Spinks StewartUSC Upstate Plans Convocation Honoring December Graduates
The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its Convocation Honoring December Graduates on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The University will graduate 455 students. This graduating class will bring the alumni base to approximately 18,000 graduates. Stewart Spinks, founder and CEO of The Spinx Company, will give the graduation address. He founded the Spinx Oil Company in 1972 with a heating oil home delivery company and one gas station in Greenville, S.C. In 1977, Spinx opened its first independent store, marketing petroleum products under the Spinx name. Spinx became an Amoco petroleum jobber in 1984 and subsequently added the Exxon, Conoco and Sunoco brands to the petroleum offering of the company. These major brands and the SPINX private brand allow the company to supply 60+ wholesale dealer accounts in the Carolinas and Georgia. More. 

breast cancer showerBreast Cancer Patient Gets Shower of Support
Three days after Kerry Hill underwent her first treatment of chemotherapy, she prepared to meet some of her sorority sisters, thinking they were gathering to celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in November. Instead, she stepped into a party in her honor. Hill, 35, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, and her friends organized a shower to show their support. "I didn't know how to say 'thank you' enough to them," Hill said.
     Tierney Rimel and Kendra Sims planned the Nov. 7 shower, which was at Rimel's home in Duncan. Rimel said Hill unknowingly planted the seed for the event. "It kind of came from the way Kerry let us know (she was diagnosed with cancer) in an e-mail," Rimel said. "At the end, she said, 'If you are out shopping, let me know if you see hats or scarves because I might lose my hair.' "
     The group of University of South Carolina Upstate graduates began planning to give Hill hats, scarves, pajamas, books and DVDs that could keep her warm and entertained while at home or sitting in the doctor's office. Read the full story at

Neary BrigitteUSC Upstate Sociology Professor To Accept Human Rights Award
Dr. Brigitte Neary, associate professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will travel to Stuttgart, Germany to accept a human rights award on December 12 for her research and publications dealing with the expulsion of 15 million Germans from east central Europe in the aftermath of World War II. The award is known as the Menschenrechtspreis der Volksgruppe der Donauschwaben, or Human Rights Award of the Ethnic German Danube Suevians. The organization presenting the award, Volksgruppe der Donauschwaben, is one of several groups in Germany that endeavor to direct attention to the plight of Germans expelled from their homes and homelands in East Central Europe, and forced to bear horrific suffering and death in what some scholars are now calling ethnic cleansing. More about Neary's research and publications can be found in this media release.

Mens Basketball WichitaMen's Basketball
Schneiders Ties Upstate Blocks Record In Loss At Wichita State: Senior swats four Shocker shots to tie Upstate's career blocked shots record
Wichita, Kan. - USC Upstate center Nick Schneiders, despite playing with a head cold, blocked four Wichita State shots to tie the Upstate career blocked shots record, but the Spartans shot just under 32 percent from the field and could not get anything going offensively as Wichita State held a 19-point lead at halftime and cruised to a 72-45 victory Saturday night in Koch Arena. Full story.

womens basketball Winston SalemWomen's Basketball
Six Spartans Score In Double Figures As Upstate Rams Past Winston-Salem State, 84-60: Head coach Tammy George wins her 50th career game at Upstate
Winston-Salem, N.C. - For the first time in the Division I era, six USC Upstate women's basketball players posted double-figure efforts and an active Upstate defense forced 21 Winston-Salem State turnovers on Tuesday night at the C.E. Gaines Center. It all added up to head coach Tammy George's 50th career win at USC Upstate, doing so against her former college teammate, as the Spartans posted an 84-60 non-conference win. Full story.

USC Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program
Applications for the USC Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program for the 2010-2011 academic year, are currently available in the Financial Aid Office, HEC Suite 2081. The scholarship program is open to any dependent child or spouse of a full-time USC system employee, who meets the eligibility requirements.  The scholarship is valued at $1,500 for students attending the Columbia campus; $1,200 for students attending the Aiken, Beaufort and Upstate campuses; and $800 for students attending the Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union campuses.  Applications must be received by the Columbia campus Financial Aid Office by February 1, 2010 for priority consideration.  To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student on one of the USC campuses.  Continuing students must have attained a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  Freshman eligibility is determined by weighted core course GPA and standardized test scores. Entering freshmen who do not meet eligibility requirements may be eligible for a one-time book award, dependent upon available funding. No application is required for renewal students.

