Alumni/Friends Articles & Blogs

First-year students in President David Angel's "Challenge Convention, Change Our World" course pose for a group photo.
December 14, 2016
Over the sound of forks scraping dishes and friendly conversation on a cool November Monday, cheers arose when a student who had just finished dining in Clark University’s Higgins Café put an empty plate on the dish belt.
Brendan Burgess in Clark University's Alumni and Student Engagement Center
December 12, 2016
You could call Brendan Burgess ’18 a quintessential Clarkie. His double major in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and computer science sets him apart, but some first-year advice pushed him to take it a step further. “I heard if you want to be involved in political science, you should have...
Clark University senior Courtney Pharr in an on-campus lab
December 12, 2016
Courtney Pharr ’17 is no stranger to acing a test or a serve, and this week she was honored for her ability to do both with remarkable consistency. Pharr was named an Academic All-American and selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Volleyball third team. It’s just the fourth time in Clark...
Clark University Graduate School of Management
December 9, 2016
Clark University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is offering a new master's degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) program to prepare graduates for the growing fields of data analysis and big data. Business analytics play a key role in developing business strategies and solving challenges in every sector — public,...
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, speaks at Clark University
December 8, 2016
Michael Sam is poised, mature, and comfortable in his own skin. He should be. As the first openly gay player to be drafted by the National Football League, the 26-year-old has already endured more attention and adversity than a person usually encounters in a lifetime. The Clark University Speaker’s Forum brought Sam to...
Fileona Dkhar '17
December 7, 2016
In every Studio Art major’s life, there comes a time when your art has to leave the safe confines of the studio and make its way into the world. Through Studio Topics, my capstone course, my classmates and I have reached that time. While the class is the most intimidating I’ve taken at Clark, it provides the freedom of...
Wallace Mcintyre Graduate School of Geography - Clark University
December 6, 2016
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its robust...
Soldiers take a break from fighting during the Vietnam War (National Archives photo)
December 2, 2016
“I didn’t set out to make this film at all,” Soren Sorensen told the audience at the Nov. 9 screening of his documentary, “My Father’s Vietnam.” Sorensen, a visiting lecturer in the Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Department, would go on to describe the experience of bringing to life the story of his father,...
Clark University LEEP Center staff with college advising award
December 2, 2016
The LEEP Center advising model at Clark University recently was recognized by the National Resource Center with the annual Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award. The National Resource Center annually honors “institutions that have designed and implemented outstanding collaborative initiatives enhancing...
Justin Woods standing in front of Jonas Clark Hall
December 1, 2016
When Justin Woods ’18 returns home to North Haverhill, N.H., he doesn’t typically talk to people in the same way, or about the same topics, as he does on the Clark University campus. This phenomenon of navigating between two identities in two different spaces is called “code-switching” — a common experience for first-...
Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
December 1, 2016
As a Theatre Arts major, I can’t make many promises. I can’t promise that, come graduation, I won’t be wandering the streets begging for a slice of bread, “Les Miserables”-style. But here’s what I can guarantee: As an involved member of Clark’s theatrical community, I’m meeting the people I should and getting connections I...
Trang Nguyen '17
November 30, 2016
With fall semester ending and graduation in the not-too-distant future, many seniors are asking themselves an all-important question: “What’s next?”
Judge Maria Guzman speaks to Clark University students during a recent Networked Communities event
November 30, 2016
Clark University alumni working in a range of legal professions returned to campus on Nov. 16 to share their expertise and advice with students eyeing careers in the law. Gavin Bates '07, J.D., a housing attorney with South Coastal Counties Legal Services, speaks to Clark students during a recent Networked Communities...
Clark University alumnus Leo Breton invented mobile vehicle emissions testing system
November 30, 2016
When Leo Breton ’85 was getting ready to apply to colleges, he already knew he was going to major in physics. His mother suggested he check out Clark University because of its links with Robert H. Goddard, “the father of modern rocketry.” Clark was the only university to receive Breton’s application. Leo Breton '85 It’s...
November 29, 2016
The Clark University Board of Trustees has added two new members: Lee J. Plave, of Reston, Virginia, and Gary D. Labovich of Alexandria, Virginia, both of whom are Clark alumni. Labovich is a term trustee; he was elected by the Board. Plave was elected by the members of the Clark University Alumni Association. They will...
Alumnus Christopher Palatucci talks to three students
November 22, 2016
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for ClarkCONNECT, the new Clark University initiative that matches students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking. Patrick...
Mark Bittman '71 speaks at a WGBH Innovation IdeaLab event in Boston.
November 18, 2016
As a best-selling food author and former columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman ’71 isn’t afraid to be bold — with the dishes he creates or his stances on controversial food- and health-related topics. A vocal opponent of the impact of factory farming on Americans’ health and the environment, among other issues...
Eric Hofbauer Quintet will perform at Clark University Nov. 18
November 15, 2016
If you look up “jazz” in any reputable dictionary, you’ll quickly discover that its definition is as wide-ranging as its forms. It can be almost anything from smooth to funky, cool to free. But nowhere does even the most comprehensive reference book define jazz as “prehistoric.” Eric Hofbauer is director of Clark's Jazz...
Navid Hossain points to a computer screen while Professor Dresch looks over his shoulder
November 10, 2016
As a high school student in Milton, Massachusetts, Luke Nourie took a class in biotechnology and thought, “Wow, I love this. This is what I want to do.” He could see himself pu­rsuing a college degree tied to the field, which drives the booming economy of the Bay State and provides over 63,000 jobs. From left, Navid Al...
November 8, 2016
For the first time in school history, the Clark University volleyball program is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars at-large bid into the 64-team field was announced Monday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show. "I'm just so thankful and excited to have this opportunity," said Head Coach Mickey Cahoon. "We have...
Landscape of trees in Australia
November 8, 2016
The rate at which carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because terrestrial ecosystems are grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades, according to a new multi-institutional study published online in the journal Nature Communications. Christopher A. Williams,...
Master's degree candidate William Brown coaches the Nichols College women's ice hockey team
November 7, 2016
Clark University English master’s degree candidate William Brown loves a good story and has one to tell himself. Brown, who expects to complete his thesis and graduate in the spring, is also the head women’s ice hockey coach at Nichols College in Dudley. He’ll talk about how his full-time coaching position and intense...
November 7, 2016
What a time to be a political scientist. And what a time to be a Clark University student interested in perhaps the most contentious, most publicly scrutinized presidential race in the nation’s history. The ten members of Clark’s Political Science department faculty gathered in the Higgins Lounge on Nov. 3 for a forum...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Jacob Reiner '17
November 1, 2016
As a goalie for Clark University’s men’s lacrosse team, Jacob Reiner ’17 is no stranger to fast-paced, high-pressure, adrenaline-pumping situations. His drive to compete is why he’s traveled 5,600 miles to Jerusalem for the past two summers to intern at OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding venture capital company, and play in...

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