Appalachian Trail: Trent Hardee ’07, Eric West ’02 and Ben Powell ’07

Trent Hardee ’97, Eric West ’02 and Ben Powell ’07 went on a retreat with Corban Collective, which lead 13 guys on the Appalachian Trail. This was a time of focus, renewal and physical challenges for the participants. “Only time we could get score updates was on the mountain top (Florida State weekend),” Hardee wrote.

California: Mary O’Brien ’92 and Heather Hajduk Reames ’94

Mary O’Brien ’92 and Heather Hajduk Reames ’94 were Clemson roommates who hadn’t seen each other in over 10 years. They reconnected when Heather dropped her daughter off for her freshman year at the University of San Francisco and spent a day of adventure touring the Bay Area.

Scotland: Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05 and Katie Callahan

Brian Callahan ’99, M ’01, Ph.D. ’05, director of Clemson Extension field operations, and Katie Callahan, director of the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, visited Scotland to explore the Isle of Iona, which has been the victim of ancient Viking raids and a significant pilgrimage site for centuries. “We set off on a hike to one of the island’s amazing colorful beaches with turquoise waters, only to lose our way and walk nearly the whole perimeter of the island. It was our rugged pilgrimage of sorts with a whole lot of metaphors, considering the place!”

Antigua: Thomas ’13 and Katie Stokes ’13 Kizer

Thomas ’13 and Katie Stokes ’13 Kizer were married on August 4, 2018 — a wedding complete with orange bowties, a Clemson garter “and the Tiger dancing with us at our reception.” The Kizers honeymooned in Antigua at Cocobay Resort. “The first thing at the top of our packing list was our Tiger Rag. Go TIGERS!”

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 alumni.clemson.edu and click on “Join a Club” to find contact info or contact Bubba Britton at bubba@clemson.edu.

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.