Graduation Information

December GraduationNew Ticketing Requirement for December Graduation!
All of this information and more can be found on the Web at Graduates are encouraged to visit the Web for this and other important information relating to graduation, including checking their name for accuracy and confirming application processing. 
     Based on the growing numbers of graduates and their guests, the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is now requiring that all guests, including children of all ages, have a ticket to enter the auditorium in order to adhere to fire code regulations.  This change provides for a controlled and safer environment for all participants and guests at the graduation ceremony.  Graduation tickets will all be general admission seating. Each graduate will be issued seven (7) tickets. Lost tickets cannot be replaced. All guests attending, including children of all ages, must have a ticket. Faculty and graduates do not need tickets. Academic regalia will serve as the ticket for faculty and graduates.
     Tickets will be available beginning November 2, 2009 in the HPAC Box Office during the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students will be required to show their student ID card and sign for the tickets. Students MUST pick up their tickets by Monday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. TWO additional tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday, December 15th from 1-5 pm. Students must again show their student ID and sign for the additional tickets. 
* Students taking classes on the Greenville campus can request tickets through the USC Upstate Office in Greenville Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. beginning November 2, 2009. Within one week of making the request, the tickets will be sent from the main campus to the office and students can sign for and pick up their tickets.  Students will be required to show their student ID card. The last day ticket requests can be made at the Greenville Campus is Friday, December 4, 2009. After this date, students must pick up tickets on the main campus as outlined above.


The Week in Photos

reps of Teach food to foster care 

A friendly food drive among Teachers Educating All Children (TEACh), the Scholars Academy and the Student Nursing Association resulted in more than 1,200 canned food items being collected to benefit various nonprofit agencies in Spartanburg. TEACH won the friendly competition by donating 643 canned items, which were delivered to Foster Care of Spartanburg last Tuesday. TEACh serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all children and youth in the USC Upstate community and their families, with special emphasis on developmental and educational services and resources.  It fosters the growth and development of the membership in their work with and on behalf of children and youth. The Scholars Academy collected 557 cans, which were donated to the Second Presbyterian Soup Kitchen. All three  cohorts within the Scholars Academy participated in the drive with the freshmen cohort donating the most -- 287 cans.  The purpose of The Scholars Academy is to provide advanced learners with a quality education in a supportive learning environment. Through a partnership between Spartanburg County Schools and USC Upstate, the program allows students to take college courses (at no cost) and advanced high school classes over four years while still participating in classes and extracurricular activities at their own schools.
Representatives of TEACh and the food collected (left) and food being delivered to Foster Care (right).


Campus Calendar

Study Breakers
December 7-11 ... 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. ... CLC lobby

Need a break today? Join Counseling Services for Exam Study Breakers December 7-11, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the CLC Lobby. Refreshment, good cheer and laughter provided… free! Please encourage your students to drop by and take a moment for yourself as well. For more information contact Counseling Services at 503-5195. Look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Teaching Online Workshop Series
Friday, December 11 ... 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ... Administration 116
This teaching online workshop series, Blackboard for course delivery session, was rescheduled from November 13. Tom Davis will be presenting. Questions? Contact Cindy Jennings.

Kathryn McLaughlinCenter for International Studies Reception for Kathryn McLaughlin-Rojas
Wednesday, December 16 … 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. … International Studies Conference Room (CLC 205) 
You are cordially invited to a farewell reception for Kathryn McLaughlin-Rojas, who has served as the assistant to the director and as the instructor of English to speakers of other languages since 2004. Please stop by to wish her a warm farewell and enjoy light refreshments. Contact Saville Williams if you have questions.

Community Interest

2010 Nicaragua Mission Trip Fundraising Event Yard Sale, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
Saturday, December 12, 2009 ... 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Duncan First Baptist
Church (gymnasium) on 100 E. Main Street (Hwy 290 down from Byrnes High School) in Duncan, SC. Donation of yard sale and auction items welcome! For more information contact Mary Dempsey 472-2763 or Janet Rogers 431-1879.

A Simpler Christmas Comes to Price House, Walnut Grove Plantation, and the Regional History Museum
Take a break from the modern holiday hustle and bustle to experience a more modest early American Christmas.  Come visit the Price House and Walnut Grove Plantation to see the simple wreaths, greenery, fruits and berries used by both the Price and Moore families to mark the holiday season.  Drop by the Regional History Museum in the Chapman Cultural Center to see Victorian Christmas postcards and a cozy home scene.
Christmas by Design: Ye Olde Christmas Time
Spartanburg Regional History Museum
Exhibit: December 1, 2009-January 9, 2010; Christmas Reception: December 17, 5-7 pm
Admission: Adults $4.00, Youth $2.00, Ages 0-5 Free; The Dec. 17 Reception is FREE, though donations are appreciated.

