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06-09-2015

Clarkson University Higher Education Opportunity Program Honors Student Leadership, Plants Tree on Campus

The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (AOE HEOP) commemorated the class of 2015 with a new tree on campus.

HEOP plants tree on campus.The HEOP students planted a maple tree on Holcroft Hill this spring to celebrate the graduating seniors. Erin Cook, assistant director of HEOP at Clarkson, said they plan to continue this tradition by planting a new tree on campus every year for each class.

"We feel that planting a tree will encourage our students to always remember their roots at Clarkson," she said. "This tree symbolizes our continuous effort and commitment to build and serve our community, promote a strong alumni connection and promote growth and prosperity for our incoming students."

HEOP also recognized the outstanding leadership and service of their students with three new awards.

The HEOP Involvement Award was presented to Benjamin Onyejuruwa '15 of Bronx, N.Y., and the runner up was Ai Lian Lin '16 of Brooklyn, N.Y. This award recognizes students who are consistent volunteering for or attending HEOP activities, promote good ambassadorship of the program, make an effort to develop underclassmen and work toward reforming the program.

HEOP celebrates student leadership and service.The Leadership Involvement award was presented to Tai-Symone Rackley '15 of Albany, N.Y., and the runner up was Jamie Griffin '17 of Bronx, N.Y. This award honors students who attended unique conferences, workshops and seminars, and students who should be appreciated for their leadership and commitment to campus for consistently representing a program, club or activity.

The Exceptional Service Leader award was presented to Kelly Chen '16 of Elmhurst, N.Y., and the runner up was Oumar Ly '17 of Brooklyn, N.Y. This award lauds students who volunteered outside of HEOP and made an effort to develop the community and improve society.

"What we love the most about AOE HEOP is the fact that we can pick out students that might have been overlooked, give them a chance at Clarkson University, and then support them for their entire college experience," Cook said. "We took our whole purpose and goal into consideration when choosing our award recipients because we have such an amazing group to work with. Our students truly embody the values aligned with each award, and we are so proud of them."

The Clarkson University Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Program is funded jointly by the University and New York State Department of Education. AOE HEOP provides a broad range of services to students who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution. The program’s initiative is all about providing opportunity for students.

AOE HEOP thanks Willow Tree Florist & Landscaping in Potsdam, N.Y., for providing the maple tree for the ceremony.

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 the health professions, 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: The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (AOE HEOP) commemorated the class of 2015 with a new tree on campus. Back row, left to right: Nick Pietricola '15 of Fulton, N.Y.; Tai-Symone Rackley '15 of Albany, N.Y.; Faraz Qureshi '15 of Flushing, N.Y.; Irving Jimenez '15 of New York, N.Y.; and Cleann Davis '15 of Rochester, N.Y. Front row, left to right: Pablo Colon '15 of New York, N.Y.; Chasity Nunez '15 of Bronx, N.Y.; Devon McKnight '15 of Bronx, N.Y.; and Katherine Flores '15 of Bronx, N.Y.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (AOE HEOP) recognized the outstanding leadership and service of their students with an awards ceremony. From left to right: Benjamin Onyejuruwa '15 of Bronx, N.Y.; Tai-Symone Rackley '15 of Albany, N.Y.; Kelly Chen '16 of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Ai Lian Lin '16 of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Oumar Ly '17 of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Jamie Griffin '17 of Bronx, N.Y.

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

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