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Claflin University Prepares for the Class of 2022 to Arrive on August 11; Returning Students Arrive on August 14

The 2018 Fall New Student Orientation (NSO) for the Class of 2022 begins on Saturday, August 11 with Move-In Day. NSO includes highlights such as the Parting Ceremony, Confirmation Ceremony, Family Worship Services, community and team building activities and more! Returning students will arrive on Tuesday, August 14 with classes set to begin on Thursday, August 16. Continuing and Professional Studies' students will begin classes on August 20. For NSO information , click here.
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Nearly 150 years ago, Claflin broke down barriers in higher education, making it the first South Carolina university open to all students regardless of race. Today, Claflin continues to welcome exemplary students of all races and genders who demonstrate a passion to change not only their own circumstances, but to change the world as well. Click here to read through the University's Brief Historical Reference Guide. 
Claflin Board of Trustee Member Featured in Profile Magazine
Claflin University Board of Trustee member Virgil Miller was recently featured in the online version of Profile magazine. Miller, who is the executive vice president and chief operating officer  of Aflac U.S. and president of Aflac Group, has helped to create a culture of innovation and accountability to meet Aflac's goals for excellent, low-cost customer service.  

In the article, Miller stated " If you want to be relevant, you have to change. When you consider the speed at which technology is moving, it's not a matter of if , but it's a matter of when  and whether  you are acting fast enough. We have to act, and we're going to be deliberate about it." 

Miller holds a MBA from Wesleyan, a bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgia College & State University, and Six Sigma/PMP certifications from Villanova University.  Miller  serves on the board of the Group Insurance Executive Council, Palmetto Business Forum and the Columbia Urban League. He is a former board member for the American Red Cross and the United Way Board of Trustees.

Alumni News

The Central Savannah River Alumni Chapter of the Claflin University International Alumni Association presented University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale a check for $17,500 during its annual Scholarship Gala and Reverse Raffle on July 27 at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Martinez, Ga. The gala is one of several "Signature Events" held by CUIAA chapters throughout the year that have a fundraising goal of $10,000.

The gala was highlighted by the presentation of a proclamation to Dr. Tisdale by the office of Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., designating July 27, 2018, as "Dr. Henry N. Tisdale Day, in Augusta, Ga., in recognition of his exceptional and transformative leadership at Claflin University."

During the event, President Tisdale thanked the Central Savannah River Alumni Chapter for their commitment  to Claflin University and acknowledged the significant role that alumni have played in the success of the University. With the announcement of his retirement in June 2019, Dr. Tisdale plans to visit chapter events throughout the United States highlighting  his vision for Claflin University. 
Proceeds from the gala provide scholarships for Claflin students from the Central Savannah River area. This year's recipients are junior Myles A. Coverson-Springs; sophomore Christopher Etteh; sophomore Joshua C. Gordon; freshman Wes U. Guyton; senior Annissa R. Jackson; senior Elliott M. Melton; junior Tia N. Scott; and freshman Tamia J. Valentine.

August 8, 2018
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, '73
Assistant Vice President for Communications & Marketing: George Johnson Jr.
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