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Faith McKie to be Crowned Miss Claflin University

The coronation of Faith Dominique McKie as Miss Claflin University for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. 
 
McKie is a senior sport management major from Columbia, S.C.  She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average as a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College. McKie is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. She won a $5,000 scholarship as one of four Grand Prize winners of the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Coca Cola /Food Lion Essay Contest. The prize presentations were made during the 2019 CIAA Basketball Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  
 
McKie's list of honors away from athletics also includes being selected last summer to participate in the Minor League Baseball " Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development" Program (FIELD). The program  was  created under the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Diversity Initiative as a way to engage the next generation of diverse leaders in sports business.
 
McKie is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Nu Chapter. In 2018, McKie won the title of Miss Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. She has worked with numerous campus committees and organizations including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, A. Bevy Collegiate Group, and the Honors Council.
 
As a standout member of the Claflin University Women's Track and Field Program, McKie earned First Team All-Conference honors after her first place finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In January 2019, she was named CIAA Indoor Track and Field Runner of the Week.
 
McKie is a 2016 graduate of Ridge View High School where she was member of the BioHealth Magnet Program, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and the Beta Club. She was also a three-time state champion as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team which set a state record. McKie also established school records in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles and the 4x400 meter relay.
Marcus Oliver to be Crowned Mister Claflin University

The crowning ceremony for Marcus L. Oliver as Mister Claflin University for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. 
 
A native of Camden, S.C., Oliver graduated from Camden High School and worked part-time as a
program specialist at the Boys and Girls Club where he mentored students, assisted with homework, and helped facilitate after school activities. As a senior at Camden High School, Marcus was voted "Best Smile" and his smile continues to be one of his most noticeable features.
 
At Claflin University, Oliver is a junior middle-level education major with concentrations in math and science. His career goals include working as a middle school teacher, obtaining a master's degree and ultimately teaching at the collegiate level. 
 
As Mister Claflin, Oliver is working to "redefine the vision" for Claflin students to what it means to be a servant leader. He does this by embracing community service with a smile, and actively seeking how he can make his campus community and the Orangeburg community better. Oliver has fostered relationships with Mellichamp Elementary School, William J. Clark Middle School and Howard School Middle School. His plans include starting mentorship and after-school programs at each school for three days a week.
 
Marcus has an incredible commitment to leadership and he currently serves as the vice  president of Call Me MiSTER. He is a member of the School of Education and Leadership organizations (S.O.E.L), Men of Valor Emphasizing Respect and Service (MOVERS), and Serving Mental Illness Learning Experience (S.M.I.L.E.). He also serves his country as an E4 Specialist in the Army National Guard.
Student Spotlight - UNCF National Pre-Alumni Council

Approximately 25 students from Claflin University, Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone College, Morris College, St. Augustine University and Voorhees College attended the UNCF National
Pre-Alumni Council Eastern Regional Conference on Saturday, October 12, at Claflin University. This year's theme was "Perfecting the HBCU Culture." At the conference, attendees participated in workshops that included panel discussions from alumni and faculty. Conference leadership in attendance from Claflin University included Mackenzie Cain, UNCF National Pre-Alumni president and Ja'el Wright, Eastern Regional Director. 
Claflin University Featured as a "Green College"

Claflin University is listed in Princeton Review's 2019 Guide to Green Schools. The guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles include information on a school's use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies, and career guidance for green jobs.
Alumni News

Claflin University is looking forward to welcoming you "home" for Homecoming 2019 on November 14-17. Click here for the complete schedule and registration.
 
A full schedule of events and activities are planned for your enjoyment and participation. We will also celebrate reunion for the classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014. Celebrate your class with memories that last forever. 

Activities include a  5K Walk and Run, annual scholarship  golf classic, the Homecoming Parade, a men's and women's basketball doubleheader game, Greek step show and the Annual Founders' Day Convocation.
 
Tickets for the Presidential Scholarship Gala may be purchased online by clicking  here. For more information about the Gala, call (803) 535-5665 or (803) 535-5357.

If you are a class officer/agent, please contact Zelda M. Lee, '77, director of the Annual Fund/Alumni Relations, at (803) 535-5348,  zelee@claflin.edu


Congratulations to Natalia Johnson, '02, who was featured by South Carolina Black Pages in the "20 Under 40 Spotlight." Johnson is a senior scientist with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management, and operations contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS), in Aiken, S.C. Johnson is president of the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Aspiring Mid-Career Professionals (AMP) organization, which provides professional development and community outreach opportunities to a broad and diverse demographics across the company. She is also a charter member and former supervisory board member of Savannah River Site-Women In Nuclear (SRS-WIN) and currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for Redefined Women Empowerment, Inc. Johnson provides professional leadership through her involvement with the United Way, Golden Harvest, and STEM education outreach initiatives. For the past two years, she has received the United States Marine Corps Reserve's Commander's Award for her outstanding support of the Toys for Tots Program for her leadership as the Savannah River Site chair. She also has a positive impact on her community through her commitment to service through various organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., CSRA Claflin University Alumni Association, and as a mentor in area high schools. [SC Black Pages]


More than 50 alumni attended the Orangeburg County Alumni Chapter's Presidential Meet and Greet and Chapter Meeting on Monday, October 21. During the meeting, alumni were able to speak with President Dwaun J. Warmack and hear about recent initiatives at the University.
Panther Pride

Claflin Falls to Converse in Non-Conference Volleyball Match

Converse College defeated Claflin University 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-11, 25-15) in a non-conference volleyball match on Tuesday, October 22, at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Center.
 
Claflin will return to action on Saturday, October 26, at home against Livingstone College in a CIAA Southern Division match at 2 p.m.


Claflin Baseball to Hold Prospect Camp

Head Coach James Randall and the Claflin University baseball team will host the Claflin Baseball Prospect Camp, Sunday, October 27. Camp will open with registration at 8 a.m. MORE


Claflin Goes 1-2 in the Second CIAA Round-Up

The Claflin University volleyball team went 1-2 in the second CIAA Round-Up held on October 19-20, at Winston-Salem State University. In its opening match on Saturday (Oct. 19), Claflin fell to Virginia State University (VSU) 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-19). The Lady Panthers opened play on Sunday, October 20, with a 3-0 win over Lincoln University (PA). MORE
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