2018-19 Advance Team in front of McAlister

2018-19 Advance Team

The 2018-19 Advance Team played host to several guest speakers who appeared on Furman’s campus during the school year, including Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row which was written after Hinton spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit, Whit Ayres, a leading Washington, D.C. political consultant, Peter Hart, a leading shaper of national trends and top analyst of public opinion, and Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report.

Additionally, the Advance Team was presented the Diversity Award by the Student Diversity Council (SDC). Each year, the SDC presents a Diversity Award to a Furman organization not affiliated with the council who has supported “the mission of spreading awareness around issues minorities, and diverse population faces in our community.”

In regards to the selection process for the award Muhammad Zakaria, the President of SDC communicated the following: “The process is every SDC organization nominates an organization and then the council gets together to vote on it. This year, all SDC organizations including the council executives nominated the Riley Advance Team. There has never been in our history a more unanimous consensus on which organization should win this award.”

2018-19 Advance Team Members

Class of 2018

Katherine West

Edgewood, KY
Politics and International Affairs

Class of 2019

Jack Ligon

2018-19 Advance Team Leader
Atlanta, GA
Politics and International Affairs

Eric Faidley

Johnson City, TN
Politics and International Affairs, Accounting

Imani Grace-King

Greenville, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Kevin Hills

Camp Hill, PA
Politics and International Affairs, History

Kristen Rafuse

Atlanta, GA
Politics and International Affairs, French

Michael Robertson

Charlotte, NC
Politics and International Affairs

Sabrina Roof

Fort Mill, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Shannon Short

Hilton Head, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Hannah Warren

Lexington, KY
Politics and International Affairs

Jay Watson

Columbia, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Class of 2020

Johnny Aluri

Greenville, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Frazier Beall

Lutherville Timonium, MD
Politics and International Affairs

Nate Bilodeau

Mechanicsville, VA
Politics and International Affairs, Philosophy

Becca Colehower

Atlanta, GA
Politics and International Affairs, Communication Studies

Davis Cousar

Anderson, SC
Politics and International Affairs, Economics

Kenia Flores

Charlotte, NC
Politics and International Affairs

Grace Heaton

Aiken, SC
Politics and International Affairs, Accounting

Shekinah Lightner

Rock Hill, SC
Politics and International Affairs, Economics

Hanna Perry

Greenville, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Alexis Wood

Fort Mill, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Emily Zeytoonjian

Wellesley, MA
Politics and International Affairs

Class of 2021

Albert Davis

Columbia, SC
Politics and International Affairs

Tyler Lininger

High Point, NC
Politics and International Affairs, History

Maddy Lock

Reston, VA
Politics and International Affairs, Sociology

Devin O’Connor

Rockville, MD
Politics and International Affairs, History

Diana Oxner

Greenville, SC
Politics and International Affairs, History