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Clarkson University Convocation Lecture Will Relate to Bestseller Three Cups of Tea

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U.S. Army Major Dennis Sugrue will deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture as Clarkson University celebrates the start of the 2010-2011 academic year with a convocation on Monday, August 23, at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena. This event is free and open to the public.dsugrue

Sugrue’s presentation will complement this year’s required first-year student reading, the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

Immediately after the convocation, Clarkson students will present displays and demonstrations of tea ceremonies from Africa, the Middle East, India, China and Japan.

Major Sugrue, an engineer, served with the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., from 2004-2007. Deployed to northeastern Afghanistan as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom," he utilized his engineering skills to help create a robust and sustainable civil development program that addressed humanitarian concerns in Kunar and Nuristan Provinces.

Civil work projects he focused on developed water resources, improved road networks and delivered electricity to remote villages.

During his presentation, Sugrue will focus on his time in northeastern Afghanistan in 2006-2007 and discuss the challenges of development in developing nations, including those unique to combat zones.

Sugrue is currently on a three-year assignment teaching environmental engineering at West Point.

He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in geological engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and an M.S.E. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and New York.

The Kenneth J. and Irla Van Sickle Endowed Lectureship was established in 1992 through generous bequests from the estates of Kenneth and Irla Van Sickle of Shortsville, N.Y. The Van Sickles shared interests in photography, gardening, nature and stamp collecting. During their long and active lives, the Van Sickles were dedicated to hard work, placing great value on education, particularly higher education.

For more information, please contact Christina Lesyk, director of university events, at 315-268-6425.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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

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