2013 Alumni Service Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Alumni Service Awards. Winners are chosen by the Alumni Executive Council and the awards will presented during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 12 from 11am - 12:30pm in Leonard Auditorium.
|Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year
Amanda Nave Marvelle '03
Amanda has a broad educational background that includes internships with the National
Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, Department of Gerontology at
Massachusetts General Hospital, the Greenwood Genetics Center and a semester
studying marine biology through Denmark’s International study program to help
decide the path she wanted to pursue afterwards.
Following further stints with NIH’s Pediatric
Reproductive Endocrinology Branch, she applied for the Ph.D. program in
Genetics at UNC and held a UNC Vascular Biology Pre-doctoral Fellowship, during
which time she published and received a number of honors.
Looking for a ways to bridge the gap between
science and the public, she agreed to fill in for three months as a science
educator with the Contemporary Science Center in Durham. This led to a permanent position from which
she helped the center write an application for a new charter high school. Developing an approach linking and crossing
disciplinary lines, STEM [Science,
technology, engineering & mathematics] grew out of the effort to help
educated adults have a better sense of what’s going on in the world.
Enrollment is growing and support money is being
|Distinguished Citizen Award
John Pilley & Chaser
Chaser is an unforgettable 6-year-old border collie who has demonstrated a vocabulary of more than 1,000 words. Wofford Professor Emeritus John Pilley tells Chaser's story in an upcoming book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013) titled, "The World's Smartest Dog." Chaser's career, which features appearances of a range of national network television programs, has resulted in significant, invaluable recognition for the college and a better understand of how animals and humans interact and learn.
|Distinguished Service Award
Marion L. McMillan, Jr. '59
In the words of friend and classmate, Dr. Olin
Sansbury, he says the following of Marion McMillan. “It has been my privilege to observe as well
as to benefit from Marion’s lifetime of outstanding service to his community
and his fellowman. A native of Laurens and currently living in Tryon, NC,
Marion spent most of his life in Spartanburg. The Senior Vice President
of Smith Barney, Marion has been a successful businessman who has always found
the time and energy to support and provide leadership for critical community
projects. During his years in Spartanburg he served as Chair of the
Greater Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and was the founding chair of the
Spartanburg Regional Health System Foundation. Marion also has provided
leadership to his church (The Church of the Advent), the YMCA, Spartanburg Day School
and the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education which oversees the
USC Upstate campus. He continues to serve on the advisory board of the
George Dean Johnson, Jr. School of Business and Economics. His retirement
to Tryon has not meant a retirement from public service. In Tryon he and
his wife JoAnn co-chaired a successful fundraising effort for the Tryon Fine
Arts Center and Marion currently serves on the board of St. Luke’s
Hospital. Over the years Marion has not forgotten his alma mater,
generously supporting the college financially, serving on the Alumni Board, and
funding the McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Center.
In his lifetime of service Marion
certainly exemplifies the type of responsible citizen that Wofford seeks to
produce. He is deserving of our recognition.”