Senior Week 2019

Senior Week April 22-27, 2019

The Clemson Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association are excited to host Senior Week 2019 Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th 2019.

All students graduating in May, August and December of 2019 are invited to join us for this week-long celebration. Considered a “bucket list” of Clemson traditions, the Student Alumni Association has a week full of events, activities and gifts for the class of 2019 to enjoy.

The week of events includes:

Date Time Event Location
Monday (4/22) 3:00 – 5:00 pm Tillman Bell Tower tours Tillman Hall
Monday (4/22) 5:00 – 9:00 pm Senior Gift Proceeds Night Your Pie
Tuesday (4/23) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Class of 2019 Koozie giveaway Library Bridge
Wednesday (4/24) 4:00 – 6:00 pm Class of 2019 Baseball Tailgate West End Zone Parking Lot
Thursday (4/25) 3:00 – 5:00 pm Rub the Rock and Free Senior Prints Death Valley
Saturday (4/27) 7:00 – 10:00 pm Senior Ball – Ticketed event West End Zone



Ty Williams Student Alumni Council Member

Ty Williams

Name: Ty Williams 
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Major: Biosystems Engineering 
Favorite SAC event: Welcome Back Festival  

Why this is your favorite event: Welcome back festival is the perfect way to excite students to be back at school for the fall semester and to welcome the new incoming students with a fun, school-wide event. I love the environment of the festival and as a freshman I learned so much about the City of Clemson.  

Ashlea Willis Student Alumni Council Member

Ashlea Willis

Name: Ashlea Willis
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Major: Microbiology 
Favorite SAC event: Ring Ceremony  

Why this is your favorite event: I love the meaning behind the Clemson ring! I cry at every ceremony because it is an honor for every student to receive their ring and be able to say “I went to Clemson!”  

Caroline Cavendish Student Alumni Council Member

Caroline Cavendish

Name: Caroline Cavendish
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Major: English
Favorite SAC event: Senior Week

Why this is your favorite event: I love this event because I love a good celebration and it’s a celebration that lasts a whole week!!! Senior Week celebrates the accomplishments of talented, intelligent, driven seniors who have given their all to Clemson for four years. I love being able to watch them have a good time before they walk across the stage in May.

Stewart Buxton

Name: Stewart Buxton 
Hometown: Columbia, SC 
Major: Communications
Favorite SAC event: Master Teacher  

Why this is your favorite event: This event celebrates what I believe a Clemson education should always represent. A teacher who makes a monumental impact on countless students gets the chance to see that they are deeply appreciated. I love the way this event shines a spotlight on those who often do not get enough thanks!  

Scroll of Honor – John Duncan McArthur, Jr.

“An All-Round-Fellow”

At least three Clemson men were on board the ship when it set sail from Southampton, England on the morning of Christmas Eve 1944.  The ship was the Léopoldville, a Belgian transport that had made twenty-four Channel crossings and had already carried 120,000 Allied soldiers to France.  On this particular voyage, Léopoldville was transporting two regiments of the American 66th Infantry Division plus a number of British soldiers.  None of them  would forget this Christmas Eve.

One of those on board Léopoldville as the last light faded from the winter sky was Second Lieutenant John Duncan McArthur, Jr. of Anderson, Clemson Class of 1944.  McArthur and his division had arrived in England only a month earlier and were now being hurried to France to reinforce Allied lines in response to the Germans’ winter offensive that would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

McArthur, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. McArthur, Sr. of East River Street in Anderson, had graduated from Boys High School and enrolled in Clemson College in 1940.  He had participated in extracurricular activities in high school and continued those pursuits on campus.  A textile chemistry major, Johnny demonstrated leadership abilities early on.  He was a member of Tiger Brotherhood, the Anderson County Club, the Pershing Rifles, the YMCA Cabinet and Phi Si, the textile honorary fraternity.  He was also a member of the swimming team.

