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December 19, 2012

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$1 Million Gift Creates Erwin Center

$1 Million Gift Creates Erwin Center

President Barker Wednesday announced a $1.05 million gift from Joe and Gretchen Erwin, co-founders of leading advertising and marketing firm Erwin Penland, to establish the Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communication at the school. The center will support a new emphasis area in advertising and communication for communication studies majors to help prepare future generations of marketers.
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CBBS Wishes You Happy Holidays

CBBS Wishes You Happy Holidays

The faculty, staff and students of the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University wish you and your family the happiest of holidays.
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Clemson Optical Lab Receives Gift

Clemson Optical Lab Receives Gift

OFS Laboratories is teaming with Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) to create fiber optics research space in Clemson’s Advanced Materials Research Laboratory. COMSET is an interdisciplinary unit of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science that provides an organized framework for faculty with common interests to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate and utilize light. This new research area will be known as the OFS Laboratories Optics Industry Lab.
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Clemson Tops Internship Charts

Clemson Tops Internship Charts

In a recent U.S.News & World Report, Clemson ranked 4th in the nation on list of the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of students who hold internships or co-op positions. The list ranks schools where the majority of students held internships during their undergraduate studies. Based on data from the 2010-2011 academic year, 67 percent of Clemson’s graduating seniors held an internship or co-op position before graduation. The internship list is part of the U.S. News Short List, which highlights individual data points about colleges and universities.
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Smartstate Program Creates Jobs

Smartstate Program Creates Jobs

Smartstate is a program in South Carolina that raises funds from business donations and private philanthropy to invest in academic research. The investment total is $1.4 billion, with more than $191 million derived from direct matches of state award dollars, as required by statute. The program also created more than 8,000 jobs! These funds were used to create 48 unique research centers, called Centers of Economic Excellence, representing a variety of commercially viable science and engineering fields at the state’s three public research institutions: Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina.
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Trustee Honored with National Award

Trustee Honored with National Award

Dr. Louis B. Lynn, who attended a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, December 4th, was awarded the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award by the US Department of Commerce on December 6th. The award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and achieved significant success in creating diversity in the public or private sector. Dr. Lynn established ENVIRO AgScience in 1985, which has grown into the largest African American-owned landscape and construction firm in South Carolina.
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Clemson Alumna Named President of Eurpac ESP

Clemson Alumna Named President of Eurpac ESP

Marianne Radley, part of the Clemson graduating class of 1994, was named president of Eurpac’s Strategic Partner’s Division. Prior to Eurpac, Radley worked for Anheuser-Busch InBev and most recently Duke Management in St. Louis. As president, Ms. Radley will oversee teams working on product placement.
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Happy Holidays from Your Alumni Association

Happy Holidays from Your Alumni Association

This holiday season, may your home be filled with happiness, your heart with love and your days with joy. We hope you will enjoy this selection by members of Clemson University's CU Singers student group as they visit Fort Hill, the historic home of Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson. As we celebrate the holidays, we are grateful for the legacy we share as Tigers and for Mr. Clemson’s original gift of his Fort Hill home to establish Clemson College. Go Tigers!
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The Road to Medical School

The Road to Medical School

Jennifer Rahn makes the FIRST program come to life as she describes how both the program and Clemson helped her cope with personal tragedy and the obstacles that came with being the first person in her family to attend college. She worked hard and is now studying at Vanderbilt Medical School to become a doctor. She explains how the FIRST program was an integral part in getting there.
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The Season for Giving

The Season for Giving

The holiday season is the perfect time to say ‘Thank You” to the thousands of alumni and friends like you who make a difference for Clemson through their annual gifts. Because of your investment, we continue to do great things for Clemson students and faculty. You can help continue the momentum by making an annual gift to the Clemson Fund, the backbone of our University’s private support. Your annual gift counts as a campaign gift, please don’t let the year end without making your tax-deductible contribution. Make your gift by December 31, and you will automatically receive this full-color wall calendar as our holiday gift for you!
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Thome Paddles His Way to Success

Thome Paddles His Way to Success

Clemson Alumnus Eric Thome recently had his product, the folding kayak, featured in the New York Times gift guide! Thome is currently the CEO of Folbot, a company that manufactures foldable kayaks. He and Scott Packham purchased the Charleston based company in 2012 and introduced the newest kayak style, the Gremlin.
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Will to Lead Campaign Visits Orlando

Will to Lead Campaign Visits Orlando

Clemson Alumni and friends gathered for a Will to Lead Campaign Event at the Country Club of Orlando on Wednesday, December 5. President Barker spoke of Clemson's recent successes in regards to academics, students, and faculty because of the support of Clemson alumni.
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"Balloting" Voting Revolution

"Balloting" Voting Revolution

A team of Clemson University graduate students has developed an alternative voting method using QR codes called "balloting." Professor Juan Gilbert, who leads the team, says that with balloting, the voter’s screen will indicate their selection in a review screen, where individuals can change their selections and then print them. The Clemson researchers developed a queuing model to analyze the results and report the average wait time based on the number of voting machines, voter arrival rate and other information. Hopefully "balloting" could one day lead to shorter wait times in voting lines!
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Garden of Learning

Garden of Learning

Clemson’s Director of Landscape Architecture, Matthew Powers, uses a unique method to teach middle school students math. The “math garden” is an opportunity for students to learn math through physical encounters and applications of theories. The garden was designed and built as part of a creative inquiry undergraduate research program. Powers hopes that someday schools all over the state will incorporate the hands-on method for teaching math.
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Here She Is: Miss America!

