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We Were First Generation College Students

Becoming a Clemson Tiger is an exciting opportunity, but we understand that sometimes as a first-generation student, you worry that you won’t fit in on a college campus. We know how that feels. Many of our faculty and staff were the first in their family to attend college and understand what that is like for our current students. Going to college is a powerful transition that can at times feel overwhelming. You don’t have to experience that alone. You belong here.

Feel free to connect with faculty and staff who were first-generation themselves:

Name Title Email Phone
Luke Bower Assistant Professor
George Cavender Assistant Professor 706-431-3746
Alex Chow Professor 843-546-1013
DeAndra Cooper Williamsburg County 4-H Youth Development Agent 843-401-1080
Catherine DiBenedetto, Ph. D. Associate Professor 864-656-0296
Jamie Duberstein Research Scientist 706-410-6722
Susan Duckett Professor 864-656-1505
Rhett Flanders '55 Exchange Manager 828-772-7686
Alexis Jennings Student Services Program Coordinator 864-656-1645
Khushwinder Kaur Graduate Research Assistant 864-533-4835
Sara Lalk Graduate Research Assistant
John Lawson Graduate Research Assistant
Courtney Marneweck Post-doctoral Researcher
Dana McCurdy Ph.D. Candidate
Paris Mebane Health Extension Agent 843-401-1081
Daniela Moreno Graduate Research Assistant 803-507-2607
Kayla Payne Chief of Staff 864-656-3225
Brandon Peoples Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology 864-656-4855
J. Todd Petty Department Chair 864-656-3302
Olivia Poelmann Graduate Research Assistant 262-994-8626
Robert (Bob) Polomski Associate Extension Specialist--Horticulture/Arboriculture 864-656-2604
Kayla Scarborough EFNEP Nutrition Educator 803-649-6297
Liliane Severino da Silva Assistant Professor, Forages Specialist 352-871-5830
James Smoak Jr Research Farm Manager 803-671-1986
Ricardo ST AIME Graduate Research assistant 864-722-3594
James Strickland Professor
Aaron Turner Assistant Professor 864-656-9869
Wanda Vandroff Nutrition Educator 843-561-6077
Zhine Wang PhD student 626-560-4340

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