Amanda Smith, left, seated with her mother, Sherry, of Honea Path, are both accounting students in Lander University's business administration program. Sherry was one of 40 Lander students who were recently inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
In 2007, Amanda Smith of Honea Path enrolled as a freshman in Lander University's College of Business and Public Affairs. Her major is business administration with an accounting emphasis.
One year later, her mother, Sherry Smith, would follow, enrolling in the same major and emphasis. While new to her role as a Lander student, Sherry was no stranger to the university. She has been a Lander employee for three years working in Lander's College of Arts and Humanities and in her present position as the administrative coordinator for Lander's vice president of Business and Administration.
In April, Sherry, who is a part-time student, was rewarded for outstanding academic achievements when she was inducted into Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. The selection is limited to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 10 percent of their class with grade point averages between 3.64 and 4.0. She said she was very flattered to have been inducted into Alpha Chi.
Thirty-three years had passed since Sherry, 51, last stepped into a classroom, but she never lost sight of her desire to earn a college degree. "This is a goal I wanted after raising my family." She emphasized that it could not have been possible without the support of Tom Covar, interim vice president of Business and Administration, and co-worker, Traci Talley, and their willingness to accommodate her work and class schedules.
Sherry and 20-year-old Amanda attend several classes together and help each other with their courses. Sherry worked for 13 years as a trucking company bookkeeper, so she brings hands-on experience to their accounting studies. She has also worked as a school secretary in District 51.
Sherry is a native of Ware Shoals. She and husband Steve, a machinist at Michelin, have been married for 29 years. She expects to complete requirements for her degree in 2012, one year after Amanda.