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07-15-2007

Sischo of Manlius Receives Clarkson University's Top Award for Young Alumni

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Brian C. Sischo of Manlius, N.Y., associate vice president for development and campaign director at Syracuse University, has received the Woodstock Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University. Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.sischo-woodstock-07

Sischo is in his 17th year working in higher education advancement. As associate vice president for development and campaign director at Syracuse University, Sischo's responsibilities include management oversight for the primary fundraising organization of over 100 staff, including a central development unit that comprises annual giving, gift planning, regional development, corporate relations, foundation relations, research and prospect systems, and advancement services, as well as a comprehensive decentralized team of fundraising staff in each of the University's 11 schools and colleges. In addition, Sischo maintains a portfolio of key volunteers, prospects and donors of the university.

As the campaign director, Sischo serves as the chief architect for Syracuse's comprehensive capital campaign that will be launched publicly in November 2007 with a likely goal of $1 billion. Gifts to Syracuse totaled over $120 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

Prior to joining Syracuse in 2001, Sischo served as director of development at Clarkson, where he was successful in providing strategic direction for a development program over an 11-year period that surpassed fundraising goals in two comprehensive capital campaigns. Earlier in his career, Sischo worked for Key Bank of New York in regional bank management in Potsdam, N.Y.

He has served as a faculty member at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Engineering Development Forum and the National Association of Colleges and Employers conferences in the past. He is active in the Fayetteville-Manlius recreation program as a coach and volunteer.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive, but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: Brian Sischo (center) receives the Woodstock Award from Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.

[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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