Alumni Articles & Blogs

August 10, 2018
The plan is to meet after work, have a few drinks, and leave the bar just in time for me to catch my 10 o’clock red-eye out of LAX. It almost worked out that way, too. He picked the place — a newish bar in Culver City, just a short drive from the airport — and I arrive a few minutes early, luggage in hand. It’s one of...
August 10, 2018
Every retired physician has stories to tell about memorable patients, elusive diagnoses, and difficult decisions. But the stories of Dr. Karen Gedney ’79 ascend to a higher level. These are sagas. "You don’t want a person coming out of prison who is meaner than when they went in."  Dr. Karen Gedney They unfold inside the...
August 9, 2018
On a hot August Day 34 years ago, designer Keith Carville and photographer Chuck Kidd drove to a vegetable farm in Hubbardston, Mass., painted some peas, and snapped a picture. The resulting poster of vibrantly colored peas nestled inside a pod, paired with the tagline, “Clark University: Categorizing people isn’t...
August 8, 2018
Sherief Eldeeb ’18 is fascinated by how the brain and the body function together like partners in a long-term relationship. Sometimes they get along perfectly well. But when they clash, he needs to know why. He spent a part of last summer at the University of Washington, helping conduct a study of the sleep patterns of...
August 3, 2018
Last fall, while reviewing the third incarnation of the Apple Watch, writer Lauren Goode ’03 found a bug. Lauren Goode '03 “A smart watch with LTE will, in theory, let you go for a run, buy a coffee, splash in the ocean, or simply step away from the phone and still be connected,” she wrote for The Verge. “In theory. In...
August 1, 2018
Stephanie Coursey Bailey ’72, M.D., insists she’s an introvert. It’s an odd admission for someone whose professional trajectory has required her to make bold decisions to improve health outcomes for the underserved and overwhelmed. Illustration by Luba L . Roshchyna But as you speak with Dr. Bailey, it’s clear that her...
July 30, 2018
Generations of college students equate the term “road trip” with the raucous events depicted in the 1978 frat comedy “Animal House.” Story fromClark magazine, summer 2018 Half a century earlier, Clark University staged its own road trip, and about the only thing it had in common with the movie version was a road. Oh,...
July 26, 2018
The Philadelphia Eagles led the New England Patriots 41-33 with nine seconds remaining in Super Bowl LII when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dropped back, scurried away from defensive end Brandon Graham, and heaved a Hail Mary pass toward the end zone. If he could somehow connect for the touchdown, the Patriots would then...
Mark Vital Veterans Sweats4Vets
July 20, 2018
During his first year as a teacher at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlboro, Mass., Mark Vital ’83 volunteered at a Christmas Eve breakfast for homeless veterans. “We had a lot of fun,” he says. “I spoke with an older man, probably a Vietnam vet, who was wearing a Washington Redskins sweatshirt. I warned him to...
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.  After graduating from Clark in 1953, she went to study in Berlin as tensions within the city were escalating. Daily, she passed through “Checkpoint Charlie,” the most-trafficked crossing point between West and East Berlin. One day, as she was walking to the West...
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,...
Shibbir Khan standing in hallway
July 3, 2018
Thanks to the Clark University Graduate School of Management master’s in business analytics (MSBA) program, Shibbir Khan, M.S. ’18, has not only kept abreast of the latest information technologies, he's also expanded his career contacts at multinational enterprises like The Walt Disney Company and Bank of America. Now...
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...
Brad McNamara posed inside a Leafy Green Machine, with a growing vegetable
May 17, 2018
Clark University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM) will recognize Brad McNamara, MBA/M.S. ES&P '13, with the 2018 Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Alumni Award. This annual award, presented as part of the University’s commitment to this United Nations-supported initiative, recognizes an...
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.
April 19, 2018
Clark alumni recently returned to campus to share their insights with budding environmental scientists about their educational and career pathways and strategies for how best to prepare for a successful professional future.
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...
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,...
John Morano, sitting in chair, speaks to several students, also sitting in chairs, at writer's workshop
March 26, 2018
John Morano ’82 returned to campus for the English Department’s Alumni Lecture Series, reflecting on his career as an environmental journalist, in a March 15 talk titled “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” in Dana Commons’ Higgins Lounge. He also presented a workshop for student writers and sat for an interview with Davina...
Kaiomi Innis stands in front of audience, holding a microphone
March 22, 2018
Editor's note: Kaiomi Inniss ’19 chaired the sixth annual Third Culture Kid and Global Nomads Conference at Clark on Feb. 24, and co-led a workshop, “Picking Up the Crumbs: An Exploration of Food Politics in the Lives of TCKs,” with Chikondi Thangata ’20. Below, Inniss reports on the day’s events. The question, "Where are...
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