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Clancy Brown ’09

Clancy Brown, a biology major with double minors in Spanish and environmental studies, is the president of the Campus Greens and a member of the Presidents Climate Commitment Task Force. She leads trips for the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program, and is a member of the Laurel Society and Learn to Lead. She has previously worked as a Spanish Teaching Assistant as acted as co-president of Rotaract. She has pursued research with Professor John Halfman, studying the water quality of the Finger Lakes, and co-authored a publication with him for presentation at the Geological Society of America Annual Conference. Brown hopes to pursue a career in ecological research and plans to join the Peace Corps. for two years before entering graduate school.

How are you a campus leader?
I often act as a bridge between students and administration on campus. On the Presidents Climate Commitment Task Force, I try to represent the interests of the student body. I then share the discussions of the Task Force with members of Campus Greens and other groups.  In this way, I try to facilitate a campus-wide discussion of environmental issues and bring together different green initiatives. My most active roles in Campus Greens are leading meetings, delegating tasks to other members, following up on the progress of events and collaborating with other groups on campus and in the local community. When I lead trips for the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program (ORAP), I carry the responsibility of ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the students  on my trip. I have found that this requires a great deal of confidence in my own ability to lead and problem solve, and the patience to be able to teach others the outdoor skills that I have acquired.

Why William Smith? 
I was attracted to William Smith because of the opportunities available for undergraduates.  The small, intimate classroom setting is an ideal environment for me, since I learn best when actively engaged in discussion. It has also afforded me the chance to form great relationships with my professors.  The opportunity to do summer research on campus the summer after my first year gave me a huge advantage and helped me to land my summer internship last summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab.

Has the coordinate system had an impact on your education?
Yes. I think that it helps to maintain equal representation of both male and female students on campus, particularly having both a William Smith and Hobart trustee, separate student governments, and separate deans.

Has William Smith College shaped your idea of leadership?
My confidence and leadership skills have grown tremendously over my three years at William Smith. This small, welcoming campus and the endless support of faculty and staff have helped me to make my way into bigger leadership roles.  I think that these experiences have changed my definition of a good leader.  I have learned to delegate tasks and encourage the participation of many different club members in activities, and to listen to the input of each person. Sometimes the best leader is a quiet leader, one who inspires others through her own actions and convictions.

What are you currently reading?
 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  Simple, sound advice to follow every day of your life.


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