Past Seminars/Events/Discussion Groups

Past Seminars/Events

PAST PRESENTATIONS: Recorded presentations are not edited; therefore, transcriptions are not 100% accurate.

June 2024

June 13, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), SC Prison Education Interest Group with Dr. Elaine Richardson. This group is currently finetuning the 2024 Symposium on August 9, 2024. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute.  Watch Recording

June 11, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, (Hybrid), June 11, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), Clemson College of Veterinary Medicine with Dean Steve Marks. Dean Marks will present an overview of the vision and update of the Clemson College of Veterinary Medicine. The University’s first professional school, the Clemson University College of Veterinary Medicine plans to enroll the first students in Fall 2026, pending accreditation, with the first class of veterinarians graduating in 2030. The college will leverage the University’s existing animal health programs and infrastructure to create a veterinary medicine workforce to fill a statewide shortage of veterinarians. Watch Recording

May 2024

May 30, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), Learn More about Clemson Rural Health with Dr. Ron Gimbel and Dianna Colvin. Clemson Rural Health is the organizing framework for Clemson’s health service delivery and prevention efforts statewide. With over 200 state partners and a key role in the Clemson Elevate strategic plan, Clemson Rural Health provides preventive, acute and primary care to thousands of patients each year. This presentation will provide an overview of Clemson Rural Health’s efforts to transform health outcomes in rural and underserved communities. Watch Recording

May 28, 2024, (Tuesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Zoom Only), Marty’s Memoirs Interest Group with Marty Duckenfield. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, childhood recollections, the sixties, holiday stories, random memories, or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us!  Watch Recording

May 23, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), May 23, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), Virtual Tour of Dominica – Waitukubuli – A True Paradise – with Dr. John Hains. Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is an island country in the Lesser Antilles, just south of Guadeloupe and just north of Martinique. Columbus encountered this island on his second voyage on 3 November 1493, a Sunday, and named it Dominica (Latin for Sunday). But this island paradise had already been settled by successive tribes, the latest ones being the Kalinagos, who still have territory there. Their name for their island is Waitukubuli which means: Tall is her body. And tall she is, the island was too rugged to land, and Columbus sailed on without finding a safe harbor there. Europeans did eventually land thus contributing to a rich, often tragic, history of conflict and colonization. If Columbus returned today, Dominica is the only island that he might say is most unchanged from the 15th Century. The rugged mountainous and densely forested interior is almost exactly as it was. This presentation will focus on the natural features of ‘The Nature Island of the Caribbean’ and some historical notes along with two recent eco-tours as well as dozens of study-abroad trips with Clemson students. Dr. Hains’ presentation will also outline the sad history of Clemson’s presence in Dominica, the past glory of ATREC and Springfield and will close with comments on its status. Dr. Hains hopes you will enjoy this virtual exploration of one of the most unspoiled and beautiful places on earth. Watch Recording

May 21, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), Tigers and Their Archives:  Preserving Professional Papers and Photos with Tara Sue Wood Seefeldt and Nick Richbell.

This session will cover the basics of creating a personal archive. We will cover goals and planning, the basics of preservation, and how to properly assess the condition of items that you have. We will walk you through how to appraise your collection for what to save and what to get rid of, as well as prioritizing the work. We have some advice on archival supplies for organizing and storage. We will cover the basics of organizing and preserving different kinds of materials (photos, books, paper, etc.). Finally, we will talk about doing basic “processing”–what you need to do to make your materials accessible and usable, especially if you are considering donating your collection to an archive.  Watch Recording

May 16, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, (Hybrid), The Health Implications of Herbs with Dr. Rosanne Pruitt. Herbal supplements are used extensively worldwide with most traced to ancient times. They are often considered a safe alternative by consumers due to natural ingredients, and some are antioxidants decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. However, others have side effects or may interact with prescription medication yielding harmful results. Join us to learn about commonly used herbs that may impact your health followed by a lively discussion to enhance your decisions about herb use.  Watch Recording

May 9, 2024, (Thursday), 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, (Hybrid), SC Prison Education Interest Group with Dr. Elaine Richardson. The focus is planning for the Symposium on August 9, 2024. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute.  Watch Recording

May 8, 2024, (WEDNESDAY), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Skip’s EC Trivia with Dr. Skip Eisiminger Do not miss the fun! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. We have had the best conversations recently. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund to help deserving students. Watch Recording

April 2024

April 30, 2024 (Tuesday) Marty’s Memoirs at 10 am Zoom only (changed the meeting Tuesday – just this month) 10:00 am – 11:30 am, ZOOM ONLY, Marty’s Memoirs Interest Group. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, holiday stories, random memories, or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us!

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April 11, 2024, (Thursday), 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Hybrid, SC Prison Ed Interest, Dr. Elaine Richardson. The focus is planning for the Symposium on August 9, 2024. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute. Watch Recording

April 5, 2024, (Friday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hybrid Skip’s EC Trivia with Dr. Skip Eisiminger, Skip’s EC Trivia with Dr. Skip Eisiminger Do not miss the fun! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. We have had the best conversations recently. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund to help deserving students. Watch Recording

April 3, 2024, (Wednesday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hybrid, A Virtual Tour of Ancient Egypt with Dr. Peter Cohen Join us on a trip through the monuments, pyramids, tombs, and temples of ancient Egypt as we travel the Nile from Lower Egypt in the North to Upper Egypt in the South. Relax, the only crocodiles we will encounter on the way will be mummified, yet the sites will be breathtaking along the way. Watch Recording

March 2024 

March 29, 2024, (Friday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Hybrid, “The eclipse of the Sun: what to expect to see if you are in the path of totality and the skies are clear?” by Dr. Meriwether. The first 20 people who attend (in person) will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses! The eclipse of the Sun is one of Nature’s most beautiful displays, so it is worth the effort to see it if you are fortunate to be within the path of totality. Still, for us at Clemson we will see a very significant darkening of the Sun, perhaps as much as 80%. I will describe what causes the Eclipse, what you can expect to see during the Eclipse, and why is it that each Eclipse is different in its own way? Also, I will discuss the atmospheric effects resulting from the Eclipse’s shadow passing through the atmosphere. Watch Recording

March 26, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, ZOOM ONLY, Marty’s Memoirs Interest Group. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, holiday stories, random memories, or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us! Watch Recording

March 20, 2024, (Wednesday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hybrid, “Golden Passports: Global Mobility for Millionaires,” with Dr. Kristin Surak, Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Surak will share her research and book “Golden Passports: Global Mobility for Millionaires” (Harvard University Press, 2023). Citizenship has become a hot commodity. Now over a dozen countries allow wealthy individuals to naturalize in exchange for a set donation or investment, and more than 50,000 people use such citizenship by investment programs acquire “golden passports” each year. Through six years of fieldwork on four continents, Kristin Surak discovered how the initially dubious sale of passports has transformed into a full-blown citizenship industry that thrives on global inequalities. A groundbreaking study of a contentious practice that has become popular among the nouveaux riches, The Golden Passport takes readers from the details of the application process to the geopolitical hydraulics of the citizenship industry. It is a business that thrives on uncertainty and imbalances of power between big, globalized economies and tiny states desperate for investment. In between are the fascinating stories of buyers, brokers, and sellers, all ready to profit from the citizenship trade. Watch Recording 

March 19, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am, Hybrid, Virtual Tour of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Dr. Stegelin. Nestled in north central Italy, the Emilia Romagna region is vibrant, robust, and historically significant. Known for its famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, textile factories, rich agricultural economy, famous automobiles, and renown schools, the city of Reggio Emilia is a beautiful and authentic Italian city in the middle of this region. This presentation captures the essence of this famous city and region, including many photographs and a narrative about the city’s history, cheese making, architecture, cathedrals, globally recognized schools, and quality of life. Bring a favorite beverage and join us for a vicarious journey through this town and region. Reggio Emilia is a special place to visit for you and your family!  Watch Recording

March 14, 2024, (Thursday), 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Hybrid, SC Prison Education Interest Group with Dr. Elaine Richardson. The focus is planning for the Symposium on August 9, 2024. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute. Watch Recording

March 1, 2024, (Friday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am, (Hybrid), Skip’s EC Trivia with Dr. Skip Eisiminger. Do not miss the fun! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. We have had the best conversations recently. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund to help deserving students. Watch Recording

February 2024

February 27, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Zoom Only, Marty’s Memoirs Interest Group. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, holiday stories, random memories, and 300-word gems, memories around objects in our households, and whatever comes to mind. We welcome new and old friends – together we have built comradery around our stories. Give our group a try! Watch Recording

February 21, 2024, (Wednesday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hybrid, Learn How to Plant an Ideal Butterfly Garden with Dr. Tim Drake. Gain general tips on planting and maintaining attractive and successful butterfly gardens in South Carolina. Various flowering and non-flowering plants that are attractive to different species, water features, resting sites, and other components of butterfly gardens will be discussed. This will be a general discussion for novices and not an in-depth scientific discussion of plant or Lepidoptera biology, morphology, or physiology.  Watch Recording

February 13, 2024, (Tuesday), 1:00 pm, Virtual, AROHE Reimagining Retirement Session # 2. Register at AROHE online. “Reimagining Your Personalized Plan,” by Dr. Stacey Gordon, New York University, on February 13; and “Rebuilding Your Network,” featuring a panel of retired faculty/staff on February 27. Watch Recording

February 15, 2024, (Thursday), Rescheduled SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting, Virtual Only (normally hybrid), 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm with Dr. Elaine Richardson. Our focus right now is the planning process for the second symposium which will be scheduled sometime in August 2024. Watch Recording

February 2, 2024, (Friday), 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Hybrid, Skip’s EC Trivia. Join Dr. Skip Eisiminger – Do not miss the fun! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. We have had the best conversations recently. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund to help deserving students. Watch Recording

February 1, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Hybrid, Navigating the New Outlook and 365 with CCIT Lead Consultant for Administration Support, Doug Henry. Doug will host an overview of Microsoft Office 365 including Outlook.  This is an open discussion format. You are welcome to bring your laptop and follow along. Also, please bring any IT topics you would like covered in future sessions. Watch Recording

January 2024

January 30, 2024, AROHE Reimagining Retirement – Session 1 – Reframing your identity.

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January 23, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am—11:30 am, Zoom Only, Marty’s Memoirs Interest Group. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, holiday stories, and random memories or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us! Watch Recording

January 11, 2024, (Thursday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Hybrid. Dr. John Meriwether “What do we know about the origin of the aurora? A lay person primer on the physics and chemistry of auroral displays.” The aurora is one of the world’s most fascinating physical phenomena. Achieving a full scientific understanding of what causes the aurora remains a major challenge even after many decades of research since the period of the International Geophysical Year in 1957. Still, one can fully appreciate the aurora just seeing its rich colors of red, blue, and especially green. I will describe the history of the early studies by the Norwegian scientists that successfully used photography to document their findings. Then, I will explain the physics behind so many colors in a typical auroral display. I will also talk about the typical behavior of aurora in a night at a place such as Fairbanks, AK: how on an active night it is first detected in the early evening hours and tends to develop toward the hour of “geomagnetic midnight.” This term refers to when “auroral breakup” occurs, and the whole sky is filled with arcs and bands, exhibiting very dynamic and bright behavior. The auroral display then tends to switch over to what is called “pulsating aurora,” when patches of the night sky are illuminated by a greenish glow that pulses with intervals of a few tens of seconds. I will describe how one can undertake a journey into the northern region to a dark location where such visual observations can be readily made. The onset of solar maximum in the next year makes the chances of active auroral displays to be quite favorable, especially for the March period. The talk will be illustrated with videos illustrating the amazing beauty of an auroral display. Watch Recording

 January 9, 2024, (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Hybrid, Canvas Training with Lori Kinley. This online session is open to all members of the Emeritus College. Lori will come in person to the Emeritus College. You may attend in person but might do better to be at home in front of your computer. Lori will cover the basics of how to use the Canvas Learning Management System for Emeritus Faculty – as users not instructors. Please attend even if you have had earlier training. Lori will cover how to log in, upload and name files, and how to edit files in Canvas. She will address how to organize document files in Canvas and how to best utilize discussion functions for feedback on documents shared within a group on Canvas. She will cover how to use the Canvas email function to communicate with individuals or the entire Canvas group and other concepts given time. Participants may ask questions throughout the session and at the end of the session. Watch Recording

 December 2023

December 7, 2023, Dr. Lesley Ross, Professor and SmartLife Endowed Chair of Aging and Cognition, Director of the Institute for Engaged Aging, presents “Brain Health-How do I Stay Sharp?”  The talk will focus on health behaviors and key research findings on how to maintain brain health. She also provide some updates about the Institute for Engaged Aging. Note that SHAARP is the Study of Healthy Aging & Applied Research Programs lab (SHAARP.org). Watch Recording

December 1, 2023, (Friday), 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Hybrid. Skip’s EC Trivia. Join Dr. Skip Eisiminger – Do not miss the fun! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund to help deserving students. [Only half the session recorded] Watch Recording

November 2023

November 30, 2023, (Thursday), 2:30—4:00 pm, Hybrid. SC Prison Interest Group with Dr. Elaine Richardson. This meeting will be a planning session for the 2024 Symposium. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute. Watch Recording

November 28, 2023, (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:30 pm, ZOOM Only, Marty’s Memoir Interest Group. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, Halloween stories, and the random memories or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us! Watch Recording

November 16, 2023, Dr. Jeff Peake presents on “Dysfunctional Diplomacy: The Politics of International Agreements in an Era of Partisan Polarization” Professor Peake will place the decline of the treaty power in historical context, and discuss how domestic politics explains the decline of the treaty power, the adverse impact this decline has on U.S. foreign relations, and why executive agreements of various sorts are not full substitutes for treaties on the international stage. Watch Recording

November 15, 2023, Curt Russell’s 2nd Annual Holiday Tech Buying Guide. Join Curt, our CCIT Support Consultant, as he provides his suggestions and moderates others’ ideas on helpful small, inexpensive, and more expensive tech products to consider this holiday buying season. Curt will feature items under $10 and others to fit all budgets with freebie suggestions. He will also discuss how to repurpose or upgrade existing tech. Stay to the end for some giveaway prizes for online/in-person participants!” Light refreshments will be served. Watch Recording

November 6, 2023, (Monday), 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Hybrid. SC Prison Education Interest Group – 2024 Symposium Planning Meeting with Dr. Elaine Richardson. The SC Prison Education Interest Group, Clemson Emeritus College, has decided to host its second symposium in 2024. It is a valuable time to bring people together, given so much has changed. The symposium provides a setting for people to share updates and developments. If you are interested in helping plan the symposium, please attend the Symposium Planning Meeting. Watch Recording

November 2, 2023, (Thursday), 10:00 am, Hybrid. Dr. Ben Sill presents “Some amphibians and reptiles of the S.E. U.S.A.” Some of the many species of amphibians and reptiles to be found in the southeast are discussed, along with experiences in hunting for them. These are some of the more beautiful creatures and you will not want to miss this presentation! Watch Recording

October 2023

October 25, 2023, Dr. Eleanor Hare organized a presentation by the LWV and Dr. Amy Sams, Executive Director of the Pickens County Election Commission. Your vote in local elections is the most influential vote you cast in the US political system. This hybrid meeting will include key information that you will need to make an informed vote in municipal elections in Oconee and Pickens Counties. This presentation, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oconee and Pickens Counties, will include Dr. Amy Sams, Executive director of the Pickens County Election Commission, and members of the League. Watch Recording

October 24, 2023, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, and the random memories or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us!  Watch Recording

October 19, 2023, (Thursday) 2:30 pm—4:00 pm, Hybrid. SC Prison Interest Group with Dr. Elaine Richardson. At this meeting, participants watched the recorded session from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s forum on October 4, 2023, titled “The Faculty Experience with Incarcerated Students.” In the last half-hour, the group discussed plans for a 2024 symposium. Watch Recording

 October 10, 2023, Dr. Steve Wainscott, Antwerp Virtual Tour, and Dinner Guest This combined event will begin with an examination of the life and times of the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, who created more than 1,400 masterpieces. The second part will take the audience on a virtual tour of Antwerp, Belgium, one of the great art cities of the world and the place where Rubens lived and created his most important works. Watch Recording (skip to 3.24 min due to Owl equipment sound issue; the meeting starts over at the 3-minute mark)

October 6, 2023, do not miss the fun! Join us for Trivia Friday Morning with Skip! Trivia has been defined as “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that. You can learn interesting stuff by participating by Zoom or even better by joining in person. Some of the most interesting information is shared in conversation after each answer is revealed. EC folks are well-versed in many topics. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund. We all want to help a deserving student, so plan to participate next time. Skip will host Trivia Morning, on the first Friday of each month. Watch Recording

September 2023

September 28, 2023, Dr. Dee Stegelin, Dr. Skip Eisiminger, and Dr. Cecil Huey present “Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?” Dr. Stegelin’ s dinner guest is Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States. He was the Supreme Commander of the European Initiative during WWII and had attended West Point and the War College. He was raised in Abilene, Kansas near our family dairy farm. Dr. Huey’s dinner guest is Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), a 19th century engineer, who built ships, railways, bridges and, together with his father, the first tunnel under the Thames. Although hardly known on this side of the Atlantic, Brunel was voted second greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 BBC national poll; second only to Winston Churchill. Dr. Eisiminger’s dinner guest is Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the illegitimate son of a notary public and an unschooled woman who should, but has not, put to rest the import of “good breeding.” The focus will be on da Vinci’s brain-storming drawings (not his famous paintings). Watch Recording

September 26, 2023, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In addition to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, and the random memories or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us! Please Check with Marty for this month’s meeting notes.

