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2023 Holiday Shopping Fair

Clemson Alumni Holiday Shopping Fair

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2024 Golden Tiger Reunion Interest Survey

2024 Golden Tiger Reunion

  • Most tours and activities are offered at no additional cost. All activities that require additional tickets will be identified in the registration process.
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2023 Golden Tiger Reunion Tours and Presentations

Fellow Class of 1963 members,

It’s hard to believe that this year marks our 60th year since graduation. Several of our classmates have discussed gathering for an informal meal and attending the Spring Football game on April 15th. If you would be interested in attending this event, please let us know so that plans can be made to accommodate the number of participants. Indicate below whether you would be interested in either one or both of these activities by March 17. We will send details after we see the number for each event.

The Class of 1963 Committee

Lewis Dorrity and Joe Swann

2023 Tigers on Tour

About ‘TIGERS ON TOUR’:

From New York City to California and places in-between, we are taking the #TigersOnTour this year to tell you about what is going on at Clemson and how YOU can make an impact. Supporting Clemson is important and your participation matters!

Clemson University will be taking the ‘Tigers on Tour’ to the Northeast ahead of the Tigers taking on the Syracuse Orange on Sept. 30! We invite you to come out and see us at one of our stops along the way!

Join your Clemson Family to enjoy Clemson fellowship while hearing updates from campus and learning how you can stay engaged with the University, Clemson athletics and your local Clemson Club.

Northeast Adventure – September 27 – 30

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27: PITTSBURGH, PA
7:00 – 9:00pm EST @ Federal Galley
200 Children’s Way | Pittsburgh, PA 15212
*Appetizers on us!

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28 | PHILADELPHIA, PA
12:00 – 1:30pm @ City Tap Kitchen & Craft

100 N 18th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19103
*Lunch $10 per person!

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28 | NEW YORK CITY
6:00 – 8:00pm @ The Liberty NYC
29 W 35th St | New York, NY 10001 | between 5th and 6th Avenue
*Appetizers on us!

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 | SYRACUSE, NY | WELCOME TO SYRACUSE!
6:00pm – 8:00pm EST @ Harvey’s Garden
1200 East Water Street | Syracuse, NY 13210
*Join fellow Clemson fans and friends that made the trip to Syracuse. Enjoy a wide variety of food and beverage options, giveaways from the Clemson Alumni and Annual Giving teams, and fellowship with the Clemson Family!

NO RSVP REQUIRED

Questions? Email CUAlumni@clemson.edu

 

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Clemson Grad Pic Day!

Clemson Family Tailgate – Notre Dame 2022

Clemson Family Tailgate – Florida State 2022

Clemson Family Tailgate Heads To Florida State!

LOCATION: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

TIME: 3:30 – 6:30 PM

MENU:

  • 4 drink tickets to include beer & wine; additional drinks can be purchased with cash bar
  • Southern BBQ Buffet including BBQ pulled pork & BBQ bone-in chicken with mild & spicy BBQ sauces, au gratin potatoes, southern style potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans, cornbread muffins and dinner rolls and desert. *Menu subject to change for a noon kickoff.

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Live DJ and College Gameday and/or available football games being aired at the time of the tailgate

PRICE:

  • TAILGATE ONLY – $75 adult; $50 kids 12 and under
  • TAILGATE + SHUTTLE – $100 adult; $75 kids 12 and under
    • shuttle from Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to Doak S. Campbell Stadium (~8 blocks/1 mile) and return trip

ADDRESS: 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

PARKING: Civic Center parking for the tailgate AND game can be purchased separately HERE.

DIRECTIONS TO DOAK S. CAMPBELL STADIUM: The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center is an easy straight-shot 1 mile walk to Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Clemson Family Tailgate guests can choose to walk and experience the gameday atmosphere in Tallahassee OR can opt to add-on a shuttle transfer for $25.

