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Inside NOW: Sirrine, Mell parking lots closing for summer; Research ROAR provides news, opportunities; Ally training

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1. PARKING/TRANSIT: Sirrine, Mell parking lots closing for summer
2. TigerOne to be offline Monday-Wednesday
3. Research ROAR provides info on research news; funding opportunities
4. Ally training offered May 14, 30 and June 11
5. State Employee Recognition Day lunch May 8
6. President’s Commission on the Status of Women names award winners
7. Time to Register for Summer Camp! Fike Day Camp discount for employees
8. Get to know Clemson’s parking enforcement officers

1. PARKING/TRANSIT: Sirrine and Mell Hall parking lots to close for the summer

The work commute is about to get more interesting for those who park in the Sirrine Hall (E-4) and Mell Hall (E-11) parking lots.

The lots, which contain a combined 286 employee spaces, nine handicap spots, and a handful of other designated spaces, will close for repaving and enhancements. The Mell Hall lot will be closed from May 13 through August 13 and the Sirrine lot will be closed from May 20 to July 19.

The project will create a total of five new parking spots — four at Sirrine and one at Mell — and bring all spaces up to ADA-compliance. An electric charging station will be added and new LED lighting will be installed at Sirrine.

“The LED lighting is more energy efficient,” said Dan Hofmann, director of parking and transportation services. “It will help us save on energy costs and will be consistent with our commitment to sustainability.”

Employees who park in these lots will be directed to park on Nu Street and take the Tiger Transit shuttle, which will be placed into service to transport employees. Nu Street is located just after the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and Perimeter Road on Centennial Boulevard.

Additional parking is also available in the C-2 parking. The shuttles will run to various points on campus from Nu Street/C-2 parking lot to Mell Hall from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The shuttle stops in operational order are the following:
1. C-2 parking lot (located on Williamson Road)
2. Nu Street
3. South Palmetto Boulevard and Williamson Road
4. South Palmetto Boulevard and Fernow Street
5. Fernow Street and Calhoun Drive
6. Mell Hall (S.C. 93)
7. Calhoun Drive and Fernow Street
8. Fernow Street and South Palmetto Boulevard
9. South Palmetto Boulevard and Williamson Road

Access to the Sirrine and Hunter Loading docks will be maintained.

Other summer parking projects include:

The closure of Cherry Road in July: Those who park on this road can park in C-1 lot accessible from Cherry Road and Perimeter Road and take the Tiger Transit shuttle to their campus destinations.

A Clemson Area Transit (CAT) bus Red Route deviation will begin when Cherry Road is closed in July. The Red route will continue onto East Library Circle rather than turning right onto Cherry Road. Those who use the Cherry Road bus stops to access the Red Route should catch the bus at Sikes Hall.

Change in traffic flow for Calhoun Drive between Tillman Circle and Fort Hill Street: Calhoun Drive will be temporarily designated for one-way traffic and the Calhoun Drive gate arm will remain down for the summer. This will allow cars to be parked on both sides of Calhoun Street and will create 13 new employee spaces.

A multi-space meter expansion plan, which will place multi-space parking meters in various existing timed and visitor parking spaces: This expansion will coincide with the expansion of the Parker App allowing users to see how many metered spaces are available at their destination and use voice-guided directions to get there.

2. TigerOne to be offline Monday-Wednesday

TigerOne Card Services will be closed for transactions from 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, through 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, for a major system upgrade.

Cardholders will be unable to:

  • to access the online TigerOne Card office,
  • make deposits in the TigerOne Card Services office or through the TigerOne Value Transfer Station locations
  • make purchases using TigerStripe or Paw Points.

Locations using the TigerOne Micros POS terminals, including Dining Services, will be able to make offline transactions for meal plan privileges or to accept cash or check payments.

All offline transactions will updated in the TigerOne system automatically when the upgrade has been completed and Micros is back online.

TigerOne staff will be available during normal business hours. Contact them at 864-656-0763 or For more information, go to

3. Research ROAR provides info on research news; funding opportunities

To better serve the needs of Clemson’s research community, the Office of Sponsored programs has developed a weekly e-newsletter.  Research ROAR will feature research news, updates and funding opportunities.

To receive the e-newsletter, you must opt into the Research ROAR listserv by contacting Mandy McCaslan at  Subscribers may opt-out at any time.

For more information or questions, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 864-656-2424.

4. Ally training offered May 14, 30 and June 11

To further assist students as they transition to Clemson and to continue to improve the campus climate, New Student and Family Programs has partnered with the Gantt Center for Student Life to offer Ally training for faculty and staff.

The training sessions, open to all faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14, May 30 and June 11 and will include a light snack. Participants should only attend one session. Additional sessions may be added, if needed. To register, visit

By participating in Ally training, you are affirming your (participation or contribution) in creating a more welcoming and inclusive Clemson University campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff. Ally training aims to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTQ issues and to train you to stand with and advocate for LGBTQ people; be their Ally.