September 26, 2023, Curt’s Virtual Tech Session “people.clemson.edu personal website upgrade.” on Understanding the University’s changes on hosted personal websites which goes into effect on September 30. There will be time for questions! Watch Recording

September 21, 2023, SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting met with Kyes Stevens, Nancy Paxton-Wilson, Otis Pickett, and others. Watch the Recording

 September 19, 2023, Dr. Bill Stringer presents: The Move Inland, A Virtual Tour. The second segment will discuss the push into the interior of Normandy, to the liberation of Paris and the rest of France. This was fiercely resisted by the German forces, who were well-armed, well-trained, and courageous. It was conducted on the farms and forests, backyards, and cities of the French people, and they suffered from the effort to root out, and yes, destroy the well-entrenched German Armies. The local French Resistance played a huge supporting role in the eventual defeat of the German occupiers. Watch the Recording

September 14, 2023, Dr. Bill Stringer presents: D-Day Landings, A Virtual Tour. The liberation of German-occupied Europe was arguably the greatest accomplishment of the 20th century by America and her Allies. It was a huge triumph of courage, technology, planning and execution. This first segment will examine the military problems to be solved, the planning and preparation, and the launch of this Great Crusade on June 6, 1944. The German forces had four years to fortify the coast against what they saw as the inevitable “invasion” by the “Anglo-American invaders.”  This first segment will take us across the English Channel through to the establishment of a firm bridgehead (read toehold) on the beaches, marshes, and uplands of the Normandy Coast. Watch the Recording

 September 7, 2023, Dr. Ben Sill presents Funny Birds. Please join us for an entertaining seminar as Ben presents his book, Funny Birds. He authored the book along with his brother and his wife. Illustrations by Ben’s brother, a wildlife artist. Watch the Recording

 September 6, 2023, Mr. Dan Wiseman, CU Executive Director of Gift and Estate Planning presents ABC is as Easy as 1, 2, 3…Unless it is Alphabet Soup! There have been many changes in legislation over the past few years. How are you responding to these changes? Are you playing checkers or chess? Mr. Wiseman will join us at the EC to review and offer you some pro-active options. Watch the Recording

 September 1, 2023, Eisiminger, Skip EC Trivia Morning. If you have not joined us for Trivia Friday with Skip, then you are missing great fun. Trivia “things you either know immediately, or not at all.” Skip’s trivia is like that and not. You can learn interesting stuff by participating via Zoom or even better by coming to the EC in person. Participants share interesting information in conversation. EC folks are well versed in a variety of topics. There is a small contribution benefiting the Emeritus College Scholarship Fund which helps deserving students. Plan to participate next time. Skip will host Trivia Morning, on the first Friday of each month. Watch the Recording

 August 2023

 August 31, 2023, Dr. Darrell G. Yardley, Never Too Old: A Dharma Doc and Bandido Bicycle Tour Adventure of the Desert Mountains of Far West Texas. This is a tale about a bicycle tour for his 74th birthday that Dr. Yardley did in April/May 2022 to the desert mountains of far West Texas starting at El Paso and ending in Del Rio. As part of the Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier Bicycle Route that stretches from San Diego, CA, to St. Augusta, FL, my journey took me east out of El Paso and within fifty miles of the Big Bend National Park, the site of my 2020 book’s Native American Vision Quest story. Despite considerable conditioning, interrupted by the COVID pandemic, three days out on the ride, I began to develop medical issues. (Damn this getting old!) But as wonderful fate would have it, Yardley ran into two of the most enchanting people that made the trip worth taking. Join us to hear more about his trip and the books he has written based on his adventures. Watch The Recording

 August 30, 2023, Dr. Holley Ulbrich, Dr. Steve Wainscott, and Vince Jackson present “Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?” This will be the second presentation in our new Emeritus College programming series. The Grimke Sisters are Holley’s guests. Among the abolitionists and later suffragists of the 19th century, two of the more unlikely candidates were the daughters of a Charleston judge, plantation owner, and slaveholder, Judge Grimke. Sarah and Angelina were born feminists and advocates for justice for everyone, including enslaved persons and women, in a culture that did not exactly support and encourage that kind of thinking. Kaiser Wilhelm II is Steve’s guest. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the last emperor of Germany, ruling from 1888 until his abdication in 1918. Grandson of Queen Victoria, he was a cousin of two other emperors, King George V of Britain, and Czar Nicholas II of Russia. Some historians contend that his militaristic temperament contributed to the outbreak of the First World War. In this dinner conversation we will examine some of his personality traits that shaped his turbulent reign. John James Audubon is Vince’s guest. Often thought of as the Father of Ornithology in America, John James Audubon led a life of adventure and frustration. Labeled illegitimate and multi-racial he struggled to find acceptance in France before embarking on a journey to America to avoid serving in Napoleon’s armies. Using his skill as a painter he forged a career that saw him print a book of art lithographs that is considered the finest ever created. Watch the Recording.

 August 22, 2023, Marty Duckenfield. In addition, to our usual conversations about our current memoir projects, we will explore this in addition to our prior topics, such as first/worst job, life changers, the sixties, and as always, the random memories or the 300-word gems. We welcome new participants in our group and look forward to your joining us! Watch the Recording.

 August 17, 2023, SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute. Watch the Recording.

August 10, 2023, Vince Jackson, SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY: The Victorians, Spiritualists, Brady, Muller, Barnum and A.I.
During the Victorian Era, many people believed reconnecting with the dead through seance was possible. The advent of plate photography changed the game as charlatans arose to fill the needs of the bereaved. Today A.I. is changing things once again. The jury is still out on whether this is for the betterment of humankind. Vince Jackson presents a look at past innovations and their effect on society while looking at Artificial Intelligence today. Watch the Recording.

August 8, 2023, Mr. Marquise Drayton, Community Engagement Assistant for the Woodland Cemetery, will present a Woodland Cemetery virtual tour. Mr. Marquise Drayton, on behalf of the Woodland Cemetery Preservation Project and Historic African American Burial Ground team, will be at the Emeritus College to present a virtual Woodland Cemetery tour. The cemetery team has developed this experiential storytelling tool to share the history of the cemetery, including the recently recovered unmarked burials of hundreds of marginalized people.
Watch the Recording.

August 3, 2023 Dr. Roxanne Calabria, PhD, RN, Guatemala, The Land of Eternal Spring. Guatemala is considered “the land of eternal spring” due to the warm climate, beautiful rainforests, volcanic mountains, and the enduring Mayan culture. Come along on this virtual tour to learn about the history of the country, explore the famous city of Antigua, travel from the ruins of Tikal to the black sand beaches along the coast, and learn about the Mayan culture that remains prominent today. If this country is on your future itinerary, you will learn valuable tips for travel and excursions by a seasoned traveler to Guatemala.
(*Please contact us at emerituscollege@clemson.edu if you would like the link to this recording*)

July 2023

July 21, 2023  Harmonica and Health with Vince Jackson. We will host the next Learn to Play Harmonica at the Emeritus College on Friday, July 21 beginning at 9:30. It is never too late to join in as this will be an ongoing class for as long as you are interested. The cost is a one-time fee of $20 which includes instructional material. If you have an interest in music and would like to improve your breathing, this is for you. The class is 30 minutes and precedes the Coffee House jam session. Please plan to stay for the Coffee House as you can pick up some pointers on playing your favorite tunes. We all most likely played with a harmonica as a child. Remember those that came in a box of Cracker Jack? The harmonica is a serious instrument. Click here to listen to “Buddy Greene on Harmonica at Carnegie Hall.”  A hard crowd to impress.

 July 21, 2023 The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep.  The Emeritus College Coffee House music sessions continue Friday, July 21 in the EC seminar room. If you have not joined us, bring your favorite musical instrument, and join the jam. Bring along lyric/chord charts of your favorite songs and we will make copies for everyone. We are at all levels of talent from beginner to professional with a lot of musical knowledge, and it’s fun interacting with fellow musicians. We play it all from classical to country, folk to rock, and many genres in between. If you would just like to be in the “audience” you are welcome to listen but must applaud loudly.

 July 20, 2023  SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. The interest group is an outgrowth of the direction of the Emeritus College Advisory Board and state-wide symposium on higher education in SC and incarcerated individuals. The Mission statement is: Exploring ways for the Emeritus College to support higher education for incarcerated persons in South Carolina. With the goal of providing support to ongoing South Carolina programs for higher education for incarnated persons. Our monthly meetings include programs on higher education and incarcerated individuals and explore ways in which emeritus faculty might contribute. Please note the new day and time as well as the meeting is Zoom only this month! Watch the Recording.

 July 18, 2023  Dr. Ken Marsh, Global Food Security. This seminar will begin with how Dr. Marsh first got interested in reducing food losses through the protection and distribution of food, and how, inadvertently, he had a unique set of qualifications for this very specific goal. Dr. Marsh will briefly review how food losses occur, how prevalent, environmental impact of food losses, how much we need to recover to feed everyone, and how he was able to consolidate numerous ideas from around the globe to form a comprehensive plan to reduce food loss and waste. Watch the Recording.

 July 11, 2023 Dr. Vicki Gillis, Dr. Steve Wainscott, Dr. Nancy Dunlap, and Dr. Gary Powell present “Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?” This will be the kickoff for a new Emeritus College programming series. Margaret Beaufort (Vicki’s guest) wielded power well beyond what might have been expected of a medieval female descended from an illegitimate line of the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenet dynasty in the 1440’s. Married at 12 to a man twice her age, a widow and mother at 13, she survived the War of the Roses to become what some have called The Red Queen and the mother of Henry VII.  Charles Wesley (Gary’s guest) was the eighteenth child and younger brother of John Wesley, founders of the Methodist Church, was “meant for friendship. Charles wrote between 6500 and 10,000 hymns over his lifetime (1707-1788); he must have thought in rhyme and wrote one every day of his life.  The Wesley brothers defined an English reformation, worked against inadequacies and social norms of his time. William Shakespeare (Nancy’s guest) is a mystery; there are no surviving accounts from colleagues, friends, or family, and he had no known (legitimate) descendants. Who was this callow young man from an obscure town in the provinces, marginally educated, untraveled, unworldly, whose works have been taught, quoted, and performed for over four hundred years? Rose Valland (Steve’s guest) was an art historian and museum curator who during the Nazi occupation of Paris spied on the Germans at the Jeu de Paume Museum who looted artworks and took them to hiding places in Germany. Due to her activities, the Allies were able to recover more than 60,000 art treasures. She remains the most decorated woman in French history. Watch the Recording.

 July 7, 2023 Dr. Skip Eisiminger, EC Trivia Morning. After Debbie or Jill, our bursars, collects $2 from each contestant, which the initial group decided to donate to the EC’s Scholarship Fund, Skip will read two sets of ten questions like the following: What do these have in common? Woody and Arlo; Cronkite and Rather; polo and barrel racing? [Answers: folk singers or father-son; former news anchors, not two men; sports involving horses, not two sports. I’ll be the final arbiter on what constitutes a correct answer, but I’ve always been a latitudinarian especially when there’s no cash on the barrel head. There will be two rounds like these which Skip calls “The Warm-up Rounds.” No money will be exchanged in these rounds, but there will be a winner of each. These will be followed by two “Money Rounds,” twenty questions each, and in these rounds, the questions will look like this: In what war was MASH set? What former SC governor was nicknamed “Pitchfork”? What is the Spanish term often used in English for a small grocery? [Answers: Korean; Ben Tillman, bodega]. If there’s a tie in any of these two rounds, I’ll read a tie breaker like: How many bones are in the adult human body? The answer closest to 206 will split the pot. If the Trivia Morning is fun and you want to continue having the event, Skip will host Trivia Morning, on the first Friday of each month. Watch the Recording.

 June 2023

June 22, 2023 SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. Dr. Nancy Paxton-Wilson, Faculty Advisor of the Clemson Humanities Prison Initiative, and current grad student, Noah Reynolds, will be attending our meeting via Zoom. They will provide the emeritus faculty with current activities of Clemson faculty and students in their work with prisons and incarcerated individuals. Watch the Recording.

 June 20, 2023 Moments and Memories 2, with Vicki Gillis, Kathy Headley, Del Kimbler, Dori Helms and Debbie Jackson. The feedback from the faculty on the Moments and Memories book distributed at Emeritus Day has been so positive and faculty are asking how their moments and memories might now be collected and recorded. Please join the emeritus faculty team as they discuss the next volume of the Moments and Memories book and how Emeritus College faculty can continue to contribute their stories for volume 2.  Watch the Recording.

 June 19, 2023  “Cyber Wiser Bytes” with Curt Russell, CCIT Consultant. Curt Russell introduces a new series of Cyber Wiser instruction in “Byte” sized portions. These pre-recorded mini-instructional videos showing Windows and Mac screen recordings with narration on various topics, each under 10 minutes in length. These Byte sized videos will be viewable from a link on the Emeritus College website with the link included in future EC Happenings emails. Topics will include… Creating a memorable password, How to receive remote assistance from Curt, How to save files to the Cloud [Internet], Avoiding Malware, and more.  Join Curt in class and by Zoom as he introduces this new series and how to access it. Watch the Recording.

 June 16, 2023  The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep . The Emeritus College Coffee House music sessions continue Friday, June 16 in the EC seminar room. If you have not joined us, bring your favorite musical instrument, and join the jam. Bring along lyric/chord charts of your favorite songs and we will make copies for everyone. We are at all levels of talent from beginner to professional with a lot of musical knowledge, and it’s fun interacting with fellow musicians. We play it all from classical to country, folk to rock, and many genres in between. If you would just like to be in the “audience” you are welcome to listen but must applaud loudly. See you there. Email Vince if you have questions. vincejackson529@att.net.

 June 16, 2023 Harmonica and Health with Vince Jackson. The recent appearance of Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors at the EC spurred interest in harmonica playing. As a result, a group formed to learn the instrument. We are meeting each month on the 3rd Friday at 9:30 am. The cost of the class is $20 per person, one-time fee benefiting the Emeritus College. If you have an interest in recovering lung capacity, as well as enjoying music, please consider EC harmonica instruction each month. Vince is offering 30-minute group classes to anyone interested. All you will need is a 10-hole diatonic harmonica, Key of C, which can be purchased online or at your favorite music store. The harmonica class will be held just before the Coffee House music sessions, so you can do both. Please contact Vince for more information at vincejackson529@att.net.

 June 13, 2023  Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In the past months, we have been sharing a multitude of stories about experiences during our lives in the sixties, (including the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and Civil Rights); musical memories, and random memories from our childhood—like our first beer! In March we shared more of those plus a new category: Life Changers —an individual, especially if a nonfamily member—whose path crossed yours and added a new dimension to your life. We look for new ways to remember and to write.  We welcome new attendees to our group, as always. Watch the Recording.

