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Fall 2013 Clemson National Scholars newsletter, Scholar Stories
Fall 2013 Clemson National Scholars newsletter, Scholar Stories

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FALL 2013
(864)656-6160 www.clemson.edu / national_scholars 232 Brackett HallClemson, SC 29634-5108Director
 Jamie Williams
 Assistant Director
Katie Bower
 Faculty Fellow
Dr. Michael LeMahieu
 Director, Calhoun Honors College
Dr. Bill Lasser
 Graduate Assistant
 Chelsea Muhlhahn
Author and senior editor at
The Atlantic 
magazine Ta-NehisiCoates led the NSP freshmanseminar prior to a campus-wideforum on September 26. Histalk (“Why Do So Few BlacksStudy the Civil War?”) drew acapacity crowd to the StromThurmond Institute auditorium.The NSP co-sponsored Coates’visit with several campusdepartments, including theCalhoun Honors College and thePearce Center for ProfessionalCommunication.
Scholars Say 
|Coates’talk was unlike any I’veheard. He presented his opin-ions in a way that was bothcomfortable and familiar, yetstunning and slightly radi-cal. I loved his ideas aboutthe Civil War, his polishedmannerisms, and his genuinepassion for learning.
It was in-teresting listening to Coates’perspective on speaking ata university with buildingsdedicated to “Pitchfork” BenTillman and Strom Thur-mond. I agree with his pointthat we cannot shy away from our past; all we can dois acknowledge it and try tomove forward.
Coatestaught me that history is notnecessarily in the past, butrather continues to affectthose living in the presentin tangible ways. Slavery,the Civil War, and the CivilRights Act have together cre-ated a process and conditionin the United States that isstill evolving.
Adapted from Dr. Michael LeMahieu’s introduc-tion of Coates. LeMahieu is NSP Faculty Fellow.
Many know Ta-NehisiCoates through his blog at 
, where histopics include teaching writ- ing, learning French,
, Kurt Vonnegut, andrace in America.Coates has reinvigoratedthe role of the public intel- lectual and reinvented it forthe 21st century. His stanceis not that of the culturalmandarin preaching to theconverted, but rather that of an interested, informed, andrelentlessly curious mind working through problemsand responding to events. And his public is wide,including interlocutors whoare alternately admiring andcantankerous but who arealways part of a conversa- tion.But being a publicintellectual requires morethan being public. Thereare, after all, any number of  ways to provoke responses.Coates’ preferred route isto cast a critical eye on ourcurrent cultural discourses,to examine contemporary evidence and cite histori- cal facts, and to reect on values such as morality,justice, and equality. Thiscombination gives his writ- ing a combination of scopeand incisiveness that isboth made possible by andtranscends his medium.
Speaking at StromThurmond InstituteLeading adiscussionwith NationalScholarsSigning his book
The Beautiful Struggle 
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Mentor Awards 
The gradu-ating Scholars presented the2013 Awards of Distinctionto the advisors who made asignificant impact on theirintellectual, personal, andprofessional development.Those recognized in spring2013 were:
Farewell Retreat 
The 2013 grad-uates ended their NSP careers justas they began in 2009: with anoutdoors retreat, which providedtime to reflect on their Clemsonand NSP experiences.
Richard Brooks
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Delphine Dean
Traci Harrington
Business and Behavioral Science
Leidy Klotz
Civil Engineering
Krista Rudolph
Robert Schalkoff
Electrical and Computer Engineering
After Graduation 
Most new alumni enrolled in graduate school,choosing from full-funding admissions to top programs, includ-ing Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Massa-chusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Univer-sity of California-Santa Barbara, the University of Colorado, theUniversity of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis, and Yale University.
2013 graduate Liz Johnson and Faculty FellowDr. Michael LeMahieu received two of Clem-son’s top awards in the spring. Johnson becamethe sixth Na-tional Scholarsince 2005to receive theNorris Medal,given to thebest all-aroundgraduating se-nior. LeMahieureceived the Douglas W. Bradbury Award, givento a faculty member who has made outstandingcontributions to the Calhoun Honors College.
Additional Scholars receiving spring awards include
Robert W. Moorman Award for Most Outstanding Junior,
College of Engineering and Science 
 Carl Donner Nelson, Jr., Award for Most Outstanding Junior,
mechanical engineering 
Wallace Dabney Trev-illian Award for Most Outstanding Senior,
College of Business and Behavioral Science 
; Richard H. Klein Award in Financefor Scholarship and Service
National Sci-ence Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
John Charles Harden Award for Most Outstanding Junior,
mathematical sciences 
Walter M. Riggs Awardfor Most Outstanding Senior,
computer engineering 
; JeromeV. Reel Award for Academic Excellence,
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society 
Honors College director Dr. BillLasser, Johnson, LeMahieu
joined the NSP team this summer as assistant di-rector, and will advise Scholars and coordinate enrichment pro-grams. Bower also serves as assistant director of the CalhounHonors College, focusing on programs that build the Honorscommunity and connect Honors students to each other andto top faculty and staff. Bower succeeds Stefani Thachik, who worked with the NSP for five years before enrolling in a doctoralprogram at Virginia Commonwealth University.
New Scholar Retreat 
The tenrst-year Scholars were welcomedto the NSP with a three-day retreat planned and led by a teamof six older Scholars. The new Scholars are:
Carter Ellis
| Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Amanda Farthing
| Indialantic, Fla.
Aaron Gordon
| Bethesda, Md.
Grace Greene
| McDonough, Ga.
Zachary Hawks
| Cedar Park, Texas
Caroline Hensley
| Waxhaw, N.C.
Katelyn Ragland
| Knoxville, Tenn.
Eliza Rhodes
| Beaufort, S.C.
Jacki Rohde
| Arlington Heights, Ill.
Claire Spellberg
| Chevy Chase, Md.
Special thanks to the retreat team 
:co-leaders Ross Beppler and ChrisHapstack, Shannon Kay, Jessica Lau,Katie Stahel, and Zach Whiteman
Fall2013NSPnewsletter.indd 210/10/13 2:08 PM
Following a spring history course taught by professors James Burns and Steve Marks,the sophomore Scholars studied abroad atStellenbosch University in South Africa forseveral weeks in the summer. The Scholarstook courses on South African politicalhistory, the economics of South Africa, andthe HIV/AIDS crisis in the country. They also volunteered in a local township, touredsites in the western Cape, and met withgovernment officials and academics.Several Scholarsstudied the Balkanconflict and theEuropean Unionlast spring with Prof. Vladimir Matic, a for-mer diplomat of theformer Yugoslavia.During Maymester,the students traveled with Matic to Bosniaand Herzegovina,Croatia, and Serbiato meet with govern-mental and non-gov-ernmental officials,college students, andjournalists.
Scholars volunteered, worked, interned, and conducted research around theworld this summer. Below are only a few examples of where they made animpact with their intellect and leadership.
Austin Herbstvolunteered inCosta RicaMedha Vyavaharevolunteered at anorphange in Pune,IndiaLisa Watkins internedwith the EnvironmentalProtection Agency inDenverPaige Pribonic interned withthe State Department at theU.S. Embassy in Madrid, SpainCape TownCity HallAfrikaansMonumentLearning about theAfrikaans languageTribal facepaintingBosnia and Herzegovina |Visegrad Bridge on the Drina RiverBelgrade | With Prof. MaticSarajevo |Meeting with presidential advisor
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