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07-18-2008

Mellas of Potsdam Receives Clarkson University’s Top Award for Young Alumni

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Elayna C. Mellas of Potsdam, N.Y., the environmental health and safety manager at Clarkson University, has received the Woodstock Award from her 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.Mellas of Potsdam Receives Clarkson University’s Top Award for Young Alumni

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.

At present, she 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.

She lives in Potsdam, N.Y.

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: Elayna Mellas (right) receives the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left).

[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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