News

George ConstructionDowntown Business School Rising Ahead of Schedule
By Gary Glancy, Originally posted on GoUpstate.com, Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 3:15 a.m. 
By George! Construction on Spartanburg's new downtown business school is nearing the home stretch. Local media on Wednesday caught the first public glimpses of the University of South Carolina Upstate's rapidly progressing George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics -- nicknamed "The George" at last year's groundbreaking ceremony -- during a special luncheon celebrating 100,000 man-hours with no accidents or injuries at the St. John Street site. And, the $21 million construction project is under budget and ahead of schedule. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony are planned for May 13. Read the full story at GoUpstate.com...

Gibson LUSC Upstate Nursing Chapter Earns Award From The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Dr. Lynette Gibson, associate professor of nursing at the Mary Black School Nursing at University of South Carolina Upstate, recently attended the 40th Biennial Convention of The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in Indianapolis, Indiana as a delegate. STTI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Gibson accepted the Chapter Key Award, the highest achievement that a chapter can receive, on behalf of the Mu Rho Chapter at USC Upstate. The Chapter Key Award, established in 1991, honors chapters who excel in chapter-related activities such as: membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, professional and leadership development, and local, national and international collaboration. The chapter was founded in 2002 and has 200 members. The full story is here.

Upstate Student-Athletes Shine In The Classroom: Softball leads the way with a 3.536 GPA and four 4.0 GPAs
USC Upstate’s student-athletes had another strong semester in the classroom, earning an athletic department average GPA just a shade under 3.0, while the softball team led the way with a 3.536 and four individual 4.0 GPAs in the fall semester. “We are once again very proud of our student-athletes’ performance in the classroom,” said Louise Ericson, Upstate’s Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Senior Woman Administrator. “Our student-athletes continue to average right at a 3.0 GPA.  We are most proud of our softball team who earned the top spot in the department.  We continue to be impressed with how well our Spartans successfully balance the demands of academics and athletics.” The softball team has continued in its recent dominance as the top performing team in the department. The fall semester marks the second time in the last three semesters that the softball team has earned the top spot among the 15 athletic programs at Upstate. The 3.536 marks the highest ever achieved by the softball program and the second highest ever in department history. Here is the full story.

Shoestring Players At USC Upstate Hold Auditions For “The Full Monty”
The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold open auditions for the production of The Full Monty on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre. The Full Monty will be performed on April 15-17 at 8:00 p.m. and on April 18 at 3:00 p.m. Adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award winning Terrence McNally and with an award- winning score by David Yazbek, The Full Monty is a poignant and lively story that captivated Broadway audiences and critics alike.  It tells the story of six unemployed, out of shape steel mill workers from Buffalo, New York, who need to pick up some extra cash. After seeing the popularity of a male stripper among the local women, the men decide to put on a strip show of their own. Their gimmick is simple: they will do the full Monty – strip completely naked on stage.  This plan forces the men to come to terms with their own fears of inadequacy, both physically and as providers for their families. Ticket prices are $5 for staff and students and $7 for general public. For additional information, contact Jimm Cox, chair of fine arts and communication studies and director of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.

Expecting Goodness CoverTwo Upstate Faculty Members Are Part Of New Story Collection
Two English faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate have works featured in a new short story collection from the Hub City Writers Project, Expecting Goodness & Other Stories. Dr. Thomas McConnell and Dr. Marilyn Knight, both of whom are associate professors of English, will be on hand for a reading and signing Monday, January 18, at 7 p.m. in the Showroom at HUB-BUB.  The event is free and open to the public. The collection also features the work of 20 Spartanburg fiction writers, including a story by Dr. Knight’s daughter, Molly. Expecting Goodness is edited by C. Michael Curtis, long-time fiction editor of The Atlantic magazine and professor of creative writing at Wofford College. The book sells for $16.95 and can be purchased at www.hubcity.org. For more information, contact Betsy Teter at (864) 577-9349 or betsy@hubcity.org.

