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Clarkson University Bestows Top Young Alumni Award on Four Graduates

Carolyn R. Orth of Boston, Mass., John F. Brusa Jr. of Solvay, N.Y., Kerry S. Burke of Washington, D.C., and Laura A. Fahey of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.

Woodstock Awards 2015Given 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.

Carolyn R. Orth

Carolyn R. Orth, promotions coordinator for Harpoon Brewery, received her bachelor of science degree in business and technology management, communication and Areté (double major in liberal arts & business) from Clarkson in 2010. While an undergraduate, Orth earned the Clarkson Commendable Leadership Award and was inducted into Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary leadership society.

Upon graduation, Orth joined IBM Global Business Services in their Consulting by Degrees program, a two-year rotational assignment. In her consulting role, she worked with clients in the energy & utilities sector, as well as the financial sector. Once she completed the program, Orth was promoted to senior consultant.

After more than two years with IBM, she chose to pursue a different path by working for a small company. She accepted a position at Harpoon Brewery in Boston to conceptualize and implement Harpoon’s inaugural field marketing "Road Trip" team, creating marketing opportunities for brand engagement programs. Orth successfully supervised a team that implemented this program throughout the East Coast. Currently, she specializes in sponsorship management and digital marketing.

Orth has been an active member of the Clarkson community since her freshman year and now serves as president of the Boston alumni chapter, where she designs and executes new alumni programs. She also serves as an Alumni Leadership Board member and is a freshman business virtual mentor.   

Originally from Owego, N.Y., she now resides in Boston.

Kerry S. Burke

Kerry S. Burke, partner in the securities and capital markets group at Covington & Burling, received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1995.

In 1998, Burke earned a juris doctor, magna cum laude, at Boston University School of Law. After graduation, she worked as an associate at Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston focusing on corporate and securities transactions.

Burke earned a master of laws in 2001 from Cambridge University, focusing on international business transactions. After graduation, she worked in Weil’s London office, assisting with cross border transactional work. Burke moved to Covington & Burling’s Washington, D.C., office in 2002, where she now is a partner in the securities and capital markets group.

Over the course of her career, Burke has garnered extensive success in helping companies -- ranging from development stage ventures to large public issuers, as well as underwriters and other institutional investors -- in private and public debt and equity financings. She has advised on private and public securities offerings, including the issuance of first mortgage bonds, senior notes, "fading lien" bonds and tax-exempt bonds. She is a frequent speaker on securities and corporate governance topics.

Burke has assisted with a variety of pro bono legal projects, including counseling a large museum on its outstanding debt instruments. She also serves on Clarkson’s Engineering Advisory Council.  

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Burke resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Larry, and their daughter.

John F. Brusa Jr.

John Brusa Jr., senior vice president of solid waste at Barton & Loguidice, received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, from Clarkson in 1995.

Brusa is a senior vice president at Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. (B&L), which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. He joined B&L as a Clarkson intern and has been with the firm ever since. At B&L, Brusa manages the firm’s solid waste management division with a focus on environmentally sound waste disposal, recycling, organics management, sustainable practices and the generation of renewable energy from waste.

As a licensed professional engineer in five states, Brusa has worked on permitting, design and construction projects throughout the eastern United States. In New York State, he has been involved with 11 landfill gas to energy projects which produce more than 43 megawatts of electricity, powering more than 40,000 homes.

Brusa assists with B&L’s recruiting efforts and routinely participates in the Clarkson University Career Fair. He developed the firm’s project management training program and also participates in the firm’s mentoring program where he assists young staff with their professional development.

Brusa is a graduate of the American Society of Engineering Companies New York Leadership Institute. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a board member of the New York State Tire Derived Aggregate Technical Advisory Board spearheaded through the University of Buffalo. In 2013, Brusa was elected to the board of the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management where he serves as the chair of the education committee and is the New York State Education Department Continuing Education Coordinator.

Brusa donates his time to Clarkson’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, where he assists with teaching applied solid waste management in the fall semester.

John and his wife, Joanne (Newton) ’95, are active Clarkson alumni and have served as co-reunion chairs for their class on multiple occasions. They reside in Solvay, N.Y., with their five children.

Laura A. Fahey

Laura A. Fahey, physical therapist of occupational rehabilitation at U.S. Healthworks, received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Clarkson in 2000. She received a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2003 and completed Clarkson’s doctorate of physical therapy degree in 2007.

After completing her master’s degree, Fahey and four of her physical therapy classmates traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to volunteer at the 2003 Special Olympics World Games. Upon their return, they received a commendation from Sen. Hillary Clinton for their volunteer efforts. Fahey has continued to volunteer with the Special Olympics and served as the state coordinator for the Healthy Athletes FUNfitness initiative in Virginia from 2005 to 2008. She’s volunteered in local, state, national and international games and will volunteer at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles in 2015.

Fahey began her physical therapy career in Fredericksburg, Va., at Fredericksburg Orthopedic Associates. Laura has worked in many areas of physical therapy, including skilled nursing, private practice and outpatient orthopedics. She now works in Pomona, Calif., for U.S. HealthWorks in occupational rehabilitation.

Fahey has worked to reinvigorate the Southern California Clarkson alumni chapters since becoming chapter president in 2012. She remains an avid supporter of the Clarkson volleyball program and was honored in 2014 as the inaugural recipient of the Marilyn Johnson Award of Program Stewardship.

She resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with husband, Seamus '00, '02.

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: From left to right, Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Carolyn R. Orth, promotions coordinator for Harpoon Brewery; John F. Brusa Jr., senior vice president of solid waste at Barton & Loguidice; Laura A. Fahey, physical therapist of occupational rehabilitation at U.S. Healthworks; and Clarkson University Alumni Association President Kevin Cunningham. (Not pictured: Kerry S. Burke, partner in the securities and capital markets group at Covington & Burling.)

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