Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at https://www.weather.gov/cae/

CU 26 New Student Orientation Schedule

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

8 a.m.–12 p.m. - New Student Move-in 

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Brunch, Claflin University Dining Center

*Brunch tickets for guests may be picked up from Orientation Leaders located in the
residence halls.

12 noon-5 p.m. - Bookstore open

12 noon-5 p.m. - CU ’26 Photo Booth near CU Monument

2 p.m.-4 p.m. - Campus Tours by Orientation Leaders
Please stop by The Freshman College if you would like a guided tour.

5-7:30 p.m. - Claflin Family Dinner, Claflin University Dining Center

7:30-8:35 p.m.Meet your Orientation Leader (OL) & UNIV Instructor

ACT/ CALABash
Grace Thomas Kennedy 123

Claflin 150/Claflin Confidence
W.V. Middleton 110

Claflin Creed – Bowen Hall 116

Claflinites/Claflin Magic 
Grace Thomas Kennedy 115

Dunton/Cooke  
Grace Thomas Kennedy 120

CU S.T.A.R.S./ CU Visionaries 
Jonas T. Kennedy 114

Diversity – Bowen Hall 122

Tisdale – Grace Thomas Kennedy 122

Legacy – Grace Thomas Kennedy 223

Magnolia – SRC South, Study Room 2nd floor

Manning/Orange & Maroon
Bowen Hall 123

Rogers - Jonas T. Kennedy 104

1869 - W.V. Middleton 108 Hilltop/HB(CU)/ Leal & Loyal 
Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Panther Pride/Warmack/Panther Fest Orange and Maroon Room
Corson Hall

Webster/Rose (Transfer students) 
Ministers Hall

9 p.m. Block Party  Kleist Hall Parking Lot


Sunday, August 14, 2022

9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. - Chapel Service #1 
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Groups: 1869, ACT, CALA-Bash, Claflin 150, Claflin Confidence, Claflin CREED, Claflinites, Claflin Magic Orange & Maroon, Panther, Panther Fest, Panther Pride, Rogers, Warmack, Tisdale

10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. - Chapel Service #2 
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Groups: Cooke, CU S.T.A.R.S, CU Visionaries, Diversity, Dunton, HB(CU), Hilltop, Leal & Loyal, Legacy, Magnolia, Manning, Randolph, Rose, Webster

10:30 am-12:00pm - Brunch, Claflin University Dining Center

11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Freshman College open for assistance

12:30 p.m. - New Student Gathering         
Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. - Campus Resource
Information Session:  Public Saftey/ Title IX
Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

Mr. Melvin Williams
Interim Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Ms. Shirley A. Biggs 
Associate Vice President for Human Resources/ Title IX Coordinator

1:30-2:40 p.m.
Playfair: The Ultimate Ice Breaker

Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Alma Mater
Claflin Dances, Claflin Chants
Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex

4:45-5:30 p.m. - Talent Show Practice
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center, Moss Auditorium

5-7 p.m. - Dinner
Claflin University Dining Center

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. -Group Meetings

ACT/ CALABash 
Grace Thomas Kennedy 123 

Claflin 150/Claflin Confidence 
W.V. Middleton 110

Claflin Creed – Bowen Hall 116 

Claflinites/Claflin Magic  
Grace Thomas Kennedy 115

Dunton/Cooke  
Grace Thomas Kennedy 120

CU S.T.A.R.S./ CU Visionaries  
Jonas T. Kennedy 114

Diversity – Bowen Hall 122 

Tisdale – Grace Thomas Kennedy 122

Legacy – Grace Thomas Kennedy 223 

Magnolia – SRC South, Study Room 2nd floor

Manning/Orange & Maroon
Bowen Hall 123 

Rogers - Jonas T. Kennedy 104

1869 - W.V. Middleton 108 Hilltop/HB(CU)/ Leal & Loyal  
Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Panther Pride/Warmack/Panther Fest Orange and Maroon Room
Corson Hall

Webster/Rose (Transfer students)  
Ministers Hall

9 p.m.-11 p.m. - Movie Night on the Lawn


Monday, August 15, 2022

7 a.m.-9 a.m. - Breakfast 
Claflin University Dining Center

9-9:15 a.m. - OL Group Check-in
Various Locations

9:30-10:10 a.m.
Morning Energizer with OLs
Class Meeting and Opening Announcements

9:30-10:10 a.m. - Conversations with:
•  Mr. Thurmond Hollins
Director of Bands

•  Dr. Charlie Toomer
Director of Choral Studies

•  Mr. Endre Rice
 Director of Jazz Studies

W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

10:30-11:45 a.m. - Thinkfast Game Show
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

12 noon-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Claflin University Dining Center

1:45-2:15p.m. - Campus Resource Presentations:  The Importance of  Moodle & Outlook Apps for Academic Success
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

Dr. Kum Kum Singh
Associate Director/Learning Management Systems

Mr. Muhammad Hossain
Director of Instructional Technology

2:30-3:30 p.m. - Chat with your Campus Leaders:  Student Government, Student Activities Board & Royal Court
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Information Technology Help Desk Available 

Freshman College

4-5 p.m. - Talent Show Practice
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

5-7 p.m. - Dinner
Claflin University Dining Center

7-7:30 p.m. - OL Group Check-in
Various Locations 

8:30-9:30 p.m. - Freshman Talent Show


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

7-9 a.m. - Breakfast
Claflin University Dining Center

9-9:15 a.m. - Morning Energizer with OLs
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center


9:15-9:35 a.m. - Updates from The Freshman College

 W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center


9:40-10:15 a.m. - Campus Resource Presentation:
Community Service & Career Development Offices
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

Mrs. Carolyn Snell
Assistant to Vice President of Student 
Develop/Director of Career Development

10:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. - Swiftkick
W. V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Claflin University Dining Center

1-2 p.m.
Information Technology Help Desk Available
 Freshman College


2-3 p.m. -Campus Resource
Presentations:  Student Success Coaches: 

•  Dr. Twaina Harris
•  Ms. Crystal Brailey 
•  Mrs. Cheryl Mack 
•  Ms. Nadine McMillan 
•  Mrs. Jakan Richardson 
•  Ms. Makayla Turner 

W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

3:30-4:30 p.m. - Academic School
Meetings w/ Deans and Faculty

Dr. Isaiah McGee
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
W. V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

Dr. Anthony Pittman
School of Education 
Orange and Maroon Room / Corson Hall

Dr. Verlie Tisdale
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Dr. Nicholas Hill
School of Business
Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium

Dr. Twaina Harris
Undecided Majors 
Multipurpose Room/Student Center

5-7 p.m. -Dinner
Claflin University Dining Center

9 p.m. - Welcome to the Jungle Campus Gathering & Food Truck,
Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex, Auxiliary Gym 


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

7 a.m.-9 a.m. - Breakfast
Claflin University Dining Center

 9-10 a.m. - Who Will Be Our S.T.A.R.S.
James and Dorothy Z. Elmore

A presentation by Dr. Marcus Burgess, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

10:30-11:15 a.m. - OL Group Check-in:
Find Your Classes.  Please bring your class schedule.

12 noon-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Claflin University Dining Center

2 p.m. OL Group Check-in, before Arch of Confidence Ceremony (Required) TBA

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Arch of Confidence Ceremony
W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

5-7 p.m. - Dinner
Claflin University Dining Center
Ice Cream Social

Panther Plaza


Thursday, August 18, 2022 

CLASSES BEGIN!!!!

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