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USC Upstate Mock Trial Team Wins National Championship Awards
The USC Upstate Mock Trial team ended its most successful season to date with four awards at the 2007 National Championship Tournament hosted by Hamlin University in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 16-18. The team of Stephen Corby, Ben Womick, Elin Frey, Eric Von Kleist, Nathan Wilson and Kenneth Smith compiled a 4-4 record, finishing in 11 th place overall. Read here for the full story …

From left to right: Kenneth Smith, Eric Von Kleist, Stephen Corby, Nathan Wilson, Ben Womick, Elin Frey.

 

New! Chinese Classes to be Offered this Fall at USC Upstate
As we start advisement, please notice that Languages, Literature and Composition is sponsoring two sections of Chinese 101 for the first time this coming fall:

  • 581587  SCHI 101.001 Introductory Chinese TTH 10:50 ACTH 302
  • 581597  SCHI 101.002 Introductory Chinese TTH 12:15 ACTH 301

June Carter, professor of Spanish, says, “Because China has risen to be a great world power both politically and economically, U.S. universities are taking notice and the result has been a growing interest in advancing Chinese language learning.  We have talked about adding this language to our course offerings here at USC Upstate and now we’re not only talking we are doing it beginning fall ’07.  We will be teaching the oldest extant language and we are excited about it.  Hopefully we can offer in the near future a study abroad program and an international internship experience in China.”  

Richard Predmore says that in the Senate discussion last fall, several Senators regretted the absence of a “non-western language” at USC Upstate and decided to do something about it. They found a superbly qualified adjunct, Dr. Su-I Chen, with a Ph.D. from Stony Brook whom they believe will make an excellent teacher. 

If these two sections get “takers,” the University will add 102 for the spring semester (and consider adding higher levels in the future if enrollments warrant). Please encourage students to consider this language option. We all know how important Mandarin Chinese is right now, but our advisees may not have heard. Contact Richard Predmore with any questions you may have, ext. 5650.

 

Lions Club Chartered on Campus
Dr. Eugene Spiess announced last week that there is now a student Lions Club chartered on campus. The Lions chartered with 21 members and seven more have recently joined.  Do you have students who are looking for a service club that they can be involved in for the rest of their lives? Refer them to Dr. Spiess or have them call his office ext. 5372. The club’s first service projects are to collect eye glasses and used cell phones. There are collection boxes around campus, but if you don’t have one nearby you can either drop them by his office in Hodge 240, or send them in the campus mail, or contact him and he will have one of the members come to your office to pick them up.

 

Week in Pictures

Lapsits for Early Literacy
In an effort to promote early childhood literacy, the Lapsits for Early Literacy hosted the second annual reading celebration called "The Early Language Fun Day with the Cat in the Hat." The event was held Saturday at the center court at McAlister Square in Greenville. Families with children ages infant to age seven visited 30 stations manned by local educators, including USC Upstate TEACh students, who shared interactive games, songs, stories, puppet shows and finger plays.

  

" To boldly use our DLA experience to help the Next Generation! in the Upstate”
Dr. Judith Prince participated in the Diversity Learning Academy in Fall 2006, a program of the Riley Institute at Furman University. The Learning Circle in which she participated was called "The Next Generation." The final product for the learning circle was a website that will be launched soon called teachdiversity.org. Dr. Charles Love, Georgia Pribanic, Nick Catto, and others at USC Upstate contributed to the development of this resource for teachers.

 

College Majors Fair
The Annual College Majors Fair was held last Tuesday. Students were able to meet professors and get valuable information about majors they could pursue.

 

 

 

 

An Evening of Great Conversations
More than 108 people gathered at the Piedmont Club Thursday for An Evening of Great Conversations, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.



 

International Conference
On Friday, March 23, the University hosted an international conference titled, “Metropolitan Communities in Transition: Lessons from Spartanburg and the World.” Community leaders from the Upstate, other U.S. cities, China, Germany, South Africa, Ukraine, and India gathered to discuss challenges and solutions related to community health, global education, and community development. Outstanding speakers and panelists from government, academia, nonprofits, business, and the World Bank focused on what metropolitan communities in transition can learn from each other. The keynote speaker was Mr. Coetzee Bester, a former member of the South African Parliament who worked with former Presidents Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk to end apartheid and usher in South Africa’s new democracy.

