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When asked about her longevity in 2012, Goldie Michelson, M.A. ’36, then 110, told CLARK alumni magazine, “It never occurred to me that I would live this long. I just went on, and I’ve loved it.” Michelson, the oldest person in the United States, passed away last Friday, just one month shy of her 114th birthday. She...
Computer science students pose with their faculty adviser, John Magee, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE) contest at Hamilton College.
When faced with the pressure of producing computer code that works, and under the most stringent deadlines, Clark University’s computer science students prove they can step up. In the 2016 regional programming contest for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE), Clark’s two teams placed...
Clark University’s visionary focus on liberal arts, effective practice and excellence in the humanities is being made even sharper with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation has awarded $620,000 to support "Introducing 'Problems of Practice' Courses into All Humanities Majors," Clark...
Clark University named a Forbes Top College
Clark University appears in Forbes’ annual guide to America's Top Colleges, ranked at no. 188 on the list of 660 schools recognized for “quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low debt levels.”
"The Fiske Guide to Colleges," revised and updated for 2017, again includes Clark University in its annual “selective, subjective, and systematic look at three-hundred-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the U.K.”
Spencer Cronin ’18 and Hannah King ’19 are spending the summer interning for Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, continuing their studies and conducting research with the help of stipends they received from Clark’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program.  Spencer Cronin '18 Cronin, a history major, is developing...
Lelani Williams demonstrates her Sun Top Solar Cooker on a sunny day at Clark University in Worcester.
On a sunny day in Haiti, Lelani Williams, M.B.A./M.A. (CDP) '16, started crafting a recipe. She wanted to feed people devastated by natural disasters, but, more importantly, help them feed themselves more easily in the future. Her recipe didn’t use traditional ingredients. It consisted of equal parts hard work,...
Jude Fernando overlooks a field in Haiti in 2016
Sitting on the edge of the bed of a pickup truck with a driver "maniacally navigating" the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Associate Professor Jude Fernando is relaxed and smiling, with his hair and long beard blowing in the wind. He's explaining what connections the five Clark University graduate students...
Francis Lelo speaks during Clark University's 2015 commencement
When Francis Lelo, Ph.D. ’94, was a boy in rural Kenya, the local school was seven kilometers from his home. His family had no access to a vehicle, and the teachers punished any tardiness with a smack across the backside with a cane. The clear benefits of punctuality meant that simply walking to school was not an option.
Patrick Oroszko asked that his memorial be held in the Kneller. The June 10 celebration of life for Patrick Oroszko ’03 left a gym-full of Clarkies seeing red — lots of it. Family members, friends, former teammates, and co-workers arrived at the Kneller Athletic Center decked out in red T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies...
Massachusetts Senator Harriette Chandler speaks at Clark University
About 40 public health officials, city and state representatives and academics gathered at Clark University this week to celebrate the success of collaborative health initiatives in Worcester – and discuss next steps, including curbing opioid-related overdoses.   The 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement...
The mission of the Clark University Alumni Association Board is to motivate, inform and engage Clark's 30,000-plus alums to collaborate with current students, faculty and administration staff to ensure a thriving University community. The Board is composed of members who serve with passion. Ingrid Busson-Hall '96 Leo...
Catalina and her foundation work in some of the toughest slums of Cartagena, dominated by gangs and largely avoided by police. During a visit we made to one such slum, gang members surged onto a nearby highway, set up a barricade, and robbed a vehicle. We asked whether the police would intervene, and one resident said...
Catalina Escobar '93 sees the girls everywhere. They are young, they are poor, very often they are pregnant. The babies they bear, if they are female, seem destined for the same lives of oppression and poverty as their mothers. That is, if they live. These children of children often do not survive beyond birth. Catalina...
Delight Gavor speaks during Clark University's 2016 Reunion Weekend Friday Night Dinner
When she was considering Clark, Delight Gavor ’16 was skeptical that the University could live up to its motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World.” But her father wasn’t. “He said, ‘This is the place you should go,’” Gavor told the audience in her featured address at the May 20 Friday Night Dinner, a cornerstone...
7 Continents, 1 Summer 2016 Logo
At the school’s 112th Commencement two Sundays ago, Clark University said farewell to more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students who took their diplomas and futures in their hands after years of hard work. We also said, “See you in the fall” to thousands more students who are still toiling away on their formal...
Mott Linn Mott Linn, head of collection management at Clark University’s Robert H. Goddard Library, recently delivered a keynote talk on the "Father of Modern Rocketry" to an audience deeply attuned to the results of the late physicist's groundbreaking research: NASA historians and archival employees. Linn spoke at the...
Catalina Escobar
Clark University held its 112th Commencement on Sunday, May 22, awarding 558 bachelors, 568 masters and 30 doctoral degrees. The graduates, who received their degrees in a ceremony held on the campus green, represented more than 64 nations. Clark Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Swain ’89 introduced President David P...
Sam Begner '98 The late Sam Begner ’98 loved being the editor in chief of The Scarlet. It was a thrill to publish the newspaper serving the Clark University community, and to perpetuate a journalism legacy dating back to the 1926 creation of The Clark News. What Sam loved above all else was getting at the truth. And he...
Editor's Note: This story was originally published in CLARK Magazine, fall 2012. As of May 13, 2016, Goldie Michelson is the oldest person living in the United States. It is the standard reporter's question, posed to anyone who has turned 100 years old: What is the secret of your longevity? Goldie Michelson, M.A. '36,...
A soon-to-be Clark University alumna will be the featured speaker at the May 20 Friday Night Dinner, one of the highlights of Reunion Weekend. Delight Gavor '16 Delight Gavor ’16 is a Global Scholar, psychology major and double minor in management and entrepreneurship. In her first year at Clark, she co-founded...
Clark University campus near residence halls
Sheree M. Marlowe Clark University announces the appointment of Sheree M. Marlowe as chief officer of diversity and inclusion.
Zabrina Motwani
Peaceful candlelight and a moment of silence in Red Square on the evening of April 26 were a world away from the devastation caused by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador 10 days earlier. But there, members of the Clark community — including several Ecuadorean students with families and friends in the country —...
Athletics Spree Day at Clark University
Clark University student-athletes Gabby Paolini ’16 and Courtney Pharr ’17 helped organize a big win for local children this year. The duo spearheaded a department-wide initiative for student-athletes from all Clark teams to volunteer their time. The culmination of their efforts was the first Athletics Spree Day, held...

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