Here She Is: Miss America!

Clemson student Ali Rogers has been crowned Miss South Carolina and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant on January 12, 2013! Part of the competition is “America’s Choice” award, where viewers vote for their favorite contestant. Let’s give Ali the support of her Clemson Family!
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Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

Clemson University and NASA are teaming up once again to challenge middle school students in the sixth through eighth grades to design a mission to an asteroid. The contest is open to teams of one to four students who will submit slide show or video presentations to NASA outlining their plans to send a human crew on a trip the mission. The goal of the contest, according to Clemson psychology professor Benjamin R. Stephens, is to engage more students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to stimulate students by providing an opportunity for them to explore and discover.
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Graduates Prepare for December Commencement

Graduates Prepare for December Commencement

For the first time, Clemson University will hold two ceremonies for its Dec. 20th winter graduation of 1,130 students. The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; and College of Engineering and Science ceremony will be at 9:30am, and the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the College of Health Education and Human Development ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Clemson officials also will award an honorary Doctorate of Science degree to Charles Moss Duke Jr., the 10th man to walk the moon and an American hero.
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Identifying Cyber Threat

Identifying Cyber Threat

On December 14th, the Center for Corporate Learning hosted the Clemson University Cyber Learning Summit in Greenville, SC. The summit aimed to help corporations identify their current threat landscape and to increase security for innovation capital. Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning designs and develops professional development and executive education programs.
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Indian Embassy Celebrates Clemson

Indian Embassy Celebrates Clemson

As a follow up of Ambassador Nirupama Rao’s official visit to South Carolina in February 2012, the Indian Embassy hosted a reception for the Baltimore and DC based alumni of Clemson University, South Carolina on November 27. With over 125 guests in attendance, the event marked the first such interaction between the Embassy and Clemson University. Ambassador Rao and President Barker both spoke at the event to celebrate collaboration between India, Clemson University, and the state of South Carolina.
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Plan Your Chick-fil-A Bowl Itinerary Now

Plan Your Chick-fil-A Bowl Itinerary Now

Ring in the New Year with the Clemson Tigers at the Chick-fil-A Bowl! Tickets are now on sale through the Clemson Athletic Ticket Office. Also, join the Clemson Alumni Association, Atlanta Clemson Club and IPTAY at the Solid Orange Tailgate prior to the game, Monday, December 31, 3:30-5:30 PM in the Georgia World Congress Center and help cheer the Tigers on to a victory over LSU! Tailgate tickets are $20 and include full meal buffet and ice tea. Cash bars will be available throughout the event. By purchasing a ticket to the Solid Orange Tailgate, you will also receive a Chick-fil-A FanFest ticket ($15 value). Space is limited, so purchase your tickets online before December 20th. Tickets will be mailed. Following the Solid Orange Tailgate, we encourage all Tiger fans to join us at the Clemson Team Walk at FanFest to cheer on the Clemson Tigers on their way to the Georgia Dome. The Tiger mascot will be visiting fans in Atlanta on Sunday, December 30th and Monday the 31st. On December 30th, the Tiger will be at the Georgia Aquarium from 11am-1pm and at the CNN Center from 1:45pm-3:15pm. The Tiger Cub mascot will be at The Varsity from 11AM – 1pm and at Hardrock Café from 1:45pm – 3:15pm. Join the mascot from 2-6pm at the Fanfest hosted at the World Congress Center. There will be a Clemson booth set up with cool giveaways for all Tiger Fans!
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Five Tigers Named to All ACC

Five Tigers Named to All ACC

This year, for the first time in the ACC, the league’s 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Clemson’s junior QB Tajh Boyd was selected by the ACC Coaches as Offensive and Overall Player of the Year for a record-breaking season. Andre Ellington, DeAndre (Nuk) Hopkins, Brandon Ford, and Dalton Freeman were also named to First Team.
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Vote For Dabo!

Vote For Dabo!

Coach Dabo Swinney has made the first round of cuts in Liberty Mutual’s Coach of the Year Competition! Vote on the Top 10 from now until December 20th. You can vote once per day for your favorite coach in each division. Vote for Dabo and Go Tigers!
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