Meet a Tiger: Ken Scar
This former scenic artist and father of two children entered the Army at age 40 and emerged an award-winning photojournalist. Since then, this Tiger has elevated the face of Clemson through compelling stories and award-winning photographs. During his time at Clemson, this Tiger has won five CASE awards, clinched the U.S. Army’s military photo of the year, and conceptualized Lachlan the Tiger, named after a young Clemson fan who died much too soon. Meet Ken Scar.
Years at Clemson: 2
What I do at Clemson: I’m in media relations and I do a little bit of everything in that field! My official title is public information director, which mostly means I write a lot of press releases and try to get local and national media to do stories about the great things that happen at Clemson every day – but I also write my own feature and news stories, and take a lot of photos. I create quite a bit of content for our web pages and social media platforms, especially the Clemson University Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Many people have probably seen me walking around campus with one or two cameras hanging off my shoulders.
What I love about Clemson: So much! I’ve been here for two years now and I feel like I’m still just getting to know the place. This is my first time working in the academic world and it’s just so stimulating. There are SO many fascinating things happening on this campus every single day, and so many incredible people associated with this institution. I get to learn about a huge spectrum of topics doing what I do. I also love working with the faculty, staff, and especially our incredible students – they’re all so smart and poised. They never fail to impress me, especially when I stop to consider what a complete goober I was at their age. This college also has a seemingly bottomless pool of extraordinary alumni – I’ve been blessed to meet and write about many of them. As a soldier (I’m in the U.S. Army Reserves now), it’s been one of the great honors of my life getting to know men like Ben Skardon and Bill Funchess who are true American heroes and Clemson men through-and-through.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I joined the Army at the age of 40 – imagine going through basic training at that age with a bunch of 18-22-year-olds! I did it and went on to do pretty well for the Army. I was on active duty for five years, which included a year in Afghanistan, and the Department of Defense named me the Paul D. Savanuck Military Journalist of the Year in 2013, the highest award given in that job field.
Where I see myself in five years: Right here at Clemson!
Last thing I watched on TV: Stranger Things
Guilty pleasure: That Justin Bieber song “Love Yourself” is ridiculously good. Can’t even believe I wrote that.
One thing most people don’t know about me: That I worked in show business for over a decade as a scenic artist – which means I painted sets for stage plays and TV shows. I painted the sets for seven Broadway productions, including “The Full Monty” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and was the lead scenic on the TV show “Veronica Mars.” Also – I was cast in the movie “Master and Commander” with Russell Crowe.
Anything else you would like us to know: I came to Clemson straight out of the Army – in fact I finished my active duty contract on Oct. 19, 2014 and started at Clemson literally the next day. I’m very thankful this university was good enough to hire a veteran fresh out of the service. In my humble opinion, it was a win-win!
Guaranteed tear jerker: Watch ESPN’s story on Lachlan the Tiger
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