Alumni & Friends Articles & Blogs

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...
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...
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...
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.
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 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. From left, Clark students...
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...
November 6, 2017
If you’re like many Clarkies, you really care about what happens with the University years and even decades after you graduated. We see you at events across the country, and interact with you via phone, email and through social media when you see something you want to celebrate or that you’re concerned about. That’s why it...
Women 75 years of Co-ed - Clark University
November 2, 2017
Elyse Darefsky ’79, co-chair of “Celebrating 75 Years of Co-ed Clark,” stood before a Tilton Hall audience of Clark University women and greeted them with a simple message: “Welcome home.” Those two words drew hearty applause from attendees at the Oct. 28 event commemorating Clark’s admitting its first women undergraduates...
Women 75th Krefetz - Clark University
November 2, 2017
Guests attending the event “Celebrating 75 Years of Co-ed Clark” on Oct. 28 could choose from several afternoon activities, including three hour-long panel sessions, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s field hockey at Clark, and a closing reception at the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center....
Rich Buyer - Clark University
October 30, 2017
Movie lovers and devoted Clarkies now have the opportunity to watch a film produced by a fellow alumnus. Following its debut to two sold-out screenings at the Soho International Film Festival in 2015, Orchard Films has rolled out the comedy “The Networker,” which is available to viewers across a myriad of platforms,...
Jia Wei, at left, pointing at scientific instruments, with Micheal Kebede observing
October 26, 2017
As an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, Michael Kebede ’18 has spent his time at Clark University immersed in his element. He’s had the opportunity to conduct research in several laboratories on campus, and this summer, as a LEEP Fellow, he interned with Dr. Jia Wei, Ph.D. ’15, a research...
Darmy Bailey Fund - Clark University
October 25, 2017
The late D’Army Bailey ’65, LL.D. ’10, P ’00, was many things in his storied life: judge, activist, author, father, husband, and Clarkie. Adrienne Bailey attends the ceremony announcing the creation of a fund in her late husband's name.
Victoria Mariano stands in front of a brick building, her restaurant Bull Mansion, in downtown Worcester while holding onto an iron gate.
October 11, 2017
If Victoria Mariano ’08 had her way, she never would have attended college. “I wanted to open a business — a recording studio — right out of high school,” the entrepreneur recalls while sitting at a table in her restaurant, Bull Mansion New American Bistro in Worcester. “I took college-level business courses and wrote a...
October 3, 2017
Clark University has officially launched the digital platform for ClarkCONNECT, an exciting new initiative that connects students to the broader Clark community for mentorship, college-to-career exploration, and world and workplace opportunities. The ClarkCONNECT forum lets alumni, faculty and Clark partners help students...
Colin Sterling - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 was a biology student at Clark University, he achieved two firsts that launched his lifetime of research: his first federal funding, a National Science Foundation undergraduate student grant, and his first scientific report, in neurobiology. “The study was focused on the potential role of...
Christie Joyce - Clark University
October 2, 2017
As an undergraduate biology major and chemistry minor at Clark University, Christie Joyce ’16, M.S.’17, worked in research laboratories on campus. She wanted to explore career options besides academia and research, as well as address a gap at Clark, so she founded a research journal managed, edited, designed and produced...
Laura Faulkner and Madelyn Bowers - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Laura Faulkner ’10, M.P.A. ’11, reviews her list of Clark University mentors, it’s a series of dotted lines that eventually led her to her current role as a community engagement manager for Opportunity@Work’s TechHire initiative. The nonprofit social enterprise, based in Washington, D.C., pursues its mission to “...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...