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Countdown to a New School Year

Administrators, faculty, and staff are preparing for the arrival of new and returning students for the 2019 fall semester. Members of the Freshman Class are set to arrive on campus on Saturday, August 10, for New Student Orientation. Returning students will arrive on Tuesday, August 13, with classes set to begin on Thursday, August 15.  Continuing and Professional Studies' students  will begin classes on August 19. For New Student Orientation information, please click  here .
Register Now for Early Registration Day - July 13

Early Registration Day is designed to introduce all new students and transfers with less than 30 transfer credits to the Claflin University community. You will learn about Claflin University's academic programs, meet faculty members, learn about all of our support services, and make new friends with other incoming students. 

As a new member of the Claflin University Family, you are required to attend ONE Early Registration Day. The last Early Registration Day is Saturday, July 13. Click here for a complete schedule and to register. 

For more information, call (803) 535-5282. 
Claflin to Host Open House for Online Program
Claflin University will host an Open House for its online academic program, Claflin Online, on Thursday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the Visitors Center (on the corner of Russell and Magnolia Streets). Launched in 2014, the  mission of Claflin Online is to offer broad access to exemplary academic programs though undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in an online educational environment. 

Claflin University currently offers seven online degrees:
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
For more information about Claflin Online, please call (803) 535-5108.
Student Profile - CECOR
From left to right: Timothy Bryant, Tzuriel Murray, Maurice McClary, Trenton Butler, Reggie Sadler, Christopher Terry, Corey Robinson and Dr. Deidra Morrison.

Claflin University's emphasis on disciplines related to Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has helped establish the University as a destination for high school scholars preparing for careers in a technology-driven society. A group of academically talented students are participating in Claflin's Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities & Research (CECOR) - Summer Bridge Program. The seven students enrolled in the program are high school graduates who will attend Claflin this fall. The CECOR Program is funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The students and program director Dr. Deidra J. Morrison recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., to tour the Simulation and Training Lab at the University of Central Florida, Universal Studios and Wonderworks, a high-tech interactive entertainment venue. Morrison is also assistant professor of computer science at Claflin.
Faculty News
The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Dr. Hershell "Nikki" Proctor-Walden, assistant professor of English, to the Board of Examiners for the 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. Appointed  by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 325 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.
Alumni News

The Central Savanah River Area Alumni Chapter is sponsoring its annual $10,000 Reverse Raffle on Friday, July 26, at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For more information, please contact Dr. Willie L. Frazier, '75, at (706) 399-6105.

Congratulations to alumna  Emma Lee  Luchia Holmes Farris who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The party included a proclamation from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as well as a plaque from President Henry N. Tisdale. Farris is a retired elementary  school teacher. 

Elliott Melton, '19, was offered a contract with Princess Cruise Lines to serve as a sailor musician - playing the saxophone. He sets sail on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship, leaving from Yokohama, Japan, on September 1. A typical audition process for sailor musicians entails a pre-screening round, sight-reading and live audition. Within two days of the cruise ship's music director receiving Melton's audition submission, Melton was offered a contract. While at Claflin, Melton performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and "The Movement." In 2018 he was a finalist for the Disneyland All-American College Band. He was also a member of the baseball team and Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
July 10, 2019
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Rev. Dr. Whittaker V. Middleton, '73
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