Clarkson expects record number of alumni for reunion weekend in Potsdam; more than 600 to attend
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:02 am

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University expects to see a record number of alumni return to campus for its annual Alumni Reunion event this weekend.

Well over 600 alumni will flock to campus July 10-13 attending a wide variety of events, as well as crowding the sidewalks and fairs of the Potsdam Summer Festival.

Three affinity groups comprise a large number of returning alums this year. More than 100 brothers of the OPiO fraternity will return to celebrate its 110th anniversary. More than 100 Pep Band members will come back to toot their horns and bang their drums at that group's 50th anniversary. And more than 40 brothers of Sigma Delta will be on campus to celebrate the 110th anniversary of that group's founding.

A wide variety of events is scheduled for the alumni each day.

Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam both hold their reunion alumni weekends to coincide with Potsdam’s Summer Festival each July. The celebration includes sidewalk sales, a craft fair, amusements for kids, and lots of music downtown on the Market Street stage and at the Ives Park Gazebo. Details are in our story at

The entire North Country has been invited to attend Clarkson’s events, including one with researcher, astronomer and "voice of NASA's mission to Mars" Steven Squyres, who delivers the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Student Center Forum (#13 on the map at

Squyres, who is best known as the face and voice of NASA's mission to Mars and the pioneering drive across its surface by two high-tech robotic rovers named "Spirit" and "Opportunity," will share his thoughts on how to foster innovation under tight constraints and how design and invention got us to Mars.

Squyres is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and the principal investigator for the science payload on the Mars Exploration Rover Project.

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