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PAST PRESENTATIONS: Please note that recorded presentations are not edited, therefore the transcription may not be 100% accurate

NOVEMBER 2022

  • 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. You can find the materials referenced in the presentation HERE.
  • 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