|Volume VIII No.4||July 2007|
CLARKSON ALUMNI UPDATES:
Dear Honors Alumni Friends,
Now that we have become the Clarkson Honors Program & School, there are changes ahead. Some Honors students have worried about the changes, wondering if I would become too busy by heading both The School and the Honors Program, if the cultures of the two organizations aren’t too different to work well together, and if the merger didn’t signal a diminished University commitment to the Honors Program. Read More...
On July 1, 2007 we officially joined The Clarkson School and became the Clarkson Honors Program & School. Our mission is to attract more top ability students to Clarkson and to increase the opportunities for enrichment, acceleration, and research early in students' careers. Read More...
A Scholarship to Honor Hayley Shen and an Ethos of Service
The students came up with a most fitting way to pay tribute to Professor Shen’s service to them and the program, a scholarship in her name to be given to a Potsdam High School student who embodies the qualities of the Honors Program. Read More...
When Professor John Moosbrugger of the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department agreed to become the Associate Director of the Honors Program, Professor Ackermann, chair of the search committee, pronounced him a homerun replacement. Read More...
Jeffrey Ward '08, a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, became the twelfth Honors Program recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship in the last eight years. Read More...
Kim and Josh were married in Syracuse on March 24, 2007. Both are currently working at Syracuse Research Systems.
Congratulations to Kirsten and Matt who were married this past spring.
Israel David McGeoch was born on January 23, 2007. Coangratulations to JD and Sara.
Congratulations to Kim and Eric on their upcoming August wedding.
Congratulations to Professor Kathleen Issen for receiving the Kristin Craig Faculty Recognition Award.
Sigmund stopped by on a visit to Clarkson. He's working for Procter and Gamble, and I wanted to ask him for a ride in the Mustang GT he had just bought. DC
"I have some good news to share. On a whim, I entered a few pieces into the Society for Technical Communication's 'International Technical Writing Competition' for students, including my final paper for Prof. Caldwell's senior Honors seminar titled 'The Rhetoric of Maps.' I looked at how maps have been used through the ages for rhetorical purposes - to show power relationships, distortion/manipulation, and other factors. They apparently liked it because it won first place in the competition." Peter also reports that he enjoys TAing at Carnegie Mellon and will start his master's project on the design of public transportation systems.
Andy was one of the guests at Kim and Josh Smith's wedding and enjoys his work and remains active in his Christian faith.
Another of the guests at Kim and Josh Smith's wedding, David reports that he is enjoying graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, where he is working on his Ph.D.
Hope stopped by to see us while visiting Clarkson for the GE Leadership Weekend for incoming students. Hope works at GE Global Research Center in Schenectady, New York. Dave Bogden and Danielle Petko also work there, making Global Research a concentration of Honors 2006 class talent.
Jonathan (JD) McGeoch:
JD joined the service and is serving as a Chaplain's Assistant in Korea. He hopes to enter a Masters of Divinity Program.
Hali sent us pictures of her haj to Mecca. She continues her graduate work at Carnegie Melon University.
We saw Adam while he was back for Clarkson graduation. He reports that he is doing well during his first year in Washington University's M.D./Ph.D. program.
Marianna reports successfully completing her first year at the University of Miami Medical School and says, "Soon I will be flying out to Japan for two weeks. I will be doing a mini 'Study abroad' program to observe Japanese physicians and work a hospital in Kagoshima. This will be the second country I have gotten to visit since starting medical school. Over my spring break I went on a service trip with CMA (Christian Medical Association) to Managua, Nicaragua for a week of mobile clinics. I am very excited about Japan and getting one more perspective on medicine." She also writes of recruiting "7 non-runners," or she says "soon to be runners," to run in the Disney half marathon this fall.
Luke stopped by to say hello after finishing his first year working on his Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming. He will do his thesis on issues associated with the power grid.
Elizabeth recently wrote to say that she had successfully completed her second year of pharmacy school and will be working at Procter and Gamble for the summer on an internship.
Onyinye recently dompleted the GE's Edison Program, but, rather than staying on an engineering track with the company, she will go to South Africa to work in marketing with GE there.
