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Alumni Newsletter

Joe MazerWelcome to the Department of Communication’s Spring 2020 alumni newsletter. To sum up the spring semester, everything was moving along so well—then the coronavirus changed everything. It’s not been easy, but it’s been for the greater good. We understand what is at stake. As it’s been said so often and is so true: We’re all in this together.

Through the University’s transition to online teaching this semester, one thing has become abundantly clear: Faculty and staff in the Department of Communication are remarkably talented, innovative, and committed to have made the unexpected shift from face-to-face to online instruction. The lessons learned at the levels of individuals, the department, and the institution are many and tremendously important.

In many ways, the experiences during this crisis have enlightened so many of us in the department and at Clemson to not only how strong we really are, but how much stronger we truly can be by applying the lessons learned, the experiences had, and our thinking about the future for teaching and learning.

Through this strange time, everyone in the department has been working on ways to maximize our ability to educate our students, generate high quality and impactful research, and serve the University. With the Spring 2020 semester officially in the rearview mirror, this newsletter offers an update on the department’s recent accomplishments:

We hired four new tenure-line faculty who will join our department in August and teach and research in the areas of sports communication, strategic communication, and health communication. You will meet them soon!

Professor Bryan Denham received the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Award of Excellence in Research, in recognition of his outstanding research productivity. As a recipient of this award, he has been put forward as a college nominee for Clemson University’s Researcher of the Year Award. 

In February, as part of a partnership with the Department of Political Science, we revived and modernized the Palmetto Poll by combining social media analytics through the Social Media Listening Center with traditional polling methods in the statewide public opinion survey to inform polling activities around the 2020 Democratic primary and the 2020 presidential election.

There are many, many examples of how our faculty and staff have worked to ease any barriers that came with the COVID-19 crisis, and Clemson University has compiled several examples of that. Learn more about how Marianne Glaser and Will Henderson have helped students, families, the community, and even South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster through this crisis.

During this time of uncertainty and ever-changing circumstances, please know that your Clemson Communication Department family is thinking of you. We’ve watched how Tigers across the country have shown love, compassion, and kindness to neighbors, family, and those in need. 

We have confidence that the future will be bright because we have many Communication Department alumni around the world finding ways to be creative and innovative. Their leadership is apparent whether as a journalist, educator, supervisor, first responder, small-business owner, parent, or friend. You are sharing your skills with others and finding strength to persevere through hardships.

Please know that whatever your situation is during this time, your Communication Department family is here for you. We miss seeing you at events, hearing your stories, and sharing in your laughter and fond memories. Know that we are continuing to research new ways to engage you, to connect with you, and to share resources with you as we navigate this time together. 

Best wishes and…Go Tigers!