December Graduation SMAUSC 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. 

New 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.

mens basketball 2Men's Basketball
Spartans Return To A-Sun Play Against FGCU Monday Night: Spartans play first of two straight games in the Hodge Center
USC Upstate will look to shake off the rust from not playing in over a week and remain perfect in the A-Sun when the Spartans play host to Florida Gulf Coast Monday night at 7:00 in the Hodge Center. Upstate will look to remain undefeated and move to the top of the A-Sun standings with a win Monday night after claiming a dominating 78-56 victory over Stetson on Nov. 30 in Spartanburg. The Spartans enter the game 1-6 overall after taking a 72-45 loss at Wichita State on Dec. 5. FGCU enters Monday's game with a 1-6 overall record. The Eagles will play their A-Sun opener, marking the third straight year they have opened league play on the road. FGCU leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Eagles claimed the first two wins in the series with both games played in Fort Myers. Upstate claimed a 71-62 win last year in Spartanburg. Fans not in attendance at the game can watch the action live online for a fee at www.ASun.TV, the conference's live video streaming service. Fans can also listen to the game for free and receive live statistical updates via the official Upstate Athletics Web site, www.upstatespartans.comHere's more...

womens basketball 2Women's Basketball
Spartans Set For A Battle Of The Upstate: USC Upstate travels to Clemson for a matchup of Upstate South Carolina teams
Looking to continue its best start since 2002-03 and post its sixth win in its first eight games for the first time since the 1997-98 squad went 7-1, the USC Upstate women's basketball team will head back to the hardwood for the first time after a two-week layoff for exams on Tuesday night when the Spartans head to Clemson looking to upset an ACC opponent for the first time in school history. The Spartans (5-2 overall) are coming off one of the most balanced offensive scoring efforts in school history as the team beat S.C. State, 84-60, on Dec. 1 as six players finished in double figures in the win. Sophomore Chelsea McMillan will continue to be a key to the team's success, as the 6-0 forward has paced the A-Sun's top-scoring offense this year, averaging 14.3 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the league. Here's more ...

walkSign Up Now for 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 first Walk Upstate 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.”

     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 online. 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 within the Web site and questions can be directed to Amy Cantrell at 503-5553 or Tammy Cramer at 503-5379.

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.


The Week in Photos

Students at tree UCG stockings at UCG 

USC Upstate Greenville students, faculty and staff participated in the Salvation Army Christmas Stockings and Angel Tree Programs. Thanks to outstanding donors, new pants, shirts, coats and shoes were purchased for an incredible 100 angels. Also, education students from USC Upstate Greenville’s TEACh organization filled an extraordinary 100 stockings with toys, candy and fun items for the less fortunate in our area. Pictured are students from USC Upstate School of Education: Courtney Cox, Devon Carter, April Erbe, Whitney Schultz, Analeise Ogle and Salisha Wright.

Holiday Tea baskets Holiday Tea spartan Spirit award
December 2 was a festive day for campus as all faculty and staff were invited to the annual Staff Council sponsored Holiday Tea. With prizes galore, including some very clever gift baskets, and delicious finger foods, hot tea and chocolate, the afternoon was a welcome break before the end of the semester. In the photo at right, Jules Bryant on behalf of Athletics, accepts the trophy for the basket with the most Spartan Spirit.


Arbor Day Hinkley Arbor Day Luncheon
South Carolina Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the campus of USC Upstate with a notable guest speaker form the world of horticulture, a delicious lunch in the Campus Life Center Ballroom, and a planting of trees in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum. This year's guest speaker was Dan Hinkley, horticulturist to Martha Stewart, who flew in from the Seattle area to speak on the topic of "Plant Marriages: Exceptional Combinations of Flower and Foliage." Around 300 tree and garden enthusiasts attended this event, and many purchased signed copies of Hinkley's books, The Explorer’s Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the World, and The Explorer’s Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials.

Charles Lea  Charles Lea 2 

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, graduated its first class of 46 students on December 1. Graduates were presented with an "Initial Degree of Educational Enrichment" for completing a minimum of five courses.


University Singers 1 University Singers 2 

University Singers presented their annual holiday concert on December 4, titled "A Season of Wonder." At this concert the choirs sang a variety of Christmas music including music of the Renaissance, traditional Christmas carols and contemporary Christmas selections. The Carolina Bronze and other guest instrumentalists also performed.


Campus Calendar

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.

‘Tis the season to be….stressed?

Ahhh...the holidays.  For many, it’s a time for family and social gatherings, religious observances, shopping, traveling, entertaining and decorating. Maybe even a little over-eating, over-spending, over-inviting and over-doing it. Even if you love the adrenaline of the holiday season, the pressure that can come along with it may at times seem overwhelming. If a heaping amount of holiday stress has been added to your shopping list, contact LifeServices EAP (Employee Assistance Program) at 1-800-822-4847. Not only can the EAP help you cope with holiday stress, it provides a full range of support services for general wellness year-round. For more information about their services, contact the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity at ext. 5344 or visit

Legislative Update

The funding formula used by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, though recognized as a good model, has basically been ignored in recent years. This has caused a severe disparity in funding among the Comprehensive Universities in South Carolina. USC Upstate has taken a lead in identifying the problem and urging the legislature to help solve the problem.
     The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has included parity funding for USC Upstate as one of the main items on its legislative agenda for the coming session. The Spartanburg Legislative Delegation has also put the issue on the agenda for the newly formed Upstate Alliance Caucus which consists of 11 upstate county delegations who meet together to create more of a power base to get legislation passed.
     The austerity of the current budget and projections for next year, make it difficult to formulate a parity plan that has a great chance of passing the legislature, but keeping the issue before the legislature will certainly enhance the chances for success.
     The position of the Chamber of Commerce and the Upstate Caucus will continue to create a high profile for the USC Upstate parity issue and should eventually lead to legislative action.
     For more information, contact John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

Business Page Now Online

The latest issue of the Johnson College of Business and Economics newsletter, The Business Page, is now available online.

Faculty & Staff

Baby MillerShirley Parton (Human Resources) announces the birth of her grandson, born Dec. 2, 2009, 6 pounds and 11 oz, 20.25 inches long. His name is Gavin Wayne Miller, and his parents are Ashley and Wayne Miller. Ashley is Parton's daughter.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Cindy McAbee (Bookstore). Cindy’s father lost his battle with cancer a week ago. Please keep Cindy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sympathy is also extended to the Easler family. Wayne Oliver Easler passed away Sunday night. He was the father of Robert Easler (Landscaping Services) and the father-in-law of Jennifer Easler (Admissions). Arrangements will be announced later today.

Employment Opportunities

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


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.

Teacher (Temporary)
(State Title: Associate Teacher/Center Director)
Burroughs CDC
Requisition No.  002051
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Thank You!

ClaireAs editor of the Register, I would like to thank you all for helping me do my job! Keeping tabs on everything that happens here on campus can be daunting, but all of you -- whether it be with your photos, "blurbs," or story suggestions -- help me put together this Register each and every week. So please keep the news tips coming next year! And remember that there will be no Register on December 21 or January 4.  

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year to all!

Claire Sachse
University Communications