Dan HinkleyUSC Upstate Hosts Annual SC Arbor Day Celebration

On December 4, the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate will welcome tree and garden enthusiasts from across the Upstate to its annual South Carolina Arbor Day Celebration. Starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Humanities & Performing Arts Center theatre, guest speaker Daniel Hinkley, author, plant collector and lecturer, will discuss “Plant Marriages: Exceptional Combinations of Flower and Foliage.” Tickets for the event are $10 and include lunch to be held afterwards in the Campus Life Center ballroom. Hinkley's book, The Explorer’s Garden will be available for purchase at the luncheon. More details about Hinkley's career and the Arbor Day event are in this media release.

The College of Educational Enrichment To Graduate 46 Special Needs Students On December 1
The College of Educational Enrichment, a joint partnership between the School of Education at University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education, began in June 2006 to enable students with physical and mental disabilities to attend courses on the college campus in as close to a normal learning environment as possible. On December 1 at 6:30 p.m., the program will graduate its first class of 46 students by presenting the students with an "Initial Degree of Educational Enrichment" for completing a minimum of five courses. Here's more...

2nd Annual Walk Upstate
Healthy Upstate Carolina invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual “Walk Upstate,” which begins on Monday, January 11, 2010 and concludes on Sunday, April 25, 2010. The 1st Annual Walk saw a total of 24 teams with 130 participants achieving their goal of a minimum of 100 miles.  The total number of miles logged by all walkers was 19,395.
     The 15-week program serves as a means of improving the health of employees and their immediate family members.  The goal of the program is to motivate employees and their families to walk at least one mile a day or a minimum of 100 miles in 15 weeks (a maximum of 12 miles per week is permitted). Other forms of exercise are also encouraged. Each team member who completes a minimum of 100 miles will be rewarded with a commemorative t-shirt. The theme of this year’s program is “Get Fit Stay Fit.” For more details about the program and to register online, visit Registration for “Walk Upstate” will be held December 1 – January 8. Employees participating on teams with a designated team captain form and name their own teams.  Participants log individual mileage and record it weekly, which accumulates toward the goal of a minimum of 100 miles.

     Weekly updates for team distances will be provided on the Web site. The cost of the program is $6.00 per individual. The team that has a 100% completion of a minimum of 100 miles walked will receive a gift card for each member at the conclusion of Walk Upstate. Additional information can be found on the Web site at and questions can be directed to Amy Cantrell at 503-5533 or Tammy Cramer at 503-5379.  Also, you can e-mail questions to or

mens basketballMen's Basketball
Upstate Opens A-Sun Play Monday Against Stetson: Spartans play three of their next four games at home in the Hodge Center
After playing four of its first five games of the season on the road, Upstate returns home Monday night at 7:00 to open A-Sun play against Stetson. Upstate is looking for its first win of the season after losing three games by eight points or less. Stetson enters the game with a 2-3 record. The early A-Sun match-up pits teams who were picked to finish in the bottom half of the league in the preseason polls, and could be key as to where each finishes in the regular season standings.Here's the full story ...

womens basketballWomen's Basketball
Spartans Turn The Corner Against Bulldogs, Beat UNC Asheville For First Time, 78-60: Upstate forces Asheville into a D-I era high 36 turnovers en route to the win
Forcing a Division I era-high 36 turnovers, the USC Upstate women's basketball team scored 32 points off turnovers and was able to get out to a 16-point lead in the first half and cruise to a 78-60 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon at the Hodge Center in non-conference action. Upstate's win was Upstate's first in six tries against Asheville. Here's the full story ... 



The Week in Photos

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The Child Development Center invited parents to celebrate Thanksgiving with the children on Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed all the traditional yummies! Laura Brochin (Catering Manager and CDC parent) organized everything for the feast.

The little girl is Natalie Child’s (Library) daughter.

Campus Calendar

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! Here is the invitation to share.

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.

Faculty & Staff

Sympathy is extended to the family of Robin Hollis (Veterans Affairs) on the death last Monday of her father, Charles Hollis, who died unexpectedly. Services were held Saturday November 28 at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Gaffney. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Meals on Wheels for Cherokee County.

Legislative Update

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education will host a dinner for members of the Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation. Dr. Jim Smith, chairman of the Commission, along with Chancellor Stockwell, will host the event with USC System President Harris Pastides being a special guest. The meeting will take place at the Piedmont Club in Spartanburg. For more information, contact John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.


Buy one, get one free cookies today only (November 30) at Jazzman Cafe!

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.