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05-09-2004

Clarkson Senior Andrew Tanner Honored With Levinus Clarkson Award

Andrew C. Tanner, son of William and Carol Tanner of Voorheesville, N.Y., received the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 111th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 9. He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.

Established in 1906 by University founders Elizabeth and Frederica Clarkson in memory of their brother, Levinus, the scholarship was first awarded in 1909.

As a member of Clarkson's innovative dual major program, Project Areté, Tanner received bachelor of science degrees in finance and social sciences and graduated from Clarkson with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0. He is a member of the University's Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar. Tanner has received numerous academic and leadership awards, including the Clarkson Leadership Award, the Andrew S. Ormsby Law Scholar Award, the Phalanx Commendable Service Award (2001 and 2002), and the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award (2003).

While at Clarkson, Tanner has been involved in several undergraduate research projects. His honors thesis, "Socioeconomic Implications of the Hudson River Dredging Project: A Case Study" examined the legislative and legal history of the dredging project, specifically addressing the economic value associated with redevelopment possibilities.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Tanner has been involved in University affairs and campus and fraternity life throughout his four years at Clarkson. He served as treasurer, senator, and Finance Committee chair for the Clarkson University Student Senate. He also served on the executive board of Venture@MooreHouse, an innovative residential learning experience in which students live together and operate a business in a corporate setting.

He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor fraternity. He is also Master of Rituals for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity.

Tanner has been an active volunteer on campus, lending a hand at Open House functions for the Honors Program and the School of Arts and Sciences and for the annual Honors Program food drives.

He has also been an intern for GE Financial Management Program (2003), the National Broadcasting Company (2002), Albany Molecular Research Inc. (2002), Prudential Securities (2001), and GE Plastics (2000 and 2001).

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu.

[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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