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University constituent group establishes ClemsonLIFE endowment, Clements family contributes $100,000 - September 2016

In less than two years, what began simply as an informational presentation about the ClemsonLIFE program to the university’s Board of Visitors has evolved into a grant-in-aid endowment to assist student participants and a supporting $100,000 gift from Clemson President James P. Clements and his wife, Beth. Read more.

Upstate Writing Project's Leigh Unterspan earns High School Teacher of Excellence Award - July 2016

Leigh Unterspan, teacher consultant with the Clemson University Upstate Writing Project and English teacher at Travelers Rest High, has earned the High School Teacher of Excellence Award from the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English. She is the only South Carolina teacher to be represented at the National Council of Teachers of English Teachers of Excellence Awards program later this year. Read more.

Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Center receives Innovation in Education Award - February 2016

The Clemson University Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina received InnoVision’s 2015 Innovation in Education Award. The InnoVision award recognized the Record of Reading app developed by C.C. Bates, the center’s director, and Clemson computer science Ph.D. graduate Sam Bryfczynski. InnoVision uses the Innovation in Education Award to recognize an organization for the development or innovative application of technology that improves education in South Carolina. Read more.


Wells Fargo donates $350,000 to Clemson diversity programs - October 2015

Wells Fargo has boosted Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars education programs with gifts of $200,000 and $150,000, respectively. The money will provide scholarships for young men in the MISTER program and fund six students throughout their Emerging Scholars experience. “Wells Fargo fully believes that supporting education is one of the most important investments we can make in our country’s future,” said Wells Fargo Regional President for South Carolina Kathy Heffley. Read more.

National Science Foundation awards Clemson education program $800,000 grant - September 2015

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has awarded Clemson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in middle grades education (MAT) program $800,000 for scholarships to prepare and mentor middle school math and science teachers. The grant will provide 40 scholarships over the next four years to students who major in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) disciplines as undergraduates and who then come into the Clemson MAT program to certify in math or science teaching for grades six through eight. Read more.

Toyota USA Foundation awards $1.5M to National Dropout Prevention Network career-readiness program - September 2015

The Toyota USA Foundation announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant for the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) to support high school students interested in pursuing career-focused education in the midst of the country’s growing need for more skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. The Career-Ready System for High School Students will target up to 24,000 high school students in New York, Kentucky and Mississippi. “Toyota is invested in paving pathways for students to careers in manufacturing to strengthen our nation’s workforce and economy,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation president. “We're pleased to support the National Dropout Prevention Network in this important initiative to keep students in school and encourage education around STEM subjects.” Read more.

BMW gives $100,000 to Clemson diversity, language programs - August 2015

BMW has extended its long history of investing in the students of Clemson University with two $50,000 gifts to the Call Me MISTER and the German language programs, respectively. The Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program aims to increase the pool of diverse teachers, particularly among South Carolina’s lowest-performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. The program provides tuition assistance, academic support and job placement for students pursuing approved programs of study in teacher education at participating colleges. Read more.

Charles H. Houston Center co-hosts research institute on African-Americans and education - June 2015

The Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University co-hosted the recent Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African-Americans and Education, held in conjunction with the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago. Designed to prepare doctoral students to study the African-American experience in education, the institute drew doctoral students from across the United States to learn techniques for conducting research about educational issues affecting African-Americans. Read more.


Call Me MISTER program wins Literacy Leaders Award - October 2014Call Me MISTER representatives receive the Literacy Leaders Award.

Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program received a Literacy Leaders Award from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science at a recent ceremony in Columbia. Read more.

CULife students with the StanzionesClemsonLIFE receives $100,000 gift from alumni - September 2014

The ClemsonLIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program will have additional growth opportunities thanks to a $100,000 gift from Clemson alumnus Bob Stanzione and his wife, Kaye. The Stanziones also offered to give an additional $100,000 in matching funds to encourage financial support for the program. The Stanziones have long-term connections with Clemson. They began their married life in Clemson housing and all three of their children attended Clemson. Bob is a 1969 Clemson mechanical engineering graduate and chairman and chief executive officer of ARRIS Group, Inc. a Suwanee, Ga.-based global communications technology leader. Kaye is an active volunteer and serves on the ClemsonLIFE advisory board. Read more.

Roy Jones/Call Me MISTER in New York Times - September 2014

Roy Jones and Call Me MISTER are in the New York Times as part of a "How to Diversify Teaching" opinion page. The opinion page can be found here. The direct link to Roy's piece can be found here.

Reading Recovery marks 25th anniversary - July 2014

Celeste “C.C.” Bates is director of Clemson’s Reading Recovery Training Center, which marks its 25th anniversary in August. Reading Recovery is a short-term, early intervention for first-grade students having difficulty with reading and writing, and Clemson serves the state by providing training and ongoing professional development for educators to use the program. The anniversary is part of the Clemson Reading Recovery’s annual Summer Institute, which brings together 300 educators from 10 S.C. school districts who will go back to their school systems and train fellow teachers to use the program. Contact Bates for more information.

Dabo's All-In Team® Foundation supports ClemsonLIFE - July 2014

Dabo's All In Team® Foundation has donated $30,000 to ClemsonLIFE. The mission of the ClemsonLIFE Program at Clemson University is to provide a coordinated course of study that includes career exploration and preparation along with self-awareness, discovery and personal improvement through a framework of courses, job internships and community participation. Read more.

National Dropout Prevention Center LogoClemson’s National Dropout Prevention Center to assist S.C. at-risk schools - April 2014

Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has entered into an agreement with the S.C. Department of Education to analyze needs and provide support to the state’s 26 at-risk schools. Read more.

ILEP teacher in classroom with studentsGlobal educators come to Clemson to learn best practices - April 2014

Sixteen high school teachers from around the globe have come together this semester at Clemson University to learn best practices in education from professors and local teachers. Read more.

Roy JonesClemson Call Me MISTER® receives $1.3 million from W.K. Kellogg Foundation - March 2014

Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER® program has received $1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich., to collaborate with Jackson State University (JSU) to increase the number of African-American male teachers in Mississippi K-8 classrooms. Read more.

Reading Recovery initiative gains support from Haley - January 2014

The Reading Recovery program is a major part of a proposed education plan introduced by Governor Nikki Haley. Read about the initiative.

Digital Media and Learning Lab featured in Education Week article - January 2014

Clemson University's Digital Media and Learning Lab, which opened in November 2013, has been featured in an article in Education Week, a national publication. Read the article.

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