Alumni Magazine Fall 2016 - page 18-19

Fall 2016
Fall 2016
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Corrosion Control and Surface Finishing:
Environmentally Friendly Approaches
By Dana M. Barry ’74 and Hideyuki Kanematsu
Springer Japan
The textbook aims to let university students know
and learn the concept of environmental friendliness
and its relation to surface treatment products based
on the fundamental knowledge about conventional
corrosion control and surface finishing. It will be
used most effectively with subjects such as surface
science, surface engineering, mechanical materials,
etc. for those studying mechanical engineering,
materials engineering and chemical engineering.
in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s
By Ajay Major ’13 (UGC) and Aleena Paul ’13 (UGC)
Pager Publications Inc.
The book is a compendium of peer-edited
narratives written and edited by medical students
on humanism, real-life patients and the challenges
of being a physician-in-training. It is designed as a
resource guide for medical students and educators
interested in the medical humanities.
After 36 years in Student Life and Alumni Relations,
Steve Newkofsky, Dean of Students and Lifetime Engagement,
did something few of his Clarkson colleagues, students and
alumni friends could imagine.
He announced his retirement.
People always ask ‘How did you manage to stay here for 30+ years?’
Not to be cliché but it really was the community. The students. The alumni,
the faculty and the staff.
I always say that I have had the two best jobs on the campus: working with
the students and working with our alumni.
Steve Newkofsky
How it All Started.
I came on board as associate dean of students in 1980.
I did that for a long time and I eventually became the dean of students.
Then, when Tony Collins became president in 2003, he asked if I would help
him engage our alumni. I had nearly 25 years of experience with the alumni, as
I had known many of them as students. So I moved over there for 10 years and
then drifted back to where it all started, on the student side.
There’s an Energy You Get.
Working with students keep you on your toes. You learn things from them. And they
learn from you as well —you hope. There’s an energy I get from interacting with
students every day, understanding their concerns, and supporting their drive
to succeed at Clarkson.
I look back and can honestly say that I made a difference with some of
those kids. That makes me very happy.
Different Times. Different Challenges.
Have the students changed over the years with each generation? Of course.
Each cohort brings its own sorts of issues as does the world. Society
and culture change and that has an impact on each generation. We can affix
different terms — Millennials, Gen X, Gen Y — and we can certainly identify
some universal characteristics that apply to each group. But really it is just the
march of time. Different times bring different challenges.
The “Newker Nation.”
That’s a term someone came up with in the Alumni Office to refer to a segment
of our alumni from 1980 and onward who I first knew as students. And of
course, I have a special affinity for these folks.
It’s always great to see your former students when they return. I get to see
them as spouses, as parents, as employees or employers. That’s fun for me. I
enjoy seeing the personal and professional turns their lives have taken.
A Foundation for Engagement.
I am proud of the work we did with our alumni, the improvements to
communications, the chapter development and the relationships we forged
with departments like the Career Center.
We laid a very strong foundation for engagement. Now, Teresa Planty and
her team are doing a fabulous job of moving it all forward.
Thirty-six years is a long time. For a position you always enjoyed. For a
place you always loved coming to. I’ll miss it.
1980 – 1999
Associate Dean of Students
1999 – 2003
Dean of Students
2003 – 2013
Associate VP of Alumni Realtions
2013 – 2016
Dean of Students and Lifetime Engagement
Teaching with Inquiry Sourcebook
By Catherine Snyder (CRC), Mary Eads, Sean O’Connell and Richard Lasselle ’85
Teacher’s Discovery
The Inquiry Learning Model allows students to understand the fundamental facts of history,
while simultaneously developing larger conceptual standards. The lessons and the model
described in this book allow teachers to teach fundamental facts and concepts as well
as critical thinking, cooperation and communication skills through an authentic inquiry
approach. Each lesson is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the
College, Career and Civic Life National Social Studies Standards (C3 Standards).
Roadside Survivors: Historic Milestones on the old Turnpikes and
Post Roads of the Northeast
By David H. LeRoy ’62
David H. LeRoy
This unique book is the result of LeRoy’s 40-year quest to locate milestones, tombstone-like
signs placed at one-mile intervals along roads during the late 1700s and early 1800s to
inform a traveler of the distance between towns along that road. The messages were cut into
the stone and were cryptic, usually using a single letter to abbreviate a town and the letter
“M” to abbreviate miles. The locations of over 400 milestones are carefully recorded with
more than 200 color photographs.
Project Risk Management: A Practical
Implementation Approach
By Michael M. Bissonette ’79
Project Management Institute
A solid understanding of risk management is
a vital component of any project management
professional’s training. In his book, Bissonette
not only provides insights into the best ways
to implement the traditional techniques of risk
management, but also explores innovative new
methods that can help modern organizations
build their culture, improve financial performance
and ultimately achieve greater success in all of
their projects.
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