, though, by his own account, he usually played “the end of the bench” during games and right wing during practice.

Following graduation from Clarkson, he received both a master’s and a doctoral degree from Syracuse University, with academic concentrations in Soviet and East European politics, Marxist theory, comparative politics and cultural anthropology.  Smith’s coaching career began when he assumed a high school coaching job with Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse after completing his graduate work. 

Before taking over as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, Smith served as the associate general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1997 to 1999, and spent 14 years with the Winnipeg Jets in positions ranging from coach, assistant general manager and director of scouting, to vice president and general manager.  He began his career in the NHL as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers.  Smith has also served as coach and general manager for Team USA in the World Cup Games in 1981, 1982 and in 1995.

Smith has been an advisor to the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, chair of the NHL’s Arbitration Committee, and has been a member of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Committee.  In 1999, Hockey News selected him as the Co-Executive of the Year in the NHL and in 2002, Smith was honored by his peers as NHL Executive of the Year. 

An avid collector of Native American Art, Smith is a highly educated scholar, talented writer and guest lecturer. He is the author of 10 books, mostly about coaching hockey, has been owner of Codner Books, a publishing company, and wrote a column for a Finnish newspaper for a number of years. 

A regular member of Clarkson Roundtable, Mike has not forgotten his roots in the North Country and has continued to be an avid supporter of his alma mater and Clarkson Golden Knights Hockey.

Paul M. Horn was not present for Alumni Reunion and will receive his citation and statuette at a later date.

PHOTO CAPTION: Six Clarkson University alumni were honored in July with Clarkson University’s highest alumni honor, the Golden Knight Award. [L-R] Clarkson Alumni Association President Susan McCormick; Award Recipients Alan D. Nolet, C. Michael Elliott, Cynthia Dowd Greene, Michael Santarcangelo and Michael A. Smith; and Clarkson President Tony Collins. Paul M. Horn was not present for the photo.
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