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 and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Adams received both a master’s degree in forest resources (2007) and a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries biology (2010) from Clemson. He is currently the supervisory wildlife biologist for the United Sates Fish and Wildlife Service of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Colorado.

Adam was described by his nominator, professor Patricia Layton, as a “superhero for wildlife conservation crisscrossing the country like a caped crusader on a vital mission.” In his role he is the division chief of biological resources for the Mountain-Prairie region, responsible for administering branches of wildlife health, inventory and monitoring of invasive species, ecological assessment and conservation planning.

Adams held many high-level positions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including assistant manager at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge and deputy project leader for the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Vero Beach, Florida.

In 2014, Adams was promoted to division chief of biological resources for the Mountain-Prairie Region, becoming the youngest person ever selected for that position.

He gives regularly of his time and skills to many different community organizations, including the Omega Psi Phi service fraternity where he participates in the Omega Leadership Academy Mentorship Program which targets at-risk African-American middle- and high school-age males for mentorship, development of life skills and exposure to professional and college opportunities. He also provides pro-bono photography services for community projects and events through the local city council district.

He continues his loyalty to Clemson through research projects and published papers with his former Clemson faculty members. Recently, he traveled back to Clemson to perform a seminar to help students find employment with the federal government.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

 

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 to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Crapps received his degree in economics from Clemson in 2006 and began his banking career with BB&T, where he rose to become the financial center manager for the Northeast Columbia office. He now works at First Community Bank, where he is the bank’s expert in solutions for business retirement plans.

In 2010, Crapps was part of a group of Lexington residents in their mid-20s who formed the Lexington Beautification Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to beautifying the scenic and historic community of Lexington, as well as stimulating civic pride and teamwork. The group started the Lexington Wine Walk on Main, which has become a signature event in the town and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Crapps currently serves as the President of the Lexington County Clemson Club.

Manning also recently began his first term on the Clemson University Board of Visitors, a seat traditionally held by an older representative. Manning and wife, Katie (class of 2006), have a four-year-old daughter and four-month-old son, yet rarely miss an opportunity to spend time in Clemson, whether it’s a football game, other sports or alumni events.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Eyraud graduated with a degree in financial management and accounting and is currently enrolled pursuing a Master of Business Administration through the Cross Continent Program at Duke University. She works as a financial planner at TIAA-CREF where she analyzes client finances up to $4 million in net worth and performs in the top three financial planners at the company.

Eyraud has served her community as a United Way Young Leaders Council member since 2013, is the communications lead for the Charlotte Clemson Club and has been a Regional Recruitment Coordinator for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority since 2014.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Faerber graduated from Clemson with a construction science management degree in 2009 and went on to earn his law degree from Florida State University in 2013.

He was recruited by Coach Dabo Swinney and attended Clemson on a full athletic scholarship as a Clemson Tiger football player. He was named the Clemson Football 2008 Special Teams Player of the Year and was a three-time Special Teams Player of the Game. In addition, he was a three-time recipient of the athletic department’s Academic-Athletic Award for his on- and off-the-field efforts.

Soon after being commissioned an Air Force officer, JAG Corps deployed Faerber as deputy staff judge advocate for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission ­– a position typically held by attorneys well above his rank. During that deployment, he advised 43 commanders located at 12 forward operating bases.

In his career as an attorney, Faerber has provided free legal assistance to more than 230 clients. This work saved approximately $40,000 in legal fees. His support ranges from helping with wills, powers of attorney, landlord/tenant issues, divorce, adoption and many other legal issues.

He maintains his ties to Clemson as a member of the Tiger Letterwinners Association and the Arizona Clemson Club.

He currently serves in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps as a judge advocate general, providing legal assistance to a community of more than 20,000 Airmen and their families.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Frazier received her master’s degree in public administration from Clemson in 2015 and works at Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health, where she coordinates accreditation and quality improvement. She also owns her own business providing workplace CPR and first aid training.

She volunteers for several local organizations, including Bridges of SC (formerly Hospice of Charleston), the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, the YWCA and the Charleston chapter of Jack & Jill.

She maintains her ties to Clemson as an advisory member of the Charleston County Clemson Club, previously volunteered for Tigertown Bound receptions and worked with Clemson’s admissions office to recruit alumni for Clemson events in the area.

In 2015, she helped the Clemson Black Alumni Council coordinate the Clemson Minority Students Success Initiative Homecoming Panel Discussion/Networking Event in partnership with the Clemson Master of Public Administration Program and Clemson Online.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Halphen received his degree in financial management from Clemson in 2010. He went to work for First Citizens Bank and Trust, where he was ranked second out of more than 200 leaders for new portfolio volume.

After spending three years with First Citizens, he joined Sun Solutions, a print and sign company, where he was consistently ranked in the top two among his team in sales.

