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From one family to another

When Ashley Snow visited Clemson as a prospective student from Connecticut, she attended a Zac Brown concert and the spring orange and white football game. She was sold.

What sold her parents on Clemson was the community that embraced, nurtured and challenged her. “I was scared the school would be too big — that she would get lost in the shuffle of student activities and not find her way,” Lynette Snow says. “But freshman year, she was in the living learning community and met friends that she still has to this day. And she joined DSP (Delta Sigma Pi, the business fraternity).”

“And don’t forget DZ (Delta Zeta sorority),” her father, David, interjects “That’s her core group of friends,” says Lynette. She calls Ashley’s Clemson experience “inspiring” while David remarks that he has seen her grow dramatically.

The Snows were in town in October for Family Weekend, but also for the announcement of their $2.4 million gift to support student recreation areas and programs. The University’s recreation area on S.C. Highway 93 on Hartwell Lake will be named the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center. The gift is the largest to the University from parents who are not alumni.

But if you’re around the Snow family very long, you could be forgiven for thinking that they might be alumni. They have settled in as members of the Clemson family during their daughter’s time here.

“I went to Bates College as an undergrad and Duke for grad school,” says David. “Lynette went to East Carolina undergrad and University of Pennsylvania for grad school. None of those schools is as inclusive of the entire family as Clemson. We have felt as if this is our school, too, while our daughter has been here, and the warmth and closeness of this community is infectious. It’s inclusive, and as a result, we feel just as much a part of Clemson as we did our own schools.”

“Maybe more,” adds Lynette.

“I’m the only one who goes here,” says Ashley, now a senior marketing major, “but my whole family now bleeds orange.”

When Ashley and her twin sister, Lauren, a student at Elon University, are asked how they would describe their family, they respond with “closeness and respect. And we love helping others.”

Their generosity to Clemson was carefully considered. David describes the criteria for their family’s investment: “Lynette and I like to give to things that are meaningful, and to people and institutions that deserve that kind of giving.”

For them, Clemson fit the criteria. “Clemson is a phenomenal school. It has a phenomenal product. It has something special that should be preserved,” David says. “And when you feel that way, you look for ways that you can help.”

University administrators identified an area of need: the intramural and club sports program, whose fields double as parking lots and tailgate spaces during football games. Often after heavy rains and robust tailgating, club sports and intramurals find themselves unable to compete. The Snows’ gift will ensure that Clemson’s active club, intramural and wellness programs will have their own spaces and dedicated fields.

“It’s pretty clear that a great institution with great facilities should have great intramural and club fields that are safe,” says David. “So we decided that was a worthy project, and we thought we’d make a lead gift to make sure that would happen for the Clemson family.”

The Snows’ gift is part of Clemson’s $1 billion Will to Lead for Clemson campaign.

The first class of Barker Scholars, pictured, left to right, with President Emeritus and Mrs. James Barker: Allison Hanratty, Samantha Cuffe, Landon Bulloch, Ryan Heard, Zachary Nesbit. Not pictured: Brandi Patterson, Matthew Hapstack, Caroline Marwede and Christine Duoos.

The first class of Barker Scholars, pictured, left to right, with President Emeritus and Mrs. James Barker: Allison Hanratty, Samantha Cuffe, Landon Bulloch, Ryan Heard, Zachary Nesbit. Not pictured: Brandi Patterson, Matthew Hapstack, Caroline Marwede and Christine Duoos.

 

First class of Barker Scholars named

This past fall, the first class of Barker Scholars was announced. These nine students are recipients of the scholarship fund that was established to honor President Emeritus and Mrs. James Barker. To date, the Barker Scholars Endowment has grown to more than $3 million, with gifts from 2,161 donors, including 85 founding partners who gave $25,000 or more.


Forever Hendrix Spouses

The Hendrix family: Helping students experience the world

It all started with an empty mayonnaise jar and a dream.

