Calhoun Lecture Series speaker Jane Herlong.

Calhoun Lecture Series speaker Jane Herlong.

CLEMSON — If you could use a chuckle and an uplifting word, spend an evening with former Miss South Carolina Jane Jenkins Herlong. She is the featured Clemson University Calhoun Lecture Series speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Strom Thurmond Institute Self Auditorium.

The program is free and open to the public.

Herlong entertains using original Southern stories, folksy wisdom and singing to help folks live more productive, stress-free lives. She believes in the extraordinary healing power of humor and storytelling.

Herlong combines humor, original Southern stories, and her award-winning singing (you may hear a parody or two) with life lessons. Combining her talents audiences “laugh at” while learning “how to” handle difficulties at home and in the workplace.

Herlong crisscrosses the country sharing her “down-home principles delivered with uptown humor.” She has spoken in New Zealand and Germany and is fluent in four languages: English, Southern, Northern and Gullah.

Herlong serves on an the Parent Board at Clemson University, as a commissioner at Piedmont Technical College of South Carolina, as chairwoman of the National Speakers Association Scholarship Committee and on the Foundation Board of the National Speakers Association.

Herlong is a Certified Speaking Professional, professional singer, recording artist and published author and is featured on Sirius XM Radio.

But her proudest accomplishments are being a wife and mother. The Herlongs live on the family peach farm in Edgefield County.

For more information, contact Joyce Bridges at bjoyce@clemson.edu; 864-656-4700.

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