Greetings from the Dean of Students Office
Interim Dean of Students &
Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations
With the departure of Kurt Stimeling, the university has reached back into the past to have me serve as the interim Dean while a search is conducted. Though acting in two capacities (Associate VP for Alumni Relations and Dean) has been a challenge to manage, my 23 years of previous experience at Clarkson as a student affairs professional has assisted me in the transition! Not to mention the wonderful staff that, under the direction of Kathryn Johnson, has been exceptionally supportive and responsive to my new role!
I must admit that the dual roles are a good fit! As the person most responsible for alumni relations and charged with the continued engagement of our graduates after they complete their time at Clarkson, I have welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the team in Student Affairs as they provide the right campus environment to foster those long term desires to stay connected to Clarkson!! It has already begun to provide great synergy between the two offices and in the long run can only enhance the engagement model they foster within the student community and make it a seamless transition to their life after Clarkson. This goes a long way in reinforcing the notion that from the time they even think about Clarkson as a college choice, and through the years beyond, the experience should always be viewed as a continuum and that family feeling they adopt here as students will always be part of their lives!
So please encourage your student to stop in and say hello or seek me out when they need to! I am using the Dean of Students and the Office in Alumni Relations so they can also catch me in one of those offices or traversing between the two places!! I welcome the time with them! After all, they are my alumni in training too!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Dr. Arthur Romano
Clarkson students, faculty, and staff celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King with a day of events that emphasize Dr. King’s messages of peace and social justice. Students joined their peers and faculty/staff members to observe a moment of unity for peace at 5 p.m. on January 21st in the Student Center Forum. Our campus community also joined together for a group photograph and shared messages of peace that will be transferred to Peace Poles that will be installed on-campus at a later date.
Additionally, international peace-educator and certified non-violence trainer Dr. Arthur Romano presented two lectures on campus. The first, “Civility and Difference: Sustaining Conversations that Matter on Campus” explored the critical role that meaningful dialogue can play in addressing issues of difference on campus. Dr. Romano’s second lecture is entitled “A Call to Conscience” and honored the legacy and struggle of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing his teachings to life and demonstrating how King’s message is inspiring a new generation of peace builders around the world today. This lecture highlighted Dr. King’s transformation from a college student to one of the most inspiring leaders in U.S. history.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Award was also presented to Kurt Stimeling, former Dean of Students. This award, developed by the Diversity Initiatives Office, honors a campus community member who has provided extraordinary leadership and inspiration in advancing the goals of social and economic justice. These events were sponsored by the Diversity Initiatives Office, Student Life and Engagement, SPECTRUM, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Advice from the Student Success Center
How to have your BEST Semester Ever!
Many students begin each semester wanting to achieve their best semester ever. However, failing to change old habits and develop new habits that move them towards their goals is not easy. It often times feels hard and students give up without a proper structure and support system in place.
Encourage your student to make an appointment with the Student Success Center located in the ERC, Suite 1400. Utilizing the Best Semester Ever ™ system we will walk students step by step through the process of developing the essential skills they need to succeed. The Breakthrough Best Semester System ™ is a comprehensive, integrated approach to facilitating student success that can be implemented both in the individual classroom as well as campus-wide, weaving core student success principles throughout every aspect of campus life.
The International Corner
Greetings from the International Students & Scholars Office! My office manages your son or daughters immigration status if they are here on a student visa. Clarkson University is home to over 300 international students from over 45 countries! This semester is all about the US Federal Tax system and what are you doing after graduation. Over the coming weeks I will be communicating information on ‘Filing your U.S. Federal Tax Return’ and ‘Employment benefits after Graduation’. Both are very important sessions to the international student and both will be communicated directly with your son or daughter. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Tess Casler | Director, International Students & Scholars Office
The Parents Fund: Impacting every program, every student, every year
Susan Newkirk, Chair, Parents Fund and
sons Clayton '15 and Thomas '15
The Parents Fund is a long-standing tradition at Clarkson that provides parents with an opportunity to demonstrate their confidence in the work being done at the University.
