Impact Statement 2018

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Karen Collins and President Tony Collins  Commencement: December 2018

Karen Collins and President Tony Collins
Commencement: December 2018

We are honored to write a message for the inaugural Clarkson Donor Impact Statement. Like many of you, we are donors because we believe in Clarkson. Of course, for us, that might seem easy, given our roles and connections to Clarkson, but we really do believe! Hopefully, communications such as this report will highlight for you the many reasons your contribution enables Clarkson’s success.

Living in Foster House in the midst of campus, we have opportunities each day to connect and engage with students as well as returning graduates. We get to observe firsthand their brightness, energy, creativity, concern for the world around them and care for each other. We talk with them about how important their scholarship support is and how it makes them want to work hard and be able to give back one day. We listen to their excitement about new facilities being built, such as the Innovation Hub, where they can work together on a pioneering idea. We watch them compete hard in sports and team challenges, win national championships, form new clubs and fill their days with many extracurricular and community service activities. This is why we are optimistic about our future, and this is why we, too, give to Clarkson.

Thank you for your contribution to Clarkson, and please know that you are a valued member of our donor community. We hope you join us in taking pride in the collective accomplishments over the past year that are, in part, possible because of you.


With much gratitude,

Tony and Karen

 

By the Numbers

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Please note all numbers represent donations from fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

Please note all numbers represent donations from fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

 
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 Your Gift.

Your Impact.

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The Clarkson Fund Provides Your Fellow Knights with Scholarship Support


 
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Leah Pinner ’20

Worcester, Massachusetts’ Leah Pinner is studying aeronautical engineering at Clarkson with a minor in mathematics. Leah not only has her sights set up high, but front and center as a member of the Clarkson Orchestra, the Golden Knotes and the Clarkson Theatre Company. Growing up in a single-parent home, Leah says that the scholarship made her dreams possible and she plans on pursuing a career at NASA, in the “space side of aeronautics.”

 
 

Gifts to Clarkson Accelerate Academic Excellence


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Faculty Water Research

Professors Thomas Holsen and Selma Mededovic Thagard, faculty at Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, have developed a novel and efficient method of cleaning contaminated water by using an electric discharge plasma. Read more

 
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Supporting Clarkson Athletics Creates Winners


The size of the gift doesn’t matter — every dollar enhances the student-athlete experience.
— Steve Yianoukos '72, Director of Athletics and Recreation
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Community Connections

Clarkson University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) held a kids-athlete afternoon at the IRC Field House . Read more

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Another Championship Banner in Cheel Arena

For the third time in five years, Clarkson celebrated the Golden Knights Women’s Hockey National Championship team on Saturday, October 20 prior to facing off against St. Lawrence University. The Green and Gold raised a third banner to the Cheel Arena rafters to accompany the 2014 and 2017 banners. Read more

 

You Help Clarkson Graduates Accomplish Amazing Things!


The members of the Clarkson CEM SPEED Teams with coaches Jim Billings, Bill Olsen, Jared Heinl, and Erik Backus ‘93

The members of the Clarkson CEM SPEED Teams with coaches Jim Billings, Bill Olsen, Jared Heinl, and Erik Backus ‘93

CLARKSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CONSTRUCTION TEAMS TAKE TOP REGIONAL HONORS

Continuing a trend over the last three years, the Clarkson Construction Engineering Management (CEM) Student Projects in Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) teams placed in the top tier regionally.

Clarkson Students with Attendees at the Adirondack Research Consortium’s Fall Forestry Conference in October 2018

Clarkson Students with Attendees at the Adirondack Research Consortium’s Fall Forestry Conference in October 2018

CLARKSON STUDENTS ASSIST NEW YORK OLYMPIC REGION

Fourteen students from Clarkson University have been developing new research and analysis on the New York Olympic Region’s (NYOR) sustainability efforts

A Better Brew Founder Charlotte Hayden '16, and her product

A Better Brew Founder Charlotte Hayden '16, and her product

LOVE FOR SPECIALIZED COFFEE LEADS CLARKSON GRAD TO NEW BUSINESS VENTURE

A lifelong love for all things coffee inspired Clarkson alumna Charlotte Hayden ’16, to start The Better Brew Company. Better Brew specializes in craft coffee flavors “designed to make your morning cup of coffee taste like it’s straight out of your favorite café.”

 

And They Continue to Get Hired!


Please note individual percentages are rounded.

Please note individual percentages are rounded.

 

 Campus Updates

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New Laboratory Learning in CAMP

New Laboratory Learning in CAMP

Andrew S. Schuler Educational Resource Center (ERC) Renovation for Innovation Space

Andrew S. Schuler Educational Resource Center (ERC) Renovation for Innovation Space

A New Space to Foster Innovation!

The Clarkson Ignite program builds on the University’s longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning. At its core, it is a call to action to foster a University-wide culture that integrates innovation, problem- solving and creative thinking into every aspect of learning. Launched in the fall 2017, Clarkson Ignite transforms the entire campus into an innovation ecosystem that connects students with faculty, staff, alumni and professional and community leaders to gain hands-on creative and making experiences.

Through the Clarkson Ignite ecosystem, all students are empowered to think, research, invent, and develop new products and real solutions. The construction, currently underway, in the ERC (top right) will support the Clarkson Ignite initiative by offering students a new space that centers around collaboration and innovation.

