Parker JenniferHealthy Serving of Education, Praise Lead to Healthy Eating
A little sprinkle of education and a dollop of praise can go a long way toward encouraging elementary school children to make healthy choices at lunchtime.  That’s what preliminary results are showing in “Making Healthy Decisions,” a program being tested at Jesse Boyd Elementary School by two local professors and their students. Dr. Jennifer Parker, associate professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and Dr. David Pittman, associate professor of psychology at Wofford, along with six students from both institutions, are working as a team to develop the project, collect the data and report the results.  Emily Sheehan is a student from USC Upstate who is part of the team. Here's some more information... 


womens basketball openerWomen's Basketball:
A Grand Night: Hawkins Scores 1,000th As Upstate Downs North Greenville, 78-47
Senior Courtney Hawkins (Greer, S.C./Greer) became the 12th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points as she secured the fourth double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading the USC Upstate women's basketball team to a 78-47 win over North Greenville in the season opener for the Spartans on Friday night at the G.B. Hodge Center. Here is the full story...

Men's Basketball:
Spartans Fall In Season Opener At Nebraska
Despite a balanced scoring attack with nine of the 10 active players scoring, USC Upstate succumbed to a late first half spurt and an early scoring drought in the second half as Nebraska took a 76-49 victory over the Spartans Saturday night in the Devaney Center. Upstate dropped its season opener for the third straight season in Division I. The Spartans will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana Monday night at 8:30 in a game televised on the Big Ten Network. Nebraska improved to 1-0 on the year. Here is the rest of the story...



The Week in Photos

Joe thompsonSouth Carolina Governor's School for the Arts students visited the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery for an informal lecture by visiting artist Joe Thompson. Thompson is Chair of the Studio Art program at the Governor's School and is presenting an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper during the month of November. Thompson also teaches in the University of Georgia summer program to Cortona, Italy. Several of the works in the exhibition were inspired by his travels in Italy.





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Author Dot Jackson read from her first novel, Refuge, last Thursday afternoon in the Administration Building Lobby as part of the popular monthly visiting author series, Authors @ Upstate. A reception and book signing followed the event. Refuge 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.

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Laura Price Brochin
, catering director (pictured cooking) and Judy Srock, director of Special Events, served as holiday hostesses at the Staff Council monthly Lunch and Learn last Thursday. They shared fun holiday cooking and decorating tips. The next monthly Lunch and Learn will be in January. Watch the Register for more details.

Bob InglisThe College Republicans hosted Congressman Bob Inglis on Monday, November 9. Congressman Inglis gave a spirited discussion on a number of topics, including the environment and health care.  His solutions are a little complicated, according to Jim Griffis, faculty advisor to the College Republicans, but most of his policy recommendations centered on possible free market solutions to these perennial problems. 




Campus Calendar

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!


Chinese Culture Table, 2009
Thursday, November 19 … 3:30 – 4:30 pm … Library 255
The topic of this culture table, hosted by Professor Stuart Foster, Yingxi Zhou, Fangxiongyi Li, and Xinyi Zhu is East and West: General and Perceived Cultural Differences. Simple artistic slides will be shown which represent general or perceived differences between "Eastern" and "Western" culture. Guests are invited and encouraged to interpret the slides followed by an explanation along with shared experiences of the presenters. Questions? Contact Kathryn McLaughlin-Rojas in the Center for International Studies at ext. 5675. 

School of Rock at USC Upstate
Thursday, November 19 ... 8:00 p.m. ... HPAC
The USC Upstate Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Gregg Akkerman, will present its free fall concert "School of Rock" at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theater. Comprised of students, faculty, and members of the community, the band will feature rock classics by artists such as Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, and others. For information, contact Dr. Akkerman at 503-5263 or

Arbor Day
Friday, December 4 … 11:00 a.m. … Humanities and Performing Arts Center

The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association hosts an annual Arbor Day Celebration the first Friday in December, which is South Carolina Arbor Day. Special guest this year is Daniel “Dan” J. Hinkley, author, plant collector and lecturer. The topic of his presentation will be Plant Marriages: Exceptional Combinations of Flower and Foliage. The cost to attend is $10. Tickets are available through Bea Smith at ext. 5235, or you may register online at

