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07-16-2007

Six Young Alumni Honored By Clarkson University

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Duncan S. Adamson of South Burlington, Vt., director of marketing and government sales at TTI Instruments; Bridget A. Marnocha of Carmel, Ind., vice president and chief operating officer of the Stanley Security Solutions Division; Kimberly A. O'Toole of Fairport, N.Y., a systems engineer in RF Communications at Harris Corporation; Brian C. Sischo of Manlius, N.Y., associate vice president for development and campaign director at Syracuse University; David A. Tromp of Glenmont, N.Y., an environmental engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,; and John M. Wicke of Massena, N.Y., general manager of Penski Inc. Staffing have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University. Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.woodstock-2007

Duncan S. Adamson received his bachelor of science degree in business and technical communications with distinction from Clarkson in 1992 and his master of business administration degree from Clarkson in 1993.

Director of marketing and government sales at TTI Instruments in Williston, Vt., since Adamson's arrival at TTI Instruments in 2002, sales have doubled from $7.5 million to about $15 million per year. TTI Instruments is now one of the fastest growing companies in Vermont and one of the top-50 companies in the state. Adamson is credited with launching and managing the company's government sales program, which saw an increase in sales from less than 5 percent to over 20 percent of total sales.

Adamson also started TTI's search engine optimization efforts, hiring Lindsay Wood, a 2001 Clarkson graduate, to run the program. Adamson has since looked to Clarkson for additional staff and now three Clarkson alumni are working for the company.

Adamson previously served as director of marketing at Vasa Inc. in Essex, Vt.; account manager at Alliance Data Systems in Columbus, Ohio; and Claritas in Wilton, Conn.; and director of admissions at Paul Smiths College.

Adamson lives in South Burlington with his wife, Sue Mowrer, and their two daughters, Annie and Wynne.

Bridget Marnocha

Bridget A. Marnocha received her bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in 1987. She completed the General Electric Corporate Graduate Program in 1989, and received a master of business administration degree from Marquette University in 1995.

Since 2005, Marnocha has been vice president and chief operating officer of the Stanley Security Solutions Division in Indianapolis, where she led the infrastructure integration vision for the entire $1.6 billion global security division. She implemented a common SAP enterprise as the executive sponsor for the transformation and led the profitability turnaround of the $150 million systems integration business segment, including 600 employees involved in sales, engineering, field installation, service, supply chain and call center functions.

From 1994 to 2002, Marnocha worked for General Electric Healthcare Division and later Clinical Services.

Marnocha is a member of the Clarkson University Business Leadership Council. She lives in Carmel, Ind., with her husband, Thomas.

Kimberly O'Toole

Kimberly A. O'Toole earned her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson in 2002 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in electrical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

O'Toole has assumed the role of reunion giving partner and reunion activity chair at Clarkson, where she is also a volunteer for Project Lead the Way and works as an alumni admission volunteer. She visits campus frequently both as an on-campus speaker and as a recruiter for Harris Corporation.

Brian Sischo

Brian C. Sischo, son of the late Robert and Frances Sischo of Adams, N.Y., earned his bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in management systems from Clarkson University. He also has certification from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.

Associate vice president for development and campaign director at Syracuse University, Sischo is in his 17th year working in higher education advancement. Sischo's responsibilities include management oversight for the primary fundraising organization of over 100 staff, including a central development unit that comprises annual giving, gift planning, regional development, corporate relations, foundation relations, research and prospect systems, and advancement services, as well as a comprehensive decentralized team of fundraising staff in each of the University's 11 schools and colleges. In addition, Sischo maintains a portfolio of key volunteers, prospects and donors of the university.

Prior to joining Syracuse in 2001, Sischo served as director of development at Clarkson, where he was successful in providing strategic direction for a development program over an 11-year period that surpassed fundraising goals in two comprehensive capital campaigns. Earlier in his career, Sischo worked for Key Bank of New York in regional bank management in Potsdam, N.Y.

He has served as a faculty member at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Engineering Development Forum and the National Association of Colleges and Employers conferences in the past. He is active in the Fayetteville-Manlius recreation program as a coach and volunteer.

Sischo and his wife, Kathy, live in the Manlius area with their children, Katelyn and Nickolas.

David Tromp

An environmental engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's division of environmental remediation, Tromp has been involved with multiple projects of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site with continued responsibility of project management of three inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. He has also prepared and reviewed remedial investigation reports and feasibility study reports, which addressed the nature and extent of contamination and the remedial alternatives available to address risks to human health and the environment. Previously, Tromp was a staff engineer for Law Environmental Consultants.

Tromp has been involved with the Clarkson Alumni Council, serving as an officer from 1999-2003. Since 1999, he has organized the annual satellite hockey telecast in his region. In 2004, he became the Capital District chapter president, hosting numerous post-game hockey events and send-off picnics, as well as holiday events, and a golf tournament in 2006. He has also actively served the University as an alumni admission volunteer and received the Gordon C. "Stub" Baker '27 Chapter Service Citation in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of his alma mater.

Tromp is also involved with the American Diabetes Association, participating in the 2007 Tour de Cure, a 100-mile bike ride. He is a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Caring Together, an Ovarian Cancer support group; Capital District Community Gardens; and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, running in the 2003 Dublin Marathon. He has completed a total of eight marathons and many road races, as well as the Empire State Building run-up in 2007. He also has been a member of the Capital District Baseball Umpire Association since 1993.

He lives in Glenmont, N.Y., with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Maggie.

John M. Wicke received his bachelor of science degree in business administration with distinction from Clarkson University in 1992.

Extremely active in local government and regional business and community affairs, Wicke serves as a councilman in the Town of Massena and was the youngest trustee ever elected in the Village of Massena, serving from 1995 to 2004. He is past president of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and is currently serving as secretary for the County Chamber and a board member of North Country Insurance and the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute. He is a past director of the American Red Cross North Country Chapter. He is a member of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Party executive committee, the Society of Human Resource Management St. Lawrence Chapter, various chambers of commerce throughout the North Country, and several other community committees and organizations.

Wicke was president of the North Country Chapter of the Clarkson Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006. He is a Clarkson annual fund volunteer and alumni admission volunteer, as well as a reunion giving partner. Wicke has hosted numerous regional events with particular focus on the North Country chapter events, including send-off picnics and the annual presentation of the Gordon C. "Stub" Baker '27 Chapter Service Citation.

General manager of Penski since 2000, Wicke manages staff in five regional offices, serving hundreds of employers throughout northern New York and employing hundreds of people in all areas of business and industry. Wicke is also co-owner of the Copy Shop and Business Center in Potsdam, president of DeWicke Inc., and a New York State-licensed real estate agent.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., 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: Six alumni recently received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University. Front row (l-r): Bridget Marnocha, Kimberly O'Toole. Back row (l-r): John Wicke, Duncan Adamson, David Tromp and Brian Sischo.

[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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