Alumni Master Teacher: Allen N. Swords ’97, M ’02

Students chose Allen N. Swords as the 2022 Alumni Master Teacher. Swords is a senior lecturer in the Department of English of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, and he teaches courses on sequential art, Holocaust literature and art, and the Vietnam War and Star Wars mythos. The award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented each spring to a faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

“I am speechless. Humbled. Proud. And stunned,” Swords said. “I had no idea I was even nominated or in the running.”

Sarah Gibson, who took six classes with Swords, said that he is “by far the most caring and thoughtful professor out there. He comes to class with the most positive attitude and will go to great lengths to make every student feel heard and appreciated.”

Swords received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from Clemson. 


Clemson University Tiger Band Association Goes to Normandy

A first-time adventure for the Clemson University Tiger Band Association was a trip to Normandy, France, to honor American veterans who landed on Utah and Omaha Beaches on June 6, 1944, during World War II. This occasion marked the 78th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

CUTBA was invited to serve as the lead band in the American Ambassadors Band sponsored by Historic Programs, a nonprofit group supported by many corporations and the U.S. Department of Defense.

In Normandy, CUTBA played in four concerts and marched in one parade, featuring patriotic tunes and, of course, “Tiger Rag.” After three days in Normandy, the group traveled to Paris for two days of tourism before returning home.


“It was humbling to travel to Normandy and see the places where many members of our military … landed on the beaches to help liberate the French people.”


“My husband, Lt. Col. D. Edward Jones, proudly serves on active duty with the U.S. Army as a physician at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home to the 82nd Airborne,” says Martha Huffman Jones ’00. “It was humbling to travel to Normandy and see the places where many members of our military, including numerous paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne, landed on the beaches to help liberate the French people. It was an honor to meet several veterans who had served in the region and had, at their ages of almost 100, traveled back to the area.

“As an active-duty military family, we have a small idea of the sacrifices these brave souls put forth for the freedom of others.”


2022 Golden Tiger Reunion

On June 9-10, more than 600 alumni gathered at the Clemson Madren Center to celebrate the Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972, inducting them into the Golden Tiger Society. During the festivities, the Golden Tigers reunited with former classmates and enjoyed a welcome reception, Clemson Family Luncheon, campus tours and finally, a Class Party to cap off the event.

The Golden Tiger Reunion is an annual event for all alumni who have previously been inducted into the Golden Tiger Society and the newest 50th reunion class.


Alumni Story: Project Smoky

Alumni are helping develop one of the nation’s largest recycling facilities

In 2020, Domtar Paper Company, one of North America’s largest copy paper manufacturers, announced one of its manufacturing operations in Kingsport, Tennessee, would be converted to produce more than 600,000 tons per year of 100 percent recycled cardboard products. This site will become the second-largest and most productive recycling paper machine in the U.S., and it is set to begin producing at the end of 2022.

Domtar has committed over $350 million and a team of more than 100 engineers to convert the facility — a project dubbed Project Smoky. Several Project Smoky leaders are Clemson alumni, and they got together for a picture with one of the site’s “headache balls,” which is attached to a large crane used to lift and position steel and equipment.

“Between [Domtar Paper Company, Yates Engineering and Isomer], there are over 30 Clemson grads who have contributed to Smoky,” said Charlie Floyd ’80*, Domtar’s vice president of packaging business capital. “I personally take great comfort in our project team skills and contribution because I know what it takes to be a Clemson engineer.

“I’ve never met a Clemson grad who wasn’t proud of that degree and the hard work required to earn it.” 


2021 Roaring10 Honorees

Every year, the Alumni Association honors 10 outstanding young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, education and/or philanthropy.


Meet the 2021 honorees:


Daniel R. Alexander ’11, M ’12

Alexander is director of operations for Anovotek, which specializes in textiles and performance technologies. He is an active advocate for increasing broadband and quality-of-life opportunities in South Carolina’s rural areas. As a graduate student, he helped create the Golf Paws program, which encourages financial support for Clemson’s golf teams.

Danielle Lester Arrington ’13

Arrington is director of talent acquisition in Clemson’s Office of Human Resources. She has been named a College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Rockstar and a Workforce Magazine Gold Optimas Award for recruiting.

Emily Martin Ewoldt ’13

Ewoldt, dentist and co-owner of Clemson Family Dentistry, is membership chair of the Clemson Rotary Club, where she is helping establish a satellite club for University employees. A member of Tri-County Dental Society, she speaks to University students interested in dentistry careers.

