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Record Numbers Attend Ring Ceremony

Record Numbers Attend Ring Ceremony

At a university steeped in tradition, the Clemson Ring and accompanying ceremony are two of the most memorable and close to students’ hearts. On October 8th, close to 900 seniors walked across the stage in Little John, the same stage they will cross in December or May when they graduate, and received their Clemson University class ring. Alumni all over the world proudly don their rings, which can bring fellow Tigers together. In one of the most touching portions of the event, Colonel Ben Skardon, Class of ’38, spoke to the audience and told his story about when his class ring saved his life during the Bataan Death March of World War II. The class ring has changed minimally since it was created. The palmetto “c” and year first appeared in 1901 followed by the addition of an eagle with a blank shield in 1906. Lastly, in 1927 the name of the school was changed when Clemson Agricultural College became Clemson University.
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Clemson, Start Your Engines

Clemson, Start Your Engines

Mike Wallace, a NASCAR Driver, has teamed up with a group of nine talented Clemson marketing students to bring Clemson to the fast track. The students are working to develop long-term and short-term marketing plans for Wallace’s No. 01 car, cultivate potential donors and customers, develop sales proposals, close deals and activate the brand. Wallace made appearances at the Clemson vs Georgia Tech football game at a meet and greet in Sirrine Hall and signing autographs during halftime and after the game. Wallace’s appearance was only the beginning, though. The students’ first step is to raise money to make Wallace’s car a Clemson car — featuring the Tiger Paw and signature orange color — for the final race of the NASCAR season, the Ford EcoBoost 300. The Nov. 17 race in Homestead, Fla., is part of the Ford Championship Weekend where NASCAR will crown its Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series champions. If you’d like to support this program, please contact Mary Anne Raymond at mar@clemson.edu or 864-656-2290 or 864-656-2448. Let’s help Clemson reach the checkered flag!
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More Bang for Your Buck

More Bang for Your Buck

SmartMoney Magazine has ranked Clemson University number 7 on its list the nation’s top 50 colleges and universities whose graduates get the best return on their tuition dollars. The magazine, which is published by the Wall Street Journal, ranked Clemson higher than all Ivy League Universities and some public universities that usually come in higher in U.S.News & World Report rankings.
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Reading Program Named Finalist in Competition

Reading Program Named Finalist in Competition

Clemson University’s Reading Recovery Training Center has been nominated as a finalist for the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award of Excellence from the Riley Institute at Furman University. The reading program, part of the Eugene T. Moore school of Education, provides training and professional development to teachers who work with struggling first-grade readers. It offers one-on-one sessions to help improve students’ reading and writing skills. Clemson is a training site for the program and helps to implement it in school districts across the state. WhatWorksSC supports and honors exemplary education initiatives in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and State Board of Education. Over 50 entries were narrowed to 3 finalists. The award will be presented on Oct 17 in Columbia at the fifth annual S.C. Conference of Public Education Partners in Columbia.
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Segars Family Gives $1.5m to Support Ag Students

Segars Family Gives $1.5m to Support Ag Students

A $1.5 million gift from a Clemson University alumnus will support scholarships, fellowships and student engagement programs in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. Goz Segars of Hartsville, along with his wife, Pat, and their family, is giving the money to support students in agricultural majors because those students are the “driving force” of the future of agriculture.
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Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up, and Away!

During the Clemson vs. Maryland game in the 1983, more than 360,000 balloons were released in order to set a new Guinness record. Ever since then a huge mass of balloons has been released at Clemson football games as the cannons are fired, the team rubs the rock and runs down the hill. Where exactly do the balloons go, though? There is a Clemson research team dedicated to finding that out. Although the balloons are 100% biodegradable, the team is working in order to ensure that there are no adverse effects on the environment.
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3 Firsts Making News in Greenville

3 Firsts Making News in Greenville

The Christopher brothers, Joel, Reggie and Tony, have a long history with the Greenville area. The boys’ father, LaVoy Christopher, worked at the Judson Mill in Greenville. With only a 6th grade education, Lavoy worked his way from when he started working in the mill at 9 years old to being a general overseer of all weaving at the mill. Tony, the youngest brother, remembers his dad as a, “self made man.” LaVoy wanted better for his sons, though. All three boys graduated high school and then went off to college; Joel went to Clemson and Reggie and Tony went to Furman. Joel jokes with his brothers, “Somebody had to go to the correct school.” The boys gave back to the Greenville area by preserving its history in a special way. Each Christopher brother wrote a book about parts of his childhood, independent of his brothers.
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Alumni Golf Champions

