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Clarkson's National Society Of Black Engineers Receives Three Awards At National Convention

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The Clarkson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was honored with three awards at the 30th Annual NSBE National Convention held recently in Dallas, Texas. Dionne Dixon, Trish Atkins, Josh Mathews and Melissa Richards

NSBE at Clarkson was named Distinguished Chapter of the Year, Academic Excellence Chapter of the Year, and National Small Chapter of the Year for Region One. NSBE comprises more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses and is divided into six regions. Region One comprises some 60 chapters from colleges and universities throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Canada.

This is the second time NSBE at Clarkson has been named Distinguished Chapter of the Year. The first was in 2001. NSBE at Clarkson also has the distinction of being the only small chapter to win the Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award. Small chapters are defined as consisting of 35 members or fewer; Clarkson’s chapter has 29 members.

“What tremendous recognition for our chapter!” said Vicki Clark, NSBE advisor and assistant to the director of Clarkson’s Pipeline of Educational Programs. “The awards are a tribute to the hard work and substantial accomplishments of all our members this past year both in their work with the chapter and in their academic achievements.”

Clarkson senior Jules Ngambo ’04 (Ngaoundere, Cameroon); juniors Trisha Atkins (Rochester, N.Y.), Dionne Dixon (Deer Park, N.Y.), and Onyinyechi Ibeneche (Lagos, Nigeria); and sophomore Joshua Mathews (Syracuse, N.Y.) represented the NSBE at Clarkson Chapter at the national conference. Atkins was also elected Upstate Zone Chair during a Region One meeting in Dallas.

The Clarkson chapter is extremely active on campus, organizing study-a-thons and professional development workshops; sponsoring cultural awareness activities; hosting speakers and corporate receptions to initiate professional networking; and participating in community fundraisers. The chapter also partners with the University chapters of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Professional Women, and the Society of Women Engineers on programs of mutual interest, including the National Engineers Week Design Competition.

Last November, two students and a student team from NSBE at Clarkson received top awards at the Region One Fall Conference in Boston. Clarkson juniors Dionne Dixon and Onyinyechi Ibeneche received first-place and third-place awards, respectively, in the Undergraduate Students in Technical Research competition. They represented Region One at the national competition. The NSBE at Clarkson Step Team took home third-place honors.

To meet NSBE’s objectives of developing student interest in technical and scientific disciplines, the national organization sponsors high school and junior high school outreach programs, a national communications network, conferences and career fairs, and supports the efforts of local chapters.

Five professional societies, including NSBE at Clarkson, are part of the University’s Pipeline Programs and Academic Success office, which provides academic, cultural and social support for underrepresented students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. By integrating efforts at the pre-collegiate, undergraduate, and graduate levels, it assists African American, Hispanic, and Native American students as well as some economically disadvantaged or first-generation college students. Using a series of programs, pathways and partnerships, Pipeline connects a variety of institutional resources.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers 2003-2004 executive officers. Bottom row (left to right): Dionne Dixon, academic excellence chair, and Trish Atkins, vice president. Top row: Josh Mathews, co-treasurer, and Melissa Richards, president. Not present for photo: Jules Ngambo, publications and media chair, and Onyinyechi Ibeneche, co-treasurer.

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