POTSDAM -- Alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to come together and pass the Clarkson University “Earth ball” from Downtown Snell Hall to Clarkson's new Student Center on Saturday, July 10, during an event called “We Move the World.”
It will start at 1 p.m., when the six-foot-high ball, replicating the Earth and sporting an image of Clarkson's Golden Knight, will be lifted into the air with the help of Clarkson President Tony Collins onto the waiting hands of volunteers.
Two lines will be formed with people facing each other as the ball is gently passed from hand to hand. Those who pass the ball on will move up the line to receive it over and over again, until it reaches its destination.
The ball will travel through Potsdam -- down Elm and Market Streets, across the Maple Street bridges, up the hill by Holcroft House, and through the Cheel Campus Center parking lot -- until it reaches the new Student Center. Ideally, the ball will never touch the ground until it reaches its resting point on the Cheel lawn.
This activity is meant to symbolize the link between Clarkson University and the Potsdam community, as well as the connection between the past and future of Clarkson and Potsdam.
The event takes place during the July 8-11 alumni reunion weekend at Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, while Potsdam is hosting its annual summer festival. It will be led by Dan Davis, wellness outreach coordinator at Clarkson, and Elisabeth Cain, assistant director of alumni relations and the coordinator of Clarkson Alumni Reunion weekend.