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When in Greenville

My name is Josh Johnson — I graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and in 2019 with an MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation. After graduation, I decided to put my roots down in Greenville, South Carolina, a thriving scene for new businesses. After a short stint in mergers and acquisitions, I put my MBA to use by starting my own Greenville-based company. This city speaks for itself, but let me show you a few of my favorite spots:

 


1 | Falls Park

Located in the heart of downtown, Falls Park boasts scenic views of Reedy River Falls, even more so from the Liberty Bridge, Greenville’s iconic pedestrian suspension bridge. And this area is surrounded by incredible restaurants and local artist shops, and it’s great for a jog, bike ride or stroll along the riverbank.

PRO TIP:
Book a stay in the Grand Bohemian Lodge, Greenville’s brand-new luxury hotel and spa overlooking Falls Park.

 


2 | Swamp Rabbit Trail and Unity Park

Looking for a unique place to exercise? Look no further than the Swamp Rabbit Trail, spanning roughly 23 miles from Greenville to Travelers Rest. Locals tend to take breaks along the trail and grab treats from the likes of Methodical Coffee, Community Tap, and the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. Unity Park, the newest development along the trail, is a kid’s wonderland, complete with a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic tables and recreational grounds.

 


3 | Saturday Market

The TD Saturday Market is a decades-old downtown tradition. Every Saturday in May through October, over 75 vendors — selling everything from fresh produce and street food to local arts and crafts — line several blocks of Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Hit the market before an evening Clemson Football game for some tailgating snacks.

 


 

Located within the ONE Main Street plaza building, which also houses Clemson’s MBA program, Experience Clemson provides a glimpse of campus life in Greenville. Stock up on Clemson gear and learn more about the University, especially if you are a future Tiger.

PRO TIP:
A replica of Howard’s Rock welcomes visitors and offers a classic Clemson photo-op!

 


5 | BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

Not exactly downtown, but close enough — this exhilarating course is situated directly behind the Spartanburg BMW plant, which employs over 11,000 associates in a 7 million-square-foot campus, which is responsible for producing all X model vehicles. BMW offers several different driving experiences for all levels, giving visitors the chance to test their skills in the “Ultimate Driving Machine.”

 


Interested in sharing the best eats and secret spots of your own city with fellow Tigers? Email shutto@clemson.edu for more information.

 

 

Feeding a Growing State

 

McCall Farms makes $3 million gift to advance farming research

 

There are more than 25,000 farms across South Carolina, and farming is one of the state’s leading industries. It is also a primary focus of Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. To help South Carolina farmers remain competitive both nationally and globally, McCall Farms is supporting Clemson with $3 million for critical research, establishing the McCall Farms Vegetable Breeding Endowment.

This endowment will support and enhance the vegetable breeding program within the college, specifically as part of the Advanced Plant Technology program. The program uses genomics-assisted breeding to develop improved vegetable varieties for production in the Southern United States. The APT program involves a statewide network of researchers supporting crop breeding and genetics in the Clemson University Agricultural Experiment Station.

Current projects in the vegetable breeding program include improving heat tolerance in green beans and disease resistance in leafy greens, muskmelon and watermelon.

The program, led by Stephen Kresovich, the Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Endowed Chair of Genetics, has made significant advancements to both the intellectual and operational capabilities of the University in crop agriculture. Improvements have been made in upgrading the research facilities at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center as well as other research and education centers across the state. Meanwhile, Clemson has hired some of the best and brightest new faculty for research positions at the RECs as well as the main campus. Funds from the McCall endowment will provide continuing support to this and other important research, improve equipment, provide supplies, and fund technical personnel salaries and graduate student research assistantships.

“Our research helps the more than 25,000 farms located throughout South Carolina in a variety of areas, including specialty crops, responding to weather and environmental changes, modernizing technology and field practices, and managing invasive species,” says President Jim Clements. “I am incredibly grateful to McCall Farms and the Swink family for their generous support. This donation will make a tremendous impact on farming across the state and beyond.”

Located in Effingham, South Carolina, McCall Farms understands the need for crop diversification and catering to consumer tastes. They established a canning operation in 1954 and work with a network of farmers throughout the state. They have several national brands of fruits and vegetables that are staples in kitchens across the country. McCall Farms is owned by Henry Swink ’68 and Marion Swink ’72 and operated by Woody Swink ’00, McCall Swink ’98 and Thomas Hunter ’06 — all Clemson alumni.

“While South Carolina farmers are some of the most efficient and productive in the world,” says CAFLS Dean Keith Belli, “this partnership with McCall Farms will be a catalyst for CAFLS’ efforts to provide research, teaching and Extension programs that continue to support the state’s agriculture industry as we tackle the challenge of sustainably feeding a growing state and global population.”

 

 

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.

Clemson at the State House

CUatStathouseClemson alumni and friends turned the State House orange on March 1 for “Clemson at the State House.”

For information about how you can be a member of the Clemson Advocates Program, a grassroots volunteer advocacy group that seeks to engage, inform and encourage alumni and friends to communicate with members of the South Carolina General Assembly and other elected officials regarding issues of importance to Clemson and higher education, go to clemson.edu/alumni and click on “Get Involved.”

View a gallery of photos from the day.