April 16, 2021
The World Needs Visionaries
Claflin University will host its spring Commencement Convocation on Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. This ceremony will celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021 and will be held at the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds. It is a ticketed event, however, you can watch live on the University's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClaflinUniversity1869.
Claflin University to Honor Golden Class Graduates During Virtual Baccalaureate Service
Claflin University will honor its "Golden Class" graduates during the 2021 Baccalaureate Service on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. You can watch the service on Claflin's YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Members of the Golden Class are Claflin alumni who are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their graduation from "On a Hilltop High." These revered graduates have helped lay the foundation for Claflin’s legacy of producing globally- engaged visionary leaders. 

This year, in addition to paying tribute to the Golden Class of 1971, Claflin University will also honor members of Golden Class of 1970 who were not celebrated last year due to COVID-19. The members of both Golden Classes will receive a Golden Diploma to commemorate their 50th Anniversary as leal and loyal sons and daughters of Claflin University. Let's celebrate the Golden Class of 1970 and the Golden Class of 1971. 

Class of 1970
  1. George Alexander
  2. Clyde A. Bess
  3. Rose M. Bland
  4. Vera McKnight Bodison
  5. Linda Tucker Booker
  6. Gloria A. Grant Glover Breland
  7. Clarence Bridges
  8. Sally Black Bridges
  9. Ludie Fulton Brown
  10. Carolyn Oliver Campbell
  11. Idella Waymer Carson
  12. Lucinda Ladson Cohen
  13. Queenie L. Crawford
  14. Gladys Mayrant Evans (posthumously)
  15. Vernetta Pinkney Frederick
  16. Charles B. Gary
  17. Christine Donna McPherson Harris
  18. Velma Martin Haywood
  19. Jenetha McCutcheon Hollis
  20. Almeta Taiste Howell
  21. Shirley Anne Hugee
  22. Joseph H. Jefferson
  23. Shirley Nelson Jefferson 
  24. Willa Marion Jennings
  25. Deloris Williams Johnson
  26. Liz Zimmerman Keitt
  27. Linda Faust Keyton
  28. Ernestine Kennedy King
  29. Gloria Elaine Gantt Lambright
  30. Janice Wannamaker Marshall
  31. Eugene Mincer
  32. Evelyn Bush Pringle
  33. Ronald A. Ravenell
  34. Thelma L. Brown Ravenell
  35. Betty Jean Sanders (posthumously)
  36. Joan Steward Stevens
  37. Shirley Taylor
  38. Glendra Smith Watson 
  39. Jennifer Green White
  40. Patricia Jennings Williams
  41. Jenette V. Wright 


Class of 1971
  1. Sherry Young Bess
  2. Lillie A. Bonnette
  3. Ollie Glover Boyd
  4. Willie D. Briggman
  5. Connie Irving Brown
  6. Willie L. Burgess
  7. Mattie Jackson Burroughs
  8. Typhelyn Chalmers
  9. Harvey E. Choplin
  10. Alexander Cummings
  11. Rosa Kennerly Dance
  12. Mamie Jenkins Davis
  13. Mary Frances DePass
  14. Pearline Williams Friday
  15. Brenda Brown Glaze
  16. Deloris Dickerson Glover
  17. Loretta Dash Greene
  18. Samuel W. Hanna
  19. Carolyn Harper
  20. Jessica J. Hawkins
  21. Jimmie Howell
  22. Cassandra A. Jenkins
  23. Barbara Brown Leaphart
  24. Mazie Glover Lewis
  25. Martha M. Logan
  26. Earline Fleming McClary
  27. Paul Edward Nelson
  28. Cathelyn Peterkin Quick
  29. Radine James Tate
  30. Lou Ella Swinton
  31. Lois Williams Thompson
  32. Verlie Graham Tisdale
  33. Veronica Copeland Vincent 
  34. Brenda D. Bines Watson
  35. Audrey Lavelle Montgomery Wilborn
  36. Connie D.  Williams
  37. Fred T. Williams
Claflin Students Win Awards at South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association's Annual College Festival
Claflin University students participated in the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association's Annual College Festival on Saturday, March 20. Colleges and universities from across the state competed in three categories: Theatre, Public Speaking, and Performance. While the festival is normally held in-person and hosted by a different member institution every two years, it pivoted to a virtual platform, which was hosted by the University of South Carolina - Lancaster. Teams from USC Lancaster, Lander University, Newberry, and Northeastern Technical College competed as well. Claflin’s team consisted of Camryn Brutus, Kambria Cook, Miracle Lee, Jevauni Malcolm, Ni’Ray Nelson, Isaiah Robinson, Bryson Scott and Terrence Weeks. The students competed and placed in the following categories: 

Musical Theatre Audition
1st – Kambria Cook
2nd - Miracle Lee
3rd – Isaiah Robinson
 
Duet Acting 
3rd - Isaiah Robinson & Bryson Scott
 
Impromptu Speaking 
1st – Jevauni Malcolm
 
Adjudicated Audition Monologues 
2nd - Camryn Brutus
3rd – Jevauni Malcolm
 
Storytelling 
1st – Kambria Cook
2nd – Jevauni Malcolm
 
Poetry Interpretation
2nd - Ni'Ray Nelson
 
Persuasive Speaking 
2nd – Jevauni Malcolm
 
Triathlon Award 
1st – Jevauni Malcolm
 
Sweepstakes Award
1st - Claflin University

For the first time since its inception, SCSTA voted to replace trophies with cash awards for first, second, and third place, recognizing the greater benefit and need for college students. SCSTA was founded in 1958 with a mission to encourage a passion for excellence in speech and theatre education in South Carolina. Claflin has been a member of SCSTA and has been competing in the college festival since 2008. Claflin served as host to the college festival in 2016 and 2017. Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre, Cedric Rembert, serves as College Division vice president, and Annette Dees Grevious, associate professor of speech and drama, serves as a member-at-large on its executive council. Both have served as president of the organization previously. Rembert and Grevious coached this year’s team to success, receiving the sweepstakes award for most points awarded to a given school based on the number of points each participant received for each event in which they competed divided by the number of participants on their school’s team. This year marks the fourth sweepstakes award received by Team Claflin.
Faculty News
Michael Fairwell, instructor of mass communications, is the 2021 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence In Teaching award winner for Claflin University.

For more than a decade, Fairwell has trained many Claflin students who are now working as producers, reporters, anchors, and media front-runners all over the country. Fairwell supervises more than 60 students each year in the Senior Project capstone course and guides them in the production of a proposal and media project. Fairwell’s internship class has launched many students as interns with CNN, ESPN, SCETV, and local and national television affiliates.

Claflin has recognized Fairwell’s leadership with numerous awards, including Professional Employee of the Year Award, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award, and the Claflin University Quality Enhancement Plan Instructor of the Year. Fairwell has also been named Claflin University Advisor of the Year and faculty representative to the Claflin Board of Trustees.

Fairwell holds a Master of Media Arts degree with concentrations in television and film and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, both from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Outside of Claflin University, Fairwell owns a production company – the Fairwell Group. He recently produced LIVIC, a documentary about an iconic photographer during the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to the documentary, Fairwell’s production company has produced several commercials, infomercials, shorts films, and documentaries.

Fairwell holds memberships in the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA), South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA), Radio Television and News Directors Association (RTNDA), South Carolina Media Educators Association (SCMEA), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
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