June 9, 2023 EC Trivia Morning with Dr. Skip Eisiminger.  Skip has designed a wonderful interactive opportunity for Emeritus Faculty.  The first Trivia contest will be held face-to-face at the college and on-line.  After Debbie or Jill, our bursars, collects $2 from each contestant, Skip will read two sets of ten questions like the following: What do these have in common? Woody and Arlo; Cronkite and Rather; polo and barrel racing? [Answers: folk singers or father-son; former news anchors, not two men; sports involving horses, not two sports. I’ll be the final arbiter on what constitutes a correct answer, but I’ve always been a latitudinarian especially when there’s no cash on the barrel head.] There will be two rounds like these which Skip calls “The Warm-up Rounds.” No money will be exchanged in these rounds, but there will be a winner of each.  These will be followed by two “Money Rounds,” twenty questions each, and in these rounds, the questions will look like this: In what war was MASH set? What former SC governor was nicknamed “Pitchfork”? What is the Spanish term often used in English for a small grocery? [Answers: Korean; Ben Tillman, bodega]. If there’s a tie in any of these two rounds, I’ll read a tie breaker like: How many bones are in the adult human body? The answer closest to 206 will split the pot.  If the Trivia Morning is fun and you want to continue having the event, Skip will host Trivia Morning, on the first Friday of each month.  Watch the Recording.

 June 6, 2023, Dr. Ken Addison from Oxford University, Resolving the Global Environmental Crises of the Anthropocene. It is widely recognised that we are currently experiencing global climate and biodiversity emergencies – and before we can resolve them in the sense of agreeing a course of action leading to a solution, we also need to resolve and understand the processes that drive these crises. They are widely attributed to anthropogenic causes framed within what is becoming known internationally as the Anthropocene Epoch of the current Quaternary Period of the Cenozoic Era of geologic time.  The cause and extent of the crises are not widely appreciated so we will begin by outlining the principal drivers over time and then summarise the current and forecast extent of climate and biodiversity disturbance from stable and resilient states. We will then chart the role in resolving the crises of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), culminating in their most recent Conferences of the Parties, respectively (CoP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh, November 2022) and (CoP15 in Montréal, December 2022). Watch the Recording.

 June 1, 2023 Dr. Tom Kuehn, Florence: Bruneleschi’s Dome and Its Context. Florence is one of the most touristed cities in the world, and the most notable structure in its skyline is the enormous cathedral, the Duomo. As the name implies, it is the dome that dominates one’s sense of the building and the city. There are stories behind that large and beautiful structure, not the least being how it was possible to construct such a dome without the benefit of structural steel and other materials.  And behind those stories there are others that relate the Duomo to its city.  These are the accounts to be unpacked in an examination of the cathedral, its location within the city, and the people who designed the building and paid for it. Watch the Recording.

MAY 2023

 May 24, 2023  Delaney Wallace, current dual master’s degree student at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School and School for Social Work and Social Policy, will discuss her research and studies regarding prison literature. Ms. Wallace is also a former Duckenfield Scholar who studied prison literature during her summer abroad at Oxford. Ms. Wallace’s presentation will include the history of prison literature/narrative structure development as she learned from her time at Oxford last summer. She will also discuss more current opportunities & benefits to education within the prison setting, specifically writing and other arts courses. Watch the Recording.

 May 23, 2023   Dr. Steve Wainscott, Exploring Flanders Fields: A Virtual Tour. The Belgian province of West Flanders is smaller than Pickens and Oconee counties, yet it accounted for more than ten percent of combat casualties in the First World War. In this virtual tour we will first visit the city of Ypres, a medieval gem once described as a place of “unequalled grandeur,” but was completely destroyed during the Great War. We will then venture into the Flanders Fields where we will visit some of the many monuments, memorials and resting places that give enduring meaning to a place once called a “corpse factory.” We will conclude our tour with some recommended accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc.) Watch the Recording.

 May 19, 2023  The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep. The Emeritus College Coffee House music sessions continue Friday, May 19 beginning at 10:00 am in the EC seminar room. If you have not joined us yet, bring your favorite musical instrument and join the jam. We are all levels of talent from beginner to professional with a lot of musical knowledge and shared interacting with your fellow musicians. Bring along some of your favorite tunes for everyone to enjoy. We play it all from classical to country, folk to rock, and many genres in between. If you would just like to be in the “audience” you are welcome to listen but must applaud loudly. See you there. Email me if you have questions. vincejackson529@att.net.

 May 17, 2023  SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. Elaine will give the group status updates for several things going on at this time. Watch the Recording.

 May 16, 2023  Dr. Sterling “Skip” Eisiminger: The Joy of Language: A Salon. What were “Liberty measles” during WWI? What store owner in his/her right mind would name a business “A Pane in the Glass”? What English word was a foreign student unable to recall when he referred to a ride at the state fair as a “horse tornado”? What items of Victorian-era apparel were call “inexpressibles”? And what do soldiers in 2023 mean when they urge their buddies to “embrace the suck”? The answers to these “potato-chip questions” (because you can’t survive on just one) and many others will be answered in The Joy of Language: A Salon. Hope to see you via Zoom or in person at the EC. Watch the Recording. 

 May 9, 2023  BIRDING WALK with Vince Jackson/Imtiaz Haque at ISSAQUEENA LAKE–Join the EC Birding Group on May 9th as we meet at the 7-Eleven gas station at the intersection of Hwy 123 and Old Clemson Highway between Clemson and Seneca at 8:45 am. We will travel a short distance to Lawrence Bridge Rd. to the Issaqueena Lake area to look for nesting Prairie and Parula warblers, White-eyed vireos, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and many other spring migrants. The birds have arrived and are in good numbers. Bring your binoculars, sunscreen, water/lunch, and a field guide for several hours of easy walking in shaded areas near the lake. There is a picnic area in the forest, and we can eat and talk afterward if you like. If you have not visited Issaqueena Lake recently, or ever, you will be amazed at the beauty of this area administered by the university. Email if you have any questions: vincejackson529@att.net.

 May 2, 2023 Parks Mill Shoals Spiderlily Preserve with Dr. Bill Stringer. Learn more about South Carolina’s Native Plant Society and the Park Mill Shoals Spiderlily Preserve. Dr. Stringer, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils, serves as the SCNPS Newsletter Editor. Dr. Stringer will discuss the Parks Mill Shoals preserve. The creek-bed is home to a large and prosperous population of rocky shoals spiderlily (Hymenocallis coronaria), a 2.5-foot-tall lily with large (4-inch diameter) white flowers that appear in profusion in early May thru mid-June every year, with peak bloom during the middle 2 weeks of May. The shoals spiderlily is the major reason for protecting the site. There is also an active aquatic animal community in the creek, including American gar and other fish species, with an accompanying predator community, including ospreys, herons, kingfishers, raccoons, and river otters. Watch the Recording. Taken from Bill’s PowerPoint: For more info and some neat historic video footage, go to: https://scnps.org/activities/rocky-shoals-spider-lily-preservation-project If you would be interested in helping with our project ($-wise or sweat equity, or both) contact Bill at his email address: catboyz@nctv.com.

APRIL 2023  

 April 27, 2023  Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In the past months, we have been sharing a multitude of stories about experiences during our lives in the sixties, (including the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and Civil Rights); musical memories, and random memories from our childhood—like our first beer! In March we shared more of those plus a new category: Life Changers —an individual, especially if a nonfamily member—whose path crossed yours and added a new dimension to your life. We look for new ways to remember and to write.  We welcome new attendees to our group, as always. Watch the Recording.

 April 19, 2023 SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. The Prison Education Interest Group agenda included Lori Kinley from the Online College who gave the group a quick overview of Canvas; Elaine provided an update on the NCLCA project, and Sandra McLendon gave us an update on the status of the SWU Pell Grant Program. Watch the Recording.

 April 18, 2023  PONTOON BIRDING. Emeritus Faculty had another great day of birding on Lake Hartwell. We saw about 30 species. Many thanks to Imtiaz Haque, Penny Alley, and Ken Marsh for some terrific photos of the birds and people. A special thank you for Kyle Anderson for hosting us this morning and taking us out on his pontoon boat.  We all enjoyed Blaze’s swim out to join us on the boat!  We plan to go back to Kyle’s in January 2024 for winter birding, so watch for future dates.

 April 11, 2023  Birding in Townville with Imtiaz Haque/Vince Jackson. E.C. Birders visiting the Dobbins Farm area in Townville on 4/11/23 saw 45 species including nesting Osprey and several duck species. Beautiful weather and good company made for an excellent day. Many thanks, as always, to Imtiaz Haque for leading the bird trip and excellent photos.

April 5, 2023  Southern Prison Culture Documentary Film Screening. Jaquial Durham will be at the Emeritus College to provide a screening of his documentary, Southern Prison Culture. Southern Prison Culture is a documentary that illustrates raw first-hand accounts of prison life from former inmates to give viewers a riveting and jaw-dropping look at prison culture in the south. Filmmakers tour Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, uncovering the very real conditions within the walls of South Carolina correctional facilities. Watch the Recording.

 April 4, 2023 Tour of the CU Agricultural Services Laboratory with Dr. Shannon Alford. Dr. Alford walked us through the process of sample prep, chemical analysis, and instrumentation used at the lab. The tour will conclude with a question-and-answer period. It was a great afternoon.

 March  2023

  • March 29, 2023 Dr. Rhondda Thomas: Black People in Clemson University History, from Freedom in Africa to Activism in America. Hundreds of people of African descent have lived and labored on the land where Clemson University was built from the early 1800s to the present. Some also died while working on John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation or during the early decades of the higher education institution’s existence. Harvey Gantt’s successful quest to gain admission to the school eventually through a lawsuit created new opportunities for Black people to enter Clemson as both students and employees. This talk examines the experiences and contributions of seven generations of Black people in Clemson University history through the Call My Name Project and explores its significance and that of the Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Project for the University’s pledge to share its complete story. Watch the Recording. March 28, 2023 Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In the past months, we have been sharing a multitude of stories about experiences during our lives in the sixties, (including the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and Civil Rights); musical memories, and random memories from our childhood—like our first beer! This month, we will share more of those plus a new category: Life Changers —an individual, especially if a nonfamily member—whose path crossed yours and added a new dimension to your life. Tell us about that person and what happened because of that. We welcome new attendees to our group, as always. Watch the Recording. March 16, 2023 EC Outing:  Birders enjoy beautiful weather and good birding at Conestee, Emeritus College birders walked the boardwalk at Greenville’s Conestee Nature Park this past week enjoying great weather and sightings of nesting Red-headed woodpeckers, Great Blue herons, chickadees, Downy woodpeckers, and several hawks along other local favorites. Large group of Wilson’s snipe, Rough-winged swallows and Canada geese kept us entertained as airplanes from Donaldson Center Airport made numerous low approaches over the wetlands. Next up the Dobbins farm in Townville on April 11. one of the premier birding areas in the Upstate. The open farmland is a great place to see migrating shorebirds, hawks, owls, Dickcissels, Meadowlarks, Savannah sparrows, and always a surprise or two. Details and directions in future newsletters.March 15, 2023 SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. The Prison Education Interest Group agenda will include: updates on Second Chance Pell programs, report on the prison authors discussion, and the NCLCA Interest Group on developing training modules. We will also discuss possible next steps. Watch the Recording. March 14, 2023 Dr. Heather Boger from MUSC, Aging on the Brain. We are inundated with information about brain health these days: what to eat, what not to eat, how much physical activity to get, what are the risk factors for brain disease. Join us to hear Dr. Boger discuss brain health and the latest research to improve our quality of aging. Join us to hear Dr. Boger discuss brain health and the latest research to improve our quality of aging. Watch the Recording. To view Dr. Boger’s PowerPoint presentation, please click HERE. March 7, 2023  Dr. Steve Wainscott, Exploring Flanders Fields: A Virtual Tour. The Belgian province of West Flanders is smaller than Pickens and Oconee counties, yet it accounted for more than ten percent of combat casualties in the First World War. In this virtual tour we will first visit the city of Ypres, a medieval gem once described as a place of “unequalled grandeur,” but was completely destroyed during the Great War. We will then venture into the Flanders Fields where we will visit some of the many monuments, memorials and resting places that give enduring meaning to a place once called a “corpse factory.” We will conclude our tour with some recommended accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc. Watch the Recording.

 

February 2023

  •  February 28, 2023 Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. This month, the memoir group is focusing on music and memories. How did music impact you? Does a particular piece of music bring to mind a story from the past? In addition, we will share what writings we may have undertaken in the past month. We love newcomers to the group and invite you to join us.  Watch the Recording.
  •  February 23, 2023 (Thursday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Hybrid, Mike Weyman, Deputy Director of Clemson’s Division of Regulatory and Public Service Programs, Criminal Investigations into Pesticide Violations. South Carolina has a very robust pesticide enforcement program. A pesticide is defined as a chemical agent used to destroy or control pests. The root word is the Latin word “cida” which means to kill. The generic term “pesticides” can apply to a wide spectrum of chemicals, including insecticides, rodenticides, herbicides, fungicides, biocides, and similar chemicals. Every year in SC illegal applications of chemicals pose risks to the environment, wildlife, domestic animals as well as Humans. Most are accidental, many are not. This presentation will delve into illegal misuse of pesticides that rise to the level of criminal prosecution. **no recording available due to privacy laws**
  •  February 22, 2023 Emeritus panel for retiring faculty. Q & A about retirement panel discussion will be held in virtual format for all active faculty that are thinking about retiring soon. A great panel discussion included representatives from Clemson HR and SC PEBA. Watch Recording.
  •  February 21, 2023  Dr. Scott Baier, “The State of the Economy: A Look at what the Data is Telling US” Dr. Baier’s talk focused on the current state of the economy. In particular, he discussed the likelihood of a recession, the current causes and consequences of inflation, the inflation outlook as well as a look at employment and job creation. Watch Recording.
  •  February 17, 2023  LIVE, IN-PERSON ONLY The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave ScherrepThe Coffee House is best experienced live!  Join us next month.  If you play an instrument, join in the live performances.  If you enjoy listening to great musicans, join the group of faculty who just sit back and enjoy the morning.  See you on March 17th. at 10am.
  •  February 14, 2023 , Dr. Kimberly Baker, “Supplements: Are they required for healthy aging?” The consumer market presents an array of supplements touting numerous health benefits.  The marketing of supplements can often be confusing and misunderstood.  This seminar focused on understanding what supplements are, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to determine when supplements should be taken as related to healthy aging. Watch the Recording. To view Dr. Baker’s PowerPoint presentation, please click HERE.
  • February 9, 2023  Dr. Sheri Webster, An Introduction to the Nation’s Poison Control Center Network. Dr. Webster, a registered nurse and certified specialist in poison information, worked for the Georgia Poison call center for seventeen years, providing education, consultation, and treatment to callers on a 24-hour emergency hotline. She will introduce the mission and scope of the nation’s poison control center network including pertinent epidemiological data related to poison exposures. Treatment of common poisonings will be shared including household products, snakebites, spider bites, rabies and carbon monoxide. Best practices for home exposures within the scope of the local poison center will also be discussed. Dr. Webster began her career in the Georgia Poison Center as a specialist in poison information and was promoted to the Assistant Director position prior to joining Clemson University’s School of Nursing. Watch the Recording.
  • February 2, 2023 (Thursday) Dr. James Burns, “South Africa: The World in One Country” ‘The World in One Country’ will provide an introduction to the history and cultures of South Africa for anyone interested in traveling to that country. It is based on Dr. Burns’ experience leading nine study abroad trips to Southern Africa with Clemson students over the past twelve years. It will include a sample itinerary and reading recommendations. Watch the Recording.

