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The Rowland P. Alston, Sr., ’42 Award for Excellence in Public Relations

The Rowland P. Alston, Sr., ’42 Award for Excellence in Public Relations was established to recognize outstanding Clemson University faculty or staff who, through programs and activities related to agriculture and/or natural resources, have provided Clemson University with positive visibility throughout South Carolina, the United States, and the world. The recipient may be from any discipline or area of the university but utilizes agriculture or the natural resources as their vehicle of influence.

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The award includes a $2,500 stipend and a plaque for the recipient. The award is made possible by an endowment established by Rowland Alston, retired extension agent and former host of the public television program "Making It Grow," in memory of his father.

Award Recipients

2023 - Kathy Coleman
2022 - Kirby Player 
2021 - Sean Flynn
2020 - Drew Lanham
2019 - Boyd Parr
2017/18 - Millie Davenport
2016 - Amanda McNulty
2015 - Katie Black
2014 - Bob McAnally
2013 - Samuel Bruce Martin
2012 - Eric Benson
2011 - Robert Polomski
2010 - Desmond Layne
2009 - Patrick Mcmillan

How to Nominate

The nomination form requires all of the following at the time of submission in order to provide a completed nomination:

  • Identify the nominee and yourself, certifying that you have not notified the nominee that he/she is under consideration for the award;
  • Provide names of 3 colleagues familiar with the nominee’s work;
  • Provide a statement explaining why you believe the nominee deserves the Rowland P. Alston, Sr., ’42 Award (not to exceed 900 words, roughly 2 pages if prepared in Word); and
  • Upload 2 additional letters of support for the nominee. 

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due February 1st.

Recipient Recognition

The award recipient will be recognized by President Clements during the University Spring Awards Ceremony.

Renominate/Resubmit a Nomination

This award has a 3-year rolling nomination. If you have previously submitted a nomination and the individual was not an award recipient, you can renominate them. When submitting a previous nomination, you do not need to provide any new or additional support documents, however, you will have the opportunity to provide updates if you wish.

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