A Word from Dean Richard Goodstein – March 2015

March 9, 2015

March 3, 2015

Dear Friends,

March is here and spring break is just around the corner! There is a noticeable bounce in everyone’s step, as we recently enjoyed our first 70-degree day on campus.

Valentine’s Day was especially sweet for many hopeful high school students as admission was offered to the Class of 2019. The “TigerTown Bound” campaign has quickly become a Clemson trademark and a great new tradition-in-the-making. Check out some of the images here.

Clemson received a record number of applications for the Class of 2019 with almost 22,000 applications received. I am thrilled to report that applications for admission to majors in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities are up 7%. When you think about Clemson’s traditional emphases on agriculture, science, technology and engineering disciplines, this is a remarkable statistic. In fact, empirical research indicates the growing need and job opportunities for college majors who have strong skills in creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities has the unique opportunity to provide these skills in an ever-changing job market and for a future in which lifelong learning and problem-solving skills are of critical importance.

Photo of William F. Steirer

William F. (Bill) Steirer shares a laugh with students in Hardin Hall

I am saddened to share news that William F. (Bill) Steirer, Jr., professor emeritus of history, passed away in February. Bill retired from Clemson in 2006 after 40 years of service. Among his many accomplishments, he won the Prince Award for Innovative Teaching in1998 and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2000, two of Clemson’s most distinguished awards. Our condolences go to Bill’s wife, Ada Louise, and their family. The full memorial is available here.

In closing, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our loyal alumni, friends and donors. As I travel around the country, I am heartened by the strength of the Clemson brand and how highly a Clemson education is valued. The desire to give back to Clemson often translates to the strength of our fundraising efforts and especially the Will to Lead capital campaign. We are over 87% toward our $1,000,000,000 goal. I have no doubt we will meet and exceed that remarkable number. Private donations allow Clemson to provide extraordinary opportunities for our students, faculty and staff. We are grateful for your support.

Best wishes from campus and Go Tigers!