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Student walking across Library Bridge on Clemson campus

B-Note July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

Greetings fellow Tigers!

I often come back to this quote: “The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.” It can be difficult to truly communicate the infinite impact of your gifts, but I am excited to share with you next week our fundraising results from our fiscal year.

I am inspired by our Clemson Family who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasures to our University – like Brian and Jaime Reynolds. Brian, a graduate of Clemson’s computer science program, and Jaime, a lifelong member of the Clemson Family, have many reasons for giving back to Clemson, but their Clemson connection – what brought them together – is their strongest motivation. Brian and Jaime have chosen to support the ClemsonLIFE program in honor of Jaime’s half-brother, Ryan, who at a young age was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker syndrome. Despite his disability, Ryan overcame many hardships and earned an associate’s degree. Brian and Jaime were inspired to give to the ClemsonLIFE program so other students can have the opportunity to learn life skills in an encouraging and educational environment. They hope this planned gift will set a good example for their son, Cooper, and inspire the Clemson community to follow their example of generosity. You can learn more about how to follow Brian and Jaime’s lead and make an impact on Clemson students here.

Brian and Jaime Reynolds on the porch with their son

Yesterday President Clements announced Clemson University will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until Sept. 21. The semester will begin as scheduled on Aug. 19. This decision was made after extensive analysis by our internal and external public health experts and lengthy discussions among the leadership team. You can read President Clements’ full statement here.

B- forever dedicated!
Stories, like those of Brian and Jaime, are a testament to the philanthropic spirit of our University. The generosity of those who came before us and the generosity of those who will follow in our philanthropic footsteps are ensuring Clemson’s success in the future. Thank you, Clemson alumni, donors and leaders, for your support! Don’t miss B-Note next week for the fundraising results from the fiscal year.

Go Tigers!

Brian O’Rourke