Legacy Day 2010 Leaf Dedication Ceremony


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>> MY NAME IS JIMMY DENNENY. I AM AN ECONOMICS MAJOR, A SENIOR FROM KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE,
AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS LEGACY DAY CHAIRMAN THIS YEAR.
I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST SAY WELCOME AND THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. LEGACY DAY CELEBRATES
BOTH THE DAY THAT THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON SIGNED HIS WILL, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED
HIS LEAD, GIVING GENEROUSLY IN THEIR OWN WILLS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY.
IT ALL STARTED RIGHT HERE WITH HIS SIGNATURE. WHEN THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON SIGNED HIS LAST
WILL AND TESTAMENT, HE PROVIDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CLEMSON AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, AND LEFT
HIS LEGACY AS A VISIONARY. BY THEIR GIFT, THOMAS GREEN AND ANNA CALHOUN CLEMSON LEFT
AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THIS CAMPUS AND ALL THE COUNTLESS STUDENTS WHO HAVE WALKED ITS GROUNDS
SINCE 1893.
LEGACY DAY AND THE FORT HILL LEGACY SOCIETY LEAVES RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS
WHO, WITH EXCEPTIONAL BEQUESTS TO THE UNIVERSITY IN THEIR OWN WILLS, HAVE ALSO LEFT SUCH LEGACIES.
THEY HAVE FOLLOWED IN AND FURTHERED THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOMAS AND ANNA CLEMSON, AND LEFT THEIR
OWN DISTINCT MARK ON THIS SPECIAL PLACE.
WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEDICATE THE 8TH FORT HILL LEGACY LEAF TO ONE SUCH INDIVIDUAL, MR.
EARL RAY. THE FIRST SEVEN LEAVES TO MY LEFT, WHICH WE WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORTLY, WERE
DEDICATED LAST YEAR AT THE INAUGURAL LEGACY DAY CEREMONY. THE CHAIR OF THAT CEREMONY,
GARRETT RIDDLE, IS WITH US TODAY, AND I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HIM FOR BEGINNING
THIS WONDERFUL TRADITION. THANK YOU, GARRETT.
(CLAPPING)
>> EACH LEAF REPRESENTS AN INDIVIDUAL OR COUPLE WHO CREATED A BEQUEST OR A TRUST RESULTING
IN THE GIFT OF $ 1 MILLION OR MORE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. AND WHILE THE
FORT HILL LEGACY SOCIETY IS A POSTHUMOUS HONOR, MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLEMSON LEGACY SOCIETY IS
ACCORDED TO DONORS WHEN THEY DOCUMENT THAT THEY HAVE INCLUDED CLEMSON IN THEIR ESTATE
PLANS. MEMBERS OF THE CLEMSON LEGACY SOCIETY ARE INVITED TO ADD THEIR SIGNATURES TO THE
CLEMSON LEGACY SOCIETY REGISTRY, AN ARCHIVAL, LEATHER-BOUND BOOK ON DISPLAY HERE TODAY AT
FORT HILL, THAT IS A PERMANENT RECORD OF LEGACY MEMBERS TO BE TREASURED AND CELEBRATED BY
ALL GENERATIONS TO COME. AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO SIGN AND DISPLAY THE BOOK THAN FORT HILL?
THIS TRULY IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PLACE. IT WAS HERE THAT THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON GAVE LIFE TO
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 124 YEARS AGO, AND IT IS HERE WHERE THE FUTURE OF EVERY CLEMSON STUDENT,
THE FUTURE SUCCESS STORY OF EVERY CLEMSON STUDENT HAS ITS BEGINNINGS.
AS ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS, I AM GRATEFUL FOR AND INSPIRED BY FORT HILL. IT WAS HOME TO
ONE OF THE GREAT VISIONARIES OF HIS TIME, AND THE FATHER OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. IN THE
SAME SPIRIT THAT WE REVERE HOMES LIKE MOUNT VERNON AND MONTICELLO, SO TOO SHOULD WE THINK
OF FORT HILL. THERE WAS SOMETHING HERE THAT INSPIRED THOMAS AND ANNA CLEMSON, SOMETHING
HERE THAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE
THAT HISTORY TO TEACH AND INSPIRE OTHERS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THERE IS INSPIRATION
FOR EVERY STUDENT TO BE FOUND BOTH IN OUR HISTORY AND HERE AT FORT HILL. THE CLEMSON
STORY IS ONE THAT HAS CERTAINLY INSPIRED ME ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, AND I AM HONORED
TO BE A LIVING PART OF THAT CLEMSON LEGACY.
