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This section contains news stories, press releases, and other information about the IFNL for news outlets. Representatives of the media should contact Sharon Crout by phone at 864.450.2646 or by email at scrout@clemson.edu.

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Crossroads: IFNL research subject of award-winning film

(May,2008)

Clemson University’s production of “Crossroads” was awarded a Silver Telly, the highest honor, in the 29th Annual Telly Awards competition. The film won the Silver Telly in the category of religious/spiritual productions. The production also garnered a Bronze Telly, the second place award, in the category of documentary.

Based on the research of Professor Mark Small of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, the film portrays ministries of Catholic Sisters in South Carolina, highlighting their historical impact and challenging future. The film’s premiere was broadcast on South Carolina Educational Television on Easter Sunday 2008.

“Crossroads” represents a creative collaboration involving IFNL, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and Clemson University’s Video Production Services.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award program honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films. A record 14,000 entries from 50 states and around the world were submitted to the competition and less than 10% were awarded a Silver Telly, making this year’s contest the most competitive in the long history of Telly Awards. A prestigious panel of more than 40 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

Special Journal Edition of Family & Community Health features Strong Communities

(April, 2008)

The April – June 2008 edition of Family & Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance features Strong Communities (an initiative of IFNL) as safe havens for children. All eight articles are focused on the initiative. The latest research findings can be found in the journal issue with focuses on volunteerism, churches as safe places for children, and the concepts behind a community-wide approach to prevention. For more information on Strong Communities, visit the Strong Communities website.

Institute Associate Director wins APA early career award

Clemson University Associate Director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Professor of Psychology Dr. Susan Limber received an award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public interest (Early Career). The award was presented July 31, 2004, at the American Psycholgocial Foundation and American Psychological Association awards ceremony. The award was given for her creativity and diligence in the development of safe and humane settings for children and families. Adapting European innovations, Limber has led the design and widespread replication of scientifically based programs and policies for prevention of bullying among school children in the United States.

Institute awarded grants from SAMHSA

The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, in partnership with the Chesterfield Coordinating Council, received major grants from the federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration for the development of strategic plans for family and intimate partner violence and substance abuse prevention programs.

Olweus bullying prevention site launched

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program pronounced [OL-VEY-us] recently launched their web site with the help of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Dr. Sue Limber, associate director and national expert on bullying prevention. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. If you are a parent, educator, or other concerned citizen visit, the new site at www.clemson.edu/olweus.

SCPSAC honors local heroes

(February 2005)

Local volunteers were honored for their efforts to help abused and neglected children by the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SPSAC). A luncheon was held at the Charleston Riverview Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. James McDonell, associate professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, won the Research Award. Three Strong Communities volunteers also received awards. Chief Anthony Segars of the Belmont Fire Department received the Professional Service Award. Mr. Larry Turner, manager of the Aladdin Manor Apartment Complex, received the Community Award, and Ms. Mamie Reid, coordinator at Shady Grove Baptist Church, received the Volunteer Award. The South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a regional chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a private non-profit, interdisciplinary society for professionals working in the field of maltreatment. For more information, go to www.scpsac.org.

Café Cultura Featured in The Greenville News

(December, 2007)

Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta, a Ph.D. candidate in the International Family and Community Studies IFNL doctoral program, recently published an op-ed piece in The Greenville News about Café Cultura. Strong Communities developed the Café at the Center for Community Services in Simpsonville, and it is a multi-service center providing services that are ethnically and linguistically relevant to the Latino community. The Café offers cultural activities and social events that provide opportunities to connect with others in the community with a goal of developing ongoing supportive relationships.

In addition to general community building and social opportunities, some of the activities offered through Café Cultura include:

  • Parent Education
  • Parent-child activities
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Summer Camp
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) – offered in partnership with the Golden Strip Learning Center

In addition to these activities, we hope to soon offer tutoring for children. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Genaro Marin at 864-390-9878.

Clemson Community Fellows

(November, 2007)

On October 15, the inaugural group of Clemson Community Fellows was inducted to begin year-long projects to help continue to transform the communities in which they work and live. The Golden Strip Fellows, led by chair Rev. Dr. David Taylor, and the Riley Community Fellows, led by chair Rev. Dr. Michael Wolfe, are embarking on projects that will help to Keep Kids Safe and extend the vision of Strong Communities. They are currently holding meetings to decide upon projects for their respective communities. Read the latest Strong Communities newsletter for more information.

Limber Co-Authors Cyberbullying Book and quoted in USA Today

(October, 2007)

Professor Susan Limber of IFNL, Clemson psychology professor Robin Kowalski, and consultant Patricia Agatston have written “Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age,” a comprehensive book on understanding and combatting Cyberbullying. The official release date is November 14, 2007. The book can be purchased through the informational site www.cyberbullyhelp.com.

The book covers three areas of importance, including laws and policies, the role of parents in monitoring Internet access, and the role of educators in prevention and intervention.

“Probably the most effective way to prevent and address Cyberbullying is to make sure that parents and educators have an ongoing dialogue with children about it, including expectations for online behavior and what to do if you are cyber bullied or witness someone else being cyber bullied,” said Limber.

For more information, read the Clemson press release at http://www.clemson.edu/newsroom.

In addition to a new book, Prof. Limber was quoted in the Oct. 16 USA Today article “Study: Bullies and Bullied More Likely Hit by Crime.” To read the article, visit http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-16-bullying_N.htm.

Growing Food and Growing Capacity

(September, 2007)

Food banks and food assistance programs tend to distribute a high amount of unhealthy food to citizens that need help. In a time when the nation is fighting high obesity rates and dealing with the related health conditions, improving what those most at risk can eat makes a difference.

