The largest study of bullying prevention in U.S. schools reveals positive impact

Researchers at Clemson and the University of Bergen in Norway recently published positive findings from the largest study of bullying prevention efforts in U.S. schools. In the three-year study, the researchers evaluated nearly 70,000 students across 210 elementary, middle and high schools who had participated in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

They found clear reductions in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life is the training and consultation hub for the Olewus program in North, Central and South America.

According to Sue Limber, Clemson professor and author of the study, the results were stronger the longer the program was in place: “It’s encouraging to see that despite some more ingrained behaviors in older students, we still see quite positive responses in later grades.”

The study also found increases in students’ expressions of empathy and decreases in students’ willingness to join in bullying. The success of the program is encouraging for students and schools, according to Dan Olweus, author of the study and founder of the Olwus program.

“This study clearly shows bullying prevention efforts can positively affect behaviors and perceptions of students of all ages,” said Olweus. “Given the scarcity of positive results from anti-bullying programs in the U.S., this new study is a breakthrough.”

Ben and Tommy's Excellent Frisbee Golf Course

Since the frisbee, as we know it, was invented in 1948, it has since become a necessity for the average college student. Bowman Field and the intramural fields have certainly seen their fair share of the sporting disc over the years. But it was in the ’80s when Clemson’s first unofficial Frisbee golf course began to take off, thanks to a couple of friends — namely Ben Gaddis ’88 and Tommy Campbell ’89 — who tweaked and propagated aspects of the original campus course (of unknown origins).

“The basic course was in place I think back in the ’70s,” Campbell says. “Ben, our friends and I just expanded on it over a period of time from the mid ’80s until the late ’90s.”

Gaddis and Campbell shared with us their famous 18-hole Frisbee golf adventure. Here are some of the highlights:

Tee from the Thomas Green Clemson statue in front of Tillman Hall to a lamppost by the lower corner of Brackett Hall.

Tee from the middle of the sidewalk above the amphitheater with a mandatory dogleg through the amphitheater stage door to the lamppost directly behind the stage door.

  Tee from the top of the stairs on Library Bridge to the lamppost on the right side of the reflection pond underneath the trees.

13  Tee from the cannons on Bowman Field (old location) to the front of Holtzendorff.

17  Tee from the upper Holtzendorff sidewalk (blind shot) to the old track around Riggs Field with a mandatory dogleg through the tunnel at the back of the building (entrance to Riggs Field) to hit the manhole near the bottom of the stairs.

18   Tee from the Riggs track to split the large brick buildings and enter the quad courtyard; then dogleg left to a distant flag pole.

Club News

Mount Vernon Manicure

The Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Clemson Club spent Saturday, April 21, grooming the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate and gardens. If you look carefully, you can see the Mount Vernon estate house in the background. “Five generations of Tigers were represented,” said Rachael Wiker ’00, assistant director of the club. Dean Norton ’77, director of horticulture at Mount Vernon, coordinated this volunteer event.


Tutu Capers

On July 28, the Atlanta Clemson Club crafted tutus for the Tutu Capers organization, which provides tutus and capes for medically fragile children in need of some “super power.” The fun garments are distributed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals, the Gwinnett County Juvenile Court and Gwinnett House of Hope.

Campbell on Clemson Football

The Greater Orlando Clemson Club hosted former Clemson football linebacker Jeremy Campbell at its annual meeting May 10. Campbell spoke about his time on the Clemson football team and answered questions over
good food at Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen.

Cooking for the Tampa Bay Ronald McDonald House

Members of the Tampa Bay Clemson Club prepared a hamburger/hot dog dinner for the current residents of the Tampa Bay Ronald McDonald House, located on Davis Island, on July 7. Those staying at the Ronald McDonald House have children receiving care at Tampa General Hospital or other area hospitals. In addition to the meal, the club donated cleaning products to help replenish the house’s inventory.

Chattanooga Clean and Green

The Chattanooga Clemson Club spent its yearly “Clean and Green” event beautifying the grounds of the Chattanooga Public Library in April.

New Student Send Off

The Philadelphia Clemson Club held their new student party the weekend of July 20-22 at the Field House, where students and families mingled, enjoyed food and drink, and “learned the all-important cadence count,” according to the club’s vice president, Devon Garber ’01.


Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth

The Dallas/Fort Worth Clemson Club volunteered Saturday, July 14, with the Dallas Habitat for Humanity. In over-100-degree heat, 15 members of the club helped bulid a home in the West Dallas area, working alongside the home recipients.

Are you looking to get involved with a local Clemson Club? Go to and click on “Join a Club” to find contact info or contact Bubba Britton at

Celebrating the Class of 1968

This year’s Golden Tiger Reunion focused its attention on the 50th reunion class, 1968. Each member of the class of ’68 was inducted into the Golden Tiger Society and presented with a lapel pin and certificate by Unviersity President Jim Clements, Alumni Association Executive Director Wil Brasington and Alumni Association Board President Sandy Edge. The Tiger mascot also joined in on the festivities.

In total, more than 340 guests from the classes of 1938 to 1969 returned to Clemson to enjoy a variety of celebrations and activities, including a University update from President Clements, tours of the new Douthit Hills facility and athletics venues, updates from each of the seven colleges and a special presentation by Clemson’s new admissions director, David Kuskowski.

Bring Your Daughter to Clemson 2018

Girls get a glimpse of what college life is like at Clemson.

The Women’s Alumni Council celebrated the 20th annual Bring Your Daughter to Clemson weekend on May 18-20 with 132 girls ages 6 to 18 and 117 chaperones.

