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Chapter Four

The Computer Era, 1970-99

The last decades of the 20th century saw enormous changes in technology, especially computing and the internet; political priorities, which pivoted during the Space Race and Cold War; and sociological concepts of personal development and equal rights. Clarkson embraced these changes and forged a new identity as a university player on the national stage.

For example, in 1983, Clarkson was the first campus in the world to require all first-year students to have a personal computer — a requirement that was covered in the national media and at a New York City expo.

Clarkson benefitted from the Space Race, since faculty designed experiments for the space shuttle. The race also included technology development funded by the government. Clarkson won the funding to establish a Center of Advanced Technology, CAMP (The Center for Advanced Materials Processing). The vigorous new growth in Clarkson’s research agenda made up for its suspension during the world wars.

While Clarkson undergraduates continued to be trained in both liberal and technical skills to prepare for becoming leaders in their professions, the vision for leadership preparation had changed. Rather than French and English language classes, attention was turned to ethics and ideas. Considering environmental and social effects became a part of every project, and student development occurred beyond the classroom. Although students had always pitched in, nurtured school spirit and developed organizations, the institution now began to harness and support extracurriculars to maximize professional and personal development. Options to participate in design competitions, interactions with professionals in target industries and personal development courses proliferated.

At the end of the 20th century, Clarkson’s development was also furthered by increasing cooperation with corporations. Companies like IBM, GE, Alcoa, Corning, Kodak and Westinghouse were not only benefactors and beneficiaries, but were partners in research and development, the development of students’ professionalism and the bringing of innovations to market.

Another development was moving to the Hill Campus. The Science Center opened as the first academic building on the hill in 1971, followed by the ERC, IRC, CAMP and Rowley. The last new academic building, new Snell Hall, was begun in 1999. Thus, the “tilt to the hill,” a dream since the 1920s, was completed. The small Thomas S. Clarkson School of Technology ended the 20th century as Clarkson University.

Moving to the Hill Begins in Earnest

The first academic building on the Hill, the Science Center, replaced the old Clarkson conservatory, opening in 1971. It was dedicated in 1976 to Cora Clarkson and her son, Bayard Clarkson, in recognition of their generosity, friendship and service to Clarkson. Cora, the wife of Robert Livingston Clarkson, became the first honorary trustee, and Bayard, a doctor and cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York City, became a trustee in 1967.

In 1978 the IRC opened. Then, in 1980, students helped move the library collection from Burnap Library to the Educational Resources Center, the ERC — called a “center” instead of a library since it was planned for digital collections. Perhaps it was ahead of its time, for despite the fact that it won a Certificate of Design Excellence in 1982, Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic for The New York Times, wrote, “Even if Clarkson’s Educational Resources Center is a computer cathedral, I don’t think I want to see it.” The ERC became nationally famous for “not holding books.” While it of course did have some books, the ERC was designed to rely on digital and microform information rather than on paper books.

In 1983, the engineering science building, the Rowley Engineering Laboratory, was built. Like the ERC, this building featured a passive solar heating design to conserve energy.

A New Zip Code

In 1988, the TUB (Temporary Student Union) opened, followed in 1991 by CAMP and Cheel. In 1992, Congden, the last downtown dormitory, closed, shifting the center of gravity of the campus. Clarkson now had its own zip code, and there was even talk of moving Old Main to the Hill and discussion in the village about what to do with the old buildings (Pres, 1997). In 1996, all the engineering departments moved to Rowley, and all student services moved to Graham Hall. In 1998, the new fitness center was built, connecting the IRC and Alumni Gym. The sandstone entrance off Highway 11 was constructed, and finally, in 1999, the foundation was laid for the last new academic building, Snell Hall.

Although the development completely changed the look, feel and purpose of the Hill Estate, the Clarkson family was remembered in the class gifts of 1985 and 1986, which funded renovation of the family fountain and gazebo.

