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Join Us in Columbia for "Claflin Night with the Columbia Fireflies"

"Claflin University Night with the Columbia Fireflies" will be held on Saturday, August 17, when the Fireflies host the Rome Braves at 6 p.m. at Segra Park, located at 1640 Freed Street in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, who began his term as Claflin's ninth president on August 1, will toss out the ceremonial first pitch.  Other special attractions include interactive games, contests, and a fireworks display.

Claflin also sponsors the "7th Inning Stretch" at all Fireflies home games, which includes the University's logo appearing on the stadium's video scoreboard during the singing of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."
Tickets can be purchased at Segra Park for $10 and $5 before and on the day of the game. 

Visit to buy tickets online or call the Box Office at (803) 726-4487.
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The Office of Communications and Marketing has produced a 12-month academic calendar titled "Panther Pride." The calendar outlines academic and social events that will happen during the 2019-2020 school year and an introduction of the presidential family, the Warmacks. Click here  to view the calendar.
Alumni News

Michael Dawson, '03 , is giving back to the university by establishing the Michael R. Dawson Scholarship. Dawson is a district manager and regional director for Nicholas Financial Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. He is also the principal owner of Fidelis LLC, a real estate investment company, based in Atlanta. The scholarship will be awarded to a student on Claflin's baseball team. The total scholarship is valued at $10,000 to be awarded over a four-year period. Dawson, who was a part of the Claflin Panther baseball team when the team made its first ever appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament, credits some of his success in business to the lessons he learned on the baseball field.  "This is important to me because I received a baseball scholarship all four years," Dawson said. "When all the bigger schools didn't give me a chance, Claflin gave me an opportunity."

Dawson's scholarship recipient will be chosen based on an essay and a GPA requirement.  "My hope is two-fold. First that this scholarship leaves an impression big enough on the student that they'll want to give back, as well. Second, that it inspires other alumni to do the something special, big or small, for our university," he said. "For the recipient, I want to make sure they understand that this isn't just paving a way for them, but it's paving the way for them to give to students in the future because they'll understand what it feels like for someone to give them a chance."

Congratulations to Jasmine R. Guest, '16, who is the new program officer for The Spartanburg County Foundation. Her responsibilities include  serving as the lead contact for the online grant portal and providing support for leadership initiatives including, Nonprofit Connect and Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance. "I look forward to serving the Spartanburg Community as it continues to become an agent of long-lasting change," Guest said.

Congratulations to (Ret.) Lt. Col. John Herring, '77, who was appointed by District 3 Councilwoman Helen Zenobia Willis and sworn in by Mayor William Bill Edwards as a member of the City of South Fulton Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission. Herring is also a member of the Claflin University Board of Trustees. 

Howard Jean, '04, and Brittney Carter McKinnon, '12, are both speakers for the 10th USBC Anniversary and National Conference on August 18-21, 2019, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 
in  National Harbor, Md.  The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), the "National Voice of Black Business," provides support to  African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations to develop and grow Black enterprises. Jean is the founder of BME Institute and McKinnon is the CEO of B. Carter Solutions.

Austin Lawton, '18, recently signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Stichting Rotterdam Ondersteuning of the Dutch League Championship in Holland. Lawton finished his four-year career at Claflin with 1,046 points (10.15 points per game), 651 rebounds (6.3 rebounds per game), 237 blocks (2.3 blocks per game) while shooting 56 percent from the field and 65 percent from the charity stripe. During the 2015-16 campaign he ranked 8th in block shots per game and 9th in total blocks in the Nation. Also, in 2016 he was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Defensive Player of the Year.

Have you misplaced or outgrown your Claflin University cardigan sweater? If so, we have great news for you. The Office of Alumni Relations is taking orders for Claflin and Greek cardigan sweaters. The cost is $109.  These stylishly-designed sweaters will give you an opportunity to show pride in your Alma Mater or your Greek letter organization. For more information,  please contact Zelda M. Lee, director of alumni affairs, at (803) 535-5348.
August 14, 2019
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@Claflin is published by the Office of Communications & Marketing 
President: Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Rev. Dr. Whittaker V. Middleton, '73
Assistant Vice President for Communications & Marketing: George Johnson Jr.
Public Relations Director: J. Craig Cotton
Public Relations/Social Media Coordinator: Charnita Mack
Web Communications Manager: Colin Myers, '07
Sports Information Director: Romanda Noble-Watson
Photographers: Cecil Williams, '60, Geoff Henderson and Colin Myers, '07