 

Training Opportunities

For a complete description of all of the Spring 2007 technology training courses listed below, click here.

  • Getting Started: Online Course Development Basics, April 25 – May 18
  • Copyright Compliance for Online Educators, March 21 - 30
  • Moving the Laboratory Online, April 18 - 27
  • Dynamic Collaboration, Discussion and Facilitation Practices, May 23 – June 1

 

Planning and Organizational Development has the following seminar coming up. It is important to reserve your spot early by contacting Jeanette Reeves.

 

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs will offer the following seminars as part of the Towards a Civil Campus Series. Detailed information will follow via e-mail announcements. Contact Sharon Woods at 503-9889 for more information.

On Upstate TV

Putting Health in Your Own Hands
Join Upstate TV host Julie Phillips as she addresses personal healthcare choices in the Upstate with three experts in the field: Dr. Martin Lutz, emergency room physician with the Greenville Hospital System; Paul Smith of the Smith Therapy Group; and Scarlett Conway, instructor with the USC Upstate School of Nursing.

 

Day Time Channel
March 27 12:30 p.m. 14
  10:00 p.m. 10
March 29 7:30 p.m. 14
April 1 7:00 p.m. 14

 

Podcasts

Midwives on the Maine Frontier is the subject of this podcast from the Center for Women and Gender Studies “Women in … “ series.

 

Academic Reminders

Promotion and Tenure Workshop
You are invited to attend a Promotion and Tenure workshop in the University Conference Room, second floor, Admin. Building. The workshops will be held as follows: Friday, March 30 from 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 3 from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Tenure track faculty, peer review chairs, department/division chairs and deans are welcome to participate. Please respond to Happy Montgomery letting her know which workshop you plan to attend. Should you have conflicts for both the above times listed, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

 

Activities and Events

Monday Night Feminism Series Presents "I Thought She Said Yes"
Monday, March 26 … 4:30 p.m. … Hodge 155
The Center for Women's and Gender Studies at USC Upstate continues its discussion series, "Monday Night Feminism," with a look at recent changes in rape laws and the complex issues surrounding gender and consent. Considering issues of consent especially from the male perspective in "I Thought She Said Yes," this discussion will focus on the ambiguity of consent … read here for the full story.
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Rebekka Armstrong: Living with HIV
Tuesday, March 27 … 7:00 p.m. … Campus Life Center
Former Playboy Bunny Rebekka Armstrong delivers a compelling discussion about her life since discovering that she is HIV positive. She speaks out about safe sex and taking risks. This event is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, CAB, Collegiate Women, Student Development and PRIDE. For Rebekka’s full story, read the media release here.
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Seminar: Situational Leadership
Wednesday, March 28 … 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch will be provided) … Rampey Center
Situational Leadership teaches managers how to identify the needs of their employees and then tailor their management style to each situation.  It is a model and a set of tools for opening up communication and helping others develop self-reliance.  It is development between managers and the people they work with so that competence is developed, commitment is gained, and talented individuals are retained. E-mail Jeanette Reeves to sign up!  Limited Seating!
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Women in … Series: Italian Immigrants in Urban America
Friday, March 30 … 12:15 p.m. … CLC 309
As part of the Center for Women's Studies' celebration of Women's History Month, Dr. Diane Vecchio, associate professor of history at Furman University, will give a talk based on the research for her book, "Merchants, Midwives, and Laboring Women: Italian Migrants in Urban America." For further information, contact Lisa Johnson.
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Glue (two performances)
Saturday, March 31… 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. … HP129

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Glue, an opera, has a fairy tale theme in which a wizard intervenes when two young girls always find themselves at odds with each other. One girl wants to use a plot of land to plant a garden and the other one wants to use it to practice her dance routine. Constantly arguing with each other, the wizard puts the girls in a sticky situation that forces them to learn to work together. Glue was composed by Carrie Leigh Page, a 2002 graduate of Converse College who is the current Composer-in-Residence at St. Martin of Tours in Louisville, Ky. Page received her master’s of music degree in music composition from the University of Louisville in May 2005, where she studied as a Bomhard Fellow in Music composition. Contact professor Brandi Icard for additional information at 503-5846.
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NEXT MONTH

The Third Annual USC Upstate Research Symposium,
Friday, April 6 … 8:00 a.m. … Rampey Center
The Third Annual USC Upstate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 6 in the Rampey Center. Dr. Charles E. Glassick, Senior Associate Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation and author of Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate, will deliver our keynote address at 8:05 a.m. sharp. After that, there will be six special sessions - 23 presentations in total, nine of which will be given by students. Please visit the symposium website for more details.

