FLORENCE – Twenty-three political science students at Francis Marion University were recently initiated into the Rho Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for those interested in political science.
FMU’s first president, Walter D. Smith, spoke to the group on the founding and early years of Francis Marion. Students in the honor society must have at least 15 hours in political science courses and carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The students are in the upper third of their classes overall. The group inducted is the largest group inducted to date.
1999 political science majors initiates were: Philip A. Alvarez and Ronald G. Brand of Marion; Chastity H. Barnes of Coward; Yakita Brunson-Raigns, Allison R. Leach, Virginia A. Rogers, and Donald K. White, also majoring in international studies, all of Florence; Derrah Q. Cassidy of Cheraw; Spencer A. Driggers and Jimmy E. Sellers II of Lake City; Jamilyn M. Evans, also majoring in mass communication, of Pamplico; Ryan E. Hill of Tecumseh, Ontario; Stacy M. Hinson of North Myrtle Beach; Michael G. Johnson of McBee; Rose C. Joyce of Keller, Texas; April E. Lawhon, also majoring in history; and Patricia A. Melton, also majoring in economics, both of Effingham; Michael S. Moody, also majoring in history, of Dillon; Natasha V. M. Pauling, also majoring in English, of Winnsboro; Robin J. Shelton also majoring in history, of Pamplico; and Robert K. Watts of Mullins.
Also inducted was history major Aushia M. Dixon, of Florence, and economics major Joey L. Ward, of Manning.
Also at the ceremony, Patricia A. Melton was awarded the 1997-98 Jamie Lee Owens Memorial Research Award and the 1998-99 Jamie Lee Owens Memorial Research Award was presented to Derrah Q. Cassidy.
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