AN EVENING WITH THE PRESIDENT
On June 13, 2018, the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C., Clemson Club hosted an evening event at the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Over 125 alumni gathered along with members of Congress, members of the Board of Visitors and guests from campus for a keynote speech by President Clements. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres, notably the local specialty: Maryland crab cakes.
The Atlanta Clemson Club welcomed Rashard Hall ’11, director of career and professional development for Clemson Football, to its fall speaker series on Sept. 21, 2018. Hall and fellow football alumnus Patrick Godfrey ’17 shared details about the PAW (Passionate About Winning) Journey program, which is focused on cultivating leadership in student-athletes through life skills and professional
Three Clemson students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area arrived at the Twin Cities Clemson Club student sendoff on July 29, 2018, where they met and mingled with alumni who were there to support them as they headed to Tigertown. Guests enjoyed a potluck picnic at the home of host Heather Huck ’99. “The Twin Cities Clemson Club officially formed in 2016, and it has been awesome to see the enthusiasm for Clemson grow in the ‘Bold North,’” said club member Tyler Morey ’10.
The Smoky Mountain Clemson Club hosted its fourth annual football season kickoff tailgate at the Saratoga Pavilion of Anchor Park in Farragut, Tennessee, on Aug. 26, 2018. Alumni spent time catching up and feasting on a barbecue dinner from the Holy Smokin BBQ food truck.
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Richmond Clemson Club participated in the Alumni Charity Challenge, a food drive that supports the Central Virginia Food Bank. The event, held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, brings alumni chapters from all over Virginia together to fight food insecurity in the state. The Richmond Clemson Club collected 1,462 pounds of the total 107,696 pounds collected at the event.
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The Alumni Association, IPTAY and Annual Giving collaborated to bring Clemson to Texas on Sept. 4-8, 2018. Nearly 1,000 alumni participated in four “CU in the City” events, hosted by the Clemson Clubs of Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas; the events raised funds for the Tigers in Texas Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships for Texas-based students attending Clemson.
On Sept. 7, 2018, the Friday before the Texas A&M football game in College Station, more than 400 alumni gathered at a “Welcome to the City” event. ESPN reporters spoke with club leaders and recorded several Clemson traditions, including the $2 bill and the cadence count. Many of the alumni later attended Midnight Yell Practice — a Texas A&M tradition where students practice cheers before the game.
On game day, Texas A&M Association of Former Students President Porter Garner and Clemson President James P. Clements stopped by the Clemson Family tailgate hosted by the Alumni Association and IPTAY to welcome the 850 alumni who attended.
Vanessa Ellerbe Wyche ’85, M ’87 remembers studying hard at Clemson and the way campus leaders mentored her, especially when one chemistry professor encouraged her to trust herself when she was struggling: “I remember telling him that I wasn’t quite understanding something. He told me that I just needed to step back, take a break, and it was going to come to me. And it did.”
Now, after a career with NASA spanning nearly three decades, she’s leading the way as the deputy director of Johnson Space Center in Houston, becoming the first African-American to serve in the position when she started in August 2018. Working alongside director Mark Geyer, Wyche is responsible for 10,000 civil service and contract employees at Johnson Space Center and White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.