January 16, 2007
The USC Upstate Faculty & Staff Newsletter • Register ArchivesEBlast

25th Anniversary Recognition of the 1982 National Championship Basketball Team

Mark your calendar for February 10, as USC Upstate will recognize the 25 th anniversary of the 1982 National Championship team at the GB Hodge Center. Special ceremonies will be conducted throughout the day followed by the Spartan men and women’s teams taking on UNC Pembroke in a key Peach Belt Conference match up. Game times are 2:00 p.m. for women, 4:00 p.m. for men. If you are a graduate, former basketball player, or supporter of Spartan Athletics, don’t miss this opportunity honor the past as we experience the future of Division 1 basketball!

Faculty & Staff Briefs

Dr. Jorge Salvo , Spanish, presented a paper titled “Persistence of Spanish Colonialism: Understanding Ethnophilosophy in the Narrative of Equatorial Guinea”, in a special session during the MLA (Modern Languages Association) Annual Convention held in Philadelphia, December 27-30, 2006.

Assistant professor of graphic design, Marius Valdes, will have new artwork on display in Los Angeles at Smart Space, a creative arts studio for kids, this January. He will also have several new paintings and drawings at the Bus Stop Gallery in Columbia, S.C. - the opening is scheduled for January 23 at 5:00 p.m. The Christopher Park Gallery in Greenville will also carry several of his paintings later this month.

Louanne Weber , the new Director of Health Services, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Tennessee. She has over 31 years as a nurse, with twenty-five years of experience in the advanced practice role including various administrative positions throughout her tenure. In addition, Louanne has worked in a number of hospitals settings and private practice in Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Dermatology. She has taught nursing for eight years and continues to serve as a guest lecturer and clinical preceptor for family nurse practitioner students in the School of Nursing at Clemson University. She can be reached at ext. 5197 or by email lweber@uscupstate.edu.

Sarah Ioannides , music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic and El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and USC Upstate visiting professor of music, will be presenting master classes in conducting this spring. Choral conducting will be held February 3, orchestral conducting part 1 will be held on March 3 and orchestral conducting part 2 will be held on April 28. For more details contact Dr. Gregg Akkerman at ext. 5844.

Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit www.uscupstate.edu/jobs for additional information and online application submission instructions.


Assistant Registrar
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
Office of Records & Registration Requisition No. 042877
Online applications accepted through Monday, January 22, 2007.

Administrative Assistant
Office of Student Development/Student Affairs Requisition No. 042905
Online applications accepted through Wednesday, January 24, 2007.

Police Officers (3 positions) (State Title: Law Enforcement Officer I)
University Police Requisition No. 042881
Online applications accepted through Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Part-time Safety/Security Officers
University Police
Requisition No. 042699 SEARCH EXTENDED
Online applications accepted through Wednesday, January 31, 2007.


Dining Services and Inclement Weather
If the University is closed due to weather or facilities issues, dining services will make all attempts possible to open for limited lunch and dinner on those days. We will open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for dinner. Please understand we will be working in a difficult situation and our staff has traveled on treacherous roads to serve you.

Spring Menu Changes at Dining Services!  The grill menu will change daily and offer exciting alternatives to hamburgers and French fries including: a pancake bar, fajita bar, ravioli bar and chicken caesar salad bar. We are also excited to offer you a new pizza program which includes a variety of pan pizzas, calzones, stuffed pizzas and personalized pizzas. A potato bar will now be offered at lunch and dinner! Please check our web site for weekly menus. We hope you enjoy these new features to your dining experience. Also, speed in to the Campus Life Center Dining Hall to take advantage of our test drive promotion. Present this coupon and you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal including soup, salad, entrée, beverage and dessert for only $2.

Updates from Human Resources Human Resources has some information about open enrollment for the State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP) and MoneyPlus here.

USC Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program Applications for the USC Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program for the 2007-2008 academic year, are currently available from the Financial Aid Office, 304 Admin Bldg. The scholarship program is open to any dependent child or spouse of a full-time USC system employee, who meets the eligibility requirements. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 for students attending the Columbia campus; $1,200 for students attending the Aiken, Beaufort and Upstate campuses; and $800 for students attending the Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union campuses. Applications must be received by the Columbia campus Financial Aid Office by February 1, 2007. To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student on one of the USC campuses. Continuing students must have attained a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Freshman eligibility is determined by weighted core course GPA and standardized test scores. No application is required for renewal students. For more information, contact Bonnie Carson in Financial Aid.

Teaching Excellence Committee: Policies and TAPS Deadlines
The Teaching Excellence Committee (TEC) is calling for applications for TAPS funding for the remainder of the academic year 2006 - 2007. The guidelines for TAPS submissions can be found under the USC Upstate Home Page under Faculty Governance. Please submit the original and 10 copies of your application to the TEC chair, Dr. June C. D. Carter, Languages, Literature and Composition, HPAC 222. All applicants must submit a final report to the chair and an electronic copy to Happy Montgomery within 30 days of the recipient’s return from a trip. Any recipient of TAPS grants who fails to do so or fails to notify the committee of cancellations of a trip within 30 days of the scheduled trip will NOT be eligible for another TAPS award during that particular fiscal year. The final report forms are available online. Spring and summer deadlines for TAPS up to June 30 th are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 21, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 18, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jun 21, 4:00 p.m.

