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Alden Trust Donates $150,000 to Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Program

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The George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass., has awarded Clarkson University a gift of $150,000 for the University’s award-winning Digital Arts & Sciences Program (DA&S).

A frame from Marty’s Night, a 3D Digital Animation by Mike Ledda '10, inspired by his experiences during his time in college.Though the program is only five years old, the gift represents a major vote of confidence that Clarkson’s vision for 21st century education is headed in the right direction. 

"The George I. Alden Trust has been a long-time supporter of Clarkson’s mission of integrating technology into the undergraduate classroom, and the trust's latest gift to benefit our highly acclaimed Digital Arts and Sciences Program helps underwrite the program’s aim to integrate technology and science into the arts," says Clarkson President Tony Collins.

The gift is specifically directed toward improvement of the program’s facilities and the purchase of new equipment, both of which will foster a stronger hands-on experience for Clarkson students who will learn art and design in a state-of-the-art studio space.

Since 2010, the DA&S program has received two national awards: the Innovative Program Award (given to a single program by the International Digital Media and Arts Association) and Top-50 Game Design Program by the Princeton Review.

The 2011 fall semester will see the largest number of incoming DA&S freshman to date, growing the program’s enrollment to over 60 students. Assistant Professor Dave Beck has directed the program for the past four years, and has overseen the evolution of the program. 

“As we outgrow our roots of being a small entity on campus, both Clarkson and organizations like the Alden Trust are recognizing and supporting the potential for success that can be achieved by utilizing both sides of the brain," says Beck.

The DA&S Program is an interdisciplinary major like no other in the country, featuring a curriculum comprising an equal number of classes between the visual arts and the sciences.

The major delivers a foundation in the digital arts, including areas like 3D modeling and animation, interactive design, graphic and web design, and video, as well as a foundation in computer science and mathematics, such as programming for video games, virtual reality, physics, and imaging-based math courses.

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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: A frame from Marty’s Night, a 3D digital animation by digital arts & sciences major Mike Ledda '10, inspired by his experiences during his time in college.

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