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Jonas Clark Hall and the red square in view
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
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The Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center expands Clark University's footprint in Worcester. Clark University President David Angel stood before the audience who had come together to celebrate the official opening of the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center and helpfully offered his own...
Prof. Janette Greenwood, Stanley Gutridge '45 and Prof. Esther Jones
Retired accountant Stanley Gutridge ’45 may be a numbers man, but he also has a way with words. “I’m the baby of my family,” says the 99-year-old with a laugh, “and the lone survivor.” Gutridge has seen a lot of life while helping others make the most of theirs, efforts that have not gone unnoticed. In January,...
Millennial Train Project rail car
Vintage trains aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship. However, Clark University alumnus Harris Rollinger ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and the organizers of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) would like to change that.
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to an audience at Clark University
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stood before a packed house in Jefferson 320 Wednesday and recalled that the American economy once obeyed the adage “A rising tide lifts all boats.” No more. In recent times the wealthiest 1 percent have seen astounding increases in their fortunes while the rest of the population has...
Jay Ash '83, secretary of housing and economic development for the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  in conversation at his Boston office. First, the view.
Boren Scholar Thomas Hutto in Suzhou, China.
Thomas Hutto ’17 walked into a Chinese 101 class his first year at Clark University. His goal was to complete the language requirement, but he left the course with a passion for a culture a world away from where he grew up and an eye toward incredible opportunities there. Hutto, an economics major from Louisville,...
Alum Gary Cohen-Macarthur is recognized for his work in health care and  on the environment
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard,...
Elisabeth Spak '16
For many, the Worcester Art Museum exists solely in the abstract as the impressive-looking building touted in chamber of commerce literature for its world-class treasures. Indeed, it is that. But for Clark University the museum, affectionately known as WAM, is something even more tangible — an active partner that gives...
Freight Farms founder Brad McNamara with business partner Jon Friedman
Behind the closed doors of the nondescript trailer in a city parking lot, leafy lettuces and bushy herbs sprout from vertical rows of gutter-like panels. The plants are fed nutrient-rich water while dangling strands of blue and red LED lights bathe them in an otherworldly pink glow. 
Charlie Bresler, M.A.’83, Ph.D.’84, walked away from a lucrative career and found a richer purpose
"You’re gonna like the way you look.” George Zimmer, the gravel-voiced founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, delivered the line in countless television commercials that touted his clothing stores, punctuating each ad with the promise, “I guarantee it.” Zimmer peddled suits, slacks, shirts and ties with the fervor of a guy...
Professor Virginia Mason Vaughan, Professor Esther Jones, Octavia and Norman Napier met at the English House at Clark University
Norman Napier touched on many topics during a recent visit to Clark University’s English House, some personal and lighthearted, some referencing painful national and world current events. But foremost in the conversation was the reason for Napier’s visit: honoring the memory of his brother, the late Clark Professor of...
Al Southwick stands in front of Jonas Clark Hall
It’s been more than three quarters of a century since the Class of 1941 first assembled on the campus to hear a talk by Dean Homer P. Little and to get our classroom assignments. That was in September 1937, a notable day in our lives. Clark then had five buildings — Jonas Clark on Woodland Street, the old chemistry...
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
It was just like any other open-mic night at an Italian restaurant in Loveland, Ohio, until then-12-year-old Olivia Schwartz performed her first original song “The Spark” a cappella. When she left the stage after completing the song, she was met by three guys in cowboy boots and country hats who introduced her to the...
Goldie Michelson
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...
CCSCNE Programming contest Clark team
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...
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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...
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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.”
Jonas Clark hall and the green in view
"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.”
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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 Memorial Basketball
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...

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