Marty Presler Belk
Marty Belk earned her B.S. in biology in 1969. Many doors opened for her during her
two years as a chemist for Celanese Corporation, after which she moved on to medical
research at Vanderbilt Hospital for five years. Eventually, her ongoing interest in
real estate became her priority and career. She moved back to her hometown, Rock Hill,
South Carolina, where she met her husband, Don Belk, a realtor. Marty has continued
her real estate career in Charleston and is involved in numerous community endeavors,
including serving on the school board for East Cooper.
W.H. Jack Breazeale
Jack Breazeale received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1966. He
taught at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 1965 to 1970. In 1970,
he was a founding faculty member of a new state college in Florence, South Carolina,
now Francis Marion University. From 1970 until his retirement in 1997, he was chair
of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and professor of chemistry. Jack has been
active in the American Chemical Society for more than 40 years, and has held numerous
offices in the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety.
Vasa Cate received his B.S. in biology from South Carolina in 1964, and his M.D. from
MUSC in 1970. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine and received
training in gastroenterology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, from
1970 to 1974. He went on to establish the Consultants in Internal Medicine (later
Consultants in Gastroenterology) in 1977 next to Lexington Medical Center. Vasa served
as Chief of Medicine while on the staff at Lexington Medical Center. He remained with
Consultants in Gastroenterology until his retirement in 2004.
Daniel R. D'Alberto earned his B.A. in political science from the University of South
Carolina in 1997, and an M.S. in higher education administration from Florida State
University in 2000. In 2005, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South
Carolina School of Law. He is an associate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
with a wide variety of experience advising businesses in the areas of complex business,
patent, pharmaceutical and securities litigation.
Upon earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees in statistics in 1992 and 1999, respectively,
Devaris Davis took on a variety of employment opportunities with the adhesive coating
and printing industries. His primary areas of expertise have been data analysis, problem
solving and process improvement. He currently works as Quality Manager for Avery Dennison
in Clinton, South Carolina. A Life Member of the Carolina Alumni Association, he has
served on the Alumni Association's Board of Governors, and he is a former president
of the Black Alumni Council.
Lois Lovelace Duke
After earning her Ph.D. in political science in 1986, at the University of South Carolina,
Lois Lovelace Duke, Ph.D., enjoyed an impressive academic career teaching at Auburn
University, the University of Alabama, and Clemson, where she was the first female
full professor in her department. A former department chair and full professor of
the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Georgia Southern
University, she was awarded professor emerita status in 2013. Lois is a past president
of the Women's Caucus for Political Science: South; a past president of the SC Political
Science Association and Georgia Political Science Association; and vice-president
for the League of Women Voters, South Carolina.
Mark Dutton completed his B.S. degree in biology education (1977) and M.S. degree
in biological sciences (1981) at South Carolina. He served as State Parks Naturalist
for the South Carolina State Park Service for several years before beginning work
for the Department of the Army as a biologist. He has managed natural and cultural
resources for the United States Army Training Center and Fort Jackson since 1991.
Mark founded a hiking club for families in 1995 called Families Understanding Nature
and has been active with SC Habitat for Humanity for many years.
Cheryl Fisher received a Master of Mathematics from South Carolina in 1974 and a J.D.
from the School of Law in 1990. She is an attorney with Rogers Townsend & Thomas,
where she concentrates her practice on default and contested foreclosures, resolution
of title issues, mobile home issues, loss mitigation issues and Chapter 7, 11 and
13 bankruptcy issues. Her previous experience was as a large systems marketing representative
in the manufacturing and distribution sector for IBM.
A graduate of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, Joel Johnson completed his B.S.
in biology at South Carolina in 1978 and went on to the Medical University of South
Carolina in Charleston. He has been practicing dentistry in Columbia for the past
27 years. He is on the Board of Trustees for Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital and
just recently rotated off the Children's Hospital Board for Palmetto Health Richland
Hospital. For the past 17 years he served as the Team Dentist for the University of
South Carolina athletic teams.