The Lowcountry Food Bank (food bank) has partnered with Clemson's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life to combat this problem by providing healthy produce through the "Growing Foods Locally" program being piloted in Beaufort County and surrounding communities. Eight local farmers have partnered with Clemson and the food bank and a total of 757,420 pounds of produce has been distributed through 18 participating agencies.

According to a survey done in 2005, the food bank is the single most important source of food and related household items for the participating agencies. In addition, the food bank has dramatically overhauled its entire inventory so that a significant increase in nutritious foods is now available.

"New management systems, inventorying procedures, and service functions have been added, including some that make the food bank a promising economic engine for the region," said researcher and Professor, Kathy Robinson of IFNL. For more information, click here.

Leaving No Families Outside during Child Abuse Prevention Month

(April, 2007)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Strong Communities, an initiative of IFNL, wants all families to be included so that no family is left outside. "Leaving No Families Outside" is the Strong Communities theme for April, 2007. The goal of Strong Communities is to encourage all segments of the community to embrace families with young children to form a community that is so strong, it won't allow any young families to remain outside. As neighbors come together in activities that allow them to get to know one another's children, families are supported and children are safer. The Strong Communities web site lists April activities for families to get to know one another, launch of a book about a small town, Fountain Inn, authored by residents celebrating Fountain Inn as a strong community and information on Blue Ribbon Sabbath. Visit the Strong Communities website.

Advancing Youth Development Frontline Youth Worker Training

(March, 2007)

Two locations: Beaufort and Hampton

  • Beaufort Location: April 21, April 28 and May 19
  • Hampton Location: April 14, April 28, and June 2

Register now for the Lowcountry Advancing Youth Development Training. Complete the registration form and Dr. Robinson will be in contact with you shortly. For youth workers in Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, and Hampton Counties only.

Building Dreams Mentoring Program accepting AmeriCorps Applications

(March, 2007)

Building Dreams is currently accepting applications from AmeriCorps participants for positions in helping with the Building Dreams mentoring program for children who have one or more parents incarcerated. Please review the service opportunities by clicking here. In addition, click here for more information on job descriptions and to learn more about the application process. To know more about the program, visit the Building Dreams section of this web site. Click here to visit.

IFNL introduces doctoral program

(January 2006)

IFNL introduces the doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies. The program will educate professionals to generate, diffuse, and apply knowledge needed to strengthen communities' capacity for family support, meaningful participation, and strong relationships, including mutual assistance. The program relies on the Institute's ties with related university programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. For more information about the program and details about admission, please visit the doctoral program.

Compassion grants available to nonprofits in South Carolina

(December 2005)

The South Carolina Center for Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership in collaboration with the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, The Spartanburg County Foundation, The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina join forces to help local faith- and community-based organizations in South Caroina. To find out more details about time lines, eligibility, deadlines, proposal workshops, etc., please visit http://sclc.clemson.edu.

Clemson professor recognized for contributions to the field of psychology

(June 2005)

Dr. Gary Melton, director of Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and professor of psychology, recently received two awards for his contributions to child well-being: Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Among other international work, Melton is currently a fellow in the Centre for Psychology and Law at the University of the Free State in South Africa. To see full release, click here.

Institute consultation helps garner prestigious communication’s awards

(May 2005)

Consultation provided by the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL), a public service activity of Clemson University, helped garner a prestigious National Telly Award and an Award of Excellence from the NAGC (National Association of Government Communicators). Both awards are the result of expert consultation and assistance from professors at IFNL who specialize in bullying prevention. To see full release, click here.

$100,000 made available to Spartanburg

(November 2005)

In collaboration with the SC Center for Grassroots & Nonprofit Leadership of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, the Spartanburg County Foundation announced today that $100,000 in sub-grants is available for community-based human service organizations. The Spartanburg Community Foundation has earmarked $50,000 to be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with funds from the SC Rural Communities Compassion Project administered by the Center. Proposals for up to $10,000 will be sought from qualified county faith- and community-based organizations.

Institute Associate Director wins APA early career award

Clemson University Associate Director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Professor of Psychology Dr. Susan Limber received an award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public interest (Early Career). The award was presented July 31, 2004, at the American Psycholgocial Foundation and American Psychological Association awards ceremony. The award was given for her creativity and diligence in the development of safe and humane settings for children and families. Adapting European innovations, Limber has led the design and widespread replication of scientifically based programs and policies for prevention of bullying among school children in the United States.

Institute awarded grants from SAMHSA

The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, in partnership with the Chesterfield Coordinating Council, received major grants from the federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration for the development of strategic plans for family and intimate partner violence and substance abuse prevention programs.

Olweus bullying prevention site launched

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program pronounced [OL-VEY-us] recently launched their web site with the help of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Dr. Sue Limber, associate director and national expert on bullying prevention. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. If you are a parent, educator, or other concerned citizen visit the new site at www.clemson.edu/olweus.

SCPSAC honors local heroes

(February 2005)

Local volunteers were honored for their efforts to help abused and neglected children by the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SPSAC). A luncheon was held at the Charleston Riverview Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. James McDonell, associate professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, won the Research Award. Three Strong Communities volunteers also received awards. Chief Anthony Segars of the Belmont Fire Department received the Professional Service Award. Mr. Larry Turner, manager of the Aladdin Manor Apartment Complex, received the Community Award, and Ms. Mamie Reid, coordinator at Shady Grove Baptist Church, received the Volunteer Award. The South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a regional chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a private non-profit, interdisciplinary society for professionals working in the field of maltreatment. For more information, go to www.scpsac.org.

Clemson celebrates landmark initiative to protect children - January

South greenville health and safety fair offers free health checks, family activities - April

Strong communities create caring communities - April

Leadership expert to present benefits and techniques of collboration - May

Organizational development expert to train nonprofits on how to deal with unexpected crises - August