Dr. Delphine Dean Named Honorary Alumna

Dr. Delphine Dean Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Delphine Dean with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University, Class of 2021. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Dean is currently the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean set up Clemson’s first high complexity clinical diagnostics (CLIA) lab on campus to run all of the University’s COVID-19 screening tests. The lab runs over 3,000 tests a day, which includes all of Clemson’s COVID-19 surveillance testing as well as testing for the community.

Her lab leads a wide range of studies focused on understanding mechanics and interactions of biological systems. Her expertise is in nano- to micro-scale characterization of biological tissues including experimental techniques such as atomic force microscopy and mathematical modeling such as finite element analysis. In addition to the basic science work in the lab, Dean works on several applied translational design projects primarily aimed at enabling healthcare in low-resource areas in the U.S., Tanzania and India.

Dean is the recipient of the 2011 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry for her work in mentoring undergraduates at Clemson, where she currently mentors over 50 undergraduate students in creative inquiry research and design teams. These student teams work on a variety of projects, from understanding the effect of ionizing radiation on tissue to developing medical technology for the developing world. She is also the recipient of the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Dean during the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence reception. Clemson Alumni Association president, Gregg Morton, and board president-elect, Jeff Duckworth, presented Dean with this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations open in the Fall of each year and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Dr. Mary E. Kurz Named Honorary Alumna

Dr. Mary E. Kurz Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Mary E. Kurz with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University, Class of 2021. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Kurz earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2001 – all from the University of Arizona.

Kurz came to Clemson in 2001 where her research focuses on tactical decision-making in assembly systems, focusing on production planning and control topics, such as sequencing, line balancing and configuration management, for customizable products. She is an active adviser in Creative Inquiry and on undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Additionally, she was president of the Faculty Senate and chaired its policy committee.

Kurz has been deeply involved with the Clemson Aquatic Team, as both the chair of the board and the meet director, providing leadership in activities like swim meets at Fike or Lake Hartwell that regularly bring hundreds of swimmers to Clemson and an ongoing aquatic center feasibility study for a permanent home for Clemson Aquatic Team.

Through leadership activities on campus, Kurz developed skills that have transferred to community group. In the community, she has been engaged with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clemson’s endowment committee and a just-graduated girl scout troop. For many years, she coordinated the Engineering Expo with second graders at Clemson Elementary.

Her research has been disseminated in over 80 journal articles and conference proceedings, involving funding of over $4.8 million in her career thus far. Dr. Kurz also engages with outreach activities funded by the National Science Foundation, currently with the ADVANCE grant, the SPECTRA S-STEM program and the THINKER NRT. Each of these projects are focused on increasing the impact of engineering education and educators.

Kurz has received the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence, the Esin Gulari Leadership and Service Award, the Alan Schaffer Faculty Senate Service Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Excellence in Service.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Kurz during the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence reception. Clemson Alumni Association president, Gregg Morton, and board president-elect, Jeff Duckworth, presented Kurz with this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations open in the Fall of each year and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Robyn Nieri Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Robyn Twine Nieri with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Nieri graduated with a Child Development and Family Relations degree with a minor in Child Psychology and in Social Welfare from East Carolina University in 1989. She began her career as the director of several of the Columbia-based GLEAMNS Human Resource Commission program Head Start centers, a community-based organization designed to assist low-income individuals and families in achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency. GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. serves Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda Counties.

Nieri, known to many as “Clemson Mom,” has dedicated much time and service to Clemson University over the years, especially when her three children, Pennington West Nieri ‘15, Maigan Nieri Lincks ‘18, and Patrick Michael Nieri ‘19, were students. Along with her husband Michael, Nieri’s philanthropic efforts as an Athletics Cornerstone Member provided funding for the Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center. Their support as an Academic Cornerstone Member provided funding for The Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management. Nieri also lends her support to head football coach Dabo Swinney’s “All In Ball,” and serves as a member of the Clemson University’s Committee on Philanthropy.

