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Advance Team 2013-14

The 2013-2014 Riley Institute Advance Team is compiled of 32 students from many different hometowns, academic interests, and personal passions. Meet this year’s Advance Team members!

This year's Advance Team leader is Katie Lowery, a Political Science major.

The fall semester has been a busy one for the Advance Team. The academic year began with a Cultural Life Program hosted by The Riley Institute in recognition of Constitution Day, entitled “Do Zombie Votes Count? Voter Fraud, Voter Rights, and the Supreme Court.” The house was packed with Furman students as a panel of Furman professors, as well as a local attorney, discussed the history and future of the Voting Rights Act. 

The Riley Institute and the Advance Team hosted Major General Mike Lehnert on the last week in October as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. General Lehnert’s public address entitled “Guantanamo: When Public Policy and the Constitution Collide” was a complete success, thanks to the Advance Team’s hard work in carrying out the event. Throughout the week, General Lehnert was able to spend much time with the Advance Team members over meals, walking from class to class, and following his lectures. It was a pleasure to host Major General Mike Lehnert, and the week was an amazing experience for the Advance Team! 

Other important events for the Advance Team include the Ninth Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner, which was held in January 2014 and the Japan Conference, which was held on March 25-26, 2014. The Advance Team ended the event season on a high note! They had the opportunity to meet and have a group photo taken with President Bill Clinton!

The Advance Team has been pleased to hear from recent graduates pursuing their noble endeavors. Ben Saul (’14), awarded the Truman Scholarship, is working for The Riley Institute’s New Tech School at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina. Amanda Michalski (’13) was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and is now teaching English in Germany. Brooke Mosteller (’12) was named Miss South Carolina and is traveling around the state helping students learn how to apply for college. We are so proud of our past Advance Team members, and can’t wait to see all the things that they will continue to accomplish in the future!