Sarah Barron Stuber ’09 found that waving the Clemson flag on ESPN “GameDay” brings new Clemson friends, even in East Lansing, Michigan. She had been at “GameDay” for about an hour when Patti Dodgen walked over to say that she was also a Clemson alum and to express her appreciation for Stuber bringing Clemson to East Lansing. Dodgen’s husband is a Michigan State graduate, and they make the trip up from their home in Tampa for at least one game each year.
As they began talking, they realized Dodgen was from the same hometown as Stuber’s father, Tommy Barron ’76. Not only had Dodgen grown up next door, she also lived with Stuber’s aunt (Mary Roberts Barron) at Clemson and knew Dodgen’s mother.
“I had heard her name many times before, when my dad would tell stories of his childhood in York, but never had the pleasure of meeting her,” says Stuber. “It was a special Clemson family moment, and we spent the last two hours of “GameDay” talking and laughing about how a Clemson flag in East Lansing, Michigan, can bring together two Tiger families from South Carolina after almost 30 years.”