Remembering the 1951 Orange Bowl

My friend Will Keown captured this video of Clemson football great Sterling Smith recounting the Tigers win in the 1951 Orange Bowl. Also featured in this short is Former Executive Secretary of IPTAY, George Bennett and former Clemson football player Jimmy Williamson. It’s a great video highlighting an amazing story and victory! Check it out on his blog or on his youtube page!

Will Keown, Producer + Photographer:
Remembering the 1951 Orange Bowl

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An Exhibiting Artist — Jeanet Dreskin

She’s a darling, an absolute pistol. Her canvases hang serenely, the colors of acrylics gently pulling at each other on some; on others, the intricate ink drawings are suddenly lost to a large burn mark that reveals another sketch behind it. The artist, a petite fairy-godmother of a figure in her flowing sweater and crisp black trousers, glances around at it and the crowd of admirers who step closer and further and closer again as they tilt their heads this way and that to take in each of her pieces. Jeanet Dreskin. 98 years old, her quick and easy chatter belies the number of years that have supplied her with the memories and experiences to make the amazing collection that is currently on display in both the Lee and Acorn Galleries. Already, just walking around the space, you’re struck with the harmony that’s achieved through such variety. Mrs. Jeanet has a distinct touch; gently realistic but not without its share of whimsy.

Judging that the crowd had had its time to whet its appreciation, Mrs. Jeanet took a helper’s hand to sit up in the tall chair that sat against the wall between two framed pieces. Her ankles crossed demurely one behind the other, swinging several inches above the ground. She looked down, almost embarrassed it seemed to be the center of such attention. I saw her tight hold on the white notecards and wondered if the fingers thought they were holding a paintbrush instead. The night’s MC began listing off Mrs. Jeanet’s long list of accomplishments — exhibited in Cannes, Rome, Bombay, in galleries throughout New York City, the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Well-traveled. Incredibly decorated. Obviously talented; the profusion of abstract watercolors, medical sketches and landscapes all hung in silent testimony to that.

When she was deferred to to open up her own story, Mrs. Jeanet laughed. “I think you covered it all!” she said, almost abashed it seemed. But her eyes light up when she talks about art. Beside me, my friend (still covered in the clay from her day of throwing) scribbled furiously on her notepad, like she wanted to absorb Jeanet through the paper. In fact, it seemed everyone wanted to take a bit of her home; she’s inspiring. As Clemson’s very first MFA graduate, she forged a path that set an example for all those who came after her. Because of her hard work and dedication, the quality of the MFA program — as well as that of the university’s entire art community — was set high from the get-go. How easily she spoke about the pyramids of Egypt, the many tours she took throughout Europe. Hard work, to her, is part of living to the fullest.

It’s going to be such a pleasure to catch up with her on Friday to interview her!

- Savannah Mozingo

Tiger Tours

There was no better way to introduce the 15th Clemson president to his new home than with the warm welcome he received from various student organizations during his tour of the campus on Sunday, Jan. 13. Undergraduate Student Body President, Kayley Seawright (‘14), organized a walk that stopped at some of the University’s most significant landmarks to engage Dr. Clements in the rich history, school spirit and sense of family that brings together Clemson students, past and present — students it’s now up to him to lead. The tour was about giving the gift of community, something infinitely more valuable and true to the essence of Clemson University than any old dust-catching trinket could begin to capture. Although … it might not be a bad idea to get the man a pair of orange pants, the ones with the paws brazenly embroidered up and down the legs. You can just credit us in the note.

