Leading LadiesShoestring Players At USC Upstate To Perform “Leading Ladies”

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies on November 12-14 at 8:00 p.m. and November 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre. This comedy features two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. Upon learning that a wealthy old woman in nearby York is dying and plans to leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they plot to pass themselves off as the relatives. Things get complicated after Jack and Leo arrive in York and learn that the heirs aren’t nephews but nieces! Jack and Leo won’t be outdone and use their theatrical skills to transform into “Maxine” and “Stephanie.”
     Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets Maxine and Stephanie that she finally gets a taste of it. The cast include Joelle Gwinn as Meg, Patric Phillips as Leo, Steven Shuler as Jack, Felicia Glidden as Audrey, Pete Fowler as Duncan, Tiffany Marler as Florence, Jonathan Horton as Doc, Carlton Brock as Butch, Nic Everett as Man of the Moose Lodge, Christopher Edge as Man of the Moose Lodge, Coe Dantzler as Man of the Moose Lodge, and Michael Rigsby as Man of the Moose Lodge. Barry Whitfield, theatre manager, is directing the play. To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for students, staff and students and $6 for general public.

USC Upstate’s Special Education – Visual Impairment Program Awarded $497,675
The year 2009 is “the bicentennial anniversary year of the birth of Louis Braille, who, by inventing the means of reading by touch, opened the world of literacy to individuals who are blind,” points out James Kirby, Commissioner of the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. How appropriate, then, that the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Special Education--Visual Impairment Program in the School of Education recently received a grant for $497,675 from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education. This grant will enable USC Upstate’s Visual Impairment Program, in collaboration with the South Carolina Vision Education Partnership, to significantly increase awareness of Braille and knowledge of how best to teach it. Here's more ...

Dot JacksonAuthors @ Upstate Welcomes Dot Jackson
Author Dot Jackson will read from her first novel, Refuge, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:00 pm in the Administration Building Lobby. This presentation is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the event. Jackson’s long career in newspapers drew her to the mountain regions of the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, where she covered murder trials, snake-handling prayer meetings, and hard-fought environmental battles. Her work garnered several Pulitzer Prize nominations and a national Conservation Writer of the Year award. She is co-founder and on-site manager of the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. She at one point put aside Refuge for several years, during which time it resided under a bed and in a neighbor’s refrigerator before finally being published as the winner of the Novello Festival Award in 2006. The novel tells the story of a young woman who leaves privileged Charleston society in 1929 to travel to Caney Forks in the Appalachian mountains where her father was raised. One landmark that figures prominently in her journey is Hogback, the mountain most visible from the campus of USC Upstate. Author Ron Rash describes Refuge as “a wonderful story about the need to find one’s place in the world – and the price paid to remain there. With her narrative gift and keen ear for Appalachian speech, Dot Jackson gives her readers a beautifully rendered portrait of a lost time and place.”  Author Dori Sanders says, “Dot Jackson is a true Southern voice, a master storyteller and an Appalachian treasure.” This event is sponsored by the USC Upstate Honors Program with support from the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs. Contact Tom McConnell at 503-5681 or with questions.

Robert DavisUSC Upstate Business Grad Accepts Peace Corps Assignment
Bobby Davis, 24, a 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been selected by the Peace Corps for entry into its Business Development Program, with a departure date set for September 2010 for the North Africa/Middle East region. "This is a unique opportunity for Mr. Davis,” says Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College. “The Peace Corps recognizes that the skills he learned as a business major at USC Upstate are in short supply in developing countries. With the leadership skills and experience he will gain there, he will also make a great corporate leader on his return.” The complete story is here. 

MilovanovicMilovanovic Completes Second Straight Perfect Wofford Fall Challenge: French junior has won six straight singles and nine straight doubles matches at the event
Junior Emilia Milovanovic completed her second straight perfect Wofford Fall Challenge, winning a doubles match and two singles matches on Saturday to lead the USC Upstate women's tennis team to another successful run at the tournament at the Reaves Tennis Center. The Paris, France native also won two doubles and one singles match on Friday to give her a perfect 6-0 record at the event, which is run in a round-robin format. Milovanovic has won six straight singles matches at the event, dating back to her sophomore year, and has won all nine doubles matches that she has played in, posting three wins in 2007 and three more in 2008 with former partner Anna Novo. Here’s the full story

Bob Malone Rick Jones
Upstate Police Announce Changes

Chief Klay Peterson has announced a reorganization of the University Police Department. Effective immediately, Lieutenant Bob Malone is assigned as interim Assistant Chief of Police, Patrol Services. In this capacity, Assistant Chief Malone will command all patrol, parking and traffic operations. He previously served as the department’s investigative lieutenant, responsible for all criminal investigations. Additionally, Deputy Chief Rick Jones has been reclassified to part-time status and assigned as Assistant Chief of Police Fire Services and Emergency Services Liaison. Serving in this capacity, Assistant Chief Jones will continue his service as Campus Fire Marshall and embrace a new responsibility as Emergency Services Liaison. Here Assistant Chief Jones will assist Chief Peterson and Assistant Chief Malone in incident management planning and coordinate joint operations and activities with the University Police Department’s public safety partners of the Upstate. 