Alumni Golf Champions

On September 14 we had our 3rd Annual Clemson Alumni Golf Challenge, which raised $13,350. This year’s winners, Blair Wilson, Cal Maddox, Scott Crouch, and Arnie Caldwell, will now move on to represent Clemson on the national stage. They will compete in the Acura National Alumni Team Championship November 1-4, 2012 at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. The tournament hosts 60 four-person college alumni teams — one from each conference university — in a 36-hole best ball competition at Pinehurst Courses Nos. 2 & 4. Go Tigers!
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Edge Named 2012 Volunteer of the Year

Edge Named 2012 Volunteer of the Year

The Clemson Alumni Association has honored Col. Sandy Edge with the Frank Kellers III Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year Award. A retired Air Force colonel and 1972 Clemson alumnus, Sandy Edge currently serves as the director of the College of Business and Behavioral Science Academic Advising Center and is also a business lecturer.
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Exclusive Discount for Clemson Alumni

Exclusive Discount for Clemson Alumni

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Meet a Clemson FIRST

Meet a Clemson FIRST

Prior to 2006, Clemson did not keep any statistics regarding the status of first-generation students, those who are the first students in their immediate family to attend a four-year college or university. As seventeen percent of Clemson’s Fall 2012 freshman class (and 32 percent of incoming transfer students) are first-generation students, collecting this data and alumni stories is very beneficial for Clemson’s FIRST program. Bob Barreto ’79, was one of these first generation graduates and shares his story here. He admits that starting college was an adjustment with "the constant challenge of not knowing what to expect." Are you a Clemson FIRST Graduate? Would you like to share your story with the Clemson Alumni Association? We want to hear it!
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Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

FTD® proudly presents the Clemson University™ Tigers™ Rose Bouquet. Show your colors and pride with this unique rose bouquet celebrating the determined spirit of a university that rises to every challenge! Remarkable roses clad in orange and purple show tiger pride when they arrive accented with lush greens. Presented in a spirited college themed gift box, this gift is a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, homecomings, graduations, and any of the accomplishments that students and alumni achieve throughout their lives. Bouquets come in 3 sizes and pricing options.
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Support the Clemson Fund

Support the Clemson Fund

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose, thanks to the endless possibilities generous alumni have opened to Clemson students for generations. The Tigers who are following in your tracks need your help NOW so that they can get on their way. Today is your day … to lead on. Purchase this exclusive new T-shirt for $10 when you make your 2013 Clemson Fund gift.
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Tigers Turn Boston Orange

Tigers Turn Boston Orange

Clemson Tigers gathered in Boston at two spectacular events hosted by the Clemson Alumni Association on the evening prior to the Clemson vs. Boston College game. Over 200 Clemson alumni, family, and donors gathered at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, to celebrate in one of the historic baseball field’s sky boxes. The evening was filled with lots of laughter and, of course, lots of lobstah. Across town, another 200 Tiger attendees enjoyed gathering with local and traveling Clemson fans at the Black Rose in downtown Boston. Echoes of cadence counts and tiger rags got the crowd pumped for the game which the Tigers won the next day!
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Clemson Comptroller Named Chairman of National Association Board

Clemson Comptroller Named Chairman of National Association Board

Charles Tegen, Clemson University comptroller, has been named the 2012-13 chairman of the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). At Clemson, his office is responsible for accounting for the university and related organizations, cash and treasury services, student financial services and tax reporting. “NACUBO is focused to assist business officers across the United States and internationally to contribute to their college and university’s success in educating students,” Tegen said. “It is an honor to have a leadership role In NACUBO.” The association’s members represent more than 2,500 colleges, universities and other higher education service providers in the U.S. and around the world. Now in its 50th year, the association’s mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions.
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Clemson Ph.D. Recipient Receives Dissertation of the Year

Clemson Ph.D. Recipient Receives Dissertation of the Year

Rebecca Caldwell, Ph.D. is the recipient of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs’s Dissertation of the Year for her study Chief Student Affairs Officers’ Interpretation and Implementation of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age and the Amethyst Initiative: A Discursive Analysis. The study focused on the ways in which CSAOs describe the impact of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age on high-risk drinking and alcohol-related issues on college and university campuses. This study was among the first to examine the perspective of CSAOs, the top college campus officials charged to oversee alcohol abuse prevention efforts, on the Minimum Legal Drinking Age. Dr. Caldwell completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Clemson in 2012 and is currently the the Director of Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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Clemson Professor Honored by Root