 

It seems cliche to bring in any reference to the weather, but after the days of gray and rainy gloom that have been thrown over campus, Sunday’s sudden break into deep blue skies seemed like a high-five from the universe. And Clements would have been quick to high-five back if that were physically possible; that’s just the type of man he appears to be. Affable. Charming. A cheerfully concerned father-figure, listening — no, wanting — to hear about all of the problems and concerns on his students’ minds so that he can focus his aim. Between Tyler, Hannah, Maggie, Grace and Beth, Clements is never in need of an entourage but when he pulled up to Bowman to begin the tour, he was riding solo. He didn’t so much step as spring out of the golfcart, right hand at the ready to clasp yours, left hand coming around in a friendly pat on the back. Everybody needed to tell him their name; he nonverbally insisted upon it with the directness with which he focused his attention on them. As Director of Development for CUSG, Kate Gasparro (‘14) was the one who kicked the afternoon off, taking the group across Bowman while she gave a general overview of how students’ daily lives colored campus. When Gasparro got to describing the various pick-up-games that break out on the field, Clements broke into a huge grin. Turning to one of the event’s reporters, he gave them a friendly nudge as he asked them when they were going to toss the football. An answer was expected because the offer was real; Clements seemed eager to get in among students to develop a relationship that’s more personal than that of an omnipresent figurehead. He’s not content to sit in an office, looking at papers and emails with names on them — he wants to connect to faces, to people and their stories. “What can I help you with?” Repeated over and over again, always with his head tilted slightly to the side, clear grey-blue eyes creasing slightly with the focus of his attention. The expression of someone who’s genuinely interested in what is being said, who’s both here — listening to the problem — and there — thinking out further ahead and what can be done to solve it.

 

From listening to groups like Scabbard and Blade expound upon Clemson’s rich military heritage to running down the hill through a tunnel of cheers and shimmying orange and purple pompoms, Clements seamlessly shifted between his role as both a sharp leader and an exuberant family member filled with Tiger pride. He seems to understand the importance of marrying together progress and tradition as well as the confidence and competence it takes to lead us through it. “It’s my job to help you [the students] be successful and give you what you need to succeed,” Clements said.

 

And in between the meetings and the boardrooms and the offices, he’s assured us that students are always his top priority. He listened to every concern brought to him with equal gravity. It was this enthusiasm to make that turned a two-hour stop-and-go tour into a nearly four-hour long affair. The president refused to be content with “Hi’s” and “How are you’s?” but instead wanted to make every minute students had in direct contact with him count. The question of how Clements will serve in his new presidency was answered that afternoon.

 

Enthusiastically

As we walked up to the Military Heritage Plaza, young men and women in uniform filed into formation. Cadet Zach Morrison began by explaining the significance of the statue of the soldier. “The soldier is shown walking out into the world, his eyes fixated on what is to be his future … with his books in his left hand, allowing for his right hand to be free for a salute, he stands and walks upright with dignity.” We moved on to the front of Tillman where we were met by carillon instructor, Dr. Linda Dzuris. We followed her up the spiraling staircase into Tillman’s clock tower and to the carillon room, where Carrie Eisengrein (‘14) played the alma mater on the bells. Upon Dzuris’s invitation, Clements gleefully sat on the bench, balled up his fist and pressed down. As the bell resounded, that ever-present grin slipped across his face.

 

Graciously

At every stop during his tour, Clements greeted each individual with a handshake and attentively listened to each group as they offered their excitement and concern for the growth of the university. Every group highly complimented the work that has and is being done for their respective organizations, but they were also looking into the future and stating their projected needs and how they thought they should or could be met. Clements offered kind words and great encouragement, openly inviting students to contact him to keep him updated. After every question and answer period, he thanked everyone with a handshake, posed for a group pictures or students’ personal photographs.

Looking to the Future

While viewing the Greek quad and walking to Fike Recreation Center, Clements spoke with Seawright and Student Senate President, Drew Casella (‘14), about some key issues facing campus and its students. on campus. One of those issues being the renovation of the Union and its courtyard. “Student government has some important student priorities that we would like to bring before the Board of Trustees and Clemson Admin,” Casella said. “And we will develop a comprehensive plan to address what we feel will lead to more opportunities and growth for students.” At Fike, Clements was greeted by the intramural and club sports organizations. All American Flag Football player, Christian Bright (‘14) spoke with the president about the intramural fields and Fike. He spoke on the conditions of the fields as well as club members’ desires to have more space and safety features. He mentioned some ideas about expanding the recreation center.