Nieri currently serves as a community volunteer on the board of directors for Camp Cole, a fully accessible camp and retreat facility for children and adults facing serious illnesses and other physical, mental, and emotional health or life challenges. She provided fundraising support and advocacy to help bring the camp to fruition after her close friend’s son, Cole Sawyer, the camp’s namesake, passed away. Nieri also volunteered and provided fundraising support for Cardinal Newman, her children’s high school, and for the Boy’s Farm Inc. in Newberry, SC, a nonprofit organization that provides unique foster care services for boys experiencing difficult family situations.

In addition to her volunteer efforts, Nieri supports the family business, Great Southern Homes, leading the family’s community outreach and philanthropic activities

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Nieri during the Clemson vs. Pittsburgh football game. Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, board president, Gregg Morton, and Clemson University President, Jim Clements, along with various university staff, family and friends, joined the presentation to congratulate Nieri on this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni are currently open and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Pamela Maddex Hendrix Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association presented the Honorary Alumna distinction bestowed posthumously upon the late Pam Maddex Hendrix of Kiawah Island, SC, to her husband Bill, and all of her children and grandchildren.

The Clemson Alumni Association presented the Honorary Alumna distinction bestowed posthumously upon the late Pam Maddex Hendrix of Kiawah Island, SC, to her husband Bill, and all of her children and grandchildren.

Pam graduated from Winthrop University in 1965. Upon graduation, she traveled internationally and later married her husband, Leon “Bill” J. Hendrix in 1967. Once married, Pam and Bill lived on Clemson University’s campus and she worked for the University while Bill completed his degree. Through their marriage, Pam developed a deep loyalty and passion for Clemson.

Bill and Pam lived an adventurous life moving several times during Bill’s career; however, Pam always nurtured their family’s love and support for Clemson through their four children, Jill Ganzenmüller ’92, Joy Yonce ’93, Holly Cirrito ’95 and Jim Hendrix III ’98. All are proud Clemson graduates and along with their spouses they share 10 children who are loyal and devoted Clemson Tigers.

The example that Pam and Bill have shown through their generous support of Clemson has been extraordinary. Together, they have provided financial support for The Hendrix Student Center; The Hendrix Family Endowment for the Office for the Student Body President; The Class of 1963 Bridge to Clemson University Endowment; The President’s Leadership Circle; and The Emerging Scholars Program. They were Founding Partners for the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Scholarship Endowment and distinguished members of the Trustee Oak Society.

The Hendrix Family was Clemson’s inaugural Athletic Cornerstone Partner with a commitment of $2.5 million to support facility enhancements, including upgrades to Memorial Stadium and the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex, where the Hendrix Café bares their name. They have served in various leadership roles and always led the way to support Clemson with their time, talent and treasure.

Showcasing Pam’s passion for travel and learning about other cultures, Pam’s children surprised her and developed in her name The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Travel Endowment which provides meaningful travel experiences for Clemson students. After her passing, the family became an Academic Cornerstone Partner with a gift of $2.5 million to create The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Education Abroad Endowment. This partnership program allows Clemson students to dream, plan and live their global experiences during their time at Clemson.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Bill and the entire Hendrix family at Bill’s home in Clemson, South Carolina by Wil Brasington, the Executive Director of the Clemson Alumni Association and Gregg Morton, the President of the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition, the family was joined by other family and friends, including many Clemson Trustee members, President Jim Clements and other university administrators.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni opened in October and will close on December 31, 2020. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jim Warren Named Honorary Alumnus by Clemson Alumni Association

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored founder and president of College Connections, LLC, Jim Warren, with the designation of Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

“The Clemson family is real.  It’s not just something that’s talked about as a branding effort for marketing purposes. I know this based on numerous personal experiences over the past 28 years with hundreds of local alumni, parents, and students, as well as folks on campus including the president, administration, faculty and staff. I’m blessed to count Clemson people as friends, advisors, mentors, helpers, and prayer warriors. And Clemson people are just plain fun. I am truly humbled, honored, and thrilled to now be formally adopted into this special family. Joe Sherman had it right, there is “something in [those] hills where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness.”