Leading the Nation in Computers

In 1968, nearly all 700 first-year students took a computer course involving the school’s new IBM/360 Model 44 (401), which operated using computer cards.

In 1983, Clarkson was the first university in the nation to require entering students to have a computer. The Zenith Z-100 Desk Top Computer used a Clarkson-produced word programming software called Galahad and was supplied at discount prices. A full course in using it was offered in Management 110, “Computer Concepts in Business.” So big was the hype that media from all over the country visited campus to report on this requirement. In fact, Clarkson was featured in the article “Living with Computers” in Newsweek on Campus, which had three Clarkson students on the cover.

In 1990, the WISE partnership with IBM Workstations in Science and Engineering made Clarkson the most heavily computerized campus in the world.
In 1994, the first virtual reality undergraduate class in the country was taught at Clarkson. Students programmed their own virtual worlds using C++.

In 1995, the first multi-user dimension system for an intercollege course was created by a national team, which included Clarkson’s Steve Doheny-Farina.
Clarkson continued to make the news over the next decades as one of the “most wired campuses,” and students have won programming competitions under the guidance of Professor Jeanna Matthews.

As part of its mission, Clarkson also cooperated with industry and the wider community.

Semiconductor Manufacturing

  • Clarkson faculty were at the forefront of semiconductor manufacturing processes.
  • A space shuttle experiment was designed to grow cadmium telluride crystals.
  • IBM sponsored a Center for Particulate Control in Process Equipment at Clarkson.
  • Professor S.V. Babu led innovative research in chemical-mechanical planarization critical to the semiconductor industry. In 1996, CAMP hosted the first annual workshop on chemical-mechanical planarization.

Teaching the Community

1981: The Institute in Retraining in Computer Science was offered as a summer program to retrain college faculty to teach computer science.
1983: Clarkson offered Family Computer Camp during the summer.

The Space Race, NASA and the Military

In 1977, Clarkson received its largest research grant to date: NASA offered $555,000 to develop techniques for processing glass in space. Another grant from the U.S. Air Force funded research into the cause of water vapor, which interfered with Air Force systems, and keeping integrated circuit chips dry.

In 1986, NASA established at Clarkson one of its four Centers for the Commercialization of Space, which would operate for 5 years.

In 1989, two of the 23 scientific experiments selected for work in the space shuttle’s microgravity science missions were from Clarkson. Frederick Carlson, mechanical & aeronautical engineering professor, had an experiment scheduled for March 1992, to grow single crystals of cadmium telluride, important for the semiconductor industry; Shankar Subramaniam, chemical engineering professor, had an experiment scheduled for October 1992, to measure the movement of bubbles and drops of liquid from cold to hot regions in the reduced gravity environment as a possible new way of processing materials. Unfortunately, both experiments were cancelled due to problems in flight.

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) drove Clarkson onto the national and international stage. Its relationship with over 50 corporate partners has allowed CAMP to develop patents and bring technology to the marketplace. In fact, CAMP’s impact on the New York state economy in 2000-05 was calculated at $100 million.

CAMP was established in 1985, the brainchild of faculty member William Wilcox, who pursued an IBM grant for $12,000 to establish a materials processing center. On the advice of trustee Jerry Haddad, a senior executive at IBM, he framed the grant proposal around the exciting work being done by fellow faculty member Egon Matijević on colloids —a mixture in which one substance of microscopically dispersed insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance, such as smoke, blood and wastewater. The IBM grant enabled enough development to make the Center competitive for a New York state $1million grant to establish a state Center for Technology, and then for an additional $13.5 million in state funding.

Egon Matijević

In 1991, Liya Regal joined CAMP and constructed the world’s first centrifuge dedicated to materials processing and related flow visualization.
Matijević had joined Clarkson in 1957 as a research associate in physical and colloidal chemistry and was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1960. In 1972, he won the Kendall Award, the highest prize awarded by the American Chemical Society. At that time, no American university had more than one faculty member who had won this award; Clarkson had three. Matijević was doing pioneering work in micron and sub-micron particles, research became what, today, is called nanotechnology.

