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Clarkson University Alumni Dibble and Castronova to Serve as Clarkson Fund Co-chairs

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Clarkson University alumni Eric P. Dibble, class of 1981, and Amy E. Castronova, class of 2004, will serve as the new co-chairs of the Clarkson Fund. Dibble and Castronova will work with the University to develop new strategies to increase alumni participation and unrestricted gifts raised in support of the Clarkson Fund.

Clarkson University alumni Eric P. Dibble and Amy E. Castronova“I am excited to serve with Amy as Clarkson Fund co-chair, “said Dibble. “ Our alma mater continues to undergo a remarkable transformation and is making significant investments in the future. I look forward to working with the Alumni Association to build alumni pride and support of the principal source of aid for current and future students, the Clarkson Fund.”

“I am looking forward to expressing my gratitude and giving in a new way, as co-chair of the Clarkson Fund,” said Castronova. “The University and campus have evolved tremendously in the short time since I enrolled and it is very exciting to be a part of its growth. The Clarkson Fund provides an immediate impact to today’s students through scholarships, financial aid, technology, laboratory equipment, athletics, and more -- a critical component to Clarkson’s growth that is instantly gratifying.”

The Clarkson Fund, the University’s unrestricted annual giving program, provides opportunities for alumni to support their alma mater at all giving levels. Unrestricted gifts to the Clarkson Fund help provide necessary resources that make an immediate impact upon today’s students so that they can receive the best possible education.

In 2010-2011, more than 5,000 alumni, parents and friends contributed more than $2.4 million -- an all-time Clarkson Fund record.

“This is the first time we have had co-chairs for the Clarkson Fund," said Marcell Mallette, director of the Clarkson Fund. "Individually, they bring unique alumni and donor perspectives. Together, their combined enthusiasm and commitment to their alma mater is unparalleled. What a winning combination!”

Dibble is a senior manager of printed circuit engineering and operations at Lockheed Martin.

Dibble, who will serve as the liaison between the Alumni Council and the Clarkson Fund, has been an active member of the Alumni Association for many years. He has served as a regional phonathon volunteer, class reunion activities chair, member of the board of governors, reunion giving chair, and member-at-large and president of the Alumni Association.

During his time as association vice president and president from 2006 to 2010, the Alumni Council implemented multiple initiatives, including 100 percent Alumni Council participation in the Clarkson Fund, re-establishment and growth of a homecoming tradition, and the inception, creation and implementation of the Alumni Gateway.

In recognition of his commitment and leadership to his alma mater, Dibble received the Woodstock Award in 1996, the Charlie Ehrlich Admissions Award in 2010 and the Golden Knight Award in 2011. 

Dibble received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Clarkson and an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering at Lehigh University. While a student at Clarkson, he was a member of the residence life staff, serving as a resident advisor and resident director. Dibble resides in Endwell, N.Y., and has two daughters, Jessica and Melissa.

Castronova is president and owner of Novatek Communications Inc., a technical communications company that helps medical device manufacturers launch new medical devices, with content for documentation and learning.

As a University trustee, Castronova will serve as liaison between the Clarkson Fund and the board of trustees institutional advancement committee. She serves on several trustee committees, including trusteeship, alumni, health & wellness, student affairs and marketing. Prior to becoming a trustee, Castronova was a member of the Clarkson Alumni Council and served as an alumni admission volunteer for the Leadership and Achievement Mentor Program.

In 2009, she received the Woodstock Award. She received a B.S. in interdisciplinary engineering & management from Clarkson with a minor in professional communications. While at Clarkson, Castronova was a member of the women’s club ice hockey and soccer teams. She was also president of Delta Zeta sorority and a member of Phalanx Honor Society. Castronova resides in Webster, N.Y.

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: Clarkson University alumni Eric P. Dibble (left) and Amy E. Castronova will serve as the new co-chairs of the Clarkson Fund.

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