Nineteen70s

Frank Knotts (’74, ’80) was awarded Board Member of the Year for 2015 at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet held in February 2016.

Mary Conti Barton (’76) was named the Chairman of Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc., which includes sister cities in Mombasa, Kenya, and Qingdao, China, and Venice, Italy. She has retired from consulting in international trade.

Diane Scarborough (’77) was awarded the Lawrence F. Swails Award at the 2015 biology alumni awards reception.

Susie Brown (‘77, ’81) retired earlier this year from Lester Elementary where she served as a school guidance counselor for 28 years. Susie spent over 37 years working in education.

Louis Drucker (’77) was awarded the L. Claude McClary Conservation Achievement Award from the Williamsburg Soil and Water Conservation District for 2016.

Terry Welck (’77) was named as a coach for the 3A-2A South team in the CAWS All-Star games. Under his leadership as the Johnsonville High School Girls Varsity Softbal, the Flashes have taken five district titles and the Lower State title twice.

Carrie Brock (’79) was appointed Superintendent for Williamsburg County schools in February 2016.

 

Nineteen80s

Roger Bazen (’80) retired from state public school teaching after 29 years and will be teaching a few Social Studies classes at Williamsburg Academy in Kingstree. Roger and his wife Myra reside near Coward, S.C.

Al Gibbons, CPA (’80) recently changed his CPA firm name upon the semi-retirement of his partner to Gibbons & Company, CPA, PA . Al opened his accounting practice in Manning, SC in 1984 after working since graduation with local CPA firm. Al has continued to practice in Manning  since that time first as a sole practitioner and then in partnership with another CPA.

Janie Howell (’80) was awarded the Community Pride Award for 2015 at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet held in February 2016.

The Hon. Debra Jackson (’80) was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award in February 2016.

Dr. Treadwell Campbell (’81) was awarded the Professional Industry Award in Medical & Health for 2016.

Tressa Gardner (’86) was named Associate Vice-President of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology at Florence-Darlington technical College in June 2016.

Michael (’85) & Kim (’86) Hawkins became the proud grandparents of twins in June 2016.

Robert Sears (’85) was a presenter at the Fred R. Clayton, Jr. Chemistry Alumni Symposium in April 2016.

Cora Moore Barnhart (’87) serves as the Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also Vice President of Barnhart Economic Services, LLC.

Paul Lundy (’88) was awarded the Dr. Morgan B. Coker Award at the FMU School of Business breakfast in February 2016.

David Rast (’89) celebrated 4 years with Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He has enjoyed serving on the FMU Alumni Board and would love to encourage others to jump in! David and his wife have two children, one in college and one a rising Junior at South Florence.

 

Nineteen90s

Kristi Anderson (’90) was named as the new principal of Ronald E. McNair Junior High School in May 2016.

Dr. Shirley Bausmith (’91, ’94, ’00) was presented the Education Leadership Award at the FMU School of Education Alumni Association reception in February 2016.

Andra Watkins (’91) returned to Florence to speak about her memoir, “Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.”

Michael Colaiacovo (’92) was inducted into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2016.

Mary Jackson (’92) was inducted into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2016.

Dona Jo Brown (’93, ’99) was awarded Educator of the Year for 2015 at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet held in February 2016.

Ken Cribb (’94) was named head football coach at Georgetown High School. Cribb was an assistant coach there for the 2015-16 season and previously was head coach at Hemingway High School and Choppee High. He won South Carolina Class A state titles at both those schools.

Jenny N. Hostetler (’94) an Accounting Supervisor of Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P’s Hartsville Office successfully passed the EA Exam, earning her credentials as an Enrolled Agent.

Baron Davis (’95) was promoted to superintendent-elect for Richland 2 School District. He has been an educator for nearly 20 years, 13 of which have been with Richland 2. He also worked at Richland 1 and Orangeburg 4.

Tim Hill (’95) was awarded the Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year award for 2016.

