FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University graduates were honored during homecoming activities held March 30-31.
Wanda Smallwood, a 1996 alumna, and Julian Young, a 1976 graduate, were recognized as Alumni Volunteers of the Year during a cookout on March 31. Melvin T. “Tommy” Casey Jr. was named the FMU School of Business Outstanding Alumnus during a breakfast on March 30.
Smallwood is a member of the FMU Alumni Advisory Board. While a student, she was a charter member and officer in the Student Alumni Association. She organized and chaired the university’s first-ever “Phon-A-Thon” and has assisted the Alumni Office with many special projects and events.
Smallwood is a communications, marketing and public information specialist with Pee Dee Electric Cooperative. She serves as an officer in the Pee Dee Business and Professional Women’s Network, is a member of Women in Rural Electrification and is active in various community service activities associated with Pee Dee Electric. She is the mother of three grown children and has one grandson and two granddaughters.
Young is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board’s Student Relations Committee and is the liaison to the Student Alumni Association. He invites area alumni to participate as guest speakers and sponsors an annual award for the most active SAA member.
Young is a project manager and trade show marketer at Computer Dimensions in Florence and is also director of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Florence. He is a member of Civitan International, the American Marketing Association, and the Religious Conference Management Association. He and his wife, Rebecca, have one child.
Casey is 1976 graduate of FMU’s School of Business and served as human resources manager at La-Z-Boy East for 22 years before becoming general manager three years ago. He is a member of the Sertoma Club and the United Way, and a former board member of the Salvation Army, the YMCA and the Employers’ Association. Casey and his wife, Pat, have three children.
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