Jocelyn Boulware is a senior from Chester, South Carolina who is majoring in Philosophy. In addition to her studies, she enjoys volunteering with the Heller Service Corps, coordinating the Ladies of Distinction mentoring program, and serving on leadership in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was in the Furman Theater's production of 'Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical' and can be seen giving leading campus visits as an Admission Ambassador. She loves attending her church, regularly phoning in to Sunday dinner with her family, and experiencing all that Greenville has to offer; she describes her aspirations in this way, "Pursuing a higher degree would be awesome and I am excited to do that! However, I am more concerned with the steps I am taking to grow into a person who I am proud of and making an impact on this world that goes far beyond me-that is what I am most excited for!"
Nancy Cooper, affectionately known by students, staff, and faculty alike as "Miss Nancy," is Coordinator for Volunteer Services at the University. When she was hired in 1988 as the assistant to Betty Alverson, founder of Collegiate Educational Service Corps (CESC), now the Max and Trude Heller Service Corps, Miss Nancy did not envision a career spanning nearly three decades. She had originally sought the assistant position to help her family.
For those who know Nancy well, however, it is not surprising that she used her many gifts and wove them into a distinguished career at the University. Cooper took the strong foundation established for the Heller Service Corps by Alverson and updated, recrafted, and reshaped it into the largest and most formidable student organization on campus. She did so by employing her signature leadership skills—steely resilience, indefatigable tenacity, and unparalleled compassion. And she has used these skills to motivate an army of students to elevate the quality of life and the spirit of those who are marginalized, vulnerable, and too often forgotten in the greater Greenville community.
Depending on the season, Miss Nancy and her troops can be found preparing for October Fall Fest, when nearly 800 children from poor communities come to campus to enjoy a day of fun and games, or the Valentine's Day Dance, when exceptional adults and Furman students dance the night away. On other occasions, she is in her office creating a new project such as the Dance Marathon benefiting the local children's hospital. Whatever the activity, Miss Nancy's innumerable contributions have pricked the consciences of generations of students by appealing to the "better angels" in their personalities and providing them with important leadership and service opportunities.
Despite her many and significant accomplishments, Miss Nancy is among the most selfless persons one will ever meet. She is well known for being one of Furman's best ambassadors often inviting families wandering through the Trone Center into her office to learn more about them and tell them Furman's story. And her kindness, warmth, and love shine through to all who have had the pleasure to know her.
For her exemplary leadership skills, extraordinary contributions to the Greenville community, and deep love for Furman students, the Furman Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to induct her as an honorary member.
Ryan Holub is a senior Biology and Philosophy major from Beacon Falls, Connecticut on the pre-medical studies track. On campus, he spends his time giving tours, chairing a committee on Furman University's Student Activities Board, or hunkering down in the library with some friends! In his spare time, Ryan can be found performing on campus with Improv!able Cause or attempting to play intramural sports.
Sam McCoy is am a Chemistry major looking to pursue a career in secondary education or food sciences. He works in Residence Life as a Resident Assistant and as a Director for Volunteer Relations in the Heller Service Corps, where he also leads a mentoring program with young men from a local middle school. Sam loves people and that has translated to his other involvements in Furman such as Admissions Ambassadors, Orientation Staff and Greek Life. You can catch Sam listening to music or riding his bike around enjoying the luscious mountain air. He is a proud paladin, but looks forward to exploring his options in graduate school for secondary education or enology/viticulture.
Rev. Tony McDade is Executive Director of United Ministries. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in history from Furman University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. A graduate of various leadership programs, he is a Riley Fellow in the Diversity Leadership Initiative of the Riley Institute at Furman.
Rev. McDade has served Baptist congregations in the Carolinas as an educator and administrator, and has provided leadership for a variety of denominational and interfaith endeavors, including Interfaith Forum (Greenville). Deeply committed to dynamic social ministry initiatives, he has served on the Board of Directors at agencies ranging from shelters for homeless folk to Habitat for Humanity and the local chapter of United Housing Connections. Currently he is chairing the steering committee of Greenville Homeless Alliance.
In 2015 he received the Caritas Individual Award, presented by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC: "The Caritas Award recognizes an individual that illustrates exemplary performance in the area of health, education, and community outreach. The award is intended to honor the individual that serves as a model and whose accomplishments are made through community engagement, awareness, bridge building, compassionate leadership and courageous advocacy." He was privileged to receive the 2007 Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award, presented by Furman University, which recognizes a Furman graduate who reflects Baptist ideals by "thinking critically, living compassionately and making life-changing commitments."
Creating community with people of all walks of life and offering practical compassion where it is most needed in society are among McDade's aspirations for ministry and life.
Lattie is a senior at Furman from Calhoun, GA. Her time at Furman has increased her passion for both mathematics and piano performance . Ideally, she will be a CIA agent who fights the bad guys using a touring pianist as her cover. In lieu of that, she would really love to use her problem-solving skills in a proactive organization that collects and analyzes international data, while still performing as a solo and collaborative artist. Lattie loves exploring and traveling, listening/playing many kinds of music, and spending time with her family – even her soon to be 18-year-old little brother.
Jonathan is a biology major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Furman Men's Lacrosse team, which began Division 1 play in the 2013-2014 academic year. Additionally, Jonathan serves on the Heller Service Corps Executive Team as the Director for Dance Marathon, which is a fundraiser for the Greenville Children's Hospital. His future plans include attending medical school and becoming a general pediatrician or pediatric oncologist.