Contina Quick-McQueen (’95) was appointed Principal of Leonardtown Elementary School in June 2016.

Pam Flowers (’96) competed in the 2016 Dancing with the Stars of Florence.

Dr. Timothy Hunter (’96) was awarded the Administrator Award at the FMU School of Education Alumni reception in February 2016.

Brian Kelley (’96) was awarded the Alumni Association Professional Industry Award in Business & Industry for 2016.

Tim Young (’96) returned to Florence to host a workshop on “Anthropomorphic” an original musical in January 2016.

Mark Allen (’96) was named as the IT Director for JEAR Logistics this past year.

Kathy Campbell (’96) is the new Associate Pastor of Congregational Care at Central United Methodist Church in Florence. Campbell, who received her MDiv. in 2001 from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC, is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which has a cooperating agreement the United Methodist Church. Previously, Kathy served as a chaplain for McLeod Hospice in Florence.

Julie Mahn (’97) was named as the new principal of West Hartsville Elementary School in May 2016.

Joseph Steen (’97) competed in the 2016 Dancing with the Stars of Florence.

Alan McCormick (‘98) is Battalion Chief for the Howe Springs Volunteer Fire Department. A long-time volunteer fireman, McCormick manages equipment, water supply, among other duties, for HSVFD. McCormick is employed as senior consultant for Prolifics, an IT solutions company.

 

Two Thousands

Brad Drawdy (’00) was named the new assistant principal at Hannah Pamplico High School in February 2016.

Tara Newton (’00) competed in the 2016 Dancing with the Stars of Florence.

James Rand (’00) was awarded the Palmetto Gold award from Carolinas Hospital System in 2016.

Dr. Toby Nelson (’01) was a presenter at the Fred R. Clayton, Jr. Chemistry Alumni Symposium in April 2016.

Kenneth Grice (‘01) was promoted to IT Manager at Duke Energy’s H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant.

Sterling Mosby (’02) was named the new principal at Hannah Pamplico High School in February 2016.

Roger Polky (’02, ’15) received his Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Jason Stalvey (’02) owns his own luxury global fashion brand in New York City.

Patrick Rabon (’03) was named Carolina Forest High School Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Crystal Whitfield (’03, ’16) received her Master’s of Art in Teaching from FMU in May 2016.

Carla Brandon (’04) was awarded the Veteran Educator Award at the FMU School of Education Alumni reception in February 2016.

Laura M. Rhoads (’04, ’06) CPA, a Senior Accountant in Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P’s Hartsville office has successfully completed and passed all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam, earning her CPA certification in South Carolina.

Austin Brown (‘04) was upgraded to Captain at Piedmont Airlines, a wholly-owned part of the American Airlines system (and serving the Florence Regional Airport). He and his wife, Dr. Amy Brown recently moved back to South Carolina and reside in Tega Cay with their 6 year old daughter, 3 year old son and are expecting twins in Fall 2016. In addition, they both continue to serve in the USAF Air National Guard as a C-130J pilot and as an Optometrist, respectively.

Vikki Cross (’05) graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in May 2016.

Laura Rhoads (’05, ’06) passed all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam, earning her CPA certification for South Carolina in May 2016.

Martha Marshall-Stewart (’05, ’07) was awarded the Alumni Association Professional Industry Award in Natural & Behavioral Sciences for 2016.

Kyle Miller (’05,‘15) & Felicia Chambers (’05,’13) were married in May 2016. He received his  Master’s degree in Business Administration from FMU in December 2015 and accepted the title of Coordinator of Orientation and Provisional Programs at FMU.

Mark Stack (’05) joined the FMU staff as a Systems Support Technician in January 2016.

Dr. Stephanie (Adams) Strickland (’05) was a presenter at the Fred R. Clayton, Jr. Chemistry Alumni Symposium in April 2016.

