Roy Ann Jolley (‘75) was named Florence School District One’s Principal of the year for the 2016-2017 school year.
Glenn Odom (‘75) was recognized for twenty five years for service to the Florence School District One board by the South Carolina Boards Association.
Sarah Caulkins (‘76) was awarded Teacher of the Year for McLaurin school in Florence, SC for the 2016-2017 school year, she was also named a Florence School District One Honor Roll Teacher in 2016.
Julian Young (‘76) was awarded the Lynch Humanitarian Award at the Francis Marion Annual Staff Luncheon in July 2016.
Larianne Barnette (‘78) co-founded Southern Fields Soap Company in Timmonsville, SC in August 2016.
Debra Orander (‘84) was awarded the Teacher Support Staff for Briggs Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year.
Dr. LeRoy Peterson (‘84) was honored by the South Carolina Mechanism of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) as the state winner in the area of education in December 2016.
Michael Hawkins (’85) was inducted into the Florence Athletic Hall of Fame in January 2017.
Jill Lawrimore Webster (‘86) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching.
Carolyn Mumford-Durant (‘89) was awarded the Outstanding Staff Service Award at the Francis Marion Annual Staff Luncheon in July 2016.
Diane Williams (’90) was awarded the Professional Psychology Award at the annual psychology awards reception in November 2016.
Dr. Mark Bunch (‘93) accepted the position of Principal at Marlboro County High School starting the 2016-2017 school year.
Candice McLain (‘94) joined the FMU staff as a Lead Teacher at the Richardson Center for the Child in September 2016.
Heather T. Eddy (‘95) accepted the position of Instructor of Biology at York Technical College in Rock Hill, SC.
Melissa Rhodes Ward (‘95) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Education.
Bryan Braddock (’96) was a participant in Francis Marion’s 15th annual Nonprofit Leadership Institute in 2016.
David Barnes (‘97) & Paul John opened Profection Physical Therapy in Florence, SC in July 2016.
Daniel Hill (’97) was awarded the Lawrence F. Swails award at the annual Biology Alumni Awards Reception in October 2016.
Tracy Meetze-Holcombe (‘98, ’01) was promoted to full professor for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Kacithia Wright (‘98) accepted a teaching position with Beaufort County School District in South Carolina and will be teaching Business Education.
Kesha Hayes (’00) created Senior Service Day in Camden, SC to ensure seniors in the community do not feel isolated in August 2016.
Robyn Morgan (’00) was hired at FMU as an Assistant Theater professor in September 2016.
Mary Brunson (’01) joined the FMU as an Instructor of Political Science in August 2016.
Cathy Hunter (’01) was awarded Teacher of the Year for Delmae Middle School in Florence, SC for the 2016-2017 school year.
Nathan Flowers (’03) was promoted to associate professor for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Laura M. Rhoads (‘04, ‘06) joined FMU has the Director of Accounting Services in January 2017.
Suzy Denise Driggers (‘05) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Education.
Chasity Brown (’07) was awarded Teacher Support Staff for Briggs Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year.
Suzanna Linton (’07) has published a series of three books, called the “Stories of Lorst”.
Laura Ruthven (’08) & Michael Bulloch were married in August, 2016.
Matthew McColl (’09) joined the FMU staff as the Director of Media Relations in October, 2016.
John Sweeney (’09) & Sarah Thibodeaux were married in November 2016 at Hidden Acres.
Kelley Cassady (‘10) & Christopher McCormick were married in June 2016.
Andrew Golden (‘10) joined NESA as the Director of Marketing in January 2017.
Brittany Sanders (‘10) received the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for Scranton Elementary School in August.
Chantanique Antoya Bell (‘11) graduated from FMU in December 2016 with a masters of Education.
Amelia Drewann Arnold (‘12) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Education.
Katherine Barnette (‘12) founded Southern Fields Soap Company in Timmonsville, SC in August 2016.
Symon Gibson (‘12) & Tiffany Thomas opened TThomasArts, a fine arts gallery and studio in Florence, SC in July 2016.
Chelsea Ambreria-Latifah McFadden (‘12) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Master of Education.
Kelsey Reaves (‘12) & Phillip Ward were married in August of 2016.
Tiffany Thomas (‘12) & Symon Gibson opened TThomasArts, a fine arts gallery and studio in Florence, SC in July 2016.
Debra Anne Walters (‘12) graduated from FMU in December 2016 with a Masters of Education.
