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B – Solid Orange!

October 1, 2020

Greetings, fellow Tigers!

The Clemson Family is proud of our how students have adapted to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. However, it is as important as ever to follow the important precautions the University has instituted. This will increase our chances of completing the semester together as we all hope. It has been great to see our students being responsible and thoughtful – exactly what we would expect from members of the Clemson Family.

Commending Clemson’s COVID response

Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, visited our campus on Friday. While here, Dr. Birx visited our student testing center, toured our Athletics facilities and met with University and student leadership. She also participated in a roundtable discussion with some of our outstanding faculty members to learn about their research related to COVID-19. She had strong praise for how our University continues to provide a world-class education to our students, despite the unprecedented challenges we all are facing.

Dr. Birx visited our student testing center, toured our Athletics facilities and met with University and student leadership

Sales Innovation is adapting

Within the new state-of-the-art College of Business building, the new cutting-edge Sales Lab has opened, and the Sales Innovation Program is moving forward, unimpeded by the pandemic. The Sales Innovation Program was founded in 2019 as a Signature Program within the College of Business through an Academic Cornerstone gift of $2.5 million from Dan ’72 and Nancy Garrison. About 60 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is on a course to becoming one of the country’s finest hubs of sales education, research and executive education. Thanks to scholarships provided through the Garrisons’ cornerstone gift, a leadership component has been added to the program through creation of SIP manager roles being held by three senior marketing majors. Sales Innovation now has eight partner sponsors who contribute to students’ development in a variety of ways. The sponsorships give students insights into what employers are seeking in a sales professional and connects businesses with the program’s best and brightest. The newest sponsor is technology provider xiQ, a Redwood City, California-based company that offers its clients an artificial intelligence-based sales and marketing platform. You can read more about how the Sales Lab is impacting our students here.

B – Solid Orange!

After a week off, Clemson football returns to Death Valley Saturday for a match-up against the University of Virginia. Fans in the stadium are adjusting to this season’s changes, and those of you at home are embracing new opportunities to show your Clemson spirit. It is not anything we expected for this year, but the Clemson Family always perseveres during adversity.

Our commitment to educating Clemson students and having a positive impact on our state, nation and world remains steadfast. Thank you for your support and commitment to Clemson. Together, we are keeping Clemson strong.

Don’t forget to wear your solid orange tomorrow and Saturday! Go Tigers! Beat Virginia!

Brian O’Rourke