Wills and Estate Planning Seminar
Wednesday, December 9 … 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m … Campus Life Center Ballroom
The University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation cordially invites you to attend a Wills and Estate Planning Seminar. The presenters are Barney Gosnell ‘79, CPA with Gosnell Menard Robinson & Infante; Michael Menard, CPA with Gosnell Menard Robinson & Infante; Claus Foerster ’85, Vice President of Investments with Morgan Keegan; and Michael Pack, Attorney with Dennis, Shaw & Drennan, LLC. The presenters will give a general overview of the current status of estate planning, discuss unified credit limits, and share expert opinions as to likely changes in current law in the near term. Also, they will lead a discussion of current estate planning tools and vehicles being used to manage and or reduce estate taxes, particularly in regard to charitable trusts, annuities, etc. Seating is limited, so please reserve your space today. RSVP by calling (864) 503-5209 or e-mailing no later than December 2, 2009. This seminar is sponsored by the USC Upstate Foundation and is free to the public. Lunch will be provided. Here is a flyer to share.


Community Calendar

Dickens Logo“A Dickens Of A Christmas” To Kick Off Christmas Season With Victorian Celebration And Denny’s Tree Lighting
The 16th annual A Dickens of a Christmas will be held on Tuesday, December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg. The Herald Journal is this year’s presenting sponsor and the Spartanburg County Historical Association is the organizing sponsor. The Victorian-era celebration complete with horse drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, hand bell choirs, ballet dancers, characters from the Charles Dickens novel, living windows, holiday choirs, and the magical Denny’s Tree Lighting Ceremony has drawn tens of thousands of attendees for the last 15 years. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 8:00 p.m. with a community sing-along of favorite Christmas songs, led by the Spartanburg Community Band, University of South Carolina Upstate Gospel Choir and Park Hills Elementary School Chorus.
    Those attending A Dickens of a Christmas will find activities located on Main Street from South Converse Street to Daniel Morgan Avenue. The lobby of the Denny’s building will house a host of children’s activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, demonstrations of Victorian games, and much more!
    “If you have little ones, be sure to stop in so they can participate,” said Tammy Whaley, A Dickens of a Christmas co-chair. “Santa will have his sleigh parked in Morgan Square where children can pay a quick visit and have their photos taken so be sure to bring along your cameras.”
    Donna Turner Williams, A Dickens of a Christmas co-chair, has been working to secure participants for this year’s event and is very pleased with the response from musical groups, dancers, arts groups, artisans, school organizations, and community volunteers.
    “The Dickens celebration will showcase many new participants this year such as the USC Upstate Gospel Choir, Need To Read Book Club, and Sisters In Motion just to name just a few,” said Williams. “Long-time favorites that will return include the Aug W. Smith Shadow Boxes, Spartanburg Ballet dancers, and the Spartanburg Repertory Company.”

    An outdoor food court will be located on Dunbar Street facing Extended Stay. Participating restaurants include Brasserie Ecosse, Delightful Bitefuls, Lime Leaf, Mellow Mushroom, and Wild Wing Café. The downtown restaurants will also be open the night of A Dickens of a Christmas. Additional shopping, or even just window shopping, is available as many merchants keep their stores open extra hours to welcome visitors with a spirit of community.
    Community support has indeed been strong for this year’s Dickens celebration. A collective “Bah-Humbug” was heard round Spartanburg when there was rumor of discontinue the much-beloved tradition. Businesses, organizations, individuals, garden clubs and private donors have rallied in support of continuing the event, providing both in-kind and financial donations.
    “My family has enjoyed attending A Dickens of a Christmas for years so I was happy to help out when I got the call,” said Brian Carey of Carey Moving and Storage. “It’s nice that I get to be part of bringing to joy of Dickens to other children and families now.”
    Nancy Rainey Crowley, who founded the event and is now serving as a co-chair, said, “A Dickens of a Christmas began as a gift to the community and it has been embraced and supported so enthusiastically all these years. It is fun for all ages and there is no charge, which is extremely important given the current economic climate.”
    To learn more details about the December 1 celebration or to make a donation to A Dickens of a Christmas, visit or call (864) 596-3501 or visit the Web site

The Piedmont Chapter and Pitney Bowes Invite Public to Send a “Touch of Home” to Service Members, Veterans and Family Members this Holiday Season
holiday mailThe American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season.  Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans. 
     Between November 2 and December 7, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation.  The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays.  Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge.  The Red Cross will utilize hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery to service men and women, veterans and family members in November and December.  