He also was responsible for building a pipeline of eastern European professors who came to work at Clarkson from beyond the Iron Curtain.

CAMP’s success is due to government support, corporate partnerships, leading-edge laboratories and equipment and, of course, innovative, high-caliber faculty. Today, CAMP is known internationally for work in colloidal dispersions and processing, nanosystems, particle transport, deposition and removal, chemical-mechanical planarization, particle synthesis and properties, and thin films and coatings.

The Centennial Professors

While many faculty did interesting work, Clarkson chose to honor five in particular for the 1996 Centennial Celebration because they had “built the curriculum, attracted other outstanding scholars and, most importantly, [had] mentored and inspired our students.”

Bradford Broughton, professor of liberal studies, was an expert on knighthood and chivalry and created A Clarkson Mosaic, which catalogued Clarkson’s history prior to 1996.

Milton Kerker, in science, attracted scholars in colloid and surface chemistry and created a popular course on the history of science. During his career at Clarkson (1949-91), he was world-renowned for his work on aerosols and light scattering. He attracted top scientists, including Egon Matijević in 1957 and Stephen Baunauer in 1965, built a PhD program and established the Department of Biology. In 1974, he was appointed the first Thomas S. Clarkson Professor, the highest professorial rank. An endowed chair was created in his name.

Ronald Frazer, in business, introduced the use of simulation games and steered the MS in management in the School of Business. He also coached the first women’s hockey team, Frazer’s Blazers.

Herman Schulman, in engineering, shaped the undergraduate experience by linking it to graduate programs and research. Schulman spent his Clarkson career (1948-88) in chemical engineering and administration, contributing scholarly work in column studies, mass transfer, air pollution and boiling heat transfer. While his administrative work was instrumental in breaking new ground for Clarkson’s academic programs, including master’s and doctoral programs in chemical engineering, he served in many administrative capacities. An endowed chair was created in his name in 2002 with Coulter funding.

Walter Krueger, in military science, developed Clarkson’s ROTC program, the Rifle Team and the Clarkson Guard.

Endowed Faculty

In the 1960s, the Board of Trustees was unanimous in envisioning the college’s mission as simply providing a high-quality undergraduate education. Through the 1970s and 80s, trustee Bayard “Barney” Clarkson fought to build consensus about the importance of research. Barney’s vision for Clarkson has always been that the work done at Clarkson should address real problems around the world. To achieve this, he has continually advocated for an ambitious research program. At the time, he argued that raising the profile of research at the University would attract strong researchers, who, in turn, would attract strong graduate students, who would provide rich research opportunities for undergraduates. In order to support this vision, Barney Clarkson endowed a faculty chair in 1983 and encouraged the trustees to create an endowed professorship. This was not the first endowed faculty position. In the late 1960s, both Alcoa and Niagara Mohawk established endowed positions to encourage work on energy issues. The new endowments, however, were designed differently: not to support a particular area of research, but to support a type of faculty member—someone energetic, prolific and interested in teaching and research, someone who could develop the Clarkson research agenda while participating in the national arena.

1989: Philip K. Hopke, former Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, was brought to Clarkson as the first Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry and built his own lab, recruiting graduate students from other disciplines, like chemical engineering and environmental engineering. He first came to international prominence with his work on radon, published by the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.

Becoming Clarkson University

Clarkson had grown to offer 20 undergraduate, 15 master’s and five PhD degree programs. In 1983-84, President Plane worked to get Clarkson College recategorized as Clarkson University, and when he succeeded, his announcement in February 1984 took many students and faculty by surprise. Some graduating seniors refused to get class rings with the new name, and Clarkson students still proudly cheer “Let’s Go Tech!” All, however, recognize that the university “designation better describes Clarkson … and [makes its name and] degrees more valuable and appreciated, both nationally and internationally,” as President Plane had predicted.

