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Your generosity is inspiring
We aimed for $30,000 in gifts for the 2011 Natty Giving Cup competition. We received more than $56,000, including a bonus $4000 gift from an anonymous donor recognizing the four current Scholar cohorts for giving at 100%. The current Scholar cohort with the largest average gift was the second-year Scholars (above), winning for the second year in a row, they’d like you to know. The Scholars from 2003 received alumni bragging rights, and the parents of the 2009 Scholars won the first-ever parents Natty Cup.

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FALL 2011 | www.clemson.edu/national_scholars

NSP hosts best-selling author, historian for freshman seminar, campus lecture
As part of the freshman seminar “1861, 1961, 2001” taught by English professor Dr. Michael LeMahieu, the NSP hosted Adam Goodheart, author of the recent New York Times best-seller 1861 for both a three-hour dinner discussion with the freshman Scholars and a public lecture October 2 and 3. The Calhoun Honors College and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication co-sponsored Goodheart’s visit.
The 2011 reunion tailgate was held in Stadium Suites with a great view of Memorial Stadium. | President James F. and Mrs. Marcia Barker caught up with NSP alumni at the tailgate (below), and inspected the first lost tooth of Alice LeMahieu (right), daughter of NSP freshman seminar professor Dr. Michael LeMahieu. Goodheart (second from right) meets with freshman Scholars

Since the Giving Cup competition began in 2008, your generosity has boosted our Foundation coffers by $96,429. These funds support studies abroad, guest speakers, book discussions and other educational enrichments, as well as the recruitment and selection of new Scholars.
We are deeply generosity. grateful for your

At public lecture

And, your generosity this year inspires us to think bigger for next year.
Our goal for the 2012 Natty Giving Cup competition is $100,000.

Aiming high will strengthen the financial future of the NSP as we continue to face the budget challenges shared across the Clemson family. In related news, a group of NSP parents has volunteered to coordinate an NSP parents club. They will be in contact soon to encourage giving, to build a professional network to support Scholars, and to increase awareness of the NSP across the country. Building this parents group and aiming for more donations in a single year than we received in the previous three are lofty goals. But as a program, shouldn’t our ambitions be as great as those of the Scholars themselves?
Jamie Williams Director, National Scholars Program

The third annual NSP reunion tailgate welcomed more than 125 alumni, parents, current Scholars and friends of the NSP. The Natty Giving Cup was awarded to current, alumni and parent cohorts for supporting the NSP Excellence Foundation account (see winners in left sidebar).

To make a gift, go to www.clemson.edu/national_scholars and click Support the NSP in the left menu.

The 2012 NSP Weekend is February 17-18.
Invitations will be sent to finalists in late January.

Study abroad at Cambridge, travel in Scotland
Prior to several weeks of study at Cambridge University, the 2010 Scholars travelled through Scotland to explore the cultural, economic, and political history of the country.
The strangest Clemson fans, on the streets of Edinburgh A stop at Glen Coe

Welcome to the newest Scholars
The ten new National Scholars arrived at Clemson from seven states, including the first from Alaska, and with a wide range of accomplishments. The group includes a Rotary Youth Exchange study abroad scholar, A.P. Scholars of Distinction, National Merit Scholars, and state and national award winners in ballet, music, debate, academic competition teams, and community service. After the traditional New Scholars Retreat led by upperclassmen Scholars, the first-years began the NSP freshman seminar.
Brittany Avin Greenville, NC | Junius R. Rose HS Jessica Feltracco Cumming, GA | West Forsyth HS Tommy Healy Winston-Salem, NC | R. J. Reynolds HS Olivia Keane Richmond, VA | Douglas S. Freeman HS Matthew Miller Elon, NC | Western Alamance HS Kelly Moran Wasilla, AK | Colony High School Paige Pribonic Hudson, WI | Hudson Senior HS Michaela Reinhart Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Catholic HS Medha Vyavahare Easley, SC | Wren High School Lisa Watkins Atlanta, GA | The Galloway School

Overlooking Edinburgh after hiking to Arthur’s Seat Climbing the challenge wall during the retreat ropes course.

Home sweet home at Cambridge University

Touring Fort Hill during the freshman seminar.

Rafting the Chattooga River during the retreat.

Royal Guards at Edinburgh Castle

Director Jamie Williams jamwill@clemson.edu Assistant Director Stefani Thachik steftha@clemson.edu

Director Calhoun Honors College Dr. Bill Lasser lasser@clemson.edu Graduate Assistant Hawken Brackett hawkenb@clemson.edu