Clemson alum Nikki Powell sees science as being intrinsically intertwined with philosophy and ethics.
Other than football, Coty Sensabaugh of the Tennessee Titans is passionate about one thing: combatting blood cancer. Many remember Coty as the Clemson Tiger’s defensive back who graduated in 2012 after four successful years on the field. Today, he is a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year 2013, which he accepts with great honor as a way of honoring his older brother.
The sound of a cannon firing in Death Valley is music to a Tiger fan’s ears. Returning students anticipate the crowds of friends and classmates flooding downtown at the Welcome Back Festival. The $2 bills spent at away games signal pride for Clemson supporters. Most of us might think that whoever started these long-standing traditions is far-removed from Clemson by now. On the contrary, that person is closer than you think. His name is George Bennett, and he works over in the Jervey Athletic Center.
At 7 years old, Jennifer Rahn ’10 decided she wanted to be a doctor. Today she is making her dreams come true at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, but getting there was not easy. As the first person in her family to attend college, she could not call home for advice if she had questions about life on campus or needed guidance in a class.
Bob Barreto ’79 and his brother, Rich, were first-generation Clemson students in a time when formal resources for first-generation students were not available. This year, 17 percent of Clemson’s Fall 2012 freshman class (and 32 percent of incoming transfer students) are first-generation students — they are the first students in their immediate family to attend a college or university.
This year’s spring Commencement ushered a new class of graduates into the growing family of Clemson alumni. While pride and camaraderie were felt throughout the assembly of caps and gowns, the bonds of the Clemson family were particularly meaningful for four degree recipients, a father-son and father-daughter pair, who graduated together at the May 11 ceremonies.