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.

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.

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 dcremer@clemson.edu or 864-656-0295.

All the ways you can Reunion

Fall Band Party
This is a great occasion for alumni of all ages to gather and reconnect. Sponsored by the Young Alumni Council, IPTAY and the Alumni Association, the event will be held this fall on Friday, November 2, the night before the Louisville game. Catch up with friends, grab some snacks and dinner from local food truck vendors, and listen to some great music entertaiment. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us this year.

Details about all the ways you can reunion will be available at clemson.edu/alumni.

Alumni Association Calendar of Events

September

28 Roaring 10 Reception

29 Hall of Fame Day: Clemson vs. Syracuse

October

1 Call for Honorary Alumni Nominations.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

3 HireSouthCarolina Alumni Career Fair in Columbia.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/career-fairs.

4 HireCLEMSON Career Recruiting Event in Atlanta.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/hireclemson.

19 Tigerama

20 Homecoming: Clemson vs. N.C. State

November

2 Fall Band Party.
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/fall-band-party.

8 HireCLEMSON Career Recruiting Event in Charlotte. 
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/hireclemson.

15 Ring Ceremony.  
Details at alumni.clemson.edu/clemson-ring.

17 Military Appreciation Day: Clemson vs. Duke

24 Solid Orange Day: Clemson vs. South Carolina

Ring Stories: Remembering Bataan

Ben Skardon ’38 survived the Bataan Death March of WWII thanks to his Clemson ring. After surrendering to the Japanese at the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines, tens of thousands of U.S.-Filipino forces were forced on a 65-mile march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell. Despite surviving the march, Skardon became deathly ill, suffering severe malnutrition, malaria, beriberi and other ailments. Deprived of food, water and medicine, Skardon was cared for by his friends and fellow Clemson grads, Henry Leitner ’37 and Otis Morgan ’38, who saved Skardon’s life by trading his hidden Clemson ring for food and spoon feeding him to help him regain his strength. Sadly, Leitner and Morgan would not survive.

On March 25, 76 years later, 100-year-old Skardon marched in the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. He is the only survivor of the historical event who still participates. Surrounded by Clemson alumni and other supporters, who dubbed themselves “Ben’s Brigade,” Skardon completed nearly seven miles in the desert in honor of his lost brothers-in-arms. Alumni of the group put up their Clemson rings in solidarity with Skardon, pictured above.

To learn more about Skardon’s ring story, go to alumni.clemson.edu/personal-sacrifice/.

Hardin Joyce’s lost ring comes home

Priscilla Joyce with her late husband’s Clemson ring — lost and found.

When Hardin Joyce graduated from Clemson with an engineering degree in 1951, he purchased a Clemson ring, which he wore proudly. He had served in the military after high school and chose Clemson in part because a fellow soldier was always talking about his time there. In 1966, Joyce lost his ring, and no matter how much he and his wife, Priscilla, searched their home in Thomasville, N.C., they never found it.

Hardin Joyce died in 2011, and Priscilla now lives in a retirement facility. In March, she received a phone call from Jessie Chambers, who lives in the Joyces’ old house. Chambers had been replacing shrubs near the back porch and came upon a Clemson ring from the Class of 1951 with Hardin Joyce’s name and hometown inscribed on it. Buried from 1966 until 2018, the ring was in near-perfect condition.

The lost Clemson ring of Hardin Joyce ’51, unearthed from the yard of his old home.

While Hardin Joyce wasn’t alive to enjoy the return of his ring, it meant a great deal to Priscilla, who shared the story with McLaurin “Chuck” Rivers, who shared it with us. She now treasures that physical symbol of his pride in Clemson. 

“I was delighted,” Priscilla says about the return of the ring. “It brought back such wonderful memories. The ring was very valuable to him and meant a great deal. He had so many wonderful memories of his days of being in Clemson.” In years past, the Joyces regularly returned to campus for sporting events and to visit favorite spots from his college days, when he played on the baseball team. “He loved his Clemson,” she says.

Do you have a ring story to share?

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Charlotte Cobb ’91 named Clemson Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year

The Alumni Association has selected Charlotte Underwood Cobb of Marietta, Ga., to receive the 2017 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year award. The award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding volunteerism and service to the University.

The Alumni Association chose Cobb for her role in reviving, growing and re-energizing the Atlanta Clemson Club. Her leadership in increasing the number of events and locations around the Metro Atlanta area has improved accessibility and offered more opportunities to a broader range of alumni.

Cobb has also volunteered extensively for nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta community such as the Special Olympics of Georgia, Toys for Tots, the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and Ronald McDonald House Charities (in both Atlanta and Australia).

As a global events manager for The Coca-Cola Co., Cobb had various roles in planning and executing the company’s global hospitality program for five Olympic games, three FIFA World Cups and two Rugby World Cups. She now owns and runs her own company, 7C’s Event Management.