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Clarkson University Professor Ruth Baltus Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Sophie V. Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, today received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 115th Commencement.

The degree was awarded "for her successful, career-long effort to pioneer innovative research for a changing global marketplace, and her personal commitment to developing the next generation of technology leaders."

Vandebroek offered the class of 2008 two pieces of advice. The first was to always look for the opportunity, no matter how challenging a situation is. "My favorite proverb is a Chinese word," said Vandebroek. "It has two characters... And the two characters together say 'crisis.' But if you cover the left stroke and look really hard ... you will see 'opportunity.' And most of us... see very quickly the crisis or the danger when something bad or difficult happens to you... Look at them as opportunities. I hope such a tragic event, of course, doesn't happen to you, but no matter how big the event is, look at it as an opportunity."

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