 

Open House for Die Deutsche Schule Spartanburg
Saturday, April 14 … 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. … Mary Black School of Nursing
The German School Spartanburg (Die Deutsche Schule Spartanburg) is a Saturday school for children and adults who wish to learn the German language and the cultural heritage of German speaking countries. An Open House will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 Noon in the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate for prospective students ages four through adult.
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The Eternity Portfolio And Planned Giving Are Topics For USC Upstate’s Nonprofit Friday Focus
Friday, April 20 … 12:00 p.m. … Mary Black Foundation, 349 East Main Street, Suite 100, downtown Spartanburg.
What would happen if we gave our “giving portfolio” the same attention as our retirement portfolio, saw planned giving as a form of investment, and viewed the vision of the kingdom of God as the ultimate long-term investment? USC Upstate’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership will host a discussion of these questions, led by certified financial planner Joe E. Hines, Jr. and Janet Yusi, gift planning representative with Miracle Hill Ministries, at the monthly nonprofit information noon lunch series “Friday Focus.” For the full story …
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Your Blood is Needed
Monday, April 30 … 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. … CLC
Blood donations are at a critical level! Consider donating blood to help save a life.

 

Community Events

Historic Price House Presents African-American Life at Taste of the Backcountry
Saturday, April 14 … 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. … The Price House
Sample traditional open fire cooking, enjoy domestic arts demonstrations, tour the historic Price House and double pen slave cabin, learn about African-American life, listen to live 1800s music …AND bring two antiques for a free evaluation! There’s additional info on this flyer. Susan Hodge (Advancement) is a board member of the Spartanburg County Historical Association and is pleased to invite the campus community to this event.

 

 March of Dimes
USC Upstate is partnering this year with the March of Dimes in the “Walk America” event on Saturday, April 28 at Barnet Park at 9:00 a.m. Click on the link provided to make a financial contribution and to sign up to be on the Upstate “Spartan” walk team. Our campus goal is $1000……please become a part of our team and walk for March of Dimes and USC Upstate.

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Healthy Upstate Carolina

Munch on raw vegetables like carrots, celery, and cucumbers instead of chips and crackers.

© Smart Style’s 101 Ways to Stay Healthy

 

Contest


Rotary
Peace Park
Pond
No, they aren’t out in a boat on a beautiful spring day looking for a place to cast their line. Instead, Bruce Suddeth is checking the depth of the pond to find the right location to install a fountain which requires a depth of at least six feet to be operational. Can you guess the depth of the pond at the location they have selected? The first person to correctly guess the depth wins a Celebrate Community T-shirt.

Staff Spotlight

Betty Guzzo
Career Center Coordinator
Betty hails from Reading, Pa. which is probably where she acquired her love for snow skiing. But she also says she enjoys all sports, bridge and music as well. She has worked at USC Upstate for seven years and says what she likes best about the University is the diversity of the students and staff. In case you ever need a trombone player, you can call Betty! She played the instrument in college.

Student Spotlight


Student Interns at Preservation Trust of Spartanburg
“ Erin is incredible,” says Rebecca Parrish, assistant director of the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg when speaking about her USC Upstate student intern Erin Banner. “She is really sharp and enthusiastic—she has worked on several projects, from marketing updates on our City Channel slides and website to our salvage store operation (research and created a business plan—WOW!) to her latest project, improving the Artist Relocation website and program.”  Erin also wrote a grant for the Allegra FootPRINT fund and was awarded $500. She has even fielded e-mails during her off time on weekends. Erin is in her senior year, majoring in nonprofit administration. She is from New Hampshire.

Dr. Kelly Waters featured at Dream It, Do It
Dr. Kelly Waters was the featured speaker at the Dream It, Do It event on March 8. Fifteen non-traditional students heard his story of how he became a non-traditional student – what drove him - and what kept driving him through undergraduate and graduate school.  Our next Dream It, Do It event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007. Contact David M. Calvin in the Office of Student Development, Division of Student and Diversity Affairs, ext. 5195.

