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Upcoming Seminars/Events

  • October 23 (Wednesday) 10:30am – 12:00pm, 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. Please join us a no-host lunch following the presentation at Dyar’s Diner (2216 Old Greenville Hwy/ Pendleton). Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenters.

  • November 4 (Monday) 10:30am – 12:00pm, 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. Please plan to join us for a no-host lunch after the Seminar at Solé on the Green. Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenter.

  • November 7 (Thursday) and November 14 (Thursday) 10:00am – 12:00pm, 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 (Monday) 10:30am – 12:00pm, 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.  Attendance at first program not required. Please plan to join us for a no-host lunch after the Seminar at Red Bowl (1390 Tiger Blvd. Suite 210 Clemson). Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenter.

  • November 20 (Wednesday) 10:30am – 12:00pm, Music Event with Dave Scherrep: Dave Scherrep is a singer / songwriter who performs  a variety of acoustic  music that includes, Celtic ballads, classic rock, folk, country gospel and original compositions. What Dave enjoys more than anything is sharing his knowledge of these songs with his audience. Dave is the former Associate Director of Cooperative Education at Clemson University. Please plan to join us for a no-host lunch after the event at Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant in Pendleton. Attending the lunch is a great way to continue the discussion with the presenter.

  • December 3 (Tuesday) 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Emeritus College Holiday Social will be held at the Palmetto’s Catering and Event Center. This new location will provide plenty of space for this well attended event! Food will be provided by Palmetto Catering with donations requested for alcoholic beverages. This fun get-together is a GREAT way to kick off the Holiday Season! More information to follow as date approaches.

All seminars and  will take place in the Emeritus College Meeting Room (511 Westinghouse Road  Pendleton, SC 29670) unless otherwise stated. 

 

Past Seminars/Events

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