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February 02, 2011




Clemson Alumni Newsletter

2010 Year in Review

Join us for a look back at Clemson's achievements in 2010. From academic quality and innovation, to student accomplishments and athletics, it was a memorable year! Without the support of our alumni and friends, none of it would have been possible. Read More >


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Trustees Heard "Good News"

Clemson University trustees heard "good news" about admissions and the school's capital campaign fundraising effort at their quarterly meeting in Columbia Wednesday. Provost Dori Helms said undergraduate student applications are up 2 percent and graduate student applications are up 3 percent. Additionally, applications from transfer students increased 7 percent. Read more>

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Research Grant to Study Post-Combat Psyche

Military personnel are conditioned to be physically and psychologically strong. However, this training may be directly correlated to the large percentage of military veterans who fail to seek necessary mental health treatment. Psychology professor Thomas Britt received a $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to research why so many veterans refuse to accept psychological services following military combat. Read More >

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James and the Lion

James Nampushi, a native in the African Masai Mara culture and current Clemson graduate student had quite the journey before his enrollment in Clemson University. Out of self defense, James was forced to kill a lion and can now tell his story of how he found himself face to face with a lion, spear in hand, and how he survived. Read More >

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Psychology Professor's Research Recognized

The Association for Psychological Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation, has honored Dr. June J. Pilcher for her outstanding contributions to the science of psychology. Pilcher researches stress and fatigue and studies how sleep deprivation, shift work and daytime sleepiness affect human performance and well-being in the work place, as well as how these factors affect college students. Read More >

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Students Pay Slashed "Sticker Price"

Clemson University President James F. Barker told South Carolina legislators Wednesday that the university is admitting more state residents than ever before and that they are paying less than the widely reported full tuition - or "sticker price" - for that education. He credited much of those savings to the impact of the state's Palmetto Fellows, LIFE and HOPE scholarship programs. Every one of the 1,824 incoming freshmen from South Carolina in fall 2010 received a scholarship averaging $7,902, he said. Read more >

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Rap Video Raises Energy Awareness

Five students in English 314 exceeded expectations when they produced a rap video to promote energy conservation to students living in University Housing. The lyrics tell where electricity comes from (how it is produced) and share three examples of ways to conserve energy. Under the direction of Mike Pulley, their professor, and Gary Gaulin, their client-based customer, these students hope their message will strike a chord with their peers. View Video >

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International Opics and Photonics Society Sees Professor's Talent

John Ballato, a Clemson University professor of materials science and engineering who founded the university's Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) a decade ago, has been named a Fellow of the international society for optics and photonics. Also a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society, Ballato joined the Clemson faculty in 1997 after receiving his doctorate in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Rutgers University, where he also received his bachelor's degree in Ceramic Science and Engineering in 1993. Read More >

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Become an Advocate for Your Alma Mater

In these trying economic times, support from the Clemson family is vital to the success of the University. If you're invested in the wellbeing of your Alma Mater, then consider becoming a Clemson Advocate. The Clemson Advocates program is a volunteer grassroots group that seeks to engage, inform and encourage alumni and friends of the university to communicate with members of the South Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congress regarding issues of importance to Clemson and higher education. Signup Now >

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Taking Care of Business the Clemson Way

Clemson entrepreneurs, Chris Bernat '93 and Jackson Burnett '94, M '95, dive into an untapped market and achieve international success. Vapor Apparel uses innovative engineering to manufacture athletic performance clothing. Among one of the SC 25 Fasted Growing Companies, Vapor Apparel's customers now range from New Balance to Paramount Studios, from New York to Australia. Read More >

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Undergraduate Success to Professional Sensation

Swing dancer, Tiger Band member, intramurals participant, charismatic leader and scholastic achiever, Jill Poston '10 is an all-around go-getter who took her Clemson experience from undergrad and became a professional success story. Out of 2,800 college students, Poston was honored as the 2010 Student Excellence award winner by Southwestern Company with a scholarship of $1,000. View Video >

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Make a Difference With Your Annual Gift

Your annual gift to the Clemson Fund - the backbone of Clemson University's private support - makes a difference by providing: scholarships and fellowships to recruit and retain the most promising students; professorships and endowed chairs to attract and keep leading teachers and researchers; and initiatives that make a Clemson education exceptional, that build a knowledge-based economy and that drive innovation. To help support the Will to Lead campaign, call 864-656-5896 or Make your gift now >

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ACC Tournament Packages Available

No conference in college basketball has a tournament with the history, passion, and excitement like the ACC! Follow your Tigers to the 2011 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC and experience the best college basketball has to offer. Men's ACC Basketball Tournament accommodations are available now. Read more >

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Shaping the Future with Richard Morris

Richard Morris, VP of Assembly for the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC, will present a leadership seminar on how leaders can guide their firm to the top. Morris earned his MBA from Clemson in 2004 after working for 15 years in the automotive industry. The seminar will be on Friday, February 4 at 5:00-6:00PM at Clemson at the Falls, Greenville, SC. Event has no charge, but registration is requested. Contact for more information or Register now >

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Experience the Luck O' the Brooks

Do you love Clemson's performing arts program? On March 5 from 7PM-11PM, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is hosting an Irish-themed party to support arts programming at Clemson University. Proceeds from the party support activities and programs at the Brooks Center, among them the Eskridge Tri-ART Series, the center's educational outreach program for area children; grants-in-aid for the university's top performing arts students; and equipment upgrades for the center. "The Luck O' the Brooks" Gala will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Madren Center and will feature a silent auction, live music, and food. Read More >

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Alumni Gospel Choir Explosion

Calling all former Clemson University Gospel Choir Members! You are invited to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Gospel Choir's founding in the university by joining the Clemson University Alumni Choir (CUAC) for the CUAC 2011 Reunion Weekend on Friday, Feb 25-27 at the Clemson United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Bennie J. Gaskin, Chair at

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2011 Prowl and Growl Locations Announced

The 2011 Prowl and Growl Tiger Trek and Coaches Tour is just around the corner and locations have been set. Don Munson will once again ask our coaches the questions that are on the minds of Clemson fans. You certainly don't want to miss this great opportunity to support your Clemson Tigers! Read More >

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Capital Campaign Kicks Off in Columbia

Clemson University will take its capital campaign on the road with a kickoff event in Columbia at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 701 Whaley St. All Clemson alumni and parents in the Columbia area are invited to celebrate and learn more about The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson. The evening will feature performances by Tiger Band's pep band, student a cappella group TakeNote and the Clemson University String Quartet. Read More >

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