Warren graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1979, with distinction in Economics. In 1982, Jim received a juris doctor degree with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He began his legal career in 1982 as an associate in the seven-office, 200 attorney international firm of Pettit & Martin (now DLA Piper), where he practiced in the area of government contract counseling and litigation. After just six years as an associate, he was elected to a full equity partnership. In 1992, Jim decided to leave the full-time practice of law to start College Connections, Inc. (CCI).

“I graduated from Duke at 2pm on May 6,1979.  I “graduated” from Clemson at 1pm on May 6, 2020 – 41 years to the day and almost exact hour after Duke!”

Warren, along with College Connections, Inc., manages the day-to-day operations of the Baltimore/DC Clemson Club helping to keep Clemson Alumni in the area engaged and connected to Clemson University.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Warren during a CU at Home Zoom meeting held by the Baltimore/DC Clemson Club. Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, and various staff and club members joined the meeting to congratulate Warren on this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Don Munson Named Honorary Alumnus

The Clemson Alumni Association surprised Athletics Director of Broadcasting Don Munson by naming him an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

“I’m very humbled by the honor,” said Munson. “It means everything to me to think that I’ve been around here for 25 years covering this place, and you grow to love the coaches, players and fanbase.”

Munson has been involved with the Clemson Radio Network for more than 25 years, and has served as the voice of Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball during his ten years as a full-time staff member in athletics.

“This is up there with Hunter Renfrow’s catch, it’s as satisfying as watching us beat Alabama 44-16, or watching men’s basketball take down Auburn to get to the Sweet 16,” said Munson. “It’s right up there with anything I’ve called on air.”

Munson joins Terry Don Phillips as those with athletic ties to earn the distinction in the past year. Originally hired in 2010, Munson now serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball. Additionally, he hosts weekly football and basketball coaches shows, serves as a frequent ACCNX broadcaster, hosts banquets and meetings and represents the athletic department at various functions.

Munson is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State with a B.S. degree in communications. He was the play-by-play voice at Appalachian State from 1984-91. In 1993, he served a season as the play-by-play voice of Western Carolina and in 1994 was the voice of the UNC Asheville men’s basketball broadcasts.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Don during halftime at the men’s basketball game vs Notre Dame in Littlejohn Coliseum by Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, and Board President, Mike Dowling. Don was joined by his family mid-court during the presentation.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Candice Wilson Glenn Named Honorary Alumna

Candice “Candi” Wilson Glenn received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in 1991. She is the wife of Gerald M. Glenn (Class of 1964) and mother of Mike (Class of 2016) and Charlie (Class of 2018). She has been an avid supporter of Clemson academics and athletics since she met and married Gerald. Candi is extremely passionate about investing in quality education and believes it benefits the recipients and their communities in perpetuity. In her own words, “An education is something that cannot be taken away from you, no matter what happens.”  Both Candi and Gerald have been champions for numerous important Clemson initiatives. They named and generously endowed the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Applied Science, created the Gerald and Candice Glenn Family Unrestricted Endowment for Clemson Athletics, and have recently agreed to become a Cornerstone Partner for Athletics.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Candi prior to the Clemson vs. Texas A&M football game on Clemson’s campus by Clemson University president, Jim Clements, Clemson Alumni Board President, Mike Dowling, and Alumni Executive Director, Wil Brasington.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Terry Don Phillips Named Honorary Alumnus

Excellence in academics has been a lifelong pursuit for Terry Don Phillips. He has an undergraduate degree from Arkansas (1970), a master’s degree from Virginia Tech (1974), a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech (1978), and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law (1996). He is a member of the Arkansas Bar, South Carolina Bar, American Bar Association, and Sports Lawyers Association.

