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March 2016

Reshaping the Residential Experience!

Beginning this fall the Residence Life Office will be introducing the Residential Enrichment Program to the residential community. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are seeking students with attributes like leadership, problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, creativity, etc. Recognizing that some of these skills are not learned in the classroom, we want to make sure our students have the appropriate traits to match their academic excellence. The Residential Enrichment Program (REP) will yield a residential experience that emphasizes personal and professional development while also fostering community engagement and universal citizenship.

Recognizing the significance of community engagement, we will inspire residents to participate in activities, events, and organizations that foster school spirit and teamwork in a safe social environment. As part of their professional development, we will motivate residents to obtain a skillset that distinguishes them as leaders in their profession and cultivate the traits necessary to thrive in a post-graduate world. With respect to the evolving world and the need for universal citizenship, we will provoke students to act as global citizens to culturally improve the campus for all who are part of its community; accepting personal difference, inviting the inclusion of all and encouraging greater global understanding. Through personal development we will encourage exploring one’s self by stepping out of their comfort zone in an emotionally and physically safe environment; while also developing the skills necessary to thrive independently and live a healthy lifestyle.

We have identified several learning outcomes that will be demonstrated through a variety of strategies (i.e. programs, bulletin boards, etc.). In the end we want to expose our students to the endless resources and opportunities readily available to help them succeed as student and exceed as professionals.


Tasia White
Director of Residential Living & Learning


Spring 2016 Job Outlook

As the academic year nears an end, students from first year to senior year are eager to take their next steps. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently reported positive but cautious trends for both graduating students, as well as for students pursuing internships. Seniors can expect to enter a slightly better job market, with hiring projections of 11 percent more for the class of 2016 than for the class of 2015. This is great news for current students since the class of 2015 fared well in the market and represents the third consecutive year that graduates will enter a more favorable entry-level job market.

These national trends coincide with spring recruiting at Clarkson University. The Career Center has experienced similar increases throughout the academic year in all forms of recruitment. Position listings for full-time and internships and employer attendance at career fairs remain consistently significant. While these trends have had a positive impact on many students, the Career Center realizes that students accept offers at varying times before and after graduation. Whether your student has or has not accepted a job or internship offer, the Career Center remains ready and available to assist in the job and/or internship search process. With the heightened momentum of career fair passing, the Career Center continues to receive many full-time and internship listings for students across disciplines. Please encourage your student to reach out with questions or to meet with Career Center staff. Our office also encourages you to contact our office at (315) 268-6477 with any questions, concerns, or comments.


Jeffrey Taylor
Career & International Services Office

The Clarkson School: Early College Entrance Program

Did you know Clarkson boasts the 2nd oldest Early College Entrance Program in the country? Since 1978, The Clarkson School has been offering younger students the opportunity to replace the traditional senior year of high school with their first year at Clarkson. Students take regular college classes with other Clarkson University students and live on campus in a residence hall reserved specifically for them. During the year, scholars are immersed in a supportive environment with specialized programs and activities that bridge the transition between high school and college. If you know of a student who might benefit from starting college early, please refer them to our website or have them contact us at 800-574-4425. Students and families who hear about our early college option from someone acquainted with Clarkson are more likely to explore the program, complete the admission process, and ultimately enroll than those students who find us from other sources, so your referral would be greatly appreciated.

Matthew Rutherford
Director of Clarkson School Admission


Young Scholars 2016 Summer Program
"Looking for Trouble: Technological Surveillance and Mental Health in High Schools”      

The Clarkson School, a division of Clarkson University for talented high school students, will once again offer the Young Scholars Program during the summer of 2016. The week-long program will be held on Clarkson University's campus starting Sunday, July 10th through Saturday, July 16th.  We seek motivated and talented rising sophomore, junior, senior and graduating high school students to participate in our summer program.   Students who successfully complete the program and meet the admission requirements, will receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) towards tuition if they attend The Clarkson School or Clarkson University full time for their undergraduate education.  Please note that $1,000 per year is the maximum scholarship amount a student can receive for attending Clarkson University summer programs, no matter how many programs he or she attends.

