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Spartanburg County Commission for Higher EducationTo Establish Awards For Distinguished Service

10- 24- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. – At their monthly meeting held September 14, the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education announced a new award which will be presented every year to distinguished faculty, staff and senior students from the University of South Carolina Upstate at the University’s annual celebration of Founder’s Day.

The Commission’s first presentation of the Awards for Distinguished Service will be made at a dinner event on Founder’s Day, February 15, 2007, which is the day that marks the anniversary of the chartering of the Commission, the launching of the University and the beginning of the celebration of USC Upstate’s 40th anniversary year.

The purpose of the Awards for Distinguished Service is to honor faculty, staff and graduating seniors who have demonstrated a long and distinguished professional or academic career of service to USC Upstate characterized by exceptional dedication to their work at hand and to the institution.

“For faculty and staff award recipients, exceptional dedication can be manifest in several ways,” according to Jim Smith, chairman of the Commission. “It will include leadership, work ethic, persistence in the face of hardship, patterns of innovation, putting others before self, commitment to students, commitment to quality over a career span, and the exceptional representation of the University in the community.”

“Graduating seniors must demonstrate exceptional dedication through overall academic excellence or by marked improvement from academic difficulty to academic excellence,” says Smith, who adds that, “of equal importance is the outstanding commitment of service to others while a student at USC Upstate.”

Members of the Commission have given their personal resources to create an endowment designed to fund the prestigious Awards for Distinguished Service. The Commission will make its annual awards in amounts supported by earnings on the endowment. In the initial year, cash awards will be made to a faculty member(s), a staff member(s) and a student(s) each in the amount of $2,000.

 “The Commission has always been very supportive of the mission and goals of the University. The establishment of this award further demonstrates their commitment to the University by honoring the individuals who make this University such a great institution. The recipients of these awards will be people who make USC Upstate a truly exceptional educational institution and who have made an impact on this institution forever,” said Chancellor John Stockwell.

For further information, contact John Perry, vice chancellor for University Advancement and executive director for the Carolina Piedmont Foundation, at (864) 503-5242 or jperry@uscupstate.edu.