AS YOU MAY KNOW, THE UNIVERSITY HAS ANNOUNCED A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE $600 MILLION OR
MORE FOR CLEMSON’S STUDENTS AND FACULTY. THE NAME OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE WILL TO LEAD,
REFERS NOT ONLY TO THOMAS CLEMSON’S WILL THAT CREATED THIS UNIVERSITY, BUT ALSO TO
HIS AND ANNA’S WILL TO BE LEADERS IN EVERYTHING THEY DID, AND THEIR BOLD VISION THAT HAS SEEN
CLEMSON MOVE INTO THE RANKS OF THE NATION’S TOP PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES.
I LIKE TO THINK OF FORT HILL AS THE SYMBOLIC HEADQUARTERS OF THE WILL TO LEAD CAMPAIGN,
AND IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU MR. WILL HIOTT, CLEMSON’S DIRECTOR OF
HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND CURATOR HERE AT FORT HILL, TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS
TRULY SPECIAL PLACE.
JOIN ME IN WELCOMING WILL.
(CLAPPING)
>> WILL HIOTT: GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. IN MY 20 YEARS AS CURATOR WITH FORT HILL,
I HAVE GROWN TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUENESS OF THIS SPECIAL PLACE OF LOCAL, STATE, AND
NATIONAL HISTORY. WHILE WE MAINTAIN THE HISTORIC HOME FOR ALL VISITORS, THE MODERN CLEMSON
FAMILY OF STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMNI CAN TAKE GREAT INSPIRATION FROM THE LIFE,
CAREER, AND LEGACY OF THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON.
I WAS PLEASED TO CONTRIBUTE TWO CHAPTERS TO THE THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON BIOGRAPHY THAT WAS
RELEASED LAST YEAR, AND THROUGH THAT PROCESS OF RESEARCH AND WRITING, I GAINED A DEEPER
UNDERSTANDING OF MR. CLEMSON AND HIS 50-YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH FORT HILL, THIS SPECIAL PLACE.
FROM HIS MARRIAGE IN THE PARLOR IN NOVEMBER 1838, TO ANNA CALHOUN, DAUGHTER OF THE STATESMAN
JOHN C. CALHOUN, THROUGH HIS DEATH IN THE DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM SOME HALF A CENTURY LATER
IN APRIL 1888, FORT HILL WAS NEVER FAR FROM MR. CLEMSON’S MIND, EVEN IF HE WERE AN OCEAN
AWAY. FORT HILL IS WHERE MR. CLEMSON’S FIRST THREE CHILDREN WERE BORN, AND IT WAS TO FORT
HILL THAT HE AND ANNA RETIRED IN 1872. TRAGICALLY, THEIR TIME TOGETHER HERE WAS LIMITED TO THREE
SHORT YEARS, BUT THEY SHARED A DUAL VISION FOR A HIGH SEMINARY OF LEARNING.
THE “FORT HILL DWELLING HOUSE,” AS MR. CLEMSON REFERRED TO HIS HOME, WAS PRESERVED
THROUGH HIS VISION AND GENEROSITY. MR. CLEMSON’S PLAN FOR FORT HILL WAS, IN HIS OWN WORDS,
“TO SAVE FROM DESECRATION THAT BEAUTIFUL, HALLOWED SPOT, AND PASS IT DOWN FOR FUTURE
TIME, AND TO THE DIFFUSION AND INVESTIGATION OF THE LAWS OF THE CREATOR.” IN HIS WILL,
HE PENNED OUR MISSION STATEMENT, THAT FORT HILL NEVER BE TORN DOWN OR ALTERED, BUT ALWAYS
OPEN FOR THE INSPECTION OF VISITORS. LIKEWISE, MR. CLEMSON DONATED TO ADORN THE WALLS OF
FORT HILL HIS RELICS AND ART COLLECTION. NOT ONLY IT IS A TOURIST ATTRACTION, BUT IT IS
A TEACHING COLLECTION AND A TANGIBLE LEARNING LABORATORY FOR FUTURE STUDY.
