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10-17-2008

Clarkson University Students Join Forces for Habitat for Humanity

Clubs and students across Clarkson University came out to the Cheel Campus Center lawn earlier this month for the first ever Clarkson "Sleep Out," where students roasted marshmallows by a bonfire, learned about the life of the homeless, and, of course, slept.

In an effort to raise money and awareness for the Raquette Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Clarkson students gave up their comfortable, warm beds to sleep outside under cardboard boxes.

"We wanted to do something different that the students would enjoy," said Paula Wilmot, co-organizer and director of co-curricular education and programming at Clarkson. "It just happened to be really cold that night. We couldn’t believe that the students stuck it out and actually slept outside in cardboard boxes, sleeping bags, and tents!"

The event raised $3,500 for Habitat. But according to co-organizer and Assistant Director of The Clarkson School Jennifer French, it was about more than the donation. "Not only do events like this teach people about empathy, they can also be very humbling experience," she said.

The organizers hope that Clarkson students can get more involved with the local Habitat chapter, especially with building. "There seems to be a lot of interest for doing this type of community service. It just goes to show how amazing it can be when a campus or a community gets together behind something," concluded Wilmot.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.

[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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