Charlotte’s Lily Eyraud named Clemson Alumni’s Volunteer of the Year

CLEMSON, South Carolina – The Clemson Alumni Association has selected Lily Eyraud of Charlotte to receive the 2016 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year award. The award recognizes a Clemson alumnus for outstanding service and volunteerism to the university.

Eyraud previously served as chair of the engagement committee for the Clemson Young Alumni Council and currently serves as the communications lead for the Charlotte Clemson Club. For two years, she served as the Charlotte Clemson Young Alumni Council representative. Eyraud was also named to Clemson’s Young Alumni Council’s Roaring 10 this year for her continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect.

Eyraud also serves the Charlotte community as a member of the United Way of Central Carolinas Young Leaders board since 2013. She has mentored and developed leaders as the regional recruitment coordinator for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and she was previously president of the sorority’s Charlotte alumnae chapter and education adviser for the Zeta Sigma chapter at the University of South Carolina.

Eyraud graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in financial management and a minor in accounting. A Certified Financial Planner, she is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration through the Cross Continent Program at Duke University. Eyraud works as a retirement financial planner at TIAA-CREF, where she analyzes client finances up to $4 million in net worth. She also coordinates with TIAA-CREF’s director of community relations to enhance the company’s impact on the community through the United Way.

The Clemson Alumni Association has presented the Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award annually since 1988 to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who have a passion for service and building the Clemson family. The award is named for Frank Kellers III, a member of Clemson’s Class of 1957.

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Clemson Alumni Association names Jim Bull of Chapin its Volunteer of the Year

The Clemson Alumni Association has honored Jim Bull of Chapin with the 2015 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest and greatest expression of appreciation extended to an individual by the Alumni Association staff for outstanding service and volunteerism.

Bull’s many contributions to the Alumni Association include serving as a multi-year office
r for the Lexington County Clemson Club and volunteering with the Columbia Tiger Town Bound Reception and the Lexington Prowl & Growl.

Bull also is an IPTAY representative and chairs both the Student Engagement Committee and Marketing Committee for the Board of Visitors. In the past year, he chaired the Columbia high school reception for students applying to Clemson and participated in nearly every student sendoff.

The Alumni Association has presented the Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award annually since 1988 to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who have a passion for service and building the Clemson family. The award is named for Frank Kellers III ’57, longtime leader of the Northern California Clemson Club and tireless supporter of Clemson Clubs around the world.

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Clemson Alumni Association
The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the 140,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other.

Bryn Smith Named 2014 Volunteer of the Year

The Clemson Alumni Association has honored Bryn Smith (2002) with the 2013 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest and greatest expression of appreciation extended to an individual by the Alumni Association staff for outstanding service and volunteerism. Smith graduated in May 2002 in graphic communications and has been thoroughly involved in developing an alumni community in New York City’s Manhattan, where she lives. During her time at Clemson, Smith worked on Taps Yearbook as a member of the junior staff, academics editor and editor-In-chief. She also wrote for The Tiger and interned as a DJ on WSBF.

Shortly after graduating, Smith began to inquire about other alumni in the New York area. She reached out to a handful of friends and began to build a network of alumni. By mid-football season 2004, she met fellow alumna Carrie Dean and the two collaborated to have the New York/Tri-State Clemson Club chartered as an official university alumni club. “Bryn has dedicated herself to Clemson in so many ways and has proven to be one of the most passionate volunteers we have,” said Wil Brasington, senior director of the Clemson Alumni Association.

“Her efforts have helped to extend the reach of the Clemson family and strengthen the presence of Tiger alumni in the New York City metropolitan area and beyond, for which we are most grateful.”

Over the years, Smith has also served a pivotal role in assisting alumni and students in their job or internship searches. She also helped them find places to live and meet other alumni across the country when their jobs took them out of the New York area. She has connected with parents of current students to make them feel welcome and a part of the Clemson family.

Smith has been working with the other ACC club presidents in the New York City area for the past seven years to build an ACC alumni group. This group gets together occasionally to promote camaraderie and networking within the conference. The Alumni Association has presented the Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award annually since 1988 to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who have a passion for service and building the Clemson family. The award is named for Frank Kellers III ’57, longtime leader of the Northern California Clemson Club and tireless supporter of Clemson Clubs around the world.

Sonya Ables

Ables, a 1979 Clemson alumna in English communications and Spanish, has given back to the university since graduation. She was an at-large member of the Clemson Alumni Council, past member of the Alumni National Council and former president of the Clemson Alumni Association’s Women’s Council. While serving on the Women’s Council, she created the annual Bring Your Daughter to Clemson program, which allows girls ages 6 to 18 to learn about Clemson’s academic majors, campus life and student activities.

Ables also has been involved in the Greenville community, serving as a chairwoman of the Greenville Women’s Council chapter and regularly attending Greenville Meal Club luncheons. Currently, Ables is a member of the Clemson Alumni Association board of directors and an IPTAY Life Member.

“Sonya is one of the most dedicated, passionate volunteers we have at Clemson,” said Wil Brasington, senior director of the Clemson Alumni Association. “Her lifetime of volunteer work for her alma mater and in support of the Clemson family will leave a legacy for many generations to come.”

Ables’ husband, Rudy, also graduated from Clemson in 1979, and the couple’s three children — Matthew, Gareth and Meghan — all graduated from Clemson. The Ables have five grandchildren.

Presented annually since 1988, the Volunteer of the Year Award is the highest recognition and greatest expression of appreciation extended to an individual by the Alumni Association staff for outstanding service and volunteerism.