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NYS Sen. Joseph Griffo & Clarkson University Pres. Tony Collins Announce $1.4 Million Matching Grant for New Student Center

Potsdam, N.Y. -- New York State Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome) and Clarkson President Tony Collins today announced that the University was one of 33 institutions across the state to be included in the new Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program (HE Cap) in the recently enacted '08-'09 State Budget. Clarkson will receive a $1.4 million matching grant for construction of its new Student Center. Institutions in the program must raise $3 of non-state funds for every $1 they receive from the State for construction.

We are thrilled at the news delivered by Senator Griffo and gratefully acknowledge his instrumental role in securing this tangible win-win for our region and Clarkson University, said Collins.

This program leverages private resources raised for capital projects by higher education institutions and in turn stimulates the local economy through the creation of new construction jobs, he added. "The combined impact of these investments makes our educational enterprise more competitive and augments the initiatives we are undertaking across the board to attract and retain students. Like Senator Griffo, we are committed to making our region a premier place to learn and live."

It's a wise investment in our local economy as it will create a variety of jobs for our region, improve our environment, and enhance our education choices, he added. "We are fortunate to have an institution of Clarkson's reputation and vision focused on providing new and relevant educational opportunities to the area, as well as contributing to the well-being of the entire North Country community."

Clarkson will select an architectural firm later this month to design the new Student Center and plans to begin construction adjacent to its Schuler Educational Resource Center next summer. The University is pushing firms to identify proven and emerging green technologies and incorporate them into the final design and construction, so the new student center will be built to LEED specifications, like the Technology Advancement Center now under construction on Clarkson's hill campus.

The Clarkson University Student Association has been actively working with the University administration to develop a comprehensive needs assessment for services and function space within the new facility and has designated a portion of its student activities fees to go toward the project over the next 10 years. Alumni and friends of the institution are also coalescing around the project and recognize its importance to strengthening the learning-living community and appeal for students.

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.

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

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