Claflin Panthers Reign Supreme on Homecoming

Claflin University Sports Information Office

Saturday was an exciting day on the Claflin University campus, beginning with the 2013 Homecoming Parade in the morning and ending with a basketball double-header in the afternoon, in which the Panthers (2-2) and Lady Panthers (1-0) came out victorious over visiting Barber-Scotia College.
The women's game was a lopsided victory 100-37 over the Lady Sabers. Uniqua Mitchell had her breakout collegiate game, scoring a game high 25 points and dishing out a game high of six assists for the Lady Panthers.

"This was the game we were looking for from Uniqua since we began play on October 27th against Coastal Carolina," Head Claflin Women's Coach Deonta' McChester said.

Jahia Smith followed in scoring from her guard position, adding 23 points. Jalisa Brown rounded out the double-scoring players from Claflin with 10 points. Jaquanna Davis made her presence felt, pulling down a game high of 12 rebounds.

The Lady Sabers were led by Lindsey Lee with 18 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Leryncia Miller with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The men's game was a little more exciting, as the half ended with the Panthers comfortably ahead by 17 points, 45-28. The Sabers fought back to within five points on two occasions, the last coming with 11:55 left, 52-47. But Claflin rebounded and went on a 26-10 run over the next 8:30 to go up by 20 points, 77-57. Claflin seemed to put the game away by working the clock the last 4:06 to take an 83-65 victory over the Barber-Scotia Sabers.

Marcellus Dunn spearheaded the Panthers attack with game a high 26 points and seven rebounds, while Quinton Nance came off the bench to score 21 points and Jarrod Denard added another 12 points for Claflin.
The Sabers were led by Thomas Scott with 24 points and Carlos Benton with 22 points.

The Lady Panthers and Panthers take their game on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against CIAA member St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, N.C.

2013 Homecoming Photo Gallery

The 20th Claflin University
Presidential Scholarship Gala
program is available online!

Lady Panthers Capture 2013 East Division Volleyball Championship

Claflin University Sports Information Office 


The Lady Panthers (17-15) captured their third East Division Championship in four years Tuesday, Nov. 12, when they defeated the Paine College Lady Lions in four games - 25-19, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13 - at home before 237 Senior Night fans.

Three Lady Panthers provided the offense with double-digit kills. Leading the way was Keyarh Turner with a match high 16 kills and 17 digs, followed by Chelcey Foster 11 kills and 14 digs and Bria Bronston with 11 kills. Caleen Hawkins led Claflin in assists with 30 to go along with her 13 digs, while Courtney Person came away with 26 digs defensively.  

Tiera Daugherty led the Lady Lions with six kills, while Kayla Lewis had 10 assists and Rachel Walker was credited with 30 digs.

The Lady Panthers will play next in the SIAC Conference Tournament, which begins Nov. 20 in Albany, Ga.

2013 Homecoming Schedule of Events

3 p.m. — Miss Homecoming Crowning of Lia Holman; Ministers’ Hall
6 p.m. — “How Sweet the Sound” featuring Joshua Rogers and Claflin University’s Gospel Choir DREAM; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center; Claflin  students $4/General admission $7

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Dorm Stroll Off; Panther Plaza
7-9 p.m. — Dorm Step Show; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center; Claflin students $5/General admission $7
9-11:30 p.m. — Bonfire and Car Smash, DJ; Gravel Lot Adjacent to the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Wild N’ Out; Panther Plaza
7 p.m. — Volleyball Game: Claflin University vs. Paine College, DJ; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
8:30-11 p.m. — Poetry Café with Courtnay the Poet, Band; Ministers’ Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Fear Factor; Panther Plaza
6 p.m. — SGA/SAB Power Hour; James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
7-9 p.m. — Comedy Show featuring C. Dawg Oglesby, Lav Luv and Benji Brown; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center Auditorium; Claflin students $7/General admission $9
10 p.m.-Midnight — Late Night Breakfast, DJ; Claflin University Dining Center

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Greek Switch; Panther Plaza
7 p.m. — Claflin University F.A.M.E., DJ; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center Auditorium
8-10 p.m. — Concert featuring Mack Wilds and Melanie Fiona; W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center; Claflin students $8/General admission $10

8 a.m. — CUIAA Executive Meeting; Arthur Rose Museum
8 a.m.-Noon — Images of Success Classroom and Campus Visits
10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Alumni Registration; Multipurpose Room, Student Center
11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Two Minutes to Win It Flip Cup; Panther Plaza
12:30 p.m. — Leadership Giving Luncheon (by invitation only); Ministers’ Hall
4-6 p.m. — Dinner on the Yard with DJ
6 p.m. — Presidential Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction featuring Stephanie Mills; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
8-11 p.m. — Carnival on the Yard
9 p.m. — Young Alumni Social; The Palmetto Room, The Cinema; $15 in advance/$20 at the door

