Feature Stories From Clemson University
More than 30 miles separate Greenville’s Warehouse Theatre from Clemson’s theatre department, but the two are close partners. Clemson students and faculty have found a professional artistic home in one of the Upstate’s most prominent and innovative theatres.
Mindy and Megan Earnest are fraternal twins who could easily pass for identical. Both are engineering majors in the Calhoun Honors College and active in Tiger Band. It’s easy to see how people get them confused — just ask some of the people who have mistakenly had a conversation with one sister expecting her to […]
Jonathan O’Brien knows there are more than 27,000 trees on the Clemson University campus because he counted them during the summer as an intern for the Center for Geospatial Technologies basemap project, a database of Clemson geospatial information open to the public. “The overall goal of the basemap is to collect as much data about campus as we possibly can, using whatever technology is at our disposal and package it in a way that is useful,” said O’Brien, a senior majoring in anthropology.
Todd Anderson, an assistant professor of art at Clemson University, is a printmaker, skilled at transferring beauty and wonder from landscapes onto paper to share his experiences with the public. “I think we all understand that the world is changing in sweeping and dramatic ways,” Anderson says, his voice quiet and earnest. “My belief is that those places need to be seen, they need to be experienced and they need to be creatively documented.” Since its founding 100 years ago, Glacier National Park has lost more than 80 percent of its glaciers. Over the past six years, Anderson says, he hiked more than 500 miles through that park for a project called “The Last Glacier.” The art has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and other libraries and personal collectors.
Columbia-native Megan Sease’s high school career was moving along just as she was expecting. She was coasting through academics with good grades, had many friends and had excelled on her school’s varsity volleyball team since her freshman year. She was eyeing a career as a camp counselor and already researching degrees at universities in the […]
Honest conversation. Constructive dialogue. These terms are used often with regard to diversity and inclusion initiatives. But without constructive dialogue and an atmosphere in which that dialogue is enabled and encouraged, diversity efforts can be viewed as fleeting, rather than a constant force that shapes and moves a college community forward. Clemson University’s 35th annual […]
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.