David Copeland (’06) was named principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School in Florence School District 1. Previously, Copeland was assistant principal at McLaurin Elementary School.

Tiffany Small (’06, ’16) received a Master’s of Business Administration from FMU in May 2016.

Ashley Young (’06) was promoted to Financial Controller at McCall’s Supply Inc. in Johnsonville, SC. She has been with the company for 8 years and resides in Hemingway, SC, with her husband of 12 years, 7 year old daughter and 3 year old son.

Lauren Vause (’06) was named president of the Junior League of Florence for the 2016-2017 year.  

Ashley Anderson (’07, ’09) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Bernetta Hamby (’07, ’15) received a Bachelor of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Staci Hoylen (’07) & Skip Duffee were married in January 2016.

Tiffany Gibson (’07) was selected by the South Carolina Board of Directors to become a S.C. Bar Foundation Ambassador for the Class of 2016.

Magan Lyerly (’07) was named the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at Johnsonville Elementary School.

Crystal R. Rodgers (’07) a Staff Accountant of Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P’s Hartsville office successfully passed the EA Exam in May, earning her credentials as an Enrolled Agent.  

Erica Sellers Stroman (’07) has relocated to Charlotte, NC, and currently serves as a Campus Director at a cosmetology school in Concord, NC.  She and her husband have an 11 month old son and run a small business, OmarNichole Life Solutions that focuses on helping others travel the world.

Joey Webster (’07) joined the FMU Housing staff in December 2015.

Lindsey Bibler (’08) was awarded the Milken Educator Award in February 2016.

Devin Cribb (’08,’15) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in December 2015.

Justin Greene (’08) finished a championship run with Mexico’s Mazatlan Venados in the Caribbean Series in February 2016.

Sara Moyer (’08,’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Katie Wilcox (’08) competed in the 2016 Dancing with the Stars of Florence.

Wilson Branham (’09) graduated from FMU with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in December 2015.

Todd R. Davis (’09) accepted a position as Financial Advisor with SouthPark Capital in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Queens University’s McColl School of Business in May of 2015 with Master of Business Administration.

Danagene Razick (’09) joined the FMU Staff as the Associate Director in Human Resources: Administrative Services in June 2016.

Jennifer Spell (’09) joined the FMU Staff as a part-time instructor of Psychology in August 2016.

Lauren Benton Stanton (’09,’13) was awarded the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumni award for 2016.

John Sweeney (‘09) was named Business Development Director for the Northeast Strategic Alliance (NESA), which coordinates business recruiting in a 10-county region in northeastern South Carolina. Previously, Sweeney was a member of U.S. Representative Tom Rice’s district staff in Florence.

Alisha Wyatt (’09,’16) received a Master’s of Art in Teaching degree from FMU in May 2016.

Jessica Goings (‘09) recently completed her first book, Single: Why Wait? Its available on Amazon.

 

Two Thousand10s

Brandi Beckett (’10) joined the FMU staff as an Part-time Teaching Assistant in Nursing in January 2016.

Christian Belk (’10, ’16) received a Bachelor of Science degree from FMU in May 2016.

Kentrina Bridges (’10, ’15) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in December 2015.

John Willam “Will” Brown (’10, ’13) passed away at home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Dr. Jonetha Fleming (’10) was a presenter at the Fred R. Clayton, Jr. Chemistry Alumni Symposium in April 2016.

Dana Gulledge (’10, ’15) graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FMU in December 2015.

Sarah Jewell (’10, ’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Rebecca Widel (’10) received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from FMU in December 2015.

Renata Cumbee (‘10) was featured in the latest edition of the University of Georgia’s Graduate Student magazine. Cumbee, a Physics major at FMU, is in UGA’s doctoral program in Astrophysics.

Shaninda Cernac (‘10) currently resides in the DC/VA area and is working in Arlington as a contractor with XLA (DEA) as an Administrative Assistant for Special Agent Recruitment.

