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Archive for the ‘Determined Spirit’ Category

Chasing dreams, tackling challenges and leaving a mark

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Overcoming obstacles is no problem for the inspiring and determined Cohen Simpson. Not the least of these was his mother’s death shortly before his Clemson graduation in May.

Headed for the University of Oxford, Cohen Simpson leaves Clemson with a remarkable story of hard work, dedication and passion.

It takes a college to help a village

Friday, June 10th, 2011
During her time in Cameroon, Erin Hunter, second from left, worked with a pilot group of six women who were taught the skills of organic vegetable gardening, composting and budget planning.

Studying how and why populations of people function and are affected by disease is fascinating. And it’s what drew Clemson alum Erin Hunter ’09 to Belgium, France, Guatemala and most recently, Cameroon, Africa.

During this year’s Relay For Life, Clemson senior Austin Barrett plans to run a marathon — around a track

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Clemson senior Austin Barrett just started running seriously last year, yet has completed six marathons. His next run will be for six hours during Clemson

He realizes this task is a bit on the crazy side, but the way he sees it he’s alive and he’s able, so why shouldn’t he?

Performing arts takes student play to regional festival

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
The Clemson Players get the set ready for their performance of <i>These Shining Lives</i> during the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Daytona Beach, Fla.

[TITLE][SHARE] By Glenn Hare Brooks Center for the Performing Arts If you’re at all familiar with ABC’s reality television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, then you have an idea of the frenetic challenge the Department of Performing Arts and the Clemson Players recently faced. After finding out they had been accepted to participate in a [...]

Taking action for the environment

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Gabriel Fair, right, and Students for Environmental Action have been an integral part of February’s Environmental Teach-In, which aims to have faculty members in all disciplines incorporate discussions about the environment into their classes for the day.

Gabriel Fair doesn’t just talk the talk about sustainability; he walks the walk to make his own lifestyle as green as possible. He’s a vegetarian, recycles everything he can, rides his bike around campus and makes an effort to conserve electricity, including not running heat in his apartment.

Combat with a lion sets warrior on the road to Clemson

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Clemson student James Nampushi had to kill a lion in his home country of Kenya to earn the honored status of Maasai Warrior. He holds the spear he used to kill the lion as well a giraffe

James Nampushi has great respect for the lion that almost killed him. That lion made James an honored warrior, a hero and eventually the first college graduate among his Maasai people. And it was the lion that brought James to Clemson where soon he will earn his master’s degree and begin working on a Ph.D. in park management.

Low on funds but high on morale, the Student Organic Farm has overcome great odds

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Two years ago, the Student Organic Farm was in jeopardy after a loss of funding. Rather than pack things up, the farm persevered, determined not to lose the land workers had so lovingly cared for.

Today’s generation is far more removed from the concept of growing your own food. Farm leaders believe it is an answer to this growing issue. However, the farm still faces the tough obstacle of staying afloat, despite untiring efforts.

Rebuilding computers, rebuilding lives

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

You wouldn’t think that MBA students and homeless people would have much in common, but an innovative volunteer program has brought them together in what is hoped will be only the first of many collaborations between Clemson at the Falls and the community in which it’s located.

Disability specialist Dede Norungolo counts her birthdays from the day she nearly died

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
DeDe Norungolo

Problems with her short-term memory and trouble multitasking and organizing led to a lot of job frustration. With the help of other brain injury survivors through a support group, Norungolo began working toward becoming an advocate on the road to recovery.

Senior Associate Dean Frankie Felder continues her helping ways outside of Clemson University

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Armed with a budget, four months of Saturdays and an army numbering 127 volunteers — including several Clemson students — Associate Dean Frankie Felder and her project team helped transform the Zion area of Belton. This once imagined neighborhood underwent a transformation, evolving into a reality far beyond the expectation.