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Look them up in the
USC Upstate Faculty/Staff Directory.

USC Upstate Observes Black History Month With Diverse Programming
USC Upstate will host several exciting, enlightening, and inspirational programs during the month of February in observance of Black History Month. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the events strive to offer educational, diverse, and entertaining programming and opportunities for the campus community as well as the Upstate community. Events include:

  • SANKOFA African Museum on Wheels
  • Portraits of Courage
  • MLK Heritage Trip to Atlanta
  • USC Upstate’s Gospel Choir Anniversary Concert
  • Guest presenters Francis Bok and Dr. Essie Mae Washington Williams
  • MLK Essay Contest

For complete details about the events planned for Black History Month, please read on …



Kweisi Mfume Featured As “Keeping The Dream Alive” Speaker At USC Upstate

The Division of Student and Diversity Affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to host Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and five-term Democratic Congressman from Maryland's Seventh District, on Tuesday, January 23 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Theatre. His lecture, entitled “Keeping The Dream Alive,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. A question and answer session will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. A private reception will conclude the evening. Tickets to the reception may be purchased by calling (864) 503-5107. Tickets are $25 for the public, $10 for Upstate faculty and staff, $10 for individuals under 21 years of age and $5 for USC Upstate students. To learn more about this speaker, read on … To print a copy of the invitation, click here.


USC Upstate Hosts South Carolina Campus Safety Conference
USCUpstate will host the South Carolina Campus Safety Conference at the Spartanburg Marriott Renaissance Park. The conference, to be held February 25-27 and planned in collaboration with the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education, will involve college and university officials across the state. “The Conference will bring together a diverse group of campus safety professionals in order that they may share personal views and methods on confronting safety issues,” said Leon Wiles, vice chancellor for student and diversity affairs at USC Upstate. Here’s more event information.


USC Upstate Staff Members enjoy breakfast and conversation at University Day Thursday morning.


This Week…

Martin Luther King Commemorative Walk

Thursday, January 25… 11:45 a.m. … Campus Life Center
USC Upstate will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events. The celebration begins with a commemorative march at 11:45 am, beginning on the CLC patio, with a commencement ceremony afterwards in CLC 309. Everyone is welcome to come and walk.


USC Upstate Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
Friday, January 19 – Friday, February 23 … HPAC University Gallery, First Floor
The USC Upstate Visual Arts Faculty exhibition, complete with a variety of work in various media, will run from January 19 through February 23.


Writing for the Media 101
Friday, January 19 … 12:00 p.m. … Mary Black Foundation
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is back with their Friday Focus Lunch Series and USC Upstate’s own Tammy Whaley will be presenting this first program of the year. Writing for the Media 101 will help you learn how to write engaging media releases so that your organization gets in the news. Discussion will include what key points to include in your media release, how to write a timely release and how to use national news and events in your release. Please bring a bag lunch to this event, to be held downtown at 349 East Main St., Suite 100. For questions contact Theresa Ricke-Kiely at ext. 5754.


Sankofa: African American Museum on Wheels
Monday, January 22 – Thursday, January 25 … Campus Life Center 319
The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels rolls into USC Upstate with its fascinating collection of African American artifacts, art and collectibles from the 1860's. The exhibit will be set up in Campus Life Center 319.The event is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Student Life.


Faculty Governance Meeting Dates
The Senate will meet Friday, January 19 at 2:15 p.m. in Rampey, and the Advisory will meet Friday, January 26 at 2:15 p.m. in the UCR.


Shoestring Players “Man of La Mancha” Auditions
Monday, January 29 … 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Printmaking Workshop
Friday, February 9 … 9:00 a.m. … Visual Arts Center 124
The University Gallery of USC Upstate is pleased to announce a one-day printmaking workshop, directed by artist Sheri Fleck Rieth, open to only 10 student or faculty participants. The printmaking workshop will focus on using builders Styrofoam for creating relief prints. Rieth is an associate professor of art at The University of Mississippi, where she teaches printmaking and drawing, coordinates the foundations program, is chair of the gallery program and serves as a Student Art Association Advisor. For more information on the workshop or the artist, contact Jane Nodine. If you would like to see Rieth’s work prior to the workshop, her showing, Tool: Images by Sheri Fleck Rieth, can be seen through February 8 at the Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College.


Seminars and Workshops
Jeanette Reeves (Planning & Organizational Development) has scheduled a variety of seminars and workshops for the spring semester. They include: Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement Session 1 and Session 2; Smoke Cessation Workshop; The Art of the Search Committee; DISC Workshop; The Latest on the Sexual Harassment Front; Diversity Management – Past, Present and Future; Intro to Excel; Travel Workshop; Determining Institutional Metrics That Matter; Purchasing and DEV Training; Building Great Places to Work; and Intermediate Word. Visit the Planning & Organizational Development website for more details. And remember to sign up early by emailing Jeanette Reeves as seating is limited.


Crop for a Cause: Scrapping From the Heart
There will be a charity scrapbooking crop event to benefit SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition on February 3 at Spartanburg Regional Heart Center. See the flyer for more details.

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