As has become tradition, those in attendance stayed at Stadium Suites residence hall and took tours of Tillman Hall bell tower, the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Fort Hill mansion, Lee Hall, and athletics and academic facilities. They also had an overall campus tour by the CU Tour Guide Association. To signify the 20th anniversary, they planted lilies around the Class of ’56 Academic Success Center.

The weekend concluded with the Breakfast of Champions in the WestZone and running down the Hill. Always one of the most popular campus events, registration filled up in record time.

Goodman Family Establishes Endowment in Memory of Their Parents

The family of Robert and Wanda Goodman — children, grandchildren and their spouses — holds 19 degrees from Clemson University to date. To honor the memory of their parents, the Goodman children and their spouses have established an endowment. The family is pictured here, including Robert and Wanda Goodman, seated, as well as Gary and Maria Goodman, Grant ’74, M ’80 and Sonya Boozer Goodman, Gayle Goodman Lever ’74, M ’79 and David Lever ’75 (now deceased), Gloria Goodman ’78, M ’81 and David ’74, M ’79 Young, and Greg ’81, M ’83 and Kim Goodman.

When in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Richardson

Charlotte Richardson ’16 enjoying a chilly day at Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the nation’s capital! My name is Charlotte Richardson, class of 2016, and I live in Washington, D.C., where I work as a global events planner for the United Nations Foundation. While D.C. is home to some of the most famous monuments and museums, here are my top five recommendations, as a local, for restaurants to try and neighborhoods to explore while touring the district:

1 Georgetown

GeorgetownThis classic D.C. neighborhood is filled with history and old brick houses. I like to spend my Sunday mornings at the Georgetown flea market, then wind my way down Wisconsin Avenue. My favorite lunch spot is Oki Bowl @ Georgetown. A tiny hole-in-the-wall, this local ramen house is equal parts colorful, eclectic and delicious. Other restaurants to try: Martin’s Tavern, Farmers Fishers Bakers and Chaia.

2 DowntownDowntown

One of my favorite restaurants to frequent is GCDC — D.C.’s only gourmet grilled cheese bar. One block away from the White House and a quick walk from the National Mall, this restaurant serves a vast array of unique grilled cheese sandwiches and is complete with outdoor seating. I recommend the Young American or the French Onion.

14th Street 1_Richardson3 14th Street/U Street

The sidewalks are lined with endless restaurants, bars, mom and pop shops, concert venues and apartments, but this neighborhood is also home to one of D.C.’s most iconic venues: the 9:30 Club. The list of big-time bands who have graced the stage there is endless, so be sure to see a show for yourself. PRO TIP: Make a reservation at Le Diplomate in advance of your visit; this is D.C.’s most popular French restaurant and one of my favorite brunch locations.

4 Blagden AlleyBlagden Alley

One of D.C.’s hidden gems, Blagden is an alleyway in the Shaw neighborhood that looks like it’s out of a movie set. Brick pavement and brick buildings give way to dive bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and open-air patios. Favorite spots: Calico has a great custom-built wooden patio, Lost & Found if you like a vintage dive bar, and The Dabney for one of the best meals in the city.

5 Dupont

DupontIf you’re in Dupont Circle and looking for a place to unwind and grab a cup of coffee, look no further than Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café. Part bookstore, part café, Kramerbooks is my favorite place to browse for new books and escape from the hustle of the city. PRO TIP: Evenings and weekends, they have custom literary cocktails. I recommend The Adventures of Sherbet Holmes.


U.S. Capitol Building

The U.S. Capitol Building in the heart of Washington, D.C.

My Clemson: Nina Kawar M '14

Nina Kawar

Nina Kawar M ’14 in her studio in Asheville, N.C.

Q: Where do you live now, and what do you do?

A: I’m a Palestinian-American artist currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. The majority of my time is spent working in my studio in Marshall, North Carolina, creating porcelain fine art sculptures for galleries and exhibitions.

Q: How would you describe your artistic style?

Hinged Exposure

Hinged Exposure

A: Organic, abstract and reminiscent of forms found in nature.

Q: What is the best part of being a sculptor and artist?

A: Working with multiple materials and tools. Whether it’s clay, wood, metal, fabric or resin, there is always something to learn from each material, and I get excited about learning new processes, challenging myself to play and giving myself permission to fail.

Q: Anything you wish you knew when you were younger?

A: That not everyone is going to like who you are or what you do. It took me some time to figure this one out and let go of others’ opinions and thoughts. If only I’d come to understand the validity and unique perspective of my voice as a child, perhaps I would have been making art a lot sooner.



Q: Favorite memory you have from Clemson?

A: Some of the sweetest moments for me were collaborating with my peers in firing the Anagama wood kiln. From splitting wood, stacking the work, stoking the kiln and unloading, it took a village.


Career Resources at Your Fingertips

If you’ve been out of school at least a year, Alumni Career Services is available to provide career assistance that ranges from job boards and assessment tools to mentoring and networking/recruiting events. If you’re an employer looking to hire well-qualified employees, Alumni Career Services offers resources for you as well.

Available resources include:

  • Clemson job board
  • Assessments and exploration tools
  • Résumé tools
  • Links for military and retirees
  • Job search engines
  • HireCLEMSON recruiting/networking events in Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Columbia and Greenville
  • HireSouthCarolina Alumni Career Fair that includes other South Carolina colleges and universities
  • Phone and in-person training
    (as time permits) on the available tools and resources
  • Mentoring opportunities

If you’ve been out of Clemson less than a year and need assistance, the Michelin Career Center is available to help.

Questions? Contact Debby Cremer, director of Alumni Career Services, at or 864-656-0295.