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04-05-2000

Endowed Fund Established At Clarkson University By Former Resident Advisers

Two Clarkson University alumni who served as resident advisers (RAs) have created an endowed fund to stimulate the creation of innovative programs that will enhance the student life experience in residence halls.

The Resident Life Endowed Fund was established recently by a couple who wishes to remain anonymous.  The two were RAs while enrolled at Clarkson in the 1970s. They created the fund to develop academically oriented opportunities that add to co-curricular learning in residence halls.

Income from the endowment will be used by Student Life to provide such programs.  The Dean of Students will administer the fund and will involve the RA staff each year in the identification, selection and implementation of projects.

“We want to thank the donors for their generous contribution,” said Stephen Newkofsky, dean of students. “They have provided Residence Life with the means to support continued innovations in residentially based programs. We are pleased that their past experiences in Residence Life have inspired them to assist our current students— and those yet to come— in having a well-rounded Clarkson experience.”

The endowed fund was created with a generous commitment of $15,000 from the couple. A matching gift will bring the total of the fund to $30,000.

This gift is part of the "Campaign for Clarkson," a $70-million comprehensive fund-raising effort that was publicly announced in October 1998. In addition to student financial aid, other priorities of the campaign include support for academic programs and the new Bertrand H. Snell Hall.  To date, $12.6 million of $35 million has been raised toward the academic excellence goals, and over $40 million has been raised toward the $70 million total campaign goal. 

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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