THROUGH WANDERING THE HALLS OF FORT HILL, WE GAIN INSIGHT AND PERSPECTIVE INTO HIS LIFE
AND CAREER AS AN ENGINEER, SCIENTIST, AGRICULTURALIST, AND AMBASSADOR. THROUGH THE OPERATION OF A
UNIVERSITY ON THE GROUNDS OF FORT HILL’S ESTATE, MR. CLEMSON FORESAW AN ADDITIONAL
LIGHT TO THE WORLD. HE ADDED HIS COMMENTS, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING AND
MAINTAINING A UNIVERSITY, IT MUST DEPEND UPON OUR FRIENDS, AND OF OUR FRIENDS, MR. CLEMSON
NOTED, THOSE WHO AID US, THEIR NAMES WILL GO DOWN TO FUTURE TIMES AS CERTAINLY AS THE
PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT STAND.
ALL OF THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH THEIR TALENTS AND WORLDLY REWARDS AS PART OF THE
CLEMSON FAMILY, JOIN IN THE VISION OF THE FOUNDER TO CARRY HIS TORCH AS A LIGHT INTO
THE WORLD THROUGH HIS HIGH SEMINARY OF LEARNING. WE ARE TODAY IN THE SHADOW OF FORT HILL UNDER
THE OUTREACHING BRANCHES OF THE SECOND CENTURY OAK. ON THIS SITE, IN 1888, THE NEWLY-APPOINTED
LIFE TRUSTEES SET IN MOTION THE FULFILLMENT OF MR. CLEMSON’S DREAM. TODAY WE HONOR THOSE
WHO IN THE FORT HILL LEGACY SOCIETY AID TO KEEP THAT DREAM ALIVE.
IT’S SO WONDERFUL THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN SUCH A GREAT INTEREST IN FORT HILL IN
RECENT YEARS, AS EVIDENCED BY THE LEADERSHIP IN LEGACY DAY AGAIN THIS YEAR. I OFTEN WONDER,
AS I WATCH STUDENTS WALK ACROSS THE GROUNDS, IF THEY REALIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS SPECIAL
PLACE AND WHAT A PROFOUND EFFECT MR. CLEMSON’S ACTIONS HERE MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO ARE HAVING
ON THEIR FUTURES. FOR THEY ARE TRULY THE LEGACY OF FORT HILL. THEY ARE TRULY THE LEGACY OF
THOMAS GREEN AND ANNA CALHOUN CLEMSON. IT’S CLEAR FROM THE STUDENTS WHO ARE LEADING THE
CELEBRATION TODAY THAT THE CLEMSON LEGACY IS IN VERY GOOD HANDS. THANK YOU.
(CLAPPING)
>> JIMMY DENNENY: AND NOW WE WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE MEMBERS OF
THE FORT HILL LEGACY SOCIETY. FIRST, WE WILL BE REMINDED OF THOSE HONORED BY THE FIRST
SEVEN LEAVES THAT WERE DEDICATED LAST YEAR, THEN WE WILL LEARN ABOUT MR. EARL RAY, WHOSE
LEAF WE DEDICATED THIS CEREMONY. CLEMSON WOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY WITHOUT
THESE VISIONARY PHILANTHROPISTS. AND AS WITH EVERY CLEMSON STORY, WE BEGIN WITH THOMAS
AND ANNA CLEMSON.
>>
THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO THOMAS GREEN AND ANNA CALHOUN CLEMSON. HERE AT FORT HILL, THE
CLEMSONS DISCUSSED THE NECESSITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
OF OUR STATE. IT WAS A SHARED VISION FOR THE CLEMSON AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
THAT LED MR. CLEMSON TO PROVIDE IN HIS WILL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS GREAT INSTITUTION.
