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Claflin University Celebrates Accomplishments and Progress During National HBCU Week 
As one of the nation's leading historically black institutions of higher education, Claflin University participated in the annual observance of HBCU Week that was held September 16-19 under the leadership of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. This initiative provided the nation and the world an opportunity to celebrate the immense contributions and proud legacy of historically black colleges and universities. "HBCU Competitiveness: Aligning Institutional Missions with America's Priorities," was the theme for this year's HBCU Week.

At historic Claflin University, the oldest and first HBCU in South Carolina to open its doors to all students regardless of gender, race, religion or  ethnic origin, the list of distinguished alumni begins with the university's eighth and current president, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, a 1965 graduate. His wife, First Lady Alice Carson Tisdale, is an alumna of Elizabeth City (NC) State University, where she earned her degree in elementary education. She also is director of Claflin's Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College. Claflin, founded in 1869, is celebrating its 150th anniversary of academic excellence and developing a diverse and inclusive community of globally engaged visionary leaders.  

Among the list of Claflin graduates whose achievements received national and global recognition are Alice Jackson Moorer (1884) and Annie Thortne Holmes (1884),  two of the first five black women in the world to receive college degrees. Robert Bates (1884), first African American certified as an architect; Ernest A. Finney, Jr. (1952), first African-American to serve as chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court; Leo F. Twiggs (1956), internationally recognized artist and first African-American to receive a doctorate from the University of Georgia; and Cecil Williams (1960), internationally recognized photographer, author and publisher known for his extensive collection of Civil Rights photographs.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have made a lasting global imprint on virtually every facet of culture and society. HBCU alumni have ascended to leadership positions in government, education, business and industry, science and technology, medicine, literature, entertainment and every other imaginable profession and vocation.  The rich heritage of these institutions is a testimony to their resilience and unremitting commitment to providing access to higher education for African Americans and others seeking empowerment and expanding their opportunities with a college degree.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Morehouse College); noted civil rights activist and Nobel Prize winner; Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State), renowned media executive/entertainer; Thurgood Marshall (Lincoln (Pa.) University/Howard University Law School), the first African American justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court; Spike Lee (Morehouse College), movie producer; Ronald McNair (NC A&T State University), the second black astronaut to travel in space, Marian Wright Edelman (Spelman College), founder of the Children's Defense Fund; and Mary Jackson (Hampton University), NASA's first black female engineer, are but a handful of trailblazing HBCU alumni whose achievements inspired generations of aspiring scholars to continue their education at HBCUs.
HBCUs have persevered through economic recessions, periods of declining enrollment, reduction of state and federal funding, and alumni and corporate support to fulfill the commitments for which they were founded.

HBCUs and their constituents were invigorated by the results of a recent landmark study, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The study, released last February, was commissioned by UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute which was released last February. The study broadly quantifies the economic impact of HBCUs on the nation's economy and their respective regions, using metrics such as faculty and staff salaries and wages, student enrollment and tuition, the institution's operating budget including expenses related to providing services for students, and employees, and how students, employees and alumni contribute to the region's economy as loyal consumers.

The report states that many of these HBCUs have played a vital role in the economy of these regions for more than 100 years. The report placed the economic impact of HBCUs at $14.8 billion annually which is equivalent to a ranking in the top 200 on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. The report also concluded that HBCUs generate 134,090 jobs in total for their local and regional economies and that 50,000-plus HBCU graduates in 2014 can expect total earnings of $130 billion over their lifetimes - 56 percent more than they could expect to earn without their college credentials.

According to the report, Claflin University generates $79 million and provides 835 jobs to contribute to the total economic impact of the local and regional economies. This estimate includes direct spending by Claflin University from faculty, employees, academic programs and operations and by students attending the institution.

The salient results of the UNCF study reaffirms the relevancy and dynamism of HBCUs as an integral economic entity which does indeed, make America strong. However, the nation benefits most from HBCUs through their capacity to produce graduates who will meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the future. Claflin and other HBCUs have done this for more than a century.

An example of how new programs and academic initiatives are helping to redefine the perceptions and perspectives of HBCUs is the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative Grant (CPI) funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. Claflin is the lead institution for the Carolina Cluster Career Pathways Program (CCP), which includes Benedict College and Voorhees College. The $6 million grant initiative is a collaborative effort between the three institutions that focuses on preparing HBCU graduates for high-paying careers in the 21st Century.

HBCUs are diverse in enrollment, faculty and staff, academic programs, location, and the resources available to their students and the respective communities they serve. They are comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni who represent a wide spectrum of ideas, philosophies, cultures, and career aspirations. However, HBCUs are unified by a common purpose - improving the lives of its students and society by providing an affordable and accessible college education that inspires academic excellence, visionary leadership, and cultural awareness.

Claflin University Students Receive Scholarships at the Geraldyne Zimmerman Scholarship Fund Gala

Two Claflin University students received scholarships at the Geraldyne Zimmerman Scholarship Fund Gala on Friday, September 21. The s cholarship recipients are Pria Anderson (far left) and Chayna Rivers (fourth from left). They are pictured with members of the Zimmerman family and the chair of The Geraldyne Zimmerman Gala Committee, Frances Morant. Both students are freshman biology majors.

The gala is a fundraiser to support the Geraldyne Zimmerman Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to graduating members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (GSESC) Council who have been accepted and enroll at Claflin University, South Carolina State University, or Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. 