(All events at Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center unless otherwise stated)
9:30 a.m. — Homecoming Parade with Parade Marshal the Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg; Russell Street from Edisto Memorial Gardens to Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center
11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Alumni Registration
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Lambda Sigma Graduate Chapter's 75th Anniversary Celebration, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Ministers’ Hall
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Omicron Chapter's 90th Anniversary Celebration, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Orange and Maroon Room
12:30 p.m. — The Panther Den; $10
1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Games: Claflin University vs. Barber-Scotia College; General admission $20
8 p.m. — Greek Step Show featuring Steve Brown; Claflin students $15/General admission $20
9 p.m.-1 a.m. — Orange and Maroon Dance; The Garden Room, The Cinema; $45

8:30 a.m. — Pre-worship Continental Breakfast for alumni (complimentary); 1869 Club
9:30 a.m. — Worship Service featuring the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Johnson; James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel
4 p.m. — Founders’ Day Convocation featuring educator, speaker and author Dr. Steve Perry; Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center

Stephanie Mills Headlines 20th Presidential Scholarship Gala

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. Mills’ journey as an enduring performer began like that of so many of her contemporaries – by singing gospel in church in her native Brooklyn.

Her voice abilities became evident early on, and by the age of 9, she was mesmerizing crowds in her first Broadway musical “Maggie Flynn,” sharing the stage with co-stars Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy. Other early credits included appearances in such pop culture classics as “Captain Kangaroo,” “Wonderama,” “The Electric Company” and “String” (presented by the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City). 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. After making albums for ABC and Motown, she signed with 20th Century Recording in 1979.

Working with producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, Mills recorded “Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin,” and by 1984, she had climbed the charts with major hits including “Sweet Sensation,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (a gold single), “Two Hearts” (a duet with Teddy Pendergrass), “Keep Away Girls,” “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” and “The Medicine Song.” Mills scored three best-selling albums in a row with “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin,” “Sweet Sensation” and “Stephanie” in just two years. The 1980s were a golden period for the petite vocalist: Signed to MCA Records, 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.

Returning to the stage, Mills toured the country in the early ’90s with “The Wiz,” and during the past decade, she has appeared in a number of highly acclaimed roles in such shows as “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” (starring with Teddy Pendergrass), “Children of Eden” and “Black Nativity.” The recipient of NAACP Image Awards, Mills‘ multifaceted career has also included recurring roles in popular television soap operas “Search for Tomorrow” and “One Life to Live.” In 1994, Mills returned to her gospel roots with “Personal Inspirations,” an album that won praise with both gospel and secular audiences, netting her “Stellar Award” and “Dove Award” nominations. Mills marked a return to recording in 1999 with the dance music cut “Latin Lover,” produced by Masters At Work in 2000, and she did a duet with BeBe Winans for his Motown album “Love and Freedom.” Mills’ music has frequently been sampled during the last few years, and in 2001, she was a special guest on rapper DMX’s “The Great Depression” album, reprising the vocals from her first 1979 hit “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin” for the track “When I’m Nothing.” 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.

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Homecoming 2013 Parade Marshal: The Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg

The Rev. Dr. Caesar R. Richburg, class of ’72, will serve as Claflin University’s Homecoming 2013 parade marshal. 

Dr. Richburg, a native of Sumter, is senior pastor of Williams Chapel AME Church in Orangeburg, where he has served since November 2006. Previously, Dr. Richburg served for 18 years as pastor at Allen Temple AME Church in Greenville.

Before entering the ministry, Dr. Richburg received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Claflin University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., where he obtained a master’s degree in administration. Other academic achievements include a Masters of Divinity degree in theology from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C.

Dr. Richburg has served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, and was employed by Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in marketing and sales and served in Allentown, Pa., Kansas City, Mo., and South Carolina, where he served as sales and marketing manager for the state of South Carolina.

Dr. Richburg led the Allen Temple congregation in the construction of a state-of-the-art Community Development Center used to provide ministries, programs and services to the greater Greenville community. He also participated in successful initiatives in the areas of housing, community economic development, and supported partnerships and collaboration with various neighborhood associations in the Greenville community. Dr. Richburg served on the Board of Trustees for the Piedmont South Carolina Annual Conference of the AME Church, and has served as a delegate to the General Conference of the AME Church since 1992. Dr. Richburg also serves as dean of the Episcopal District (South Carolina) Board of Examiners, vice chairman of the Board of Examiners for the Central Annual Conference of the AME Church, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Conference. He has served as the co-chair of the Investiture Service for Bishop Preston Warren Williams II being elected, and investiture as a president of the Council of Bishops in the AME and as co-chair of Bishop Williams 50 Year in Ministry Celebration Banquet.

