The three awards presented were the Young Alumni, Professional Development, and Distinguished Service. The CAFLS Young Alumni award is presented to alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years. They are chosen based on their dedication to Clemson and their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors. This year’s recipients were Kevin Sox of Lexington and Keenan Adams of Lakewood, Colorado.
The final CAFLS award presented was the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student by the college. The award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to Clemson University, success in professions or personal callings, and commitment to their communities. The recipient of this year’s award was Dr. Oscar Lovelace of Chapin.
“I have had the opportunity to work with each of these recipients on various projects over the years and each of them are very deserving,” Sennah Honea, assistant to the board and coordinator of the CAFLS awards program. “It is great to be able to recognize our alumni who are successful in their professions, but who are also willing to give back to their communities and Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.”
Pat Earle is known for his passion of teaching young students, serving as an agriculture teacher at McBee High School. “The greatest testament of professional achievement for a teacher is the influence exercised with students,” said Dennis L. McDaniel, principal of McBee. “With Mr. Earle, this influence is most evident as students not only publically thank him for what he teaches, but also privately as they return over and over again after graduation to share with him their successes and reiterate how his teaching molded that success.”