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Kevin Lobdell Receives Top Clarkson University Award for Young Alumni

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Kevin A. Lobdell of Potsdam, N.Y., assistant director for student life for the Clarkson School and Clarkson University Honors Program, has received the Woodstock Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Kevin A. Lobdell, and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

Lobdell received his bachelor of science degree with honors double majoring in the e-business: supply chain management track and business and the technology management: human resource management track from Clarkson in 2006. 

While at Clarkson, Lobdell worked for Residence Life as a resident advisor and Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide. He was also active an active member of the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA), Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO), Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he served as president, Class of 2006 president, and was inducted into Phalanx. 

Upon graduation, Lobdell accepted a position as a functional analyst at a small software company where he decided he wanted to pursue a career in higher education administration. With plans of going to graduate school, Lobdell took an interim position at Clarkson in student affairs during the spring and summer of 2007.  

Lobdell entered a master’s program in higher education administration at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2007. While at UConn, Lobdell had a graduate assistantship in Fraternity and Sorority Life where he advised the Multi-cultural Greek Council, Order of Omega, and the Greek Week Management team and he led the development and launch of a chapter accreditation program for the 30 fraternities and sororities on campus.

Lobdell did internships in the UConn School of Business undergraduate programs advising office and the Department of Residential Life Housing Services office. During the summer of 2008, Lobdell did an internship at Cornell University serving as the summer session residence director. Lobdell was a recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s Gerald Saddlemire master’s research award for his project that looked at communication between student affairs personnel, first-year students, and their parents.

Once Lobdell graduated from UConn in 2009, he began his professional career in higher education at St. Lawrence University as a residential coordinator for one year before coming back to Clarkson. Currently, he serves as assistant director for student life with the Clarkson School and Honors Program. In this capacity, he oversees all student life components for both programs including orientation, residential theme housing, community building, honors summer research, and alumni engagement, to name a few.

Lobdell joined the Clarkson Alumni Council in the fall of 2009 as a member of the alumni services committee. He took on additional responsibilities as the fundraising chair for the alumni gateway sub-committee through that project’s completion in the fall of 2010. Currently Lobdell is serving as the North Country Alumni Association chapter president and is a member of the Alumni Mentor Program sub-committee. 

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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: Kevin A. Lobdell of Potsdam, N.Y., has received the Woodstock Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University. Left to right: Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Lobdell, and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.

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