Alumni/Friends Articles & Blogs

Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
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May 10, 2017
Clark University announced the public launch of its $125 million comprehensive campaign at a May 5 event held in the Kneller Athletic Center. Ronald Shaich '76, L.H.D. '14 A standing ovation greeted the announcement that Ronald Shaich ’76, L.H.D. ’14, the founder, chairman and CEO of Panera Bread, and his family have made...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...
Psi Chi students seated with professor adviser
May 4, 2017
Clark University’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology, has been selected for the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. The award is presented annually to recognize a chapter for its significant and demonstrable team leadership. The Clark chapter will receive a $2,000 prize and a...
Trang Nguyen ’17
May 2, 2017
In 2008, Trang Nguyen ’17 learned about the financial crisis impacting millions around the world from inside a high school classroom in Singapore. By this point in her young life, she’d already lived in three countries and soon found her teachers piquing her interest to study global economics in a fourth — the United...
Clark-university-guidance-symposium-psychology-professor-wendy-grolnick
May 2, 2017
It’s spring, and soon parents at high school graduation ceremonies will be beaming to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Not so long ago, many of them sat anxiously in school guidance offices, driven to ensure their children chose the right colleges, filled out the proper forms, wrote the best essays, took enough...
Steinbrecher Fellows with Steven Steinbrecher
April 28, 2017
Nine Clark University students have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006. The newest Steinbrecher Fellows are all members of the Class of...
April 28, 2017
Clark University Trustee Steven C. Roberts ’74 has accepted two prestigious appointments this year. Last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Roberts to the Board of Directors for The Congressional Award, Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth. Roberts is one of five civilians to serve in this capacity...
Randolph Mack and Zack Ordynans stand in front of the "Burning Annie" movie poster
April 27, 2017
In 2007, the film “Burning Annie,” a dark comedy about a college student who believes all of life’s answers are found in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” received a limited theatrical and DVD release. Now, after more than a decade, including years of post-production difficulties, the film is getting the re-release it deserves...
April 25, 2017
By his own description, Mitchell Gamache ’17 has always been a “visual kind of guy.” So, it felt natural for him to major in screen studies when he enrolled at Clark University. “Growing up, I made short films with my friends and studied graphic design in high school,” he says. “When I got to college, I wanted to continue...
Jason Feifer '02, editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur Magazine (Photo by Rachel Pradhan)
April 24, 2017
When Jason Feifer ’02 heard Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, use the term “permanent beta” for the first time, it struck him. “I took a piece of paper, wrote down the words and hung it on the wall,” Feifer said while delivering the keynote speech at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program’s 10th Anniversary Event...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Nicholas Callender speaks to two students
April 20, 2017
Clark University alumni who excel in marketing, business and technology returned to campus recently to share advice and tips with students eyeing similar paths. The event was the fourth of Clark’s Networked Communities initiative, which connects students to alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career...
Rachel Polinsky stands next to Richard Freund on the green at Clark University
April 19, 2017
A Clark University alumna had a front-row seat for an international news story that PBS’ NOVA is featuring on April 19: archaeologists’ discovery last summer of a Holocaust escape tunnel built by Jews near Vilna, Lithuania. Richard Freund speaks at Clark in March.
Leah Bodin
April 18, 2017
If you’re ever looking for Leah Bodin ’18, chances are you’ll find her doing one of two things: playing softball or filming videos. Bodin, a screen studies major and student-athlete on Clark’s women’s softball team, unites these passions by making promotional videos for the Athletics Department with sports information...
Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, left, speaks to two Clark students
April 14, 2017
As the U.S. House debated the Affordable Care Act recently, Clark University alumni involved in public health discussed what’s next for their profession and the cross-section of Americans they serve. From left, Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, Samantha Arsenault '15, M.A.’16, and Garrett Abrahamson ’07, M.B.A. ’08, address an...
Sasha Kohan
April 10, 2017
FADE IN: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE BEDROOM – NIGHT SASHA, a 2016 Clark University graduate, hesitantly approaches an open laptop placed on a desk. Its screen glows back at her as she reads an email, her eyes growing wider. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE LIVING ROOM – NIGHT Sasha enters room with laptop, shows screen...
Dancers perform during International Gala 2017 at Clark University.
April 7, 2017
More than 300 student performers showcased the Clark community’s diverse cultures during “International Gala 2017: United We Gala,” which took place March 31 in the Kneller Athletic Center. Organized by Clark’s International Student Association, Gala highlights traditional and contemporary dance, music, song, theater and...
April 6, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Megan Marshall will speak about her recent biography and memoir, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,” at Clark University at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in Tilton Hall. Marshall is the first Charles Wesley Emerson College professor at Emerson College. She studied under Elizabeth...
Samuel "Vladi" Highland in Jonas Clark Hall at Clark University
April 4, 2017
Samuel “Vladi” Highland ’16 discovered a sense of purpose studying psychology at Clark University. “I chose my major because psychology was already of interest to me, but once I started taking the seminars and research courses, I knew I had found my place,” the recent alumnus says. Highland came to Clark because he found...
April 4, 2017
I am one of the first. Of what, you ask? One of Clark’s first eight majors in Media, Culture and the Arts, a new, interdisciplinary program introduced last semester where I focus on art as the center of my major while still immersing myself in other subjects. After my first semester at Clark, I transferred to the Maine...
Thomas Kühne, Clark University history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
April 3, 2017
In his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Comradeship: Hitler’s Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century” history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Thomas Kühne examines how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary...
Participating at the 5th Annual TCK/Global Nomads Conference are, from left: Teja Arboleda ’85, conference chair Farah Weannara ’16/MBA’17, Amanda Connolly, associate director of the International Students and Scholars Office, and conference co-cha
March 30, 2017
Explaining. It’s what Third Culture Kids find themselves doing — a lot. TCKs are challenged daily to explain their looks, language, culture, ethnicity, nationality, and so on. And this can be a good thing. Why? Because they become very skilled at explaining, exploring, understanding and accepting differences — in...
March 30, 2017
The Office of Alumni and Friends Engagement offered a robust series of programming this spring, engaging alumni from across the country. The annual Women’s Leadership Lunch, held February 28 at The Bostonian Boston, brought together more than 40 alumnae to hear State Sen. Harriette Chandler, M.A. ’63, Ph.D. ’73, LL.D ’16...
3 Piece Meal
March 29, 2017
In 2015, Clark University students Akiba Davis ’16, Asir Arif ’18 and Diego Baraona Calvo ’17 added “groovy beats” to the annual International Students Association International Journey event. A year later, the trio — transformed into 3 Piece Meal — created “Tomorrow’s Forecast,” their first studio album released Feb. 8 on...

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