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04-22-2013

Clarkson University Seeks Input from Community on Next Era for Cheel Campus Center

Opened in 1991, Clarkson University's Cheel Arena and Campus Center is well-known as the home venue for the Clarkson Golden Knights men’s and women’s NCAA Division I hockey teams, as well as a variety of other University and community events each year.

Cheel Arena and Campus CenterAs the building approaches its 23rd year of operations, the University plans to reinvest in the venue, replacing its aging mechanical systems, improving Clarkson’s competitive position in Division I hockey, and enhancing patron amenities.

As part of its commitment to sustainability and maximizing the usage of all buildings on campus, the University hopes to leverage the space in Cheel for community programming and major University events in addition to addressing its infrastructure.

To this end, Clarkson is asking the North Country community, along with its students, alumni, corporate partners, employees and other friends, to participate in a survey, so that it can determine the greatest needs to consider in making key decisions regarding future improvements to Cheel. Space modifications, improvements or expansion plans for Cheel will be based on the identified needs and opportunities.

The survey is available until May 3 at http://www.clarkson.edu/cheel.

The Cheel Arena and Campus Center opened in August 1991 and was named in recognition of a major gift commitment by the late Helen Snell Cheel, daughter of Sara and North Country Congressman Bertrand H. Snell, a longtime Clarkson trustee. She and her husband, Harold Cheel, were the parents of the late Bertrand S. Cheel, Clarkson Class of 1962.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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

[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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