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Local Students Receive Awards from Clarkson University

POTSDAM, NY – The following students received award(s) from Clarkson University at the University Recognition Day ceremony during the spring semester:

Amanda L. Distasio of Lacona, N.Y., a senior majoring in civil engineering:

Perkins Family Memorial Award: Begun in the 1960s, this award recognizes the influence and support of the Perkins family. This family owned a boarding house that was located on the current site of the Newman Center in Potsdam. The Perkins family employed many Clarkson students in exchange for their board. The family was also known for loaning money to needy students, enabling them to complete their education. The award is now presented annually to deserving work-study students.

Paige M. McCanney of West Monroe, N.Y., a senior majoring in biology and psychology:

Biology Department Undergraduate Teaching Award: Given to the biology major who has demonstrated excellence in teaching or tutoring biology. The recipient will receive a monetary award and have his/her name engraved upon a plaque that is on display in the Department of Biology.

The Psychology Research Award: This award is given to the senior psychology student who has demonstrated excellence in his or her academic studies and research endeavors while at Clarkson. The recipient will receive a monetary award and plaque.

Kasey P. McConnell of Pulaski, N.Y., a senior majoring in communication:

Communication & Media Senior Award: Established through a gift by Dr. Elizabeth R. Turpin, a one-time Clarkson faculty member who was instrumental in starting what is now the Department of Communication & Media at Clarkson, the award is given to an outstanding senior in this department. The recipient is presented with a year’s membership in the Society for Technical Communication and a commemorative plaque. The recipient’s name is also engraved on a plaque on permanent display in the Department of Communication & Media.

Mitchell P. Spink of Pulaski, N.Y., a junior majoring in civil engineering:

The Norbert L. Ackermann EndowedFund Award: This award is given to two students, one in the sophomore class and one in the junior class of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering with the greatest promise for academic success.

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