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08-08-2016

Clarkson University's Small Recognized by Women's Council

Mary Margaret Small, director of educational partnerships at Clarkson University in the Shipley Center for Innovation, recently was recognized as a trailblazer at the Upstate Women's Leadership Council's “Ladies Who Lead” event.

Mary Margaret SmallNearly 200 people from throughout central and northern New York gathered at SUNY Oswego, earlier this summer, to hear the inspiring personal stories from women leaders about their successes. Formed last year by New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and other local trailblazers, the council aims to create more opportunities for women.

“One of the parts of the Upstate Women’s Leadership Council’s mission is to recognize leaders in our local communities who, every day, are going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Ritchie. “Dr. Mary Margaret Small is one of those people and I’m proud to be able to recognize her for the ways in which she has consistently sought to improve education opportunities for young people in our region.”

Created in 2005, Clarkson University's Office of Educational Partnerships (OEP) provides coordination and support for the growing number of educational outreach programs with regional scholars. These include teacher workshops to project-based learning in middle school classrooms, after school and summer robotics partnerships, and visits from members of professional student societies to local classrooms.

This July, high-achieving teens were able to hone their analytical and problem-solving skills in a fun-but-competitive way at the MythOlympics summer camp held on the Clarkson University campus. They tackled challenges without defined answers, drawing on teamwork and creativity to determine a solution and, true to Clarkson's motto, to “defy convention.”

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research 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 innovation with enterprise.

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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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