McArthur was assigned to Company D-2 in what was at the time the largest infantry ROTC cadet corps in the nation.  By the time he began his junior year, Johnny was the cadet first sergeant of D-2.  He would have expected to attend ROTC summer training at the end of the school year and then serve as a cadet officer as a senior, but the War Department had other plans.  By this time of course, the war was raging around the globe and Clemson men were serving in every theater.  The demand for manpower—and especially for young leaders—was increasing rapidly as America continued the mobilization of manpower and industry.  During the spring semester of 1943, the War Department announced that seniors would go directly into service following their graduations.  McArthur and his classmates would forego their senior years on campus and go directly into basic training following the end of spring classes.  Those showing aptitude would have the opportunity to advance to Officer Candidate School.

McArthur was, not surprisingly given his record as a cadet, one of those selected for officer training.  He was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for OCS and, following its successful completion, was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the 66th Infantry Division, the Black Panthers, then training at Camp Rucker, Alabama.   On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26, 1944, McArthur’s regiment landed in Dorchester, England.  Their pre-combat training was cut short by the Battle of the Bulge and the division was rushed to Southampton for its Christmas Eve crossing of the English Channel.

Léopoldville was just five miles from its destination, the French port of Cherbourg, when at 1754 hours, despite an escort composed of one French and three British warships, it was struck by a torpedo fired from a German U-boat.  In the December darkness, Léopoldville began to sink.  Neither the captain, who spoke Flemish, or his crew, most of whom came from the Belgian Congo, spoke English.  Radio communications between ship and shore were also hampered by different frequencies.  As a result, most of the men on board ended up in the frigid waters, struggling to survive until they could be rescued.

One of those in the water as the evening turned to night was Second Lieutenant McArthur.  According to a newspaper report, McArthur, the Clemson swimming letterman, paddled among the survivors of the sinking ship helping those who were wounded or who could not swim.  Seven hundred sixty-two men were killed, including Clemson alumni William Ingram Lawrence and James Lee Loftis both of the Class of 1946, in the sinking of Léopoldville making it the second deadliest troop ship disaster in the European war.

Once they finally reached French shores and, on December 29 relieved the 94th Infantry Division, McArthur and the 66th were assigned to destroy by-passed pockets of German troops still remaining in northern France.  Over the next two months, the 66th conducted limited attacks to gather intelligence and reduce the pockets of German resisters.  On February 20, 1945, just eleven weeks before V-E Day, McArthur was killed in Germany.

McArthur was survived by his parents and two sisters. He is interred at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France.   In reporting the death of one of the city’s sons, the Anderson Independent  wrote “He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  Johnny was known as an all-round fellow and he will be missed by all who were fortunate in claiming him as a friend.”

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Register for the 2019 Golden Tiger Reunion!

Clemson Legends Party at the National Championship

Join us for the ONE Clemson Legends Party 2019 before the National Championship! Doors will open at 9:00pm. Guests will be greeted with a red carpet reception on which Clemson fans and alumni will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Clemson Legends!

Where: The Glasshouse
2 South Market Street
San Jose, CA

When: 9:00pm – 2:00am

Price: $50/Ticket


21 and Up

Here are some of the Legends you will meet:

Patrick Sapp

Brentson Buckner

Tajh Boyd

Dexter McCleon

Andre Branch

CJ Spiller

Kris Benson

Lou Richie

Jim Bundren

Jacoby Ford

Grady Jarrett

Chansi Stuckey

Vic Beasley

Jock Mckissic

Mackensie Alexander

Jarvis Jenkins

Mike Williams

Marcus Edmonds

Scroll of Honor – James Goldsmith

Germ Warfare

The biggest killer in 1918 wasn’t the Great War, as the First World War was known at the time. In fact, the war, with all of its attending miseries, was a distant second—a very distant second.

James Goldsmith was a Greenville boy who enrolled at Clemson College as a member of the Class of 1914. Goldsmith and his fellow cadets lived in the original barracks lined up behind the Main Building and its clock tower. Johnstone, Lever, Tillman, Donaldson, Wannamaker, Bradley and Manning were the College’s life trustees. The youthful Walter Merritt Riggs was the College president and taught a Bible class, as did English professor D. W. Daniel. We don’t know much about Goldsmith’s campus experience, but we do know that by 1918, he had enlisted in the Army and was training at the officer training school at Camp Hancock in Augusta, Georgia.
Before Goldsmith could complete his training, the war ended with the November 11 armistice and the doughboys began returning home—but they were not alone.

