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DECEMBER 22, 2010




Clemson Alumni Newsletter

Holiday Message from
President and Mrs. Barker

2010 was filled with many outstanding achievements for Clemson University and 2011 promises to be even more exciting. President and Mrs. Barker would like to wish you and your family all the best wishes this holiday season. The Clemson snow globe animation seen towards the end of the video was created by students, faculty and staff in the digital production arts program in the College of Engineering and Science. Jerry Tessendorf, 2007 winner of the Academy Award for Technical Achievement, was recently named the director of this program at Clemson and his film credits include "Titanic," "Waterworld," the "X-men" series, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the "Night at the Museum" series and "Superman Returns." Tessendorf earned his doctorate in theoretical physics from Brown University. View video >


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Winter Graduation Recap

Approximately 1,000 degrees were distributed during Clemson's winter graduation ceremony on Dec. 16, and an honorary doctorate of humanities was awarded to Jim Anthony, CEO of The Cliffs Communities, for his success in business and his work in non-profit, philanthropic foundations locally, nationally and internationally.
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Tennessee Tigers: Back Home with Santa Train

Since 1943, the Santa Train has been winding its way through the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, distributing over 15 tons of donated gifts, toys, candies and clothing from individuals and organizations across the United States. This year marked the 68th running of the Santa Special, and in addition to the jolly old man himself, Clemson University President Jim and Marcia Barker were also on board the train. Read more > View Photos >

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President Barker among Most Admired Educators

"DesignIntelligence" magazine has named Clemson University President James F. Barker one of the Most Admired Educators of 2011. The publication also named Clemson's graduate program in architecture as one of the nation's top 20. Read more >

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Motion Sickness is Reality in the Virtual World

Clemson University psychologist Eric Muth sees motion sickness as potential fallout from high-end technology that once was limited to the commercial marketplace and is now moving to consumer use in gaming devices. Read More >

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Broccoli Project Grows the Economy

Despite high and growing consumption in the eastern United States, very little broccoli is produced in this region. Broccoli isn't just good for nutrition. It's also good for South Carolina farmers and for cleaner air. That's why Clemson Extension is working with growers to add the new crop in a USDA research project. Read more >

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Ethics Team Bowls Over Competition

Clemson students Yancey Appling, Courtney Dixon, Calla Jean, Nikki Powell and Spencer Taylor led their team to victory in the fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl in Richmond, Va. by knocking off past regional champion University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the final round. It is the second time Clemson University's Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team has been a winner in the regional competition.
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Dominican Republic is a Home for the Holidays

"Home for the holidays" will have a new meaning for some Clemson University students and Dominican Republic residents this year. Sixteen fraternity and sorority members will spend part of their holiday break on a service trip, building a home in a remote village in the Dominican Republic. The students and two student affairs staffers were there Dec. 11-18. Read more >

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Students Help Senior Citizens "Wire In"

Clemson University students are reaching out to senior residents of the community through an agricultural education course in which they become the teachers. Dale Layfield, the Clemson professor who designed the course, believes intergenerational service-learning benefits the Clemson students as much as it does the seniors by addressing societal issues. Read more >

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Student Organic Farm Overcomes Great Obstacles

For years, the 15-acre Student Organic farm has provided students with an opportunity to learn about sustainable and organic farming practices, despite the challenges of keeping the farm going with no permanent source of support. Low on funds, but always high on morale, the farm has grown to include certified organic crops, seasonal vegetables and herbs, cut flowers and blueberries. Read more >

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Scholarship named after Anna Marie Calhoun Clemson

The Clemson Women's Alumni Council is renaming their scholarship fund in honor of Anna Marie Calhoun Clemson. She was the daughter of John C. Calhoun and the wife of Thomas Green Clemson, and she had a vital role in founding Clemson University. Read more >

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Learning Today; Learning Tomorrow

Bob Hambright believes he has a simple, effective solution to most of the world's problems: good leadership. The Clemson alumnus, along with his wife, Susan, and his former employer, Balfour Beatty Construction LLC, believe in this concept so devoutly that they have donated $100,000 to initiate a new program that will help engineering students develop leadership skills. Read more >

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Alumni Participation is 3rd Highest Nationwide

According to the U.S. News and World Report, Clemson University's alumni participation is the third highest among public research universities in the nation. These rankings are based off of the percentage of alumni that donate to their alma maters. Almost 28 percent of Clemson alumni give back to their university. Read more >

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Alumnus Hits all the Right Notes

Whether he's in the tuxedo-clad-concert-hall-world of orchestral music or the open-collared-dark-nightclub-world of jazz, Michael Geib's talent for the double bass is apparent. A familiar face in the Brooks Center, Geib's Clemson days reflect his music career. He was heard playing in the jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra, symphonic band, steel band and percussion ensemble, as well as Clemson Players shows. Read more >

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Pearl Harbor History Expert Visits Campus

"People refer to the Sept. 11 attacks as the 'Pearl Harbor of the 21st century.'" 69 years ago, the United States was attacked by surprise by Japan, and the entire foundation of military strategy was forever altered. Clemson University invited Jack Green, a former staff of the U.S. Naval Historical Center, to speak about Pearl Harbor and its impact on America's history. Read more >

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Recognizing Excellent Faculty and Staff

Clemson University recognized its faculty and staff's hard work during the fall semester at the university's end-of-semester meeting. Many awards and honors were presented to various university employees, and President Barker discussed Clemson University's plan for the future.
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Go Bowling With the Tigers

The Tigers are heading to the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Friday, Dec. 31 at Noon to play the South Florida Bulls in the 9th Annual Meineke Car Care Bowl. We have info on tickets, travel packages, and pre-bowl game parties! The Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY will host an event on Thursday, December 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Blackfinn American Saloon at EpiCentre, and the Charlotte Clemson Club will host an event on Friday, December 31st from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Ticket Information > Travel Packages > Bowl Party >

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Basketball Players Make a Difference in
Children's Lives

This December the Clemson basketball teams appreciated the gift of giving by participating in the Tiger Wonderland event. Children from Clemson Community Care got the opportunity to hang out with the players and receive presents that were at the top of their Christmas lists. Sleigh rides, arts and crafts, and hot chocolate created a memorable night for everyone who participated. Read more > View Photos >

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A Holiday Message from CBBS

Happy holidays from your friends in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness.
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