Alumni/Friends Articles & Blogs

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August 25, 2017
Renowned film critic and historian Andrew Sarris once wrote of Otis Ferguson '33, “I think a claim can be made for Ferguson as the writer of the best and most subtly influential film criticism ever turned out in America.” High praise for the Jazz Age writer with a rebellious streak that first showed itself when he reviewed...
Crystal Hill stands on a deck overlooking the countryside in Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Crystal Hill ’20 was one of 11 students who spent nine days in Cuba earlier this summer for the course Youth Culture in Cuba: A Service and Learning Opportunity. The group toured organizations that provide opportunities for Cuban youth to express themselves creatively, socially, and politically. Hill, a women’s and gender...
Bernny Ramirez looking at earthworm through glass tank
August 24, 2017
Scientists often borrow from nature when developing some of their best ideas. Look no further than earthworms. Their squiggly, tunneling movements have already inspired researchers to dream up robots that could inch along the ground in military reconnaissance missions, or create devices that could thread their way through...
Clark students stand in a line in front of the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana, Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Cuba has often been referred to as an island nation that is “stuck in time.” However, Crystal Hill ’20, a women’s and gender studies major, was pleasantly surprised to notice that while the city of Havana included classic '50s Cadillacs and relics from years past, it also contained billboards about modern-day social...
Keegan-Daugherty and Miranda-Katsoyannis standing at the CDC sign
August 17, 2017
In her first semester at Clark University, Keegan Daugherty ’19 hit the ground running. She interned with the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, conducting research that prompted the city to adopt a needle-exchange program, with the goal of connecting opioid users to treatment programs. Keegan Daugherty ’19...
Hannah Kogut walks up a spiral staircase in the Clark University Archives
August 16, 2017
There was a time when the only undergraduates crossing Clark’s campus were men — but that changed in 1942, when the University made the decision to admit women to its undergraduate college. An Oct. 28 celebration will mark the 75th anniversary of this historic occasion, and honor the generations of women who came to Clark...
Clark University Graduate School of Management Professor David Correll sits on a wooden staircase in Carlson Hall
August 14, 2017
Prior to enrolling in Professor David Correll’s supply chain management class at Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, what most students know about the topic can be summed up in a UPS catchphrase: “It’s logistics.” “It’s true,” Correll says with a laugh. “But that’s OK. I love being able to teach students...
Ben Daitz stands in front of a wall with colorful graffiti in the Boston location of his restaurant Num Pang
August 8, 2017
For someone opening a restaurant in 12 hours, Ben Daitz '96 is remarkably calm.   Inside Boston's Prudential Center, Daitz presides over a soft opening event for food bloggers and other media, encouraging them to order off the menu to help the rookie staff prepare for the arrival of customers the next day. He chats with...
Emma Deneault works at a table in Bull Mansion
August 2, 2017
Emma Deneault ’18 knows her way around a pitch, but the economics major stepped outside the lines for a LEEP Project as a marketing and social media specialist at Bull Mansion – a new Worcester restaurant co-owned by alumna Victoria Mariano ’08. “To say that a marketing position is out of my comfort zone would be an...
Alexander Grayson poses for a photo at AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania where he is an intern.
July 31, 2017
With a high-paying summer internship at a prominent labor law firm in hand, but not in heart, Alexander Grayson ’18 searched for an opportunity to combine two passions: legal advocacy and public health. He discovered AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit, public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to...
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July 20, 2017
The Clark University Master of Arts in Teaching program has been granted “approval with distinction” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Approval with distinction” is the highest level of approval granted by the state. The program, run through Clark’s Adam Institute for Urban Teaching...
Professor Chris Williams, geography, Clark University
July 10, 2017
Christopher A. Williams, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and adjunct associate professor of biology, will join the North American Carbon Program’s Science Leadership Group (NACP), nominated by members of the Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group.
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June 22, 2017
The photographer’s task appears straightforward: snap some photos of Kim Fisher ’08 on Commencement Day. Kim Fisher takes a rare moment to pause during the 2017 Clark Commencement. Easier said than snapped. Fisher, who coordinates graduation each year, is an elusive blur — a human hologram seemingly empowered to...
JP Burke standing in front of NASA globe structure
June 15, 2017
Think you know all there is to know about Clark University physicist Robert H. Goddard and his impact on the world of spaceflight? It’s possible JP Burke ’08, a self-declared “spaceflight nerd” who graduated from Clark with a double major in mathematics and computer science, knows more. Burke works for a.i. solutions, a...
Students from Consumer Behavior standing amid trees on Clark University campus
June 15, 2017
Several Clark University management students headed off to their summer internships with major fashion retailers armed with fresh knowledge of millennials’ shopping habits, thanks to a marketing class they took this spring. Although the students are millennials – members of the generation born from around 1980 to 2000 –...
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June 6, 2017
Clark University has named Graduate School of Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama to the position of associate provost and dean of research, effective June 1. Read about Yuko Aoyama's latest book, "The Rise of the Hybrid Domain."
Miranda Weinstein sits in chair in library
June 5, 2017
Miranda Weinstein ’16, M.A.'17, sees a disconnect between international politics and understanding the real-world impact of policies and development. “I feel my political science background at Clark provided me with an understanding of structural inequalities and who has the power to make decisions,” she says. Weinstein,...
Adelaide Petrov-Yoo, Clark University
June 5, 2017
Studying abroad in Jordan her junior year gave Clark University history major Adelaide Petrov-Yoo ’17 the chance to learn Arabic and better understand the roots of the Middle East conflict. After returning to Clark in fall 2016, the New Yorker applied that knowledge to write her honors thesis focusing on the Soviet Union’s...
May 30, 2017
Marisa Natale ’17 had never considered a major in history, let alone pursuing a doctorate in the discipline. With the encouragement of her academic adviser, Nina Kushner, however, the Clark University graduate is now applying to Ph.D. programs to study Middle Eastern history from the perspective of gender. Natale decided...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Shelly Tenenbaum and Claude Kaitare in front of Norfolk prison
May 23, 2017
Every Wednesday this semester, Clark University Sociology Professor Shelly Tenenbaum needed to remember to leave cell phone, wallet, pen, hat and gloves behind before she went to work. She also could not wear a jacket with a hood. Her class could be postponed because of a lockdown, and a student’s absenteeism might be...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
Clark University associate professor Kristina Wilson, center, with "Cyanotypes" exhibit co-curator Nancy Kathryn Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Hannah Jaffe '16.
May 17, 2017
Kristina Wilson, associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University, received a prestigious Award for Excellence in recognition of her groundbreaking new scholarship as co-curator of "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," a unique and popular exhibition...
Hung "William" Mai sits in a classroom at Clark University
May 15, 2017
For Hung “William” Mai ’18, every experience is a chance to learn — and focus on his future. Mai, a management major from Vietnam, appreciates how Clark University incorporates social, political and environmental aspects into its business courses. He especially connects with professors who bring real-life examples from...
Margaret Post, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University
May 11, 2017
Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise  works to connect both the university’s research and its teaching to the world of public policy making and implementation. The university is pleased to announce that Margaret A. Post will strengthen that mission when she joins the institute as a research...

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