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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Claflin University

Tullis Arena Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, President


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Message from the President Greetings: On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students at Claflin University, Alice and I are pleased to welcome you to the Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala and its 20th Anniversary under the theme, “Celebrating 20 Years of Visionary Leadership.� It has taken the effort and support of a number of Claflinites and friends to reach this milestone. We thank you for embracing the goal of the gala, enabling the University to attract and retain academically gifted and talented students who are identified as Presidential Scholars. These scholars are destined to sustain the Claflin legacy of producing visionary and ethical leaders who make their mark on the global stage. We also offer our deepest appreciation for your continuous support. It is vitally important to ensure that the prosperity of our nation is in the hands of visionary leaders who are best able to compete successfully and contribute to the enhancement of the human condition. We believe graduates from Claflin University will meet and conquer world challenges of today and tomorrow. Thank you again for all that you do to help keep Claflin on the path to excellence. Sincerely,

Henry N. Tisdale President


Message from the Chairperson On behalf of the 2013 Presidential Scholarship Gala Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you this evening as we celebrate 20 years of visionary leadership. This year marks a special anniversary of bringing the community together to support student scholarships. We are delighted that so many of you have remained dedicated donors and patrons to this event year after year. The Gala has become a signature event for the Orangeburg community, and provides us with the opportunity to reconnect with friends, establish new ones, enjoy the entertainment and celebrate the future of this great institution. This Gala was launched to celebrate the history of the University, salute members of our Hall of Fame, and provide academic scholarships for students. These scholarships help ensure that talented students of all backgrounds have access to a world-class Claflin University education. Your support of this event enables us to prepare visionary leaders to compete in a challenging global workforce. Our Scholars excel in their chosen professions and are attaining positions of leadership in companies, schools and social organizations all across the world. They demonstrate attributes consistent with confident, motivated, servant leaders. As we celebrate tonight, we reflect on the opportunities that have been afforded to students over the years, laud the new class of inductees into our Hall of Fame, applaud the vigor of outstanding young alumni and, especially, thank you for your continued support. As chairperson, I am privileged to engage with our visionary students, and work with our extraordinary University faculty and staff and dedicated Gala committee members. Thank you for your untiring support, loyalty and commitment to Claflin University. Enjoy the evening. Charlene D. Slaughter Interim Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing Chairperson, 20th Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala Committee


The Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College Presidential Scholars 2013-2014

TIMO TH Y ALSTO N Class: Junior Major: Environmental Science Hometown: Germantown, MD

AMARACH I EJ IAWO K O Class: Sophomore Major: Biology Hometown: Spanway, Washington

DIO N TA PO SEY Class: Sophomore Major: Music Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

H ELEN BRYAN T Class: Sophomore Major: Biochemistry Hometown: York, SC

TO N EY G AIN ES Class: Senior Major: Mass Communications Hometown: Amelia Courthouse, VA

CH ARLES SCH ULTZ Class: Sophomore Major: Computer Science Hometown: North, SC

MYRTLE BRYAN T Class: Sophomore Major: Biochemistry Hometown: York, SC

SH ALEIA J AMES Class: Junior Major: Music Hometown: Hinesville, GA

CO LLIN S SIRMAH Class: Sophomore Major: Computer Science Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

JESSICA CO LE Class: Senior Major: Biology Hometown: St. Louis, MO

TALISA K IN SALE Class: Senior Major: Chemistry Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago

J ALEN TH O MPSO N Class: Sophomore Major: Biology Hometown: Missouri City, TX

SAK SHY AM DAHAL Class: Freshman Major: Computer Engineering Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

PATR ICIA O K WEN A Class: Sophomore Major: Computer Science Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

EBO N E’ TRAPP Class: Junior Major: Chemistry Hometown: Columbia, SC

TR AN G DO Class: Junior Major: Business Administration Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

BISHARA PIERR E Class: Freshman Major: Biology Hometown: Orlando, FL

J ASMYN E W ALL Class: Senior Major: Art Hometown: Laytonville, MD


Programme Master of Ceremonies ......................................................................................................... Mr. Steve Brown Comedian Greetings ................................................................................................................Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, ‘65 President, Claflin University Invocation/Grace ....................................................................................................... Rev. Lee C. Bines, ‘70 Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church, Pinopolis, SC Dinner Music by Claflin University Jazz Combo Mr. Christopher G. Andrews, Interim Director Introduction of Presidential Scholars .............................................................. Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale First Lady of Claflin University/Director of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College Recognition of 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees and Recognition of 2013 Young Alumnus Visionary Award ...................................... Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, ‘73 Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, ‘65 Ms. Natasha N. Carter, ‘06 President, Claflin University International Alumni Association

