Clarkson Uses Bequest To Lower Light Bill, Build Softball Field

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A generous bequest from an alumnus and his wife is allowing Clarkson University to address two of its biggest priorities.

Clarkson officials said in a news release they plan to use the $1.8 million bequest to retrofit the campus's interior lighting and build a playing field for women’s softball, the university’s newest varsity team. 

The gift comes from the estates of Thomas and Sarajean Scott of West Friendship, Maryland. Thomas Scott is a member of the class of 1960.

Over $1 million will be used to replace more than 19,000 old and inefficient fluorescent light fixtures with newer, more efficient lights.

Replacing the lights could save $400,000 a year in electric bills, Clarkson officials say.

The project will also benefit from a $550,000 subsidy from National Grid, which will be used toward installation costs.

Nearly 62,000 lamps will be replaced across the campus.

The softball field is currently being designed and will be known as "Scott Field."

Softball will be Clarkson's 20th intercollegiate team. It's scheduled to begin league play in spring of 2014.

See the news release.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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