The World Needs Visionaries

Note: Claflin University will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday beginning Wednesday, November 23. The University will reopen on Monday, November 28. Have a safe and happy holiday. 
Did You Miss Out On Homecoming 2016?
If you missed out on the wonderful experiences associated with Homecoming 2016, have no fear. You can visit Claflin's official Flickr photo gallery. Enjoy the memories captured by our photographers.

Mark your calendar for Homecoming 2017 - November 16-19, 2017. See you then!
University to Host Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. on the lawn in front of Calhoun-Downs-Laymen Hall. Following the lighting, members of the class of 2020 will gather in the Orange and Maroon Room to decorate Christmas cards that will be given to area senior citizens.

Representatives from each first-year student residence hall will participate in the Christmas Caroling portion of the ceremony.

"Our first-year students look forward to participating in this annual event and singing Christmas carols. This is an event where the university community and the Orangeburg community can come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season, "said Cynthia Duncan Joseph, director of the Freshman College.
South Carolina State Senator John W. Matthews Jr. Delivers Motivational
Founders' Day Message 
"I really want to speak to the group that really makes Claflin what it is - the students," said South Carolina State Senator John W. Matthews Jr. in his keynote address for Claflin University's 147th Founders' Day Convocation on Sunday, November 20 at Tullis Arena, Jonas Thomas Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.

Matthews who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1975 through 1984, before being elected to the State Senate in 1985 described what he labeled as "Power Zones" that determine a person's destiny. He identified them as church, home and the influence of education in the community.
"The church is where you receive your fundamental foundation. If you believe you can achieve all things through Christ, you can move to the next level because faith gives you confidence. The home should provide a nurturing environment that gives you the confidence and encouragement from your family," Matthews said. "Finally, communities that expect its youth to get a good education inspire them to do so. Members of the community know that a good education is the pipeline to achieving the American Dream. It's the pathway to success in the 21st century."

Matthews also congratulated President Henry N. Tisdale for his visionary leadership and the success of the University's Imagine The Possibilities Capital Campaign which raised more than $105 million.
"Some thought it was not possible for Claflin to achieve the goal of its fundraising campaign, but they were wrong," said Matthews. "The doubters failed to realize the value supporters of the University place on education and what it means now and for the future."
Claflin University Concert Choir and Community to 
Present Handel's Messiah
Claflin University and the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association (DORA) will present Handel's Messiah on Tuesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the Stevenson Auditorium in downtown Orangeburg. Claflin University has presented this holiday musical since 1997. 

Joining the choir for the performance are members of several area churches including First Presbyterian Church, Orangeburg Lutheran Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and New Mount Zion Baptist Church.

"The Messiah performance is a Christmas tradition here at Claflin," said President Henry N. Tisdale. "We are thrilled to present this performance as our gift to the Orangeburg community."
Visiting Students Complete Intensive English Language Program
Visiting students from Mexico in the Claflin University Intensive English Language Program (IELP) completed their English language training and instruction program. The students celebrated with a certificate ceremony on Wednesday, November 16.
The IELP hosted 25 college students from various universities in Mexico. The students participated in Proyecta 100,000, an initiative of the Mexican government which provides scholarships for students to travel to the United States to study the English language.

"I look forward to teaching my brother and sister about the English language. The rigorous coursework that the IELP provided helped me to improve my English and pronunciation," stated Jordan Mizraim Ochoa Araiza, a senior studying at the Institute of Technolo de sac Depeche located in Morelos, Mexico.

The next IELP session will be held from January through March 2017, when the university will host the first cohort of 20 Panamanian in-service teachers. Claflin is the first institution in the state of South Carolina to host Panamanian government scholarship students. 
Merrill Lynch Executive Serves as Guest Speaker at 18th Annual Business Community Alliance Breakfast
Michael P. Velasco, wealth management advisor and senior vice president with  TCG & Associates was the guest speaker for the 18th Annual Business  Community Alliance Breakfast held on November 9, 2016 in Ministers' Hall.

The purpose of the Annual Business Community Alliance Breakfast is to provide high-achieving Claflin students enrolled in the School of Business an opportunity to meet with executives from local corporations, non-profit organizations and government to discuss career opportunities. The students also hear about the different pathways to becoming visionary leaders after they earn their degrees.
"I believe we who are in leadership at our companies and organizations have a responsibility to prepare and encourage young people to become the leaders of tomorrow," said Velasco. "We need to allow them the opportunity to work in our businesses to show us what we can do better. They know the technology better than we do. We need their expertise and insight on how we can improve the delivery of our services using new technologies."
Claflin Student Named New DORA Director
Photo courtesy of John Mack/T&D
Claflin business administration student Candice Roberson has just been named the new executive director for the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association. 
DORA was organized in 1993 for the purpose of encouraging the development, redevelopment, and improvement of downtown Orangeburg. DORA partners with Claflin University to bring to the city Handel's Messiah .

