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Homecoming LogoHomecoming Planning is Underway
The USC Upstate Alumni Association is inviting all alumni to return to campus on February 13, 2010 to celebrate Homecoming! This will be a time to bring alumni together to reconnect, socialize and reminisce about their time at USC Upstate. As leaders in the USC Upstate community please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this exciting event. Can’t make it? Then help us by spreading the word to other USC Upstate alums.
    Though we are still in the planning stage, the events we have confirmed include:


Friday, February 12, 2010
USC Upstate Happy Hour
Connect here before you reconnect on campus! Join us for a special USC Upstate Happy Hour from 6 – 10 p.m. (Location TBD)


Saturday, February 13, 2010
Johnson College Alumni Reunion: 10:30 a.m.
Gather with faculty, students, and Business alums for a reception at the Spartanburg Museum of Art followed by a Hard Hat Tour of the new downtown building for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.


Alumni Hospitality Table: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Check in with Alumni Relations at the Hodge and pick up your complementary welcome bag.

Face Painting and Coloring Booth: 1:00  - 3:30 p.m.
Bring the kids to meet the Spartan Cheerleaders while having their face painted or coloring the Spartan’s helmet.

USC Upstate Doubleheader Basketball Game- Spartans vs. Belmont: Men’s Basketball at 2:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball at 4:30 p.m.
Come cheer for the Spartans and see the Hodge one last time before it undergoes renovations!

Mix-n-Mingle Alumni Reception: 3:30pm
Come to the Administrative building to have cocktails and hors d'oeuvres between the games while reminiscing with classmates.

To make the trip easier for our out-of-town alumni, a block of rooms at the Marriott Spartanburg has been reserved at a special group rate. If you plan on attending, would like to be a Class Agent or would like more information about room rates, please contact Leah Anderson at (864) 503-5240 or landerson2@uscupstate.edu.  Hope to see everyone there!

RosesNew Rose Garden for the Arboretum
He loved to grow roses, and he brought his wife roses twice a month during their 31 year marriage. Since Dave Davison, husband of Frieda Davison, dean of the Library, passed away last Thanksgiving, Frieda has been thinking of ways to honor and memorialize him. What better way than a rose garden in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum? Starting this spring, work will begin on an area near the bridge suitable for a 50 plant rose garden to be named the David D. Davison Rose Garden. If you would like to help make this project blossom, and to honor a wonderful man and a beautiful marriage, please contact Bea Walters Smith, director of Development and Foundation Scholarships for additional information at bwsmith@uscupstate.edu or 503-5235.

REFLECTIONS: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 2010
The Foreign Language Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host REFLECTIONS: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 2010 “Integrated Language Assessment: Evaluating Real Language In Use” on Friday, March 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the University Readiness Center, located on North Campus Boulevard. The cost of the workshop is $20.00 for students and $55.00 for teachers. “Participants will get to experience teaching and assessing their world language as they have always dreamed,” said Dr. June C. D. Carter, professor of Spanish/Romance Languages at USC Upstate and founder/coordinator of the REFLECTIONS conference. “The purpose of this conference is to teach participants faster lesson planning, activities that flow and make sense, more responsibility on students, more evaluation information with less work for you, increased language and cultural understanding and use, and getting all students engaged and involved.” More details about the conference, including information about the facilitator and how to register, are available here.

WallaceWomen’s Basketball:
Upstate's Week Of Firsts Continue, As Spartans Down Lipscomb, 63-51, At Allen Arena
: Wallace scores 21 points to lead Upstate to first win at Lady Bisons' home
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With junior Chelsea McMillan (East Gadsden, Fla./Santa Fe C.C.) bogged down by double and triple teams on the inside, the USC Upstate women's basketball team turned to its outside game and sophomore Kendra Wallace (Hurricane, W.Va./Nitro) delivered with five 3-pointers, four in the second half, to finish with a game-high 21 points as Upstate outlasted Lipscomb, 63-51, for its first win in school history at Allen Arena on Saturday. The win improves Upstate to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the first time in school history that the Spartans improved to .500 in A-Sun play, and Lipscomb fell to 3-12 overall and 1-4 in the A-Sun. Here's the full story.

