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Meet Student Transitions and Family Programs (STFP)

Division of Student Affairs
Clemson University
902 University Union
Clemson, SC 29634-4005

Telephone:  864-656-0515

University office hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except holidays and breaks)

Orientation email:  orientation@clemson.edu
Parent/family email: cufamilies@clemson.edu

Professional Staff

Clemson University DeOnte

DeOnte T. Brown


Interim Associate Dean of Students and Director of Retention Programs. Coordinates new student retention programs, including CONNECTIONS, SOAR Institute and RENAISSANCE Man. Active participant in university initiatives related to the success of minority and underrepresented students.



Associate Dean of Students and Director of STFP. Directs and guides STFP through all programs and areas of interest. Serves as support, resource and advocate for students through the Dean of Students office.

Rusty Guill

Rusty Guill

Director of Parent and Family Programs. Coordinates communication and events to engage families into the Clemson experience. Provides support to Division of Student Affairs with fundraising and coordination of select Student Affairs' boards, including our Clemson Family Advisory Board.


Glenn Spurlin


Director of Orientation Programs. Manages the coordination and planning of major programs such as undergraduate and graduate student orientations and university convocation.



Associate Director of Student Leadership. Provides the teaching, training, supervision and holistic development of student leaders, including Orientation Ambassadors and Kick-Off Clemson student volunteers.



Assistant Director of Orientation Programs. Provides support to orientation programs and manages program logistics. Oversees the coordination, editing and publishing of office publications.

Clemson University

Sarah Dumas


Assistant Director of Retention Programs. Supports the holistic development and retention of underrepresented students through the coordination of engagement opportunities for and with CONNECTIONS team leaders and mentors. Serves as the primary advisor for Sister-2-Sister.


Assistant Director of Parent and Family Programs. Provides support to parent and family programs with an emphasis on educational initiatives and communication for families. Additionally serves as an advocate for students through the university's CARE Network.

Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson


Administrative Coordinator. Provides behind-the-scenes support to the STFP staff so we can most effectively assist our students.

Graduate Staff

Sariel Harmon

Sariel Harmon


Assists in providing direct support and programming to underrepresented students to encourage their retention and success

Quonna Holden

Shequonna Holden


Supports the implementation of services that influence underrepresented student development in their second year or beyond.

Amber Whitaker

Amber Whitaker


Focuses on development of extended orientation programming to aid new students in transition into their Clemson experience.

Undergraduate Student Assistants



Karen Briz

Student Assistant; undergraduate major is language and international trade

Eric Coleman

Student Assistant; undergraduate major is political science

Matthew Sapp   

Student Assistant; undergraduate major is finance