The calendar says this is fall semester; however, with warm and humid weather over the past month, we are truly looking forward to the golden lights, crisp nights and the promise of daytime temperatures that will soon begin to fall along with the leaves.
It’s been an extraordinary month, as I write from Victoria, British Columbia, having spent the past several days in Seattle at the International Conference of Fine Arts Deans and hosting a Clemson alumni reception on Saturday evening.
I want to recognize several outstanding College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities students who have recently impressed us with their creativity and original thinking.
On Oct. 2, we celebrated student artists who contributed works to the “NextUp Invitational” exhibition, now in its third year within the dean’s suite. Our staff looks forward to seeing the skills and creativity our BFA students demonstrate each semester, as established in their Art Foundations classes. The show is installed by student interns, who learn many aspects of what it takes to create and curate an exhibition as part of their education in the Department of Art
I was thrilled to have a great turnout for the reception, and honored to meet several parents who traveled to Clemson to attend. A best of show award was presented to Carrie Bull of Lexington, South Carolina, for her work “Anchored With (Faulty) Intention.”
All of us who work in Strode Tower will continue to enjoy the art in the NextUp exhibition each day until the show comes down in January. We hope that at some point in the semester, you might stop by between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to enjoy it, too.
October began with a presentation by the 2018 Duckenfield Scholars. The Honors College program, which is named for Christopher J. Duckenfield, allows two Clemson students to attend summer school at Oxford each year.
This year we were proud that both of the scholars who were selected had majors in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Jessica Harris is a double major in Philosophy and Economics. Hannah Jane Pearson is majoring in English and Languages: American Sign Language, which are both degree programs within CAAH.
Both students received high praise for their outstanding work in England over the summer. Hannah completed a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park.” She had the opportunity to visit Jane Austen’s house and see the writing table where Austen penned “Pride and Prejudice.” Jessica did a deep dive into climate change, examining the benefits of advanced interventions from both an economic and human perspective.
Those who were able to attend their Duckenfield presentation were not only impressed with their research, but their enthusiasm and sense of fun.
I encourage our honors students to learn more about the Duckenfield program and consider applying for 2019.
A new season
As the seasons change, there too are significant changes in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. I am pleased to announce these recent appointments and new roles; Please join me in congratulating all of them:
We were fortunate to have Silva Siboldi Carroll, her husband Mark and son David with us for several days in September.
Over the years, Silvia has become the spirit and heart of our Fluid Campus program in Genoa as its administrative director. Students and alumni of architecture tell us their time studying at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building, Research and Urban Studies – or the “Villa” – has been both life-changing and life-affirming. We know their fondness for Genoa and the Villa is no small part due to the warmth and vitality with which Silvia approaches a wide range of duties, from ordering food to making sure our students are surrounded with exceptional teachers and staff.
Silvia was on South Carolina soil – in towering heels, of course – to be recognized by the Clemson University Alumni Association at a dinner in her honor. Silvia is now an honorary alumna of Clemson, and has a ring to prove it!
I am proud that her loyalty, devotion and service to Clemson has been officially recognized. Of all of our exceptional alumni, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor.
Happy autumn and Go Tigers!
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