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B – Impactful!

November 5, 2020

Greetings, fellow Tigers!

It was another exciting win for the Clemson Tigers Saturday in Death Valley as the Tigers defeated Boston College in a nail-biting victory. The team will travel for a top 5 matchup against Notre Dame this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Go Tigers!

Pamela Maddex Hendrix Named Honorary Alumna

I recently had the honor of joining Clemson leadership to present Pam Maddex Hendrix’s Honorary Alumna designation to her husband Bill and the entire Hendrix family.  Pam graduated from Winthrop University in 1965. Upon graduation, she traveled internationally and later married her husband, Leon “Bill” J. Hendrix in 1967. Once married, Pam and Bill lived on Clemson University’s campus and she worked for the University while Bill completed his degree. Through their marriage, Pam developed a deep loyalty and passion for Clemson. Their four children, Jill Ganzenmüller ’92, Joy Yonce ’93, Holly Cirrito ’95 and Jim Hendrix III ’98, are proud Clemson graduates, and along with their spouses, they share 10 children who are loyal and devoted Clemson Tigers.

Pam Maddex Hendrix’s Honorary Alumna designation presented to her husband Bill and the entire Hendrix family

Together, Pam and Bill provided financial support for The Hendrix Student Center; The Hendrix Family Endowment for the Office for the Student Body President; The Class of 1963 Bridge to Clemson University Endowment; The President’s Leadership Circle; and The Emerging Scholars Program. They were Founding Partners for the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Scholarship Endowment and distinguished members of the Trustee Oak Society. The Hendrix Family was Clemson’s inaugural Athletic Cornerstone Partner with a commitment of $2.5 million to support facility enhancements. Pam’s children surprised her and developed in her name The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Travel Endowment which provides meaningful travel experiences for Clemson students. After her passing, the family became an Academic Cornerstone Partner with a gift of $2.5 million to create The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Education Abroad Endowment. This partnership program allows Clemson students to dream, plan and live their global experiences during their time at Clemson. You can read more about Pam and the amazing impact she and Bill have had on Clemson here.

The Bill and Pam Hendrix extended family at the Hendrix Student Center

Military Appreciation Week

Despite being forced to conduct mostly online events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have moved forward with a formal Clemson University Military Appreciation Week to be held throughout the next week, November 6-12. The events will coincide with Veterans Day, November 11. Later in the month, the Clemson Tigers home football game against Pittsburgh on the Nov. 28 has been deemed the official 2020 Military Appreciation Game.

Celebrating our military heritage is a special tradition at Clemson, and it’s important that we have these opportunities to recognize the service and contributions of our military service members and veterans, increase our advocacy and awareness in supporting them, and celebrate them. You can find more information and a schedule of events here.

Students foster service dogs for veterans

Clemson animal and veterinary sciences majors Marena Fleming, Grace White and Dana Galvin have committed to fostering service dogs for a year for Battle Buddies, a Simpsonville-based nonprofit that trains service dogs and then gifts them to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Jo Ann Creed, who founded Battle Buddies with her husband John in 2012, said teaming the dogs with Clemson students has turned out to be a brilliant idea. She said the main goal in the first year is to get the pups socialized and used to being around people, and the college environment lends itself perfectly to that. Jo Ann believes she’s found the perfect partners in Clemson students and the entire Clemson Family! You can read more here.

Three beautiful 8-month-old golden retriever siblings – named Cooper, Riggs and Bowman – reunited on the Clemson University campus with their sister, Katie May,

B – Impactful!

Clemson students and members of the Clemson Family – like the Hendrix family – serve as extraordinary examples of how we can give of our time, talent and treasures to others to make an impact on Clemson and beyond. Thank you, Clemson alumni, donors and leaders, for your support, loyalty and dedication to our University! You are impacting Clemson students today, tomorrow and forever.

Go Tigers! Beat Notre Dame!

Brian O’Rourke