I had the honor of accompanying Executive Vice President and Provost Bob Jones, his wife Jeri, Charley and Rachelle Mickel and the executive officers of the Clemson Architecture Foundation to visit our design students in Barcelona and Genoa over spring break. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students and faculty to “show off” the academic excellence of our overseas Fluid Campus programs.
For Charley and Rachelle, it was their first visit to the Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa. Charley’s father, Buck Mickel, was one of the guarantors of the Daniel Center’s creation, and he had the opportunity to help unveil a plaque on March 20 honoring his father and the founding guarantors.
Over the course of our visit, we had the opportunity to meet and travel with students, faculty and staff. Both Fluid Campus sites held celebrations in honor of our visit, and we are grateful to the hosts and their wonderful hospitality.
Our itinerary included guided historical tours of Barcelona, including the Montjuïc Castle, the Poblet Monastery in Catalonia, Genoa, Parma and Santa Margherita, Italy. It was an amazing trip that gave all of us a tremendous insight into our students’ studies and the cultural experiences they receive through Fluid Campus studies. You can find a nice visual overview of our visit here.
This past week was the 8th Annual Clemson Literary Festival and congratulations are due to the Creative Inquiry team of student leaders under the direction of Keith Morris and Juhn Pursley. There were more events than ever, another Pulitzer Prize winning author in attendance and record-breaking attendance. Bravo to all!
Finally, a special note of congratulations to Norm Pulliam and Charley Mickel who received the Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award last week. Norm, class of ’64, helped establish the Master of Real Estate Development program. Charley, class of ’79, whose family helped establish the Daniel Center in Genoa (as you read above) was also instrumental in the establishment of CU-ICAR. This special recognition by the Alumni Association is a fitting tribute to two of Clemson’s special alumni.
It’s been a busy spring thus far and we look forward to the end-of-year festivities that accompany the completion of the school year.
With warm wishes from campus,
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