Learning from the past

Clements shared the company of former Clemson ROTC instructors, Col. Lance B. Young, Col. Ed DeJulio and Col. Sandy Edge as he walked through the Scroll of Honor Memorial. The three colonels shared various details of the university’s ROTC program and the achievements of the proud young men and women who dedicated themselves not only to the school but also their country. During his tour of the Woodlands Cemetery, Clements stuck closely to guide Trent Allen, and they shared their knowledge of Clemson’s rich history.

Appreciating the present

After his tour around campus Clements relaxed and enjoyed refreshments in the Carillion Gardens with the members of ClemsonLive. De Anne spoke with him briefly and asked for his advice for students who wanted to enter higher education. His response? “Well, you have to want to make a difference in people’s lives, and care about the impact you will make within students lives and an institution.” He looked around the gardens seeing the interaction between all the students that participated in his welcome tour. “And speaking of impact, I’ve been in higher education for 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like what I experienced today!”

 

“I learned a lot of great things,” Clements said. “And now? I’m hungry — let’s eat!” With a large slice of sausage pizza held in his hand, he stayed to shoot cornhole with members of his newly adopted family showing that Clemson isn’t just something he thinks turns on and off at the end of the work day. He’s fully committed to living in the fabric of the community, asking to come in and serve its members. So look out for his Tweets because it’s likely he and Grace will need a few people to join them on the courts in Fike for a pick-up game or two sometime soon.

- De Anne Anthony (‘14) and Savannah Mozingo (‘15)

 

Earning Their Stripes: Tigers on MLK Day of Service

As a college student, a day off is a rare and wonderful occasion, which is often used to catch up on reading, homework, and sleep. But today a group of students here at Clemson University, took their first day off of the semester to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give back to campus and surrounding communities.

Shemeka Boyd, senior in the Packaging Science major, has participated in the event for the past two years. She learned about the volunteer event through the campus wide emails sent out by CU-There and Inside Clemson. Today, Shemeka was apart of a group that worked with the Foothills YMCA located in Seneca, SC. At the site they assisted in organizing equipment, helped prepare for future youth events. Shemeka reflected on her hours of service with the statement, “There are so many ways the community can be helped, this event gives the opportunity to get involved in and help the community beyond this campus.” The future graduate also added that she has been inspired to have an impact and on the new community she settles into, and will stress the importance of outreach and service to her friends and classmates.

Brandie Bargeloh was still a little short on breath as she explained how she and her group worked in the Botanical Gardens “The gardens got beaten up really bad from the weather, so we worked to remove fallen branches and other debris” the Mathematical Science major took a few breaths “I’m just happy to have the opportunity to assist.”

Among students, faculty member Jean Serino of the University’s School of Education, worked along with Niesha Sanders, junior in Marketing; Paris Hamilton Graduate Student in Chemistry; Rivers Byrd, senior in the Food Science: Nutrition and Dietetics; Hannah Reese, freshman in Communication Studies; LaDavia Prescott, sophomore in Sociology; and Teylor Newsome, sophomore in English. The group traveled to the Animal Rescue Fund in Seneca, SC where they cleaned kennels, walked dogs, played with cats and washed windows.
Helping Hands of Central, SC received a visit from a group of eager Tigers this morning, group member Tanzania Scarborough, sophomore majoring in English said, “The people were very appreciative for us helping, and I felt great knowing I used my time to brighten someone else’s day and assist them in helping those in need.”

A group of young adults expressed their sense of accomplishment as the described the work they completed at the Clemson Child Development Center, which included re-mulcing the children’s playground area, shampooing carpets, and sanitizing mats. “This experience has allowed me to grow as an individual and has made me value what I have, and what I can do in this community and others,” Schelmyra Eaddy, senior majoring in Civil Engineering, “It seems like simple tasks, but it helped the organization and it saved them time which they could spend attending to the kids, and what we were able to help with also made the environment safer and healthier for the children.”

As the students rested after the morning of work, they laughed and chatted about their experiences from the day. Citing that the day off should be spent in a productive way, and that even though they had given up their morning they were happy to lend a hand to where needed.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

D. Anthony