Clarkson Matters

On October 15, 2022 Clarkson University will inaugurate its 17th President, Marc P. Christensen. Please help us welcome Marc and his wife, Seema, by sharing a few words about why Clarkson Matters to you so they can learn about what makes our institution so special.

Let’s Go Tech!


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Family

Clarkson Matters to me because… My parents were long time Clarkson hockey fans, my grandfather attended Clarkson.  When I attend Clarkson Games with my Father 92 now he has so many memories he shares with us.  When he was a kid, they didn’t used to have a Ice resurfacer so he was one of the kids t
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Welcome to the Family!

President Marc and Seema, I want to welcome you to the Clarkson family! We are all so blessed to have you and I personally am so excited to see all the ways that you will grow, encourage, challenge, and strengthen Clarkson for years to come! I pray the Lord would bless you both exceedingly and abund
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Welcome Challenge

Clarkson Matters to me because… A great education from an excellent university offers one an advantage in one’s career.  Good luck in maintaining this University’s outstanding reputation. Vincent Cilento ’57
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Welcome

Clarkson Matters to me because…My lifelong friends and professional network. Tomorrow I will be teeing off with my friend and Fraternity Brother in Zeta Nu, 37 years after we first met. We’re still good friends. God Bless Clarkson and God Bless ZN. Open invite also for the new President to visit u
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Welcome to Clarkson University!

Clarkson Matters to me because I earned a graduate degree in Chemistry from here and have worked here for many years (at CAMP and now as a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering). Also, the university has provided me with very exciting and wonderful academic opport
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Welcome!

I graduated from Clarkson a few years ago. I’m also a current MBA student. Most importantly, I’m a parent of a freshman Clarkson student. It is so important to me that Clarkson remains a successful institution well into the future so many more generations can attend and succeed from all of its benef
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A very warm and happy welcome!

Clarkson Matters to me because it has made me a true professional in my career. I’m very proud and always inspired by my time and connection to Clarkson! President Christensen and your wife, wishing you great success in your career and leadership at Clarkson. Andrew Loiacano ’80
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Welcome to a special community

Clarkson Matters to me because from the passion, engagement, kindness, and generosity of the faculty, to the culture of collaboration, camaraderie, and innovative culture of the students, it’s a rare gem of a place. Welcome to the Clarkson community! David Schmidt ’93
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Platform for Success

Clarkson Matters to me because…..the intimate, personal educational environment transformed my life. My early adolescent years in a small town, struggling with challenging economic conditions, instilled in me a strong work ethic.  But my confidence was lacking.  Clarkson provided me – through supp
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Grateful for a Great Education

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Christensen & Family, Welcome to Clarkson College of Technology (as it was known when I graduated), Here I am joyously retired since 2006 having been blessed to have had a very satisfying career both in industry and in the intelligence community.  This could only have been possible b
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Impression that Lasted

Clarkson Matters to me because I applied to five different schools. Wasn’t thinking Clarkson would be my first choice, but after visiting it was.  I truly appreciated the cooperative culture amongst students as compared to what I understood of other universities. I did much better studying in groups
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Thank You!

Clarkson Matters to me because Med School at the University of Rochester was a piece of cake after Clarkson, which gave me the tools and thinking to progress! The same mindset and hard work at Clarkson prepared me for excellence in medicine. Chemical Engineering is a great pre-med curriculum (you ne
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Potsdam winter

I hope you and your family are prepared for -40 deg F. winters! Back in my freshman year (’64-’65) we had to walk from the dorms on the hill down, across the Raquette River into town where the college classrooms were located!  If you could survive that you were tough enough to graduate. Today fortun
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Clarkson Heart

I quit Clarkson after Junior year in the spring of 1973. When my father died unexpectedly at age 55 in September of that year, I was glad that I was home for this traumatic and life-changing event and not away at school. In the wake of my father’s death, I decided I wanted to go back to Clarkson, ch
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Welcome President Christensen and Seema

Marc, Seema: A cordial welcome to Clarkson University.  The start of a new school year is always an amazing time in the North Country.  Hope you both enjoy the changing colors, the deep blue skies, and the many accents you will hear English spoken- eh! I cannot be at the Inauguration, but should be
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Thankful

Clarkson Matters to me because several professors (Hammam, Bray, Mukundan, Cotalessa) took an individual and personal interest in steering me towards a career that has been both fun and rewarding (culminated by my appointment as a Bell Labs Fellow).  And the hockey coach (York) created a special “he
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Welcome to Clarkson!