An outbreak of influenza had occurred in the spring of that year. It was first identified at Army posts around the country. The movements of large formations of soldiers across the country and across the sea helped spread the flu virus, but it was a second, more virulent wave of the disease that struck the hardest. The first outbreaks were noted in September, in Boston, where shipments of men and war supplies kept the harbor full of traffic. Soldiers, sailors and merchant seamen packed into the tight confines of ships carried the flu germs into the city and to wherever their cargo was bound. Within weeks, the illness was spreading across the United States and with devastating effect.

It was often referred to as the Spanish Flu, but its origins in Spain are doubtful. Spain, a neutral in the war, had no press censorship and so cases of the flu—including the illness of the King—were widely reported. The United States, Great Britain, France and Germany, as belligerents, suppressed reports of the growing pandemic due to fears of the effect such news would have on the morale of peoples at war.

In October, more than 200,000 Americans died from the flu. The end of the war on November 11 led to widespread celebrations—parades, parties, worship services—that brought thousands of people into close proximity creating ideal conditions for the disease to spread. In stark contrast to earlier strains of the flu, the segment of the population hardest hit was those between the ages of 24 and 35 years of age. Researches hypothesized that the flu triggered an overreaction of the body’s immune system. Ironically, the stronger defensive reactions of young adults ravaged their bodies. The weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults resulted in fewer deaths.

The pandemic, which would rage across the globe into 1919, killed between twenty and forty million, far more even than the infamous Black Death Bubonic Plague of the mid-1300s. Twenty-eight percent of Americans fell ill and 675,000 died, including James Goldsmith.
Goldsmith, who just eighteen months earlier had wed, died on November 29, less than three weeks after the end of the War to End All Wars. He is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Piedmont.
The effect of the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 was so severe that it dropped the average life span in the United States by ten years.

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Scroll of Honor – Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr.

Son of Two Institutions   

In the spring of 1944, as Europe was holding its breath in anticipation of the long-awaited Allied Invasion, an invasion of smaller scale was taking shape in the southwest Pacific.  General Douglas MacArthur, seeking to make good on his pledge to return to the Philippines, had his eyes on Biak Island.  Biak dominated the entrance to Geelvink Bay at the western end of New Guinea and was some 850 miles north-northeast of Darwin, Australia.  The island was garrisoned by 11,000 Japanese troops under the command of Colonel Kuzume Naoyuki.

New Guinea had been in the news since shortly after Pearl Harbor.  In January 1942, the Japanese had attacked and captured Australian-administered territory in eastern New Guinea.  In March, the Japanese overran the western portion of the island which had been part of the Netherlands East Indies.  By the time Frank Barnes, Jr. graduated with the Class of 1942, he likely would have been familiar with this jungle island on the other side of the world.  Before he completed his Army training, US forces would be locked in a death struggle with Japanese defenders in eastern New Guinea.

Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr. of Greenville enrolled at Clemson College in 1938 to study architecture.  He attended Clemson only for his freshman year, then transferred to the University of South Carolina.  At USC, he excelled academically, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

With the country at war, Frank Barnes headed to Fort Benning, Georgia for infantry officer training.  He was next assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida and then Camp Roberts, California. In late 1943, he shipped overseas.  By the spring of 1944, Barnes was assigned to K Company of the 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division.

D-Day for the Biak invasion was May 27, 1944.  At 0900, American forces began landing on the island.  A tank battle developed between Japanese Ha Go Type 95 machines with their 37 mm canons and US Sherman tanks mounting a larger 75 mm gun.  Following the tanks, infantrymen of K Company targeted their Japanese counterparts.  During the battle, K Company was forced at one point to yield ground it had already fought over.  K Company soldier Charles Brockman recalled that a daring six-man patrol led by Tech Sergeant Rex Smith made its way some 200 yards back into ground the company had given up during the attack.  Smith and his men recovered weapons, equipment and the body of Second Lieutenant Barnes.

Brockman remembered that K Company “probably had our longest casualty list of World War II” that day. Seven members of the company were killed and twenty-one were wounded.

Second Lieutenant Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.  He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis S. Barnes of Greenville.

Frank Barnes was an alumnus of both Clemson and Carolina and an American hero.  He is poignant example of the ties that bind us together.

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