In general, The Young Scholars Program provides a unique summer experience for students. Consistent with Clarkson's overall focus on interdisciplinary education, students are given a problem to examine and solve from three different perspectives. The three main disciplines involved this year are computer science, the health sciences and psychology. Working individually and in small groups, students conduct research and make a final presentation to campus and community leaders. Students’ families are also encouraged to attend the final presentation.  This innovative program sparks intellectual development and requires students to exercise strong communication skills, and cooperative problem solving.

This year’s Young Scholars will consider the many ways in which this mountain of digital information can be used. Working with Clarkson professors, students will explore motivating examples of the powerful good that can be accomplished with a wide variety of surveillance data as well as powerful examples of the dangers and potential abuses. They will research the details of actual cases of surveillance and the release of “anonymized” data sets that are not truly anonymized. They will also investigate the current state of legal constraints and agreements. They will have the difficult task of balancing the benefits with the risks in this new age of easy surveillance.


From their research, students will:

·         Develop a hypothetical example of a surveillance system that could be used to identify mental health risks such as suicide, eating disorders or bullying through various means of technological surveillance such as watching for keywords and other patterns in personal web searches, social media posts, text messages, etc.

·         Consider the benefits of such a system and the potential risks for monitoring teenagers in school. They will propose both how best to use the various types of  data that could be collected, the best way to identify people at risk and what actions could and should be taken in response.

·         Consider the other potential uses of this data once collected including reuse of data for other purposes by the school and the risk that data, once collected, could be accessed by unauthorized parties.

·         Tasked with identifying a set of constraints – technical, legal and societal – to achieve the best aspects of the potential benefits without the worst aspects of the potential risks. 

 At the end of the week, the students will present their design to guest panelists along with their arguments for and against deployment in their own high schools.

The application requirements/deadlines, costs and scholarship information can be found by visiting For additional questions, please contact the Program Director, Brenda Kozsan, at or call (315) 268-4425.


Brenda Kozsan
Associate Head of the Clarkson School

A note from the Student Success Center…

Over the next few weeks, there will be much do to assure success this semester and prepare for enrollment for next semester.

A message has been sent to all undergraduate students who have earned two unsatisfactory (‘U’) grades or more at mid-term advising them on how they can resolve this situation.

Mid-term Grades are accessible now!
The Enrollment Shopping Cart is available to students beginning Wednesday, March 18: Enrollment for fall 2016 begins on Wednesday, March 30.

Final Exam Schedule is also available in PeopleSoft now.

Catherine Avadikian
Director of First-Year Advising & University Studies Program


The Parents Fund

Clarkson University’s Parents Fund is the coming together of parents in support of the student experience. When you make an unrestricted gift to The Parents Fund, you are showing pride and demonstrating confidence in the work being done at Clarkson. A gift to The Parents Fund immediately benefits current students. This is most notably in the form of financial aid, athletic opportunities, and student access to state-of-the art technology on campus.

Ongoing parent support is an incredibly important tradition here at Clarkson. We hope that you consider making a gift, and invest in your current student’s experience on-campus. If you would really like to make an impact with a gift, you can take the Reh Challenge with a gift of any amount on a credit card and earn an additional $500 for Clarkson. You can also make a one-time gift by visiting here.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Parents Fund, please contact Eric Mount, Assistant Director of The Clarkson Fund at, or by phone at 315-268-4314.

Eric Mount
Assistant Director of the Clarkson Fund



This e-Newsletter is published by the Office of Student Affairs.

Kathryn Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs & International Relations

(315) 268-3943



Important Dates

Last Day of Classes
April 22

Final Exams
April 25 - April 29

May 7

Returning Student Check-In
August 28

Classes Begin
August 29

Family Weekend
October 28-30

Academic Calendar








Students Enjoying the Hockey Game







Pep Rally (Taken by Joseph Coyne)








CU Volleyball Team in Action








Pep Band During the CU vs SLU Game