Campus is fairly quiet these days except for the sounds emanating from all the various construction projects across town. It won’t be quiet for long as freshman orientation begins on June 13. More than 3,200 incoming freshmen will be visiting campus over the next several weeks. The circle of campus life is always in motion, and I never tire of seeing wide-eyed 18-year-olds who are about to begin the next journey of their lives. Our student services staff is busy preparing for the annual summer invasion of matriculating freshmen to ensure a smooth takeoff. I know they are as excited as I am to meet the class of 2020.
A note of congratulations goes to two special friends of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Jim Barker and James Bostic received Clemson’s highest public honor, the Clemson Medallion, on Saturday, May 28 at the Brooks Center. The Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to Clemson in the spirit of the University’s founder, Thomas Green Clemson.
As most of you know, Jim Barker is the founding dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, served as the 14th president of Clemson University and is currently teaching in the School of Architecture. He was appropriately recognized for his transformational leadership of Clemson during his distinguished career.
Also honored was James E. Bostic, who has contributed his expertise, time and resources to Clemson, most recently in the promotion of diversity and inclusiveness. He generously supports Rhondda Thomas’ research in telling the full story of Clemson’s history.
I am extraordinarily proud of these two honorees who are so closely tied to the College and hope you will join me in congratulating both of them.
The College’s STEAM initiatives and collaboration with the College of Engineering and Science were on full display during last month’s Artisphere Festival in downtown Greenville. Our Artisphere exhibits demonstrated the value of infusing the arts into the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. I believe Clemson should be a national leader in STEAM education and our STEAM Network of faculty and staff have great momentum in providing leadership for this initiative. I thank them for their extraordinary work!
I am pleased to congratulate the following faculty members who recently were notified of promotion and/or tenure for their outstanding work:
These career achievements represent years of dedicated work. I hope you will help me congratulate these deserving faculty members.
Finally, I want to thank Gale Plocic for her four years of service to the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities as the administrative coordinator in the Dean’s Office. We will miss her professionalism and dedicated approach to her work and wish her the best in the next phase of her career in Georgia.
With best wishes to all for the beginning of summer,
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