Dear Mr. and Mrs. President, On behalf of a David D. Reh School of Business 2019 alumnus, I welcome you and your family to the Golden Knights family. May you have great success at Clarkson and continue to sustain and grow our great university system. B’Hatzlacha! Robert (Bobby) A. Naimark ’19
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A New Beginning

Hi Marc, I wish you great success in leading Clarkson.  My dad and 2 brothers also went to Clarkson.  I really enjoyed my years there and as a member of Sigma Delta Fraternity – a wonderful house with great guys!  The Clarkson experience has been a great source of pride in my life’s journey. Hank Va
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Beat SLU

Clarkson Matters to me because “With honor duty as thy call, thy teachings those of power enthrall” Let us present ourselves as workers that needeth not to be ashamed. Jay Higle ’70
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Welcome to Clarkson

Clarkson Matters to me because it gave so many of us the tools and background to succeed in life. If you look at the plaques at the base of the trees which line the drive up to the Hill dorms (at least that is what we called them when my class set the plaque in place at the first tree on the top of
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Taken Away

Clarkson Matters to me because as a 1954 graduate, Clarkson provided me with an education that gave me both a satisfying, as well as a financially successful career in the construction industry. It also continued the work ethic instilled in me by my parents. Clarkson was not my first choice as I was
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Welcome to our family…

You and your family must be outstanding to have been chosen to lead our wonderful institution. Clarkson was a game changer for Becky and me. It is a significant part of what defines us. Your leadership, hopefully, will carry us through the rest of our life. We love Clarkson and everything it stands
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Welcome to the Clarkson family

Welcome both of you to the Clarkson family. Clarkson is such a special and unique place; it offers world-class engineering education in a beautiful and unassuming setting.  There is no university that would have been a better fit for me and I know almost every alum feels the same as I do. David Cain
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Home

Clarkson Matters to me because I grew up homeless, neglected, and in poverty, and faced a lack of family support in anything I’ve done in life. Coming to Clarkson, I immediately felt a sense of home, something I had never experienced before. The Clarkson community has been incredibly welcoming, and
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Welcome and Good Luck!

Clarkson Matters to me because I am an alum!  I graduated class of 1986 and Clarkson provided a great education. I give every year to the college (member of Anne Clarkson Society). I have two daughters of college age and I have been struck by the relative decline in the standing of Clarkson since my
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Welcome from a Four Alumni Family!

Clarkson Matters to me because my Clarkson degree helped me navigate a successful and very rewarding career as a mechanical engineer in challenging, male-dominated industries. My older brother, ChemE ‘73, younger brother, EE ‘82, and our daughter, ChemE ‘17, are also alums. Our family welcomes you t
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Welcome to Clarkson!

Welcome to Clarkson! I am so proud to be an alumna of such a fantastic institution. Clarkson has played a huge role in making me the person I am now. I can’t thank everyone there enough for preparing me so well for graduate school and beyond. I hope you love our beloved Tech as much as the students,
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Best wishes!

​I am a graduate of Clarkson and on my way to a successful career.  Clarkson is a wonderful school in a laid-back town with top-notch professors and management.  I know you will keep up the tradition.  Good luck. Stanley Brickman ’58
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Congrats ,your coming to a special place!!!

Clarkson University is a very special place. The culture of the University is FAMILY. People in Potsdam, the faculty, and fellow students will always go out of their way to help. It’s great to know that you are at a place that values everyone and that if you need help in anything you can get it!!! A
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Welcome to Clarkson

Marc: Welcome to Clarkson. We are all glad a person with your background is in place to lead a great institution into the future. All the very best, Doug Dahler ’74
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Clarkson is full of Innovators!

Clarkson Matters to me for so many reasons typical of teenagers’ first time living independently – it was a new sense of freedom and responsibility, challenge and excitement.  I didn’t believe it then, of course, when people told me – these are the best years of your life, enjoy them!  But in many w
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Welcome to Clarkson

Clarkson Matters to me because when I first came to Clarkson in August 1969, all of the academic buildings were located downtown.   Over the years through the dedication of alumni, administration, and the Board of Trustees, the Hill Campus has been transformed into the heart of Clarkson.  Welcome to
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Community

Clarkson matters to me because the collaborative environment is unmatched. The “we’re all in this together” mindset creates a culture of teamwork that prepared me for my career and put me a step ahead of my peers from other institutions. Lisa Jeffers ’03
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