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Countdown to a New School Year

Administrators, faculty, and staff are preparing for the arrival of new and returning students for the 2019 fall semester. Members of the Freshman Class are set to arrive on campus on Saturday, August 10, for New Student Orientation. Returning students will arrive on Tuesday, August 13, with classes set to begin on Thursday, August 15.  Continuing and Professional Studies and graduate students  will begin classes on Monday, August 19. For New Student Orientation information, please click  here .
A Message From the President

First, allow me to express my sincere appreciation for the many warm and welcoming remarks I have received upon my appointment as the ninth president of Claflin University! In addition, thank you for being a part of the special occasion this past Thursday. It is indeed an honor to join this renowned and historic institution lauded as Claflin. On behalf of First Lady LaKisha Warmack and our daughter Morgan, we are excited to officially join the Claflin University family. My wife and I are looking forward to carrying on the profound legacy and continuing the transformational leadership of Dr. Henry N. and Alice Carson Tisdale. 
As we continue to celebrate Claflin's 150 years of access and success, our vision is to become the best university in the nation that offers a standard of academic excellence while holistically developing and preparing our students for a global society. To the dedicated faculty and staff, I am committed to working alongside you as we push Claflin University forward. Let us continue to stay devoted to the future success of our students and the great legacy of our university. I am truly humbled and truly thankful for this opportunity to help elevate this university to even higher heights, and as "Team Claflin," I know together we will accomplish even greater success. 
To the beloved students of our illustrious university, I am thrilled to interact with and get to know each and every one of you. This institution is fortunate to have amazing students like you who will go on to become globally engaged visionary leaders, and I look forward to accompanying you on this journey. Several new and exciting opportunities await you as you begin your studies on campus this year. While tradition is embraced and respected, you will be supported by a world-class faculty and a devoted staff whose major priority is to ensure your success. As such, providing excellent student-centered customer service will be at the core of what we do. Do not hesitate to seek our help whenever you feel you need it. 
A special thanks to the Board of Trustees for having faith and confidence in me to lead Claflin University. You can trust that I will lead this institution with courage and integrity, and please know that I am unapologetic about my faith walk. I am clear that it is because of God's divine order that He chose me to lead Claflin for such a time as this. Thus, to each of you within the Claflin Family, it is our season! 
Once again, thank you to Dr. Tisdale for his leadership and legacy at Claflin. My family and I are more than pleased to join Team Claflin and the Orangeburg community, and we are ready to begin this next chapter at THE Claflin University! 
Thank you to all the individuals who marked our beginning with smiles and showed your Panther Pride and spirit at the pep rally! We are most grateful! 
Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack
Join Us in Columbia for "Claflin Night with the Columbia Fireflies"

"Claflin University Night with the Columbia Fireflies" will be held on Saturday, August 17, when the Fireflies host the Rome Braves at 6 p.m. at Segra Park, located at 1640 Freed Street in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, who began his term as Claflin's ninth president on August 1, will toss out the ceremonial first pitch.  Other special attractions include interactive games, as fans can win gifts and prizes, contests, and a fireworks display.

Claflin also sponsors the "7th Inning Stretch" at all Fireflies home games, which includes the University's logo appearing on the stadium's video scoreboard during the singing of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."
Tickets to the game for Claflin students are available through the Office of Student Activities, by clicking the Take Me Out to the Ball Game email message. A limited number of tickets can be purchased for $10 by Claflin alumni by contacting Zelda Lee, director of alumni relations, at (803) 535-5348 or email Tickets can also be purchased at Segra Park for $10 and $5 before and on the day of the game. Visit or call the Box Office at (803) 726-4487.
Claflin University and the South Carolina Technical College System Launch Partnership to Improve Nursing and Health Care

Claflin University and the South Carolina Technical College System signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, July 29, that will enhance the seamless transfer of Registered Nurses (RNs) who also have earned an associate degree from one of the 16 schools in the SCTC System to Claflin University's RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Students who complete the registered nursing program at a South Carolina technical college will enter Claflin's RN to BSN program as juniors. The partnership will potentially increase the number of nursing graduates from minority and other underrepresented populations. It also supports the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that health care organizations increase their BSN nursing staff to 80 percent by the year 2020.
"This partnership is good for the entire state of South Carolina," said Dr. Tim Hardee, president of the SCTC System. "What we are able to achieve at our 16 colleges throughout the state is to provide access and affordability that will enable students to begin their higher education journey. Our partnership with Claflin creates the next step for our students who want to earn a bachelor's degree. We graduate approximately 1,100 nurses each year. This is an opportunity for our nursing graduates to continue their advancement in this field. We hope to contribute to producing better nurses and improve the quality of health care in the state of South Carolina."
Claflin has similar agreements with nearby Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to admit graduates who are RNs and The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, which is encouraging its RNs to earn a bachelor's degree.
Claflin's RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners retroactive from October 1, 2018, until June 30, 2024. 

