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Clarkson Celebrates Anthony G. Collins Inauguration And Wallace H. Coulter School Of Engineering Dedication This Weekend

The dedication of Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and the inauguration of Anthony G. Collins as the University’s 16th president take place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, on the Clarkson campus in Potsdam.

The Celebration Weekend begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10, with two plenary lectures.

P. Hunter Peckham (Clarkson class of ’66), professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence in Functional Electrical Stimulation, will deliver the first lecture on “Reengineering the Paralyzed Nervous System” at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) Building Room 177.

Peter C. Rieke, staff scientist V, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and president of Mobility Engineering will then speak on “The Frontier of Ability – Regaining Access to the Outdoors,” at 3:20 p.m., also in CAMP Building Room 177.

The Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering dedication ceremony will take place in the CAMP Building’s Robert A. Plane Atrium at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. A specially commissioned portrait of Coulter by artist Michael Shane Neal will be unveiled. Attendees will also have a chance to view a new permanent exhibit, “The Wallace H. Coulter Tribute,” which honors Coulter, his professional and scientific accomplishments, and his humanitarian mission.

Anthony G. Collins will be inaugurated president of Clarkson University on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gym. Collins was appointed Clarkson’s 16th president by the University’s board of trustees on February 8 and took office on July 1. The inauguration ceremony will include remarks by representatives from state and local government, the North Country community, alumni, students and faculty.

Called Celebration Weekend, a number of Friday and Saturday’s activities will celebrate the late Wallace H. Coulter’s interest in serving humanity. Last year the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation announced a $30-million gift to Clarkson in recognition and in support of its high-quality engineering and science programs. The School of Engineering is being renamed in honor of Coulter's commitment to Clarkson as a trustee, and the generous gift from the foundation established in his memory. “Technology Serving Humanity,” the guiding principle behind the research and education conducted at the School, will be a theme that is reflected throughout the dedication and related events.

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