In the 1980s, Pam Hendrix wanted to go to Europe with her family. But with four children, travel abroad was expensive, so she made a deal with her husband, Clemson trustee Bill Hendrix ’63, M ’68. If she and the children could save up enough money to pay for half of the trip, Bill said he would match their savings to fund the trip. So she washed out a mayonnaise jar and started filling it up.

Over a period of years, Pam and her children — Jill, Joy, Holly and Jim — watched the jar fill several times. Through saving and working together toward a common goal, they ended up saving more than their half of the cost of the trip, and the family was able to take a tour of Europe, visiting Rome, Paris, London and Geneva.

Forever Hendrix money jar“We started putting in money, and the more we put in, the more we wanted to put in,” Pam said. “At some point, we filled up the jar, and I opened an account, and we just started stuffing money in every chance we got.”

“It was fun because we all felt like we were working toward the same goal,” said Holly Hendrix Cirrito ’95. “We spent years saving up pennies and nickels and quarters, and everyone was a part of it, which made it feel very special.”

“It showed us that working hard over time toward a goal is important, and that you can achieve your goals if you stay focused, even if you start out small,” said Jill Hendrix Ganzenmüeller ’92. “We learned that saving pennies and dimes can make a difference.”

That trip left a lasting impression on all four of the Hendrix children, and nearly 30 years later, they are making it possible for Clemson students to have the same amazing experience. In honor of their mother, they, along with their spouses, established the Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Study Abroad Endowment.

“We felt like this was a wonderful opportunity to give my mom some well-deserved recognition,” said Jim Hendrix ’98. “We knew that by joining forces and doing it together as a family, we could have a greater impact on students’ lives.”

“My mom is a very special person, and she always puts her family first. We all have a love for travel, and it came from her,” said Joy Hendrix Yonce ’93. “We wanted her to know how special we feel that she is, and we wanted to help future Clemson students — hopefully, they’ll get that travel bug that we all have.”

Bill and Pam are excited to see their children giving back to Clemson.

“I think it’s wonderful that they wanted to honor their mother this way,” said Bill. “She has always loved travel, and she remembers every place we’ve ever been. It just seems natural for Clemson students to benefit from her love of travel.”

 

Circle of Gratitude

Friends and family honor Mayberry’s memory

At the Clemson-Boston College football game, friends and teammates of former Clemson football player Robert P. “Bob” Mayberry Jr. announced that $1 million and 74 dollars has been raised to establish an endowment to honor Mayberry’s memory and values. The endowment will award partial scholarships to football trainers and/or managers.

Mark Richardson ’83, a member of the committee that initiated the effort, said that the scholarship was a fitting tribute. “We are confident it would have been Bob’s dream to honor those who work hard day in and day out with no expectation of recognition beyond that which accrues to the whole team.” The fundraising committee also includes Jubal Early, Steve Horvath, Steve Luquire, Robert P. Mayberry Sr. and Kendall Alley ’83, M ’85.

Mayberry started on the 1981 National Championship team. Following graduation in 1983, he joined his father in the automobile business, married and raised a family, and seized every opportunity to demonstrate his passions for Clemson and for helping others. He died in 2012 after a battle with cancer.

Pledges and gifts in support of the Robert P. “Bob” Mayberry Jr. ’83 Endowed Memorial Grant-in-Aid may be addressed to the Clemson University Foundation and mailed to Connie Sexton, IPTAY Major Gifts, P.O. Box 1529, Clemson, S.C. 29633.

Barker Scholars update

More than $2.8 million has been donated to the Barker Scholars Endowment, established to honor President Barker and his wife, Marcia. The endowment will support need-based scholarships for undergraduates. More than 2,000 contributed to the fund, with more than 80 founding partners who contributed more than $25,000 each.

Donations may still be made online, by check or by gifts of appreciated stock. Make checks payable to Clemson Fund, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, S.C. 29633, and indicate “Barker Scholars.”

Fort Hill Club looks to the long term

Since 2006, the Fort Hill Clemson Club has funded annual scholarships for students through the money raised from their annual Recruiting Wrap Up. But this year, they decided a change was in order.