PoseyMen’s Basketball
Slater Leads Bisons Over Spartans
: Posey finishes with his first career double-double
Nashville, Tenn. - Despite placing four players in double figures for the first time in two years, USC Upstate could not overcome a standout performance from Lipscomb's Josh Slater as the Bisons took an 80-66 victory over the Spartans Saturday night in A-Sun men's basketball action in Allen Arena. Upstate fell to 1-14 overall and 1-5 in the A-Sun with the loss. The Spartans return to the court Friday night in Spartanburg when Mercer comes to the Hodge Center in a game which will be televised on CSS as part of the A-Sun's television deal with the regional sports network. Lipscomb improved to 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the league with the win. Here's the full story.

Optional Retirement Program Participants Only
An  Optional Retirement Program (ORP) participant is an employee who is enrolled in one of the following retirement programs:  TIAA-CREF, MetLife Resources, VALIC and The Hartford.  To determine which retirement program you are enrolled in, go into your VIP, click on the “Employment” icon, then click on the “Benefits Profile” and scroll down until you find “Retirement Benefits.”  This will tell you what retirement program in which you are enrolled and if it is one of the four ORP programs listed above.  If you have determined that you are not an ORP program participant, please disregard this email. If you are an ORP participant, please refer to the information about ORP Annual Enrollment.  The enrollment period is from January 1 through March 1, with changes being effective April 1.  The link provides details about eligibility to change from ORP to SCRS. If you elect to change from ORP to SCRS you are allowed to purchase the ORP time.  If you switch to the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) , the ORP time is not automatically converted to SCRS.  You may purchase service credit for your years of participation in the State ORP. The cost is 16 percent of current earnable compensation or career highest fiscal year earnable compensation in either SCRS or State ORP, whichever is greater, for each year of service purchased. After SCRS receives the documents, SCRS will send you a letter outlining payment options.  SCRS will also invoice you.  Additional information regarding a service purchase may be found at:  http://www.retirement.sc.gov/scrs/active/purchaseservice/default.htm
Since there are forms to be completed, please call the Human Resources Office, ext. 5322, to set up a convenient time prior to March 1.

ChinaGlobal Discovery Program Goes to China
USC Upstate's Global Discovery Program is designed to provide support for selected university students to travel to other countries to learn about the culture and customs; political, educational and social systems, as well as religious practices. This year's trip itinerary will take students to China and is scheduled for May 16-28. More details, including the selection criteria, applicant requirements, expenses, and dealines are available on this flyer. Additional information about the program can also be found on the Center for International Studies' web site.

Spring Programs at the World Languages Institute
The World Languages Institute at the University of South Carolina Upstate offers classes in less commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Irish Gaelic, Ukrainian, Russian, Biblical Hebrew, and German. There are also classes in Spanish for healthcare professionals and English for internationals. Classes start February 1 and run through April 12. The registration deadline is January 22. All classes are open to the public and no prior experience in the language is required for the beginning level. The cost for each class is $110 plus books and study materials. All classes are taught in the HPAC building on the USC Upstate campus. More information is available on the Center for International Studies' web site, by calling 503-5661, or on this flyer.

Get Fit, Stay Fit With 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 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 www.uscupstate.edu/walkupstate.  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.
     Additional information can be found on the Web site at www.uscupstate.edu/walkupstate and questions can be directed to Amy Cantrell at 503-5553 or Tammy Cramer at 503-5379.  Also, you can e-mail questions to apcantrell@uscupstate.edu or tcramer@uscupstate.edu. 

 

The Week in Photos

Santa at Hodge Santa at Hodge 2 Santa at Hodge 3 

As he does every year, Santa takes a break from his hectic December schedule to attend a Spartans game and mix and mingle with the kids (and the kid-at-heart).

 

Campus Calendar

WinterBlast
Wednesday, January 13 …  11:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m. … Wellness Center Gym, HEC
Come in from the cold! Join the Office of Student Life for the 2nd Annual WinterBlast Involvement Fair. FREE food, student organization booths, music, and fun activities! Contact the Office of Student Life at 503-5122 for additional information.

Michael Watson: Recent Painting
January 15 – February 19 … Curtis R. Harley Gallery
Painter Michael Watson will have his works on display this month and into February. Please join us for a lecture and reception on January 28 at 4:30 p.m. Contact Gallery Director Jane Nodine for additional information.