Clemson Professor Honored by Root

The Root, an online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective, lists Clemson University professor Juan Gilbert in its top 100 black influencers and achievers. Gilbert ranked among nationally renowned university researchers, network correspondents, Hollywood actors and producers, Grammy Award-winning artists and famed politicians. The Clemson IDEaS professor and chairman of the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) division in the School of Computing is recognized nationally for his groundbreaking solutions-based research and unique teaching techniques.
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Lamont A. Flowers Invited to Join BMARC

Lamont A. Flowers Invited to Join BMARC

Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education and distinguished professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, has been invited to join the Black Male Achievement Research Collaborative (BMARC). Members serve a two year period during which they are involved in producing and disseminating accurate and quality data on the record, status and future direction of black males. They write and edit a research-practice-policy report on black male achievement, contribute to a special focus of the Journal of Negro Education and produce a range of publications that target policymakers, academic journals and popular media. Members also attend semi annual meetings that coincide with national education research and policy conferences to maximize exposure of their research.
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Researchers Examine Bias Among Sports Journalists on Twitter

Researchers Examine Bias Among Sports Journalists on Twitter

Clemson University communications studies assistant professor Jimmy Sanderson has a teamed up with researchers from Louisville to determine the ways in which sports journalists used Twitter to develop and promote their stories during the Penn State sex abuse scandal. While sports journalists used Twitter in ways that were similar to traditional media channels, a key finding was that reporters posted commentary that reflected personal involvement that lacked any pretense of impartiality and objectivity. This personal investment also appeared when sports journalists had highly charged interaction with fans. Given the sensitivity of the story, coupled with their personal investment, these interactions often were confrontational. As social media has become a popular way of obtaining the most current information and commentary, the study concluded that in the rush to get the first scoop, there has been an unfortunate rise of inaccurate information being reported on Twitter.
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Two Tigers Take Architecture Awards

Two Tigers Take Architecture Awards

Caitlin Ranson of Pickens and Dianah Katzenberger of Dillon, both graduate students in Clemson’s University’s School of Architecture, won first place in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition. The competition, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and the Office of Insular Affairs , focused on brainstorming and creating innovative designs for energy-efficient and environmentally sound laboratories. Their winning design featured sensitive site planning and use of natural resources, featuring solar thermal design, photovoltaic panels, daylighting and rainwater collection. The design will be featured in October at the Labs21 2012 Annual Conference in San Jose, Calif., and presented to an audience of more than 800 professionals.
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4th Annual Clemson Student Memorial 5K

4th Annual Clemson Student Memorial 5K

This year Fraternity and Sorority Life will host the 4th Annual Clemson Student Memorial 5k on Sunday, October 21st at 2 pm. All proceeds will be donated to the All Faiths Chapel and Student Memorial Garden Project. Also, join us for the 5k Race Remembrance Celebration in the Greek Quad from the start of the race until 5pm. This is an event for both runners and supporters with entertainment, food, fellowship and most importantly, a time to remember those we’ve lost.
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Be A-Mazed With Fellow Tigers

Be A-Mazed With Fellow Tigers

Join Clemson Alumni for Clemson Day at Denver Downs Farm on Sunday October, 21 from 1-6 PM. Here you can get lost in the 10 acre corn maze or visit the Giant Pumpkin Patch, just in time for Halloween! The Tiger will even make an appearance at 3PM. The farm is located off of 76 between Pendleton and Anderson. If you will be in town for the Clemson vs. VT football game then this event is one you definitely cannot miss!
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CAFLS Sponsors Annual Conference

CAFLS Sponsors Annual Conference

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Annual Conference is being held in Greenville, SC at the end of the month. The CAFLS Alumni Board is serving as a conference sponsor this year and several Clemson faculty are on the agenda as presenters. Clemson is very excited to have this conference in the upstate for the first time and we encourage our alumni and interested community members to attend!
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CAFLS Tailgate Celebrates 20 Years

CAFLS Tailgate Celebrates 20 Years

Before the GA Tech game this past Saturday, the CAFLS Alumni Board celebrated the 20th annual Alumni Tailgate. This year's event broke records in both attendance and fundraising. The South Carolina Farm Bureau came on board as a sponsor and partner, CAFLS announced a $1.5M gift from the Segars Family, and over 1,500 friends of CAFLS came to join in the festivities. Thanks to everyone who participated!
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Don't Miss the Tiger Golf Gathering

Don't Miss the Tiger Golf Gathering

The 10th annual Tiger Golf Gathering will be held December 6th and 7th in Greenville. The Thursday Open golf tournament and auction party will return to Thornblade...and, our Friday Tiger Am will be take place at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course! All proceeds benefit the Clemson golf program. The Tiger Golf Gathering auction has become famous for offering some of the most unique and exciting items a Clemson fan has ever seen!
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Eyewitness Account of Harvey Gant’s Enrollment at Clemson University

