B – Philanthropic!
September 24, 2020
Greetings, fellow Tigers!
Clemson students returned to in-person classes on Monday. It’s not only exciting to see our students back on campus but that they are also adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of face coverings and social distancing. It takes the entire Clemson Family working together to ensure our Fall semester goes smoothly and is successfully completed. Our University leadership, faculty and staff made this next step possible for Clemson, and we are all appreciative of their dedication and commitment to Clemson University and our students. You can read more about how our students, faculty and staff are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of in-person instruction here.
A ring of history
The Clemson ring brings Tigers together in extraordinary ways, but it also represents a piece of every Clemson family’s history. Ann Barrar knows this better than anyone. Ann was packing up her mother’s belongings when, wrapped in a tissue, she found her grandfather’s 1923 Clemson ring. Ann’s father, Hughey Allen Woodle, Jr., graduated from Clemson in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering, after which he was involved with his alma mater in many ways, especially philanthropically. As the fundraising chair, he helped raise more than $590,000 for the Military Heritage Plaza and $31,000 for the Clemson Corps ROTC Scholarship program. Hugh again served Clemson as the assistant fundraising chair for the Class of 1951 Golden Anniversary project, which raised nearly $5 million for academic support. Hugh and his sister, Violet Woodle Washington, established charitable remainder unitrusts to support the Clemson Corps ROTC Quasi-Endowment for Air Force/Army ROTC Grants-in-Aid and scholarships for students majoring in engineering and agriculture. Ann says that her father always looked forward to the letters he would receive from the scholarship recipients. She says, “They always meant so much to him.” You can read Ann’s full story here.
It was a perfect fall day in Death Valley on Saturday as the Tigers returned to Death Valley for the home opener against The Citadel. The No. 1 ranked Tigers defeated The Citadel 49-0, marking Clemson’s 31st consecutive regular season win, passing the 2013-15 Florida State Seminoles for the longest such streak in ACC history. Clemson has an open date next week prior to returning to action against Virginia at Death Valley at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. Go Tigers!
B – Philanthropic!
Seeing our students return to campus reminds me that these bright and talented students would not be here without you. The global pandemic has created subsequent financial hardships that are making your gifts even more impactful. By giving to Clemson, you are making a difference in the lives of our students and following the tradition of philanthropy established by Thomas Green and Anna Clemson. Please watch this special message from President Clements expressing his gratitude for your philanthropic spirit.
Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to our students!