Hodge Drive Closure
Beginning Monday, January 18, Hodge Drive will be closed to through traffic to allow installation of security gates for the residential areas. Hodge Drive will be totally closed to traffic between the parking lot adjacent to the College of Arts and Sciences Building, and the parking lot entrances for Villas One through Five. Please see attached sketch. Access to all residential areas will be from the North Campus Boulevard end of Hodge Drive. Gates will also be installed at this end of Hodge Drive, but traffic will be routed around the work areas. Once the gates are installed and operational, access for vehicles within the gated area will be limited at night hours to residents of Palmetto Villas, Palmetto House, and Magnolia House. The gates will operate when activated by the identity card issued to housing residents (and certain staff and faculty requiring 24 hour access to the residential areas). During daytime hours, all of Hodge Drive will be open to all traffic. Further details will be provided before the gates go into operation. Please drive carefully in the construction areas.

University Singers Has Room For More Singers
Several positions are open within the various vocal sections of the University Singers. Many students find participation in this group to be a great way to relieve the stress of academic life and they enjoy being involved in a campus organization. Also, just a reminder that this group is open to the campus community as a whole. Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate (and several have done so!) The University Singers meet in two separate sections: either MWF 11:00-11:50 or TTh 12:15-1:30. Both sections meet in HPAC 101 (Recital Hall). There will also be some combined rehearsals later in the semester in preparation for the concert to be held Friday, April 23. No previous vocal/choral experience is required. The ability to read music is helpful, but not essential! Contact David Guthrie for further details.

Bank of America in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs
2009-2010 Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award
Now Accepting Nominations
The Division of Student Affairs is now accepting nominations for the Annual Bank of America Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs. Based upon the nominations received last year, and a review of the current criterion, the new criteria is outlined below. Nominations are being accepted from students and we also encourage you to nominate your peer(s). It’s easy, simply e-mail kthomas@uscupstate.edu your nomination(s), and  the individual(s) will be contacted on your behalf! Please note the deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, February 19, 2010.
Newly revised criteria!
Now open to full-time instructors who have taught two (2) consecutive years.
The Bank of America Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award at USC Upstate recognizes excellence in undergraduate instruction and academic advisement. The overriding criterion for selection is sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching and academic advisement. That is, consistency in quality of performance in the classroom and academic advisement are emphasized. The Excellence in Teaching & Advising Committee solicits nominations from undergraduate students and all full-time faculty and instructors for the excellence in teaching and advising award. Eligibility is open to both full-time permanent tenure track faculty who have taught at least six credit hours in the semester prior to the selection and full-time instructors. Instructors must have taught two consecutive years at the university and received above satisfactory evaluations by their immediate supervisor for two consecutive years preceding their nomination.  University Librarians are also eligible to receive the award. Two awards are presented each year. One award is presented to a faculty member from the College of Arts & Sciences, and another is presented to a faculty member from one of the university’s professional schools, that being, Business, Education, and Nursing. University faculty are eligible to receive the award every five years.

Intramurals
Intramural competition is off and running this semester. We are currently registering for 5 on 5 Basketball which closes on Tuesday, January 19 with the captain’s meeting on January 21 at 6:00 p.m. Other registrations currently going on are:
Racquetball till February 2
Table Tennis till February 2
Bowling Night till February 22
Slow Pitch Softball till February 23
We would love for you and your team to be a part of our intramural program.  Make sure you register or your team is registered through the University Web site 

 

Campus Calendar

Martin Luther King Memorial Walk
Tuesday, December 19 ... HEC
The 2010 Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Walk will take place in the Health Education Complex Wellness Center Gymnasium on Tuesday, December 19 throughout the day from 8:30-5:30. The walking track will feature six stations with the slain civil rights leader’s famous speeches as participants embark on a self-guided journey. This event is free and open to the public.