January 2023

  • January 31, 2023 (Tuesday) Allison Guggenheimer, Outreach Coordinator for Clemson’s Regulatory Services. Regulating the Natural World: Protecting South Carolina from Invasive Species. How do invasives species get to South Carolina and do we stop them from taking over? Why do we care about them at all? Who is responsible for fire ants and kudzu? An opportunity to learn who, how, and why Clemson’s Invasive Species Program works to manage invasive plants and plant pests across the diverse landscapes of South Carolina. Watch the Recording.
  • January 26, 2023 (Thursday) Dr. Noah Charney, The World’s Most Desired Object: Stealing the Mystic Lamb. In this presentation, art crime specialist and art historian, Dr. Noah Charney, will take us through the story of the world’s most frequently stolen artwork, The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck, which is arguably the most desired real object in history and the most influential painting ever made. This event is co-sponsored with the EC, OLLI, and the Honor’s College. A special thank you to Dr. Steve Wainscott for arranging this outstanding program with Dr. Charney. Watch the Recording. **If you would like to watch Noah’s BBC program on China’s Stolen Treasures, please click on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00159z4
  •  January 25, 2023 (Wednesday) Book Interest Group hosted by Dr. Dee Stegelin and Dr. Elaine Richardson. This session will focus on books written by incarcerated authors. Dee and Elaine will discuss the history of these books and then share a few books and their authors. Watch the Recording.
  •  January 24, 2023 (Tuesday) Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. This month, the memoir group is focusing on how the sixties decade changed them. How did the outside world and its tumultuous events impact you?  In addition, we will share what writings we may have undertaken in the past month. We love newcomers to the group and invite you to join us. Watch the Recording.
  •  January 19, 2023 (Thursday) Dr. Sterling “Skip” Eisiminger: “Laughter: A Salon”. Laughter: A Salon” is not a lecture but aims to be an enjoyable discussion of what Norman Cousins called “internal jogging” with lots of laughs to boot. My ice breaker is a sheet of ten cartoons with laughter as a theme. Next, we’ll turn to twenty brief questions from various authors and the conclusions that social scientists have come to regarding laughter. For example: “In what sense is laughter in a group grooming at a distance?” “Are laughing and crying a baby’s first two words?” And, “Why is the Asian smiley ^_^ different from the typical Western smiley ?” I hope you’ll join us. Watch the Recording.
  •  January 12, 2023 (Thursday) Curt Russell, CCIT– Emeritus Support, Online Workshop: Cyber Wiser / Safeguarding your Devices and Data – Best Practices.  What are the essential best practices that all computing users should utilize to better safeguard their devices and personal data from today’s cyber threats?” Topics Examined: Guarding your device/data – Mindset matters; Practicing email security; Using strong password practices; Security Software – OS, AV, and Antimalware options; Data backup – Must Do’s and basic How To’s; I let my guard down – What do I do now? This will be an info packed presentation! Curt will have this presentation available as a PDF at the conclusion. Watch the Recording.

 December 2022

  • December 20, 2022 (Tuesday) Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. This month the memoir group will be looking at two topics. 1) What is your recollection of hearing about the assassination of JFK and 2) How did you change in the 60s? We would welcome new participants to our group and the stories you may share, either written or oral. Watch the Recording.
  •  December 13, 2022 (Tuesday) Dr. Mike Hood: The Importance of Bees to Our Food Supply in the US. Mike will begin his presentation giving a brief history of bees in the world and review the important role they play in production of much of our food today. He will list many of our fruits and vegetables that are highly dependent on bees for their pollination. Mike will discuss some of the issues and challenges that continue to affect our insect pollinators and beekeeping industry. He will conclude his presentation by giving some recommendations on what you can do to help protect and promote our most beneficial insects. Watch the Recording.
  •  December 8, 2022 (Thursday) Historic Clemson Buildings: Insights from Materials Science. Dr. Denis A. Brosnan, Emeritus Professor and Dr. Tim Drake. Materials science provides forensic techniques to contribute to the historical record of the Clemson University campus and the surrounding area. Locally made bricks from near the construction site and “Biblical” mud mortars were used in some early area buildings. With the construction of the Old Main Building (1890-93), “factory-made” local bricks and burnt lime mortar constituted the outer walls. In the 1920’s, bricks were brought in from factories in the state for construction of the buildings in the Clemson University Historic Districts I and II. Portland cement-based mortars were first used in the 1920’s. These results reflect the evolution of cementitious materials and improvements in transportation. The results augment the history of the campus and are essential in preservation of the historic buildings. Watch the Recording.

NOVEMBER 2022

  • November 29, 2022 (Tuesday) Dr. Otis Pickett and Dr. Patrick Alexander, The Prison to College Pipeline Program. Dr. Pickett, Clemson University Historian, will discuss the historical context of mass incarceration from slavery and the convict lessee system up to the twentieth century. He will also talk about the work of the Prison to College Pipeline Program at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility through Mississippi College. Dr. Alexander, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies and co-founder and codirector of the University of Mississippi Prison-to-College Pipeline Program, will discuss prison in the literary imagination and writings from incarcerated learners like George Jackson and Angela Davis. His book From Slave ship to Supermax Amazon.com: From Slave Ship to Supermax: Mass Incarceration, Prisoner Abuse, and the New Neo-Slave Novel: 9781439914151: Alexander, Patrick Elliot: Books talks about this. Dr. Alexander will also discuss his work in Orange County Correctional Facility Creating the Stepping Stones program when he was a graduate student at Duke University and then the work co-founding the Prison to College Pipeline Program teaching at Parchman MSP at the University of Mississippi (Prison-to-College Pipeline Program | University of Mississippi (olemiss.edu)  Watch the Recording.
  •  November 22, 2022 (Tuesday) , Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield.This month the memoir group will be looking at our personal stories of how the historic times of 1965-1970 may have been woven into our own lives. Those were tumultuous years, just as these we are living through today are. What is a story that can show how your personal story took place against the backdrop of those years? We would welcome new participants to our group and the stories you may share, either written or oral. Watch the Recording.
  • November 21, 2022 (Monday) , 1st Holiday TECH Guide with Curt Russell. Join Curt, our CCIT Support Consultant, as he moderates his suggestions and others [attendee feedback welcomed] for helpful small, inexpensive, and not so much, tech look at items he and others recommend during this holiday buying season. Items under $10 and above to fit any budget with some freebie suggestions and ideas to repurpose or upgrade your existing tech. Stay to the end for some giveaway prizes for online/in person participants!” Light refreshments will be served. Watch the Recording.
  • November 18, 2022 (Friday)  Book Interest Group hosted by Dr. Nancy Dunlap. “Maycomb was … a tired old town when I first knew it:” We will examine To Kill a Mockingbird as grownups (or at least as mature readers) and see why it is a universal and sustainable example of the writer’s craft and is the almost-perfect novel. Watch the Recording.
  • November 16, 2022 (Wednesday)  Dr. Jim Palmer, SC Economic Wealth in the 18th Century: Enslaved People and Rice Culture. Rice culture in South Carolina was the single biggest influence on the wealth of the colony in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This fact was due to the science of growing rice with tidal flow brought by enslaved people from west Africa.  The colonist planters were ignorant of this technique and therefore undervalued thousands of acres of swamps and wetlands that the enslaved people cleared to help make rice the pre-Revolution’s most important export.  Dr. Palmer will discuss the agronomic background of why the wetland soils were ideal for producing high rice yields.  Also, he will explain why so many thousands of enslaved people were imported to the colony to help support rice culture and what happened to them and their way of life after the Civil War. Watch the Recording.
  • November 15, 2022 (Tuesday) 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hybrid, SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. The SC Prison Education Interest meeting will center on the anticipated training required to participate in prison programs. We look forward to our task force moving forward as an interest group, with regularly scheduled meetings, and inclusion of individuals statewide involved in providing higher education opportunities for incarcerated persons. Plans are underway for a joint meeting with Southern Wesleyan University (Central, SC) for December. Join us and learn more about our activities. You might also be interested in the June Symposium (click here for a link to the recording). Watch the recording.
  •  November 10, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00am–11:30am, Hybrid, Conversations about Pictures with Sam Wang. Please join Sam Wang and work together to critique photographs and improve our photography skills before and after taking pictures. This will be informal “conversations” about participants’ photographs, and perhaps on what or how to improve. Each participant is asked to bring at least one photograph for sharing and group discussions – You might bring a photograph printed from the phone or a real camera, or even one from the old “photo shoe-box”. Watch the Recording.
  • November 2, 2022  THE LYNCHING OF WILLIE EARLE,  Vince Jackson. The history of South Carolina is filled will unfortunate and horrific events. The Willie Earle saga is one. In 1947, after the murder of a cab driver in Greenville, Willie Earle, the alleged murderer, was taken by force from a jail cell and lynched by a mob. The subsequent trial and repercussions that arose created national headlines that are still apparent to this day, even after 75 years. Earle was buried in an unmarked grave in Clemson where members of his family still live. This program will examine the origins of lynching, its decline as a “rough form of justice,” and our continued adherence to constitutional law.  Your comments and remembrances are always welcome. Watch the Recording.

OCTOBER 2022

  • October 25, 2022 Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield.  We welcome all to the memoir group, and we encourage those interested to consider the many benefits of memoir writing—one of which is that it’s great fun—and joining us! Last month, we discovered the 300-word story, and many of us began experimenting with it. We will continue to pursue different ways to tell an anecdote from our lives, past as well as present, as a way to preserve the times, then and now—trying to do it in no more than 300 words. And as always, if you have a story to tell and seek feedback or encouragement, this group is for you. Watch the Recording.
  • October 20, 2022   Historic University Cemeteries, President Emeritus James F. Barker. Please join us for President Barker’s discussion on Historic University Cemeteries. His wonderful watercolors of the Clemson campus, the Woodland Cemetery and proposed projects enhance the story being told about the past and the future of our historic cemetery with its many marked and unmarked graves. While the first known person buried on Cemetery Hill was in 1837, found in the archives was an index of fifty enslaved persons who are likely buried on the western slope. During Walter Riggs’ presidency opportunities for faculty and staff burials on campus was initiated. Barker will also describe a twenty-acre park and plaza planned on campus that would provide a place for alumni to have a final resting place on campus. Watch the Recording.
  • October 19, 2022  Bird Walk, In-Person Outing, BIRDING WALK at the Botanical Gardens with Vince Jackson.  A strong cold front brought many birds to the S C Botanical Gardens on Wednesday as evidenced by the dozens of warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets and migrating blue jays that were present. Notable were bay-breasted, magnolia, and many yellow-rumped warblers as well as several blue-headed and red-eyed vireos. Several large flocks of chipping sparrows were observed as well as winter birds; white-throated sparrow, winter wren, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers. The usual number of red-shouldered hawks and pileated woodpeckers made appearances. All in all, a great day to be in the field. Stay tuned for upcoming news about birding classes the Emeritus College will be offering after the first of the year that should be of interest to everyone who enjoys birds. In all 41 species were recorded.
  •  October 18, 2022 Book Interest Group. Local author, Shelley Burchfield will join us in person to discuss her book, The Earth Remains. We are excited that she can join us to discuss her book. We look forward to learning more about Shelley, when she started writing, and how she developed her plot ideas. Laura Shick will serve as the host for the discussion. You may want to read The Earth Remains before the seminar, but it is not necessary. Please join us as we explore different authors and books each month. Watch the Recording.
  •  October 17, 2022 “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): The Experience and the Impact”. Dr. Tony Nguyen from the CDC. Please join us for Dr. Duong T. (Tony) Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer, CDC Division of NHANES as he highlights research on health and nutrition. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. NHANES combines health interviews and physical examinations to produce nationally representative health data. These data are used to develop clinical guidelines and national health policy that directs and designs health programs and services. Using mobile examination centers that travel across the nation, NHANES examines roughly 5,000 individuals in 15 counties annually. Its data are used to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for major diseases and to monitor chronic medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. For further details access the website at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/. The division is part of the National Center for Health Statistics. Watch the Recording.
  •  October 6, 2022 Conversations about Pictures with Sam Wang, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts. The first session was such a success we are having another! Please join Sam Wang and work together to critique photographs and improve our photography skills before and after taking pictures. This will be informal “conversations” about participants’ photographs, and perhaps on what or how to improve. Each participant is asked to bring at least one photograph for sharing and group discussions – You might bring a photograph printed from the phone or a real camera, or even one from the old “photo shoe-box”. Watch the Recording.
  • October 5, 2022 Dr. Stephanie M. Madison and Dr. Mikel W. Cole, Flying Kites: Narratives of Prison Literacies in Essays and Art. We will be speaking on our recently published edited collection of essays, poems, plays, and visual art that foregrounds the voices of formerly and currently incarcerated individuals. In this presentation, you will learn about the role of literacy before, during, and after incarceration. These powerful narratives humanize the complexities of lives impacted by mass incarceration policies and practices. As we encounter these poignant testimonies of the ways the written word transforms and liberates, we invite you to reflect on your preconceptions and beliefs about the role of  institutions in a just society. Watch the Recording.

September 2022

  • September 27, 2022  Memoir Interest Group with Marty Duckenfield. We welcome all to the memoir group, and we encourage those interested to consider the many benefits of memoir writing—one of which is that it’s great fun—and joining us! This month’s focus will be on the notion of the 300-word story, based on the example of the Metropolitan Diary in the New York Times. If you have a story to share and seek feedback or encouragement, this group is for you. Watch the Recording.
  • September 26, 2022 (Monday) 10am–11:30am, Hybrid Book Interest Group with Debbie Jackson. Please join us to discuss our favorite authors and/or books.  This month’s focus is on favorite male authors. Join us to talk about your favorite male author and/or your favorite book written by a male.  It’s all about finding great books to read. Watch the Recording.
  • September 20, 2022 EC Outing, Hawk Watch at Sassafras Mountain with Vince Jackson. This is the annual trip for the Emeritus College to Sassafras Mountain.  A much appreciated partly cloudy sky allowed the EC group to record 149 Broad-winged hawks during the Hawk Watch at Sassafras Mountain on September 20. Migration is just starting, and the next day they saw almost 500 birds, but they were traveling at very high attitude and the cloudless sky make viewing difficult. Just north Mt. Pisgah (nearby as the hawk flies) recorded nearly 2,000 Broad-wings on September 21. More hawks are on the way!  I would like to thank Imtiaz Haque for the broad-winged hawk photograph of the below that he was able to take Tuesday.  And thanks to Bill Stringer for his picture of Jay, who spent the morning keeping his eyes on everything that moved.  There were 3200 birds viewed on Friday, 9/23.  You never know when the birds will show.

