By Cloe Michaud, Class of 2020
Clemson University’s Emeritus College of retired Clemson faculty will be honored with a national award for its work helping improve the English language skills and cultural awareness of international students who are seeking assistantships through their departments.
The Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) chose the Emeritus College’s Language Skills Program as one of three programs nationally to receive its Innovation Award.
The language programs include the Clemson English-Speaking Proficiency test and its follow-up, the Conversations with International Students program. The pair of programs received accolades from AROHE for benefitting students, improving instruction and enhancing campus diversity.
The language programs are a campus-wide initiative involving volunteer emeriti English-Speaking Proficiency test interviewers, volunteer emeriti Conversations with International Students mentors, student participants, graduate coordinators, student-service coordinators, active faculty, department chairs and college and university administrators. Also contributing are faculty and staff from the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, the Graduate School and the Office of Global Engagement.
Amod Ogale is the Dow Chemical Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films. He was inducted as a Fellow by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. Ogale was one of three Fellows inducted and the only faculty member. David Bruce, chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, congratulated Ogale and noted, “The Fellow Award confirms that Dr. Ogale is a leading scholar in his field and that he brings world-class excellence to the department.”
On Oct 16, Clemson alumnus Kevin Yon was named the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2018. This award recognizes excellence in agricultural production and farm management, along with leadership in farm and community organizations. Yon was nominated by Travis Mitchell who was their Clemson University Extension agent, making it extra special for this family of Clemson alumni.
The South Carolina Botanical Garden is hosting its first-ever Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, celebration on Friday, Nov 2. The Day of the Dead Festival is a traditional Latin American holiday when people celebrate loved ones who have passed away. There will be several activities Friday including a special outdoor screening of the Disney Pixar movie “Coco,” a keynote address by Mexican Consul General Remedios Gómex Arnau, and an exhibition of Hispanic artists. For more information about the event, click here.