Sam McLellan (’10) received his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Summer Garland (’11, ’15) received a Master’s of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Australia Greene (’11, ’15) received aMaster’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Deanna Harley (’11, ’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

James Hill (’11, ’15)  received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Kendrick James (’11, ’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Sarah Moore (’11, ’15) received a Bachelor of Arts degree from FMU in May 2016.

Clinton Prevatte (’11, ’15) received a Master’s of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Abbie Shelley (’11, ’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Amanda Stein (’11, ’15) received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Brittany Vicari (’11, ’15) received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from FMU in May 2016.

Erica Williams (’11, ’15) received a Master’s of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Katherine Barnette (‘12) was named Vice President of Communications of the Junior League of Florence for the 2016-2017 year.

Amanda Bennett (’12, ’16) received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from FMU in May 2016.

Briana Ervin (’12, ’16) received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from FMU in May 2016.

Tia Haynesworth (’12, ’16) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in May 2016.

Adrienne Hinson (’12, ’16) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

John Hurst (’12) & Kaylyn Wicker were married in April 2016.

Nicholas Licari (’12, ’16) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Brittanie Tyson (’12, ’16) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in May 2016.

Misty Williams (’12, ’16) received a Master’s of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Brittney Stephenson (’13) & Henry “Hank” Edwards were married in September 2015.

Jaquelyn “Ellis” Arrington (‘13) is currently working at Finklea Law Firm.

Kristen Alexander (’13) received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Kenneth Bennett (’13) joined the FMU staff as a Part-time Instructor of Nursing in January 2016.

Armand Broady (’13) joined the Herald-Advocate as an advertising representative and reporter in February 2016.

Tari Federer (’13) was featured in an art show at the Camden Fine Arts Center in May 2016.

Duane “Quinton” Gray (’13) received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from FMU in May 2016.

Indigo Green (’13) received a Bachelor of Science from FMU in May 2016.

Adam Gude (’13) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Emily Harris (’13) & Matthew Hyman were married in March 2016.

Quinterra Middleton (’13,’14,’16) graduated with a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Tyler King (’13) & Michelle Huggins were married on May 21, 2016. He accepted a position at Lexington Medical Center.

Lacey Padgett (‘13) was named Nurse of the Year for McLeod Infusion Services.

Kirby Register (’13,’15) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in December 2015 and was awarded the Novice Educator Award at the FMU School of Education Alumni reception in February 2016.

Joseph Sande (’13,’15) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Kristen Shaw (’13,’15) received a Master’s degree in Education from FMU in December 2015.

Steven Toniolo (’13) & Caroline Jones were married in April 2016.

Allison Rhodes (‘13) & Matt Thomas were married on May 28, 2016.

Ashley Wallace (‘13) completed a research project investigating treatment methods for adolescents with substance use problems at The Medical University of South Carolina and was accepted into the graduate school of psychology program at FMU in July 2015.

Ashley Cottle (’14) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Brandi Driggers (’14) received a with a Master’s of Science degree from FMU in December 2015.

Jessica Greenwood (’14) & Wendell Isgett were married in June 2016. Jessica is a teacher at Hannah Pamplico Elementary/Middle School.

Laura Ellison (’14) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Michelle Gilchrist (’14) was awarded the Palmetto Gold Award from McLeod Hospital System in 2016.

Shanice Hannah (’11,’14,’16) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Benjamin Kwast (’14,’16) received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from FMU in December 2015.

Candice Locklear (’14,’16) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Ashley Lowe (’14,’15) received a Master’s in Science from FMU in December 2015.

Emileigh Parker (’14,’16) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Mary Scott (’14,’16) received a Specialist in School Psychology degree from FMU in May 2016.

Archie Sims (’14) joined the FMU Staff as a Nursing Instructor in January 2016.

Sheryl Singleton (’14,’16) received a Master’s degree in Nursing from FMU in December 2015.