Claflin launched the RN to BSN program in August 2016.
Since the program's inception, more than 50 graduates have completed the 100 percent online program and have earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Claflin is the only institution of higher education between Columbia and Charleston, S.C., and the only historically black college/university (HBCU) in South Carolina that offers a bachelor's degree in nursing.
James E. Clyburn Scholarship and Research Foundation Presents Scholarships to Claflin Students

The James E. Clyburn Scholarship and Research Foundation awarded 42 scholarships to high-achieving high school graduates who will enroll at Claflin for the 2019 Fall semester.  The presentations were made on Saturday, August 3, at the Rudolph Canzater Memorial Golf Classic in Santee, S.C. The Foundation awarded a total of 150 Canzater Scholarships and Claflin was the institution of choice for more recipients than any other college or university.
RN to BSN Program Wins Best Nursing Program Award
Dr. Shannon Smith, nursing department chair, is joined by Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack during the awards presentation.

Congratulations to Claflin's RN to BSN program for winning Best Nursing Program at the 2019 HBCU Awards on Friday, August 3, in Baltimore, Md., at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. 

Claflin launched its RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program during the 2016 fall semester. The 100 percent online program is designed to provide an opportunity for nurses with an associate degree to complete a bachelor of science in nursing while having the flexibility to work full time.

The HBCU Awards is the first and only national awards ceremony honoring individual and institutional achievement at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. Winners are selected by a panel of previous winners, journalists, HBCU executives, students and alumni for the merit of accomplishment and for generating positive coverage for HBCU campus communities. In 2015, Claflin University was named HBCU of the Year and in 2018, Tiaria Norman, '18, was named Best Female Athlete by the HBCU Awards panel.
Board of Visitors Raises $1 Million for FOCUS100 Scholarships   

In 2004, the Claflin University Board of Visitors established FOCUS100 Scholarships to provide modest grants to assist students who have trouble managing the costs of their tuition, fees, or books. FOCUS100 Scholarships cover small financial shortfalls that too often lead students to withdraw from school. Since the program's creation, the University has used it to make awards ranging from $300 to $1,000 to more than 1,800 students. 

In 2017, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, the eighth president of Claflin University, issued a five-year challenge to the Board of Visitors - to raise $1 million for FOCUS100 scholarships. The members accepted the challenge and by 2018, had raised $350,000. However, after the announcement that he would retire on June 30, 2019, Tisdale urged the Board of Visitors to accelerate their efforts and finish the campaign at the end of his presidency.

"When Dr. Tisdale asked us to wrap up the campaign more than two years ahead of schedule, we immediately agreed," said Mrs. Thelma Hudson, who chairs the Board of Visitors. "We may not have known exactly how we were going to get it done, but we knew something more important. All of us knew that the leadership Dr. Tisdale has provided over the past 25 years has put the University in an excellent place. There's just no way any of us would have declined his request."

On July 17, 2019, the Claflin University Board of Visitors completed its challenge to raise $1 million for FOCUS100 Scholarships ($1,004,202.21). Since 2017, approximately 1,400 donors supported the Special Gifts Campaign for FOCUS100 Scholarships, with donors contributing, on average, $714 each.
"During the 2018-2019 academic year I was blessed to receive a FOCUS100 scholarship. I was struggling to figure out how I was going to pay the remaining balance on my account and started to become discouraged. I am beyond grateful to have received the scholarship," said Kyndal Broadway. She plans to graduate in May 2020 and will enroll in a teaching residency program through Urban Teachers, Mastery Charter Schools, or KIPP. 
Click here to donate to the FOCUS100 program or send a check made payable to Claflin University, and mail to Claflin University, Office of Institutional Advancement at 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC  29115.
Alumni News

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. will host its 34th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sept. 27 in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Among this year's class is attorney William H. Johnson Sr., '72, who will be inducted in the category of government and law. Attorney Johnson is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, all federal district courts, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson has served in a number of legal and community leadership positions, including as court-appointed arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and as arbitrator and mediator for the U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has served as president of the Barristers Association of Philadelphia and as the National Bar Association's regional director for the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attorney Johnson has also served as a member of the following boards of directors: the Philadelphia Public Interest Law Center, the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, the Metropolitan Career Center of Philadelphia and the National Bar Association Board of Governors. In addition to previously serving as a member of Claflin University's Board of Visitors, he currently serves on its board of trustees and chairs its Audit Committee.

The Central Savannah River Area Chapter (CSRA) of the CUIAA recently presented Claflin University with a check for $20,000 at their annual $10,000 Reverse Raffle/White Affair on Friday, July 26, at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Martinez, Ga. The CSRA's donation will provide scholarships for five students attending Claflin from the Central Savannah River region. This year's scholarship recipients are: Mykel K. Banks,  Jalyn A. Brooks, Tia N. Scott,  Tamia J. Valentine and  Leighton C. Williams.
The CSRA's commitment to helping students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree has resulted in the chapter receiving the Claflin University International Alumni Association Annual Dollar Award (2013-17); Kennedy Fellow Award in Leadership Giving (2014); and Chapter of the Year (2011).

Congratulations to the  Spartanburg-Cherokee Chapter of the CUIAA  for being selected as the 2019 Small Chapter of the Year by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The chapter will be recognized at the 
8th Annual Legacy of Leaders Alumni Luncheon, Friday, September 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Each year, alumni of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) are honored for significant contributions they have made to their respective institutions. This event promotes the viability of HBCUs and highlights the accomplishments of their alumni. HBCU alumni are leaders across numerous industries and represent some of our nation' s highest-ranking executives, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders. (Pictured above are chapter members at the recent Meet and Greet on Sunday, August 4, at Silver Hill United Methodist Church.)
August 7, 2019
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President: Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Rev. Dr. Whittaker V. Middleton, '73
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