  • September 15, 2022 Dr. Xiao Yang, Plant Industry laboratories: Who We Are and What We Do. Dr. Yang will join us regarding his work as a Diagnostician and Manager of the CU Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. The Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic is a multi-disciplinary program which provides diagnoses and management recommendations for plant and turf problems, which include diseases, nematodes, weeds, environmental issues, nutritional deficiencies, and insect pests of plants.  The Clinic also identifies insects infesting structures, humans, pets, and livestock. Watch the Recording.
  • September 13, 2022 Two All Beef Patties:  The Memoirs of a Big Mac. Dr. Macon Sheppard.  Dr. Macon Sheppard will join us to discuss his memoirs, Two All Beef Patties: The Memoirs of a Big Mac. Dr. Sheppard will provide insights into the process used from concept to print about his writing and publishing his memoir.  He will tell you he is not an English major, in fact, he is a Clemson graduate, earning all three of his degrees at the university in chemical engineering. Dr. Don McKale wrote “Macon’s a most interesting person, easy to listen to, meaning I believe he’d make a great EC program.  His memoir is really well-done.”  Dr. Sheppard’s approach may provide those working on memoirs new avenues to consider. Watch The Recording.
  • September 8, 2022, Coastal South Carolina’s Important Masonry Building Preservation: Charleston and Fort Sumter. Dr. Denis Brosnan, Professor Emeritus of Material Science and Engineering. In colonial times and forward, there were two reasons to build with bricks – fire resistance and ballistic impact performance. Charleston and the plantations had numerous fires, so brick masonry was preferred. Use of bricks in defensive construction started with the walls defending Charleston, but the Corps of Engineers developed construction methods to resist smooth bore cannon fire. Fort Sumter and other coastal installations built in the early to mid-1800’s used locally produce bricks and a “new” natural cement from Rosendale, NY where the cement was frequently mixed with “oyster lime” to produce masonry mortar. Fort Sumter was designed with thick solid masonry walls using over 50 million bricks. Because that many bricks were unavailable, only the exterior and interior walls were brick using rubble concrete as an infill. Of course, the Fort was extensively damaged in the war, and it was quickly rebuilt in part starting in the 1870’s due to the expected war with Spain. The bricks in the original construction were based on the Coastal marl clays and made using enslaved labor. Special “Scotch” kilns were required to create good bricks, and these were used by famous brick makers like the Horlbecks. Over years of exposure, seawater attack of the mortar and settling have been major causes of problems at the Fort. More recent problems may be attributed to rising sea levels and wave actions. Watch the Recording.
  • September 6, 2022, FAMOUS BLACK MUSICIANS OF CLEMSON with the musical duo of Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep featuring a combination of LIVE music and PowerPoint presentation. Vince and Dave’s research indicates over 100 well-known African American musicians performed in Clemson from the late 1940s until the late 1960s. Famous Jazz, R&B, Rock, and Blues greats refined their chops in venues in our area while traveling on the Black entertainment beat, the Chitlin’ Circuit. Performers such as Duke Ellington, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Count Basie, Ray Charles, The Supremes, and Tina Turner visited as they traveled extensively along the East Coast. Come to learn, share, and enjoy. Please ask questions about the great musical heritage of Clemson. Watch the Recording.
  • August 30, 2022, Favorite Female Authors with Dr. Debbie JacksonThe idea for an interest group for emeritus faculty surrounding books has been proposed.  Debbie is leading the first such discussion introducing several of her favorite authors and their books that started her on a reading spree.  So come prepared to introduce one of your favorite female authors. If there is interest, we can plan additional programs for male authors or specific books. Watch the recording.
  • August 23, 2022, Memoir Writing Interest Group with Marty Duckenfield. With the big Emeritus College project, Moments and Memories, having been sent out to the editors, we can now focus on the various memoir projects that you are working on. We look forward to catching up or being catalysts! This group also provides excellent feedback and support for each other as you work on your wide range of projects. If you plan to attend and would like a copy of a document that is to be reviewed, just contact Jill (jhammo9@clemson.edu) and request it. Watch the recording.
  • August 22, 2022, Dr. Shannon Alford: CU Agricultural Service Laboratory. The Clemson Agricultural Service Laboratory has a long history of serving the agricultural and horticultural communities in SC. This presentation will cover our history, who we are, what analytical services we provide to our clients, and how we are working towards the future. Watch the recording.
  • August 18, 2022, Dr. Tim Drake: The French Huguenots in SC. The French Huguenots in SC.  In 1562, Jean Ribaut and a small group of Huguenots established a short-lived settlement called Charlesfort at what is today known as Parris Island, South Carolina. It would be much later before a success group settled in SC.  Although the Huguenots settled along almost the entire eastern coast of North America, they showed a preference for what are now the states of Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina.  The first wave of French Huguenots came to South Carolina in the 1680s. They established the settlement Jamestown on the Santee River north of Charles Town, and elsewhere in the lowcountry. French Huguenot churches were established at Jamestown, Goose Creek, and in the city of Charles Town. The lowcountry French soon came to own large plantations and businesses, and were among the elite of the colony. They intermarried with the local British and are believed to have adopted British ways quickly. Dr. Drake is going to focus his presentation on the move of the Huguenots from the lowcountry to the upcountry.  The talk also will focus heavily on the different wars in France in which the Huguenots were persecuted by the Catholic Church, and their subsequent migration (en-masse) out of France to different areas in the world, South Carolina being one of the locations most desired after 1685. Watch the Recording.
  • August 16, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid: Dr. Bill Stringer: Normandy – A Tour.  In Bill’s own words: “I just returned from my fifth trip to Normandy. Why the fixation with Normandy? My father’s first airfield in WWII Europe (9th US Army Air Force) was just back of Utah Beach, and he was willing to talk about it because he was ground crew and not a fighter-bomber pilot.  I have walked over modern farmland that was his airstrip in August 1944.  I saw The Longest Day movie.  I watched Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan.   I have a friend whose father was a 9th USAAF fighter-bomber pilot and was shot down in Normandy and held as a POW for the rest of the War.  My friend and I spent 16 days in June walking in our fathers’ footsteps.” Join us to learn more about their most recent trip. Watch the Recording.
  • August 4, 2022, Development of Professional and Continuing Education online seminars and programs. Dr. Lori Kinley: Associate Director of Online Development.  Have you ever thought about sharing your research and expertise with the public? What about sharing your research and getting paid to do it? Clemson Online is hosting a seminar on Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 am that will explain how you can create and teach online, non-credit courses efficiently and easily. Dr. Lori Kinley will present the process of creating, listing, and promoting your course. Clemson Online will set the fees, provide Canvas support/design, and handle any troubleshooting you may need. Share your specialty with learners outside Clemson and throughout the state! Watch the Recording.
  • August 2, 2022 (Tuesday) 10am-11:30am, Hybrid: Something to Do after Breakfast. Dr. Cecil Huey, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, and IDE Fellow.  A novice boat builder describes designing and constructing a steam-powered watercraft of a type commonplace a century ago but operated now by just a few eccentrics and assorted misfits.  The result, the XII Mile Maid, a 20-foot fantail steam launch operating currently on Lake Hartwell, usually in safe sight of her home berth.  The lone-wolf effort confirmed the wisdom of Ambrose Bierce’s definition of the term, alone:  Alone, adj.  In bad company.  The following notice to prospective passengers boarding the Maid offers a bit of relevant context.  The Calhoun Steam Nav. Co. occupies Cecil Huey’s basement, located in an area of Clemson known years ago as the town of Calhoun.     Watch the Recording.
  • July 28, 2022, Conversations about Pictures with Sam Wang, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts. Please join Sam Wang and work together to critique photographs and improve our photography skills before and after taking pictures.  It is meant to be informal “conversations” about participants’ photographs, and perhaps on what or how to improve. Each participant is asked to bring at least one photograph for sharing and group discussions – Participants had photographs printed from the phone or a real camera,  and even one from the old “photo shoe-box”. Click here to view the recording.
  • Interest Group: Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield. At our last session, we spent time talking about an approach to get started which is known as en media res, which means starting the action in the middle of things. This time, we will consider a variety of other strategies to get a piece started. Please consider sharing a starting paragraph for a potential memoir story at our next session. Click here to view the recording.
  • Global Healing Curriculum Project. Dr. Dee Stegelin. The seminar includes background on the Holocaust, impacts on children and adults, and examples of ways that the generations can connect and build positive relationships and memories. This is a presentation especially focused on enhancing relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. It is designed to provide strategies for communicating between the generations whether they live close by or a distance away. It has been an extremely rewarding project and our publication will be available in August 2022. Watch the video here.
  • Magee Marsh Bird Migration, Oak Harbor, Ohio.  Dr. Imtiaz Haque will share photographs of his recent birding trip where he saw a variety of migrating birds. If you have seen Dr. Haque’s photographs in this newsletter, we can expect phenomenal pictures of birds from Magee Marsh. Watch the video here.
  • LAST CHANCE for 20th Anniversary Memories and Moments Book.  Dr. Vicki Gillis and Dr. Kathy Headley will be available to help faculty finalize their essays for the publication.  The collection of stories will be featured as part of the Emeritus College 20thanniversary celebration book. Watch the video here.
  • Protection of South Carolina ‘s Native Plants and Agriculture. Dr. Steve Cole, Director of Regulatory Services, PSA. The Clemson Division of Regulatory Services protects the state from exotic and invasive plant pests, ensures that pesticides are used safely, regulates the structural pest control industry, verifies that fertilizer and lime meet standards and labeled guarantees, conducts programs for seed and organic certification, provides diagnosis of plant pests, and ensures readiness to respond to a catastrophic event impacting the state’s agriculture. Dr. Steve Cole, the Director of Clemson’s Regulatory Services Division will discuss these programs and the impact they have on South Carolina. Click here to watch the recording.
  •  African American Face Jugs with Robert Kemp, President of Clemson Area African American Museum, and local potter. The tradition of face pottery dates to Egypt and Mesopotamia and appears in other cultures throughout history. There are conflicting accounts and varying theories about the first face jugs in the US. Although there are gaps in historical records regarding the making, use, and meaning of face jug pottery, there is little doubt the vessels were original, functional artistic expressions of the African slave culture. Watch the recording HERE
  • A Unique View of  Americana Music History, Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep. Americana Music, also known as roots music, combines elements of the musical traditions of the U.S., Canada, and the British Isles. Songs of the folk, gospel, blues, country, jazz, rock and roll, and bluegrass traditions will be explored. Using a combination of live performance and a PowerPoint presentation the musicians will entertain and inform about music we all know and enjoy, while delving into the history of how the songs were written. Bring a friend and feel free to sing along. Watch the presentation here.
  •  The Social and Religious Climate of the Old Ninety Six District Before the American Revolution. Dr. Timothy Drake. In the late colonial period, the Ninety Six District was a judicial district established in the SC backcountry which encompassed much of the west-central part of the colony. Into this District came many new immigrants from Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, and England, along with a considerable number of families from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The Calhoun and Pickens families that later settled in the Pendleton District (on and near what was to become Clemson) were among the first Pennsylvania / Virginia families who settled within the Ninety Six District. The purpose of this presentation is to give a better understanding of the everyday lives of these early settlers along with some of their commonly-held beliefs and traditions, many of which still persist in their descendants to the current day. The presentation will be given by a ninth generation descendant of the Calhoun / Pickens family of settlers, and also of many of the other families who first settled the upcountry of South Carolina.  To view the recording, click HERE.
  • Panel Discussion on the Second Chance Legislation and Higher Education in South Carolina. The Emeritus College Task Force for Higher Education in SC Prisons is sponsoring a one day symposium at the Emeritus College. Invited speakers include representatives from the Furman Inside Out Program, Southern Wesleyan University Second Chance Pell program, Claflin University, SC Technical College System, and the Department of Corrections, and other prison higher education prison programs in SC.  It was a great day.  If you are interested in viewing the Symposium, the link may be found Here.
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with Dr. Kathy Headley. Support sessions for memoirs written by members of the Emeritus College for the collection of stories to be featured as part of the Emeritus College 20thanniversary celebration are available.  To view the meeting click here. 
  • Interest Group: Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield. This month, in addition to reconnecting and sharing, we will discuss a writing strategy called en media res. This approach is used by such adventure writers as Virgil and Homer and many others through the ages. It has stood the test of time and is a wonderful way to get started on many stories. We will share some examples of this and using this method will jump start your next memoir story. Click here to view the recording.
  • Food Insecurity Amongst University Students with Ronnie Clevenstine, Clemson University undergraduate student, Truman Scholar, and Finalist for the Rhodes Scholar. Watch the recording to learn more about student’s needs and programs available to assist students. To learn more about Ronnie’s work, please click HERE.
  • History of the CU Carillon with Dr. Linda Dzuris, Performing Arts’ Chair, and the University’s Carillonneur. Dr. Dzuris not only explains the history of the carillon, but the program focuses on the history of the carillon program at Clemson. Dr. Dzuris became Clemson’s first University Carillonneur in 1999. Watch the recording
  •  CU Academic Affairs Update with Dr. Amy Lawton-Rauh, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs:   Dr. Amy Lawton-Rauh, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs provides current information on several key fronts from the University hiring on new faculty for 2022, searches for key academic leaders, strategic planning, Faculty Mentoring and more. Watch the recording.
  • Interest Group: Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield Watch the recording.
  •  Parks Mill Shoals Spiderlily Preserve with Dr. Bill Stringer The SC Native Plant Society is providing guided visits on Saturday, May 14, and May 21, through the Parks Mill Shoals Spiderlily Preserve during the peak bloom period.   This spectacular native lily thrives in fast running water in shoaly areas of lower piedmont streams. Watch the recording.
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with Dr. Vicki Gillis Watch the recording.
  •  Prison Education Task Force Meeting. Watch the Task and learn more about what the Emeritus Faculty are discussing about the education needs of incarcerated persons and the new Second Chance legislation that is being implemented in South Carolina. And make plans to attend a panel discussion on June 24th.
  • Controlling Arthropod/Rodent Infestations in Historic Structures and Archives with Dr. Timothy Drake: There are many common household pests that can damage historic structures, collections, and other valuable historic materials. Click here to link to the recording of Dr. Drake’s excellence presentation.
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with Marty Duckenfield: Support sessions for memoirs written by members of the Emeritus College for the collection of stories to be featured as part of the Emeritus College 20thanniversary celebration are available. Click here to link to the recording of the support session with Ms. Duckenfield.  We are making progress and you will want to be a part of this project.
  • Music at the EC: Luke Deuce: Young Man, Old Soul: Listen to this recording! He is so great! Click HERE to see a video of Luke performing.
  • Missional Entrepreneurship Project with Dr. David Bodde: This presentation is so inspiring and important. Dr. Bodde’s research and vision are definitely worth seeing. Watch the recording HERE. Click HERE to view his slides.
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: Another great session! This interest group is so great! You should watch the recording for some great writing ideas.
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with facilitator Dr. Vicki Gillis: We hope you will plan on contributing to the 20th Anniversary Memoir! These sessions are very helpful so be sure to watch the recording or contact a task force member (Vicki Gillis, Marty Duckenfield or Kathy Headley), if you have any questions.
  • The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) with Melissa Griffin, SC Assistant State Climatologist: You will definitely want to see this seminar! The state climatology and National Weather Service depends on the average citizen to assist in tracking rainfall. Please take a look and let them know if you are interested in helping out.
  • Personal Computer/Data Security – Best Practices with Curt Russell, Emeritus IT Support:  As always, Curt gave a very informative workshop on protecting our personal information. The presentation is loaded with tips and suggestions for making sure that all your personal date stays secure. Click HERE to view his slide presentation and be sure to watch the recording for all his valuable suggestions!
  • Soteria Community  Development Corporation with Mr. Jerry Blassingame, Founder, click here to read his story: This presentation is a must watch. Please watch the recording to see how Soteria started as well as all the good work they are doing for their community and the state as a whole!
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with facilitator Marty Duckenfield: Please consider contributing to this project! Your stories are so important to preserve for Clemson’s history. Click HERE to view this support group session!
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield:  Always an engaging discussion, this interest group never disappoints! You will want to see this recording!  
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Support Group with facilitator Dr. Kathy Headley: We hope you will planning on contributing to our 20th Anniversary Memoir Project! Click HERE to view the last support group session.
  • Light Verse: A Reading and an Invitation with Dr. Skip Eisiminger, Professor Emeritus of English: If you missed this humorous presentation, you will definitely want to see it. Click HERE to view the recording.
  • Sleep and Sleep Disorders with Dr. Ann Rogers, Emory University: Dr. Rogers provides so much invaluable information regarding sleep and its importance. You will definitely want to watch this recording
  • 20th Anniversary Memoir Writing Support Group with facilitator Dr. Vicki Gillis: Another great support session for our 20th Anniversary memoir project. Please consider contributing! Click HERE to view session.
  • Clemson’s First Rhodes Scholar, Louise Franke: Clemson’s students are truly amazing and Louise is among the finest! Please watch this recording to hear about her Clemson journey to the Rhodes Scholar as well as to learn more about Clemson’s Office of Major Fellowships.
  • A Groundhog Day Examination of the U.S. Coronavirus Economy with Dr. Bruce Yandle: What a fantastic presentation especially for us non economists! Dr. Yandle’s ability to make complex economic matters so easy to understand is a true gift! Click HERE to view his slides and HERE to view the presentation.
  • Unbuilt Clemson with Dennis Taylor: WHAT A FASCINATING PRESENTATION! This is one you will definitely want to check out if you missed it. Dennis’ research journey to publication is truly fascinating. Check out the recording and click HERE for more information on Unbuilt Clemson.
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: This interest group is so supportive and full of ideas for putting your life experiences to “paper and pen!” You will want to watch this session for sure! Click HERE to view the interactions of the group.
  • Clemson Experimental Forest and the Bottoms with Dr. Ben Sill:  You will definitely want to check out this presentation. Dr. Sill has the history of the Clemson Experimental Forest and the Bottoms as well as gives us great ideas on how to preserve these treasures that are unique to Clemson. Click HERE to view presentation.
  • European Union Part 1 and Part 2 with Dr. Steve Wainscott: You will definitely want to watch these presentations if you have questions about the structure or history of the European Union. Dr. Wainscott has provided a fantastic overview of the EU along with the historical prospective and a look to the future. Click HERE to view the PowerPoint. Click HERE to view Part One and HERE to view the second presentation.
  • Smartphones with Sam Wang: Another great discussion, this session focusing on useful Apps. Click HERE for list of useful apps compiled by Sam. You will definitely want to watch this session, they always have some great advice! Click HERE to watch the recording.
  • Potential Prison Education Program: Dr. Elaine Richardson led an engaging discussion regarding emeritus faculty’s potential involvement/assistance to incarcerated individuals that wish to seek their degrees/diplomas. You will definitely want to check out this recording. Contact Elaine, if you are interested in being involved at merichardson7686@gmail.com
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: This group continues to be so supportive and uplifting. This session participants shared their holiday memories! Click HERE to listen to the discussion. Please plan to join the group for their next session.
  • Mosquitoes, Mosquito Vectored Diseases, and Mosquito control in Urban Settings with Dr. Tim Drake, State Entomologist: Another great presentation by Dr. Drake! You will definitely want to check out this informative seminar on the diseases associated with this insect as well as how to control their populations. Click HERE to view presentation!
  • Conversations with Undergraduate Students-Open Discussion: The group had a great discussion on the possible implementation of a mentoring program for undergraduate students. Please watch the video and if you are interested in participating, please contact Elaine Richardson at ERCHRDS@clemson.edu
  • The Climatology of Historic Hurricanes and Tropical Storms that have Impacted the Palmetto State with Melissa Griffin, SC Assistant State Climatologist: Melissa offered so much valuable historic and current information about the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes in SC. You will definitely want to check it out!! Click HERE to view presentation.
  • Wastewater Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Three Clemson Area Sewersheds with Dr. David Freedman, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences: Dr. Freedman’s presentation reiterates that Clemson University is on the forefront of the battle against COVID. Watch this presentation to see how the wastewater surveillance program is helping with the detection of COVID!
  • ONLINE Interest Group: Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: Another great session with a focus on dialogue in your writing. Click HERE to view this informative session.
  • I Should Have Known I was Writing a Book but I Didn’t! with Dr. Frankie Felder: Thank so much to Dr. Felder for sharing her INCREDIBLE journey writing OURstory Unchained and Liberated from HIStory! This presentation is worth watching. Click HERE to view the seminar. Click HERE to see a video about the book and it’s making!
  • Belgium: European Crossroads Part 2 with Dr. Steve Wainscott: What a fantastic trip through a beautiful country! These recordings will entice you to plan your next vacation! Click HERE for Part 2.
  • Belgium: European Crossroads Part 1 with Dr. Steve Wainscott: You’ll definitely want to watch this sessions as Dr. Wainscott “travels” around Belgium! Click HERE to view presentation.
  • Antebellum Funeral Practices, Part 2 with Dr. Tim Drake: Dr. Drake provided a great second portion of his two part series on Antebellum Funeral practices. You definitely will want to check out this recording!
  • Antebellum Funeral Practices, Part 1 with Dr. Tim Drake: You will DEFINITELY want to watch Dr. Drake’s presentation. It is truly fascinating! His family has been in South Carolina for 14 generations and his wealth of knowledge about the customs of this area are to be noted for sure! Click HERE for presentation.
  • Fall Picnic and Annual Meeting: Did you miss the virtual Fall Picnic/Annual Meeting on October 5? At this event, the Emeritus College awarded its Emeritus Award for Community Service! No worries, if you missed it! Click HERE to see all the details about the event including a link to the recording. You will definitely want to check it out!
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: This interest group just keeps getting better and better! You will definitely want to watch this recording!
  • “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” – The Ghent Altarpiece: Part 2 with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science: Part 2 of this program proved to be just as engaging and interesting as Part 1. You will definitely want to see this presentation that highlights the drama surrounding the Altarpiece. Click HERE to view presentation.
  • Make a Versatile No-Glue Bound Book with Donna Reiss, Associate Professor Emerita of English: Thanks to Donna for this incredible workshop. You will definitely want to check this recording, you just may develop an terrific, new hobby!  Click HERE for material list for the workshop. Click HERE to view useful handout from the session!
  • “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” – The Ghent Altarpiece: Part 1 with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science: Once again, Dr. Wainscott provided a fabulous presentation on this historic artwork. You will definitely want to watch the recording!