Key Leadership in Navigating These Changes

Robert A. Plane, president from 1974 to1985, had been provost at Cornell and a professor of chemistry of international standing. One of his final and most decisive achievements was ushering Clarkson from a college to a university. At the beginning of his tenure, he announced his goals for Clarkson in the Clarkson Plan, which broadened the student experience and included working with humanities faculty to develop the freshman composition course into an introduction of great works of literature and philosophy. He also developed HII; Outer Reaches; Gravander’s Technology Assessment course; the requirement for each student to take one course in each school; and increased opportunities for extracurricular activities, such as intramural teams and arts programing.


  • Jerrier Hadad, VP at IBM, who inspired much of the development in computer technology and CAMP
  • Bayard Clarkson, cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, who inspired the development of a world-class research program
  • William Rowley
  • Renso Caporali, identified in 1993 by Business Week as the “most educated CEO in America.”

Other Presidents

  • Gallagher, 1988-95
  • Dennis G. Brown, 1996-03

The “Design for the Future” fund-raising campaign kicked off in 1989 with a goal of $40,000,000. The leading gift was from Helen Snell Cheel, daughter of Bertrand Snell. Cheel Campus Center & Arena was named in her honor.

In 1992, local character from Star Lake and trustee, Andrew M. Schuler, left a large sum to Clarkson in his will. The IRC was named for him and the ERC for his father, Andrew S. Schuler. Schuler had made his money merging his family’s potato chip company with the Sunshine Biscuit Co. The only stipulation for Clarkson’s use of the money was to maintain his burial place in the Adirondacks on Streeter Lake, where he owned a large tract of land and a summer camp.

Building the Corporate Network

Clarkson had always had close ties to businesses: those that hired graduates, were affiliated with trustees or that needed more training for current employees. However, the relationship became richer toward the end of the 20th century as computers and technology began to develop at breakneck speed. Both Clarkson and industry were strengthened by sharing research and development priorities. Clarkson researchers worked with corporate researchers, and corporations funded Clarkson research that focused on solving corporate problems and resulted in new products.

Preparing and Hiring Graduates

Career Fair

Clarkson’s national business fraternity set up the first career fair, which had 20 companies in attendance. By the end of the 20th century, that number had swelled. In 1997, GM, GE and Alcoa named Clarkson as a place to seek employees due to the University’s multidisciplinary team projects and commitment to recruiting women and minorities.


In the 1970s and 80s, professionals came to campus for “residences” and consulted with students or took them to corporate campuses.

Partnership with GE

Clarkson’s proximity to GE’s Schenectady site and Global Research Center facilitated a strong connection. Clarkson’s work on smart grids “helped pave the way” for GE’s Smart Grid technology through the GE Smart Grid Fellowship program. GE’ sponsors a Women in Leadership weekend, inviting prospective students for an opportunity to learn from female leaders at GE. The company continues to hire Clarkson graduates, and their matching gifts and research grants exceed $400,000 and $1.5 million, respectively.

Affiliation Model

CAMP’s success is due to corporate partnerships starting with Corning, IBM Kodak and Xerox, and increasing to 17 partners who pay membership fees and with NYSTAR, NYSERDA and the U.S. Army.

Labs and Equipment

1984: An Industrial Robotics Research and Demonstration Laboratory was established with support from IBM, GE and Westinghouse.

1984: Gould Foundation donated a $600,000 Gould CONCEPT32/97 computer, one of the world’s fastest minicomputers, for use by 75% of Clarkson students in the ERC.

1989: Clarkson Center for Particulate Control in Process Equipment, funded primarily by IBM, was a Class 10 Clean Room, the only one at an American university used for microcontamination research.

