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B-Note November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

Greetings fellow Tigers!

The rain didn’t stop our dedicated Clemson fans from showing up to cheer for the Tigers on Saturday night. Despite the wet and cold weather, our team had the fortitude to claim a victory against Georgia Tech. You can view photos from the game here.

Before the rain moved in on Saturday, it was a beautiful day in Tiger Town for the College of Business groundbreaking. Thank you to everyone who attended this momentous event that marked a new beginning for business education at Clemson University. With support from you – our donors – Clemson can change the face of one of the university’s fastest-growing academic disciplines. Please view photos from the event here.


Last week, President Clements hosted the President’s Forum on Inclusive Excellence, where he presented the James E. Bostic, Jr. Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award to Serita Acker. Acker is the director of PEER and WISE in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and has led diversity efforts to help Clemson recruit and retain underrepresented students in science and engineering majors for more than 20 years. Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity has established the James E. Bostic, Jr. Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award to recognize faculty, staff and students for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an environment at Clemson University in which diversity is understood, valued, respected and appreciated. As the recipient of the award, Acker received a $1,000 cash prize and a distinctive commemorative award.

Gerald Glenn, a 1964 Clemson alumnus, along with his wife Candi, recently pledged the ninth Cornerstone Gift to athletics. Their $2.5 million unrestricted gift will benefit student-athletes of all 19 intercollegiate sports through new and upgraded athletics facilities, student development operations and academic programs. Gerald graduated from Clemson in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and went on to become chairman, president and CEO of Chicago Bridge and Iron, one of the world’s largest construction companies. Prior to that, he was a director of Fluor Corporation and a group president of its primary subsidiary – Fluor Daniel Incorporated. In addition to lifetime giving at Clemson exceeding $8 million, Gerald currently serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board and as chair of the Clemson University Foundation Board Development Committee. The Glenns have been active contributors to Clemson programs, including the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Leadership Circle and the Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Center, the Barker Scholars Endowment and IPTAY. The Glenns were recognized during Saturday’s game for their Cornerstone gift. You can find additional information about the Glenns and their contributions to Clemson here.


The Glenns – like many of you – have made a commitment to Clemson University through gifts that move us forward both academically and athletically. We appreciate your continued devotion to our university. Our football team will need your support this weekend when they travel to Raleigh to face ACC rival North Carolina State at 3:30 p.m.

Go Tigers! Beat NC State!

Brian O’Rourke