Clemson Club News

On March 14, the Atlanta Clemson Club volunteered with the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and their meal adoption program. Club members served lunch at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital to kids who are courageously fighting cancer as well as their families. The BBQ lunch was donated by alumni Tyler and Juliana Lindley, owners of Freckled & Blue Kitchen in Marietta, and the kids loved visiting with alumnus and Atlanta Falcons star Vic Beasley Jr. The club also welcomed Davis Babb, CEO of IPTAY, to their Speaker Series in March to share about IPTAY’s role in supporting athletics and the University.

 


Members of the San Diego Clemson Club along with alumni from the Los Angeles area came out to support the men’s basketball team in their amazing run in the NCAA tournament. This group is pictured at the game against New Mexico State, which Clemson won 79-68 to move to the second round.

 


The Charlotte and York County Clemson clubs helped to make a dream come true for Rock Hill High School student Brandon Dorman, who is living with stage 4 kidney disease. Each club donated $500 to fund his trip to Clemson. Dream On 3, an organization that makes dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions, and representatives of the two clubs surprised Dorman at his school with a bus trip for him and his family to Howard’s Rock and a tour of the football facility as well as a chance to meet the coaching staff and players and attend spring practice. Kudos to Richard Doane with the Charlotte Club for getting the initiative started and to Jodie Smith from the York County Club for finalizing the efforts.

 


The Colleton County Clemson Club recently hosted a Wine and Design event featuring the talents and instruction of local Clemson art student Holly Rizer. Proceeds benefited the club’s scholarship fund for local students.

 


The South Florida Clemson Club had a nice turnout of 25 for Clemson Day at the Florida Panthers hockey game. Contact Jeff Goodman at jsgclemson@aol.com for more information about South Florida events.

 

 


While the Japan Alumni group is not yet an official Clemson Club, some of the more than 50 Clemson alumni and friends in Japan have been getting together for events a few times a year. They are exploring ways to support the University including providing support and guidance to students studying abroad in Japan or alumni moving to Japan for work, as well as finding internship opportunities for students. They are hoping to be the first international chartered alumni club. They gathered in November when Yuki Kihara Horose, study-abroad coordinator for Clemson Abroad, and Carolyn Crist, a student adviser with the College of Architecture, Art and Humanities Global Engagement, were visiting partner institutions in Japan. The group joined emeritus professors Yuji Kishimoto and Toshiko Kishimoto in Tokyo, their hometown, where they received the Japanese national medal of distinction in 2017.

‘Tigers on Call’ event connects students with health professionals

“Follow your dream. Know what you want to do, and pursue it” were the simple words of advice from dentist Ronnie D. Lee ’76 for Clemson students at the third annual “Tigers on Call” event on Sept. 22.

Lee has been practicing dentistry in Aiken for nearly 30 years. He joined a cast of approximately 50 health care providers, many of whom were alumni from fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and physical therapy, in offering wisdom to current students interested in pursuing many of the same specialties.

A panel discussion, seminars, round-table sessions and informal conversations with providers gave students an opportunity to learn more about specific specialties and talk to health professionals about their lives and careers.

Hazel Grace Hudson, a senior with a double major in food science/human nutrition and anthropology, said the round table session was her favorite part of the event. “When you’re shadowing, you normally only ask questions about medicine, about what’s going on in front of you, but this offers an opportunity to talk to physicians, to network and to ask questions about life in general,” Hudson says. “It can help me learn, so hopefully I don’t have as many failures in the future because I will have learned from theirs.”

For physician Lisa Carroll ’04, participating in Tigers on Call gave her a chance to provide an experience for students that she would like to have had herself. “When I was in these students’ shoes, I had no idea what to do,” says Carroll. “I just kept going through the motions of what I thought I wanted, without actually knowing.”

A physician in the family residency program at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Carroll chose her profession by sifting through library books. “I remember one summer, when I was at Clemson I went to the library, and I looked up books in all the different health professions, checking them off the shelves — one on being a physician’s assistant, one on being a nurse practitioner, one on being a medical doctor — to find out what those careers looked like, because I just didn’t know,” Carroll says. “But it’s changed a lot since then. I doubt any students here today did that.”

Welcome Back Festival raises money for student scholarships

Birds eye view of Welcome Back Festival

Although the date was adjusted to accommodate the eclipse and the thousands of visitors in town, this year’s Welcome Back Festival was a fun evening of wandering through the crowds on College Avenue, picking up a bite or two to eat and some Clemson swag while enjoying appearances by Tiger Band, the Rally Cats, the cheerleaders and President Clements.

Performances by a live band capped the event, which featured 92 vendors lining the streets. Festival-goers bought 50-cent tickets for food and chances to win prizes, with the $18,700 in proceeds going to the Student Alumni Council Endowment Scholarship Fund.

Jack Leggett named honorary alumnus

Jack Leggett receives award

Former head baseball coach Jackson “Jack” S. Leggett has been named an honorary alumnus of Clemson. Leggett was presented with a framed resolution by alumni board president Sandy Edge and president-elect Mike Dowling prior to the Wake Forest football game.