Dr. Richburg was selected as one of the 50 most influential people of 2006 in Greenville by Greenville Magazine. He is a member of the NAACP; he has served as the president of Rainbow Push Coalition (Greenville Chapter). Other distinguished memberships and achievements include member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., member of the Model County Initiative for the upcoming investment of Jafza International in Orangeburg County, member of the Board of Trustees of Allen University, member of the Board of Directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletics, member of Orangeburg Rotary Morning Club, member of the Board of Friends of Juvenile Justice (FJJ), founder of the Southern Midlands African American Family Reunion (Orangeburg, SC), vice chairman of the Board of the Martha Jean-Adams Heggins Foundation Institute, chairman of the Board of Orangeburg County Youth Council (a partnership with FJJ and United Way of the Midlands), past president of the Ministerial Alliance of Greenville and Vicinity, chairman of Greenville Technical College Multi Cultural Advisory Board, co-founder of the Greenville HBCU basketball and football classics, and the African American Upstate Family Reunion. Dr. Richburg was instrumental in pursuing MLK Holiday as an official holiday in Greenville County.

At Williams Chapel, Dr. Richburg is pursing ministry beyond the walls of the Chapel. He has organized the West End Riverside Community (Economic) Development Corporation to help position the community where Williams Chapel is located as a kingdom corridor, where affordable housing is made available and serves as chairman of the board.  He is the co-founder and chairman of Nehemiah Ministries of Orangeburg County, a collaboration and partnership with other agencies and organizations to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Orangeburg in the areas of economic development, reentry programs and services of persons returning back to the community, senior housing, affordable housing, health disparity, youth and teen mentoring, and serves as a chaplain for the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.  Dr. Richburg also served as an adjunct professor at Claflin University. He is also a member and as of November 2012, was elected the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties.

In addition to serving as pastor of Allen Temple AME Church and Williams Chapel AME Church, Dr. Richburg also served as pastor at Benton Avenue AME Church in Springfield, Mo.; Friendship AME Church in Summerton; and Mount Lebanon AME Church in Due West.

Dr. Richburg is married to Ella Gadsden Richburg, originally of St. Stephen  and a teacher for the Orangeburg District 5 School District. Dr. and Mrs. Richburg have three daughters: Felicia (Calvin), an elementary school teacher in Richland County School District 2 and a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina; Kendra (Kevin), a dentist and recent graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.; and Tiffany, a medical doctor and recent graduate of Meharry Medical College. They are the proud grandparents of Peyton Richburg Sellers.

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Educator, Speaker, Author Dr. Steve Perry Presents Claflin University’s Founders’ Day Convocation Address Nov. 17

Claflin University’s 2013 Founders’ Day Convocation address will be delivered by renowned educator, speaker and author Dr. Steve Perry.

Perry, who is featured on CNN’s “Black in America” series and is an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in Tullis Arena in Claflin’s Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.

Perry is the founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. The school – lauded as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report – has sent 100 percent of its predominately low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006.

Perry, who was born into a third generation of poverty on his mother’s 16th birthday, believes that the success of a life is determined by where you end, not where you start, and it is that philosophy that inspired him to transform the lives of poor, minority children by providing them with access to a college education.

The Essence Magazine columnist is also best-selling author and host of the No. 1 docudrama for TVONE, “Save My Son.” Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life, emphasizing the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society. His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even if it Means Picking a Fight.” For more information, visit

Watch Perry on CNN's "Black in America 2" at

Communications and Marketing Intern Haven Tulloch contributed to this release. 

Claflin’s Miss Homecoming Lia Holman crowned Nov. 10

Claflin University junior Lia Holman was crowned this year’s Miss Homecoming during her coronation ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the University’s Ministers’ Hall.

Holman, daughter of Lisa Wilson-Holman and Lonnie Holman III, is a native of Spartanburg. She is a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Claflin University Concert Choir. Holman is also an active volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and Kiddie Kollege. She enjoys dancing and working with children.

As Miss Homecoming, Holman serves as the face of the University and student body during this year’s Homecoming festivities, Nov. 10-17.

“I am extremely thankful for all of the students who voted for me and the opportunity that I have been presented to represent my University.” Holman said. “I am grateful for the lives that I have influenced with my title, and I hope that everyone has a fun, safe and memorable Homecoming experience.”

Holman also served as the 2012-2013 Miss Black and Gold, promoting “Preservation of the Arts in Schools” as her platform. The music performance major and education minor said her dream is to teach elementary school and possibly pursue a career as a vocal recording artist.