College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities inducts Class of 2018 into Hall of Fame
The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University inducted eight new members into its Hall of Fame at a formal dinner March 9 at the Madren Conference Center.
In addition to a former dean who was recognized by the College, the other nominations were brought forward by individual departments:
- Clifton S.M. “Chip” Egan, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
- Thomas Phifer, School of Architecture
- John Acorn, Department of Art
- Roger Liska, Department of Construction Science and Management
- Art Young, Department of English
- Jerry Reel, Department of History
- Mickey Harder, Department of Performing Arts
- Betsy Goodale, Department of Philosophy and Religion
The Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2017, celebrates the alumni, faculty emeriti, and other friends of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities who have had a significant impact on its educational, research and/or service goals.
Passing the torch of knowledge
“I am honored to stand in the presence of so many who have achieved so much,” Dean Richard Goodstein said in his opening remarks. “Your leadership has touched the lives of Clemson students, whether it has been in the classroom, through mentoring or through your philanthropy. Your success and your devotion to this university serves as an inspiration to our Architecture, Arts and Humanities students as they begin to carve out their own lives here at Clemson.”
The event was attended by Provost Robert H. Jones and several founding members of the Hall of Fame: President Emeritus Jim Barker, Don Collins, Ronald Moran and Ben Skardon.
Among the 2018 inductees, only Thomas Phifer was unable to attend the ceremony.
Kate Schwennsen, director of the School of Architecture, accepted the honor on his behalf and read his letter congratulating to the other award winners. Phifer recognized the enduring influence of the Clemson professors he learned from, both as an undergraduate and graduate student at Clemson.
“I arrived at Clemson in the early 1970s without a lot of confidence – extremely self-conscious, and not knowing how to make much of anything,” Phifer said. “The only thing I seemed to know how to do was to listen and to emulate.”
Now one of the nation’s most prominent architects, Phifer said he learned his profession through his professors, by trying to draw with “the precision and wonder” of Professor Young and design with “the geometric rigor” of Professor Collins, while living life with “the unbridled joy” of John Jacques.
He said he has passed along to young architects and students the overwhelming encouragement and unwavering support he received from Professor Drummond. “If we learn this way, we will teach this way,” Phifer said.
“Slowly, but surely, I gained confidence,” he said. “It was the beginning of everything for me.”
Class of 2018
As the new Hall of Fame members were recognized for their contributions to the College, their spoken remarks in turn acknowledged the individuals at Clemson who had once welcomed them, taught them, mentored them and prepared them for success. Below are brief biographies for the 2018 inductees of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Hall of Fame:
Clifton S.M. “Chip” Egan
Egan came to Clemson University in 1976 as an assistant professor of theatre. He served in many roles, including terms as interim chair of English and of communication studies and also the chair of performing arts. Before retiring in 2010, he served for four years as interim dean and dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Egan is a professional actor, designer and director; a past president of the South Carolina Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference; and a 2000 recipient of the Clemson University Class of ’39 Award of Faculty Excellence.
Lee Hall, where Phifer once studied, has been redefined by the spectacular 2011 addition he designed. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Phifer has completed many other notable projects, including an addition to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the U.S. Courthouse in Salt Lake City and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Phifer received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1996 and his firm has received three Design Excellence awards from the General Services Administration and more than 20 AIA honor awards.
Acorn came to Clemson University in 1961 as an assistant professor and served as chair of the art department from 1976 until his retirement in 1997. He helped establish and expand support for the visual arts at the University and in South Carolina. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1969 at the University of Fine Arts in West Berlin, and in 1998 he received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s most prestigious honor given to an individual artist. His work captures the spirit of life in America, and his whimsical Friday Flyers sculptures enliven the Clemson campus.
As a professor, chair of the Department of Construction Science and Management and an associate dean of the College, Liska served Clemson University for more than 34 years. During that time, he built strong ties with alumni, donors and the construction industry. Through his leadership, the department became one of the most highly ranked programs at Clemson. Liska served on the personnel certification accreditation committee of the American National Standards Institute and has earned lifetime achievement awards from the National Center for Construction Education and Research; the American Council for Construction Education; and the American Institute of Constructors.
As the previous Robert S. Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and a professor of engineering emeritus, Young has had a profound impact on students in all academic disciplines at Clemson. He is the author of “Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum,” a book that shaped university education around the country. Young has been profiled in Time magazine and has delivered keynote addresses around the world. He received the Clemson University Class of ’39 Award of Faculty Excellence and has been given the Order of the Palmetto, the State of South Carolina’s highest award for service.
In more than 50 years of service to Clemson, Reel has held the titles of history professor, dean of undergraduate studies and vice provost. Since 2002, Reel has served as the official University historian. His knowledge of Clemson University is so extensive that he published its history, “The High Seminary,” in two volumes. Reel received the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2011, and in 2014 was awarded the Clemson Medallion – the highest public honor conferred by Clemson University. His students and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers have established an endowed scholarship in his name.
Harder’s passionate devotion to the arts at Clemson University has spanned close to 50 years. Through musical education, fundraising, booking programming and her direction of the Brooks Center, Harder helped position the Clemson performing arts program in the national spotlight. She established the Utsey Chamber Music Series in honor of her family. In 2012, the main stage at the Brooks Theatre was named the Lillian Utsey Harder Stage in her honor. Harder was awarded the Thomas Green Clemson Award for Excellence and is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award.
Goodale is a Clemson University alumna with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and also a University of South Carolina law degree. She is the Chief Staff Attorney at the South Carolina Supreme Court and a past President of the National Association of Staff Court Attorneys. Through the internship program she developed at the South Carolina Supreme Court, each summer Goodale works with one undergraduate from the Clemson Law, Liberty, and Justice track within Philosophy. Through her extraordinary mentorship, these interns go on to attend prestigious law schools, win national honors, and land positions in top law firms and government.