1990: WISE (Workstations in Science and Engineering) — With hardware gifted by IBM, Clarkson was tasked with developing both a graphical interface for the RS/6000 and a methodology for maintaining a distributed network of machines throughout the campus network, thereby creating an “Electronic Library of the Future.”
Consulting for Local Businesses

1993: The Center for Canadian-U.S. Business Studies was established to help businesses find markets on both sides of the border. Staffed by graduate business administration students and some undergraduates, it furthered research into the hurdles facing businesses hoping to expand.

1993: The Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development started a Small Business Consulting Team, which contracted with local businesses to help solve problems and provide training.

Educational Partnerships

1997: The School of Business created partnerships, which included a corporation and a local school district.
General Motors supported CAISE (the Center for Advanced Instruction in Science and Engineering), where multidisciplinary teams of professors and students worked to produce software and datasets for use in course labs on statistics and mechanics of materials.

1998: The Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development had become a university-wide resource. Educational partnership programs involved 10 businesses and 11 school districts.

Innovations in the Student Experience

NASA’s slogan, “Exploring beyond the known universe,” inspired both the nation and President Plane. Plane convened an Outer Reaches Committee to design ways to push Clarkson students out of the narrow scope of their major and into intellectual independence. The results included a general education curriculum, a design or project-oriented curriculum, strong support for extracurricular activities and increased interaction with industry and the community. Some of the innovations proved unpopular (HII, writing proficiency exit exam), but the seed was planted to pull extracurricular activities under the academic and administrative umbrella. Students would now get organized support.

Course Design Projects

1971: Motorized roller skates and a wheelchair were entered in national competitions.

1973: A class project helped with recycling in St. Lawrence County and involved welding new compartments onto Potsdam waste disposal trucks and identifying and collecting junk cars.

1976: An eggbeater windmill developed by professors and students, with corporate backing, drew media attention.

1976: An entrepreneurship program was designed to give students firsthand knowledge of the free enterprise system by having them develop and market new products.

1988: Alka-Seltzer-powered racing devices accounted for 40% of student grades and were featured in national news.

1993: Senior design projects in civil engineering, under the guidance of Tony Collins, were required to include social and ethical elements, and professionals were invited to the project presentations; under James Svoboda, students compiled their own textbook by writing GM-style reports.

1998: All first-year students in the School of Business were required to join a team and form a business.

Baja SAE

National and International Student Competitions
1980: Clarkson’s mini Baja SAE race car finished second out of 20 international teams. Between 1989 and1994, the team received regional awards three times.
1991: The Mini-Indy Formula SAE race car won “Best First-Year Entry.”

1995: Clarkson’s entry had four-wheel steering, earning second place in maneuverability.


1990: In a field of over 90 competitors, Clarkson’s team won for outstanding sportsmanship and for corporate, state and federal sponsors.

1993: Clarkson’s team came in 28th, with a budget almost 1/3 that of the winning team.

1995: The team won top design honors and finished 18th.

Other Vehicle Competitions

1972: Clarkson takes seventh out of 60 teams in the International Urban Vehicle Design competition.
1974: In the Student Competitions on Relevant Engineering (SCORE), Clarkson students created a fire-fighting equipment module that could fit in the back of a standard pickup truck.
1975: Clarkson students took first and second place for their design of a human-powered vehicle at the Annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Other Competitions

1991: The ASCE student chapter held a regional bridge building contest in Walker Arena.

1993: In the International Environmental Design competition, Clarkson won first place for their wastewater treatment plant design.

1995: Clarkson MBA students participated in an international business case competition.

Use of Computers

Simulation games were used in the MS in management program.
Computer-assisted instruction was developed, including drills and video lectures, at Clarkson on the Galahad software created at the University.

Development of Undergraduate Research

1978: Undergraduates were able to participate in research on campus through an NSF program.

1996: The Honors Program was launched with a sophomore design project. The program required completion of a research-based thesis project.

1998: Undergraduate research expands: 51 students took part in summer research, and 80% of undergraduate chemistry majors participated in research at some point in their studies.

