Alumni and Faculty mingling at President's house

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 Nave Marvelle

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 raised.   

Distinguished Citizen Award
John Pilley & Chaser
Chaser and John Pilley

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
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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.”