The event has more than tripled in attendance to 700 and increased more than 1,000 percent in sponsorships to $21,000. Held the day after recruiting ends, it includes chats with the coaches and players, barbecue and getting the inside scoop on the season to come.

Jerry Handegan and Eric Breazel

Jerry Handegan and Eric Breazel

This year, club leadership took a look at their profits and their goals. “There were always two schools of thought,” says former club president Jerry Handegan. “Do we give immediate money now, or do we create an endowment? People wanted to do scholarships. So we just gave our $10,000 annually for that.”

According to Eric Breazel, also a past president of the club, “As the event got more and more successful, we began to ask the question, ‘Should we think more long term?’ What pushed us over the edge was a chat with the financial aid and admissions staff, and hearing their perspective on the benefits of endowment — being able to attract students and offer them four-year scholarships. It was a no brainer.”

The club is actually doing both for now, giving an annual scholarship until the endowment reaches a high enough level to support more scholarships. The club invites scholarship recipients to the event each year, and according to Breazel, that makes the day even more special. “Obviously, folks come to see Dabo and the recruits. But while we’re welcoming new student-athletes we’re also celebrating new academic scholarships as well.”

And their message to other groups? “I would strongly like to encourage other groups or individuals to take a second or third look at making a gift that will make an impact for generations to come, not just for one year,” says Breazel. “Clemson’s still young and has centuries to go. An endowment can make a significant difference.”

To learn more about how you can make an impact on the future of Clemson, visit clemson.edu/giving, call 864-656-5896 or email cufund-L@clemson.edu.

Call Me Mister

Wells Fargo supports Call Me MISTER®, Emerging Scholars

Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars have in common their goal of improving educational opportunities for underrepresented populations. They also have in common the support of Wells Fargo, which donated $500,000 last fall to support the programs. Call Me MISTER seeks to place more African-American males in elementary school classrooms as teachers. Emerging Scholars’ mission is to increase the number of college graduates from economically disadvantaged areas and first-generation families. Since 2006, Wells Fargo has given $1.71 million to support the two programs.

Butch and Joy Ferree

Butch and Joy Ferree

Ferrees create trust for scholarships, experiential learning

Maurice “Butch” Ferree ’65, M ’67 and his wife, Joy, have created a charitable remainder trust valued at more than $1 million to benefit students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

Half of the money will establish the Dr. Maurice E. “Butch” Ferree and Joy Culver Ferree Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students in the college. The other half will create an endowment to provide experiential learning opportunities for students.

“We just both love Clemson,” said Butch. “I don’t have anything but good memories of being a student here. Looking back, most of my professors were tough as nails, but they loved their students. They were making men out of boys — that stuck with me. That experience was so valuable for me.”

“Clemson is a place I have loved all my life,” said Joy. “We want to see it continue to grow, and we wanted to help deserving students complete their education here.”


New leaves honor great generosity

The grounds of Fort Hill are home to three new bronze oak leaves sporting the signatures
of the new members of the Fort Hill Legacy Society, whose bequests or testamentary trusts were realized at $1 million or more.

Ethelyn Berry Smith dedicated her life to education. She taught several years in Kershaw County, and continued her devotion to education by establishing the Harry Graves Berry Bioengineering Endowment to honor her brother, a member of the Class of ’41.

Tragedy struck Ernest and Virginia Carroll when their only son, Ernest Jr., was killed in action in June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy, while Ernest Sr. was serving in the Pacific theater. The Carrolls created the Ernest Hill Carroll Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at Clemson, where he had attended before enlisting in the Army.

Porter H. and Sara L. Adams have long been tied to Clemson. Porter graduated in 1940, and their son Porter Jr. graduated in 1964. After 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Porter Sr. taught both high school and college, then established the Porter Adams Family Endowed Unrestricted Scholarship.

As part of the inaugural Week of Gratitude held on campus in October, the Student Alumni Council presented a $75,000 check to benefit the Student Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Student Memorial Chapel.

As part of the inaugural Week of Gratitude held on campus in October, the Student Alumni Council presented a $75,000 check to benefit the Student Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Student Memorial Chapel.