Zimmerman, known affectionately as "Mrs. Z," died April 10, 2011, at the age of 100. Born in 1911, she was one year older than the Girl Scouts. She had been active with the Girls Scouts since 1951 and started the first Girl Scout troop for African-American girls in Orangeburg. Zimmerman served not only as a Girl Scout troop leader, but as a board member, association president, troop consultant and service unit chairperson. She retired as a math professor in 1976 from South Carolina State University after 31 years of service. 

Claflin's Best and Brightest Scholars Recruited by Regional and National Industry Leaders at 2018 Career Fest

U.S. Secret Service recruiter Sheltanya Steadman gives insight about the agency to Claflin students Eden Wiggins, Madison Whetstone and Kasey Smith.

Representatives from more than 50 businesses and agencies from throughout South Carolina and beyond participated in Claflin University's annual Fall Career Fest on Thursday, September 20, in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center. Claflin students were able to discuss career and internship opportunities with regional and national industry leaders in business, education, health care, government, technology and other professions.
The Fall Career Fest is coordinated by Claflin's Career Development Center through the Office of Student Development and Services.

Assistant to the Vice President of Student Development and Services and also Director of Career Development Carolyn R. Snell, puts together the Fall Career Fest every year.  "Some of the employers have been coming to the University for nearly 20 years which is a testimony to their success and satisfaction in working with Claflin University and our students," said Snell. "We select agencies and businesses that offer a broad-range of opportunities and appeal to all of our majors. This is the University's largest and most comprehensive career event so we want all of our students to network and discuss their interest, skills and employment options with these employers."

The Career Fest was an enlightening experience for Kimani Dobson who is an elementary education major. After meeting with recruiters from the City of Charleston School District, she discovered their teacher salaries are the highest in the state South Carolina.  "I had set my sights on a position in Rock Hill, S.C., but now I'm really thinking about Charleston," she said.

Psychology major Damoni Brown also believes she benefitted from attending this year's event.  "I am looking for internship opportunities," she said. "The Career Fest provided information about what is available at the various companies, which was very helpful." 

AFLAC and the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) were among the many employers at the Career Fest seeking talented Claflin scholars.  Aflac is a supplemental insurance company for individuals and groups to help pay benefits not covered by major medical insurance. 

Snell was impressed with the number of students who participated in the Career Fest and she is hopeful they took full advantage of the networking opportunity the event provided.  "The best career advice I can give a Claflin student is to know your purpose," she said. "Know why you are in college and what it is you want to obtain. Whether you are planning for graduate school or entering the world of work you have to know that the pathway begins during your freshman year."

Claflin University to Host Annual UNCF Community Prayer Breakfast
Claflin University will host its 17th annual United Negro College Fund Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, October 6, at 9 a.m. in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center. The prayer breakfast is a fundraiser to support scholarships for students at Claflin University.
The Rev. Leonard Huggins, pastor of the Shady Grove, Trinity and St. Mark United Methodist Churches in St. George, S.C., will be the keynote speaker. The program also includes performances by the Claflin University Gospel Choir D.R.E.A.M. and The Community Prayer Breakfast Ministers' Choir. 
Admission is $250 per table (10 seats) and $15 for individual tickets. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 28. 
For more information and to purchase tickets call (803) 535-5722.

Make Your Plans for Homecoming 2018

There are just 49 days until Homecoming 2018! Claflin University is looking forward to welcoming you "home" for Homecoming 2018 on November 15-18. 
Many events are planned for your enjoyment and participation. We will also celebrate reunion for the classes of  1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993,  1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. Celebrate your class with a memory that last forever. Click here to view a schedule events for Homecoming 2018.
If you are a class officer/agent, please contact Zelda M. Lee, '77, director of the Annual Fund/Alumni Relations, at (803) 535-5348,

Alumni News
Congratulations  to Shawn  Howze, '14,  who is the newest detective in the Barnwell (S.C.) City Police Department. Detective Howze is the the second African-American detective in the Barnwell City Police's history. 

Panther Pride
CIAA Unveils New Logo and "Live the Legacy" Campaign for 2019 Basketball Tournament

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation's first African American athletic conference, officially unveils its marketing campaign theme "Live the Legacy" and 2019 logo to tip-off the CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball season. The new campaign showcases the CIAA's pillars of tradition, leadership, and community, and highlights the annual legendary sports experience.
The 2019 CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament will be hosted in Charlotte, NC from February 25 - March 2, 2019, and feature the conference's 13-member institutions, including its newest member Claflin University. This year's 24-game bracket will begin in Bojangles' Coliseum on Monday evening to accommodate a new round of games and will conclude with the highly-anticipated championship finals in the Spectrum Center on Saturday.  MORE

Claflin Volleyball Travels to Livingstone for CIAA Southern Division Contest

The Claflin University volleyball team will travel to Salisbury, N.C. on Wednesday, September 26, to take on the Lady Blue Bears of Livingstone College in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division Contest. The game, which is set to begin  at 6 p.m., is the first divisional contest for Claflin.
Claflin will also face the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University in a CIAA contest on Saturday, September 29.

Claflin Wins Two on Final Day of CIAA Round-Up

The Claflin University volleyball team defeated Lincoln University (PA) and Bowie State University Sunday, September 23 on the final day of the second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round-Up held at the Big Ben's Home Court in Richmond, Va. and hosted by Virginia Union University. MORE
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65
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