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Clarkson Students Provide Tutoring Services at Evergreen Park Housing Complex in Potsdam

For the past two years, Clarkson University has been involved in an after school tutor/mentoring program for the Potsdam Housing Authority at Evergreen Park, a family housing complex in the Village of Potsdam. The Clarkson students help K-12 students living at Evergreen perform better in school.

The program is going very well, says Nancy Orologio, executive director of the Potsdam Housing Authority and a Clarkson alumna. "The Clarkson students are fabulous. The children really look up to these guys and everyone has established a nice bond. We found a computer-written note from one of the little girls to one, thanking him for the help in her homework, where she specifically listed the classes she has improved in."

The Clarkson students tutor a range of fifth graders to high school-age students. They help them with their homework and projects, as well as tutor them in classes they are having trouble in.

Last semester the Clarkson tutors were senior Brian Greene, a mechanical engineering major from Latham, N.Y., senior Robert "RJ" DuBois, an interdisciplinary engineering and management major from Bow, N.H., and sophomore Alejandro Cadenas, a supply chain management and political science major from Compton, Calif.

Greene graduated from Clarkson in December. "We will miss Brian and wish him well," says Orologio. "He said he would stop by on his last day to spend the afternoon with these kids and did. I tell you this because I see a lot of character in him. I didn't realize the bond he had made with these kids and his last afternoon here in Potsdam was with them!"

Joining DuBois and Cadenas as tutors this semester are senior Daniel Ryan, a financial information analysis major from East Aurora, N.Y., and, returning from last year, junior Nathan LaValley, an interdisciplinary engineering and management major from Ellenburg Depot, N.Y.

The tutor/mentoring program is part of Clarkson's community service job requirement for participating in the Federal Work Study Program. The Clarkson student tutors work under the Student Administrative Services department's literacy program.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

For more information or if you are a student interested in tutoring at Evergreen Park, please contact Peggy Jarvis at or at 315-268-7644.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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