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07-18-2008

Four Receive Clarkson University’s Top Award for Young Alumni

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Jerauld C. Adams of Providence, R.I., owner of Adams Realty Endeavors Inc. and North American Industries Inc.; Elayna C. Mellas of Potsdam, the environmental health and safety manager at Clarkson University; Elizabeth A. Moeller of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., owner of Interactive Media Consulting LLC; and Jennifer E. Walden of Reston, Va., a consultant with Accenture, have received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.Four Receive Clarkson University’s Top Award for Young Alumni

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.

Jerauld Adams

Adams’ career in real estate began while he was still a student in Potsdam. He purchased his first home at 20-years-old at 6 State Street, Potsdam. He renovated and repaired the house for rental and by the time the bank assessed the house for the closing, it appraised at twice what he had paid for it.

After graduation, Adams worked as an environmental engineer for Pare Engineering. He continued buying houses, fixing them up and reselling them concentrating mostly around Providence, near Brown University.

Finally, he expanded his residential real estate projects with industrial mill buildings in the Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls areas, buying distressed or underperforming properties and filling them with small companies and an art studio. Today, Adams has more than 250, 000 square feet with 50-plus tenants. He is owner of Adams Realty Endeavors Inc. and North American Industries Inc., both successful real estate development and management companies.

Adams is president of the Woodman Farm Association, a not-for-profit home association in Bozrah, Conn., and chairman of the board of trustees of the Adams Library, Central Falls. He is also on the board of trustees of the Old Slater Mill Association, a not-for-profit association that preserves the buildings and grounds where the U.S. industrial revolution began in Pawtucket.

He lives in Providence, R.I., with his wife, Sara Adams. They have one daughter, Audrey.

Elayna Mellas

Mellas received her bachelor of science degree in environmental science in 2003, beginning her academic training at Clarkson as a member of The Clarkson School.

She acquired her first professional experience in her field as an environmental licensing and operations intern at New York State Electric & Gas in Binghamton in 2002. In 2003, after graduation, she worked for Atlantic Testing Laboratories in Canton, as an administrative assistant and environmental scientist for the summer and then began her career at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., as a health & safety technician. In 2005, she was promoted to environmental health and safety specialist, ensuring that laboratories complied with all federal and state environmental regulations.

Mellas continues her service to Clarkson as regional chapter president of the North Country Alumni Chapter. She has been serving on the Clarkson alumni council since 2004 and is a current alumni admission volunteer and a member of the Clarkson Alumni Association Executive Council.

Elizabeth Moeller

Moeller received her bachelor of science degrees in technical communications and physics from Clarkson University in 1988. She continued her education at Rensselaer and graduated in 1990 with a master of science in technical communication and a Ph.D. in communication and rhetoric in 1995. While at Clarkson, she was a member of the pep band, the Clarkson University Student Association, the Knight Magazine and the Society of Technical Communication.

After graduating from Rensselaer, Moeller returned to Clarkson to teach for a short time. Subsequently, she founded her own business, Interactive Media Consulting LLC. She has spent over 18 years researching the best way to organize and present electronic information for the greatest impact. Her computer and technical skills, combined with her information and visual design skills, are a perfect combination for Web-based communication. Moeller has almost 10 years of teaching experience and custom designs training courses to meet the needs of her clients. She has published numerous articles on topics related to her field and has presented on her expertise at conferences and meetings since 1993.

In 2002, she was named one of the Capital Region’s Forty under 40 by The Business Review.

She was active in her community as a member of the board of the Saratoga Independent School from 2003 through June 2008 and served as president of the board from 2005-2007. Since 2007, she has been a member of the board of the SaratogaArtsFest for which she serves as board secretary.

Moeller is one of the founding members of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the School of Arts & Sciences. She worked with the school’s communications and media faculty as Clarkson developed the digital arts and sciences program. Over the years, she has employed Clarkson students as interns in her business and provided a link for Clarkson students to the professional community. She has consulted with Clarkson faculty and staff on Web development and in 2006 made a very special effort to involve our students and faculty in a national IEEE professional communications meeting which she organized.

She participates regularly in Clarkson alumni activities and events and is a former reunion planning chair and regional chapter board member of the Alumni Association. She has also served on the alumni council and as an alumni admission volunteer.

Jennifer Walden

Walden received her bachelor of science in marketing and technical communications in 2003.

After graduation, she began her career with Accenture in systems integration, where she worked to design, build and test applications to improve client operations. In the years that followed, she used her Clarkson degree in marketing and communications to begin building a career in change management. Walden has led a number of communications efforts to deliver consistent messages to targeted populations of many sizes. From small groups of users impacted by a system implementation to national awareness campaigns, she has been successful communicating to these audiences, developing not only the communications but also the training involved to make the change successful.

Walden has also taken leadership roles internally at Accenture, by overseeing the communications effort for an account vision strategy, and ultimately leading a client site committee for a group of colleagues to organize and execute activities for an account of over 300 people. Since February, she has also taken on the responsibilities of the D.C. community communications action team lead.

She lives in Reston, Va., with her husband, Brian, Clarkson class of ’03.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world’s pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3, 000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Four alumni recently received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University (l-r): Jerauld C. Adams, Jennifer E. Walden, Elayna C. Mellas, and Elizabeth A. Moeller.

[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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