Brennan Beck knows first-hand what it’s like to feel isolated from a regular student population. “We didn’t have a lot of resources for veterans when I was in school,” said Beck, “so I felt on my own a lot. “One of my goals here is to ensure our veterans don’t feel that way.” At 31, […]
A new Clemson University soccer program geared toward student athletes with disabilities including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and stroke has welcomed two U.S. Soccer Paralympic National Team players, Tyler Bennett and Drew Bremer, as its first students.
Amber Watkins, a recent graduate of the College of Education majoring in special education, recently received the inaugural outstanding student veteran award. Brennan Beck, assistant director for military and veteran engagement, presented Amber with the award during Clemson’s Student Veteran Hail and Farewell Ceremony. The award recognizes the commitment, engagement and leadership of one student […]
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.
Clemson University has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School, a designation awarded to universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
Expect to be impressed when you meet a Marine, but when that Marine is a 95-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor who challenges you to a pull-up contest, prepare to be blown away. This is one of many things Clemson University student Will Hines of Spartanburg has learned in conducting the Veterans Project, an ongoing undergraduate research project to collect and preserve the personal accounts of American war veterans.
Clemson’s long history of supporting the military will grow even richer this month as the new Student Veterans Resource Center opens in Tillman Hall on Nov. 20.
Those old golf clubs can be put to good use Nov. 21 as the Tigers for Troops Golf Tournament tees off at Boscobel Golf and Country Club of Pendleton to benefit the American heroes who choose Clemson to further their lives after their service in the armed forces.