Feature Stories From Clemson University
One of our favorite things every year is to look back and re-read some of our favorite stories from the past year. This list certainly doesn’t cover every amazing thing that happened at Clemson in 2016, but it’s a taste.
As the health care industry continues to change dramatically, many professionals are pivoting their career paths to better suit new demands. James and Anna Hodan are two of these professionals.
Lecturer of Music Dr. Eric Lapin researches the relationship between music and politics at Clemson University.
Local senior living community Clemson Downs has partnered with a Clemson University research team to hold an art show Monday to celebrate the work of several residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The art show will take place at the Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library from 3 to 8 p.m.
Being a middle child can be tough, but they’ll get no sympathy from Tori Andreski, who would have to be considered the poster girl of middle-children, having four siblings older than her and four younger. Despite frequently being called three of her siblings’ names before her own, Tori says her big-family upbringing has brought many […]
U.S. Army 1st Lt. William Funchess watched from the other bank as Chinese soldiers approached the river, undressed, and swam across naked, holding weapons and clothes over their heads. Once they hit his side of the river, they shook the freezing water off their skin, dressed, and ran into the forest – one after the other after the other. Thousands of them. It was November 4, 1950. When Funchess radioed the brass back at headquarters to tell them what he had seen, they told him he was mistaken. There were no Chinese soldiers in North Korea. “The final instructions from battalion headquarters was - if Chinese soldiers are in Korea, they’re protecting hydroelectric plants. Under no conditions will you fire on a Chinese national,” said Funchess. “Before the day ended, I had been struck by machine gun fire, and I was a POW of the Chinese army.”
The chaos of the 2016 election season hasn’t deterred Clemson students, many of them first-time voters. Students have become engaged in the process and raised their voices — and the ones who have now understand that there’s more to an election than what is seen on TV.
He is all about transitions. He joined the Army five days after he graduated from high school and transitioned from an infantry team leader to the rank of sergeant. He completed two year-long deployments to Iraq, earning a Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart following an enemy attack on his platoon. He then transitioned back to a civilian life that was different than the one he'd left. It was difficult, but he grew from the experience and wanted to help others in their journey. Through his veterans' writing group (that he created), his work with student veterans and military-connected students, this staff member, who works as Clemson's assistant director for military and veteran engagement, helps students successfully make the transition from military to civilian life. While he describes himself as a "normal guy," he's anything but normal. He's a hero and he's a Tiger.
Drake Loflin's '07, M.S. '10 husband, also a Clemson alum, tragically passed away in 2014. Because of his love for Clemson, Drake began working with the Office of Development later that year to establish a memorial endowment in his name. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, his legacy will continue to live on through current and future Tigers.
Every Wednesday night, the playing fields of Nettles Park are filled with energetic, laughing kids and coaches for a night of soccer. The TOPSoccer program enables 35 to 40 children ages four to 18 years old with disabilities to participate in organized sports for an evening of fun and exercise. Clemson University students from across […]
When news that President Barack Obama had named Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as the newest national park site in late August, Elizabeth “Betty” Baldwin wasn’t surprised. She was happy to put a period at the end of a sentence she started writing 15 years ago. Baldwin began to examine environmental conflict related […]
NASA says it will find life on other planets within the next 20 years. Clemson's Kelly Smith asks what Earthlings' moral and ethical responsibilities are.
This former scenic artist and father of two children entered the Army at age 40 and emerged an award-winning photojournalist.
A combination of high workforce demand and low supply of college grads in a thriving economic sector translates into excellent internship and job prospects for students majoring in many agriculture and forestry disciplines — both nationally and here in South Carolina.
Katrina Meeks is following in her daughter’s footsteps today, a path she would have chosen had circumstances been different when she was considering college choices years ago. Daughter Courtney is in her second year of the MBA program at Clemson University, where she earned an undergraduate degree as well. “I originally wasn’t going to attend […]