Alumni/Friends Articles & Blogs

Collage that includes old photos of Jonas Gilman Clark and Granville Stanley Hall
April 5, 2012
By Albert B. Southwick '41 Jonas Gilman Clark was born in the hardscrabble town of Hubbardston, Mass., in 1815. Granville Stanley Hall was born about 80 miles west in the hardscrabble town of Ashfield, Mass., in 1845. Their humble beginnings were about the only thing they shared.
20 under 30 - Clark University
April 5, 2012
Mary Badon surgically mends broken bones. Sara Brown is helping mend a broken country. Jay Shapiro's new film chronicles Uganda's first Little League team. Scott Silver's new film aims for major-league thrills. Caitlyn Thayer teaches business owners how to be social-media savvy. Gunnar Hagstrom teaches kids separated by...
Off the menu - Clark University
April 5, 2012
There was a time when food was something you ate but rarely pondered. You did not know, or care, where your dinner came from, or how it would interact with your body once it was consumed. That was then. Sure, many folks still eat with abandon, but many others, like the Clarkies profiled on these pages, are trying to foster...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
April 5, 2012
"Check the Koelsch book." It's the standard response to the innumerable questions that arise about Clark's past. Why was anthropology professor Franz Boas' research considered revolutionary for its time? What president of the United States delivered Clark's 1905 commencement address? How did Clark students respond during...
Clark's International Gala
March 10, 2012
By Chanchala Gunewardena '11, MSPC, '12 As it hits the 10-year mark, Clark's International Gala remains a miracle of planning and execution. An insider delivers the low-down on how it's done. It's about 3 a.m. the morning of the show — earlier than I expected to be contemplating the prospect of sleep. Final dress rehearsal...
Buzz Aldrin on the moon
September 15, 2011
Robert Goddard and his autobiography, which traveled to the moon with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, shown above during the 1969 moon landing (NASA photo) Artifacts often travel great distances to reach their final destinations in university collections. But 238,857 miles? (Or 477,714 miles roundtrip.)
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
June 20, 2011
There is an old adage that goes "A daughter is a daughter all of her life, but a son is a son 'til he takes him a wife." Deborah M. Merrill, associate professor of sociology at Clark University, explores whether or not this saying accurately describes marriage and intergenerational relationships today in her new book, "...
Medic of the Mind - Clark University
March 3, 2011
When you're a soldier serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, danger is a constant companion. Mortar fire and roadside bombs, landmines and sniper fire can inflict anything from a light wound to life-changing devastation. You may worry that you'll give in to the fear that nags at you, that you'll inadvertently let your buddies...
Changing the world, one student at a time - Clark University
March 3, 2011
The year was 1967 and Richard Ford was doing what he loved best: studying the vibrant cultures, social rhythms and political nuances of Africa. As visiting professor at the University of Natal, he'd traveled to South Africa with his wife Nancy to continue his research when he received an unexpected letter in the mail. It...
Photo of Diana Levine with text of the title "Shooting Stars"
March 1, 2011
Imagine you're a recent college graduate living in one of the greatest cities in the world. Your job is to take fabulous photos of big-time celebrities while you travel to exciting places, honing skills that are lighting the career path you chose when you were still in school. It might seem like a sweet fantasy, but that's...
Finding Mr. Wu  - Clark University
March 1, 2011
The story begins with a man and a baby, his daughter. There are tears. In a Taiwan hospital, Zhen-yi Wu weeps not for his infant girl, who was born prematurely, yet who is healthy and beautiful. He cries for his wife, who had experienced complications during childbirth, requiring blood transfusions and other dramatic...
October 15, 2010
IT HAS BEEN 68 YEARS since the sneakered feet of a Clark woman first raced across the hardwood floor that now lies beneath the blue carpet in Room 001 of Jonas Clark Hall. Two poles are visible holding up the ceiling in this portion of the former Women’s Gym, a stark contrast to the grove of pillars that once made playing...
Clark-University-Campaign-Vaughan
May 1, 2016
Professor Emerita Virginia Mason Vaughan taught in Clark’s English Department for 38 years and chaired it for 11 of those. She served on numerous faculty boards, led key search committees, and hired more than half of the current English faculty. Most importantly, she helped shepherd thousands of students into productive...

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