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Featured Alumni Profile (May 2016)
Alumnus of the Month of May
Lane Lady Dr. Carmen Earl Dance, a member of the Class of 1991, is our Alumna of the Month of May, 2016. She is a native of Memphis, TN. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Lane College, she received the doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis School of Pharmacy in 1995. She has been employed with Wal-Mart for 20 plus years. She now serves as the manager in the pharmacy department with Sam's Club on Winchester Rd. in Memphis; TN. She has always been blessed to matriculate at the top of her class with honors at Melrose, at Lane, and at UT Memphis School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Dance is known for serving and assisting the least of these. When she is not busy working, you can find her volunteering at her high school alma mater, Melrose High School in Memphis TN. She is the Business Manager for the Melrose High School National Alumni Association.
I caught up with the Principal of Melrose, Mr. Mark Neal, who offered the following kind words: "Dr. Dance credits Melrose High School for helping to develop her educational foundation, which allowed her to be successful in her post-secondary endeavors. Her success is an inspiration to classmates and friends, and she is a role model for our current youth. She is a proud alumna who is actively involved in keeping the spirit of Melrose alive in the Orange Mound Community. She is an active member of the Melrose High School Alumni Association, which is the biggest stakeholder in our school's community. Dr. Dance's monetary contributions to the Alumni Association help to provide scholarships to graduating seniors. These scholarships offset some of the costs to provide field experiences and field trips for students at Melrose, thus allowing her to help students experience education outside of the standard classroom walls. Dr. Dance is one shining example of the excellence that makes Melrose High School unique. We are proud of her accomplishments, and we are thankful for her support as a proud alumna."
When I asked Dr. Dance of her fondest memories of Lane College, she replied that's easy, "Club Sub!" She was also proud to say that she was an MARC Scholar (Minority Access to Research Careers) under the leadership of Dr. Satish Mahajan. She credits her chemistry degree from Lane College for her successes in life today. While at Lane, in 1987, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Chi Chapter. What she loves about Lane College is the lifelong friendships that she still has today with her Lane family.
Dr. Dance is very active in the Lane College National Alumni Association- Memphis Chapter and serves as the chairperson for the scholarship fundraising committee. As with Melrose, she has helped many students at Lane College with books and tuition.
Her close friend/ Lane sister, Mrs. Sonya Alexander Keys, stated, "I am extremely proud to call her my friend/sister and even though she is younger than me, I am in awe of her loyalty, dedication, and love for our beloved Fair Lane."
When talking to Dr. Dance, she was extremely excited and overwhelmed with joy to know that she had been nominated unanimously as our Alumnus of the Month by the committee. She was crying tears of joy because she was notified on the same day that Lane College was notified that it won the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant of $50,000!
Dr. Dance holds memberships in the National Pharmaceutical Association, The Lane College National Alumni Association-Memphis Chapter, Melrose Alumni Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, to name a few. I take pride in knowing that Dr. Dance loves Lane College and our students. She is a proud investor of Lane College.
Dr. Dance is an avid lover of sports. If you watch closely, you might find her on the sidelines cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Tennessee Volunteers football teams. Never question if she supports the Dragons…she attends football, basketball, and spring sports to watch the Dragons with LC Pride! Dr. Dance is an active member of the Spiritual Union Abide in Christ Ministries in Memphis, TN. She loves and cherishes spending time with her husband Mr. Sam Dance, a member of the Lane College Class of 1987, and her 10 year old son, Johnathan Ryan who is already a proven scholar!
We salute Lane Lady, Dr. Carmen Earl Dance.