Voorhees to induct five new members into Homecoming Hall Fame 2016


Voorhees to induct five new members into Homecoming Hall Fame 2016

November 04, 2016

Voorhees College will induct five new members into the Hall of Fame during the 14th annual Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.

Wilmer Freeman, a Denmark native, graduated from Voorhees High School in 1968. Upon his return from the Vietnam War, he graduated from Voorhees College in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.                                      

While at Voorhees, he met his wife, the late Lavenia Whitten Freeman. Freeman spent his professional career at Voorhees in the following capacities: facilities manager, bookstore manager, and procurement officer. Currently, he is retired, but serves as a professional driver for the president.

Freeman is a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, where he has been serving as a deacon for more than 35 years,  In addition, he is a member of the AFM Masonic Lodge #246 in Denmark, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10595, where he previously served as vice commander.

Tanya Martino, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., currently works in education as an instructional support teacher in special education. She graduated from Voorhees College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

After graduating, she began working at Voorhees as an administrative assistant in the business department until moving to Atlanta. From 2012-2013, she returned to Voorhees to serve as an admissions counselor and recruiter. 

She earned a master’s degree in higher education and leadership from Kaplan University and a certification in special education from Clark Atlanta University.

Martino spent most of her professional career working for the Wachovia Bank Operations Center in Atlanta, where she was a representative for 10 years. During this time, she was a member of the Black Executive Exchange Program.

She is a member of the Metro-Atlanta Alumni Chapter, where she previously served as the president, co-founder of the Alumni Alliance of the White and True Blue, HBCU Alumni Alliance member, and treasurer of the Clark Atlanta-DeKalb Alumni Chapter.

Dr. Mary Stover graduated from Voorhees College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary English. She later received a master’s degree in writing from Columbia College in 1984, a certificate of theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and doctorate degree in Christian education from Central Christian University of South Carolina in 2013.

Stover is a 2014 retired professor from the Humanities Department of Allen University and former Richland County teacher of English for 24 years. Stover is also the former ambassador of the afterschool program for Richland County District One, former test coordinator at both W.G. Sanders Middle School and C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy., former ordained minister at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, and an associate to the pastor at St. Mark Baptist Church.

She is currently the founder/CEO of the Reading Arts Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program, where she directs at two sites. 

Stover is an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and Voorhees College’s Midlands Alumni Chapter. She is a recipient of the 2012 “Martin Luther King Jr. Teacher of the Year for High Schools and Colleges Award,” and of the 2015 “MA Lee Humanitarian Award.”

Mary Houser-Hyacinth, a native of North, S.C., graduated from Voorhees College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She received a master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Utah and furthered her studies at Long Island University in guidance counseling.

She spent her professional career with the New York State Department of Labor and the New York City Board of Education. She retired after 36 years of professional experience in supervision and counseling. 

Hyacinth holds professional affiliations with the Voorhees College National Alumni Association, New York State American Counseling Association and Development, International Association of Workforce Professional, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In addition, Hyacinth served as a minister and adult Sunday school teacher for more than 35 years and founded the Christian Women Fellowship. She most recently established the Helping Hand Ministry to assist the needy.

Marvetta Megget-Smalls, a native of Charleston, S.C., graduated from Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in office administration in 1981. She is currently a coordinator at Charleston Water System, where she has been employed for 34 years.

Smalls is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Edisto District Missionary Society as the first vice president, Eastern Light Chapter #360 Order of Eastern Star, where she serves as the trustee, and the Charleston chapter of NAACP as the treasurer.

In addition, she is a member of the Charleston Contact Center Alliance, South Carolina Utility Billing Association, Parent Teacher Organization board member for Baptist Hill High School, vice president of the Charleston Alumni Chapter, and an active member in her church, Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Tickets for the Hall of Fame are $75. For a complete listing of 2016 Homecoming events, visit www.voorhees.edu or contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.