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Blazing the Trail: Emily Peek Wallace

B-Note: Blazing the Trail

June 24, 2021

Greetings, fellow Tigers!

Today, the College of Science held a wonderful virtual event, a panel of female leaders in math and science hosted by Dean Cynthia Y. Young, Ph.D. During this event, Celebrating Clemson’s Trailblazers: Female Leaders in Math and Science, the College had a very special announcement: Emily Wallace, a panelist and Clemson alumna, has made a gift of $1.25 million to establish the Emily Peek Wallace ’72 Endowed Directorship for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

Ever since she arrived at Clemson University in the fall of 1968, Emily has been a trailblazer. She was the first woman to serve as a top leader of the University’s WSBF radio station and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Although times are much different now, she was often the sole woman — or one of only two — in her technical courses.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Emily — a first generation college graduate — has generously given back to the University. Emily serves on the Clemson University Foundation Board of Directors and as a founding member of the Order of the Oak. Not only does Emily support Clemson through donations and service on boards, but also as a mentor and presenter to students in the classroom.

Endowed faculty positions allow Clemson to retain top talent. This endowed faculty position – the first for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in the College of Science – provides support for the school director and enables initiatives throughout the school.

The purpose of this endowment focuses on increasing student engagement and success as well as enhancing the relevance of the curriculum as the School prepares the next generation of leading mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists for both research and business application tracks.

The support includes tutoring assistance for students who may be struggling academically or to help students who may have fallen behind due to unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, it aims to help establish business connections and internships for students who wish to enter the job force instead of going into academic research, and it makes training with current statistical software and other resources available for students regardless of their future tracks.

You can read more about Emily’s gift to the College of Science here and watch Emily Wallace’s gift announcement as well as hear from a panel of several other outstanding Clemson women in math and science here.

Thank you, Emily, for your dedication to Clemson and for continuing to blaze the trail for women in math and science. Your support is making a difference in the lives of Clemson students today, tomorrow and forever. And for that, the Clemson Family is forever grateful!

B – There for Your Fellow Tigers!
We are less than one week away from the end of this fiscal year. Let’s continue to join together in support of our fellow Tigers and finish the year strong!

Among our goals for the year is reaching 20 percent in alumni participation, but we need the support of our Clemson Family. You can make your gift and encourage other alumni to do the same! Visit https://iamatiger.clemson.edu/giving, call 864 656-5896 or mail your gift to Annual Giving Office, PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633.

Thank you for supporting Clemson – today, tomorrow and forever!

Go Tigers!

Brian O’Rourke