We, just a group of Clemson students studying abroad, were taking a day trip to Geneva, Switzerland when we had our first overseas Clemson moment. We were hiking to the top of Mt. Salève, which is just across the border from Geneva into France. The weather was beautiful, the snow was melting, and we had a picture-perfect view of the Alps from the top of the mountain. So, of course, we had to take a picture with our Tiger Rag. While we were posing, a voice called out, “Are y’all holding a Clemson flag?” We responded yes indeed, surprised that we had run into a fellow Southerner who knew about Clemson at the top of a European mountain. He asked us if he could take a picture of us holding the Tiger Rag because one of his friends is a Clemson alumni and would love to see that he had run into some Clemson students. We posed for him, happy to show off our tiger pride. So, Clemson alumni, wherever you are, I hope you enjoyed the picture of us on top of Mt. Salève, and I am so happy that our small, Clemson worlds were able to collide.
Seven Clemson friends vacationed in Paris, their second trip together since graduating two years ago. While vacationing in Paris, they took a day trip to Champagne, France, to tour different chateaus. This picture was taken outside of Chateau Moet and Chandon.
Back row: Jenn Fantin ’12, Casey Hobbs ’13; front row: Gab Valentini ’12, Talysa Glogower ’12, Anna Finke ’12, Taylor Long ’12, Erin Scheuer ’12.
History and travel enthusiast, Rhonda Bailey Antonetti ’87 (NURS) of Charleston wanted to take Tiger Paw flags to place on the Clemson alumni WWII soldiers’ graves in the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. Little did she know the amazing, serendipitous venture this gesture would uncover. She was able to place only one flag on her visit, and she snapped a picture of the marker. When asked about her trip by a co-worker, Antonetti showed her pictures. This co-worker, Staci Gaillard, was surprised to see the name on the marker was a name familiar to her — one shared by her father-in-law, husband and son. The soldier was William S. Gaillard Jr. ’40, her husband’s great-uncle. The present generation of the family had not known much about his death and service. Antonetti assisted the family in researching information. On Clemson’s Military Heritage Day, his nephew, William S. Gaillard II; great-nephew, William S. Gaillard III ’03 (MKTG); William III’s wife, Staci Gaillard; and Antonetti visited his stone at the Scroll of Honor Memorial. Staci and William have a son, William S. Gailliard IV.
Ed Baxley ’80 and Libby Griffin Baxley ’80 checked one more item off their bucket list when they did a cycle tour of Brittany and Normandy in August 2014, visiting Mont St Michel as part of this trip. We ordered the Clemson cycle jerseys in advance just for this planned photo op!