MY NAME IS BRIAN PARK, AND I AM A GRADUATE STUDENT FROM FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA. AND
MY FELLOW STUDENTS AND I, ALONG WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CLEMSON FAMILY, ARE THE LEGACY
OF THOMAS AND ANNA CLEMSON.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO CHARLES E. AND HOMOZEL MICKEL DANIEL. MR. DANIEL CO-FOUNDED
DANIEL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, WHICH AT ONE TIME WAS THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
IN THE WORLD. HE SERVED AS A CLEMSON LIFE TRUSTEE FROM 1949 TO 1964, AND RECEIVED AN
HONORARY DEGREE FROM CLEMSON IN 1951. IN HONOR OF MRS. DANIEL’S PARENTS, THE DANIEL FAMILY
CREATED AN ENDOWMENT TO FUND FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE,
ARTS, AND HUMANITIES AND AN ENDOWED CHAIR. MY NAME IS JONATHAN SPEAR, I AM A SENIOR ARCHITECTURE
MAJOR FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AND MY FELLOW ARCHITECTURE MAJORS AND I ARE THE LEGACY OF
CHARLES E AND HOMOZEL MICKEL DANIEL.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO WOFFORD BENJAMIN AND LOUISE PHIFER CAMP. WOFFORD BENJAMIN CAMP,
A 1916 GRADUATE OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, WAS ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING AGRICULTURALISTS
IN THE 20TH CENTURY. HE WAS KNOWN AS THE FATHER OF COTTON FOR HIS PIONEERING WORK ON THAT
CROP IN CALIFORNIA. IN 1956 HE MARRIED LOUISE PHIFER WISE, A GRAND SOPRANO WHO STUDIED UNDER
COACHES OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA IN NEW YORK CITY. MR. AND MRS. CAMP WERE GENEROUS SUPPORTERS
OF PERFORMING ARTS AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. MY NAME IS TURNER VAUGHN, AND I AM A GRADUATE
STUDENT IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN CLEMSON, FROM GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA. UMM, I AM THE
LEGACY OF WOFFORD AND LOUISE CAMP, AS ARE ALL WHO ENJOY AND STUDY THE PERFORMING ARTS
AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO CLYDE AND MAMIE MADREN. WITH THE LOVE AND PARTNERSHIP OF HIS
WIFE MAMIE, MR. MADREN BUILT THE MADREN PAINT COMPANY INTO A THRIVING BUSINESS IN CHARLESTON,
SOUTH CAROLINA. “PAINTING IS SORT OF LIKE LIFE”, MR. MADREN ONCE SAID, “YOU HAVE
TO PREPARE THE SURFACE PROPERLY BEFORE THE PAINT GOES ON, IN ORDER TO MAKE IT STICK.
I SEE EDUCATION AS THAT PREPARATION.” IN KEEPING WITH THAT VISIONARY PHILOSOPHY, MR.
MADREN PROVIDED FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR UNIVERSITY’S CONTINUING EDUCATION AND THE CONFERENCE CENTER
FOR WHICH IS NOW NAMED FOR IT. I AM TIM BURKE, AND I AM A SENIOR HISTORY MAJOR FROM CINCINNATI,
OHIO. ALL THOSE WHO USE THE MADREN CENTER, AND ALL THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM THE ACTIVITIES
HELD THERE, ARE THE LEGACY OF CLYDE AND MAMIE MADREN.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO MARY KATHERINE LITTLEJOHN. FROM HER FAMILY HOME, BUILT IN
1937 AT 114 DANIEL DRIVE, MARY KATHERINE LITTLEJOHN RADIATED LOVE AND LOYALTY FOR CLEMSON. POPULAR
IN THE COMMUNITY AS AN AUTHOR AND A SPEAKER, MS. LITTLEJOHN IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HER
TWO-VOLUME WORK ENTITLED TALES OF TIGERTOWN. WITH PROCEEDS FROM HER FIRST BOOK, SHE CREATED
THE JAMES CORCORAN AND MARY POATS LITTLEJOHN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF HER PARENTS.
HER HOME AT 114 DANIEL DRIVE TODAY IS A HUB OF ARTISTIC AND EDITORIAL CREATIVITY, DEDICATED
TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. MY NAME IS CAROLINE TRAMMELL, AND I AM AN
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJOR FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. ALL OF US WHO LOVE CLEMSON
AS SHE DID ARE THE LEGACIES OF MARY KATHERINE LITTLEJOHN.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO WILLIAM MORELL AND FLORENCE COLES BALLENGER. IN 1985, A BEQUEST
FROM THE ESTATE OF MR. BALLENGER, A 1923 CLEMSON ALUMNUS, CREATED A TRUST FUND TO PROVIDE INCOME
FOR HIS WIFE, MRS. BALLENGER, AND LATER TO BE GIVEN AS A GIFT TO THE UNIVERSITY. MRS.
