Alumni & Friends Articles & Blogs

Alumni awards David Angel Frank Tentrault Emily Zoback
July 18, 2018
Clark Reunion 2018 brought alumni from across the generations back to campus. For two of them, the occasion was extra special. Frank Tetreault '68 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award at Reunion 2018 Frank Tetreault ’68 was given the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Emily Zoback ’08, MPA ’09, was presented the Young...
Brooks family gift Clark University
July 16, 2018
Blossom Brooks liked nothing more than a good adventure.  Undeterred, Blossom continued her Berlin studies, went on to enjoy a long career teaching German and French at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and traveled the world — right up until her death last year at age 86. After graduating from Clark in 1953,...
Sam Shepler sits and holds camera in his studio
July 11, 2018
The “humble beginning” origin story is a common theme for many entrepreneurs.  Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a dilapidated brewery in Dublin. College dropout Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with a high school friend in his parents’ garage. An imaginative 22-year-old named John Pemberton concocted Coca-Cola,...
Brendan Burgess, wearing a business suit and seated in a chair
May 29, 2018
Clark University’s computer science and mathematics majors found plenty of ways to apply what they learned this year. Not only did six undergraduates place in the top 10 in a recent regional computing contest, but students also lined up jobs and internships at Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, IBM, NetApp,...
Olivia Schwartz standing with her guitar in front of a grafitti wall
May 23, 2018
“I got out of my seat and started jumping around!” That’s atypical behavior for students using Clark University's Goddard Library — inadvisable, really — but Olivia Schwartz ’19 couldn’t help herself. One day in February, the global environmental studies major was studying on the third floor when she learned she’d been...
Michelle-Cove-leads-MEDIAGIRLS-workshop
May 2, 2018
More than 60 alumnae, family, and friends gathered this spring to hear two alumnae speak about life after Clark and the exciting twists and turns of their career paths. Margaret Kennedy ’63, left, is interviewed by Ingrid Busson-Hall '96, president of the Clark Alumni Council, at the New York luncheon.
clark-university-clarkCONNECT-psychology
April 12, 2018
Clark University’s legacy in the social sciences dates back to its founding, when renowned psychologist G. Stanley Hall was named Clark’s first president. The American Psychological Association was launched here; Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures outside of Europe at Clark; and the research of Clark-trained...
Gary-Labovich-Clark-University-ClarkCONNECT
April 5, 2018
Gary Labovich ’81 arrived at Clark University thinking he would become a lawyer, but an Introduction to Economics class with Professor Roger Van Tassel helped changed his mind. “I loved just about everything in the course,” he recalls. “I’d never been exposed to traditional economics, and I found it fascinating.” Economics...
Clark students in hazmat suits stand outside at construction site in Baton Route
March 29, 2018
Eighteen Clark undergraduate students and two alumni volunteers took a 27-hour bus ride to spend their March spring break in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, restoring abandoned buildings and demolishing homes destroyed by the catastrophic floods of August 2016.  News coverage of the Clark students' volunteer work in Baton Route,...
ClarkCONNECT event
March 15, 2018
For student-athletes, whose time is consumed by practices, conditioning, and games, attending campus events can be difficult. And when scheduling challenges mean missing out on critical opportunities to prepare for a life and career after college, the problem is amplified. Clark University Athletic Director Trish Cronin...
Celebrating 75 years of women at Clark University
March 5, 2018
Editor's note: In honor of Women's History Month, we are publishing this winter 2018 Clark magazine story about the 75th anniversary of women at Clark. “You musn’t make waves." Clark University's first Dean of Women, M. Hazel Hughes, at her desk in 1952
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Scott Zimmerman speaks at podium in Anderson House conference room
February 20, 2018
“What can you do with an English degree?” is a question that Clark University’s English Department encourages students to explore, especially by meeting with alumni who return to campus to talk about their careers. At a recent gathering in the department’s Anderson House, Scott Zimmerman ’99 relayed what happened when he...
Kim Lucian in front of tank
February 14, 2018
Lucian Kim ’92 calls himself a wanderer. The summer before his first semester at Clark University, he backpacked his way around Eastern Europe. He did it again two summers later — then spent his junior year studying abroad in Germany. He made his first trip to Russia that year as well. All that roaming has served Kim well...
Russia
February 14, 2018
Hardly a day goes by when American media outlets don’t cover a new bombshell about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s the Russian view? “I don’t think collusion is on the radar of the average Ivan on the street. It doesn’t affect them.” Lucian Kim '92  “Often, there isn’t one,” Lucian Kim ’92...
Exhibition titled "Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period" at Worcester Art Museum
February 7, 2018
Clark Alumni and Friends Engagement hosted a Feb. 6 Faculty Series event at The Museum of Modern Art in New York featuring a lecture by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history. Wilson’s presentation centered on the exhibition "Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period," which she co-curated at the Worcester Art Museum in...
Jeffrey Lurie standing in front of football field
February 5, 2018
Editor's note: In light of the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win on Sunday, we're republishing this fall 2013 CLARK magazine story about Eagles owner and Clarkie Jeffrey Lurie '73.
Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07
February 1, 2018
Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07, was a proud Clark alumnus, a successful business executive, an Army veteran, and a man who recognized the value of the spoken word to inform, persuade, and win the day. Ross, who passed away on January 26, also was a generous benefactor of Clark University, most visibly as sponsor, since 2005,...
Rezwana Hoque stands on street in downtown Worcester
January 29, 2018
As a biology major in the Prehealth Program at Clark University, Rozwana Hoque ’15 found success, interning at Bellevue Hospital in New York and garnering honors. Chosen from among 800 applicants for Bellevue’s Project Health Care — a program overseen by Dr. Lewis Goldfrank ’63, director of emergency medical services —...
David Angel sitting among students in his First Year Intensive seminar course
January 11, 2018
As high school students filled out applications for the fast-approaching Jan. 15 deadline at Clark University and other colleges, a recent column in The Washington Post examined which skills employers are seeking from recent graduates. Google, it turns out, is bypassing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and...
Five students sitting on a bench on the Clark University green
January 8, 2018
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance again has included Clark University on its list of the country’s Best College Values. This annual list ranks 100 private universities, 100 public schools and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at No. 33 on the ranking of Best Values in Private Universities for 2018.
Kevin Wesley standing in doorway in office
December 14, 2017
Kevin Wesley is a former journalist who knows how to open a story. So when he places a pair of Fiat Lux salt and pepper shakers on the table while being interviewed, he’s well aware he has just supplied the writer with the perfect lead. “You’re welcome,” he laughs. An eBay fan, Clark University’s new executive director of...
Student Jeremy Maltz sitting and talking with group of retirees, including Clark alumnus Ken Hedenburg, Class of 1950
November 27, 2017
Undergraduates who take Clark University’s The Art and Science of Management, a First-Year Intensive course, accrue skills that prepare them for careers in businesses or nonprofit organizations. They also gain experience by designing a project to share those skills with a community organization, a course requirement.
Sun-Hee Gertz standing at front of audience and talking
November 20, 2017
Students, alumni, faculty and friends recently gathered to honor SunHee Kim Gertz (pictured), professor emerita and senior research scholar in English at Clark University. Throughout her career, Gertz has championed diversity and inclusion, and the scholars recognized her contributions with the Global Cultures Alumni...
Sun-Hee Gertz, right, stands and poses with her husband, Uwe Gertz
November 9, 2017
“Since third grade, I knew I would be a professor. I just didn't know of what. In fact, I didn't know which field would become my area of specialization until my first year of Ph.D. studies. Moving from chemistry to philosophy to art to literature, I finally decided on comparative literature with a focus on Western...

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