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12-05-2014

North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee Recognizes Clarkson University

In a recent ceremony, the North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee recognized Clarkson University for its continued support of the committee, and the military and veterans in the North Country.

The North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee recently recognized Clarkson University for its continued support of the committee, and the military and veterans in the North Country. Above, committee members present the fine art print Reflections to Clarkson President Tony Collins to thank the University for its contributions and support of the annual Veterans Appreciation Day. Left to right: Committee chair Brandon Kelly, committee members Patrick Rourk and William Murphy; Collins; committee members John Saucier and Canadian U.S. Army Veteran Richard Vinet; Clarkson Vice President for External Relations Kelly Chezum; and committee member Amanda Hitterman.During the event, the committee presented Clarkson President Tony Collins with a fine art print titled "Reflections" to thank the University for its contributions and support of the annual Veterans Appreciation Day, which, this year, paid special tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War. The artwork, by realist painter Lee Teter, depicts a veteran visiting panels 29 and 30 on the East wall side of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee also presented Collins with a donation of $2,500 in support of the new Veterans Services Office being created at Clarkson.

The committee also expressed its appreciation to the University for recently becoming a signatory to the “8 Keys to Veterans Success,” a voluntary initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.

The result of collaboration at an interagency gathering of more than 100 education experts, the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success”  include creating a culture of connectedness on campus, coordinating and centralizing campus efforts for all veterans, collaborating with local communities and organizations to align services and supports for veterans, implementing an early alert system, utilizing a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information relating to veteran students (i.e., retention and degree completion), and developing systems to ensure sustainability of effective practices.

"Our committee is honored and privileged to be working with Clarkson University to help our veterans," said North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee chair Brandon Kelly. "The University continues to be a leader and this commitment to veterans speaks volumes to the community and our military personnel."

"We are humbled to accept this recognition and generous contribution from the North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "As I have said before, Clarkson University is totally committed to enabling our veterans and service members to reach their education and career goals. It is truly an honor to show our gratitude to the men and women who ensure our freedoms and liberties every day."

The committee is currently working on ideas for future events and also looking at the possibility of establishing local scholarships for veterans to attend Clarkson.

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 North Country Veterans Appreciation Committee recently recognized Clarkson University for its continued support of the committee, and the military and veterans in the North Country. Above, committee members present the fine art print "Reflections" to Clarkson President Tony Collins to thank the University for its contributions and support of the annual Veterans Appreciation Day. Left to right: Committee chair Brandon Kelly, committee members Patrick Rourk and William Murphy; Collins; committee members John Saucier and Canadian U.S. Army Veteran Richard Vinet; Clarkson Vice President for External Relations Kelly Chezum; and committee member Amanda Hitterman.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/veterans-appreciation.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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