Last March, I had the opportunity to travel to Genova, Italy to meet with our villa staff and review progress on the maintenance and refurnishing projects to the Daniel Center. In route, I read a wonderful book, Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements, by Phillips, Cordell, Church, and Jones from Greenville. The book speaks of movements that elevate and empower "people to unite a community around a common cause, passion, company, brand, or organization."
It uses words like "passion, kindred spirits, inspiration, purpose, engagement, and connecting." In so many ways, it describes the work and goals of CAF. Our focus is threefold: to raise funds that support the work of the School of Design and Building, to own and operate the CAF Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genova, and to serve as a bridge between the academy and professional practice by reconnecting alumni of Lee Hall with each other and with the school.
We have great stories to tell: of our wonderful school and its heritage, of new and exciting academic leaders and professors, of outstanding students and their projects, and of the Lee Hall Renovation and Expansion Project. To help tell these stories, we are excited to announce the appointment of Professor Emeritus John Jacques, AIA to the position of CAF Director.
We encourage you to connect and engage with us. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the current work within the School and the CAF, and we invite you to tour our 'new' Lee Hall when you are next in Clemson. To continue the good work of the School, we are in need of your continued good will and financial support; please consider giving generously to the CAF.
...looking forward to a great year!
D. Wayne Rogers, AIA, '82 '86