Please contact Jill Hammond (jhammo9@clemson.edu or 864-656-3990) to view recordings of the below presentations.

  • Co-authors from Concept Ideas to Publishing with Katherine Smith and Kelly Durham: This seminar was fantastic! Kelly and Kathryn’s tips and suggestions for collaboration are so useful to all interested in this method of writing!
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: Another great session for this interest group! These groups are always so informative and helpful. They provide easy recommendations for starting to write down your memories. We had folks from near and far (Columbia and Virginia!) for this session
  • Adobe Lightroom, Part 1 with Curt Russell, CCIT Emeritus Support: As always, Curt did a great job on presenting this topic! You will definitely want to watch this program on how to utilize Lightroom to organize, edit and much more all your pictures!
  • Hybrid Interest Group: Smartphone Interest Group with Sam Wang: Another great session and very informative!
  • Passwords – What’s in a Word with Curt Russell, CCIT Emeritus Support: Once again, Curt has provided very valuable information for keeping your information safe! You will definitely want to watch this session, if you missed it! Please contact Nicci, if you would like access to this session.
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: This group just keeps getting better and better! You will definitely want to check out the recording from this past session.
  • Memoir Writing with Marty Duckenfield: Another fascinating discussion and idea exchange for chronicling your memories!
  • Online Seminar: Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking with Dr. Victoria Gillis: You will definitely want to watch Dr. Gillis’ presentation. Her work with the RWCT program is truly fascinating and worthwhile.
  • Meet Dr. John Lopes, Dean, CU Graduate School: Dr. John Lopes, Dean of the Graduate School, joined Clemson University on August 15, 2020 as Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.  He was happy to meet the emeritus faculty and looks forward to future collaborations with the Emeritus College.
  • Online Interest Group:  Coffee Conversation on Memoir Writing hosted by Marty Duckenfield: Another great interest group! Attendees offered tons of great resources as well as reflections of their own memoir ambitions.
  • Quilts of Valor with Dr. Victoria Gillis: Dr. Gillis provided a fascinating presentation on the Quilts of Valor program and her involvement with the program. She also emphasized the importance of quilting and sewing in her life.
  • Reggio Emilia, Italy: Schools, Community and Inspirations with Dr. Dee Stegelin, Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning: Dr. Stegelin’s time with the study abroad program to Italy was fascinating. We thank her for sharing her experiences as well as expanding our knowledge of the approach to education in Reggio Emilia. Her students truly benefited from the experience!
  • Becoming the Solution to “People Pollution”: An Overview of Stormwater Education, Outreach, and Public Involvement at Clemson University with Haley Parent, Cooperative Extension Water Resources Extension Agent: Haley’s work with Clemson University and Carolina Clear is so interesting and valuable. You will definitely want to view this recording.
  • Not Our First Pandemic:  The Need for Epidemiology in the 21st Century with Dr. Rachel Mayo, Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Public Health Sciences: This presentation is worth watching! Dr. Mayo’s history of epidemics and pandemics is fascinating. The discussion at the end also is very insightful!
  • Adventures in Kenya – from fresh-market vegetables in Nairobi to wildlife of the Maasai Mara with Dr. Vance Baird, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Horticulture: Dr. Baird provided a fantastic presentation about his research and travels in Kenya!
  • World War I: Part 2 of 2, with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science: What a fantastic conclusion to this two part series!
  • World War I: Part 1 of 2, with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science: You will definitely want to watch the first in this two part series of seminars by Dr. Wainscott. His passion and knowledge of WWI is captivating!
  • Coffee Chat focusing on Smartphone/Tablet Uses: These groups are always so informative! Please plan to join for the next session!
  • Let’s Go Sketching Clemson Campus! with Lynn Craig, Professor Emeritus of Architecture:  Once again, Lynn provided a fantastic session! You will definitely want to watch this one. His teaching style and humor both come together for an enjoyable time! Click HERE for more information about the workshop including the photos necessary for participation. 
  • Growing Up with Cotton – A Personal Story with Jim Palmer, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and Soils: Dr. Palmer’s presentation was not only a personal account of growing up on a South Carolina cotton farm but a history of cotton in our area. His knowledge and ability to take you back to the time when cotton was a vital crop in the Upstate are definitely worth watching. The attendance at this presentation was fantastic with a great mix of faculty from all disciplines that added to the active Q & A session! One attendee responded, “Today’s was among the best I’ve attended, given the input from various academic specters. Some ag, history, ecology, labor law,  geography… Like in an academic community-as intended. THANKS!”
  • Coffee Conversation on Memoir Writing hosted by Marty Duckenfield: Thanks to Marty for hosting this chat session about how to start thinking about writing a memoir. The session participants offer many great suggestions and tools for getting started.
  • Beautiful Music with Dr. Eric Lapin and His Students: Many thanks to Dr. Lapin and his students. Piper Starnes’, Junior at CU, piano recital was truly magical as was senior, Kevin Arnold’s vocal performance. They truly are two of Clemson’s finest. You will definitely want to watch this recording.
  • Morning Conversations with Dr. Hoke Hill and Mrs. Lucy Eubanks:  What is AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education)?  Why should I want to know?  What benefits might AROHE offer me? These questions and much more were answered by Hoke and Lucy.
  • Staying SHAARP: Evidence-Based Programs to Keep Our Brains Healthy with Dr. Lesley Ross, SmartLife Endowed Chair of Aging and Cognition, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Institute of Engaged Aging: This seminar is definitely worth watching! Dr. Ross’ research on Brain Health as one ages is truly fascinating. She also gives some great tips on maintaining brain health!
  • Online Interest Group: Coffee Chat focusing on Smartphone/Tablet Uses: What a great and informative session! Please plan to join us for the next one. You are sure to come away with lots of great tips!
  • Traveling again via Google Earth with Dr. Bill Stringer, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils
  • Global Change is Changing the Color of Flowers with Dr. Matthew Koski, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • University COVID Testing with Dr. Delphine Dean, Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor of Bioengineering
  • Research for an Engaged Retirement with Margaret Laurence, Boston College
  • Nano Tweezers: Manipulating Materials One Crystal at a Time with Dr. Fadi Abdeljawad, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
  • Anecdotes from 60 Years of Doing Research with Dr. Steve Hedetniemi, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
  • Coffee Chat focusing on the Direction and Goals for the EC for 2021 and the Future with Joel Greenstein (EC Chair), Bill Stringer (EC Vice Chair) and Jerry Trapnell (Chair, EC Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Ethical Principles and the COVID 19 Pandemic:  Clinical Care, Public Health and Public Policy with Dr. Lee Crandall: Dr. Crandall’s timely presentation is definitely worth watching! His review of ethics theory and insights on the ethical considerations during these times provides the viewer with greater understanding of the current ethical obstacles.
  • Online Seminar: Troll Spotting and the Watt Center Media Forensics Hub with Dr. Darren Linvill, Associate Professor of Communication: As always, Dr. Linvill’s presentation was relevant, informative and worth seeing!  You may want to try and Spot the Troll by clicking HERE.
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Coordination in South Carolina State Water Planning with Dr. Jeffrey Allen, Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center: May thanks to Dr. Allen for his informative seminar on the development of South Carolina’s water plan.
  • What Does It Take to Get Children Ready for School in South Carolina? With Marcia Bacon (Clemson Alumna), CEO of Richland First Steps (Richland County): The dedication and commitment of those educating South Carolina’s youngest citizens it to be commended! Marcia Bacon is on the “front lines” of these efforts.
  • Testing for COVID-19: Science and Politics with Dr. Gary Powell, Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Biochemistry: Dr. Gary Powell provided and up-to-date seminar on the science and politics of testing for COVID-19.
  • The Hacienda La Esperanza Steam Engine and Sugar Mill with Dr. Cecil Huey, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering: Many thanks to Dr. Huey for his presentation on the Hacienda La Esperanza Steam Engine! You will definitely want to give this program a watch!
  • Clemson’s New AI Research Institute for Science and Engineering (AIRISE) with Professor Mitch Shue, School of Computing and Dr. Feng Luo, School of Computing: Professor Shue and Dr. Luo provided an informative account of AI research at Clemson. With over 80 faculty participating, this research is truly across disciplines.
  • Cultivating Food Security in a Changing World with Emily Burchfield, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Honors Program Coordinator, Emory University: This presentation is definitely worth watching. Dr. Burchfield’s research is so relevant for today and in the future. As a Clemson Alumnae, Duckenfield Scholar and Honor’s College graduate, she credits her time at Clemson as instrumental in her development as a researcher.
  • Virtual Recital with Dr. Eric Lapin, Director of Artistic Initiatives and Senior Lecturer of Music: Once again, Dr. Lapin did not disappoint! His performance was a great way to spend the morning. B
  • Creating a Faster COVID-19 Test with Feng Ding, Associate Professor of Physics and Faculty Scholar (CU School of Health): The research occurring at Clemson is truly remarkable and Dr. Ding’s research in creating a faster COVID test is at the top of the list.
  • Impact of Climate Change on Bird Life in the Upstate and Beyond with Dr. Imtiaz Haque, Professor Emeritus of Automotive Engineering: Haque has turned his hobby into a passion and his presentation is fantastic! We all need to be concerned about the effects of climate change on birds.
  • Congratulations to our 2020 Emeritus Award for Research and Scholarship Recipients!! Dr. David Bodde, Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus of Automotive Engineering, CU-ICAR and Dr. Stephen Hedetniemi, Professor Emeritus and Chair of Computer Sciences were awarded this prestigious honor in a virtual ceremony on Oct. 6. Dr. Bodde’s  nominator stated, “Dr. Bodde continues his life as a scholar, applying his knowledge and expertise to societal challenges such as global energy issues, technological changes that threaten the automotive industry, and even chronic poverty. He is very deserving of this award.” Dr. Hedetniemi’s nominator stated, “His prolific publication record since retiring has contributed more than half to achieving his current Google Scholar h-index of 58, over 7,000 of his total number of citations, that is approaching 20,000, and 74 publications toward his total lifetime publication count of over 300.”   Dr. Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research, provided the keynote address. Dr. Karanfil provided attendees with an update on the Clemson’s R-1 status and research as well we stated, “In fact, we are an R-1 institution today because of you. Emeritus faculty helped us to lay the grounds for a strong culture, strong facilities and abilities. Because of the hard work that you have done, today we have accomplished the Carnegie R-1 status. Of course, we do not stop there. We will continue to improve but I would like to recognize the major roles that every one of you as Clemson faculty and administrators have played in that accomplishment.” Click here to view Dr. Karanfil’s presentation. Click here to read more about their amazing accomplishments post retirement!!
  • Freshwater Pollution in Asia and the Role of Insects in Its Management with Dr. John Morse, Professor Emeritus of Entomology: Thank you Dr. Morse for a terrific presentation.
  • That Often-Irrational Human Brain with June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology: Once again, Dr. Pilcher offered a fascinating session with lots of practical and interesting information. This presentation is worth watching!
  • Adobe Lightroom, Part 1 with Curt Russell, CCIT Emeritus Support: Curt gave another great session on how to use Lightroom, the photo program for photo management and editing.
  • The Role of Nonviolent Protest in Our Society with Todd May, Class of 1941 Memorial Professor, Philosophy and Religion: Dr. May’s presentation was so informative and very relevant for the current times.
  • What Happens if the Sun Sets at Midday? with Dr. Dale Linvill, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Meteorology: You will definitely want to check out Dr. Linvill’s research on the 2017 Solar Eclipse. While everyone else was looking up, he and his granddaughter were gathering data of what happened on the surface of the earth. Fascinating!
  • China: Wow! It’s quite a place with Dr. James Brannan, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences: Brannan’s discussion about his time in China was truly fascinating. The videos and pictures he shared are really worth seeing!
  • Covid-19 Vaccines-an update with Gary Powell, Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Biochemistry: Dr. Powell provided an in-depth presentation on the progress of COVID-19 vaccines along with explanations on the stages of vaccine testing and much more.  Click HERE for links to informational videos you may want as well.
  • Healthy Sleep/Healthy Life with Dr. June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology: This informative presentation follows the science of sleep but also provides practical advice on how we all can get a better night’s sleep on a consistent basis!
  • Virtual Recognition Ceremony: The Emeritus College and Office of the Provost were privileged to celebrate the inaugural class of I. Dwaine Eubanks Emeritus College Fellows, the 2019-20 Emeriti, and the 2019-20 EC Memberships (regular b, associate and affiliate). While we prefer in-person events, it was an honor to be able to recognize these outstanding individuals virtually.
  • Buildings and Landscapes, Teaching the Art of Freehand Drawing with Lynn Craig, FAIA, RIBA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture: You will definitely want to watch this presentation! Professor Craig has shared his talent with all of us and during the presentation provides guidance on how we all can freehand draw! The students are lucky he is still teaching this class for the Architecture Department!
  • COVID-19: Diagnosis through recovery, one survivor’s experience with Johnell Brooks: 124 days after she first contracted the virus, Dr. Brooks’ presentation was riveting and chronicled her path to recovery with many practical suggestions. Special thanks to Dr. William Logan for his appearance and providing the medical knowledge to recovery. This is one presentation that you will want to see.
  • Call Me MiSTER: A Historical Perspective on the Educational Disenfranchisement of Black People in South Carolina with Dr. Roy Jones, Provost Distinguished Professor: What an extraordinary presentation! Dr. Jones provided such insight and an the important historical timeline of the educational disenfranchisement of black people in South Carolina. Click HERE to view some important talking points from the presentation. The document also provides some links that were shared during the discussion.
  • Visiting the CERN and ITER Facilities: A journey through France and cutting-edge physics with Dr. John Meriwether, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy: What an exciting journey Dr. Meriwether took audience members on through the CERN and ITER Facilities in France! You will definitely want to see this cutting-edge science.
  • Online Arts Experience with Dr. Eric Lapin, Director of Artistic Initiatives and Senior Lecturer of Music: Lapin’s presentation gave a new perspective to the online arts experience and how venues/organization are finding unique methods of engagement during this time. His presentation is definitely worth watching!
  • Temperature as a Neurological Stressor with Caitlin Seluzicki : Caitlin’s work in the Margolis Lab at John Hopkins University is truly fascinating as she completes her second year in the PhD, BCMB Program at John Hopkins School of Medicine. She is one alumna Clemson can be proud of!
  • More to the Story: The Golden Age of Hollywood with Kelly Durham, Local Author and Businessman: Durham gave a fascinating presentation on Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1960s. You will definitely want to see this presentation!
  • Coloring the Conservation Conversation with Dr. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology: Thank you Dr. Lanham for you ability to relate the natural world to human behaviors! Click HERE to view an article from The New Yorker about Corina Newsome and the Black Birders Movement mentioned by Dr. Lanham.
  • Google Drive with Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support: Curt gave another useful presentation on utilizing Google Drive.
  • Glyphosate and GMO’s:  Science-based progress vs. human health dangers with DrJim Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils: Thanks to Dr. Palmer for the insightful discussion.
  • Hornets and Wasps in the Palmetto State with  Eric Benson: South Carolina has some beneficial pollinators for sure!
  • Covid-19: An Overview: Dr. Matt Turnbull gave a fantastic and informative session on Covid-19! It is definitely worth watching, if you were not able to attend.
  • Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis: Many thanks to 2020 Honors Graduate Jessica Harris for an engaging presentation! Click HERE to download Jessica’s Honors Thesis.
  • Computer Maintenance and Malware Prevention: Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support, provided another very informative session on how to keep our computers safe and running properly.
  • Africa with Larry Allen: Dr. Allen’s and his colleagues’ work in Africa with youth and the park system is something Clemson University can truly be proud of!
  • CCIT Best Practices: Thanks to Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support, for his presentation on keeping our information safe in this ever-changing world of IT and IT security.
  • Comparative Genomics: From Flies to Humans, Humans to Flies: Dr. Trudy Mackay gave a fascinating presentation on her research taking place at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood, SC.
  • Fig Buttercup Presentation: Dr. Bill Stringer’s presentation on the invasive species Fig Buttercup was definitely a wake up call for those that love Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Thanks to Bill and the SC Native Plant Society for all their efforts to control the spread of this invasive species. Click HERE to see the PowerPoint.
  • Zoom Tutorial: May thanks to Del Kimbler for his informative session on how to use Zoom.
  • For the Birds with Skip Eisiminger: Thanks so much to Skip for his thought provoking discussion on birds and their contributions to our everyday language. They truly are amazing!!  Click HERE to see Skip’s handout as well as a list of his favorite bird books.
  • Duckenfield Scholars Presentation: The 2019 Duckenfield Scholars gave a fantastic presentation on their work while at Oxford University. Both students will be graduating this year and will make Clemson proud as they move on to their future careers!
  • Library Presentation: Thanks so much to Lili Klar and Rodger Bishop for this great presentation!