Keith Jackson and Nadeeka Yapa:
Keith and Nadeeka earned their Master's degrees from the University of Illinois and have begun work at Raytheon in Massachusetts.
Curtis recently stopped by to say good-bye. He earned his Master's working on a wind energy project with Professor Ken Visser and will begin a new job with ITT in Rochester, New York.
Victoria has just been accepted into the University of Colorado Medical School where she will begin her medical study in the fall.
Faustin has started graduate school at the University of San Francisco, pursuing a graduate degree in physics. We received a letter from him about his recent trip to China:
So there is this sacred mountain in China called Hua Shan. For some reason I got it into my head that it would be a fantastic idea to climb the mountain, sleep in a guest house somewhere near the top, and then arise before first light so as to hike to the eastern-most peak and catch the sunrise. Read More...
Jason stopped while he was recruiting at the spring Career Fair. He works for Raytheon and has been placed on a variety of projects; his specialty is testing.
Brian just accepted a job with Apple Computers in California where he also reports surfing or hiking with Faustin Carter on the weekends.
Ryan flew in from California for Kim and Josh Smith's wedding. He is still working on his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cal Tech and finds that he enjoys his teaching more than his research He won an award as an outstanding Teaching Assistant.
Kirsten Griffiths and Matt Braun:
Kirsten just finished her fourth year at UCLA and expects to earn her Ph.D. next year. She wants to have a carer that mixes policy, science, and politics. She reports that Matt still works at Raytheon and thoroughly enjoys his job.
Karen Nagy Roberg:
Karen recently sent a link to a flag-burning case she prosecuted at Yale University. For more information, check out the following web site: Flag Burning Incident
Nathan was personally touched by the recent shootings at Virginia Tech. He was in the engineering building during the time the rampage took place, and one of his professors was among the victims. Professor Shen and he recently met on her visit to Virginia Tech for a conference and had a meal and attended a session together.
Angela just sent us a postcard from China where she had toured the Great Wall, taken a 4-day Yangtze boat cruise, and seen the Terracotta Warriors. She promises a message with details of her life in the States.
Garry and his wife, Lyubov, stopped by to say hello while in town to speak at the REU at SUNY Potsdam. Garry is working on his thesis at SUNY Binghamton and expects to earn his Ph.D. in the next year or two.
In a newsy e-mail, among other things, John wrote about his new position: "I'm really enjoying working as a Stress Analyst for the new 787 composite airplane for Boeing. I don't know how I managed to get into this group (it took me a total of 4 interviews over the course of a year, each in different departments), but the position really fits. I'm working in the major-test group in charge of stress analysis of the fuselage on the full-scale static and fatigue tests."
We got a Christmas card from Tom. He is still in the Washington D.C. area working for Lockheed Martin.
Emily has returned to Potsdam with her husband who is pursuing his Ph.D. at Clarkson. Emily has just taken a job as a Clarkson Admissions Representative.
John Paige III:
John sent an e-mail reporting on his progress at the SUNY Stony Brook Medical School.
Jeremiah wrote to say, "Happy holidays. I hope you're doing well. It sounds like the Honors Program is as active and healthy as ever. I'm overdue for a trip to Potsdam. There have been a lot of changes recently in my life. Robyn (my fiancee) started her PhD at the Kennedy School at Harvard, so we relocated to Cambridge. Just last week, I defended my dissertation -- I am officially done. This spring, I'll be heading an energy project for the County of Hawaii (i.e., the Big Island) with the end goal of reducing oil use and increasing conservation and use of renewable energy. I'll be working out of Cambridge, but I'll likely travel to Hawaii every six to eight weeks. The job seems even more appealing now that cold weather has hit the Northeast!"
Briana has recently started a new job in Boston with the Capital H Group, a company that works on issues of human resources and organization effectiveness.
Heather Young Preuss:
Heather recently dropped us an e-mail to say that she and Rob are expecting their first child in November.
In order to see what other Clarkson alums are doing go to http://clarksonalumni.com/stay_connected/class_notes/