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Supporting the Emeritus College

Donating / Volunteering / Joining a Committee / Emeritus College Programs

How to Donate

Clemson provides the Emeritus College with funds for operations and emeritus faculty with substantial benefits. These help emeriti stay connected to the University community. In return, emeritus faculty can give back to Clemson by contributing a little of our time and money. State restrictions prevent the College from spending state provided funds on things like funding scholarships and awards, providing catered functions for emeritus faculty, and underwriting other activities of the College. This is where we need your help. An annual donation of as little as $50 would help enormously. If you would like to give more, that would be even better.

To give, you can either call the Clemson University Foundation (864-656-1289) with your credit card information or send a check (write “Emeritus College” in the memo line) to

The Clemson University Foundation
PO Box 1899
Clemson, SC 29633

To learn more about our donors and how to give, please visit the Friends of the Emeritus College page.


There are many very worthwhile volunteer opportunities available to members of the Emeritus College. Below is a partial list. If you have questions or would like to participate in any of them, please contact the Emeritus College office at 864-656-3990 or

In the Community

United Way
The Emeritus College has an excellent relationship with the United Way of Pickens County. To volunteer at the United Way office, help in the annual campaign, answer the 211 telephone line or assist in any other capacity, visit the United Way website.

Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI)
The Clemson University Lifelong Learning Program is a membership organization that seeks to provide opportunities for continued learning and friendship through classes and activities enriching for adults. OLLI is continually looking for instructors to teach or assist with classes. Click here for more information about OLLI.

Working with Students

General Education Course
The Emeritus College sometimes teaches a section of STS Science and Technology in Society. This course satisfies part of the General Education requirement. Several emeriti participate in teaching the course as a contribution to the University.

Conversations with International Students
One of our most popular programs! Emeriti work one on one with international students to help improve their English speaking ability. This mentoring program tries to pair students with emeriti from their major field of study or emeriti who are familiar with their home country. Click here for more information about working with the international students program.

Clemson English Speaking Proficiency Test (CESP)
To assess the English proficiency of graduate teaching assistants, emeriti administer and grade the CESP (Clemson English Speaking Proficiency) test the first of each semester. Click here for more information about the CESP program.

Freshman Orientation
There are several opportunities to assist with Freshman Orientation including the Summer Reading Program, One Clemson: Yours, Mine and Ours, and even "Move In" Day. For more information, contact the Emeritus College office.

Graduate Students – Preparing Future Faculty
There are opportunities to help design and deliver initiatives to prepare graduate students for various aspects of academic professional careers that are not explicitly addressed in their Clemson Studies. These initiatives are intended to help make the students more effective faculty members.

Emeritus College Committees to Join

To help organize College opportunities and operations, the following committees are in place. If you are interested in joining any of them, please contact the Emeritus College office at 864-656-3990 or

Awards – Responsible for developing screening tools for choosing scholarship and award recipients, for administering the screening process, and for proposing new awards as appropriate.

Content Activities – Responsible for continuing education programs for EC members that address content and issues of substance that are of general interest, including cooperative activities with OLLI and liaison with the OLLI advisory board.

Development –Responsible for development and administration of an annual giving campaign and for solicitation of major gifts to the EC.

Honors College Programs – Responsible for initiatives supporting students enrolled in general and departmental honors programs.

Language Skills – Responsible for EC and cooperative initiatives designed to improve speaking and writing skills of students and faculty, with emphasis on programs for those individuals for whom English is a second language. This committee manages the Conversations with International (CIS) and Clemson English Speaking Proficiency (CESP) Testing Programs.

Member Benefits – Responsible for requesting EC member benefits from the University administration as appropriate to maintain parity with benefits accorded to active faculty, and for publicizing benefits to EC members.

Online Instruction – Responsible for recruiting instructors to teach online courses and for coordinating EC initiatives with Clemson Online.

Outreach – Responsible for developing and administering EC initiatives to share member expertise and experience beyond the university community.

Policy – Responsible for proposing changes in operating policies or procedures as needed, and for drafting/editing any proposed amendments to the bylaws.

Professional Skills – Responsible for EC and cooperative initiatives designed to prepare graduate students for various aspects of academic professional careers not explicitly addressed in their studies at Clemson.

Publicity – Responsible for guaranteeing university and general public awareness of the contributions of the EC and its members to the university and community.

Social Activities – Responsible for social events that bring EC faculty together in informal, networking environments.

Strategic Planning – Responsible for development and periodic updating of the Emeritus College strategic plan.

Website – Responsible for screening proposed postings and ongoing monitoring the EC web site to guarantee that it remains current and relevant.

Emeritus College Programs

Below is a partial list of activities and opportunities for members of the Emeritus College. If you have questions, please contact the Emeritus College office at 864-656-3990 or

Emeritus Day

Held in October, Emeritus Day is an opportunity for emeriti to return to campus to visit with colleagues, learn about new programs, and hear about new happenings at the University. The half-day program concludes with a luncheon and faculty meeting.

Emeritus Night at the Brooks Center

One of our most popular events, Emeritus Night provides an opportunity for emeriti and their guests to see a production at the renowned Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on the Clemson campus. A reception precedes the event, which is usually held in February.

Welcome Picnic

Held in May at the Owen Pavilion, the Welcome Picnic honors the newest class of emeriti as they are welcomed into the fold of retired faculty. Always a fun event with entertainment and lots of laughter.

No Power Point Seminar

This well attended "lunch 'n learn" type seminar takes place on the third Thursday in September, November, February and April at a local restaurant. After a Dutch lunch, participants are treated to an oral presentation on a hot topic by a member of the Clemson Family.

Holiday Reception

All emeriti are invited to a Holiday Reception in early December. The reception may be campus wide, and hosted by the President, or it may be an event sponsored by the Emeritus College. The venue changes but the mission is the same: celebrate the season in Tigertown!

Distinguished Emeriti Award

The Kenelly-Voss Distinguished Emeriti Award will recognize an outstanding emeritus whose contributions to academia, the University, the community and mankind have continued beyond retirement. The award will be presented annually at Emeritus Day in October. Click here to view the list of past award recipients. Click here to nominate someone for this prestigious award.

Friend of the Emeritus College Award

This award is presented to an individual, group or organization that has gone beyond the call of duty to help the Emeritus College attain its goals. The award is presented periodically.

Friends of the Emeritus College

Established in 2006, Friends is a designation given to those who support the Emeritus College through donations. All contributions are recognized by the Clemson University Foundation, and levels of recognition are consistent with foundation guidelines.

Emeritus College Newsletter

The primary means of communication to emeriti is the quarterly newsletter. The four-page publication is mailed in July, November, January and April. Copies are also available on this website.

Emeritus College Advisory Board

Composed of approximately 25 emeriti, the board advises the director on all matters of the college. Board members are appointed and represent the diverse backgrounds of the emeriti. The term of office is two years. The board elects a chair and vice chair annually. Members of the board chair the various committees through which the work of the college is undertaken.

FHC Society

Composed of emeritus faculty who have served Clemson for 40 years or more, this group meets periodically with the University archivist to identify faculty, staff and students in old photographs.

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)

The body includes American and Canadian university retirement organizations. Its purpose is to develop and enhance retirement organizations to serve their schools, individual retirees and the wider community. The Emeritus College has been of member of AROHE for four years and participated in the biennial meetings.