Menu Asparagus Tomato Salad with Feta on Radicchio Braised Boneless Short Ribs with Jumbo Prawn in a Creamy Pesto Alfredo Sauce Savory Hoppin’ John Southern Style Mustard Greens Bread Pudding with Blackberry Mini Cheesecake Rolls w/Honey Whipped Butter Tea, Water, Coffee


Performing Artist STEPHANIE MILLS Stephanie Mills has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, an ultra-soulful songstress whose onstage energy and power inspires standing ovations wherever she performs. She is a legendary Grammy and America Music Award-winning recording artist with five bestselling albums and 10 Billboard #1 singles. Over the span of 35 years, Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer who is as at home on the Broadway stage as she is in the recording studio. Hit records such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “Home” and “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin” have become enduring classics. Mills’ critically acclaimed appearances in shows like the four-time Tony Award-winning “The Wiz” and “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” have assured her of a consistently loyal following among fans, industry insiders and critics alike. Her voice abilities became evident early on, and by the age of nine, she was mesmerizing crowds in her first Broadway musical “Maggie Flynn,” sharing the stage with co-stars Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy. For six consecutive weeks, an 11-year-old Mills won the famous Amateur Night at the renowned Apollo Theater, and a first recording, “I Knew It Was Love,” landed her the much coveted role of Dorothy in the Broadway musical “The Wiz” at the age of 15. For five years, Mills wowed packed houses with her amazing vocal gift. Mills was responsible for a string of hit singles and albums. “I Have Learn To Respect The Power Of Love” (1986), I Feel Good All Over” and “You Puttin A Rush On me” (both from 1987), and “Something In The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Home” (both 1990 recordings) all topped the R&B charts. The 1987 album “If I Were Your Woman” was No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart and was a Top 30 pop bestseller, while the 1989 album “Home” was also a Top 5 R&B and Top 100 charted LP. Following a dazzling performance at comedian Sinbad’s Soul Festival in Aruba, Mills began touring again in 2001 and has been wowing audiences on shows with artists like The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, The Isley Brothers and Carl Thomas, and at festivals that have included Mary J. Blige, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Babyface and Smokey Robinson.


2013 Hall of Fame Inductees RO SE PERRY AN DERSO N , EDUCATIO N Rose Perry Anderson was born in Dublin, Georgia, and received an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in education from New York University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, both in New York City. Mrs. Anderson dedicated 34 years of service to the New York City Department of Education as an elementary school teacher. From 1990-2002, she taught reading and writing through creative art and design for the Big Apple Program at DeWitt Clinton and Morris High Schools. Mrs. Anderson has been an honorary member of the New York Alumni Chapter of Claflin since 1987, and has served as treasurer since 2007. She is a recipient of the NYAC of Claflin Award and the Orangeburg South Carolina Alumni Chapter of Claflin Award. She is a member of Thessalonia Worship Center Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson has three children and five grandchildren. SPEN CER R. AN DERSO N , MILITARY Spencer R. Anderson was born in Liberty, South Carolina, and received his secondary education in the Pickens County Public Schools. He graduated magna cum laude from Claflin College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. After graduating from Clear View High School in 1963, Mr. Anderson enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for 30 years. He performed various duties including working in supply, computer maintenance, satellite communications, logistics and as chief electronics branch enlisted manager. During his military career, he was assigned to 15 different locations worldwide, earned two Air Force Achievement Medals, six Air Force Commendation Medals, four Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, and three Outstanding Unit Awards. Mr. Anderson is a life member of the Claflin University International Alumni Association. He is active in Trinity United Methodist Church, and maintains his membership at Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church in Liberty, where he serves as chairman of the trustees. He is married to the Reverend Minnie Anderson of Orangeburg. They have three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