Christmas in the Backcountry at Price House
Saturday, December 5, 11:00-4:00
Admission: $4.00 for adults, $2.50 for ages 6 to 17, and free for ages 5 & under
Christmas on the Plantation at Walnut Grove
Saturday, December 12, 11:00-4 :00
Admission is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 6 to 17, and free for ages 5 & under

Additional Event Information:
Price House & Walnut Grove: 
Guided tours of each home focus on Christmas traditions from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and how those traditions differ from today’s celebrations.  At the same time, visitors may find that, much like the today, the holiday season in early America was often spent feasting with family and friends.  After the guided tour, guests may enjoy a cup of wassail and some shortbread cookies and tour the grounds at their leisure.  Planned living history demonstrations include blacksmith Bruce Mills as well as carpentry and hands-on weaving.  At Walnut Grove, Revolutionary War reenactor Gary Pender will describe an 18th century soldier’s life during the holidays.  At Price House, visitors can learn how enslaved African Americans spent their Christmas.  The decorations will remain throughout the month.
     For more information for the Price House and Walnut Grove events, phone 864-576-6546 or email either or Photos are available upon request and at

Regional History Museum:
The Spartanburg Regional History Museum will display an old-fashioned Christmas - a warm and hearty expression of family, friends, and community.  This exhibit highlights how southern traditions evolved from the British traditions and were modified for the country.  We have adjusted traditions over the years based on our own unique experiences.  Come browse a collection of old Christmas cards, postcards, toys, and an old-fashioned Christmas tree.  When you see the detailed artisanship in the beautiful cards, from the fine detailed art work to the graceful writing, you will be transported to an earlier time! 
     For more information for the History Museum exhibit, contact Nannie Jefferies at 864-596-3501 or

Background: Price House
Thomas and Ann Price built the three-story brick Price House on their 2,000 acre plantation in 1795.  Thomas operated a general store and a post office as well as a “house of publick entertainment” (a tavern or inn), which provided room and board for stagecoach travelers.  The plantation’s two-dozen enslaved people performed much of the work for these enterprises.  In addition to the house, the site features a kitchen building and a slave cabin.

Background: Walnut Grove 
Charles and Mary Moore built their house at Walnut Grove - the house where they raised their ten children - in 1765.  The nearby family cemetery is the resting place of at least 146 people, including the Moores; their daughter and Revolutionary War heroine “Kate” Barry; other friends and family; soldiers from the War of Independence; and, perhaps, some of the enslaved men and women who worked on the Plantation.
The Spartanburg County Historical Association is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the SC Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, the City and County of Spartanburg, and corporate and individual partners.  Both sites are owned and operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association (SCHA).  Founded in 1957, SCHA explores and preserves our region’s history by collecting and sharing the stories and artifacts of the people who shaped that history.  In addition to Price House and Walnut Grove, the Historical Association operates the Seay House and the Spartanburg Regional History Museum.

Ham For the Holidays

honey baked ham logoOrder your HoneyBaked Ham for the holidays – save money and support Athletics. HoneyBaked Ham is an athletics sponsor and is offering a discount to the faculty and staff of USC Upstate. Simply log onto the web site with our user name and pass code for your Upstate discount. Then, your order will be delivered to you between 10:30 – 11:30 in the Hodge Parking lot.
Check out this flyer for all the information.

Faculty & Staff

Robin HollisFrom Robin Hollis (Veterans Affairs): "Thanks to all of you for your prayers, telephone calls, cards, monetary gifts, flowers and visits during the death of my father Charles Hollis, Jr. Your thoughtfulness shall never be forgotten.

Davison FriedaSympathy is extended to Frieda Davison (Library) whose husband, David D. Davison, passed away Friday morning, November 27, while Frieda and David and their family were at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Knight Marilyn McConnell Tom
Marilyn Knight
and Tom McConnell (English) each have stories published in the newest anthology from Hub City Writers Project, Expecting Goodness, edited by C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Molly Knight, Marilyn and Don’s daughter, also has a story in the volume.

Visual Arts Newsletter

In the fall 2009 Visual Arts newsletter, you can read all the latest information on the department's honors and awards, exhibitions and activities, student accomplishments, program updates, travel and much more.

USC Upstate and United Way

USC Upstate has just concluded the third month of the United Way Campaign with a total of $4,556.80 from 25 contributors of the University community. This great effort will enable United Way of The Piedmont to help those in our community who cannot help themselves. Contributions can be made for a year-end gifts, please contact Human Resources if you have questions. Those of us privileged to work at USC Upstate can join as a team to support our community through United Way.  Every gift large or small is important in making a better life for others.  The campaign continues until April 30, 2010, pledge forms can be obtained at Human Resources or visit our Web site.    

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.