police trailerUniversity Police Receives Grant
The University Police Department was recently awarded a grant in kind valued at approximately $3,500.00 for their participation in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Network and by meeting state traffic enforcement goals established by this state-wide association of law enforcement agencies.  The grant award is a 12’ x 6’ utility trailer including signage and safety equipment necessary to establish a Driving Under the Influence, (DUI) checkpoint. The trailer will also be used to store and transport traffic devices such as cones, barricades and signage for campus events. Chief Klay Peterson stated, “Thanks in large part to Assistant Chief Bob Malone and Sergeant Roger Suber, our department was recognized for our efforts in reducing accidents and incidents of Driving Under the Influence, (DUI) in and around campus.”

The Week in Photos

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Construction Updates
Construction of “The George” is progressing well. The cast stone masonry exterior is approximately 50 percent complete and the Flemish bond brick pattern will be complete at the east and west elevations by the end of November – the south-facing brick (overlooking St. John St) will be completed by the end of December and the tower masonry will be finished last by the end of January. The north façade, which faces the new parking garage is fully scaffolded and EIFS application has begun – this finish material resembles the north facades at both the east and west wings at the Chapman Cultural Center. The exterior window frame and glass installation are about half completed and temporary plastic is installed at other openings to keep the interior dry and heated. The permanent power to the building has been installed and energized and mechanical equipment has been installed and is providing heat to allow the drywall installation to proceed.  The water piping and sprinkler systems are also in place. The steel stud interior framing and drywall work is approximately 90 percent complete and finishes are  starting.  To date, workers have spent over 75,000 hours on the construction with no lost-time injuries. The construction company also reports that all is on on schedule for a May 2010 opening.

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Making Holidays Special For All Kids
IMPACT hosted their annual Angel Tree Ceremony last Thursday on the 2nd floor of CLC. The ceremony gives individuals from across campus a chance to sponsor a child and buy them presents for the holidays. The gifts will need to be returned to Student Life by 5:00 p.m. on December 4. Want to get involved?  Contact IMPACT at 503-5126.

Campus Calendar

College Republicans
Monday, November 9 …  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. … Media 220
The College Republicans invite the campus community to meet and hear Congressman Bob Inglis on November 9. Everyone is invited. Call or email Jim Griffis for further information, ext. 5660.

Virtual Visiting Professor: Cardner Campbell, Baylor University
Tuesday, November 10 … 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. … Admin 116
The Department of Instructional Technology is pleased to present their fall Virtual Visiting Professor Series -- a virtual lecture series on using social media in teaching and learning. Join us in Room 116 in the Administration Building for a live Skype session with Baylor University’s Gardner Campbell, director, Academy for Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Literature and Media. He will be speaking on “First considerations when using social media in teaching and learning.” Contact Cindy Jennings for additional information.

Artist Lecture: Lynn Linnemeier
Tuesday, November 10 ... 6:00-7:45 p.m. ... HPAC 101
Artist Lynn Linnemeir will deliver a lecture in HPAC 101 and there will be  a reception following in the HPAC lobby from 6:50-8:00 p.m. For more details, contact Rachel Snow.

table decorationStaff Council Lunch-n-Learn: Preparing for Holiday Meals
Thursday, November 12 ... 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ... CLC 319
Laura Price Brochin, director of Catering Services, and Judy Srock, director of Special Events and Facilities Scheduling, will lead this discussion. Here’s a sampling of what will be offered in this packed hour: Carving 101: The Right Way to Break Down a Bird, Simple Gifts:  Techniques for Wrapping with Phyllo Dough, Fan the Flames: Easy Ways to Add Sparkle to Holiday Dishes, and how to utilize a basic centerpiece for multiple holidays/themes by making simple changes. RSVP’s are necessary for this event. Please email Claire Sachse by 12:00 p.m. on November 9 if you plan to attend.

College Republicans
Monday, November 16 … 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. … Media 220
Senator David Thomas, Greenville, will speak to the College Republicans about his campaign for the 4th District Congressional seat.  All are welcome to attend.  For more info, contact Jim Griffis at ext. 5660.

The Great American Smoke-Out
Thursday, November 19 ... 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center Lobby
Alcohol & Drug Education Programs is sponsoring the Great American Smoke-Out and will be handing out free information, quit kits and t-shirts. Trade in tobacco products for prizes! This year's event also features the Stress-Free Zone sponsored by Counseling Services!