Judy Childers Friend (‘13) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Master of Education.
Evrik Gary (‘13) hosted the Mix Kit Mini Skills Clinic in August in Florence, SC.
Alexis Johnson (‘13) joined the FMU staff as an associate direction of CASA in October, 2016.
Justin Kollman (‘13) & Charlotte Powell were married in October 2016.
Matthew Odom (‘13) & Elizabeth Graham were married in July 2016.
Charlotte Powell (‘13) & Justin Kollman (‘13) were married in October 2016. She joined the FMU staff as an Student Services Coordinator in November 2016.
Ashley Wallace (‘13) & Austin Cox (‘15) were married in September 2016.
Brittney K. Collier (‘14) accepted a position as an Marketing Communications Specialist with Billtrust in Hamilton, NJ. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in United Nations and Global Policy studies from Rutgers University.
Elizabeth Graham (’14) & Matthew Odom were married in July 2016.
Briana Savon Gordon (‘14) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of of Science.
Daniel James (’14) was promoted to Lean Implementer at Johnson Controls in August 2016.
Richard Richards (’14) & Caroline Lee were married in December 2016.
Caitlin Siney (‘14) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Science.
Olivia Renee Zielinski (‘14) graduated from Francis Marion in December 2016 with a Masters of Education.
Andrea “Bree” Boyce (‘15) & William Andrew Marsh were married on January 7, 2017.
Andrea Hoffman (’15) accepted a Plant Microbiologist position with CR Bard Medical in November 2016.
Austin Cox (‘15) and Ashley Wallace (‘13) were married on September 24, 2016 in Hartsville, SC. Cox was a former pitcher for FMU.
Ashley Harris (’15) & Darryl Winns were married on April 22, 2016.
Shatoya T. Mouzon (‘15) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Level Education with a concentration in English in December 2015 from FMU. She accepted a ELA/Social Studies teaching position at J.W. Moore Middle School in October 2016.
Shardaye S. Pender (‘15) joined FMU as Senior Administrative Assistant Financial Assistance in January 2017.
Brandon Heembrock (‘16) was named head coach of Fairmont State University women’s soccer.
Haley Kenimer (‘16) & Joshua Ham were married in June of 2016.
Jared Singleton (‘16) & Professor Larry Engelhardt have a jointly written a research article that was published in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society.
Michael E. Wachowski (‘16) was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta the national honor society in history.
Andre Weathers (’16) was named the Florence Morning News Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Weathers, in his first year as coach at Hemingway High School, led the Tigers to a 22-7 record and a berth in the state Class A finals.
Jessica Jayne Mikell (’09) & Basil Maurice “Trey” Jordan, III were married on January 7, 2017.
Friends & Faculty
Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald R. Bailey passed away on January 7, 2017. He was a professor of Sociology & Anthropology from 1973 – 1998.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Makram Bishara passed away January 2016. He was a professor in the School of Education.
Maria Eugenia Lopez Perry passed away on April 2, 2016. She taught in public schools for many years, authored a book and after retiring, taught at Francis Marion University from 1985 – 1998.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Tom Roop passed away on January 14, 2017. He was a professor of Biology from 1972 – 2004.
The Reverend Doctor Donald Randall Bailey, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at Francis Marion University, died Saturday, January 7, 2017.
Joseph Taylor Stukes passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. He was a professor of history at FMU from 1974 – 1990 and was awarded Distinguished Professor.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Lynn Morris Croshaw passed away on May 25, 2016.
Professor Emeritus Robert Ryan passed away on December 31, 2016. Dr. Ryan taught at Francis Marion from 1970 – 1991 and retired as a professor in the School of Education.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Swails passed away on September 2, 2016. He was the Biology department Chair and taught botany & biology from 1974 – 1990.
Anne Lyon Greene passed away on January 7th, 2017.
Passing of a Patriot
Ernest Leroy Davis, Jr. (’74) passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. He was a member of the first graduating class of Francis Marion College and a charter member of the founding chapter of the Delta Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity at FMU.
Gerald Delane Jackson, Jr., (’78) passed away June 13, 2016. He worked as a civil engineer for Dominion Virginia Power and the Virginia Department of Aviation; and Henrico County Public Schools Adult Education ESOL.
Tamara Michelle Livingston Elliott (‘91) passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Susan Evans Hodge (‘93) passed away on April 1, 2016.
Andrew Pickens Moore (’12) passed away on October 3, 2016.