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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...
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...
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...
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.
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 address an audience of Clark...
Carolyn Finney photo with book jacket
March 28, 2017
Distinguished writer, performer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney didn’t hide her surprise and delight upon seeing her former Clark University professors among the small crowd gathered for Part II of the Graduate School of Geography Spring 2017 Colloquium series, on March 23.
Delight Gavor
March 21, 2017
Delight Gavor ’16 lives by a lesson she learned at Clark University: To dream big, then never stop trying to turn those dreams into reality. Gavor, now working toward a master’s degree in education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, held true to that lesson as a Global Scholar pursuing a psychology...
Daysha Williams at Clark University
March 6, 2017
Daysha Williams’ Clark University experience has been a series of serendipitous moments. She first arrived on campus intending to pursue a career in public relations, but registered for a First-Year Intensive course called “How to Act Right on and off the Stage.” In that class, she met Raymond Munro, professor of theatre...
February 21, 2017
Seven Clark University alumni currently in law school or practicing law returned to campus on Feb. 15 to share their experiences and perspectives with students eyeing a similar post-Clark path. The event was part of the University’s Networked Communities initiative.
December 22, 2016
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. This annual list ranks 100 private universities, 100 public schools and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at No. 29 on the ranking of Best College Values of 2017. Clark University and the...
Clark University's Creative Arts Networked Communities event was held Dec. 1
December 16, 2016
Follow your passion. Be persistent. And if you want to make a career in the arts, don’t neglect the business side of the profession. These were some of the pieces of advice panelists shared with Clark students and other attendees Dec. 1 as Clark University kicked off its Networked Community focusing on the Creative Arts....
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...
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...
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 Networked Communities, the new Clark University initiative that connects students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking.
Thomas Kühne,David Pijawka, Judy Dworkin and Jody Emel, seated in chairs, talk about issues in "Indian country."
October 19, 2016
Alumni Judy Dworkin, PhD ’78, and David Pijawka, PhD ’83, recently returned to Clark University to talk about their experiences in Arizona working with American Indians. Their talk, titled “The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law and Community,” was sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography...
Oriola Koci
September 26, 2016
As it so often does, Clark University enjoyed a robust presence at the Worcester Business Journal's 17th annual "40 Under 40" awards program held Sept. 14 at Mechanics Hall. Launched in 2000, the awards honor business leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact in the Central Massachusetts/MetroWest region. Among...
Aaron Johnson stnading on a mountain above Geneva, Switzerland.
August 31, 2016
How do you graduate from a small high school in Granby, Connecticut, and end up conducting research on Zika and other epidemics at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland? Aaron Johnson If you’re Aaron Johnson ’15, M.S.P.C. ’16, you do that by gaining experience in marketing communications and living and...
Clark's Model UN team at a Harvard University MUN conference in February 2016.
August 25, 2016
Imagine being in a room with hundreds of other people, each of whom comes to the table representing a different country’s interests. Your challenge: to explain your assigned country’s stance on an important topic like free speech and privacy, build consensus and negotiate a draft resolution upon which all parties agree....
Dea Dodi stands with flags at the United Nations
August 16, 2016
There are few places Dea Dodi ’17 likes to be more than in the United Nations building in New York. You could say she’s been working her way there since the tender age of 12 when she first asked her parents what the term “political science” meant.
Alum Gary Cohen-Macarthur is recognized for his work in health care and  on the environment
August 9, 2016
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard, and...
Millennial Train Project rail car
August 8, 2016
Vintage trains aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship. However, Clark University alumnus Harris Rollinger ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and the organizers of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) would like to change that.
August 5, 2016
Jay Ash '83, secretary of housing and economic development for the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  in conversation at his Boston office. First, the view.
August 1, 2016
For many, the Worcester Art Museum exists solely in the abstract as the impressive-looking building touted in chamber of commerce literature for its world-class treasures. Indeed, it is that. But for Clark University the museum, affectionately known as WAM, is something even more tangible — an active partner that gives...

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