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03-07-2003

Clarkson Chapter Of National Society Of Black Engineers Wins Region's Small Chapter Of The Year Award

For the second year in a row, the Clarkson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was recognized with a top award at NSBE’s Region One Spring Conference held recently in New Jersey.

The Clarkson NSBE chapter received Region One’s Small Chapter of the Year Award. The membership will now compete against five other regional winners for the National Chapter Excellence Award in the Small Chapter category at the NSBE’s National Convention held later this month in Anaheim, Calif. Small chapters are defined as consisting of 35 members or less; Clarkson’s chapter has 30 members.

“It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and high achievement of Clarkson’s NSBE chapter members that they have been chosen the region’s top small chapter again this year,” said Vicki Clark, chapter adviser and assistant to the executive director of Clarkson’s Pipeline of Educational Programs, which provides support for underrepresented students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

“Our chapter is extremely active. Over the last year, our members have organized study-a-thons and professional development workshops; sponsored cultural awareness activities; hosted speakers and corporate receptions to initiate professional networking; and participated in community fundraisers.”

Jarrell Hudson (Syracuse, N.Y.), a junior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and president of the Clarkson NSBE chapter, was awarded the Mike Shinn Distinguished Fellow Award from the national organization. The $5,000 prize is given to a student with high scholastic standards who demonstrates dedicated service to NSBE and other organizations and who possesses high professional promise.

Dionne Dixon (Deer Park, N.Y.), a junior in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, was also recognized nationally by NSBE as a winner of the General Electric (GE) African-American Forum Scholarship. The $4,000 award is given to undergraduates majoring in one of the programs offered by a school of business or engineering. GE employees fund this scholarship and the GE Foundation generously provides matching contributions.

The Clarkson Chapter of NSBE was founded in 1990 by LaDawn Holley Berko-Boateng, who received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1992. Berko-Boateng is now a Clarkson University Board of Trustee.

The Clarkson chapter also partners with the University chapters of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Professional Women and the Society of Women Engineers on programs of mutual interest, including last fall’s leadership conference and the recent National Engineers Week Design Competition.

NSBE comprises more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses and is divided into six regions. To meet NSBE’s objectives of developing student interest in technical and scientific disciplines, the national organization sponsors high school and junior high school outreach programs, a national communications network, conferences and career fairs, and supports the efforts of local chapters.

[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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