Alumni Spotlight

USC Upstate Alumni Cast As Extras In George Clooney’s Movie “Leatherheads”
Four graduates of USC Upstate have been cast as extras in the George Clooney movie “Leatherheads” that is currently being filmed in the Upstate. Teresa Hough ’81, Stan Bruce ’90, Carrie Brown ’02, and Stephanie Cedars ’02 were selected from thousands who auditioned for a part in the movie that is a rapid-fire romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's pro-football league in 1925.

Mother/Son Duo Profiled on the Web Every month, Alumni Affairs profiles a graduate of the University. This month, however, you get two for the price of one with Joe and Bonnie Carson.

Athletics

Saturday Night Fever
USC Upstate Athletics will hold its 14 th Annual Athletics Benefit Auction – “Saturday Night Fever” – on Sat., April 28 in the Hodge Center.  The retro 70’s theme will be topped off with disco lighting and your favorite 70’s music.  Enjoy wonderful food and beverage, great music, and terrific auction items.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance.  Please call ext. 5144 for more information.

Faculty & Staff Briefs

Associate professor James Reese (School of Business) created a "memoir" blog web site for faculty who taught with the University of Maryland Far East Division, and have recently added the European Division. Before joining USCS in 1982 he taught all over Asia and in Germany during a very interesting period. The site has only been operational since the end of February and the response has been overwhelming. There are already four former faculty members that have signed on as "authors", and the outgoing director of the Asian Division (which is what the Far East Division is called now) is sending materials (e.g. photos, letters, etc) to him as well as Maryland's blessing on the project. Our topics are diverse and include lots of photos and even audio (a weather report with an emergency warning about Typhoon Fran that hit Okinawa when he was there in 1976) and video. Already his Toroko Gorge photos from 1976 are being linked by other sites as being noteworthy. He also has a post about his Datsun roadster that was "held prisoner" in Korea for two months. For example, there is a recent post about his letter to the editor of the Japan Times in August 1987. You can read it and see if his analysis was correct. Go to  . The The URLs of the sites are: www.FarEastDivision.com and www.EuropeanDivision.com

David Coberly (Spanish) reports: “I’ve managed to keep quiet about my bridge accomplishments for a few months now, haven’t I?  Well, I went up to St. Louis over spring break as a paid of representative of District 7 (North & South Carolina, East Tennessee, Georgia) of the American Contract Bridge League to play in the North American Championships where I played in the “Red Ribbon” pairs with my partner, the Georgia Tech student, and came in 6 th in North America (US, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda).”

Employment Opportunities

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

STAFF/ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS:

Assistant Director of Housing & Residential Life
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator II)
Office of Housing & Residential Life
Requisition No. 043018
Online applications accepted through Monday, March 26, 2007

Director of Human Resources
(State Title: Human Resources Manager II)
Office of Human Resources
Requisition No. 043091
Online applications accepted through Wednesday, March 28, 2007.

 Assistant Registrar
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
Records and Registration
Requisition No. 042877 SEARCH EXTENDED
Online applications accepted through Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 Director of Disability Services & ADA Coordinator
(State Title: Program Coordinator II)
Student Affairs
Requisition No. 043120
Online applications accepted through Monday, April 2, 2007

Athletic Field Supervisor
(State Title: Building/Grounds Supervisor I)
Facilities Management
Requisition No. 043116
Online applications accepted through Monday, April 9, 2007

Miscellaneous

Family Fund Update
Joyce Long (Financial Services) is the happy winner of this month’s Family Fund drawing!  She says she will drive her Honda for a month on the $50 gas she won! Joyce is a longtime supporter of Family Fund, and her support goes to several areas in which she has a special interest and fondness. You, too, can support special areas here on campus.  Send in your donation to the Carolina Piedmont Foundation. Email Susan Holland for more information

2007 Faculty/Staff Telephone Directory The 2007 Faculty/Staff Telephone Directory is now available for you to download and/or obtain from Printing Services. Visit the Printing Services web site to place your order. Each directory costs $3.09 and will be charged to the ordering department. Please note that all information in the directory is available online, and the online information is updated continuously throughout the year. University Communications encourages the use of the online directory primarily to conserve paper and printing costs, but also to reduce the number of internal calls to the switchboard operator.

Download the directory here. This is a large file and will take several seconds to download. Please note that as updates are made online, the directory you download will reflect the changes.