Unrestricted gifts to The Parents Fund deliver immediate benefits to today’s students in the form of financial aid, academic excellence, state-of-the-art technology, sustainability research and Golden Knight athletics. Simply put, The Parents Fund impacts every program and every student, every year.
This year’s parents fundraising effort is being led by new chair Susan Newkirk. Susan’s twin sons, Thomas and Clay, both attended The Clarkson School and decided to stay at Clarkson to complete their undergraduate education. As members of the Class of 2015, both are majoring in Chemical Engineering. Susan, from Niskayuna, NY, joined the Clarkson Parents Committee last year when her sons were enrolled in the Clarkson School.
“It is our role as parents to teach our children to contribute to Clarkson’s future. We all share a stake in the ultimate value of a Clarkson education,” said Susan. “The best way to achieve this is to lead by example. I invite all parents to join me in making a gift that is meaningful and comfortable to each of us.”
Clarkson phonathon callers will be calling all parents soon regarding The Parents Fund. If you’d like to make your gift now, please visit our secure online giving website.
Or, mail your check, payable to Clarkson University to: The Parents Fund, Box 5530, 8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13699
Student “Blogs” from abroad
Each year, Clarkson students explore the world through the Study Abroad/Exchange program, offered through 38 partner universities in 20 countries across the globe, including Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Wales.
Many students have a desire to study abroad but they are hesitant about the transition, courses, and culture of such a new environment. To help encourage students, three Clarkson participants will be writing a blog about their experience during the spring semester. We encourage parents to follow each student’s journey at the blogspot. The blogs will be shared from Germany, Australia, and Sweden. Initial entries have already been posted.
There are many options for Study Abroad Exchange, including summer. Applications for next year are due later this month. If you have questions about Study Abroad Exchange or want to learn more about the program options, please contact our office at 315-268-6477.
Spring Career Fair Record
On February 7th, Clarkson will be hosting its annual Spring Career Fair. We are pleased to announce that we have 100+ employers registered to date! Students from every major will have opportunities to speak with employers regarding internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.
With so many organizations recruiting online, Career Fairs provide students with an opportunity to meet with actual representatives and to share their own talents with employers. All class years are encouraged to attend. In fact, many employers want to meet with first-year students.
Students may view the list of attendees via their Knightlink account. Hard copy lists are also available in the Career Center. Staff is available to help edit résumés, discuss what to say to employers, and to answer questions about attire. If you have questions about this program, or any Career Center initiative, please contact our office at 315-268-6477.
Late Knights Provide Alcohol-Free Fun on Weekends
This spring, there are plenty of fun and safe events for your students to attend on-campus every weekend. The Offices of Student Life and Engagement and Residence Life, together with our student programming board, CUB, have been working hard to prepare entertaining and engaging events for students every Friday and Saturday night of the semester. These programs take place at or after 10 p.m. and are always completely free.
Over 200 students attended the first Late Knight of the semester: a showing of The Lion King where students also made their own stuffed animal lions as a complimentary activity. This Spring’s events include showings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as The Hobbit, a quiz night that includes all Clarkson trivia, and a student-run murder mystery. Students can also look forward to the annual formal winter dance called “Ice Ball”, a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt, and they can decorate cookies during a showing of Wreck-It Ralph.
Students are encouraged to help plan these events as well as participate in them. All students can contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement to get involved and students who are residents can also contact their RA. Students and parents are also encouraged to interact with the offices of Student Life and Engagement and Residence Life via their Facebook page, A full list of Late Knight events can also be found on this page.
Zipcars on Campus
If your student does not have a car on campus, Zipcar is a solution. Zipcars are available for students who are 18 and older to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it's easy to sign up. Students can join at the zipcar website.
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Vice President for University Outreach & Student Affairs