The Roaring 10

The Roaring 10

Each year, the Clemson Young Alumni Council recognizes ten outstanding individuals for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. The honor is given to those individuals who exemplify Clemson University’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect.

Nominations for the Roaring 10 open on May 1, 2018 and must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm ET on Friday, June 29, 2018. Nominations received after this date will not be accepted. Each nominator is asked to submit the nominee’s resume with the form as well as up to two letters of support for the nominee. Additional guidelines below:

Requirements of Nominees

Must be a graduate (undergraduate or graduate) of Clemson University within the past 10 years (2008-2018)

Criteria for Nominees

  • Must uphold the University’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect
  • Must demonstrate an “ever loyal” relationship to Clemson University
  • Must demonstrate the characteristics of Determined Spirit
  • Must have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors

It is important that you submit correct information about the nominee, specifically full name and email. Consider contacting them for this information.

Important Dates

May 1- Nominations Open
June 28 – Nominations Close
Mid-August – Selected honorees for the Roaring 10 contacted
Friday & Saturday in the Fall (TBD) – the Roaring 10 honored and recognized in Clemson at a reception (Friday) and on-field pre-game presentation (Saturday), at a game to be determined.

For questions or additional information, please contact Helen Mitchell.

Mark Nicholas Ziats, ’07

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Joseph Cyrus Semsar, ’09

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Connelly-Anne Bartle Ragley, ’05, M ’08

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Kevin Michael McKenzie, ’97, M ’01, Ed.D. ’10

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Steven McMillian Hughes ’17

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John Mark Hendrick III, ’08

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Adam Thomas Haldeman, ’09

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Capt. Kevin Joseph Fitzsimmons, ’08

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Elizabeth Armstrong Boylan, ’08

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Suzanne Pickens Alvarez, ’11

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized…

Mark Nicholas Ziats, ’07

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Mark Nicholas Ziats of Dexter, MI as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Joseph Cyrus Semsar, ’09

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Joseph Cyrus Semsar of Washington, DC as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Connelly-Anne Bartle Ragley, ’05, M ’08

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Connelly-Anne Bartle Ragley of Columbia, SC as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Kevin Michael McKenzie, ’97, M ’01, Ed.D. ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Kevin Michael McKenzie of Chesapeake, VA  as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Steven McMillian Hughes ’17

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Steven McMillian Hughes of Columbia, SC  as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

John Mark Hendrick III, ’08

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized John Mark Hendrick III of Chapin, SC  as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, […]

Adam Thomas Haldeman, ’09

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Adam Thomas Haldeman of Seneca, SC as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Capt. Kevin Joseph Fitzsimmons, ’08

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Capt. Kevin Joseph Fitzsimmons of Swansboro, NC as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Elizabeth Armstrong Boylan, ’08

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Elizabeth Armstrong Boylan, of Houston, TX as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity […]

Suzanne Pickens Alvarez, ’11

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Suzanne Pickens Alvarez of Charlotte, NC as one of the 2017 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and […]

Keenan Adams ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Keenan Adams of Denver as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect […]

Manning Crapps ’06

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Lexington resident Manning Crapps one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and […]

Lily Eyraud ’12

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Lily Eyraud of Charlotte as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and […]

Capt. Nelson Faerber III ’09

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Capt. Nelson Faerber III of Tucson one of its 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and […]

Jamilah Frazier ’15

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Jamilah Frazier of North Charleston as one of its 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and […]

Paul Halphen ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Greenville resident Paul Halphen as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” ­– young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect […]

Ben Leader ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Ben Leader, of Charlotte, as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect […]

Maj. Brock Lusk ’15

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Maj. Brock Lusk of Walhalla as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and […]

David Newton ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized David Newton of Mount Pleasant as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and […]

Brian Park ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Brian Park of Atlanta as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect […]

Captain Joseph Branch II ’05

Captain Joseph Branch II is a 2005 Clemson graduate and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. He has been deployed eight times since graduation in 2005. Over the years he has been selected for the most coveted duty positions in his profession and his outstanding performance in the U.S. Army Special Operations command […]

Jessica Barron Martin ’07, M’09

Jessica Barron Martin is a 2007 undergraduate and 2009 graduate of Clemson University, this honoree is an engaged and active member of her community.  She graduated from Clemson’s Masters of Real Estate Development program and began her career with Wells Fargo as an analyst in the real estate group in Central Florida. When in Florida, […]