Phillips served as Clemson’s athletic director from 2000-2012. Some of the accomplishments that have taken place during Phillips’ 10 years as athletic director include: the hiring of Dabo Swinney as head football coach, the hiring of Brad Brownell, and the winning of 13 ACC Championships in eight different sports, including five different women’s sports. He also set the standard for many Clemson traditions: wearing orange on Solid Orange Friday, having the players sing the alma mater after games, and wearing orange to games. In addition, he set another standard—full compliance with NCAA regulations. A total of 77 sports seasons recorded winning records in his time.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Terry Don at Clemson University’s Allen N. Reeves Football Complex by Clemson University president, Jim Clements, head football coach, Dabo Swinney, Clemson Alumni Board President Mike Dowling, Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, and President Emeritus Jim Barker.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jacqueline Morrow Reynolds Named Honorary Alumna

Jacqueline “Jackie” Morrow Reynolds graduated from Texas A & M University with a BBA degree in marketing. Jackie Reynolds’ distinctive and lifelong devotion to Clemson University is an outgrowth of her husband Dale Reynolds’ support of his alma mater. Jackie’s love for the opera drew her to the performing arts community here in Clemson and spending time in Houston once a year to enjoy the opera. Combining her love of Clemson University, the surrounding community and the arts, in 1991, she began funding the Jacqueline Morrow Reynolds Endowment for Music in order to strengthen and grow Clemson’s music and performing arts department. As a strong advocate of historic preservation, Jackie is a major donor to Clemson Historic Properties, where she has provided both an operating account and endowment known as the Jacqueline M. Reynolds Conservation Endowment for Fort Hill. Now this endowment been expanded to include the three additional historic properties: the Hanover House, Hopewell and the Trustee House.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Reynolds at Fort Hill on Clemson’s campus by Clemson Alumni Board President-Elect Gregg Morton and Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jan Childress McCrary accepting the Honorary Alumni award

Jan Childress McCrary Named Honorary Alumna

Janice (“Jan”) Childress McCrary, long-time volunteer and friend of Clemson, has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

Jan, now living in Greenville, SC, has a diverse background in healthcare businesses. She is an owner and Director of HMR Veterans Services, Inc., a national long-term care company focused on serving our country’s Veterans. Jan is part of an investment group that recently acquired Interim Healthcare of the Upstate, a local South Carolina provider of home health, hospice and personal care. She serves on the MUSC Foundation Board, the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board and the Cancer Society of Greenville County. She also chairs Cancer Association of Pickens County Board and is a member of the Upstate Warrier Solutions.

Mrs. McCrary has played an integral role in the advancement of Clemson University by serving on The Will to Lead capital campaign Executive Committee, the IPTAY Board of Directors, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the President’s Advisory Board, the Clemson University Foundation Board, the Thomas Green Clemson Society, the President’s Leadership Circle and as co-chair and founding partner of the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Endowed Scholarship initiative.

In her letter of support, JoVanna King, Clemson University Senior Associate Vice President for Development, states, “She (McCrary) is one of Clemson’s most devoted and dedicated supporters. Jan has given her time, talent and resources to help move Clemson forward…{and} has demonstrated exceptional commitment, service and unwavering loyalty to this great university for many years”.

Mrs. McCrary is the widow of Clemson alumnus T. Edward “Ed” Childress, who attended Clemson prior to attending the Medical University of South Carolina to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Jan is now married to William “Bill” McCrary of Greenville, SC. She has a daughter, Brandi, son-in-law, Parker, and twin grandsons, Harrison and Jackson Ariail. Her extended family includes, Mr. & Mrs. Trip McCrary, Anna and Ava Parker, along with Mr. & Mrs. Bradley McCrary, Gibson, Ellie and Webb.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to McCrary in Greenville, South Carolina by Clemson University President Jim Clements, Alumni Board President Mike Dowling, Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, Brian O’Rourke, and JoVanna King.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2020 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.