  • $25 Gameday Shuttle Add-On: The shuttle will pickup at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and will drop off at the roundabout at Varsity Dr. and W. Jefferson Street. From there it’s a 3-4 minute walk into Doak S. Campbell Stadium. The shuttle will transfer you back to Donald L. Tucker Civic Center following the conclusion of the game.

Follow our social media for tailgate updates. Tickets are non-refundable and will be available to purchase until sold out.

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Welcome Back Festival Returns with Record Donations to Scholarships

After cancelations due to COVID-19 in 2020 and a torrential rainstorm in 2021, the Welcome Back Festival returned to College Avenue in downtown Clemson on August 22nd kicking of the Fall semester and raising a record $23,000 toward student scholarships.

For 32 years in August, the Clemson Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council (SAC) have sponsored the Welcome Back Festival, the premier kick-off event of the academic year at Clemson University. Each year, the festival features local vendors offering a variety of merchandise and food in exchange for purchased festival tickets. The money raised during the festival supports the Student Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund supporting student scholarships.

Jim Clements, president of Clemson University, and Mayor of Clemson, Robert Halfacre opened the festival which is held in partnership with the City of Clemson and the Clemson City Police Department. Following the welcome the Clemson University Pep Band, Cheerleaders and Rally Cats performed for the festival crowd. Closing out the evening was local band, Risky Business, featuring current Clemson students Austin Allen, Sam Buchanan, Robert Farmer, Thomas Love, Egan Purnell and Whit Long.

SAC President, Lane Josey was thrilled about the record funds raised stating, “the impact that we can have on current and future Clemson students with the proceeds from the Welcome Back Festival will be life changing. Thank you to all the students, alumni and community members who helped make this possible.”

Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, echoed Josey’s sentiments and commended the SAC, the City of Clemson and the Clemson City Police Department on their role in the festival. “We could not ask for better partners,” said Brasington. “The Welcome Back Festival would not have been this successful after a three-year hiatus without the planning and implementation by SAC as well as the support of the City of Clemson and its police department.

If you are interested in supporting the Student Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund, visit https://iamatiger.clemson.edu/giving and use the “Search for a Fund” feature typing “Student Alumni Council (S.A.C.) Scholarship Endowment” as the search criteria. A gift of any amount can help make a difference in the lives of Clemson students.

For details about future Welcome Back Festivals and other Clemson Alumni Association events, visit alumni.clemson.edu.

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Class of 1971 Golden Tiger Reunion

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Jeff Busch Named Clemson Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year

The Clemson Alumni Association has selected Jeffrey Arthur Busch of Roswell, Georgia to receive the 2020 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding volunteerism and service to Clemson University.

The Clemson Alumni Association chose Busch for his extensive support of the alumni association and the university along with his unwavering advocacy for initiatives promoting Clemson.

Busch is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and spent most of his professional career as a management consultant in the Atlanta, GA area. He has hands-on experience in the areas of ERP Implementation, Supply Chain Management, e-Commerce, Software Development, and Process Design. He has worked in professional services for nearly 30 years and retired in 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer of TrueBridge Resources, a North Highland Company.

Busch and his wife Susan are the parents of Clemson graduates Austin (’15) and Garrett (’16), and although he is not a Clemson graduate himself, Busch has shown unwavering dedication to Clemson as a leader, volunteer, and significant supporter for more than a decade.

When his sons became Clemson students, Busch and his wife, Susan, began volunteering with Clemson, serving on the Clemson Parents Council from 2012-2016. In 2015, they were recognized as The Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year. Busch is a Founding Member of ONE Clemson, a group of former Clemson athletes and supporters who provide opportunities to connect and gather with Clemson’s finest former athletes while raising scholarship funds, providing support for student-athlete professional enrichment and fundraising for the Black Girls Golf program.

