What’s Happening at Clemson

April 22-30, 2017

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Saturday (April 22)

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: The South Carolina Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale will begin at 9 a.m. Profits support operations and enhancements in the Garden. For information, contact Jeanne Briggs, nursery and greenhouse manager (scbgnursery@clemson.edu, 864-656-3405).

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: “Plants for the Earth: An Earth Day Celebration” featuring lectures and a Master Gardener plant sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center, 2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston. Among the talks will be one on Native Plants for Lowcountry Gardens and herb propagation. For information, contact Amy Dabbs (adabbs@clemson.edu, 843-730-5208).

The March for Science and Earth Day Network are co-hosting rallies and marches in Washington, D.C., and in more than 500 cities around the world, including Greenville. They are intended to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” The Greenville march will be noon-2 p.m. at One City Plaza and will feature several noted speakers. It will focus on participating in civil discourse about what science is and why scientists need to be able to communicate freely with the public. For more information, go to this Facebook link or contact Brandis Hartsell at 864-243-7443.

Tuesday (April 25)

Engineering students will put their 1/10th scale autonomous vehicles to the test in a competition at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., 39 students on 10 teams will put the cars they built on a course on which the vehicles need to recognize road signs – stop signs, school zone signs, etc. – and take appropriate actions autonomously. Images and videos from last year’s competition are online. For information, contact Yunyi Jia (yunyi@clemson.edu, 864-283-7226).

Biologist Mike Sears will present “The Climate It Is A-Changin’” in a Science on Tap talk at 6:30 p.m. at Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St., Greenville. Sears researches how animals respond to environmental change and how these responses might affect future species’ ranges due to ongoing climate change. For information, contact Sears (sears3@clemson.edu, 864-506-5174) or Vicki Corbin (vcorbin@clemson.edu, 864-656-1634).

Wednesday (April 26)

The ceramics studio in the department of art will hold its Spring Ceramics Studio Sale and Creative Inquiry Community Supported Art (CSArt) program pickup from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hallway in front of the Lee Gallery. The sale of a wide selection of both functional and sculptural artwork by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty raises funds for student travel and professional activities. For information, contact Meredith Mims McTigue (mmims@clemson.edu, 864-656-3883).

Thursday-Friday (April 27-28)

Some 2,000 high school and college students, business professionals, educators, government officials and community leaders will come together at the National Men of Color Summit at the TD Convention Center. Presented by Clemson’s Office of Inclusion and Equity, its mission is to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males. Among the keynote speakers will be Tavis Smiley, PBS host and commentator; ABC correspondent John Quiñones; Desmond Howard, former NFL star and Heisman Trophy-winner; and Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. Tom Joyner will broadcast his national radio show from the event. See the website for a schedule. For more information, contact Wanda Johnson (wj@clemson.edu, 864-382-0449) or Amanda Long (amandal@hughes-agency.com, 864-271-0718).

Saturday (April 29)

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: The public can see how things were done in the old days at the Sparkleberry Country Fair at the Clemson University Sandhills Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be farm life demonstrations, hands-on exhibits for children and adults, performances and a petting zoo. For information, go to http://sparkleberrycountryfair.org/.

ClemsonLIFE will hold its graduation ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon in the Tillman Hall auditorium. George J. Petersen, founding dean of Clemson’s College of Education, will speak at the ceremony and share his passion for the ClemsonLIFE program and its impact on the university. The event will be streamed live on Clemson’s YouTube channel. For more information, contact Chris Egan, ClemsonLIFE’s community liaison, (cwegan@clemson.edu, 864-386-3606).

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