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02-26-2016

Clarkson University Celebrates Grand Opening of Capital Region Campus in Schenectady

Clarkson University officially celebrated the merger of Union Graduate College (UGC) into Clarkson and the opening of Clarkson's new Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., with a Grand Opening on February 22.

Left to right:New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (District 111), Congressman Paul Tonko '71 (NY-20), Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Union Graduate College Trustee & Alumna Lauretta Chrys, and Clarkson Alumni Association President-Elect Mark Greene '77.The celebration, adjacent to the Capital Region Campus, attracted nearly 400 students, friends and alumni of both institutions.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins emceed the event, which also included speakers Congressman Paul Tonko '71 (NY-20), New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (District 111), Union Graduate College Trustee & Alumna Lauretta Chrys, and Clarkson Alumni Association President-Elect Mark Greene '77, as well as many honored guests.

"There is a golden opportunity for New York State, and the Capital District Region in particular, to really become the gem of the nation's higher education institutions," said Collins. "We have such an array of talented institutions of higher education -- colleges and universities -- with everything that you could possibly want. And frankly, I see that we can be a magnet that will attract talent not just across the nation, but around the world," said Collins. "And so, for this state and this nation, this can be the gem of higher education."

"And so to everyone who's part of the higher ed community in some format, congratulations on yet another growth opportunity for the State of New York and, I would suggest, for this nation," said Tonko. "I'm reminded that when this campus -- then Clarkson College -- was begun in 1896, it was about the worker that should not be ashamed, and the pride of work, which instills the sense of mission at Clarkson. Clarkson University is a very humble foundation on which to build. When we look at our growth as a nation -- our vision of continued success, and growth, and prosperity, and productivity -- it's about capital infrastructure, physical infrastructure and -- yes -- human infrastructure. That element of the worker, the inventive mind, the innovative spirit is all the very bit of success that we need in order to go forward to compete intellectually in what is now a global marketplace. And so we rely on our higher ed institutions to make that all possible. To be able to allow for young people to dream their dreams. To be able to tether that American spirit and go forth from what their ancestors developed within them for a foundation. And so, this adoption, this coming together, this union, is going to provide for that expanded growth."

"Momentum is building in Schenectady," said Santabarbara. "It's an exciting time in Schenectady. A lot of things are happening and it's all around partnerships. And each partnership makes our community that much stronger. And certainly this partnership is going to build our community. It's going to make us stronger, offering a world-class education right here in Schenectady to the entire region. We're joining a network of 40,000. That's a huge, huge number. It's really going to make a difference for Schenectady. I'm very excited to see where it will take us next. This is exciting news for students, for businesses, and for institutions in our entire area."

"We feel so fortunate that we found such a serendipitously perfect fit with this merger with Clarkson University," said Chrys. "You know it's a university that has this strong and visionary leadership, but also an extraordinary board of trustees."

"I encourage alums and the new alums from UGC to remain active in their own learning --networking with other alums -- and to be vigilant about making introductions of Clarkson to the next generations of students, as well as the next wave of employers of Clarkson graduates," said Greene. "This includes research opportunities with faculty and ways to make our community stronger."

Collins also announced a new undergraduate scholarship for students from Schenectady.

"The DNA of Schenectady and Clarkson is a perfect match and so this is not just about graduate education. This year and going forward we are going to be awarding -- in addition to any other financial aid -- two $5,000 scholarships to high school students out of Schenectady. We want to partner with the very roots of this community and help raise people to a hope, to a life, and a future that they, perhaps, did not dream of. And those two scholarships will be named the Walter and Anne Robb Scholarships."

The scholarships are named for Anne Robb and her husband, Walter L. Robb, president of Vantage Management Inc. of Schenectady, who is a Clarkson University trustee and was a trustee at Union Graduate College. As a UGC trustee, Walter played an important role in bringing the two internationally recognized institutions together.

The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus serves as a recruiting hub for graduate and professional degree program admissions at all of the institution’s operations in New York State and online. Located at 80 Nott Terrace, it is the former Union Graduate College (UGC), and a result of UGC merging into Clarkson University on Feb. 1, 2016.

As part of this new milestone in higher education mergers, current and future students at the Capital Region Campus have also gained new value-added services, like Clarkson's Career Center, libraries, research consortiums, international opportunities, and an alumni network that is more than 40,000 strong.

Clarkson's graduate student recruitment and admissions for master's programs are based at the Capital Region Campus, which supports a growing list of graduate education opportunities throughout the state, including Clarkson's Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries in Beacon, N.Y.

The merger was approved last year by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which provides accreditation for Clarkson. The merger is unique in higher education, as both schools were in a sound fiscal position, both meeting and exceeding current enrollment targets, and both in good standing with their accrediting agencies.

The total enrollment of Clarkson is now more than 4,300 students.

See video highlights of the Grand Opening at https://youtu.be/bkDPczEvxSc.

For more information, go to: http://www.clarkson.edu/capital.

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 in Potsdam, N.Y., and Schenectady, 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 more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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: Clarkson University officially celebrated the merger of Union Graduate College into Clarkson and the opening of Clarkson's new Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., with a Grand Opening on February 22. Speakers at the event included (left to right) New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (District 111), Congressman Paul Tonko '71 (NY-20), Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Union Graduate College Trustee & Alumna Lauretta Chrys, and Clarkson Alumni Association President-Elect Mark Greene '77.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/crc-grand-opening.jpg.]

[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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