During his term as President of ONE Clemson, his leadership enabled the organization to raise more than $300K for student-athletes and those in need as well as inspired others to take a more active role in serving others. Busch currently volunteers with the Tiger Ties Mentoring program, an initiative of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business, and is a mentor for the Clemson Football Paw Journey program. He is a member of IPTAY, the fundraising arm of Clemson Athletics, the Atlanta Clemson Club, and continues to volunteer his time with ONE Clemson.

Along with his wife Susan, Busch established the Jeff and Susan Busch Endowed Completion Program at Clemson which provides tuition assistance to undergraduates who encounter unexpected hardships that may impede them from graduating.

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.

The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 166,000-strong Clemson family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service, and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and each other.

 

Clemson Alumni Board Adds Six New Directors

Educator Appreciation

Calling All Teachers, Counselors, Coaches and Educational Leaders! 

As the time draws near for a new and uncertain academic year, we want to salute all of our alumni who work in the PK-12 education field – teachers, principals, school and district administrators, counselors, coaches, anyone who works to make schools happen. Please complete the form below and send us photos of you at work or with your families, and we will share some of your stories on our social accounts in the coming weeks. 

The 2019 – 2020 Recipients of the Clemson Corps Keeping the Tradition Alive Award

Army ROTC Cadet Eric Brown, Air Force ROTC Cadet Jacob Siebert and student veteran Victoria Graham were this academic year’s recipients of the Chalmers R. Carr and Jeannette D. Carr Keeping the Tradition Alive Award.

The endowment was created by retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chalmers ’60 and Jeannette Carr to recognize an Army ROTC cadet, an Air Force ROTC cadet and an undergraduate student veteran for their outstanding efforts and contributions in promoting Clemson’s rich and distinguished military heritage and history.

This year’s Army ROTC cadet recipient is Eric Brown of Greenville. Cadet Brown distinguished himself in promoting Clemson’s military heritage during his four years at Clemson through his leadership in Clemson’s Ranger Club, Tiger Platoon, and Scabbard and Blade Society. 2nd Lt. Brown will continue his Army career as an infantry officer at Fort Benning, Georgia.

This year’s Air Force ROTC cadet recipient is Jacob Siebert of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Cadet Siebert was instrumental in the establishment of the Clemson Student Military Council. He was a leader in promoting the Annual Walk for Veterans, Military Appreciation Day and the POW/MIA Ceremony. 2nd Lt. Siebert will continue his Air Force career as a contracting officer at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Finally, this year’s student veteran recipient is Victoria Graham of Puckett, Mississippi. Graham represents the U.S. Navy.

Since arriving at Clemson in 2018, Graham has been instrumental in the development of the Student Veteran Center and the Student Military Council, where she served as vice president. She also served as treasurer and president of the Clemson Student Veterans Association. Graham promoted Clemson’s military heritage through presentations to Clemson faculty, students and civilian organizations about veteran affairs. Graham will pursue a graduate degree in Florida.

In regard to this year’s recipients, Brig. Gen. Hap Carr ’60 said, “I could not be any prouder in these individuals. Their dedication, energy and accomplishments truly exhibit the values of the Keeping the Tradition Alive Award.”

Each recipient received a $1,000 check, a Keeping the Tradition Alive challenge coin and their names engraved on permanent plaques displayed in the Army and Air Force ROTC offices and in the Clemson Student Veteran Center.

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To the Clemson University Class of 2020

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

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Healthcare Heroes and Essential Workers

Calling All Healthcare Heroes and Essential Workers

We want to salute all of our alumni and their families who are making an impact in their community. If you are in the Healthcare field or considered an Essential Worker, – doctor, nurse, EMT, fireman, police officer, military, delivery truck drivers, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, etc. – please send us photos of you at work or with your families. Complete the form below to send us your photos and we will begin sharing some of your stories on our social accounts in the coming weeks. 

