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08-11-2011

Clarkson University Bestows Top Award for Young Alumni

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Catherine K. Dangremond of Hoboken, N.J., director of business development, government and health markets for SourceHOV; Kevin A. Lobdell of Potsdam, N.Y., assistant director for student life for the Clarkson School and Clarkson University Honors Program; and Leo J. Titus Jr. of Ashburn, Va., president of the mid-Atlantic division of ECS Ltd. have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.
 
Left to right: Clarkson University President Tony Collins with award winners Kevin A. Lobdell, Catherine K. Dangremond and Leo J. Titus Jr.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.

Catherine K. Dangremond

Dangremond received her bachelor of science degree in business administration from Clarkson University in 2001. While at Clarkson, she was a presidential scholar; class officer; and a member of the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA), and Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. She also studied abroad in Spain and played on the varsity volleyball team.
 
After graduating from Clarkson, Dangremond began her career with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. In 2002, she gained her current position with SourceHOV. Dangremond is responsible for client relationship management, account and market development strategy and revenue maintenance and growth. She has achieved 100 percent client retention and consistently exceeds revenue growth expectations.
 
Dangremond’s commitment to Clarkson has been exceptional. She is actively involved with the Alumni Association, serving as the alumni council student services committee co-chair and the class of 2001 reunion activities co-chair. Dangremond has been involved in alumni council fundraising initiatives, served as a member of the project committee for the new alumni gateway construction, and regularly attends New York City alumni chapter events.

Enthusiastically involved with the American Cancer Society for nearly 10 years, Dangremond served as the event co-chair for the Relay For Life of Hoboken. She is the team captain of HOHA Cares, a Relay For Life team comprising members from her running club, the Hoboken Harriers (HOHA), and founded the Fight Back Night Silent Auction focused on engagement of the Hoboken small business community in Relay for Life.
 
Dangremond resides in Hoboken, N.J., and is the daughter of Clarkson alumnus Donald ’72 and Joyce Dangremond. She enjoys traveling, reading and music, including playing the piano.

Kevin A. Lobdell

Lobdell received his bachelor of science degree with honors double majoring in the e-business: supply chain management track and business and the technology management: human resource management track from Clarkson in 2006. 

While at Clarkson, Lobdell worked for Residence Life as a resident advisor and Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide. He was also active an active member of the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA), Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO), Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he served as president, Class of 2006 president, and was inducted into Phalanx. 

Upon graduation, Lobdell accepted a position as a functional analyst at a small software company where he decided he wanted to pursue a career in higher education administration. With plans of going to graduate school, Lobdell took an interim position at Clarkson in student affairs during the spring and summer of 2007.  

Lobdell entered a master’s program in higher education administration at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2007. While at UConn, Lobdell had a graduate assistantship in Fraternity and Sorority Life where he advised the Multi-cultural Greek Council, Order of Omega, and the Greek Week Management team and he led the development and launch of a chapter accreditation program for the 30 fraternities and sororities on campus.

Lobdell did internships in the UConn School of Business undergraduate programs advising office and the Department of Residential Life Housing Services office. During the summer of 2008, Lobdell did an internship at Cornell University serving as the summer session residence director. Lobdell was a recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s Gerald Saddlemire master’s research award for his project that looked at communication between student affairs personnel, first-year students, and their parents.

Once Lobdell graduated from UConn in 2009, he began his professional career in higher education at St. Lawrence University as a residential coordinator for one year before coming back to Clarkson. Currently, he serves as assistant director for student life with the Clarkson School and Honors Program. In this capacity, he oversees all student life components for both programs including orientation, residential theme housing, community building, honors summer research, and alumni engagement, to name a few.

Lobdell joined the Clarkson Alumni Council in the fall of 2009 as a member of the alumni services committee. He took on additional responsibilities as the fundraising chair for the alumni gateway sub-committee through that project’s completion in the fall of 2010. Currently Lobdell is serving as the North Country Alumni Association chapter president and is a member of the Alumni Mentor Program sub-committee. 

Leo J. Titus Jr.

Leo J. Titus Jr. of Ashburn, Va., president of the mid-Atlantic division of ECS Ltd., has received the Woodstock Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University.

Titus graduated from Clarkson University in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. he holds a master of science degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Mary Washington.

He is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York and several other states. 

During his undergraduate studies at Clarkson, Titus was a member of the Beta Tau Fraternity, Interfraternity Council, Men’s Rugby Club, Greek Life Guides, Associated General Contractors of America and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

ECS, Ltd., one of the nation’s largest consulting engineering firms that specialize in geotechnical engineering, construction testing and inspection and environmental consulting. Titus has over 20 years experience in geotechnical engineering and special inspections. 

Titus has been an active member of ASTM for over 10 years and serves as chairman of the ASTM E36.70 subcommittee and vice chairman of ASTM E36 main committee, which have governance over several standards including ASTM E329: “The Standard Specification for Agencies Engaged in Construction Inspection and/or Testing."

Titus has served two terms as president and 15 years on the board of directors of WACEL, a mid-Atlantic based regional organization that accredits testing laboratories and certifies field technicians. He was recently elected the first president of the International Council for Certification of Construction Inspectors. Titus also serves on several other boards of directors including the Builder’s Foundation – a Loudoun County, Va.,-based charitable organization, and the Committee for Dulles, an organization of business leaders in the northern Virginia region. He is an active member of several other professional organizations such as ASCE and ASFE. 

Titus has been a member of Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue team (VA-TF1) for eleven years and was deployed as part of the search, rescue and recovery mission at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. In 2001, he was presented the award for “Outstanding Contributions by a Civilian Member” by the Washington, D.C., post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Titus's first wife, Jennifer (Sierzant) Titus, also graduated from Clarkson in 1991. In 2003, she died from breast cancer at the age of 34 only six months after the birth of their third daughter. Since then, Titus and his family have been major fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's National Race for the Cure. Since 2004, the Titus family has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research and this year, Titus raised over $10,000 making him the fourth largest individual fundraiser out of the 40,000 participants.

Titus is originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is married to Rosalie Titus, and has three daughters: Laura, Allison, and Kelley.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, 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 engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Three Clarkson University Alumni have received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater. Left to right: Clarkson University President Tony Collins with award winners Kevin A. Lobdell, Catherine K. Dangremond and Leo J. Titus Jr.

[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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