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Clarkson University Presents Woodstock Award to Two Young Alumni

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Siren R. Chudgar received his bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering with great distinction in 1996, receiving the Levinus Clarkson Award given for scholastic achievement and promise of an outstanding professional future. Chudgar wasClarkson University Presents Woodstock Award to Two Young Alumni awarded a doctor of medicine from Upstate Medical University at Syracuse in 2000. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in family practice in June 2003. Today, Chudgar is a family physician at the Capital Care Medical Group in Schenectady, N.Y., and is affiliated with Ellis Hospital in Schenectady as a Physicians Advisor for case management and social work services.

Tracy E. Nolan-Bednarski received her bachelor of science degree in marketing and management information systems from Clarkson University in 1986. By 1994, Nolan-Bednarski was president and chief operating officer of Rochester Retail Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., leading the company to record sales. In 1995, she joined Frontier Cellular as retail manager to bring consumer retailing to the wireless industry. Nolan-Bednarski became vice president of sales in 1998. When Frontier Cellular was acquired by Bell Atlantic Mobile (and became Verizon Wireless), Nolan-Bednarski was responsible for leading this new company through the transition period following the merger as it went from a separately operated company to becoming a part of the largest wireless carrier in the nation. In 2002, she became president of Verizon wireless for the Illinois/Wisconsin Region.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Two Clarkson University alumni were honored recently with the Woodstock Award, which honors young alumni who have demonstrated loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

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