A University of Maine graduate, Leggett came to Clemson in 1992 as assistant head coach and recruiting director. He took over as head coach in 1994 and led the team to 955 wins and six appearances in the College World Series during his 22 years.

With a total of 1,332 wins throughout his career as a coach, Leggett ranks as the tenth-winningest coach of all time among Division I baseball coaches. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Clemson Club News

York County Club Meeting

York County Clemson Club student send-off Each year on the Monday before Clemson move-in day, the York County Clemson Club hosts a student send-off cookout at the home of Roger and Cathy Troutman on Lake Wylie in Rock Hill. This year, more than 320 people were in attendance, including about 85 students from the greater York County area. Clemson University chief of staff Max Allen and Rusty Guill from Student Affairs along with the student body president and representatives from student government were also in attendance.

DC Club

Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Club holds annual crab feast The Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Clemson Club held its 16th Annual Crab Feast in August. More than 85 Tigers, young and old, enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of catching up, picking and eating Maryland crabs, and taking scenic boat rides on the West River. Cindy ’90 and Mark ’91 Derrick hosted the event.

 

Triangle Club

Triangle Club packs out pre-game event The Triangle Clemson Club hosted an event at Backyard Bistro prior to the N.C. State football game. A sold-out crowd of 150 included alumni and fans from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area as well as alumni from outside of the area. The Tiger Pre-Game Show with Scott Riemer aired live from the event, and President Clements and his wife Beth stopped by to greet the crowd and lead a cadence count. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Triangle Clemson Club scholarship fund.

Atlanta Club

Atlanta Clemson Club at Braves Game In August, the Atlanta Clemson Club hosted a beautiful day at the new Atlanta Braves stadium, SunTrust Park. At a special gathering in the Hank Aaron Terrace, more than 280 fellow Clemson Family members enjoyed endless food and drink and a talk from former Tiger and major leaguer Kris Benson. They raised money for a contribution to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Smoky Mountain Club

Smoky Mountain Club hosts tailgate send-off The Smoky Mountain Clemson Club hosted its third annual football season kickoff tailgate and student send-off at Anchor Park in Farragut, Tenn., in early August. Bradford Jones is president of the club.

 

Collation County Club

The Colleton County Clemson Club has expanded to Edisto Island! While Edisto Island falls within the geography of the Colleton County Clemson Club, travel to Walterboro for events has never been very easy. Jim and Jan Dorn have pursued a remedy by leading the charge to establish an Edisto Island Chapter of the Colleton County Clemson Club. More than 75 Tigers showed up for the first gathering to simply talk about the chapter. Crowds for each game-watching party have ranged from two dozen to almost 100.

Louisville Alumni Event

The Alumni Association hosted the Clemson Family Tailgate and VIP Experience at Churchill Downs prior the Louisville game. Guests were able to catch live horse races at historic Churchill Downs before heading down the street to watch the Clemson Tigers take on the Louisville Cardinals. More than 300 attended the event and several were featured on the Jumbotron by the staff at Churchill Downs during a spirit contest against Louisville fans in the arena.

Personalize your Clemson license tag

New Clemson license tagA new South Carolina license plate lets state residents have a personalized Clemson University license plate while also supporting student scholarships. This new option is a continuation of the program that Clemson has hosted with SCDMV since 1991.

A portion of the proceeds supports the scholarship programs through the Alumni Association. Since its inception, the license plate has generated nearly $900,000 to support scholarships and alumni programming.


For more information, go to SCDMVonline.com, contact the SCDMV’s Contact Center at 803-896-5000 or Randy Boatwright at 864-656-2345 or brandol@clemson.edu.

Young Alumni Council names 2017 “Roaring 10”

Recognized young alumni

The Young Alumni Council recognized 10 young alumni as “Roaring 10” recipients due to their impact in business, leadership, community, education and philanthropic endeavors. The 2017 Roaring 10 are:

 

Suzanne Pickens Alvarez ’11, senior account executive on the client services team at Luquire George Andrews agency in Charlotte. She has raised funds for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, volunteered for the Shepherd Center Society and created an endowment to benefit Clemson Student Affairs. She serves on advisory boards for Greek life and student affairs at Clemson, as well as supporting Clemson’s Tiger Brotherhood and Blue Key.

Elizabeth Armstrong Boylan ’08, government and public affairs manager for North America at Solvay. She has volunteered with the Junior League of Houston, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Former Texas Rangers Association. She was president of the Houston Clemson Club for four years and has supported a number of initiatives in Clemson’s political science department.

Kevin Joseph Fitzsimmons ’08, captain and weapons company commander for 2nd Battalion 6th Marines. Deployed twice to Afghanistan, he was selected as the top lieutenant in the battalion, awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He has volunteered for the Marine Corps Marathon and supports the Clemson chapter of Sigma Nu.

Adam Thomas Haldeman ’09, Tetramer Technologies, where he has led the development of more than 100 new advanced polymer materials. He co-founded H2 Home Help LLC and serves as an elder at his church. He has mentored Clemson students through internships, co-ops and undergraduate research. He serves on the Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Board for the materials science and engineering department and has collaborated on research with the Center for Advanced Fibers and Films.