“When Students Threaten Professors” Audio Conference
Tuesday, January 19 … 1:00 p.m. … Campus Life Center, Room 309

This program will feature a 30-minute presentation and then 30 minutes for questions and answers. The entire program will last one hour. The recent murder of a professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton and a classroom shooting at Northern Virginia Community College have again raised questions not only of campus safety, but also of students’ threats against professors. These incidents and others raise the perplexing matter of how colleges can evaluate potential risks -- and deal with them.  Ann H. Franke, who consults with colleges nationally on issues of risk management, will offer guidance for institutions on balancing the many issues at play, including weighing the seriousness of threats, developing a response plan, and minimizing the chance that risks will materialize. Ideal for student affairs officers, registrars, safety and health officials, faculty, academic deans and department chairs, public affairs officers and senior administrators. R.S.V.P: electronically or by phone to Karen Thomas, ext. 5107. Sponsored in partnership by the Division of Student Affairs and University Police.

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.

Study Abroad in Jordan Information Session
Monday, January 25 ... 4:45 p.m. ... Media Bldg., 3rd floor conference room 324
Dr. Lizabeth Zack will be hosting an informational session about the upcoming study abroad opportunity in Amman, Jordan, called "City, Society & Environment." From May 7-24, participants will explore urban and environmental issues, delve into Arabic language and culture, enjoy excursions to nature reserves, Roman ruins and archeological sites, and so much more. This flyer has more details about the program, but if you have more questions, or cannot come to the meeting but would still like to learn more about the study abroad program in Jordan, email Lizabeth Zack or call ext. 5739.

"Celebrate Life" Event
Monday, January 25 ... 7:00 p.m. ... CLC Ballroom
Join us in the CLC Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25 for fun, free food, music, great prizes and college life speaker Wendy Duke. Donations and baby items will be collected for the Carolina Pregnancy Center. Hosted by Upstate Students for Life.

Ritter MarkStaff Council Lunch-n-Learn: Resolving to Stay Fit and Healthy in the New Year
Tuesday, January 26 … 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. … CLC 319
Mark Ritter, director of Fitness and Campus Recreation, will lead a discussion for faculty and staff on keeping our New Year's resolutions, especially those that relate to fitness, nutrition and staying motivated. Questions? Contact Claire Sachse.


FOCUS Gallery Reception
Tuesday, February 2 … 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. … HPAC Lobby
Reception and recognition for students exhibiting in the FOCUS Gallery from Bell's Crossing Elementary, Greenville County Schools. Contact Mary Lou Hightower at 503-5817 for details.

Diversity Training
Wednesday, February 3  … 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. … John Rampey Center
Faculty and staff are invited to attend Diversity YOUniversity. Learn to value the “specialties” and talents each student, staff member, and faculty member brings to the campus. Learn to treat each of our peers with dignity and respect. Become a model of living out the Platinum Rule. Learn to apply our diversity model to all faculty, staff, and student body members.  This training will be presented by Greg Blake who  is the Chief Encouragement Officer of PEP YOUniversity in Greenville, SC.  Greg was the former Leadership Development Specialist for Denny’s.  He delivered all diversity programs to Denny’s and Hardees restaurants nationally.  Greg also facilitated all cultural awareness and sexual harassment training at BMW Manufacturing. Knowledge objectives include: Be able to define Diversity; Be able to understand the five levels of the Tolerance Scale; Be able to apply the “Platinum” Rule to all interactions; Be able to use the five “Stellar” principles for valuing others. There is limited seating so rsvp soon with Jeanette Reeves.

Mardi Gras Party
Saturday, February 6 … 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. … CLC Ballroom
The German-American Club is hosting a Mardi Gras Party open to all interested in fun and dance. For registration and more information please call 599-5660 or email Beate Pirchmoser at beate@bellsouth.net.

