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January 28, 2021
Greetings, fellow Tigers!
The success of our students is possible because the Clemson Family is devoted to offering their time, talent and treasures to their fellow Tigers. For instance, because of the dedication of our alumni, the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center (pictured above) is able to provide proactive, intentional and innovative services to equip our students with the tools, knowledge and mindset needed to enhance their learning. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Clemson’s Class of 1956 initiated a fundraising campaign for a new building in which to house academic success programs, and Dr. Theodore G. Westmoreland ’65 also established a $1.5 million endowment to support undergraduate academic success programs. The Center was then able to open in 2012 and has been supporting Clemson students on their academic journeys for almost ten years.
The College of Science celebrates philanthropy and investment in our students. The Department of Biological Sciences has been blessed with many generous donors who support graduate education and research opportunities. This academic year, a new annual fellowship in memory of Dr. Stephen Klaine has been awarded to Stephanie LaPlaca in the environmental toxicology program. Steve served on the Clemson faculty for 24 years before he passed away in 2016. He was an internationally recognized environmental toxicologist with a legacy of devotion to teaching and mentoring. Having advised many master’s degree and doctoral students, graduate education is an incredible part of his legacy at Clemson. Friends and family came together to celebrate that legacy through a philanthropic commitment to students – like Stephanie.
Graduate students in the environmental toxicology program were eligible for the fellowship. The selection committee considered excellence in research and publication history first and foremost. The committee also considered outreach, teaching, presentations and awards. “She fits who Steve was,” said van den Hurk, who is the coordinator of the environmental toxicology program. “Steve was very science-oriented, but he was also oriented toward translating science to applications in the real world. As environmental scientists, we help society address environmental problems. Steve advocated that. I think Stephanie fits that picture very well.” You can read more here.
B – involved!
The Clemson Alumni Association is committed to providing you with opportunities to be involved with the University and the Clemson Family, and the Facebook Live Q&A sessions are a great way to help you stay connected. Today’s noon session will feature Marty Osborn ’84, President of Advoco, discussing Connecting the Community in the Face of Cancellations.
Your commitment to the Clemson Family and endless support is crucial as we continue to attract and unite students and faculty whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others.
Clemson is forever grateful!