FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University presented its 2005-2006 alumni awards at an Alumni Appreciation Dinner, Feb. 2.
The Outstanding Alumnus is Dr. Ian Smith. Dr. Smith graduated from FMU in 1973 with a B.A. degree in psychology. Previously, he had earned a B.A. degree in physics from Rice University in 1971 and for a time he taught freshman mathematics at FMU. He earned a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978. This was followed by an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke University. He earned certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and subspecialty certification from the Board of Cardiovascular Disease.
Currently, Dr. Smith is a partner in Advanced Cardiology Consultants, located on Second Loop Road in Florence. He works as a staff member with both McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Hospital System. He also works at Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Lake City Hospital. He has served as chief of the Cardiovascular Division at Carolinas and is currently the chief of medicine at McLeod. He is also an officer of the Florence County Medical Society.
Dr. Smith is the son of Francis Marion’s founding president, Walter D. Smith, and he serves on the FMU Foundation Board of Directors.
In his leisure time, he enjoys sailing and is an active member of the Columbia Sailing Club. He is also the proprietor of Turning Point Pottery. He lives in Florence with his wife, Dr. Jean Smith. His daughter, Loren, is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and his son, Brewster, graduated from Clemson University with a degree in electrical engineering.
The Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus is Brandi Cook. Cook graduated with a B.A. degree in history and a minor in German from FMU in 1996. Since graduation, she has been an influential social studies teacher in Marion School District 1. In 2001, she attended the Supreme Court Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. She was among 60 teachers selected to study recent Supreme Court cases and experience innovative teaching methods for conveying information to students. This past summer, she was among 45 teachers who participated in the Goethe Institute Study Tour in Germany.
In December of 2003, Cook was one of 12 teachers selected from across the nation to travel to Russia on a 13-day tour to observe how teachers are trained, meet with Russian officials and to present economic lessons in several elementary and secondary schools. Although the personal learning and growth from this trip was key for her, she also wanted to help bring other cultures to her students and teach them what she learned.
To encourage her students to broaden their horizons, she has organized two trips to Europe. More than 30 students have had the opportunity to visit such places as Italy, France, Germany, and England.
Brandi is a supporter of her alma mater and loves her job – shaping the lives of students.
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