He is currently an investment manager at Kairos Real Estate, responsible for acquisitions/dispositions, development and construction, and asset management.

Halphen gives his time and skills to multiple community and professional organizations. Current and past leadership positions include Greenville Chamber PULSE, SC Chamber of Commerce Business Week, City of Columbia Revolving Loan Committee, Greenville District 25 Housing Development, Youth Corps, LeadSC, and Healthy Learners.

He keeps close to his alma mater by serving on Clemson’s Library Leadership Board, mentoring students in its College of Business and previous service as President of the Columbia Clemson Club and the Clemson YAC.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Leader received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson in 2010 and his law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2013. In law school, he was named a Webster’s Research Scholar and clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

After law school, Leader served as a law clerk for the Judge John C. Hayes III of 16th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Since September 2014, Leader has worked for the Elrod Pope Law Firm as an associate attorney. He is a member of the York County Bar, the North Carolina Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates organizations.

Leader is a member of the Rotary Club of Rock Hill, where he serves on the administration committee. He also presents annual distracted driving presentations to local high school students in and around York County, and works to raise money for the Harper Gault Annual Scholarship. He currently serves on the executive board for the York County Clemson Club.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Lusk went through Clemson’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2002 and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. He came back to Clemson and earned his master’s degree in history 2015. In between, he served on multiple deployments in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and rose from the rank of second lieutenant to major.

Outside of the combat zones, he has held leadership positions in a wide range of Air Force units, including the 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule Air Base in Greenland, where he served as a missile warning crew commander; the 10th Missile Squadron, where he was a missile combat crewmember in command of a flight of 10 nuclear-armed Minuteman III missiles; He worked for four years at Special Operations Command Central with multiple deployments across the Middle East, before transferring to the 315th Operations Support Squadron as a traditional reservist.

Lusk currently serves as the director of operations and assistant professor of aerospace studies for the Clemson Air Force ROTC. He is responsible for training and counseling Air Force officer candidates through all aspects of the ROTC process. He teaches courses on leadership studies, national security and preparation for officer duty.

Lusk’s devotion to his alma mater is demonstrated by the countless hours he has devoted to a number of community projects:

  • He volunteered to organize a “ball run” in honor of Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day. This meant organizing a 30-mile relay run in which Clemson cadets ran a game day football from the Maj. Rudolph Anderson Jr. Memorial in Greenville to Memorial Stadium.
  • He organized a cleanup effort for a local cemetery where several veterans are buried. The cemetery was in extremely poor condition and his efforts ensure the veterans, many of whom are African-American, have a final resting place that honors their commitment and sacrifice.
  • He has given many lectures on Clemson World War I alumni history at the Pickens County Museum and meetings of the South Carolina Air Force Association and is currently enrolled to teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
  • He has devoted hundreds of hours to researching Clemson’s military alumni.
  • As a direct result of his research, seven additional names were added to Clemson’s Scroll of Honor. He also discovered an unknown fourth alumnus who had been awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • He is a member of the board of directors of the Clemson Corps, an alumni organization devoted to preserving Clemson’s military heritage and supporting its ROTC programs.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Newton earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson in 2008 and a master’s degree in 2010.  He is currently pursuing his master of business administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he enrolled as a 2017 merit fellowship recipient.

He has worked for Ingevity Corporation in Charleston since 2010 and has held several sales and leadership roles throughout that time. He started his career with Ingevity as an asphalt design and testing engineer and currently serves as a marketing and product manager for Ingevity’s North American asphalt modification business.

He served as an executive board member for the Carolina Youth Development Center and helped reshape the future of the Charleston Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs. He has also served on the Young Philanthropist Society Steering committee of the Trident United Way.

Newton has kept his ties to Clemson strong by remaining engaged with the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, supporting a team of researchers in his field of asphalt pavements. He also stays involved with the varsity men’s soccer team for which he was team captain from 2007 to 2009.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

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 and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Park earned bachelor’s degrees from Clemson in economics and political science in 2010 and a master’s degree in economics in 2014. He carried his Clemson values to law school at the University of Virginia (JD, 2014), where he was elected president of the student body and served as an editor for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He also served as a peer adviser for an incoming section of first-year law students, guiding and mentoring a section of 30 students through their arduous first year of law school, and continues to serve as his class manager for the law school’s annual giving campaign efforts.

He is a corporate associate at King & Spalding LLP, where he represents both publicly traded and privately held companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions and general corporate governance matters.

He volunteers his time serving with several community organizations. He was elected to the national Blue Key Honor Society board of directors and received the Gregory Lee Smith Exemplary Blue Key Member Award and Scholarship in 2011 in recognition of this hard work and accomplishments. He leads King & Spalding’s efforts in the Youth About Business program, where he coaches high school students as they structure and negotiate a mock business transaction.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.