Ally training is an adaptation of the Safe Zone program.  If you have previously completed Safe Zone training, you are encouraged to attend Ally training, as the model is now more developed and is specifically tailored for Clemson’s community.

Once Ally training is completed, you will receive a lapel-style pin, featuring the Clemson Ally symbol, to wear throughout undergraduate New Student Orientation. The hope is that new students and families may see the symbol and recognize Clemson’s commitment to be an inclusive place for all.

Additionally, by self-identifying as an Ally, students may seek you out to ask more personal questions that will assist in their transition. If you have previously participated in Ally Training, the
Gantt Center can provide you a pin to wear during New Student Orientation.

Call 864-656-0515 if you have questions.

5. State Employee Recognition Day lunch May 8

The Office of Human Resources invites Clemson faculty and staff to the annual State Employee Recognition Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Harcombe Dining Hall.

A buffet-style lunch, sponsored by ARAMARK and consisting of hot dogs and chili, pulled pork barbecue, veggie burgers, coleslaw, healthy grain salad, chips and dessert will be available.

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeff Bright) from the Madren Center.

Employees who attend will automatically be entered for door prizes. Bring your Tiger1 card for easy door prize registration. All door prizes were donated by university areas and departments, including goods and services the departments provide. Door prize winners will be notified the next day via email.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 864-656-2000 or Ask-HR.

6. President’s Commission on the Status of Women names award-winners

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women honored six individuals with Clemson University Outstanding Women Awards. The awards were created to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to improving the status of women.

The individuals were nominated by their peers and selected by committees made up of current Women’s Commission members.

Award recipients include:

  • Pamela Havice, Outstanding Academic Faculty award
  • Leigh Dodson, Outstanding Staff award
  • Duong Nguyen, Outstanding Graduate award
  • Bryanna Saunders, Outstanding Undergraduate award
  • Timothy Burg, Women’s Commission award—Distinguished Contributor
  • Carlin Bartlett, Thea McCrary Student Award for Outstanding Service

Go to for more information and photos.

7. Clemson employees receive Fike Day Camp discount
Clemson employees, Fike members and students receive a discount for day camps this summer.

Fike camps begin the week of June 10 and end Aug. 2. The weekly camp themes are:

  • June 10-14: Safety Week
  • June 17-21: Get Fit Week
  • June 24-28: Science Week
  • July 8-12: Survivor Week
  • July 15-19: Mini Tiger Week
  • July 22-26: Career Week
  • July 29-Aug. 2: Music Week

For more information contact Stacey Pettigrew.

8. Get to know Clemson’s parking enforcement officers

Where there’s a car, chances are there’s a Parking Services officer around the corner. Patrolling the lots and fighting parking faux pas on Clemson’s campus is a large job, and the parking enforcement officers (PEOs) are dedicated to doing so.

Just follow the rules.

“When entering a parking lot, they should look for and read the parking signs at the entrance of the lot,” Hackett said. “If they are not sure about their vehicle being legally parked, they should contact CUPD or Parking Services for assistance.”

Their repertoire of enforcement often sparks negativity, but despite popular belief, these officers are not the “bad guys.” Instead, they aim to educate the campus about parking regulations and to assist with creating equal parking opportunities for everyone, and they love being able to do so by being out and about around campus.

“I enjoy not being in an office all day and being outside and moving around,” Olker said.

“It’s the high visibility this job gives me,” Hackett said. “The visibility provides me with a tremendous opportunity to be the ‘Latino’ face of Clemson University and the opportunity to interact with a diverse community.”

“I enjoy meeting people and letting them know that we are here to help them,” Ward said. “We direct them to where they need to go and where would be the best place to park.”

The PEOs also appreciate their time away from tickets, towing and teaching others about parking regulations, and many of them channel their love of being outdoors during their time off.

Bridgeman spends her time gardening and riding motorcycles, while Ertzberger fishes with his son. And for Seigler, the lake is his haven.

“I love fishing, kayaking, swimming and any other excuse I can find to be on the lake,” he said. “I really love being out on the water.”

Some also enjoy expanding their horizons. Olker spends his time reading, traveling and serving as a board member of the Jaycee Camp Hope Foundation, and Hackett attends the theater with her husband. Ward enjoys family tree work and his photo collection.

And when back on the job, while the primary goal of these officers is not to bring in a collection of tickets each day, it’s a sure thing that they are always watching.

“Act as if Parking Services is always here, because chances are, we are here — even during holidays and weekends,” Seigler said.

And when in doubt about where to park, just ask.

“When in doubt, call us and ask us,” Bridgeman said. “We are here to help.”