Richard Litwin received a B.A. in economics from South Carolina in 1984 and a J.D.
from Emory University in 1987. He has more than 20 years of experience practicing
law in Georgia. Richard started his legal career at the State of Georgia Attorney
General's office and subsequently went into private practice in Atlanta. He owns The
Litwin Law Firm, P.C. of Atlanta where he specializes in local and state tax disputes.
He has earned many accolades, including being named one of Georgia's Super Lawyers
in the area of tax law for the past four years in a row.
John Logue received his B.S. in biology in 1964 and M.S. in 1966 from the University
of South Carolina. After further studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, he taught at UofSC Sumter until his retirement in 2007. He served as Chair of
the Division of Science, Mathematics and Engineering from 1994 to 2002. At retirement,
he held the rank of full professor and was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus
of Biological Sciences.
Jared D. Mobley
Jared Mobley completed his B.S. in mathematics at South Carolina in 1995 and his J.D.
at the School of Law in 1998. He is a lawyer with K&L Gates, LLP in the Charlotte,
North Carolina, office and focuses his practice on complex aspects of federal, state
and local taxation, including creating and implementing tax-efficient structures for
the firm's clients. His practice covers many facets of tax law that are intertwined
with the business activities of the firm's clients, including: advising clients on
the tax aspects of private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions.
Ellen Leigh Murray
After graduating from South Carolina with a B.A. in theater, Ellen (who goes by Leigh,
professionally) moved to New York City and joined Circle Repertory Company and acted
in the daytime dramas “Loving” and “The Guiding Light,” and starred in national commercials.
In Los Angeles, she moved into producing-directing and produced the acclaimed CBS
television movies, “The Outside Woman” starring Sharon Gless and Scott Glenn, as well
as “Stolen Women, Captured Hearts” starring Janine Turner and Dennis Weaver. She is
on the board and jury of the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Ellen
is a native Charlestonian and is the broker-owner of Charleston Premier Properties. She
enjoys playing piano and directing plays.
Francis John Person earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the
University of South Carolina in 2005. He attended South Carolina on a full athletic
scholarship, and was a four-year varsity football letter winner. He played under the
tutelage of legendary coaches Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier. He was previously the
special assistant and personal aide to Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.
He began working for then-Senator Biden (DE) in Washington, D.C., upon graduating
from South Carolina.
David Rembert completed his B.S. (1959) and M.S. (1964) degrees in biological sciences
at South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University
of Kentucky at Lexington in 1967. He has taught at Converse College in Spartanburg,
South Carolina, at the University of Kentucky, and at the University of South Carolina
from 1967 until his retirement in July 1998. During his tenure at the university,
he was promoted through the academic ranks to full professor and at his retirement,
he was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences.
Hugh Rogers completed his bachelor's degree in English at the University of South
Carolina in 1951 and his Juris Doctor at the School of Law in 1954. Since 1966, he
has practiced law in the town of Lexington, South Carolina, where he also formerly
served as mayor. He is a retired colonel in the United States Army Reserve, having
served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps with distinction, a past president of
the Greater UofSC Alumni Association, and a member of the UofSC Guardian Society.
Keith Sanders is a 1978 graduate of South Carolina in history with more than 27 years
experience in the fields of construction and architecture. He is currently a project
architect with CDA Architects in Columbia, who focuses on historic preservation and
restoration and sustainable design and development projects. He is a current member
of the Board of Directors serving as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, and past president
of the U.S. Green Building Council SC Chapter. He serves as chair of the American
Institute of Architects SC Committee on the Environment.
Shawncee Sapp earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of South Carolina
in 1998 and went on to successfully complete South Carolina Banker’s School. Currently,
she works for J. E. Wilson Advisors, LLC, where she serves as Director of Client Services,
helping customers achieve their financial goals. Shawncee has served on the Township
Auditorium Board of Trustees, Township Auditorium Foundation, and as treasurer on
Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation. Shawncee is a member of the Junior League
of Columbia and the recipient of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the
Year Award in 2011.
