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The past will meet the future at Clarkson University on Saturday, July 10, during an exciting event called "We Move the World," where alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to come together and pass the Clarkson "earth ball" from Downtown Snell Hall to Clarkson’s new Student Center.
The activity will begin at 1 p.m., where the six-foot-high earth ball, replicating the earth and sporting an image of Clarkson’s Golden Knight, will be lifted into the air with the help of Clarkson President Tony Collins onto the waiting hands of volunteers.
Two lines will be formed with people facing each other as the ball is gently passed from hand to hand. Those who pass the ball on will move up the line to receive it over and over again, until it reaches the new student center.
The ball will travel through Potsdam -- down Elm and Market Streets, across the Maple St. bridges, up the hill by Holcroft House, and through the Cheel Campus Center parking lot -- until it reaches the new Student Center. Ideally, the ball will never touch the ground until it reaches its final resting point on the Cheel lawn.
This activity is meant to symbolize the strong link between Clarkson University and the Potsdam community, as well as the connection between the past and future of Clarkson and Potsdam.
The event takes place during the July 8-11 alumni reunion weekend at Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, while Potsdam is hosting its annual summer festival. It will be led by Dan Davis, wellness outreach coordinator at Clarkson, and Elisabeth Cain, assistant director of alumni relations and the coordinator of Clarkson Alumni Reunion weekend.
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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: Alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to come together and pass the Clarkson "earth ball" from Downtown Snell Hall to Clarkson's new Student Center on July 10. Left to right: Clarkson students Brendan Leach, Meg Himmler, Jim Touchette, James Callahan and Kevin MacVittie. (Photo by Serenity Davis)