March 3, 2020  Seminar: My Mistress for More than 50 Years—French with Dr. John Bednar, Professor Emeritus of Languages: Click HERE for more information.

March 5, 2020  Seminar: A Decade of Development: Clinical Driving Simulators with Dr. Johnell Brooks, Associate Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering and a  clinical researchers collaborating with numerous healthcare systems: Click HERE for more information.

March 10, 2020 Seminar: Cybersecurity Awareness with Kathy Riley, Information and Security Awareness Director: Click HERE for more information.

March 12, 2020  Seminar Discussion: “Books and Libraries: Significa and Trivia” with Dr. Skip Eisiminger, Professor Emeritus of English: Please join Dr. Eisiminger for this wide-ranging discussion that will not be a typical lecture! This discussion will begin with a series of thought provoking questions and cartoons to enable a wide-ranging discussion of some areas that “we all grew up with and are rapidly changing”. We hope you can join us for this engaging program!

February 20, 2020 and February 25, 2020 Seminar: Climate Change with Dr. John Meriwether, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy,  For most of us throughout our lives the din of climate change voices has been ever present but steadily becoming louder as the years pass. The physics underlying the explanation of climate change (i.e., global warming) became firmly established in the late 60s and model formulations came shortly thereafter that could be used to compare with observations. Such models when applied to the expected continuation of greenhouse gas content increasing for CO2 from perhaps 275 parts per million at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (1760) to the present 420 parts per million predict an averaged increase of the global temperature ranging from 2 to 5 degrees Kelvin to take place between now and 2100. Needless to say, such an increase would have major consequences for our world. This first seminar will concentrate on the physical aspects of explaining climate change. Click HERE for the presentation.

February 18, 2020  Music Event: Classical Guitar with Dr. Yuji Kishimoto, Professor Emeritus of Architecture:  Dr. Kishimoto has been playing the classical guitar since he has been 18 years old. He has been invited to play at several festivals throughout the United States. He is especially thankful to Clemson for providing him the opportunity to play his music throughout the years. Dr. Kishimoto will play as well as discuss the music and his unusual 10-separate string guitar with a thick neck.

February 7, 2020 Seminar: Talking/Playing Video Games with Your Grandkids with Dr. Brian Malloy, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science: Dr. Malloy will present an introduction to the world of video games including terminology, game genres and gaming platforms. The group will discuss why video games are popular and how we might engage in this form of entertainment and, more importantly, how we can play with others.

February 10, 2020 Seminar: Clemson’s Littlejohn Grill: Easing the Sting of Segregation with Vince Jackson: Local Author Vince Jackson will discuss his publication The Littlejohn’s Grill Story”. Vince researched information on Clemson’s now-famous African American nightclub and the over 100 well-known artists performing there between 1945 and 1968. Littlejohn’s is important in the elimination of Jim Crow Law in South Carolina, both before and after the landmark civil rights legislation of 1964. Music is the great healer, the music at Littlejohn’s Grill brought blacks and whites together during a time of segregation with it was illegal of them to share the same dance floor or eat together.

February 3, 2020 Special Interest Group: Self-Publishing: Your Genealogy and More with Dr. Fred Sias, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Join this collaborative session lead by Dr. Sias. He will discuss how to self-publish your genealogy or any other material you may want to publish. He has self-published his own publications and will offer how-to hints on publishing your materials.

January 30, 2020 Genealogy Workshop with Sylvia Thomas: This session is a follow-up to the January 9 Workshop. In this session participants will begin their research. Please bring a laptop, if you have one or you can use one of the EC Desktop Computers! Attendance at the January 9 Workshop is NOT required. (Description of first session: PREPARE TO RESEARCH – The purpose of this session is to get ready to research and/or to improve individual productivity and management of precious research minutes.  Beginners and even the more accomplished researcher can benefit from the identification of a personal\general templet system for their research.  Discussion will also include organizational and notetaking tips, and why the formal identification of a research plan based on personal ancestry research goals is important.  The second half of the session will provide opportunity for group interaction and help as you identify and write your overall and immediate research goals.  This time may also be used for creating a favorites list of resources and references, registering with basic start up data bases, and preparing general organization that can be used from day one in your work. No matter the skill level, building a sound research plan based on your identified personal goals will keep you off the rabbit path and out of the blackholes that reduce personal productivity. Participants may want to bring some or all of the following items:  Ring binder, pencils and pens, a spiral composition book or other notetaking pad, index cards, sharpie or other writing markers, highlighter, sticky notes, etc. The Emeritus College will provide copies of Sylvia’s extensive list of research options/references).

January 28, 2020  Focus Discussion Lunch with Ed Arnold, Professor Emeritus of Languages, Pen Pals from former East Germany: What began in 1972 as a letter writing project with a CU honors class through Letters Abroad, led to over a decade’s worth of continued correspondence and travels to Germany. Many of the bonds created have lasted a lifetime. Professor Arnold will discuss details of his experiences with the connections made between his students and the letter recipients from the former East Germany. He welcomes all who have any other tales from this bygone era.

January 23, 2020 Music Event: A Musical Journey through the Americas from Rio de Janeiro to New Orleans:  Paula Heusinkveld, Professor Emerita of Languages and Director, (piano/ keyboards) and Jorge Medina (guitars, vocals) met in 1990 in a sidewalk café in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.  Their mutual interest in music led to romance and a rich musical collaboration that continues until today.  Their program will showcase a variety of rhythms and musical styles ranging from the Brazilian samba and bossa nova to Cuban dance rhythms, Mexican boleros, and New Orleans blues.  Those who attend are welcome to dance or sing along.

January 16, 2020 SEMINAR: Genetics (Canine Dermatomyositis) with Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, Associate Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry: Canine dermatomyositis: The development of a genetic risk assessment for a complex disease. Genetic testing has become more common place for individuals seeking information on health risk and their ancestry and genetic profile.  But what about our animals?  Studies about genetic risks for dogs is growing.  This presentation will examine the canine genetic risk assessments using canine dermatomyositis.   Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory disease of the skin and muscles that occurs in dogs and people.  Using genome-wide association and whole genome resequencing data to discover three independent genetic loci underlying the disease in dogs. Nine of 27 possible genetic combinations confer risk to development of the disease. A genetic test now enables breeders to identify high-risk dogs prior to the onset of clinical signs and to select mate pairs that will not produce affected puppies. Please plan to join us for this very informative seminar by a top expert in the field!

January 10, 2020 English Dance Workshop with Dr. Robert Jamison, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences: If you have ever seen a Jane Austin movie, then you have seen the elegance of English Country Dance.  The form is alive and well with centuries old dances still being enjoyed and new dances being written.   Several years ago Dr. Jamison was invited to give a lecture on mathematics at Erskine College.  He chose Mathematics and Dance as the topic. Although all English dances contain lots of mathematical aspects.  He wrote the dance Trip to Erskine to demonstrate these and designed it to be easy enough for newcomers to dance.  Recently the tune was included in The Barnes Book III of English Country Dance Tunes.  You can find this dance online by clicking HERE. Another of Dr. Jamison’s dances (Princess of Wales, Her Waltz) may be found by clicking HERE (second from the bottom of the list). This informative and participatory (if you choose) workshop will explain, demonstrate, and teach these dances as well as some other easy dances. We hope you can join us for this perfect winter activity! A no-host dinner location will be announced as the date approaches.

January 9, 2020 Genealogy Workshop with Sylvia Thomas: PREPARE TO RESEARCH: The purpose of this session is to get ready to research and/or to improve individual productivity and management of precious research minutes.  Beginners and even the more accomplished researcher can benefit from the identification of a personal\general templet system for their research.  Discussion will also include organizational and notetaking tips, and why the formal identification of a research plan based on personal ancestry research goals is important.  The second half of the session will provide opportunity for group interaction and help as you identify and write your overall and immediate research goals.  This time may also be used for creating a favorites list of resources and references, registering with basic start up data bases, and preparing general organization that can be used from day one in your work. No matter the skill level, building a sound research plan based on your identified personal goals will keep you off the rabbit path and out of the blackholes that reduce personal productivity. Participants may want to bring some or all of the following items:  Ring binder, pencils and pens, a spiral composition book or other notetaking pad, index cards, sharpie or other writing markers, highlighter, sticky notes, etc. The Emeritus College will provide copies of Sylvia’s extensive list of research options/references.

December 3, 2019 Emeritus College Holiday Social:  This fun get-together is a GREAT way to kick off the Holiday Season! Due to all the positive feedback from the Fall Picnic, the Holiday Social has been moved to Palmetto’s Catering and Event Center (1410 Cherry Street Ext/Pendleton, SC  29670)!! Heavy hors d’oeuvres accompanied by beer, wine, tea, mulled cider and water will be served. Donations welcome for beverages. The band HornTrAXX will be playing with the Emeritus College’s own Dr. Tom Jenkins, Professor Emeritus of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Click HERE for more information about the band!

November 20, 2019  Music Event: Two-thirds of the New Tricks Trio—Vince Jackson and John Mims will bring their classic folk/Americana sound to the venue. Performing in the style made popular during the late 50s and early 60s, Jackson and Mims will perform songs by The Kingston Trio, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Rivers, Pete Seeger and others. The event is geared toward lively entertainment and audience participation, so come prepared to sing along and enjoy music you may not have heard recently. A pleasant time is guaranteed for all!

November 14, 2019 Jewelry Making – Beading and Stamping with Dr. Patricia Knowles, Associate Professor Emerita of Marketing:Maybe you have beaded or stamped jewelry in the past or maybe you are a novice. Either way, man or woman, if you think you would like to make a beaded or stamped necklace, bracelet and/or earrings, please come to this event. Click HERE for more information regarding the jewelry making workshops!! Perfect timing for those holiday presents, a birthday or for yourself

November 11, 2019 Seminar with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, World War 1, Part 2: What an appropriate way to spend Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day with the second program in the series on World War 1: Historian and diplomat George Kennan called the First World War the “great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century.” Yet, most Americans have little knowledge of it. This presentation examines the roots of a conflict no one wanted but thought was inevitable; a war that was expected to be over in two months but lasted more than four years; a war that, far from being the “war to end all wars,” set the stage for greater horror yet to come. Indeed, it could be argued that the First World War was the most consequential conflict of all time. What do 9/11, ISIS and the civil war in Syria have to do with World War I? Come to this program and find out. Material differs from first program however, attendance at first program not required.  Contact the Emeritus College at 864-656-3990 or emerituscollege@clemson.edu, if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint.

November 4, 2019 Seminar with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, World War 1, Part 1: Historian and diplomat George Kennan called the First World War the “great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century.” Yet, most Americans have little knowledge of it. This presentation examines the roots of a conflict no one wanted but thought was inevitable; a war that was expected to be over in two months but lasted more than four years; a war that, far from being the “war to end all wars,” set the stage for greater horror yet to come. Indeed, it could be argued that the First World War was the most consequential conflict of all time. What do 9/11, ISIS and the civil war in Syria have to do with World War I? Come to this program and find out.  First of two programs. Contact the Emeritus College at 864-656-3990 or emerituscollege@clemson.edu, if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint.

October 23, 2019  Music Event with New Tricks Trio: New Tricks Trio is an acoustic group steeped in the musical style known as Americana. Americana being the perfect blend of blues, rock, folk and country music. The groups diverse repertoire includes songs by Lead Belly, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Band members are Vince Jackson [harmonica / vocals] John Mims [lead guitar / vocals] and Dave Scherrep [guitar / vocals] Come prepared to enjoy the music and learn about the history of the songs and their authors. 