ALICE M. BEH LIN , EDUCATIO N Alice M. Behlin is a native of Hampton County, South Carolina, and a 1976 magna cum laude graduate of Claflin College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She earned a Master of Education Degree and a Sixth Year Certificate from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Behlin has worked in Hampton District One for 38 years as a classroom teacher and guidance counselor. Presently, she is a counselor at Varnville Elementary School and serves as director of guidance for the district. Mrs. Behlin has served as the assistant secretary and secretary of the Claflin University International Alumni Association. She chairs the Recruitment Committee of Claflin’s Board of Visitors, and is a member of both the Individual Committee for the Capital Campaign and the Alumni Repositioning Task Force. Ms. Behlin is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. EMMA L. F LAG LER CO O P ER, EDUCATIO N Emma L. Flagler Cooper of Kingstree, South Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Claflin College 1954 and a master’s degree in education from South Carolina State College. Mrs. Cooper did further studies at the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Mrs. Cooper served the Williamsburg County School System for 34 years as a classroom teacher, Title 1 Instructional Coordinator and principal of W.M. Anderson Primary School. She received the professional honor as an outstanding principal for three consecutive years from the District XXII PTA. Mrs. Cooper is a member of the Claflin Alumni Association. She serves on the Trustee Board and as secretary of the United Methodist Women Organization at Bethel United Methodist in Kingstree. Mrs. Cooper is the wife of the late Bookertee W. Cooper. She has two children and two grandchildren.


RO BERT MILLER, SCIEN CE Robert Miller, a native of Danville, Virginia, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Claflin College in 1966. He was a member of Claflin’s last football team. Mr. Miller served in the United States Army for two years, which included a 13-month tour in South Korea. He began his career in science and medicine as an environmental science technician at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Miller was later employed by Dow Chemical Company in Detroit, Michigan, where he became one of the first African-American pharmaceutical sales representatives and the first African-American to be named a manager in the company’s Health and Consumer Products Division. Mr. Miller is a life member of the Claflin University International Alumni Association and serves as president of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Alumni Chapter. In 2010, he became chairman of the chapter’s Capital Campaign, which has raised more than $300,000. He lives in Kettering, Maryland, and has two children and four grandchildren. HAYWARD RENEL JEAN, YOUNG ALUMNUS VISIONARY AWARD Hayward Renel Jean, originally from Langley, South Carolina, is principal of Mellichamp Elementary School in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a 2011 graduate of Cambridge College, where he earned a master’s degree in school administration. He was the first Mr. Claflin University. As principal of Mellichamp Elementary School, Jean helped to lead the school from an academic rating of “F” to an “A” in one year, as determined by South Carolina’s standardized testing results. Mr. Jean is a member of the inaugural class of the nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER program, and plays an active role in the program through mentoring, recruitment and other activities. In addition to serving as an educator, Mr. Jean is also men’s ministry president and assistant pastor of The Feast of the Lord. He and his wife, Mrs. Starlette Jean, have two sons and are expecting a daughter this month.


Sponsors and Contributors DIAMO N D SPO N SO R Zeus Industrial Products P LATIN UM SPO N SO RS Sodexo Campus Services Sodexo Facilities Management SILV ER SPO N SO RS AT&T Bi-Lo, Inc. Jamison’s Pharmacy Dr. and Mrs. Henry N. Tisdale O THER C O N TRIBUTO R S Mrs. Dorothy Allen-Green Alpha Omicron Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Mrs. Rose P. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Spencer R. Anderson Ms. Alice M. Behlin Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Bess Beta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Buckhead United Methodist Church Claflin University Board of Visitors Claflin University School of Education Claflin University President’s Cabinet

Claflin University Class of 1956 Claflin University Class of 1962 Columbia Alumni Chapter Mrs. Emma F. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Cooper Dr. Samantha J. DeLoache Mrs. Dorothy Z. Elmore Francis Burns United Methodist Church Dr. and Mrs. Albert Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jarvis Mr. Ezra G. Livingston Mrs. Myrtle D. McDaniel Mr. Robert Miller Orangeburg County Alumni Chapter Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Phillips Mrs. Queen Green Smith The Regional Medical Center The Times and Democrat Mrs. Ollie W. Thompson-Brisbane Trinity United Methodist Church Upstate Alumni Chapter Washington, DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter Williamsburg County Alumni Chapter


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