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Advance Team 2007-08

Lorna Fink, an Advance Team member, opening the panel discussion on education,
What's Money Got To Do With It?" in April 2008

Meet the 2007-08 Advance Team members!  The students' majors are widely varied — Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Asian Studies, History, German, Communications and Earth and Environmental Science. 

The Advance Team was led by Riley Institute A-Team Intern Elizabeth Goss, a Political Science major.

The A-Team moved into action immediately upon arriving at Furman with special guests coming in September and October. Guests in the fall included Ken Menkaus, who delivered a public address, "Crisis and Conflict in the Horn of Africa: Implications for the United States" and Marjorie Margolies, who delivered a public address, "How Do Women Make A Difference in Politics?"  

In January 2010, the students made their annual trip to Columbia for the Third Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner. In the spring the A-Team had the opportunity to meet the United States Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, who offered a public address on global intelligence and U.S. national security, and The Right Honorable Peter Beattie, Trade Commissioner to the Americas and Former Premier of Queensland, Australia.

On April 8, 2008, through a collaborative effort, the A-Team members conceptualized, planned, and implemented a panel discussion on education, "What's Money Got To Do With It?". The panel included Lorraine DeJong, associate professor of the Department of Education at Furman, Molly Mitchell Spearman, executive director, South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), Richard Riley, former U.S. secretary of education and former governor of South Carolina, Jo Anne Anderson, executive director of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, and Harvey Choplin, retired Traveler's Rest High School Principal. The goal of our panel was to facilitate dialogue and deliberation on how to address poverty within South Carolina’s educational system, not just on the I-95 corridor, where poverty is prevalent, but also across all of the state.