October 16, 2019 Seminar – Adobe Lightroom: As a follow-up to the Big Tent Literacy Initiative program in April 2019, Jan Holmevik, Associate Professor of  Communication and Rhetoric, and  Christopher Stuart, PhD Candidate and Graduate Teacher of Record, Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design, will present an in depth program on utilizing Adobe Lightroom. This program is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud and is included in the software available to emeritus faculty.Lightroom is much more than a photo editor or image editing software. Lightroom helps you import, organize, manage, and find your images. In turn, Lightroom is photo management and photo editing, combined into a single tool. Unlike Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom is a non-destructive photo editor, meaning that you don’t have to worry about that pesky “save as” button. In fact, Lightroom has no “save” button at all. All of the edits are automatically kept in your Lightroom catalog, which acts as your database of edits and history. Bring your smart phone, tablet, laptop or just come for the information. You can download the Adobe Lightroom App from the App Store prior to the session.

October 10, 2019 NEED A FLU SHOT?  Nurses from the Sullivan Center will be at the Emeritus College on October 10 conducting a flu shot clinic. No appointments are necessary just stop by and get your shot. Please bring a copy of your insurance card with you or the EC can make a copy for you, in order for them to bill. They take Blue Cross Blue Shield State Health Plan, Medicare and Medicaid. Anyone with any other insurance will have to pay $30 for their shot (cash, check or card). The clinic will be held at the Emeritus College Meeting Room  (511 Westinghouse Road/Pendleton/29670). Light refreshments will be provided.

October 9, 2019 Seminar – Adobe Spark: As a follow-up to the Big Tent Literacy Initiative program in April 2019, Jan Holmevik, Associate Professor of  Communication and Rhetoric, and  Christopher Stuart, PhD Candidate and Graduate Teacher of Record, Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design, will present an in depth program on utilizing Adobe Spark. This program is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud and is included in the software available to emeritus faculty. Adobe Spark allows both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. Spark Post is aimed at letting you create professional graphics in minutes. Spark Page, meanwhile, is focused on helping you craft web stories. That means you can use it for things like magazine-style travel stories, photo albums, online newsletters, reports, or anything else that you want to present on the web. It’s basically a simplified web editing platform, with tools that let you mix text and imagery in a highly visual way. Finally, Spark Video lets you create animated videos in a matter of minutes, says Adobe. This isn’t a tool for filming content, however. Instead, you combine text, images, icons and themes in a presentation, then speak your voice over the story in order to create the video. Bring your smart phone, tablet, laptop or just come for the information. You can download the Adobe Spark App from the App Store prior to the session. Please join us for a no-host lunch (location TBD) after the seminar. Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenter.

October 2, 2019 Focus Discussion Lunch – Fulbright Specialist Program: June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology, will be at the College to discuss international fellowships opportunities for emeritus faculty.  The program will focus on increasing Clemson representation on the Fulbright Specialist list.  This is a program that allows for 2-6 week projects/consultancies hosted by overseas institutions.  You can find an overview of the Fulbright Specialist Program by clicking HERE. Click HERE for more information on the overall Fulbright programs. Click HERE for PowerPoint presentation.

October 1, 2019  Emeritus College Fall Picnic and Annual Meeting at Palmetto’s Event Center – The Fall Picnic is always a great time to reconnect with colleagues after your summer travels. We hope you will join us for the festivities as well as a brief annual meeting to take care of some college business. More information to come as the event approaches.

September 26, 2019, Seminar – South Carolina Tea with Ron Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences, and Steve Lorch: Dr. Thomas and Mr. Lorch will discuss the Table Rock Tea Company and its development in Table Rock.  Tea production in South Carolina and Clemson’s involvement is not new and forms the unique relationship between Dr. Thomas and Mr. Lorch.  Their story and its link to our community is at the heart of this presentation.  T

September 23 , 2019, Focus Discussion Lunch – Grad 360° Program: Dr. Tia Dumas, Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence, and Jodi Cox, Director of Graduate Training and Mentoring, will be joining the lunch to discuss the Grad 360° program (comprehensive professional development program for graduate students and postdocs) and how emeritus faculty may assist in providing professional development programs for graduate students.

September 19, 2019, Seminar – Genealogy with Sylvia Thomas: For some this program will serve as a starting point for exploring family history, for others it will be an opportunity to explore additional research techniques available. Sylvia M. Thomas will discuss her experience in researching her family history, common mistakes that can divert a person from the “right” track; to a fascinating look at a family whose history goes back to the founding of this country.  Sylvia has worked with numerous individuals in helping them search for family. Click HERE for resources list.

September 4, 2019 Book Signing with Dr. James Navratil, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences: Join Dr. Navratil to discuss his latest novel, The Final Bear Hug. The book is a continuation of the story in, The Bear Hug by Sylvia Tascher. Dr. Navratil wrote The Final Bear Hug with his late wife, Sylvia Tascher. Please click HERE to read more about the authors and for a summary of the novel. The signing and discussion will be held in the newly renovated informal meeting space at the College.

September 5, 2019 Dr. George Petersen, Dean of the College of Education, Meet and Greet Dean George Petersen will be at the Emeritus College to discuss the  vision and future of the College of Education with members of the Emeritus  College. Please mark your calendars for this the second meet and greet with the deans! The College of Education is committed to being a transformative leader in improving education.  The Dean has developed programs to focus on serving underperforming schools and underserved communities.  The College has award-winning programs that train teachers, counselors and school leaders; that prepare counselors for community practice; that train higher education student affairs leaders; and that prepare training and development specialists for business and industry.  Come and learn more about the what is happening in the college and Dean Petersen’s plans, new program directions,  and opportunities for the Emeritus faculty to connect with the College. It promises to be very informative.

September 10, 2019  Focus-Discussion Lunch – Sustainability Assessment with Vic Shelburne (Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources) and Caye Drapcho (Associate Professor of Biosystems Engineering): The Clemson University Commission on Sustainability was established in September of 2009 by President James Barker. In December of 2010, the commission released a draft of the University’s first comprehensive Sustainability Plan, acting as the basis for all sustainability practices at Clemson. The plan was filed in accordance with the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, to which Clemson is a signatory. In 2018, a revised charter was adopted, and the commission became The Clemson University Sustainability Commission, and is the coordinating body for our efforts to become a model of sustainability among institutions. To creatively address sustainability, the commission facilitates collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and the community by integrating education, research, and public service with the social, economic, and environmental infrastructure.  Dr. Shelburne will give the Executive Presentation of the AASHE/STARS results (sustainability assessment) as well as discuss with attendees any other information/issues regarding this topic.

August 13, 2019 Musical Event with Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Lew Fitch: The Life, Death and Resurrection of a Musical Instrument!The “sweet flute” (flauto dolce) or “recorder”, the instrument that lived, died and rose again. That shrill plastic whistle with the holes that your kid brought home from school is actually a member of a highly respected family of instruments that filled an important musical function from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Abandoned for technical reasons, they were revived in the early 20th century and have gone on to be played professionally and for fun in many countries all over the world.

August 20 and August 27, 2019 Seminar with Dr. Steve Wainscott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” – The Ghent Altarpiece: Part 1 and Part 2It may not be the most famous painting in the world, but many art historians consider “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by Flemish master Jan van Eyck to be one of the most significant works of art of all time. Depicting two themes central to Christianity, the Annunciation and the Redemption, “The Lamb” (also known by its place name “The Ghent Altarpiece”), consists of 24 oak panels, each painted in oil. Renowned for its exquisite detail, vibrant colors and intense realism, the Ghent Altarpiece has been referred to as the artistic “fulcrum” between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.   In all, there are more than 200 human figures throughout the work, which was begun in 1417 and was completed in 1432. Many are actual historical figures (e.g., St. Stephen and the Roman poet Virgil). The Ghent Altarpiece is also significant for its depiction of the natural world, the fruits on trees so detailed that horticulturalists today can identify them. But what makes “The Lamb” so significant is that the painter was virtually unschooled. He had no mentor, nor was he a disciple of anyone or of any artistic style. According to art historian Noah Charney, with Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece “a new way of depicting the world exploded out of thin air, a blossoming tree with no evident roots linking it to past masters.”  In addition to examining the content, iconography and symbolism of the altarpiece, we will look at some of the mysteries and misdeeds that have befallen it. It is the most stolen work of art in history, its seven thefts eclipsing a Rembrandt (four). Stolen by the Nazis and stored for Adolph Hitler’s personal collection, it was almost destroyed by an explosion in an Austrian salt mine. Finally, we will learn about the greatest mystery in the history of art: the disappearance in May 1934 of the “Just Judges” panel, its whereabouts still unknown. Yes, the Ghent Altarpiece is great art, but the story of its rocky 580-year journey reads like a real whodunit. Please join us for a no-host lunch (location TBD) after the seminar. Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenter

July 10, 2019 Emeritus College Private Tour of the Brooks Center – Join us for a tour, talk and music by Dr. Eric Lapin, Clemson faculty and students.  Dr. Lapin is a Senior Lecturer of Music and Director of Artistic Initiatives for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will feature a behind-the-scene tour of the facility, performances, historical background, and instrument demonstrations.

July 17, 2019 Emeritus College Private Tour of The Library Depot with CU Libraries Dean, Chris Cox: Join Dr. Cox for a very informative tour of The Depot. The Library Depot, which opened in 2012, is located at the Clemson Research Park in Anderson, SC (103 Clemson Research Blvd., Anderson, SC 29625 Map/Directions to the Library Depot). The Library Depot houses the University Records Center, off-site shelving of library materials, the library technical services unit, and a digital imaging lab.

May 30, 2019 Seminar and No-Host with CU’s Associate Provosts: Amy Lawton-Rauh (Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs), Constancio Nakuma (Associate Provost for  Academic Affairs) and Cole Smith (Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives) will be at the Emeritus College to discuss updates on faculty, the university’s strategic plan, and academic initiatives. A no-host lunch will be served at the Emeritus College after the presentation. The lunch is a great opportunity to further the discussion with the associate provosts.

June 6, 2019 Emeritus College Private Tour of Woodburn Historic Home and Grounds with Catered Lunch: Join us for a catered lunch on the grounds of Woodburn Historic Home with a tour of the home following lunch. Woodburn is a graceful four-story clapboard plantation house (c.1830) conveniently located on twelve acres of land just off of US76, across from the Tri County Technical College campus and just nine miles north of I-85 (Exit 19B). Woodburn Plantation was owned by several different individuals throughout history before the Pendleton Historic Foundation acquired the home and grounds in the 1960’s. Many of the families that owned Woodburn were extremely influential in South Carolina throughout history for example, Charles Pickney (son of General Thomas Pickney) owned Woodburn from 1789-1865.

May 22, 2019  Musical Event – Join us for some “Old Time” string tunes with this fantastic trio of musicians: Fred Switzer, lead guitar, race car driver, Professor of Psychology; Jeff Appling, rhythm guitar, collector of rare minerals, teacher of skepticism, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Jan Murdoch, mandolin, bread baker, cocktail crafter, personal assistant to two spoiled dogs. The group will play for an hour then have a question and answer session after the performance.

April 30, 2019  Emeritus Day with New Emeriti Recognition at the Madren Center  The Provost and President honored the 2018-19 emeriti in the BellSouth Auditorium with the luncheon following the presentation. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Doris Helms, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Emerita who spoke about the importance of the team especially at the beginning phases of the Emeritus College.  With over 250 in attendance

April 17, 2019, Clemson’s Big Tent Literacy Initiative – This presentation discussed a unique new collaboration between IT and Academics to drive and support digital literacy initiatives at the University. An enterprise-wide strategy, named Big Tent, has been developed to foster industry partnerships and bring stakeholder groups at the University together to help shape our capacity to deliver relevant and impactful technology enabled learning and research. The presentation also featured a demonstration of Adobe Creative Cloud tools with examples of how they are being used to drive student success at Clemson University. The initiative was presented by Dr. Jan Holmevik, Clemson University, Associate Professor of Professional Communication and Rhetorics.

March 28, 2019  Musical Event  Eric J. Lapin and Clemson University students will present a lecture recital at the Emeritus College.  Dr. Lapin is a Senior Lecturer of Music and Director of Artistic Initiatives for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will feature Performing Arts student performances, historical background, and instrument demonstrations.

April 3, 2019 – Dr. Darren Linvill (Associate Professor of Communications) and Dr. Patrick Warren (Associate Professor of Economics)will present their research. Through multidisciplinary research, Drs. Linvill and Warren sought to understand the role of Russian propaganda in political discourse. Their research has not only benefited the field of communication, but American politics in general. Most recently, they made national headlines when they shed light on Russian propaganda campaigns carried through social media, studying the impact Russian troll accounts had on the 2016 presidential election and continue to have on politics. Their work has been highly successful, even being featured in congressional hearings pertaining to social media disinformation.  “We were able to use Clemson’s Social Media Listening Center to download three million tweets from known Russian accounts attempting to further divide Americans along ideological lines.” Dr. Warren stated that “I’m most proud of having my work cited in congressional hearings on disinformation in social media. We gathered all the tweets produced by the Russian disinformation agency called the Internet Research Agency. We then analyzed those tweets in order to try to understand the strategies the agency pursued and what impact they had. That work is in progress, and Congress discussed some of our preliminary findings in order to urge Twitter to take the problem of disinformation more seriously.” Click HERE for more information on their research.

March 14, 2019 – Dr. Christopher N. Cox, Dean of the Clemson University Libraries presented his new directions and dreams for the Clemson Libraries. As Dean, he is dedicated to collaboratively developing a vision for a world class research library that meets the needs of Clemson’s students, faculty and staff.  Prior to coming to Clemson, Cox was Dean of Library Services at the University of Northern Iowa.  Cox has also served as Dean of Libraries at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, and Interim Director of Libraries at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  He has a BA in English from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, an MA in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library Science from the University at Albany, NY. The program provided an opportunity for emeritus faculty to provide feedback to Dean Cox and to identify ways in which the libraries serve emeritus faculty.

February 12, 2019Social Media Listening Center presented by Amanda Moore. The Social Media Listening Center is a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and teaching facility that seeks to monitor, measure, and engage in social media conversations from across the web and provide learning, teaching, research, and partnership opportunities to students, faculty, collaborative research partners, and external clients. Joe’s presentation will highlight the successes of Clemson’s Social Media Listening Center and outline how researchers and industry professionals have utilized the Center to examine how social media function across diverse contexts and disciplines, including active shooter incidents at the P-12 level, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, cyberbullying, and others. Amanda Moore, Associate Director of the Social Media Listening Center and Lecturer. Click HERE for PowerPoint of presentation.

April 11, 2018Changing American Culture presented by Melissa Vogel. There’s no doubt about it. Somebody keeps moving our cheese. What we once thought were integral components of the social fabric are scarcely recognizable anymore. What do evolving attitudes and behaviors have to say about what’s now considered normal? Melissa Vogel, Clemson Professor of Anthropology, will help us figure out how to cope with the new, sometimes disquieting, society in which we live.

March 15, 2018  Climate Science presented by Gerald Lehmacher. Why is climate science so controversial? Climate scientists are simply trying to solve incredibly complex physical and chemical problems to project trends in the Earth’s climate. We all need straightforward, research-based answers about what is known to be happening, what is driving any changes, and what our children and grandchildren will be dealing with. Click HERE for presentation PowerPoint.

February 15, 2018 Cybersecurity presented by Josh Smith, CCIT Office of Information Security and Privacy.  Maybe your identity hasn’t been stolen yet, but there are nefarious people out there who would like to do just that. Find out how to protect yourself from phishing, viruses, Trojan horses, and other malware that thieves use in attempts to rob you. Joshua Smith, who manages CCIT’s Endpoint Security Systems will guide us through the labyrinth.

January 19, 2018  – ClemsonForward, Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Ellen Granberg presented an update on the implementation of the University’s academic strategic plan. 

October 17, 2017 — Native Plants: Good Habitat for People and Animals, Dr. Bill Stringer, Associate Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, South Carolina Native Plant Society

October 3, 2017—What Makes Clemson, Clemson?, Emeritus Day keynote speech by President Emeritus Dr. James Barker

August 8, 2017— The Era of the World Wars and Today, Dr. Don McKale, Class of 1941 Memorial Professor Emeritus of Clemson University