According to a recent article in the Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, " Roberson was unanimously selected by the DORA hiring committee after a series of interviews. More than a dozen applications were received for the position, from both in and out of the state."
Trinity United Methodist Church Celebrates 150 Years of Ministry
Claflin University is assisting in Trinity United Methodist Church's 150th anniversary celebration themed "Come Sunday" on December 4 at 6 p.m. The Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform  selections from Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concerts."

Trinity is located diagonally across the street from the main entrance of Claflin's campus. Many Claflin students worship with the members of this congregation and call it their "church home away from home." Trinity's pastor, Reverend Mack C. McClam, '73, counts it an honor to be located across the street from his alma mater and loves coming to help out with University initiatives. 

A historic marker on the church's property reads: " This African-American church, established in 1866, built its first sanctuary 4 blocks SE in 1870. Construction began on this sanctuary in 1928 and was completed in 1944. Trinity, headquarters for the Orangeburg Movement during the 1960s, hosted many civil rights meetings and rallies attended by leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, and Thurgood Marshall."

"The pastoral staff and members of Trinity have always welcomed our students and assisted with their spiritual development," said Dr. Isaiah McGee, interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of the Concert Choir. "We are happy to  assist and join them in celebrating 150 years of ministry in this community," he said. 

For more information about the celebration, please call the church office at (803) 534-7759.
Claflin Cares Campaign Ends December 5
Clafin University is still accepting financial gifts to the "Claflin Cares" campaign to help support families of the students who were involved in the car accident on October 13. Gifts are being accepted online until Monday, December 5.
You can also mail your donation to Claflin University, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Make checks payable to Claflin University and mark in the memo section of your check "Claflin Cares." Please mail donations so that they arrive to Claflin University  no later than Monday, December 5.
If you have any questions, please call the Office of Major & Planned Gifts at (803) 535-5238.
Employee News

Dr.  Angela Peters, vice provost for academic programs, was presented an award by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her extraordinary contributions while serving as General Chair of the ACS's South Carolina Section's 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting (SERMACS 2016) last month in Columbia, S.C.
The South Carolina Section of the ACS promotes chemical research and communicates its results within the state of South Carolina. The organization is composed of approximately 700 American Chemical Society members from throughout the state.
The American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.
Alumni Notes

The Mint Museum Randolph is showcasing Requiem for Mother Emanuel, a nine painting cycle of  Dr. Leo Twiggs, '56 . The Museum will display the exhibit November 23, 2016, through February 19, 2017. The museum is located in Charlotte , NC.
Panther Pride
Claflin Lady Panthers Cruise Past Queen University of Charlotte for Homecoming

Joclyn Ramos scored a game high of 21 points as the Claflin University Lady Panthers defeated Queen University of Charlotte 79-51 on Homecoming in a women's basketball game on Saturday, November 19 in the Tullis Arena.  The victory improved the Lady Panthers early season record to 3-1.  The offensive production was Claflin largest this season. The Lady Panthers previously won by 14 points (52-38) over Elizabeth City University Wednesday, November 16 .

Claflin will take to the road for two games, Livingstone College on Tuesday, November 22, and Newberry on Saturday, November 26. The Lady Panthers return home to start Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play against Central State University on Tuesday, November 29.

Claflin Men Defeat Fayetteville State

The Claflin University Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak with an 81-63 Homecoming win over Fayetteville State University on Saturday, November 19 in the Tullis Arena
Triston Thompson and Trevor Dantzler led a Panther balanced scoring attack with 14 points each. Ryan McNeill-Moses (pictured) and De'shon Nails contributed 12 points apiece, while Benjamin "Tré" Williams tossed in 10.

Dantzler, Williams Propel Claflin Men Past Saint Augustine's
Trevor Dantzler and Benjamin Williams led a second-half Panther scoring surge as Claflin University knocked off Saint Augustine's, 85-78, in a non-conference men's basketball game on Monday, November 21 in the Tullis Arena.
The win was Claflin's second in a row, pushing them to 2-2 on the season.

Claflin will return to the hardwood Tuesday, November 29 , to host Central State University in its Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) opener.
November 22, 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Nov. 23-25, 2016
Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28, 2016
Lighting of Claflin Christmas Tree 

Nov. 29, 2016
Messiah Concert
Connect with Us

President Henry N. Tisdale took a moment to visit with Travis J. Simons, '05 (and a past Mr. Claflin), during Homecoming Week. Simons is director of ministry development at the Potter's House, Dallas, Texas, under Bishop T. D. Jakes. During his visit, he shared his "Claflin experience."  "The professors that I encountered at Claflin showed me that I had  a greater capacity. The experiences I had here helped to shape me in a way that helped to change me," he shared.
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale
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