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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

McElveen Named Alumni Master Teacher

Alumni master teacher presentation at ClemsonStudents have chosen Carter McElveen ’03, senior lecturer in the marketing department, as the Alumni Master Teacher for 2017. The Alumni Master Teacher award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to a faculty member who is nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

Student Alumni Council member and Master Teacher award co-chair Margeaux Laschanzky was a student in one of McElveen’s classes. “Carter truly embodies what it means to be a master teacher because she puts her whole heart into her students and into Clemson,” said Laschanzky. “I thought it was the most special ceremony so far because she has so many friends and family show up and because she was on Student Alumni Council.”

McElveen received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson in 2003 and her MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She has been a professor at Clemson since 2011. Beyond her teaching duties, McElveen is a master adviser to undergraduate marketing students, on the Delta Sigma Pi faculty, an honorary Blue Key Member and faculty adviser to the Clemson chapter of CUMA, the student marketing association. She also received the Dean’s Award for Student Engagement in 2015.

“When I started as an undergrad, I had several teachers who were impactful on me and my experience, one being Dr. Mary Anne Raymond, who won the Master Teacher award,” McElveen said. “She hired me and mentored me, and it came full circle because she was there when I received this award.”

Three Named Honorary Alumni

Deshaun Watson, Beth Clements, Kathleen Swinney, Dabo Swinney, Wil Brasington, Sandy Edge

Deshaun Watson, Beth Clements, Kathleen Swinney, Dabo Swinney, Wil Brasington, Sandy Edge

There are people associated with Clemson whose lives and personalities seem to be imbued with all things Clemson. Three of those people were named honorary alumni this spring.

Football Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his wife, Kathleen Bassett Swinney, received the recognition at the 2017 All In Ball, an event presented by Swinney’s All In Team Foundation. A University of Alabama graduate, William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney began his career on the Clemson football coaching staff in 2003 and was named interim head coach in 2008, eventually taking on the role permanently at the end of that season.

Kathleen Swinney, also a graduate of the University of Alabama and a former schoolteacher, has focused her attention on using her high-profile platform as the first lady of Clemson football to better the lives of others.

The Swinneys were recognized for their impact in the community and the All In Team Foundation, whose mission is “to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in order to change the lives of people across the state of South Carolina.”

Danny Greg, Mickey Harder and Sandy Edge

Danny Greg, Mickey Harder and Sandy Edge

Lillian U. “Mickey” Harder, who retired as director of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in June, was named an honorary alumna at the annual Clemson Pops Concert held at Patrick Square.

Harder came to Clemson in 1972 and has devoted her time to nurturing performing arts, serving as music faculty prior to becoming director of the Brooks Center in 1996. She and her husband established an endowment to create the Lilian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series at Clemson University, the only endowed chamber music series of its kind in South Carolina.

Harder holds degrees from Coker College and Converse College and has continued her studies at Boston University, the University of Georgia, Amherst College and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France. She previously received the Clemson Outstanding Faculty Woman Award given by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Thomas Green Clemson Award and the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion, and loyalty to Clemson or the Alumni Association.

All the Ways You Can Reunion!

The alumni office has been busy with plans that provide you a plethora of ways to get together with your fellow Tigers. Whether you’re a young alum or a Golden Tiger or somewhere in between, you can choose the event (or events) that works best for you:

Fall Band Party

Fall Band Party 2016Click on photo to see album.
First conceived as a Young Alumni Event, the Fall Band Party has morphed into a great occasion for alums of all ages to gather in Greenville and reconnect. Sponsored by the Clemson Young Alumni Council, IPTAY and the Alumni Association and presented by Endeavor, the event will be held this fall at the TD Stage at the Peace Center Amphitheater on Friday, October 27, the night before the Georgia Tech game. Catch up with friends, grab some snacks and dinner from local food truck vendors, and listen to some great music by DJ Sha and the Brooks Dixon Band.
Admission is only $10; mark your calendar now and plan to join us this year.

Spring Fling

2017 Clemson Family Spring Fling Click on photo to see album.
Scheduled for the Saturday of the spring game, Spring Fling provides student organizations, colleges and departments a wonderful opportunity to bring alumni back to campus to reconnect and reminisce. Check with your fraternity or sorority, club sport team, service organization or departmental/academic clubs about reserving a tent and gathering spot next spring.

Email hoxner@clemson.edu for more information.

Golden Tiger Reunion

This annual event celebrates the 50th anniversary class and serves as the class reunion for all classes who have already been inducted to the Golden Tiger Society. A range of activities are planned to provide time to share memories and catch up on what’s currently happening on campus. The 2018 Golden Tiger Reunion will be held June 7-8 at the Madren Conference Center.

For more information about all the ways you can reunion, go to clemson.edu/alumni.

You Brought Your Daughters!

Bring Your DaughtersThe Women’s Alumni Council held the 19th annual Bring Your Daughter to Clemson event in May. More than 40 volunteers from the council hosted and staffed the event that brought 132 girls aged 6-18 and their chaperones to campus.

A mix of activities was planned to provide participants a better idea of what life as a Clemson student entails. Faculty members from eight different departments led educational activities for the girls, who also explored campus through tours that ranged from the football operations facility to the Carillion. The group attended a Breakfast of Champions held in the football stadium.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Women’s Alumni Council, with proceeds going to the Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund. Registration for next year’s event will open in early spring.

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2017 Bring Your Daughter to Clemson

Class of 1967 inducted as Golden Tigers

Golden TigersTigers celebrating more than 50 years since graduating returned to campus for reunion this year. Members of the Class of ’67, plus representatives of 19 other Golden Tiger classes, gathered for meals and memories at the Madren Center. Tours of campus, class parties and updates on construction and future Clemson initiatives provided opportunities to reminisce about the Clemson experience, then and now.

At the induction of the 76 members of the Class of ’67 into the Golden Tiger Society, the class presented the University with a gift of more than $336,000 for need-based scholarships, scholarships for first-generation students and resources for student veterans.

Next year’s Golden Tiger Reunion is scheduled for June 7-8, 2018. If you graduated in 1968 or earlier, mark your calendar now!