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 7. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders.  For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards. 
    Visit for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.  Additional ways to become involved with the campaign include connecting with fellow card senders through Facebook at and Twitter at and #HMFH.

Did you know?

Palmetto House interior

Women prefer on-campus housing in much greater numbers than men, according to figures released by Housing and Residential Life for fall 2009. 590 female students live on campus (at either Magnolia House, Palmetto House or in the Villas) as opposed to 287 male students. Of the three on-campus living options, the Magnolia House had a near equal distribution by gender (150 females to 145 males), while the Palmetto house is 88 percent women and the Villas are 62 percent women.

Legislative Update

HarrellS. C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell visited USC Upstate last week. House District #37 (Boiling Springs) Steve Parker and Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education Chair Jim Smith  hosted Speaker Harrell on the visit. Rep. Harrell last visited the campus in 1999. After a tour of campus, the Speaker visited for 45 minutes with Chancellor Stockwell. Their conversation centered around equity in funding among the comprehensive universities and capital needs at USC Upstate. Rep. Harrell has a keen awareness of the needs in higher education, but there are presently no solutions with the state of the economy. USC Upstate is looking to the State for funding of the University Resources Complex through CIB (capital improvement bonds). While chances for a bond bill look bleak this coming year, Rep. Harrell held out hope for one in 2011. For more information about this visit, contact John Perry, Executive Director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

Faculty & Staff

Vince ConnorsVince Connors (Biology) recently presented two invited research seminars: “The Schistosome-snail Interaction: Factors Influencing Susceptibility and Resistance in a Snail Vector of Human Schistosomiasis” on Oct. 21, 2009 at USC Aiken  and "The Schistosome-Snail Interaction: towards development of a cellular model of resistance"  on Oct. 21, 2009 at Erskine College.

Searing SunJudy Battaglia (Visual Arts) had her digital print titled "Searing Sun" accepted into the juried members show at the Upstate Visual Arts Gallery in Greenville. It will be on display through the month of November at 4 Smith Street, Greenville, SC. 

Lisa JohnsonLisa Johnson (Center for Women's and Gender Studies) attended a conference called Rethinking Marxism: New Marxian Times, hosted by the Association for Economic and Social Analysis at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where she presented a paper titled "Dirty South: Queer Affect, Ludic Feminism, Materialist Praxis (and the Politics of Trap Music)" as part of a series of panels addressing sexual politics under late capitalism. She used "trap music" (music about the 'dope' trade) as a vehicle through which to think about the politics of transgression in Women's and Gender Studies as an academic discipline.

Fulbright RonDr. Ron Fulbright (Informatics) placed ideas in the finals of two different categories in the New Ideas for a New Carolina contest. The New Ideas contest is a SCRA collaboration between SC Launch, FastTrac SC, New Carolina, ThinkTEC, and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and awards new business ideas in five categories. Dr. Fulbright’s idea entitled EFFie, based on a shareable fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles, placed in the finals of the Environmental Sustainability category. His idea entitled uGegg, placing in the finals of the IT/Software category, is based on a social networking Web site in which users all over the world collaboratively experiment with alternative scenarios for online graphic novels. The New Ideas contest received over 350 entries from which the top ten ideas were selected in each category.


Holiday Socials

All faculty and staff are invited to the annual Holiday Tea, sponsored by Staff Council, on Wednesday, December 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Center ballroom.
Please join the College of Arts and Sciences for a holiday drop-in celebration on Thursday, December 3 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. A combination of Open House, Holiday Social, and Recognition of December Honor Graduates it promises to be a single afternoon of good food, good fun, and good fellowship. Come see the new quarters in the former school of nursing building, now officially renamed the College of Arts and Sciences.

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.

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.

The Supercolon!

The Supercolon is coming to our area! The Supercolon is an inflatable 8’ by 20’ colon used to educate others about colon health.  
This flyer provides further details about scheduling group tours and the hours of the exhibit. The event is promoted as “kid friendly” so children are able to learn as well. An education forum is available beginning a 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required to attend. A light meal will be served. Open to the public at large. Admission is free. See you at the Supercolon!