Harrison Trammell ’06

Harrison Trammell is a 2006 graduate of Clemson University in Civil Engineering, this honoree is an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in Charleston, SC. After graduating from Clemson, he continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He has numerous professional credentials to his name […]

Dr. Darris Means M’07

Dr. Darris Means is highly committed to post-secondary education and Clemson University. He graduated from Elon University in 2005 with his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology, and graduated from Clemson in 2007 with his Master of Education degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Following that, he received his […]

Matthew Bundrick ’07

Matthew Bundrick is a 2007 Clemson graduate in Graphic Communications who currently serves as the Director of University Web Services at Clemson, managing a team of talented professionals who design, develop, and support www.clemson.edu. In his previous position as assistant director, he played a critical role in the website’s redesigns and success with strategic initiatives […]

Matthew Pencek ’10

Matthew Pencek graduated #1 from the Calhoun Honors College in 2010 with a 4.0 GPA in Accounting. He passed his CPA exam immediately after graduation and started post-grad at a Big 4 accounting firm, KPMG. He was later recruited by MorganFranklin Consulting where he now leads teams of consultants that advise businesses who are transitioning from […]

Scott Sampson ’08, M’10

Scott Sampson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies in 2008 and received his Master in Human Resource Development in 2010 from Clemson. He started working for Clemson University five years ago where he started as the Phonathon Director in the Annual Giving office for the first 2.5 years. During this time, […]

Stephanie Sox ’07

Stephanie Sox graduated from Clemson in 2007 in Agricultural Education and then began working for the SC Department of Agriculture as a Market News Reporter. She worked closely with Clemson Extension agents across South Carolina to present the program at local and regional Cattemen’s meetings. In 2011, she accepted the position of Executive Director of […]

Rick Joye ’97, M’07

Rick Joye graduated in 1997 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and again in 2007 with his Master in Business Administration (4.0 GPA). He is an executive at Michelin North America where he has held a variety of leadership and managerial roles. He is currently a supply chain manager responsible for ten manufacturing plants in […]

Brian Collie ’04, M’06

Brian Collie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson in 2004 and then received his Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson in 2006. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate at Charleston School of Law followed by his Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law. […]

Laneika K. Musalini M ’11

Laneika K. Musalini  M ’11 is director of grants at Tri-County Technical College and a grants writer and administrator for Community Colleges of Appalachia. She also is founder and CEO of Women’s Empowerment. The 2013 recipient of Clemson’s MLK award for Excellence in Service-Community Member award, she was awarded the Duke Energy/Clemson University Center for […]

Raven Magwood ’12

Raven Magwood ’12 graduated from Clemson at the age of 19 with a 4.0 GPA. She published her first book at age 12, and followed that up with another during college, 7 Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes. Magwood has written a screen play, “Switching Lanes,” scheduled to be released as a feature film later this […]

Tripp James ’02, M ’04

Tripp James ’02, M ’04 has founded, operated and harvested several successful small businesses and currently serves as small-business programs manager for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Leadership Greenville, he has heavily invested his time and talent in PULSE, Greenville’s organization for young professionals. A member of the College of Business and […]

Thomas Rhodes ’06

Thomas Rhodes ’06 heads his family business, Rhodes Graduation Services, and is owner of Sumter Advertising Company and chief operating officer of Custom Bike Rings in Summerton. He designed the 2014 Clemson Orange Bowl Ring for Coach Dabo Swinney. Last year, he helped establish the Distinguished Clemson Athletes award to honor former athletes who are […]

George Nathanial Magrath ’06

George Nathanial Magrath ’06 is completing a two-year ocular oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. During his time at the Medical University of South Carolina, he was the first resident in South Carolina to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery. He developed web application algorithms for diagnosing complex eye diseases, melanoma and ocular inflammation, which […]

Tia Nicole Williams ’05

Tia Nicole Williams ’05 is owner and operator of the SERVPRO franchise in Cayce, West Columbia and Lexington. She also is owner and editor of the Lexington Anchor, a monthly online publication. Former secretary and current treasurer of the Columbia Clemson Club, Williams is communications chair of the State Chamber Small Business Council and a […]

Steven Foushee ’05

Steven Foushee ’05 is a project manager for Moss 7 Associates, a construction management firm in Greenville. He is the youngest of only seven registered Design Build Institute of American professionals in the state. A volunteer with the U.S. Green Building Council’s South Carolina chapter, he was in charge of education and outreach for green […]

