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Clarkson University Sends Holiday Care Packages to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Clarkson University has again sent care packages to Army ROTC alumni serving the nation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Twenty-seven boxes were packed and sent out this year, which included personal care items, homemade cookies and breads, non-perishable food items, magazines, newsletters, holiday cards and "school pride" gifts such as pennants and bookstore memorabilia. overseas2010

The program is spearheaded by Military Science Department Secretary Shirley Mousaw, with support from many organizations.

The "Drop and Give Me Twenty... Bucks!" Clarkson ROTC alumni program, which generated the funds to fill and ship the boxes, and the Clarkson Guard, a University club for students who support those serving the military, were key supporters.

"We have sent out hundreds of care packages since this effort was started in 2006," says Mousaw. "The holiday boxes not only get much needed comfort items to our graduates, but they also remind them how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice during the holiday season."

Guard President Colby Sortevik, who is also an Army ROTC cadet, reached out to the community for support and says he was amazed by the overwhelming responses he received from local businesses, schools, and organizations. "Everyone I talked to was extremely eager and more than willing to help support our effort," says Sortevik.

Mousaw also offered special thanks for their contributions to alumni, the students at Potsdam Elementary School, Allen-Vanguard Inc., Dr. Gary Carr Chiropractic Care, Misty Hollow, St. Mary’s Church, SUNY Potsdam’s Potsdam Auxiliary and College Educational Services Inc. (PACES), the NY Chi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Society of Professional Women.

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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) thanks Clarkson Guard President Colby Sortevik for his group’s holiday support of alumni serving in the military overseas.

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