John Mark Hendrick III ’08, director of governmental affairs for the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. A captain in the S.C. State Guard, Hendrick serves on the national council for the American Israel Public Affairs Commission and on the board of the Coastline Women’s Center. He is a past member of Clemson’s Young Alumni Council and participates in the Second Century Society in Columbia.

Steven McMillian Hughes ’17, founder and director of program development for Know Money Inc. He has partnered with Transitions South Carolina to help homeless clients and is the founding curator of the Columbia hub of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. At Clemson, Hughes has worked with Emerging Scholars, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the Career Workshop. He has also helped establish an endowment to create scholarships for minority students at Clemson.

Kevin Michael McKenzie ’97, M ’01, Ed.D. ’10, vice president and chief information security officer of Dollar Tree Stores Inc. McKenzie serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals and as a deacon in his church. McKenzie has collaborated on numerous federal research grant proposals with Clemson faculty. He currently serves on Tidewater Community College Technology Advisory Board.

Connelly-Anne Bartle Ragley ’05, M ’08, government relations associate at Denny Public Affairs. She is involved with the Junior League of Columbia and serves on the board for Senior Resources Inc. Ragley has mentored students in Clemson’s College of Business and at the University of South Carolina while participating in Columbia College’s Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence. She has served as an at-large member of the Young Alumni Council and sponsored Clemson’s 2016 Fall Band Party.

Joseph Cyrus Semsar ’09, deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He began his career with Teach for America, where he helped bring NBC to his school for a $3 million renovation. A Coca-Cola Scholar, he stays involved with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation through coaching scholars and training at the Leadership Development Institute. He served as president of Clemson’s Young Alumni Council and currently serves on the Alumni Association board.

Mark Nicholas Ziats ’07, resident physician in the University of Michigan Health System. He has published more than 20 journal articles and started a biotechnology consulting firm. He co-founded Autism Explained, which produces a podcast to educate a lay audience about autism. A volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, he has served on Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences’ Alumni Board and mentors students in the Calhoun Honors College and through Tiger Ties.

CLUB ACTIVITIES

Edisto

Edisto Clemson ClubThe Edisto Clemson Club held their annual winter/spring meeting, “Paws and Celebrate,” where they celebrated Clemson’s football national championship. Staff and students from ClemsonLIFE attended and shared information about the program for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. Bill Spiers gave an update about Clemson football. Spiers, a two-sport athlete at Clemson and former professional baseball player, has returned to finish his Clemson degree while working with the football program. The annual “Spirit of the Tiger Award” was presented to longtime IPTAY Rep and county chairman Kenneth Buck (pictured left).

Twin Cities

On Saturday, April 29, Twin Cities Clemson Club members and their families cheered on the Twin Cities’ new Major League Soccer team, the Minnesota United FC. The team has a Clemson connection: Assistant Coach Ian Fuller ’10 is a former Clemson soccer player. Fuller played at Clemson between ’98 and ’01 and left early for the MLS Superdraft. In fact, the Twin Cities Clemson Club has four former soccer players including Fuller, and all were in attendance for the event. Club members had a fun day supporting Fuller and the Minnesota United and look forward to making it an annual event!

Do you have club news and photos? Send them in to nspitle@clemson.edu.

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Chowdhury Honored for Research Achievements

Mashrur “Ronnie” Chowdhury envisions a future in which car accidents will be reduced to virtually zero and drivers will travel down some of the state’s busiest roads without stopping for a single traffic light. And he says it could happen in as little as a decade, with the help of the new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility that will be based out of Clemson, thanks to $1.4 million in startup financing from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chowdhury, a civil engineering professor who is leading the center, said another $6.4 million in continued funding from the department over the next five years is highly possible.

It’s this type of research that earned Chowdhury the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research, presented at the May faculty/staff meeting. Chowdhury is the Eugene Douglas Mays Professor of Transportation and professor of civil engineering, automotive engineering and computer science. The award is administered by the Office of University Research Grants Committee (URGC).

The new center brings together researchers from Clemson, Benedict College, the Citadel, South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina to focus on improving the mobility of people and goods with a special focus on how the emerging “Internet of Things” applies to transportation.

Chowdhury expects that it will soon be standard for vehicles to wirelessly communicate with each other, pedestrians and infrastructure, such as traffic lights and roadside sensors, making travel safer and more comfortable.

Alumni Association hosts Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2017 at ClemsonMore than 2,000 alumni of all ages returned to campus this spring to enjoy Spring Fling, a new event held on the day of the spring football game. Twenty student organizations, colleges and departments reserved tents to allow their alumni groups to gather for a tailgate-style reunion with food provided by food trucks and entertainment by DJ Sha and local favorite, the Brooks Dixon Band.

Tailgating games for kids and adults added to the festive atmosphere, and a good showing by the football team topped off the afternoon. Plan now to attend next year!

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2017 Clemson Family Spring Fling