Hannah Hopkins Pittman ’03, M ’13

Hannah Hopkins Pittman ’03, M ’13 is director of professional development for the S.C. Association of School Administrators. Treasurer of the Columbia Clemson Club since 2011, Pittman led efforts to fund a $25,000 scholarship endowment that revitalized the involvement of Richland County alumni. A member of Women’s Alumni Council, Pittman planned and coordinated “Bring Your […]

Brian Ammons ’08

Brian Ammons ’08 works in investor relations with Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan. In 2012 he was one of six people to receive the company’s highest award in both sales and marketing. A board member of Give Us Names, a nonprofit organization formed by Clemson alumni, he spearheaded a partnership with a Chicago-based theatre company […]

Mary Kathryn Dempsey ’08

Mary Kathryn Dempsey ’08 is a senior fundraising consultant for Blackbaud in Charleston. A member of the Charleston Junior League and Clemson in the Lowcountry, she volunteers with the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. Dempsey devoted a lot of time to the Young Alumni Council — as a representative, at-large member and president. She is […]

Brianna Apple Woodsby ‘05

Brianna Woodsby is a current student in the MBA program at Clemson. Her loyalty to the University is very evident in her endeavors as President of the Spartanburg Clemson Club, an active member of the Junior League of Spartanburg, and an IPTAY representative. In addition to her Clemson endeavors, she also serves as chairman of the […]

Tanner James Smith ‘11

Tanner Smith played on the Clemson basketball team for four years and became the first player in Clemson history and only player in the ACC for 2012 to combine +10 points, +5 rebounds, and +4 assists per game for a season. He currently plays in the MHP RIESEN Professional Basketball team in Germany. Aside from his […]

Benjamin Thomas Miskelly ‘11

Benjamin Miskelly was elected as Nashville Area Clemson Club’s President, this young man has demonstrated his true pride to the Clemson name. This candidate is very active in his community—working with Hermitage Hills Baptist Church as a Youth Leader and LifeGroup Co-Leader, with “Rebuilding Together Nashville” on the Board of Directors, and as a Clemson Representative […]

Victoria Watson Longshore ’05

Victoria Longshore served as Clemson’s Young Alumni President in 2011, this honoree has demonstrated her exceptional advocacy and support for Clemson University. During her time as a member of the Richmond Clemson Club, she has organized many events to help the University, as well as those around her. Since her days on the Student Alumni Council, […]

Joseph Nicholas Lane ’03

Joseph Lane has upheld our core values of honesty, integrity, and respect. Recently promoted to Human Resource Director for Milliken & Company, this young man has become the youngest in the history of the company. This nominee continues to show his loyalty to the University by serving on the Student Affairs Advisory Board and working closely […]

Steven Epps ’08

Steven Epps is currently serving as President of the MBA Alumni Society, our next young alumnus is proud to show his loyalty to Clemson and the Alumni Association.  He remains active with the University as an IPTAY member, serving on the Alumni Council, the Greenville Luncheon Planning Committee, and as a Greenville Young Alumni Member. He […]

Shaun W. Cranford ‘03

Shaun Cranford has shown his commitment to Clemson through his involvement with the Columbia Clemson Club. Under Shaun’s leadership the club has seen increased membership, added new events, and has raised over $10,000 in scholarships for Richland County students.  Professionally, Shaun is regarded as one of the top attorneys in his field through his practice at The […]

William Richard Cathcart ’05

William Cathcart has a well-established global reputation as a journalist, presidential advisor, and entrepreneur; this candidate has truly shown he holds the determined spirit of a Clemson Tiger. In 2010, he was awarded the first Distinguished Leadership Medal for Journalistic Excellence presented by the United States Business Institute. His articles have been featured on many prestigious […]

Michael Blake Berry ’06

Michael Berry has made quite the impact on his community through his teaching endeavors. Not only was he named 2011 Teacher of the Year at Pendleton High School, but the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators also selected him as the Outstanding Young Teacher.  He was named Outstanding Young Agri-Science Educator in the Southern States […]

Odessa Sirman Armstrong ’06

Odessa Armstrong has been described as having a “good for all” mentality rather than a “good for one.” Her dedication to service makes her an ideal candidate for the Roaring 10. She currently serves on the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Alumni Board and stays engaged with the Clemson Black Alumni Committee. Currently a […]