1999: Over 200 Clarkson undergraduates performed research. The first SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium) was organized by two seniors and sponsored by the Division of Research.

Biggest Competitive Advantage

According to David Craig, Director of the Honors Program,
“Early research is one of our biggest competitive advantages, and these projects exemplify our key themes — that research can enhance the undergraduate experience, that our size enable us to increase and personalize interaction between students and professors and that Clarkson education is focused on the individual.”

Bridges Beyond the Ivory Tower

The Clarkson School

The Clarkson School (TCS) began with a suggestion from Mary Plane, the president’s wife, as a bridging year between high school and college for gifted students. The first class entered in 1977. In 1983, it was featured in the National Commission on Excellence in Education report.

Other Bridges

1984: Project Challenge for high school students began meeting on Saturdays.
1997: The School of Business Partnership Program won the 1997 NYNEX (Bell Atlantic) “Excellence in Education” innovation planning grant.
A project with Massena High School, the Tech Prep/School to Work Initiative, became a semi-finalist in the RIT/USA Today Total Quality Cup Competition.

Student Life


1975: Physics professor Ray Serway demonstrated pulleys in class by persuading a slender freshman to sit in the sling he had rigged up. The class then convinced Serway, a much heavier person, to demonstrate. When he agreed, the first-year students gleefully hauled him to the ceiling, then left him there.
1976: Professor Victor Pease walked into his Abnormal Psych class and noticed that it was abnormally full. As four white coated “orderlies” made their approach, he ran. But they straitjacketed him and placed them on their shoulders. Pease, “with his usual aplomb,” continued his lecture from this supine position while they carried him out of class. An “orderly” returned to dismiss the class. A few years later, Pease was interviewed on CBS on how to manage stress.

This was the last prank recorded in A Clarkson Mosaic.

The Ice Carnival continued strong, and lasted for nine days.
The Clarkson-Potsdam State annual snowball fight was quite dramatic in 1991.

Wellness and Personal Development

1973: The Student Development Center and the innovative PE104 Personal Wellness Course were started by Gary Kelly and James Cerio. They provided counseling, peer counselor training, mental and physical health resources, self-awareness training and help with career planning.

1976: The Clarkson Union Board (CUB) began working to develop entertainment, including music at the coffee house, movies in the auditorium, concerts, Spring Thing and mini-courses like auto-mechanics and ballroom dancing,

1978: The Sports and Rec Center was developed to support intramural sports and FLAIR, which included dinner theater and supported non-sporting extracurriculars.

1981: STRETCH was sponsored by Student Life but consisted of faculty and staff mentors. The program aimed to help first-year students develop personally and professionally.

Beer Blasts caused contention in town until the drinking age was raised in to 21 on Dec. 1, 1985.

After 1985, the action in town was muted until 1998, when Strawberry Fields coffee house opened in the refurbished Arlington Building, “revitalizing the music scene in Potsdam.”

Fraternities remained an important source of excitement in town, with their fundraising escapades including Derby Days, bed races, eating contests, etc. The first sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, was organized in 1977.


In 1974, the Clarkson chapter of the national business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi was expelled for admitting women. They attended the 1975 convention to argue for the inclusion of women through Title IX, but their proposal was voted down. They continued as an unaffiliated chapter in order to be able to admit women.

In 1971, Annette Noble was the first Black graduate student to earn an MS.

In the 1970s, the first female faculty to join Clarkson were Dalma Brunauer in chemistry and Mary Lay in humanities. Brunauer became the first female professor at Clarkson in 1975. Susan Conry joined math and computer science in 1975 and became the first female professor in engineering in 1977. By the 1980s, Hayley Shen, Sandra Harris and Ruth Baltus had joined the engineering faculty.

In 1987, the male-to-female student ratio was 4:1.