BALLENGER SUPPORTED AND HONORED HER HUSBAND’S WISHES, AND FOLLOWING HER DEATH IN 1999, THE
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES DEDICATED THE MAJORITY OF THE GIFT TO THE CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM. I AM REBECCA DEERY, A JUNIOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SECONDARY
SCIENCE EDUCATION MAJOR, FROM KENTUCKY. MY FELLOW CLEMSON NATIONAL SCHOLARS AND I ARE
THE LEGACY OF WILLIAM AND FLORENCE BALLENGER.
>> THIS LEAF IS DEDICATED TO ERNEST L. CORLEY, A 1949 DAIRY SCIENCE ALUMNUS WHO BECAME A
TOP OFFICIAL IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, DR. CORLEY CREDITED
CLEMSON WITH OPENING THE DOOR TO HIS SUCCESS. HE REMEMBERED HIS ALMA MATER BY PROVIDING
FOR THE CREATION OF THE ERNEST L. CORLEY, JR. TRUSTEE’S CHAIR AND ENDOWED GRADUATE
ASSISTANTSHIP. MY NAME IS ATTICUS MAVERY, AND I ACTUALLY WILL BE GRADUATING THIS MAY
FROM THE ANIMAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES DEPARTMENT, AND WE ALL FROM THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE,
FORESTRY, AND LIFE SCIENCES WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. CORLEY FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.
>> TODAY WE HONOR THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FORT HILL LEGACY SOCIETY BY DEDICATING THIS
LEAF TO EARL CHARLES RAY. MR. RAY EARNED HIS DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY IN 1938, AND WAS AWARDED
THE NORRIS MEDAL FOR BEING THE BEST ALL-AROUND GRADUATE. HE ENJOYED A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL
CAREER WHICH SAW HIM AT RETIREMENT AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE HARSHAW CHEMICAL COMPANY,
A DIVISION OF GULF OIL. HE ONCE WROTE, “I LOOK UPON MY FOUR YEARS AT CLEMSON AS FOUR
OF THE HAPPIEST YEARS OF MY LIFE. IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE WITH MY FELLOW MAN AND ENHANCED
MY DESIRE TO STRIVE FOR SUCCESS.” I AM TYLER SMITH, A JUNIOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERING MAJOR
FROM OAKTON, VIRGINIA. MR. RAY EMBODIED ALL THAT IS CLEMSON. THOSE WHO ARE INSPIRED BY
HIS DETERMINED SPIRIT AND HELPED BY THE EARL C. RAY STUDENT ASSISTANCE ENDOWMENT ARE HIS
LEGACY.
(CLAPPING)
>> THANK YOU. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INTRODUCE LOGAN SILVER, JUNIOR CADET IN THE AIR FORCE
ROTC, AND COMMANDER OF SCABBARD AND BLADE, TO TELL US ABOUT ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT PART
OF THE CLEMSON LEGACY, OUR MILITARY LEGACY.
>> LOGAN SILVER: AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, CLEMSON WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1893 AS AN ALL-MALE MILITARY
ACADEMY. IT REMAINED AS SUCH UNTIL 1955 WHEN MANDATORY ROTC COURSES WERE REMOVED FROM THE
CURRICULUM. HOWEVER, DURING THOSE 63 YEARS, AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF MILITARY HISTORY WAS
ESTABLISHED AT THIS UNIVERSITY. FOR INSTANCE, IN 1917, THE ENTIRE SENIOR CLASS VOLUNTEERED
EN MASSE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WOODROW WILSON, TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR I.
DURING WORLD WAR II, THIRD IN THE NATION, CLEMSON PRODUCED THE MOST ARMY OFFICERS, SECOND
ONLY TO WEST POINT AND TEXAS A&M. THREE OF OUR ALUMNI ARE RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDAL OF
HONOR. ADDITIONALLY, SCABBARD AND BLADE’S REGIMENT AT THIS UNIVERSITY WAS FOUNDED, ONE
OF THE OLDEST IN THE NATION, AND PERSHING RIFLES AS WELL, WHICH IS ONE OF THE NATION’S
MOST PRESTIGIOUS DRILL COMPETITIONS, DURING THIS ERA.
CLEMSON’S PROUD MILITARY HISTORY IS ONE OF THE PREDOMINANT REASONS WHY I CHOSE TO
BECOME A STUDENT AT THIS SCHOOL. AS A WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA NATIVE, PEOPLE FREQUENTLY
ASK ME, “WHY DIDN’T YOU GO TO PURDUE? HOW DID YOU WIND UP ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE?”
