From FMU freshman to future physician


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
January 14, 2015

Francis Marion University [FMU] graduate Rebecca Gillaspie has pushed past boundaries to pursue her career in medicine. Currently in her third year of medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, S.C., Gillaspie has found her calling while implementing all of the skills... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: Dawn Larsen – Students applaud professor’s passion for theatre


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
January 12, 2015

With a resume a mile long and a passion equal in proportion, it’s no wonder Dawn Larsen has taken the theatre world by storm. Larsen, associate professor of theatre history, has brought plays, productions, publications and activities to Francis Marion University (FMU) in an effort to increase interest... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: Travis Ragsdale – Chemist cooks up excellence, dishes out experience


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
November 22, 2014

Francis Marion’s Chemistry Laboratory Manager, Travis Ragsdale, has watched the university blossom, while leaving marks of excellence through his work with thousands of students in his 41 year long career. He began teaching at FMU after completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Furman... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: Lynn Kostoff – Fiction author finds inspiration in everything


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
October 30, 2014

Professor of English and author of three novels, Lynn Kostoff, has captivated the English department at Francis Marion University (FMU) with his creativity and passion for writing. Not only has Kostoff published three books and has one set to release in the summer 2015, but he has also been named as... Read more »

FMU graduate stands out in media industry


Rachel Droze, Staff Writer
October 30, 2014

Francis Marion University (FMU) graduate Katrina Garnes has established a name for herself throughout the communications industry. While a student at FMU, Garnes began a web show titled “What’s Going On” to cover community issues, local events and to motivate other entrepreneurs. The web show was... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: Dr. William Bolt – Historian tackles the future with the past


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
October 9, 2014

Assistant professor of history Dr. William Bolt is very passionate about his field of study embraces his position at Francis Marion University (FMU). Bolt graduated from both the University of Buffalo and the University of Tennessee, never once considering anything besides becoming a historian. “Even... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: T. Barbeau & G. Pryor – Dynamic duo shatters stereotypes, improves academia


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
September 20, 2014

Professors of Biology, Tamatha Barbeau and Gregory Pryor, have been dominating the Biology department at Francis Marion University [FMU] for ten years as a team.   Bent on educating students in both academia and in life, Barbeau and Pryor strive to be unconventional role models for each students... Read more »

Professor Spotlight Dr. Jon Tuttle: Distinguished professor finds strength in rejection


Lauren Cole, Staff Writer
August 27, 2014

Professor of English and Coordinator of International Studies, Jon Tuttle, has been teaching at Francis Marion University (FMU) since 1990. Not only is he well known in his field, around campus and in the community, he is also recognized in academia as the 2014 Distinguished Professor (the highest award... Read more »

Altman alters path in graduate school


Tiara Felder, Managing Editor
April 10, 2014

May 2013 Francis Marion University (FMU) graduate Susan Faye Altman completed her Bachelor of the Arts degree in history with a minor in English literature and collateral in non-profit management.  As a Florence native, Altman said that her decision to attend FMU was influenced by the opinions of those... Read more »

Professor Spotlight: C. Allan Lockyer – Geography professor beats cancer, runs on


Joshua Lloyd, Staff Writer
March 26, 2014

Many students tend to view geographical studies as “just learning a map,” and it often gets pushed into the category of another stale, tedious general education course. But to geography professor Dr. C. Allan Lockyer there is much more to the discipline than meets the eye. “Geography isn’t only... Read more »

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