1980: AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) was inaugurated. Clarkson had 15 American Indian students. In 1908, four American Indian students graduated from Clarkson, while only 30 graduated nationwide.

1988: SPECTRUMM was founded, the Students Proposing to Engineer Cultural and Thorough Relations Uniting the Minority and Majority.

1986: SWE began organizing an annual Women’s Leadership Conference for Clarkson female first-years, sophomores and juniors.

1991: The first Culture Night was put on by the International Student Organization.

1994: Clarkson received grants to recruit and develop support for minority students.


1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid

Many in the Clarkson community volunteered to help with the games, and George Davis, math professor and dean of student affairs, was the official timekeeper for the Miracle on Ice game.

1970: Hockey was televised for the alumni.

PEP Band

The Pep Band was a major contributor to Clarkson spirit. Practicing instruments and careful choreography were less important than the cheers. In 1985, they got green sweaters in lieu of green blazers and straw boaters, and the next year, they were recognized as the best pep band in ECAC. In 1988, they were kicked out of Vermont.

Letter To the Editor (after game at UVM):

Those Cynic readers who attended the Clarkson UVM hockey game, played at the Gutterson rink on Saturday November 15, should long remember the six to zip shellacking not for the fine play of the Clarkson defense, but for the devastating play of the Clarkson band. Yes, the band.

Those of us who were unfortunate enough to have season tickets situated directly across from the visiting band section suffered through three periods (and then some) of nonstop hullabaloo. This entertainment took the form of some terrific brass band numbers (they played one of my favorites “Theme from the Muppet Show”) which were inter-mixed with continuous chanting and taunting in unison (“It’s all your fault,” sung to goalie Tom Draper, “Na, na, na, na, good bye” crooned good bye to the early departing Vermont crowd).

Clarkson’s 14 trumpet and nine trombone brass section coupled with three drummers and a host of woodwinds dominated Gutterson, completely blowing away the feeble attempts of the UVM fans to get something (read: anything) going. The game simply reflected what was happening in the stands. Which brings me to the point of this letter something has to be done to prevent another band from doing this again.

I have a few suggestions:

A. Sell out the entire visitor section to UVM fans and let the opposing fans and band watch the game via closed circuit TV in the indoor track. This would be very convenient for them to buy their snacks.

B. Line the visiting band section with acoustical tiles to soak up the noise.

C. Encase the entire visitor’s section in Plexiglas (for their own safety and protection, of course).

D. Issue compressed air horns to each UVM fan with written instructions which read, “sound off whenever a visiting band member moves.” Or maybe we should fight fire with fire:

—Recruit brass players for the UVM pep band, followed by percussionists, more drums and new music. Maybe we could convince the Friends of UVM Hockey to establish a scholarship fund for pep band members, and then we could even entice some of the Clarkson brass or percussion section to transfer to UVM. (Have you ever been to Potsdam…?)

—Move the UVM pep band. I don’t know why, but they just don’t carry at all from that corner of Gutterson. Maybe we should have them switch places with the visitor’s band the Clarkson band carried everywhere.

E. Amplify the UVM pep band. Let’s face it, woodwinds weren’t meant to go head-to-head with brass. Let’s make it a fair match.

Well, those are some of my ideas. I’m sure Cynic readers have many ideas on the subject, and I would encourage you to use these pages as a forum for discussion of this problem.