Eyewitness Account of Harvey Gant’s Enrollment at Clemson University

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Integration Lecture Series, photographer Cecil Williams will speak on his experiences chronicling the integration of Clemson University and other Civil Rights milestones in South Carolina. Williams is a photographer, videographer and author of three books in which he explores his experience as an African American photographer during the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. He is scheduled to speak at 7:00pm on October 25, 2012 in the Brackett Hall Auditorium.
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Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012

Are you all in...all ORANGE? Will you be joining your fellow fans and alums for Tigerama, for the Clemson vs. Maryland football game in Death Valley, or for other fabulous weekend festivities? Check out this video invitation to see many recognizable faces giving you plenty of reasons to come “home” for Homecoming 2012! Also, download a one page summary of weekend events to help you plan your stops while in town. Go Tigers!
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Washington Officials Celebrate Clemson’s Global Green Thumb

Washington Officials Celebrate Clemson’s Global Green Thumb

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) participated on a panel moderated by Clemson University President James F. Barker during a recent visit to Upstate South Carolina. During the panel, the representatives stressed the importance of global leadership and ways students can apply their studies to a variety of partners and programs around the world. During their visit to Clemson, Shah and Graham visited Clemson’s Small Ruminant Animal Farm for a briefing on the university’s Afghanistan Agribusiness Development Team Training Program. The program trains S.C. National Guard soldiers to help farmers in Afghanistan with newer agricultural techniques in order to develop the country’s agribusiness into a more productive industry.
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Young Alumni Fall Band Party

Young Alumni Fall Band Party

Heading to Clemson for the biggest game of the season against Virginia Tech? Don’t miss the biggest party the night before…join us for the first ever Young Alumni Fall Band Party! Tickets are $20 and include drinks by Thomas Creek Brewery, entertainment by Sandy B and the Allstars, and access to the Neue Southern Food Truck! Stick around for the after party at Esso featuring Big Sam as the band! *You MUST be 21 years of age to attend event. All Clemson Young Alumni, Clemson Seniors and Friends are welcome so bring your crowd!
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6th Annual Men’s Lacrosse SoCo Tournament

6th Annual Men’s Lacrosse SoCo Tournament

Clemson’s men’s club lacrosse team will host their sixth annual Southern Comfort Tournament October 27 - 29th at Nettles Park in Clemson. This round robin tournament hosts both college and high school teams in order to promote growth and development of the sport. Because there are no championship games, the tournament allows for friendly play and a chance for every player to see the field. In 2011, the tournament even went international with a high school team from Canada coming to compete. This year games will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is $750.00 for a team and $40.00 for an individual player and includes a reversible SoCo Tournament pennie. For more information about registration, the tournament or the men’s lacrosse team, contact team VP Kyle Stinchcomb at kstinch@g.clemson.edu.
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Calling All Baseball Alumni

Calling All Baseball Alumni

Baseball is having an Alumni Reunion Weekend during Homecoming weekend. The reunion will include a Captain’s Choice golf tournament at Boscobel with shotgun start at 9a on 11/9 ($70 / person), 5:30p social and 6:00p dinner ($25 /person) that same day, and a pre-game tailgate on 11/10, 2 ½ hours before kickoff (TBA - $17 / person). For detailed information about specific times and cost please contact: Roberta Balliet, rballie@clemson.edu, 864-656-1940 or Bob Mahony, mahonyr@clemson.edu, 864-656-2974.

Coach of the Year Voting

Coach of the Year Voting

Show your support for football coach Dabo Swinney in Liberty Mutual’s 2012 Vote for Your Coach 2012 competition. Though the coaches take home a trophy, the real winners are each coach’s favorite charity and their school’s alumni association. Each winner receives $50,000 to donate to charity, and a $20,000 grant to donate to their school’s alumni association. Fan votes count for 20% of the total competition and are going on now until November 10th. Let’s give Dabo all the support we can!
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Dig Pink with Women’s Volleyball

Dig Pink with Women’s Volleyball

Support Clemson University Women’s Volleyball in their mission to raise $4,000 for Breast Cancer research. You can show your support in many different ways. Dig Pink t-shirts are being sold at all home matches for $10. During the month of October raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a grand prize.On October 21, come support your Tigers as they take on the FSU Seminoles. Trade in your orange for a pink shirt to support breast cancer awareness. The raffle winner will be drawn and announced at the game. The players will also be auctioning off their pink jerseys during the game. Support your Tigers and a great cause at the same time!
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