Tia Fulmore (‘14) accepted a position as the Programming Specialist at Savannah State University. She plans fun cultural and educational events for students as well as promoting life skills students need to succeed in college and in life after college. She completed an International Economics Travel Study program at the European Academy of Otzenhausen in Germany in May 2016.

Nick Safranek (’14) & Kadie Butler (‘15) were married on April 30, 2016.

Kadie Butler (‘15) & Nick Safranek (’14) were married on April 30, 2016. She accepted a position McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Adrienne Causey (‘15) accepted a position at Johnsonville High School as a part of their science department as she continues through the PACE program. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in science. She began a ministerial internship program through the South Carolina Church of God to receive her ordination license.

Gavin Davidson (’15) received his Master’s of Business Administration degree from FMU in May 2016.

Ashley Harris (’15) received her Bachelor of Science degree from FMU in May 2016.

Leslie Jackson (’15) received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from FMU in May 2016.

Hallie Prosser (’15) & Cody Fishel were married in June 2016.

Stephanie Bosch (’16) joined the FMU staff as a Student Service Admission Counselor in May 2016.

Brian Davis (’16) received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FMU in May 2016.

Ashley Harris (‘15) & Darryl Winns, Jr. were married on April 22, 2016. They are currently stationed at Fort Stewart where Darryl serves in the US Army. Ashley is pursuing a Masters in Education in School Counseling at Liberty University and they are expecting their first child.

Toni Rhone-Brown (’15) & Brandon Brown were married on April 9, 2016. She accepted a position at Wells Fargo.

Nelson Gibbons (’16) joined the firm of Gibbons & Company, CPA, PA as a staff accountant.

Troy J. Miles (‘16) was accepted into a five year doctoral program at Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Frances “Franny” T. Robinson (’16) joined the FMU staff as a Student Service Admission Counselor in May 2016.

Brooke Thibodaux (‘16) accepted the position of account executive with WBTW News 13.

Rollins Loweder (‘16) accepted a position with Easter Seals as an Early Intervention Specialist providing family training and service coordination for children with special needs or disabilities and their families.

 

Friends & Faculty

Angie Payton, wife of Professor Doug Gray, passed away on April 30.

Fred Sheheen, director of the FMU-based Non-Profit Leadership Institute and the Rural Area Leadership Institute, passed away on June 6. Besides his non-profit work at FMU, Sheheen was a long-time supporter of the university, and of higher education in general. He was a former director of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Elease N. Webb, mother of long-time FMU athletic trainer Marion “Spyder” Webb, passed away July 3 after a lengthy illness. Webb was an ardent supporter for FMU athletics.

Gail Ness Richardson, long-time FMU supporter, was named a Trustee Emeritus at the board’s June, 2016 meeting. Richardson has served as an FMU trustee since 1989.

 

Passing of a Patriot 

Charles M. Schofield ‘72

Harriett R. Drake ’72, ‘88

Deloris L. Thompson ‘72

Barry Witherspoon ‘73

Debi Branstiter ’73, ‘77

Bert Wilson ‘74

Johnnie E. Green ‘74

Marsha N. Berg ‘75

Barbara S. Berry ‘75

David B. Tomlinson ’75

Robert H. Moore ‘75

Jan E. Jeffers ‘77

Gerald D. Jackson ‘78

  1. Gene Newell ‘78

Gene R. Stokes ‘81

Russell K. Steele ‘81

Elizabeth L. Durant ‘81

Gretchen B. Gleason ’82, ‘86

Ira E. McGee ‘83

Joe Capobianco ‘87

Frances K. Tyner ‘90

Michael W. Strickland ’91, ‘01

Charles E. Kelly ‘91

Larone B. Jackson ‘93

RobAnne Moody ‘99

Gary W. Lamoreux ‘02

Daniel Harvey Bailey ‘06

Will Brown ’10, ‘13

Jasmine M. Reid ‘15

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