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Employee Profile - July/August 2010

 

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."  Nelson Mandela

 

This quote seems especially fitting when considering that the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament was held most recently in Mandela's home country-South Africa. 

Dr. Jon Clemetson
     Clemetson cheers on a team at the
    World Cup Games with a vuvuzela horn
Dr. Jon Clemetson '02, '10, clinical assistant professor and recruitment task force member in the Office of Recruitment & Admissions, attended the competition this summer with his wife, Dawn, and two friends.  They attended three games and enjoyed watching other games in the fan parks - large venues that display the tournament action on huge screens along with live music, food, dancing and a party atmosphere.

A Jamaican native, Clemetson was disappointed that Jamaica did not have a team among the field of 32 competing for the coveted World Cup trophy.  Nevertheless, he relished the tournament's atmosphere.  An avid soccer fan and player, this was his third time to witness World Cup tournament action firsthand.  Clemetson attended previous tournaments in France and the United States.

"There is an atmosphere or ‘vibe' at the World Cup games found nowhere else, other than perhaps the Olympic Games," says Clemetson.  "It is a feeling of unity as fans from all around the world come together in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie."

The emotional significance of the South African tournament will remain in his memory.  The Clemetsons' trip to the country included a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years along with other political prisoners of the Apartheid movement in South Africa's history.

"'Forgiveness' is the word I will think of when I think of my time in South Africa," says Clemetson.  "I am amazed and impressed that the people of this country have been able to learn from such a tragedy in their history and move on in a positive manner.  It is my hope that the same will one day be true of the United States with its race relations." 

Clemetson shares his positive demeanor and broad professional knowledge through his work with current and potential Baylor College of Dentistry students. He instructs third-year dental students in the operative clinic, works with first-year dental students in dental materials and serves as a course director for the Summer Predental Enrichment Program.

 

Dawn & Jon Clemetson

Clemetsons

 A world class time at the World Cup Games...