 

Community Interest

Braille Course Now Available
(Columbia, SC)- Are you blind or visually impaired? Are you interested in learning to tactually read and write braille? If so, help is now available!  Beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2010, there will be a Braille Course offered at the SC Federation Center of the Blind located at 119 S. Kilbourne Rd, Columbia, S.C. This course is a joint effort sponsored by USC Upstate School of Education, SC Commission for the Blind, SC National Federation of the Blind, SC School for the Deaf and Blind, and the SC Vision Education Partnership. This course is designed to enhance braille skills. For those just learning braille, the course will include refining tactual discrimination skills as well as reading and writing letters, numbers, and punctuation marks in braille.  For more advanced users, the course will focus on building speed when reading tactually, reviewing known contractions, and learning the remaining contractions and the rules that apply to those contractions. Students interested in attending the braille course must be at least 14 years of age. There is a small registration fee of $25.00; transportation assistance and scholarships are  available.

For more information please contact Tracy Bundy at tracy1974@bellsouth.net or 803-936-0231. Here is a flyer with program information.
 

GRE and GMAT Test Prep

Student Affairs and Opportunity Network are pleased to announce an opportunity for upperclassmen, alumni and staff to participate in the Graduate School Test Preparation Workshop for the GRE and GMAT.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Library Classroom Building 237 and will begin on Tuesday, February 2 and end Thursday, March 25. There will be no classes during Spring Break. Participants receive 18 hours of instruction over a seven-week period— nine hours of English and nine hours of Mathematics. The charge for students is $75. Staff and alumni are charged $100 and members of the community are welcome on a space-available basis, paying $125. All materials for the workshop are included. Please contact the Opportunity Network office (503-5966) for more information.

Pilates Walk

pilatesWant to exercise on your lunch break but think you don't have enough time? Well, consider a quick 30-minute workout called Pilates Walk held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in the Wellness Center. Pilates is a body conditioning system which focuses on improving flexibility and overall body strength without building bulk. At only 30 minutes long, there is enough time for everyone to get changed and back to work. Want more info? Here's a flyer, or you can contact Emily Prosser, the new fitness coordinator at the Wellness Center for details.

Spartan Calendar

The Athletics Department has a 2010 wall calendar for sale.  Each month is represented by a different sport and they are only $10.  Support athletics and have a picture of your favorite student athletes for the entire year.  Call Jules Bryant, ext. 5143, for information or come to Hodge 110 to purchase.

Legislative Update

Dan HamiltonRepresentative Dan Hamilton ( Dist. 20, Greenville) visited USC Upstate on Dec. 30. Rep. Hamilton is Chairman of the 11-county Upstate Caucus. An earlier update mentioned the USC Upstate funding inequity being put on the yearly agenda for the Upstate Caucus by members of the Spartanburg County Delegation. Rep. Hamilton wanted to be briefed on the issue personally to be able to articulate the problem as he interfaces other delegates. There is not a feasible solution being put forth at this time because of budget constraints but the issue continues to receive attention in the Legislature, and Rep. Hamilton assures us that he will work with the Spartanburg Delegation to keep it at the forefront of awareness in Columbia. For more information, contact John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

Faculty & Staff

There have been two deaths within the Johnson College of Business' extended family in recent weeks. Dr. Frank Rudisill’s mother, Hazel Armstrong Rudisill, passed away on December 31, 2009 and Jim O’Connor’s brother-in-law, Edwin Smith, passed away on January 8, 2010.

Jane Allen Nodine (Visual Arts) will be exhibiting her work at the Myst Contemporary Gallery from
January 21 – February 16, 2010. There will be a reception on January 21 from  6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Myst Contemporary Gallery is located at 154 West Main Street, Spartanburg and on the Web at www.carolinagalleryart.com. Here is the postcard with details.

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.

Police Officer
(State Title: Law Enforcement Officer I)
University Police
Requisition No.  002127
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.

Telephone Directories

Three types of telephone directories are available in University Communications for distribution across campus. They are:
-The Real Yellow Pages Greater Spartanburg 2010
-Local Edge White and Yellow Pages Spartanburg Area 2010
-2010 Faculty & Staff Telephone Directories
Please email Claire Sachse to request copies.