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NOVEMBER 24, 2010




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Black Friday is Back Again

Clemson students are prepping for the annual battle against the Gamecocks with the Student Alumni Association-sponsored Black Friday Pep Rally at 5PM Friday, Nov. 26 in the Outdoor Theater. The pep rally will include the cheerleaders, Rally Cats, Tiger mascot, a greeting from President James F. Barker, and a "funeral" for Cocky led by ROTC's Tiger Platoon. Read More >


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Nominate Outstanding Tigers

We need your help in selecting six outstanding alumni to join the Clemson Alumni Association board of directors effective July 1, 2011. Nominations are due by December 31st, 2010. We're looking for candidates with sound judgment, strong work ethic, demonstrated service to the University and Alumni Association, leadership qualities and potential, and the desire and vision to advance the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association. The board is responsible for overall policy, direction and organizational vision of the Alumni Association. Contact Wil Brasington at or Nominate now >

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Calorie-Counting in Clemson

Clemson University's Food Science and Nutrition Department contributed to a nationwide research student on food nutrition. Results defend that it is healthier to eat larger portions with fewer calories than smaller portions that are rich in calories. If this is true, then why is the majority of America still eating high calorie foods in large portions at restaurants? Read more >

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United in Education

Greenville Technical College and Clemson University are collaborating to educate teachers. The agreement between the two institutes allows students to seamlessly transfer from Greenville Tech's Associate Degree for Early Care and Education to Clemson's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Read more >

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A Growing Respect for the Earth

Local produce and naturally grown foods are vital to building a healthy community. Clemson Dirt to Food Project strives to educate members of the Clemson community (including students) on how to grow their own food. They started by purchasing eight Earthboxes to plant with a group of Girl Scouts at the Littlejohn Community Center. Read more >

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It's Spiller Time

During the recent Clemson vs. Maryland football game, a resolution of appreciation was presented to CJ Spiller by chairman David Wilkins on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Alumni Association president Jimmy Kimbell also had the opportunity to present Spiller with a custom ring plaque during this visit to the Trustee stadium box.
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Overall Education Satisfaction, Strong

Clemson University seniors and freshmen continue to report they would choose Clemson again if given the opportunity to start over in higher education. In the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 92 percent of seniors said they would choose Clemson again, compared to 88 percent at Clemson's peer institutions. Ninety-three percent of the freshmen would choose Clemson again, compared to 92 percent at peer schools. The number has remained higher than peer institutions since Clemson voluntarily began participating in the survey seven years ago. Read more >

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Groundbreaking Plutonium Research

Environmental scientists at Clemson University have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how plutonium, a byproduct of used nuclear fuel, interacts with soil. Brian Powell, an assistant professor of environmental engineering and Earth science and principal investigator on the project, will use this information to develop mathematical models that will allow scientists to better predict how fast plutonium will move underground and be transported away from a waste disposal site. Read more >

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Engaging in Network Bash

Over 60 students and 17 alumni mentors connected and shared information at the Network Bash Engage event. The sole purpose of the event was to bring students and alumni under one roof to learn from each other and bond. Conversation, food, prizes, and good company united the alumni and students, and even after the event ended, they continued to connect and share contact information. Read more >

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5 Things to Know About Nancy O'Dell

From being a Clemson marketing student, to competing in Miss America, to writing a book, and now working for Entertainment Tonight (ET), Nancy O'Dell can do it all. O'Dell will be taking over Mary Hart's position on ET and realizing her lifelong dream. Read More >

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Marion Reeves: A Lifetime of Building

In 1971, Marion Reeves ran down the hill into Death Valley and into the history of Clemson Football forever as Clemson's first black football player. Chosen for his character, intelligence and athleticism, Reeves continues laying strong foundations throughout his life as a husband, father, pastor and masonry worker in Columbia, SC. Read more >

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Skating to Success

Alumnus Jack Abbot transformed his passion for skateboarding into a successful business. Continuum Skateshop in Charleston sells skateboards, rugged shoes, socks, shirts and jackets made for skateboarders. With a 40,000 sq. foot skate park being built in downtown Charleston, Abbot expects his business to continue to grow. Read more >

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Giving Back to Civil Engineering

Civil engineering alumni, John Atz and Mike Byrd, made outstanding donations to their alma mater. Both contributed $50,000 to the renovation and expansion of Lowry, the home of Clemson's civil engineering program. Read more >

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Alumnus Receives 'The Austin'

For nearly two decades, Michael Salley Jr., Orangeburg resident, co-founder of Edisto Habitat for Humanity and Clemson alumnus, has made the dream of home ownership come true for many Orangeburg County families. Salley was honored as the recipient of the second Austin Cunningham Award ("The Austin") at the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet. Read more>

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You're Key to Clemson's Success

Fueled by a Clemson education and ignited by Tiger spirit, Clemson alumni are driven to succeed and ready to take on new challenges - especially when it's helping students and strengthening the Clemson experience. Show your determined spirit while you lead the effort to provide Clemson students and faculty with the resources necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Make your annual gift to the Clemson Fund, and you'll receive this exclusive key chain for FREE. You may purchase additional key chains for $5 each. Call 864-656-5896
or give online now >

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Will We "CU on ICE" This Year?

Have you ever ice skated on Clemson's campus? CLEMSONLiVE, the student programming board, is hosting a Community Skate Day at their winter event, CU on ICE, on December 4th from 11:00AM-2:00PM on the amphitheater. There will be ice skating, music, student gingerbread competition, and a canned food drive! There is a $5 entrance fee for 11 and up, but if you bring 5 cans per person, you get in free. Contact Mary Mattox at for questions.

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2010 Holiday Ornament Now Available

The 2010 commemorative Clemson holiday ornament is now available. Made of stainless steel, this is a beautiful, well-designed piece to display in your home to help remind you of Clemson during the holiday season. Purchase now >

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Days of Tradition Calendars Available

The 2011 Clemson Days of Tradition Calendar, "A New Shade of Orange", is available for sale. The money raised from this initiative goes to a project fund that directly feeds into the construction of an All Faiths Chapel and Student Memorial Garden to be located in President's Park for the purpose of memorializing students who have passed away prior to graduation. Calendars are $8 and can be purchased at the Alumni Center.

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Tiger Golf Gathering

You can play golf with Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover and Charles Warren at the Tiger Golf Gathering on December 9-10. Sponsorships begin at only $500, and proceeds will go to the construction of the Larry B. Penley Jr. Golf Facility. Show your support for Tiger Golf by signing up to golf or purchasing tickets. Read more > View video >

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Basketball Ticket Promos and Halftime Schedule Released

The Clemson Athletic Department released the ticket promotions and halftime entertainment schedule for the 2010-11 men's basketball season on Wednesday afternoon. Ticket promos> Halftime schedule >

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