 
Cheel Campus Center and Arena Expansion and Renovation

Cheel Campus Center and Arena Expansion and Renovation

Upgrades Complete in Old Main

Upgrades Complete in Old Main

Become Part of the Expanded Cheel Campus Center & Arena

Nearly 30 years after it opened as “Clarkson’s front door” to the North Country, the Cheel Campus Center & Arena is undergoing a major overhaul that will modernize the building’s infrastructure and expand its footprint to add more state-of-the-art features to enhance programmatic offerings, hockey facilities and student life at Clarkson while also providing further economic benefits to the surrounding community.  Combined with fundraising to date from alumni and friends, including a decision by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to award $3.45 million to the project through the NYS Higher Education Capital Match Program, and future matching funds to be raised, the University has begun phase one of the project in late 2018 .

For more information about the Cheel Arena expansion and renovation, or to donate to future phases of the project visit development.clarkson.edu/cheel

 

See Bird’s Eye Video of Cheel Construction!

President Tony Collins, Women’s Hockey Defenseman Ella Shelton and Men’s Hockey Goaltender Jake Kielly are Diggin’ the Cheel Construction!

President Tony Collins, Women’s Hockey Defenseman Ella Shelton and Men’s Hockey Goaltender Jake Kielly are Diggin’ the Cheel Construction!

Leadership Giving 

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Mininberg ’82

Gus Mininberg ’82’s success, and Clarkson’s continued standard of excellence, are what inspire him to give back. In 2012, Gus and Magda established an endowed scholarship. Five years later, they funded a second scholarship with appreciated stock. Read more

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The Roundtable Society Salons

The Roundtable Society is Clarkson University’s prestigious giving society that recognizes annual donors whose contributions help forge Clarkson’s path toward excellence. Benefits include donor-centric recognition, exciting salon programs that promote thought leadership in the greater community and insider opportunities to learn about and influence Clarkson’s long-term vision. The support from our Roundtable members makes a difference in the lives of every student and enhance Clarkson’s impact on the future.

At each Roundtable Salon, we strive to provide information on topics of interest to the Clarkson community, as well as offer an opportunity to socialize and network with Clarkson alumni and current students. The salon series affords our valued supporters a chance to continue engaging with the University and showcases Clarkson and its faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Donor Appreciation 

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December Graduate Creates Donor Recognition GIS Map For Cheel Arena!


Zachary “Flash” Gordon ’18 worked with Professor Bill Olsen and Donor Relations’ Cara Valentine and Jeff Macharyas to create an interactive seat map of Cheel Arena that allows Golden Knight supporters to “take a seat” and sponsor a seat at Cheel Arena. The project took many hours to complete and the team overcame numerous technical challenges to create the perfect user experience.  Zach says: “Before I began the project, students in the Building Information Modeling class constructed a model of Cheel Arena with the existing seats and named seats. The existing model needed modification, so I spent five hours modifying the model to reflect which seats actually existed and which seats had already been sponsored. After an accurate model was constructed and checked for in-field consistency, I took pictures of the nameplates and linked them to each seat in the model. In addition to the nameplate pictures, each section is linked to a virtual 360-degree image that allows users to see the view from that seat’s location. Each seat available for purchase was linked to a URL for users to click on and buy the naming rights for that seat.  Professor Bill Olsen, Civil and Environmental Engineering, assisted in creating the online version of the map and Jeff Macharyas created the website interface the map is embedded in (development.clarkson.edu/cheel). I was responsible for the in-field data collection and building the base map.”

Zachary “Flash” Gordon ’18 worked with Professor Bill Olsen and Donor Relations’ Cara Valentine and Jeff Macharyas to create an interactive seat map of Cheel Arena that allows Golden Knight supporters to “take a seat” and sponsor a seat at Cheel Arena. The project took many hours to complete and the team overcame numerous technical challenges to create the perfect user experience.

Zach says: “Before I began the project, students in the Building Information Modeling class constructed a model of Cheel Arena with the existing seats and named seats. The existing model needed modification, so I spent five hours modifying the model to reflect which seats actually existed and which seats had already been sponsored. After an accurate model was constructed and checked for in-field consistency, I took pictures of the nameplates and linked them to each seat in the model. In addition to the nameplate pictures, each section is linked to a virtual 360-degree image that allows users to see the view from that seat’s location. Each seat available for purchase was linked to a URL for users to click on and buy the naming rights for that seat.

Professor Bill Olsen, Civil and Environmental Engineering, assisted in creating the online version of the map and Jeff Macharyas created the website interface the map is embedded in (development.clarkson.edu/cheel). I was responsible for the in-field data collection and building the base map.”

Zachary “Flash” Gordon ’18 sits in his sponsored seat at Cheel Arena: Section 21, Row H, Seat 4. You, too, can “take a seat” at Cheel:  development.clarkson.edu/cheel  .

Zachary “Flash” Gordon ’18 sits in his sponsored seat at Cheel Arena: Section 21, Row H, Seat 4. You, too, can “take a seat” at Cheel: development.clarkson.edu/cheel.

Map offers 360-degree view of the arena from any seat! Try it yourself by selecting a green (available) or gold (named) seat
and clicking the far right next arrow!

Thank you to our donors who have contributed to “Take-A-Seat”!

 
 
 
 

Student- Athlete Thank-A-Thon for #LetsCUGive Donors


Clarkson University’s first thank-a-thon to appreciate all of our 2018 #LetsCUGive donors.

 

The CU Donor Relations team (Cara Valentine, Shannon Desrosiers, Danielle Mitchell and Jessica Nezezon) prepare for the first-ever thank-a-thon in the Student Center!


When studying gets you down, a cup of MoJoe’s and appreciating your scholarship donor brings you up!


 
 
Scholarship recipient takes a break from studying (and snacking) before finals week to write an appreciation letter to his scholarship supporter!

Scholarship recipient takes a break from studying (and snacking) before finals week to write an appreciation letter to his scholarship supporter!

 

Support Clarkson
in 2019!

 
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