A dedicated fan, T.F. Patterson
  • Clarkson Hall of Fame — Created in 1992, the hall of fame inducted the following athletes during 1970 to 1996:
  • Stephanie Sealer ’95 — Basketball, tennis
  • Craig Conroy ’94 — Hockey
  • Michael Kirmse ’94 — Soccer
  • Jerry Kieran ’92 — Lacrosse
  • Larry Martin ’92 — Soccer, basketball, tennis
  • Ed McMahon ’91 — Lacrosse
  • Brigitte Aldous ’90—Basketball
  • Melissa Smith ’90 — Basketball
  • Beth Bacon ’89 — Basketball, lacrosse
  • Colin Patterson ’86 — Hockey
  • Kelly Priestley ’81 — Hockey, tennis, lacrosse
  • Craig Laughlin ’80 — Hockey
  • Kevin Zappie ’79 — Hockey, baseball
  • Bill Blackwood ’78 — Hockey
  • Alan Nolet ’78 — Lacrosse
  • Dave Taylor ’77 — Hockey
  • Pete Ganley ’72 — Basketball
  • Steve Warr ’72 — Hockey
  • Dave Fretz ’85 — Hockey
  • Bruce Bullock ’71 — HockeyCathy Champion-Demers ’84 — Hockey, lacrosse
  • Vele Galovski ’82 — Soccer
  • Mark Bissonette ’81— Soccer

1989 Banner year for Division III teams

The Nordic team won the Mid-East Conference placed second at regionals and appeared at nationals; women’s basketball won NCAA NE Regionals; men’s soccer finished eighth in the country; men’s lacrosse were ECAC champions.

Men’s Hockey

  • 1970: NCAA championship tournament, second place
  • 1977: ECAC regular season champions; highest scoring Clarkson team ever
  • 1991: NCAA Frozen Four, ECAC regular season and tournament champions
  • 1993: ECAC tournament champions
  • 1999: ECAC Tournament Champions

Women’s Hockey

  • 1974: Became a competitive club as Frazer’s Blazers
  • 1976: The team was featured on CBS Hockey News.
  • The team ended play in the 1980s.

Division III

  • 1973: Presidents’ Cups were created to recognize outstanding achievement in five “minor” sports: soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball and wrestling among Clarkson, Potsdam State and SLU.
  • 1978: First winning season in basketball in 16 years
  • 1979: The wrestling team went to the nationals, and the rifle team became NY State Intercollegiate League Champions.
  • 1981: The rifle team became NY State Intercollegiate League Champions.
  • 1985: Women’s basketball had their first winning season
  • 1986: First swimmer qualified for nationals; Nordic and Alpine ski teams qualified for nationals
  • 1989: Women’s basketball took ICAC
  • 1993: Men’s soccer took their first NCAA title
  • 1995: Division III joined a new sports conference, UCAA, the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.


According to all statistics, our graduates are doing well.

In 1985, 22,158 alumni were on record: 48% had graduated in the last 10 years, 83% in the last 25 years and 6% in the last year; 63% engineering, 16% management, 10% industrial distribution, 9% science.


Clarkson received awards three years in a row (1970-73) from the American Alumni Council and the American Steel Foundation for sustained performance of the alumni fund. 1986 was a record year for alumni giving: 7,306 alums gave over $1 million to the endowment.

Miss Annie Society

Founded in 1993
“Miss Annie” was a term of endearment in the early 20th century. Annie Clarkson was instrumental in shaping the school at its founding, and ensured the school’s future with the bequest in her will of property and money. Deferred giving through a will is an excellent way to promote philanthropic planning.

The Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Begun in 1970
  • Twentieth century awardees still at Clarkson by the time of publication, include:
  • Gordon Batson, 1987
  • Professor Emeritus Goodarz Ahmadi, 1988
  • John McLaughlin, 1991
  • Professor Emeritus Tony Collins, 1994
  • Abul Khonker, 1997
  • Farzad Mahmoodi, 1998

One in five Clarkson alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.

A portion of the alumni remain connected to the University and work to give back. During 1970-99, the alumni organization focused on fundraising, televising hockey and creating awards.

Woodstock Award

In 1986, the Alumni Association Board of Governors created the Woodstock Award, which recognizes young alumni and is given at their fifth through 20th reunion years. The ideal candidate demonstrates a unique combination of career accomplishment, service to Clarkson and service to their community.

Lifetime Engagement Award

This award is offered to those at least fifty years from graduation who have remained engaged and supportive of Clarkson’s mission.