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News and Programming

Here we will share updates received from our alumni to recognize their accomplishments.  If you have something you would like to share about your path since graduation, please fill out the update form HERE or email Keri Crist-Wagner ( with your update and a current picture.

Introducing English Unbound

English Unbound is a new publication geared toward alumni and friends of the department.  Written, edited, and designed almost entirely by current Clemson students, this publication includes student, faculty, staff, and alumni spotlights, as well as coverage of our events and programs. Please take the time to read our newest edition!

English Unbound

Alumni Programming

Cindy Ott

Cindy Ott Joins us for Homecoming

Cindy Ott, an alumna of the English Department and Vice President of Human Resources for Maersk Line, joined students on Friday, October 27th, in the Class of 1941 Studio at Daniel Hall to discuss her path from Clemson English to Maersk Line.  She also hosted a brief resume workshop for students as they look toward applying for internships, graduate programs, and full-time positions.

Alumni Spotlights


Elizabeth Hutchinson

A native of Charleston, Elizabeth Hutchison graduated from Clemson in 2008 with a degree in English. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Birmingham where she worked as an intern in the Homes Department at Southern Living. Upon the completion of her internship, she returned to Charleston and accepted an editorial position at Garden & Gun magazine. For the last three years, she has had the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of Southern writers and editors including Julia Reed, John T. Edge, Roy Blount, Jr., and others, while watching a boutique print brand thrive and grow in a digital age.


Jake Lappi

After graduating from Clemson in 2008 with a BA in English, Jake became a corps member in Teach for America, an organization committed to combating educational inequality. For three years, Jake taught and coached in a Charlotte high school. After an internship with the executive staff at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Jake was recruited for New Leaders, a national organization focused on developing principals to help turn around traditionally low-performing schools in high-poverty, urban  communities. Jake completed a one-year principal residency before becoming an assistant principal at a high-needs PreK-8 academy.


Rachel Sparks

Originally from Columbia, Rachel Sparks graduated with honors from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2009. After spending a year working for a law firm in Denver, Rachel moved to New York City where she has worked in Healthcare PR for the past year and a half. Since joining her current firm, Weber Shandwick, Rachel has provided public relations suppot to a variety of projects and campaigns including Janssen Nucynta, Bausch + Lomb Global Eye Health Barometer and several corporate visibility accounts. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Rachel worked at Ruder Finn on the Novartis Oncology Portfolio, providing support for drug approvals as well as disease awareness campaigns such as the Turbos & Scott Tuberous Sclerosis eBook and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Patient Facebook Page.