The World Needs Visionaries
Due to severe weather predicted with the approach of Hurricane Michael, Claflin University will be closed on Thursday, October 11. This includes all classes and activities. Claflin University will resume normal business operations and classes on Friday, October 12 at 8 a.m.
Claflin University Tobacco-Free Alliance Awarded Community Partnership Grant From South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
The Claflin University Tobacco Free Alliance under the leadership of Dr. Tantiana D. Burns was recently awarded a 2018 Community Partnership Grant from the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative to address the impact of tobacco use in local communities.
The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative provides Community Partnership Grants to coalitions and organizations to develop programs and activities designed to address the toll of tobacco use in their communities. This competitive funding opportunity provides awards to local community-based organizations that support the mission of the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and are designed to invest in projects that address goals of the state plan, Ending the Epidemic: Plan for a Tobacco-Free South Carolina, 2015-2020.
"We look forward to working with local businesses to help protect employees from tobacco smoke while they are working" said Dr. Burns, assistant professor of environmental science. "We would like businesses in Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties to be aware of the benefits of a smoke-free workplace. We want to help them to put policies in place that will protect their employees. There are health and economic benefits to having smoke-free workplace policies and it will beneficial to the employees and employers."
According to the 2014-2015 SC Adult Tobacco Survey, 19% of South Carolina adults currently smoke cigarettes. Additionally, 22% of South Carolina adults report being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace (Source: SC DHEC).

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (SCTFC) is a statewide assembly of the leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses committed to eliminating the toll of tobacco use in South Carolina through prevention, policy and protection from secondhand smoke exposure. For more information, please visit

The mission of the Claflin University Tobacco Free Alliance is to educate the citizens of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties on the benefits of tobacco cessation and the effects (health, economic etc.) of tobacco use. With funding from the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative, the Alliance hope to raise awareness of the health risks of tobacco use and help tobacco users be successful in their efforts to quit. 
Make Your Plans for 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,

Faculty News

On October 1, mass communications professors Dr. Donna Gough and Dr. Patrick Stearns were featured on an online program titled "Off the Air" produced by WLTX News 19. The program was streamed live  with an internet audience. Gough and Stearns were joined by program host and WLTX news director, Leroy Green, Dr. Joshua Mims, a media instructor from South Carolina State University. Click here to view the program which included a discussion on Hollywood and other film and television producers creating remade programming for the fall.
Panther Pride
Claflin Falls to Rival Benedict in Non-Conference Volleyball Contest

The Claflin University volleyball team lost its fifth straight contest, falling to intra-state rivals Benedict College, 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-16) , in a non-conference match in HRC Arena in Columbia, S.C.  With the loss, the Lady Panthers fall to 4-9 on the season. The volleyball team  will return to action on Saturday, October 3, when they host Livingstone College in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) southern division contest. First serve is set for 2 p.m. in the Tullis Arena on the campus of Claflin University.
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President: Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, '73
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