Charla ColemanUSC Upstate Business Major Studying International Business in Paris
A self-described “small town girl” from Winnsboro, S.C., Charla Maria Coleman, 20, is living a dream this semester as she studies in one of the most famous cities in the world, Paris. A senior business administration major with a concentration in finance and economics at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Coleman is studying during this fall semester at the American Business School Paris with students from around the globe. More details about her semester abroad are in this media release.



olumuyiwaUpstate Men's Hoops Signs Olumuyiwa, Porchea: Spartans hit paydirt early in signing period with forward, guard
Though just two games into the 2009-10 basketball season, USC Upstate hoops fans can catch a glimpse of the future as men's basketball head coach Eddie Payne has announced the signing of Georgia prep standouts Babatunde Olumuyiwa and Shane Porchea to national letters of intent to join the Spartans in the fall of 2010. "Both Babatunde and Shane represent another step forward in terms of recruiting Division I-type athletes," said Payne. "They are a little bit bigger and more athletic type of players. We are on a procession of improving, in general, our recruiting. Both of these guys are really good students and people." Here's the rest of the story... 

McMillanWomen's Hoops: McMillan Notches Double-Double Against No. 12 Virginia
Junior Chelsea McMillan (East Gadsden, Fla./Santa Fe C.C.) posted 14 points and added 11 rebounds on Wednesday night at No. 12/17 Virginia in a stalwart effort, but the Cavaliers' size and running ways were too much for the Spartans, as three players combined for 65 points and went on for a 110-63 victory in non-conference action at John Paul Jones Arena. McMillan, who played just 21 minutes on her 21st birthday, posted 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half before polishing off her eighth career and second double-double in the second half. Read more in this media release ...





rss feedRSS Feed from ITS
Information Technology and Services now has an outages RSS feed on their Web page.  The feed will be updated with information about current outages affecting campus, and any maintenance work being performed by USC Upstate ITS or UTS in Columbia that might affect campus systems.   You can find the feed and subscription link at

Cabling Business Magazine Highlights the HEC
The September 2009 issue of Cabling Business Magazine features a story about the network cabling in the Health Education Complex called, "Lessons Learned: The Structured Cabling Solution at USC Upstate." 

Dickens LogoA Dickens of A Christmas
USC Upstate is an advertising sponsor of the 16th Annual Dickens of A Christmas event, to be held on Tuesday, December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg. 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! The campus community has pitched in to make this night a success:

Office of University Communications
Natalie Brown and Bridget Kirkland, Jingle Bell Girls and Marketing Committee
Tammy Whaley, Event Co-Chair
Nick Catto, designed event Web site
Les Duggins, photography

Alumni Affairs
Leah Anderson, living window participant

Office of Advancement
Bea Smith, marketing committee

Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Dr. Christopher M. Bender, living window participant

College of Arts & Sciences
USC Upstate Gospel Choir, community sing along

Mary Black School of Nursing
Angie Davis, living window participant
Barbara McCracken, living window participant
Karen Peel, living window participant
Mary Lou Hodge, living window participant


The Week in Photos


Impact Car Smash 1 Imact Car Smash
Car Smash
IMPACT's Car Smash on Thursday was a fundraiser held in front of the CLC to raise money for IMPACT's members to go on Alternative Spring Break. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to smash, bash, ding, dent and spray graffitti on the car.

Service Learning 1 Service Learning 2
Service Learning Symposium
Over 600 members of the freshman class at USC Upstate participated in community service as part of their University 101 courses this semester. On Friday morning, they displayed over 90 posters at the Service Learning Symposium in the Campus Life Center Ballroom.  Special guest Chris Steed from the United Way spoke to the students present, urging them to make community involvement part of their lifelong activity.  Of special interest was his comment that for every hour of volunteer time spent, the recipient organization saves an average of $19 in costs.  Most students exceeded the minimum time expected of them in this activity; thus, a conservative estimate of the value provided to the community by our students would be $45,600. Thanks to Susannah Waldrop, Coordinator of University 101, her colleagues in the Student Success Center, the faculty of University 101, and all the students who not only gave their time, but provided their reflections on the experience and completed a very helpful survey to aid in future planning.


Campus Calendar

Gobble Your Giblets 5K
Thursday, November 26 ... Hodge Center
Welcome to the Third Annual GYG5K run! This event will be our second road race to help raise money for the Upstate Track & Field / Cross Country programs.  We hope to not only raise money for the Upstate programs but help promote a healthy lifestyle in the Upstate community. The race is set to begin at 9:00 am (packet pick-up and race day registration is from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.). Race fees are $20 if registered by November 20, $25 on race day. Amenities include a special commemorative shirt and finish line refreshments. (Shirts are not guaranteed for race day registration.) Age groups and awards are for male and female: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 65 and over. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female as well as to the top runner in each age group male and female. Also there will be best dressed turkey male and female! For more information For more information contact Jimmy Stephens at ext. 5845 or or you may also register online at

Holiday Tea
Wednesday, December 2 ... 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center Ballroom

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. There will be prizes, good food, fellowship and fun!

