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07-01-2004

Awards, Activities, And Athletics At Clarkson Alumni Reunion July 8-11

Clarkson University's 108th Alumni Reunion will take place July 8-11 on the school's campus in Potsdam. The event is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Potsdam Summer Festival and SUNY Potsdam's Alumni Reunion.

Always a popular event for alumni and friends of Clarkson, this year's preregistration is higher than past years with more than 1,200 visitors expected to visit the campus throughout the weekend.

Clarkson President Tony Collins will address alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Brunch on Saturday morning. The Golden Knight and Woodstock awards, the highest alumni honors, will be presented.

A highlight of the weekend's activities is the 50th anniversary celebration of Clarkson's innovative Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management (iE&M) degree program. The iE&M program is widely recognized as the first of its kind in the nation. Papa Joe Scaturro and other former directors will be returning for related events, including a presentation by freshmen iE&M majors and an alumni panel moderated by former director Marc Cornett '79.

This year also marks 100 years of Greek life at Clarkson. More than 150 Omicron Pi Omicron (OPiO) fraternity brothers are expected to return for a celebration marking OPiO's centennial.

Nine new members will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday evening in Cheel Arena. Fifty members of the Class of 1954 will receive a special welcome for their 50th reunion this year. Mini-Reunions have also been planned for both the men and women's ice hockey teams.

Throughout the weekend, reunion participants will have a number of opportunities to enjoy walking tours of the campus and classes, equipment and fruit smoothies at the Deneka Family Fitness Center. The annual Golf Classic will also take place on Friday morning and walkers and runners can participate in Saturday morning's Shirley Rogers Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on the Clarkson campus with 100 percent of the proceeds from the event going to the Shirley Rogers Scholarship Fund.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend, including a performance by the Infamous Mutt Band on Saturday, July 10.

Many other events are also open to the public, including:

Celebrating 100 Years of Chemical Engineering, which features faculty presentations and a reception on Friday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), Room 176.

Why Vote? a performance by comedian Brian Longwell '79 on Friday, July 9, at 9 p.m. in the Cheel Commons.

Blast from the Past outdoor celebration sponsored by the Greek Alumni Council and featuring live entertainment and games on Saturday, July 10, starting at 1 p.m. on the Cheel Quad.

Dr. Jim's Chemical Magic Show presented by Professor of Chemistry Jim Peploski '85 on Saturday, July 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the Science Center, Room 362

For more information about specific events during the weekend, please contact the Clarkson Alumni Office at 315-268-6467.

[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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