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Brendan Burgess ’18
You could call Brendan Burgess ’18 a quintessential Clarkie. His double major in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and computer science sets him apart, but some first-year advice pushed him to take it a step further. “I heard if you want to be involved in political science, you should...
Clark University senior Courtney Pharr in an on-campus lab
Courtney Pharr ’17 is no stranger to acing a test or a serve, and this week she was honored for her ability to do both with remarkable consistency. Pharr was named an Academic All-American and selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Volleyball third team. It’s just the fourth time in Clark...
Clark University Graduate School of Management
Clark University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is offering a new master's degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) program to prepare graduates for the growing fields of data analysis and big data. Business analytics play a key role in developing business strategies and solving challenges in every sector — public,...
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, speaks at Clark University
Michael Sam is poised, mature, and comfortable in his own skin. He should be. As the first openly gay player to be drafted by the National Football League, the 26-year-old has already endured more attention and adversity than a person usually encounters in a lifetime. The Clark University Speaker’s Forum brought Sam to...
Wallace Mcintyre Graduate School of Geography - Clark University
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its...
Soldiers take a break from fighting during the Vietnam War (National Archives photo)
“I didn’t set out to make this film at all,” Soren Sorensen told the audience at the Nov. 9 screening of his documentary, “My Father’s Vietnam.” Sorensen, a visiting lecturer in the Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Department, would go on to describe the experience of bringing to life the story of his father...
Clark University LEEP Center staff with college advising award
The LEEP Center advising model at Clark University recently was recognized by the National Resource Center with the annual Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award. The National Resource Center annually honors “institutions that have designed and implemented outstanding collaborative initiatives...
Judge Maria Guzman speaks to Clark University students during a recent Networked Communities event
Clark University alumni working in a range of legal professions returned to campus on Nov. 16 to share their expertise and advice with students eyeing careers in the law. Gavin Bates '07, J.D., a housing attorney with South Coastal Counties Legal Services, speaks to Clark students during a recent Networked Communities...
Clark University alumnus Leo Breton invented mobile vehicle emissions testing system
When Leo Breton ’85 was getting ready to apply to colleges, he already knew he was going to major in physics. His mother suggested he check out Clark University because of its links with Robert H. Goddard, “the father of modern rocketry.” Clark was the only university to receive Breton’s application. Leo Breton '85 It’s...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
The Clark University Board of Trustees has added two new members: Lee J. Plave, of Reston, Virginia, and Gary D. Labovich of Alexandria, Virginia, both of whom are Clark alumni. Labovich is a term trustee; he was elected by the Board. Plave was elected by the members of the Clark University Alumni Association. They will...
Alumnus Christopher Palatucci talks to three students
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for ClarkCONNECT, the new Clark University initiative that matches students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking. Patrick...
Eric Hofbauer Quintet will perform at Clark University Nov. 18
If you look up “jazz” in any reputable dictionary, you’ll quickly discover that its definition is as wide-ranging as its forms. It can be almost anything from smooth to funky, cool to free. But nowhere does even the most comprehensive reference book define jazz as “prehistoric.” Eric Hofbauer is director of Clark's Jazz...
Clark University Volleyball team members
For the first time in school history, the Clark University volleyball program is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars at-large bid into the 64-team field was announced Monday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show. "I'm just so thankful and excited to have this opportunity," said Head Coach Mickey Cahoon. "We...
Master's degree candidate William Brown coaches the Nichols College women's ice hockey team
Clark University English master’s degree candidate William Brown loves a good story and has one to tell himself. Brown, who expects to complete his thesis and graduate in the spring, is also the head women’s ice hockey coach at Nichols College in Dudley. He’ll talk about how his full-time coaching position and intense...
Clinton Trump pins
What a time to be a political scientist. And what a time to be a Clark University student interested in perhaps the most contentious, most publicly scrutinized presidential race in the nation’s history. The ten members of Clark’s Political Science department faculty gathered in the Higgins Lounge on Nov. 3 for a forum...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Jacob Reiner '17
As a goalie for Clark University’s men’s lacrosse team, Jacob Reiner ’17 is no stranger to fast-paced, high-pressure, adrenaline-pumping situations. His drive to compete is why he’s traveled 5,600 miles to Jerusalem for the past two summers to intern at OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding venture capital company, and play...
“Hotels of North America" - Book cover
Award-winning author Rick Moody will discuss and read from his latest, highly acclaimed novel, “Hotels of North America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, at Clark University. The event, presented by Clark's English department, is free and open to the public.  Rick Moody (Laurel...
Mary Ellen Boyle
Detail from Raphael's "The School of Athens" “Reading Raphael in Hanoi,” an article featured in last month’s issue of The Atlantic, contained a prize-winning essay by Vietnamese student Thanh T. Nguyen. In his essay, Nguyen described what he had learned from reflecting critically on Renaissance-master Raphael’s painting...
Alexander Vesenka wants to create a makerspace on Clark University's Worcester campus.
When Alexander Vesenka ’18 isn’t busy making people laugh, he’s busy “making” in a whole different sense.
A scene from the movie "Bend it like Beckham"
Clark University will host “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” a conversation with internationally acclaimed film director Gurinder Chadha and Clark Sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu, on Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Dana Commons, 950 Main St. The event is free and open to the...
German slave labor camp
Christopher Browning  Clark University will present “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony,” a lecture by professor and author Christopher Browning, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, in Tilton Hall in the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street. This free, public lecture also will commemorate the 25th...
Thomas Kühne,David Pijawka, Judy Dworkin and Jody Emel, seated in chairs, talk about issues in "Indian country."
Alumni Judy Dworkin, PhD ’78, and David Pijawka, PhD ’83, recently returned to Clark University to talk about their experiences in Arizona working with American Indians. Their talk, titled “The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law and Community,” was sponsored by the Graduate School of...
Prof. Janette Greenwood, Stanley Gutridge '45 and Prof. Esther Jones
Stanley Gutridge ’45 returned to Clark University Oct. 6 to share his thoughts about the evolution of Worcester, the value of public service, and the institutional racism he faced when he entered the work world. His recollections were plentiful and detailed, and the conversation always engaging. The Community Fireside...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University will host “Holding Government Accountable,” a lecture by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Lurie Conference Room of Higgins University Center, 950 Main St. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Political...

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