Claud N. Sapp, IV
Claud N. Sapp, IV earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and
chemistry in 2002 from the University of South Carolina. Claud works for Medtronic,
Inc. Cardiac and Vascular Group, where he serves as Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management
Senior Clinical Specialist. As an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, he
aims to contribute and give back to the university and the College of Arts and Sciences
by sharing his technical knowledge base and real world job experience.
Thomas Sayetta completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of South Carolina
in 1964, after receiving his undergraduate degree in physics in 1959. He is an associate
professor emeritus with East Carolina University. With a research focus on magnetic
resonance, Thomas has authored articles for academic journals such as the American
Journal of Physics, and numerous physics laboratory manuals. Since his retirement
in 1995 he has continued to teach physics part time. He also enjoys staying active
as a part-time tennis player.
Dee Silverthorn received a B.S. with honors in biology from Tulane University in 1970
and a Ph.D. in marine science from UofSC's Baruch Institute in 1973. She is currently
a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches physiology.
Her bench research focuses on epithelial transport. Dee is an active member of the
American Physiological Society and the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, and is
a member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences.
Davontae Singleton, a native of Charleston, graduated from the University of South
Carolina with a B.A. in English. He is a current graduate student at UofSC and plans
to pursue a career in education. At UofSC, he was executive director of the Waverly
Afterschool Program and president of Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry, he served
as a University 101 peer leader, interned with the Office of the Provost, volunteered
with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, and served as an ambassador for
the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. Notable achievements include:
National finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Inductee,
2015 recipient of "Outstanding Senior Award," and recipient of "Who's Who Among American
Colleges and University" award.
James Stevens received degrees in Physics and Math from Wofford College prior to his
Ph.D. in Physics from USC in 1975. He served as a research associate at Savannah River
Laboratory and Case Western Reserve University before teaching at North Georgia College.
He worked with Philips Electronics/BCC in Columbia, SC, in various positions ending
with Manager of Product Development. He later served as technology consultant to several
electronic firms in the Southeast and is now semi-retired with occasional consulting
and teaching assignments.
Laura Bauld Turner
Laura Bauld Turner graduated from South Carolina cum laude with a B.A. in International
Studies and Spanish Language. Upon graduation, she became employed as a Legislative
Assistant in the Office of United States Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C.,
where she specialized in education, labor, welfare, and agriculture policy for seven
years. Laura currently serves as the Senator's Upstate Director in Greenville, where
she manages his Greenville Office and oversees community outreach and constituent
service activities in the Upstate region.
Mary Baskin Waters
Mary Baskin Waters earned her undergraduate degree in art studio in 1985, her master's
in art education in 1987, and her Ph.D. in higher educational leadership and policies
in 2002, all from UofSC. She is Founder and CEO of Albion Research Associates, LLC,
a grant writing and grants development firm. She is also currently affiliate faculty
in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and teaches "Women in Society: A Service
Learning Approach." Additionally, she is affiliate faculty in the MPA Program in the
Department of Political Science, where she teaches Grants Administration.
Not Pictured: Natasha W. Anderson (Arts, ‘13; Public Admin, ‘17), James M. Albergotti III (Biology, ‘68), Lois E. Carlisle (Art History), John L. Edwards (Chemistry, ‘73), Heyward Harvin, (Political Science and International Studies, ’09), Jonaka Hunter-Young (Biology, ‘96), Gray H. Ladd (Business Admin, ‘03; Public Admin, ‘05), Nicholas Levi Jones (Statistics, ‘86), Kimberly D. Leighton (Theater, ‘99; Ed. ‘01), John T. Metts (Arts, ‘13), Robert Scott Moore (Physics, ’82, ‘86), Albert B. Pittman (Biology, ‘78), Ira J. Radin (Biology, ‘68), Derrell Alver Shipes (Biology, ‘75), James L. Stevens (Physics ’75; Business Admin, ‘92), Robin Smith Stephens (Biology, ‘92), Krystal W. Thames (History '04)