Virtual Engagement Opportunity Suggestions

Virtual Engagement Suggestion

Now more than ever, it is important for the Clemson Family to stay connected. The Clemson Alumni Association is producing and sharing virtual engagement opportunities, including networking chats, webinars, Q&As with Clemson alumni experts, faculty, and staff, virtual happy hours, celebrations of Clemson traditions, and more.

Win a Dabo Swinney autographed football!

Thank you for joining the Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY at the College Football Playoff National Championship! Complete the form below to register to win a Dabo Swinney autographed football.

 

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Clemson ROTC and Student Veteran Contact Update

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2024 Away Game Tailgates

Scroll of Honor – Gus Groce

Accidents
Written by Kelly Durham

By the beginning of his senior year, Gus Groce must have known that his choices about how he would spend his immediate future were limited.  If he was lucky, he might get to pick the color he would wear, but he would almost certainly be wearing a uniform of the United States military.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. of Lyman was a member of Clemson College’s Class of 1941.  Gus was an architecture major, an honor student and a member of Minaret, the architecture honor fraternity on campus.  Although serving his senior year as a cadet private, Gus had demonstrated military aptitude, having been selected as the best drilled sergeant in his battalion during his junior year and having marched with the Pershing Rifles drill team and the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Platoons.  In addition, like so many of his classmates, Gus had completed ROTC summer training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he had qualified as a marksman on the rifle range.  He was a young man of varied talents, displaying interests in music and art as well.  Following his graduation, Gus was commissioned and then transferred from the infantry into the Army Air Forces.

Scrambling to prepare America to face the perils threatening from Europe and in the Pacific, Army chief of staff George Marshall and Army Air Forces chief Hap Arnold had embarked on an unprecedented peacetime expansion of the Army, to include its air arm.  When the war in Europe started in September 1939, the Army Air Corps consisted of only eight hundred first-line combat aircraft and less than 25,000 personnel.  By the time Gus Groce earned his pilot’s wings at Valdosta, Georgia, the Army Air Forces was in the midst of an expansion that would carry it to more than 2.4 million members and nearly 80,000 aircraft.

Tens of thousands of young men had to be taught to pilot the most complex aircraft of the day and they had to be taught quickly.  Young men, many of them on their own for the first time, combined with the pressures of war, rigid military organizations, complicated equipment and accelerated training regimens, invariably led to accidents.

Gus Groce had been assigned to the 16th Bomb Squadron at Hattiesburg Air Base in Mississippi.  The 16th was training on the A-20 Havoc, a twin-engine light bomber.  Part of the training called for formation flying.

On Saturday, September 5, 1942, Gus was dispatched as the copilot in an A-20 piloted by Second Lieutenant George Pritchard.  Sergeants George Kaiser and Floyd Lones rounded out the crew.  Their aircraft would be flying in a two-ship formation with another A-20 piloted by Lieutenant Lawrence Bever.  About 1400 hours, approximately seven miles north of New Augusta, Mississippi, the left wing of Bever’s aircraft struck Gus’s airplane, tearing away the right elevator and the horizontal stabilizer and rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.  Gus’s airplane went into a spin and crashed killing all aboard.  Bever’s aircraft was able to return to base, but was significantly damaged.

The accident that claimed the lives of Groce, Pritchard, Kaiser and Lones was one of thirty-nine involving stateside Army Air Forces’ aircraft that day.  Five of these including fatalities.  For that first week of September 1942, the Army Air Forces averaged more than thirty-six accidents per day, most of them relatively minor—but not all. On average, nearly five accidents per day resulted in fatalities.

Such was the cruel arithmetic of America’s rapid military build-up, an expansion that would, along with American industrial production, sound the death knell for the Axis dictators and result in an Allied victory three years later.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. is buried at the Wellford Baptist Church Cemetery.

For more information about Second Lieutenant Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr., see:

http://soh.alumni.clemson.edu/scroll/lethco-augustus-groce-jr/

For additional information about Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor see:

http://soh.alumni.clemson.edu/

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Sep1942S.htm