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12-14-2005

Family and Friends Plant Tree in Memory of Former Clarkson Dean-- Pioneered Minority and Women's Engineering Programs

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/misiaszek-memorial.jpg]

"The red maple is one of the hardiest trees of North America and can adapt and thrive in a variety of climates and soil types," added Collins. "I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to an educator who dedicated his career to helping students grow and explore new academic ground." Misiaszek Memorial

Misiaszek was often recognized for his scholarship and commitment to bringing minority students into technical disciplines. Among his honors is the National Pioneer Award by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson's Alumni Association.

Misiaszek was also instrumental in creating the first student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in the nation. He not only established the chapter at Clarkson but served as the faculty advisor for the section until 1991. Clarkson's SWE chapter has been honored as the Best Student Section in the U.S. several times.

"The University and scores of students, past and present, owe Dr. Misiaszek a huge debt," remarked Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Without his commitment and leadership many of today's brightest minority and female students, as well as those who have graduated and gone on to successful and rewarding careers, may have chosen a lesser path."

When Edward T. Misiaszek, '52, '54 died earlier this year he left behind a huge circle of family, friends and professional colleagues. He also left a generation of Native American and female students who might never have ventured into the world of engineering and science without his commitment to bring underrepresented groups into these programs at Clarkson.

Misiaszek joined Clarkson's faculty in 1962 and served as a mentor, advisor, administrator and scholar under eight of Clarkson's 15 presidents. He believed passionately that women and minorities could achieve the same success as other students in technical disciplines and he was determined to provide these underrepresented groups with the opportunity to do so.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rosemary Misiaszek and daughter Cathy Misiaszek Besaw stand beside a red maple tree planted on Clarkson University's campus recently in memory of Edward T. Misiaszek Sr. A former dean of undergraduate studies, Misiaszek pioneered minority and women's engineering programs at Clarkson. He died earlier this year.

[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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