Finishing What He Started
When Ed Hayes ’12 first came to Clarkson, he spent one
year on campus before he decided to enter the Air Force.
An honorably discharged veteran, he returned to Clarkson
to finish what he started — a B.S. in environmental health
Joining the Air Force proved to be a great hands-on
experience for Hayes, in the field of environmental health
science, as he performed air and noise sampling to ensure
compliance with the EPA in accordance with Air Force
Back at Clarkson, Hayes continued this research,
working with Professors Alan Rossner and Michelle Crimi
on an indoor air quality exposure assessment related to
Hayes is now working with employees at a nearby Alcoa
plant as part of a federally funded internship through Yale
University on noise pollution and its effects on hearing
loss. In June, he received a Best Student Poster Presentation
Award at the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s
AIHA) 2012 conference for his research.
A 28.5 percent return.
Pretty impressive. Especially when you consider that the investment group is
composed entirely of college students.
The return was also high enough to earn a Clarkson team of nine undergraduate
and graduate business students fourth place in the first annual Adirondack Cup
Investment Competition, in which college teams competed against each other over six
months to build and grow a small cap portfolio of stocks.
Students from 18 colleges and universities
across the Northeast participated in the competition,
managing a hypothetical small cap portfolio of stocks
valued at $1 million each, while benefitting from the
knowledge and experience of professional portfolio
All of the top-five teams handily beat the Russell
Index, which measures the performance of small
cap stocks in the U.S.; the index had a return of 15.7
percent for the period.
The competition is sponsored by the Adirondack
Small Cap Mutual Fund (ADKSX), a Guilderland,
N.Y.-based mutual fund.
Investment group members with faculty mentor and School of
Business Professor Allan Zebedee. Front row (l-r): George Pettee,
Alex Cauwels and Khoa Nguyen. Middle row: Matt Gammariello,
Chelsea Whiteman, Daniel Matthews and Allan Zebedee (advisor).
Back row: Justin White. Missing: Nate Hazen and Kylie Reid.
Ed Hayes ’12
l) Former Ugandan child soldier and founder of Friends of Orphans
Richard “Ricky” Anywar meets with Clarkson students in Uganda in May.
Two months later, Anywar traveled to Clarkson to speak on “Rebuilding a
War-Ravaged Community in Northern Uganda” and met with students and
School of Business Professor Augustine Lado.
Clarkson and Friends of Orphans Collaborate on
Radio Station Project
By Christopher Robbins
Clarkson students are helping Richard “Ricky” Anywar, a former
Ugandan child soldier and founder of Friends of Orphans, establish a
radio station in the northern town of Pader.
The project combines the tec nical exper ise of Clarkson professors
and students with the humanitarian efforts of an ex-child soldier.
In May, a group of Clarkson students visited Kenya and Uganda
with Augustine A. Lado, the Richard C. ’55 and Joy M. Dorf Chair in
Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as part of the School of Business’
global business programs. In addition to learning about micro-
business development and industry in these African countries, the
students traveled to Pader to meet with Anywar.
The students have already investigated the economic viability of
the radio station but will also assist in some of the technical aspects
of the project.
Lado, who grew up in Uganda, said Clarkson students and faculty
would play an ongoing role in studying and providing content to the
Anywar said the village has few services. “In Pader, we have bad
roads,” he said. “Electricity just came last year. There is no running
water, and communications are poor. I am planning to set up the
radio station to bridge the gap.”
The area also was hit hard by civil war between the Ugandan
government and the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony. “The
LRA stayed there for a long time because it was so remote,” Anywar
said. “They committed many atrocities.”
Lado said a community radio station would serve as a resource to the people in the region. “The focus
is on producing local content and disseminating information to the community, critical information,
education, economics, business, all aspects that make a community viable.”
Anywar said the station would also help the conflict’s victims tell their stories. “The radio station will
help to amplify the voices of the displaced people in northern Uganda,” he said. “It will help them share
Friends of Orphans is a humanitarian group dedicated to rehabilitating and reintegrating former child soldiers.
A version of this story first ran in
The Watertown Daily Times
on July 25, 2012.
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