Community Events

Dr. Maunula's "Guten Tag, Y'all" visit Nov. 10
How Spartanburg became the U.S. leader in attracting international business is the subject of a lecture and discussion November 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spartanburg County Library by the author of a new book on the subject.               Dr. Marko Maunula, author of the new book, Guten Tag, Y’all, will present a program called “Building Tukey's Turnpike: The Origins of Spartanburg's Globalization" and sign copies of his new book, published earlier this year by the University of Georgia Press. The event is free and is sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries.
    Portraying Spartanburg to be a highly organized, hierarchical community, Maunula shows how the city retained much of its pre-existing culture and many of its institutions as it transformed itself from a mill town to a global business headquarters, attracting such companies as Hoechst, BMW, and Michelin. He profiles industrialist Roger Milliken, civic booster Richard E. (Dick) Tukey, and others who successfully "sold" their vision for Spartanburg both abroad and on the home front.
    Guten Tag, Y'all (named after the German words for “Good Day”) is a multifaceted, engaging case study of international economic survival and success at the local level. Maunula also analyzes the complex cultural give-and-take by which multinational corporations are transformed from alien, nationally identifiable foreign business units into localized conglomerates.
    Maunula is an assistant professor of history at Clayton State University. For more information about the event call 577-9349. More about the book is available online


Amelia movie posterWestgate Mall 8 is offering a discount to USC Upstate students, faculty, and staff next Tuesday to see the film, "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart. Show your ID and get in for the "senior" discount ticket price.


Faculty & Staff

Hameed MuhammadDr. Muhammad Hameed (Mathematics) published a research paper in “International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids.” The article titled “Peristaltic transport and heat transfer of a MHD Newtonian fluid with variable viscosity,” appeared in this prestigious journal published by Wiley InterScience. In this work, we present mathematical model and numerical simulations in studying peristaltic transport with temperature dependent viscosity. My special thanks are due to USC Upstate interlibrary loan staff for providing me all the literature needed to complete this research.

Jane NodineJane Allen Nodine (Visual Arts) had her work, “seared impressions.02” selected for presentation in the “Body Pulses: 3rd International Juried Exhibition” sponsored by Plates to Pixels of Portland, Ore. Established in 2007, Plates to Pixels promotes the creation of photography-based fine art celebrating antiquated and contemporary trends in photography. View the current exhibition online.

HightowerMarylouMary Lou Hightower (Visual Arts) was elected last week to a third four- year term on the Spartanburg School District Six Board of Trustees. She said “I want to thank all my supporters for allowing me a third term on the school board. My goal is to make the fine arts facility a reality and work to encourage the best teaching practices in the schools.”  Hightower retired from Spartanburg School District Six as art teacher and art coordinator with 30 years experience.

Newsletters Available

Disability Services has released their fall newsletter.

The inaugural issue of USC Upstate TLT News is now available for viewing. The newsletter is a new monthly multimedia publication from the Department of Instructional Technology. Note opportunities to subscribe to new issues via email or RSS. Comments and feedback are invited as you read each issue.


Who’s Who Among Students in American College and Universities

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, November 27, 2009. They are available online on the student affairs Web site or in CLC, Room 303 or at the main desk of the Student Life CLC, 203. Criteria involves participation and involvement in university activities, community service, honors and awards. Requirements are GPA of 2. 5, two references, and an essay question. Questions? Email Karen Thomas or call her at ext. 5107.

Biltmore Tickets

Biltmore tickets are available in the Student Life Office from Melissa Perry, Ext. 5387. Tickets are $38 each. This includes entrance fee and tour of house. If you are planning on going for the candlelight tour, you can purchase this extra ticket at the Corporate Sales Building for only $10. We suggest you arrive early to make your reservation as early as possible when you arrive. Tours will fill up fast especially on weekends as they have limited availability. Visit website for more information.  If you have a very large group going – call Biltmore directly about special “group rates” these are based on number in party and are considerably less than our individual or family rates.

Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Visit for additional information and online application submission instructions.


(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist II)
Facilities Management
Requisition No. 001629
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Coordinator Weight & Fitness 10.5 months
(State Title: Program Coordinator I)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  001719
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Police Officer
(State Title:  Law Enforcement Officer)
University Police
Requisition No. 001789
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Landscape Technician
(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist II)
Facilities Management
Requisition No.  001862
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Director of Financial Aid
(State Title: Student Services Manager I)
Financial Aid
Requisition No.  001864
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Academic Advisor
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
School of Nursing
Requisition No.  001863
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

(State Title: Student Services Manager I)
Records & Registration
Requisition No.  001908
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Head Women’s Soccer Coach
(State Title: Coach)
Requisition No.  001907
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Clerical Specialist (Temporary)
(State Title: Clerical Specialist)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  001941
Online applications accepted until position is filled.