MLK Commemorative Walk
Tuesday, January 19 ... 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ... CLC Patio
Join fellow students in this annual walk of remembrance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., starting at the patio in front of the Campus Life Center.

US Census Bureau Testing
Thursday, January 21 … 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.  … CLC 309
The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct preliminary testing for new census takers to begin work in March 2010. Paid census workers receive $13.25 per hour plus $.55/mile. All test takers must bring doucmentation that verifies they are elible to work in the United States (driver's license and social security card, or passport) Contact John Montemayor for details. 

When Lightning Strikes Training Seminar
Friday, January 22 … 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. … Rampey Center
University Police will be showing the active shooter response video "When Lightning Strikes," a video that demonstrates how to respond to a shooting in the workplace. If you haven’t seen this yet, make every effort to see this important safety video. Contact Christy Fisher for details.

 

Welcome Back!

It seemed to go by so quickly, but the holidays are over and it's back to work and class. In the event you missed it, the academic schedule for the spring semester is available here. Since it has been so cold, many of us turn our thoughts to summer, so if you're wondering, there are only 113 days 'till summer vacation! Hang in there!

Mileage Reimbursement Rates Decrease

Mileage reimbursement rates for University business travel on or after January 1, 2010, have decreased. For individuals who travel on University business using a personal vehicle, even though a state car is available, the reimbursement rate will be 46 cents per mile (decrease from 46.5 cents per mile). If a state vehicle is not available, the reimbursement rate will be 50 cents per mile (decrease from 50.5 cents per mile). These rates are due to IRS mileage rate changes. Please use these new rates when preparing Travel Authorizations (TAs) and Travel Reimbursement Vouchers (TRVs) for travel that will occur on or after January 1, 2010. If you have any questions about the mileage reimbursement rates please call Annette Jordan or Kim Griffin at 777-2602. 

Faculty & Staff

VandeldenSebastian van Delden conducted a demonstration of one of the University's Staubli robotic arms at his daughter's daycare (Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System) in December. One of the Staubli machines is small and compact, making it easy to transport to on-site demonstrations. Says van Delden, "Even kids as young as three and four years old can be taught basic robotic concepts in a fun, interactive environment using industrial robotics equipment." He adds that he would like to engage more children (of any age) in the Upstate area with such onsite visits (free of charge) and he asks the campus community to  help spread the word by sharing this information with anyone who may be interested. "The earlier we can get our kids engaged in science and technology, the more our community will benefit," he says. 
 
NearyBrigitte Neary (Sociology) has been appointed for a three-year term to the Committee on Sociological Practice of the Southern Sociological Society. Established in 1935, the Southern Sociological Society is a society of professionals that promotes the development of sociology as a profession and scientific discipline by the maintenance of high academic professional and ethical standards, and by encouraging effective teaching of sociology, valid and reliable methods and research in the study of human society, diffusion of sociological knowledge and its application to societal problems, cooperation with related disciplines and groups, recruitment and training of sociologists, and development of sociology programs in educational and other agencies.

Robert Easler (Landscape Services) and Jennifer Easler (Admissions) would like to say: "Thanks to all of you for your prayers, telephone calls, emails, cards, monetary gifts, food, flowers and visits during the death of Robert’s father, Wayne Easler. Your thoughtfulness shall never be forgotten."

Carson WarrenDr. Warren J. Carson, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was host for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the NAACP sponsored by the Spartanburg Chapter on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at the Marriott Hotel.

DugginsCongratulations to Les Duggins (University Communications). One of his photos of the campus covered in snow was selected for publication in the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau 2010 Visitors Guide.

Faculty & Staff Telephone Directories

To order a copy of the 2010 Faculty & Staff Telephone Directory, please email Claire Sachse. As always, you can access a pdf of the directory http://webapp.uscupstate.edu/directory. 

Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Visit www.uscupstate.edu/jobs for additional information and online application submission instructions.

STAFF/ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS:
Registrar
(State Title: Student Services Manager I)
Records & Registration
Requisition No.  001908
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

LRC Manager
(State Title: Technical Medical Associate II)
School of Nursing
Requisition No.  002088
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.

Administrative Specialist (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Specialist I)
School of Education
Requisition No.  002087
Online applications accepted until position is filled.