I THEN EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT I AM A CADET IN AIR FORCE ROTC WITH THE HOPES OF ONE DAY BECOMING
AN OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, AND THAT CLEMSON HAS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY
RESPECTED PROGRAMS IN THE NATION. I ENJOY TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT HOW ROTC HAS INSTILLED
A STRONG SENSE OF DISCIPLINE, AND TAUGHT ME ABOUT THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER. FOR ME, ROTC
HAS CREATED OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD HAVE NEVER OTHERWISE BEEN AVAILABLE. FOR INSTANCE,
AS THE COMMANDER OF SCABBARD AND BLADE, I HAVE THE DISTINCT PRIVILEGE AND HONOR OF DIRECTING
THE CADETS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING AND HOSTING CLEMSON’S ANNUAL MILITARY BALL, A TRADITION
THAT DATES BACK TO 1933 WHEN SCABBARD AND BLADE WAS FIRST FOUNDED AT THIS UNIVERSITY.
OCCURRENCES SUCH AS THIS ARE WHAT GIVE US STUDENTS A SMALL OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE OUR
LEGACY ON THE UNIVERSITY.
FOR ALL CADETS, ROTC SHOWS US A WORLD WHERE INTEGRITY COMES FIRST, SERVICE BEFORE SELF,
AND EXCELLENCE IN ALL WE DO. IN ADDITION TO BEING A CADET, BEING A STUDENT AT THIS UNIVERSITY
HAS ENABLED ME TO CREATE FRIENDSHIPS WITH PEOPLE WHOM I KNOW SHARE VALUES SIMILAR TO
MY OWN, THUS FOSTERING AN EVEN DEEPER APPRECIATION FOR THEM. AN APPRECIATION FOR THE SAME VALUES
THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE COLLECTIVELY MEMORIALIZE TODAY SHOW, THE BELIEFS THAT CLEMSON
HOLDS DEAR. THE ESSENCE OF THESE CORE VALUES IS CAPTURED AT MILITARY HERITAGE PLAZA. THERE,
THREE STEPS, EXCUSE ME, THREE SETS OF STEPS, REPRESENTING THE PROGRESS OF CADET DEVELOPMENT,
HAVE THE WORDS OF OUR VALUES ETCHED IN THEM. THE FIRST STEPS BEAR THE WORDS DISCIPLINE,
TEAMWORK,
CONFIDENCE,
EQUALITY,
HUMILITY,
COURAGE.
THE SECOND SET OF STEPS BEAR THE WORDS RESPECT,
RESPONSIBILITY,
PERSEVERANCE,
HUMILITY,
PRIDE,
AND ESPRIT DE CORPS.
THE THIRD PAIR:
LEADERSHIP,
INTEGRITY,
SUCCESS,
LOYALTY,
LIFE,
AND DUTY.
TOGETHER, ALL 18 OF THESE VALUES DEFINE THE DETERMINED SPIRIT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY. SO
YOU SEE, SIMILAR TO HOW EACH OF THESE STUDENTS STANDING TO MY LEFT ARE LIVING REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE LEGACY OF EIGHT GENEROUS DONORS, MYSELF AND MY FELLOW CADETS ARE THE LIVING REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE LIEUTENANTS WHO HAVE COME BEFORE US. WITH THIS CEREMONY, AS WELL AS MILITARY APPRECIATION
DAY TOMORROW, IT IS AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO REFLECT ON OUR PAST, ON OUR LEGACY. CLEMSON WILL CONTINUE
TO SUPPORT AND HONOR ITS PROUD MILITARY HISTORY WELL INTO THE FUTURE, AS SHOWN BY THE RECENT
DEDICATION OF THE SCROLL OF HONOR JUST THIS PAST SPRING.
THE LIEUTENANTS THAT COMMISSIONED HERE HAVE THE WILL TO LEAD. THEY ARE SOME OF THE BEST
IN THE NATION, AND HAVE THE HERITAGE AND REPUTATION TO BACK THEM UP. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE
SHARED WITH US THEIR LEGACY. THANK YOU.