Christopher M. Harrington ’04, M ’19

Harrington, Clemson University police captain, has arranged specialized training for Upstate officers in force de-escalation, mental health crisis response and active bystandership skills and served as principal investigator for more than $300,000 in grant funding. He participated in a Clemson/AnMed Health Racial Equity Institute in 2019 and in 2020 was a panelist for AnMed Health’s Connect 2020 diversity and inclusion symposium.

Lauren Burdine Hood ’12, M ’21

Hood, York County 4-H youth development agent with Clemson Cooperative Extension, has led the York County 4-H Club to numerous state honors. She is president of the S.C. chapter of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. For Clemson, she is the Upstate District representative of the Extension Senate and a board member of the Women’s Alumni Council.

Jennifer Spaniel Moore ’10, M ’17

Moore is chief operating officer of Greenville, S.C.-based Graycliff Partners, a real estate development and investment company. She joined the company in 2014 and quickly rose through the ranks to the COO position in 2017. Moore volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House and is an advocate for local initiatives that develop young women in leadership.

Colleen J. Thomas ’13

Author of Beautiful Skin: A Children’s Book about Overcoming Racism, Thomas is the director of strategic impact for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides STEM field education for teachers and underserved students. She published Beautiful Skin, an Amazon #1 New Release in 2020, to help parents talk about and understand race, racism and diversity.

Daniel R. Thompson Ph.D. ’12

Thompson, laboratory manager for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, returned to Clemson in 2017 after five years as an engineer for General Motors. He supervises graduate teaching assistants, provides lecture demonstrations and conducts science outreach programs. He tutors undergraduates and mentors graduate students. In 2021, he received an Outstanding Team Award from the College of Science for exemplary service during the pandemic.

Kathleen Mourning Turner ’11

Turner, owner of Invited Grace Co., an interior design firm that serves the Upstate, Charlotte and the Carolina coast, is past president of the Clemson Young Alumni Council. Since 2017, she has helped organize their annual Fall Band Party in Greenville, S.C. In 2016, Turner chaired the Trident United Way of Giving in Charleston, S.C., raising more than $30,000.

Frances T. Yarbrough ’13

Yarbrough is a civil engineering team leader in the Charlotte office of the SeamonWhiteside landscape architecture, planning and civil engineering firm. In 2021, she was featured in an interview with Authority Magazine on ways to close the gender gap in traditionally male-dominated industries. Yarbrough is a member of the Urban Land Institute and volunteers with the Crisis Assistance Ministry and Roof Above, which provide individuals with emergency shelter, meals, income and housing assistance.

When in Greenville

My name is Josh Johnson — I graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and in 2019 with an MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation. After graduation, I decided to put my roots down in Greenville, South Carolina, a thriving scene for new businesses. After a short stint in mergers and acquisitions, I put my MBA to use by starting my own Greenville-based company. This city speaks for itself, but let me show you a few of my favorite spots:


1 | Falls Park

Located in the heart of downtown, Falls Park boasts scenic views of Reedy River Falls, even more so from the Liberty Bridge, Greenville’s iconic pedestrian suspension bridge. And this area is surrounded by incredible restaurants and local artist shops, and it’s great for a jog, bike ride or stroll along the riverbank.
Book a stay in the Grand Bohemian Lodge, Greenville’s brand-new luxury hotel and spa overlooking Falls Park.

2 | Swamp Rabbit Trail and Unity Park

Looking for a unique place to exercise? Look no further than the Swamp Rabbit Trail, spanning roughly 23 miles from Greenville to Travelers Rest. Locals tend to take breaks along the trail and grab treats from the likes of Methodical Coffee, Community Tap, and the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. Unity Park, the newest development along the trail, is a kid’s wonderland, complete with a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic tables and recreational grounds.

3 | Saturday Market
The TD Saturday Market is a decades-old downtown tradition. Every Saturday in May through October, over 75 vendors — selling everything from fresh produce and street food to local arts and crafts — line several blocks of Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Hit the market before an evening Clemson Football game for some tailgating snacks.

4 | Experience Clemson

Located within the ONE Main Street plaza building, which also houses Clemson’s MBA program, Experience Clemson provides a glimpse of campus life in Greenville. Stock up on Clemson gear and learn more about the University, especially if you are a future Tiger.
A replica of Howard’s Rock welcomes visitors and offers a classic Clemson photo-op!

5 | BMW Ultimate Driving Experience
Not exactly downtown, but close enough — this exhilarating course is situated directly behind the Spartanburg BMW plant, which employs over 11,000 associates in a 7 million-square-foot campus, which is responsible for producing all X model vehicles. BMW offers several different driving experiences for all levels, giving visitors the chance to test their skills in the “Ultimate Driving Machine.”

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