When singer Adam Levine stepped onto the stage of the Teen Choice Awards a couple of Sundays ago, he managed to draw a lot of attention to Clarion University.
His band, Maroon Five, was being honored with the Decade Award, an eternity in pop music. His music, however, did not bring Clarion University attention. It was the T-shirt he was wearing under a collared shirt.
Eagle-eyed (pun included) fans noticed he was wearing a blue and gold Clarion University shirt with a strutting Ernie the Eagle.
”It’s great when someone high profile in a positive way wears something that says Clarion, especially somebody who resonates with our desired audience, which is prospective students,’’ said spokesperson David Love to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Thousands and thousands of Clarion followers on Facebook responded by Monday afternoon and the word quickly spread.
While the power of a T-shirt is amazing, Clarion has a lot of other good things to promote that won’t necessarily fit on a shirt. Looking for some of the positive messages to somehow squeeze onto other pieces of clothing, I looked at Clarion’s website (clarion.edu) and found #clarionproud items.
In no particular order here are some of the points of pride that are listed:
• Business graduates have a 96 percent employment rate; computer information science graduates have a 100 percent employment rate.
• Clarion has the lowest debt of any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education University.
• Speech language pathology’s Masters level graduates have a 100 percent program completion rate and a 98 percent employment rate.
• This is the eighth year in a row that Clarion has been designated “military friendly.”
• Pennsylvania has 399 schools of higher education; Clarion is in the top 10 percent.
• Within the PASSHE system, Clarion has the highest endowment per full-time student.
• Clarion earned national recognition for the 289,818 volunteer hours of work by 3,022 students in 2004-15.
• Alumna Kristen Day is the first NCAA Woman of the Year from any Pennsylvania university.
• A team of Clarion business undergrad students took first nationally in the 2016 SAM student case competition.
• Clarion’s direct economic impact on Pennsylvania is $160.9 million.
• More than a dozen rankings place Clarion University among the best universities in the region and state.
• Clarion is ranked among the 30 safest towns in United States by the SafeWise report.
• The online accounting program was ranked seventh in the nation by College Navigator.
• Seventeen of Clarion’s students — the most from any university — experienced last year’s December’s Republican and Democratic national conventions.
• Clarion’s Small Business Development Center provided over 6,800 hours of one-on-one consultation to 514 clients.
• In 2017, 183 student athletes — 50 percent of all athletes — were named scholar-athletes for their academic achievements. Both the total number and percentage are school records.
• A College of Health and Human Services was launched to better reflect the growing demand for programs within this academic area.
• In 2016, 100 percent of the students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program passed the state licensure exam.
• From fall 2016 to fall 2017, Clarion retained 87 percent of first-time college students who lived on campus, an increase of 4.6 percent.
• Clarion conferred its first doctorate degrees at spring commencements this year. Nine students graduated from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which was launched in 2014.
• Since 2014, Clarion has introduced six new degree programs, 10 new minors, 11 new concentrations, and four new certificates.
• Clarion will celebrate its 150th anniversary starting on Founders Day this fall. There will be a yearlong series of events to highlight this milestone.
There are a lot of Clarion accomplishments you may never see on a T-shirt, but you can be just as proud.
In the meantime, copies of the shirts worn by Adam Levine are now on sale in Clarion.