(CLAPPING)
>> JAMES BARKER: I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE FIRST TWO OF OUR TRUSTEES WHO ARE HERE TODAY,
TRUSTEE EMERITUS DOUG KINGSMORE, AND TRUSTEE RONNIE LEE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE
THE RESPONSIBILITY DIRECTLY FROM THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL
SPACE AND THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE THAT WE ARE GATHERED NEXT TO.
ISN'T THIS JUST RIGHT? I MEAN, DOESN’T IT JUST FEEL ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT WE ARE GATHERED
HERE TODAY, DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING, LISTENING TO THESE TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR STUDENTS? THERE
IS SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ABOUT THAT, AND SOMETHING INCREDIBLY TIMELESS TO ME. WE
ARE WATCHING OUR PAST BECOME OUR HISTORY --- BECOME OUR FUTURE: OUR PAST IS BECOMING
OUR FUTURE. AND THAT IS WHAT UNIVERSITIES DO. AND SOME UNIVERSITIES DO IT BETTER THAN
OTHERS, AND I THINK CLEMSON DOES IT ABOUT AS WELL AS ANYBODY CAN POSSIBLY DO IT. I WANT
TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THESE STUDENTS WHO ARE HERE. I CONTINUE TO BE NOT ONLY IMPRESSED
BUT INSPIRED BY THE WORK THAT YOU DO AND THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT YOU GIVE US. IT IS
VERY CLEAR THAT WHAT YOU HAVE TOLD US IS HEARTFELT, BECAUSE YOU ARE FEELING THE IMPACT OF THESE
PEOPLE WHO WE HONOR WITH THESE LEAVES HERE, AND IT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE.
AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT IS INSPIRING TO ALL OF US TO BE A PART OF IT.
(CLAPPING)
I NOW HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO ASK THE GINGRICH FAMILY TO COME JOIN ME HERE, PLEASE.
AND WE HAVE, I AM GOING TO HAVE TO HELP YOU CARRY THESE BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT YOUR HANDS
FULL! [LAUGHTER] WE HAVE THREE GIFTS TO MARK THIS OCCASION, FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AND
WE HOPE THEY WILL BECOME A PART OF YOUR FAMILY AS TIME GOES ON. THE FIRST ARE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS
OF FORT HILL HERE THAT YOU SEE, AND THEN THE LEAF THAT’S DEDICATED HERE TODAY FOR YOU
AND YOUR FAMILY IN EARL RAY’S HONOR. THE OTHER ARE TWO BOOKS, ONE BOOK ON CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
OVERALL, AND THE OTHER, THE SMALLER VERSION HERE, IS A BOOK WRITTEN BY OUR FACULTY. EACH
FACULTY WROTE A CHAPTER, AND THERE ARE THIRTEEN CHAPTERS OR SO IN HERE, I THINK, THAT DESCRIBE
THOMAS GREEN CLEMSON, AND LOOK AT HIS LIFE AND HIS WORK FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES:
AS AN ARTIST, AS A MUSICIAN, AS A SCIENTIST, AS AN AMBASSADOR. SO WE HOPE THAT THIS BOOK,
CONNECTED THESE BOOKS WITH THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL VALUE AND
HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORY FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE AS WELL, AS TIME GOES ON. SO WE ARE GRATEFUL
THAT YOU ARE HERE TODAY, AND SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO YOU AND TO YOUR FAMILY.
(CLAPPING)
>> I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU
TO MY COMMITTEE, THE SPEAKERS, FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK, FOR ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT
WERE HERE TO HELP MAKE TODAY A SUCCESS, AND TO JACK MCKENZIE IN THE DONOR SERVICES OFFICE
FOR ALL THEIR STAFF SUPPORT. WE WILL NOW CLOSE OUR CEREMONY IN THE SINGING OF OUR ALMA MATER,
LED BY TURNER VAUGHN AND THE CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STRING QUARTET. THANK YOU.
(MUSIC) WHERE THE BLUE RIDGE YAWNS ITS GREATNESS,
WHERE THE TIGERS PLAY,
HERE THE SONS OF DEAR OLD CLEMSON
REIGN SUPREME ALWAY.
DEAR OLD CLEMSON
WE WILL TRIUMPH
AND WITH ALL OUR MIGHT
THAT THE TIGER’S ROAR MY ECHO
O’ER THE MOUNTAIN HEIGHT.
(CLAPPING)