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Hope Grows Here

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Senior soils and sustainable crop systems major Joseph Williams created "Hope Grown," a garden behind the pool at Clemson University

Soils and sustainable crop systems major Joseph Williams created “Hope Grown,” a garden of five laser-straight rows nestled behind the pool at Clemson University’s Outdoor Lab, to engage campers from camps Hope and Sertoma.

Determined to excel at athletics and academics

Friday, April 26th, 2013
When Brittney Waller, left, isn

When Brittney Waller isn’t throwing a discus 160 feet, she’s cultivating her interest in agriculture — and exceeding in both. The standout Clemson track and field star is also a standout agricultural education student.

From fighter to mentor: How a former youth in trouble now leads youth to success.

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Jorge Calzadilla listens to students in the South Carolina Youth Leadership Academy Charter School talk about what they

Jorge Calzadilla’s fiery passion is contagious. He could talk to you for hours touching on everything from his love of video games and running to why kids today are losing soft skills to how today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce and how their development is paramount to economic development. No topic is too big or too small, but all lead back to one place — youth.

Pursuing research, Ph.D. in male-dominated automotive field

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Ala Qattawi was among nearly 200 students in Clemson’s automotive engineering program pursuing graduate degrees in the male-dominated field. In December, she became the first woman in the country to receive a Ph.D. in automotive engineering.

Published author, noted speaker and television show host Raven Magwood will graduate Clemson at the age of 19

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Clemson senior Raven Magwood attends classes during the week and spends most of her weekends traveling the country to speak and promote her latest book,

Clemson senior Raven Magwood believes that dedication, determination and discipline are the sources to her success. She holds a calm and quiet demeanor in the classroom, but that just barely taps the surface of who this young woman is and what she has done in only 19 years.

Solid orange hero: One man’s journey from combat to Clemson

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
For Daniel Rodriguez, a 24-year-old Army veteran, playing college football is a dream that has been a long time coming.

For Daniel Rodriguez, a 24-year-old Army veteran attending Clemson on the GI Bill, playing college football is a dream that has been a long time coming.

A heart for orphans

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
While attending Clemson full time, Edward Phillips has been working 20 to 30 hours a week to start an orphanage in Kenya, Africa. | Photo used with permission

When Edward Phillips walked into a cramped, dirty Kenyan orphanage two years ago, he felt a call to help. Didn’t matter that he was just 19 years old. Didn’t matter that he was a rising junior at Clemson. Didn’t matter that he lived almost 8,000 miles away.

From birth defects to technology, one Clemson student is educating the state and making his own dreams come true

Monday, November 14th, 2011
As a production assistant, Clemson senior Will Hall, right, works closely with <i>Your Day</i> Production Manager Eric Rodgers on the daily radio program.

Clemson senior Will Hall uses the radio to create a difference in others’ lives by educating them on important topics, whether they are local or global. He hopes that this education will positively increase listeners’ understanding of the world around them.

Saving Infant Lives: Creative Inquiry isn’t just about research — it’s about action

Friday, October 21st, 2011

In Tanzania, the infant mortality rate is 10 times that of the United States, and Clemson students are putting their undergraduate research to the ultimate test — saving premature babies.

More than words on a page

Friday, September 16th, 2011
Trina Zeiler, far right, and her sister Kristen Zeiler, first row far left, with students and teachers from Louverture Cleary School in Haiti.

Alumna Trina Zeiler wanted to know how the pictures and words in a text stood next to the real world they described. So, she traveled to Haiti to see if what she read really was how it looked and felt. Read her story through her own words on a page.