College of Arts and Sciences Holiday Drop-In
Thursday, December 3 ... 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ... CAS
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.

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

University Singers Present A Season of Wonder
Friday, December 4 ... 7:30 p.m. ... HPAC
In this concert the choirs will sing a variety of Christmas music including music of the Renaissance, traditional Christmas carols and contemporary Christmas selections. The Carolina Bronze and other guest instrumentalists will also perform. Come enjoy this year’s "Season of Wonder"! Instrumental Prelude begins at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Here's a flyer to share.

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 Connections

Bangkok Restaurant
The owner of Bangkok Restaurant, Steve Lim, would like to thank USC Upstate for its support and friendship through all the years they have been in business. To show their appreciation, they are offering all USC Upstate students, faculty and staff a 10% discount off their total bill with the proof of USC Upstate ID. Both locations will honor this discount.
In addition to their E. Main St. restaurant, Bangkok Cafe has now opened another location on 1398 Boiling Spring Rd. in the Shops in Wood Creek on Hwy 9.  If going north on business I85, take exit 6, over the bridge to Boiling Springs. The restaurant is on the right side.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: lunch 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and dinner 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
No Lunch Saturday
Friday & Saturday: Dinner 3:30 pm-10:30 pm

2010 Nicaragua Mission Trip Fundraising Event Yard Sale, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Duncan First Baptist Church (gymnasium), located at 100 E. Main Street (Hwy 290 down from Byrnes High School) in Duncan, S.C. Donation of yard sale and auction items welcome! For more information contact Mary Dempsey 472-2763 or Janet Rogers 431-1879.

Did You Know?

Bike Racks at HEC

New bicycle racks have been installed at several locations around the Health Education Complex by Facilities Management. Racks also are located at some of the other academic buildings and the residence halls. Our plan is to continue to add bicycle racks as funding allows and as usage indicates the need for more racks.  The campus Environmental Advisory Committee is evaluating locations this semester. So, get out on the nice days, enjoy the ride to class on your bike, and get some exercise all at the same time.

Family Fund

green eggTo date the Family Fund has raised over $51,000 and 16% of our employees have participated. There is still time to get your gifts in and counted. Our next drawing will be Thursday, December 17 so get your Family Fund gift in as soon as possible. Pledge forms are available on-line at the Family Fund Web site or make a gift online at The grand prize, to be given away in May, is a Big Green Egg BBQ cooker, pictured above.

Legislative Update

Dr. John Stockwell and John Perry attended a University President’s meeting in Columbia last week to discuss strategy for passage of H.3365 when the General Assemble convenes in January. H. 3365 was passed last spring by the House and will be taken up in early January by the Senate. This bill, commonly referred to as regulatory relief for higher education, greatly impacts university operations in the areas for human resources, procurement and capital construction. Chancellor Stockwell is scheduling visits with Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee County senators to lobby for passage of the bill. For more information about this bill, contact John Perry, Executive Director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

Faculty & Staff

Robin Hollis

Robin Hollis, veterans affairs coordinator for the USC Upstate campus, is a member of the South Carolina Association of Veteran Administrators. At the organization's conference held at the Sheraton in Charleston on November  11-13, she was presented the Certificate of Appreciation Award for her exceptional  service to veteran students, and also for hosting the new Post 9/11 event on our campus on May 25 for the VA coordinators of the Upstate. The Post 9/11 event was a workshop to train other VA coordinators  about the new GI Bill that was effective as of August 1, 2009. This new GI Bill was passed by President Bush.

David Marlow Pam Wash Chapman Jeannie
David Marlow
 (LLC), Pam Wash (Education) and Jeannie Chapman (NSE) had a recent publication, “Electric Engagement: The Use of Classroom Response Technology in Four Disciplines,” published in Currents in Teaching and Learning. This is in the Vol. 2 No.1, Fall 2009 issue. Tim Dale, a former Upstate faculty now at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, was also a co-author.

Williams GeorgeA recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, ProfHacker Blog Highlights Widespread Interest in Teaching With Technology, features George Williams' (English) technology and teaching project, ProfHacker. The article can be found here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dinner

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned -
the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation
with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door,
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
Gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky,
with a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees.....
Happy eating to all - pass the cranberries, please.
May your stuffing be tasty,
may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious.
May your pies take the prize,
may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!

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.

Director of Financial Aid
(State Title: Student Services Manager I)
Financial Aid
Requisition No.  001864
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.

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

Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach
(State Title: Athletics Coach)
Requisition No.  002006
Online applications accepted until November 24, 2009