News

Leigh WardWomen's Soccer Player Leigh Ward Wins 1st-Runner Up at Miss Spartanburg Pageant: Ward talks about her experience at Saturday night's Miss Spartanburg Pageant 
Competing in her first pageant since she was in high school, USC Upstate women's soccer player Leigh Ward was named 1st-Runner up at Saturday night's Miss Spartanburg Pageant. The Summerville, S.C., native has been part of the women's soccer program at Upstate for three seasons and in the fall will participate in her final season as a Spartan. Ward recently talked with Alex Edwards of Upstatespartans.com to discuss her experience on Saturday night. Here is their interview.

Gibson LynetteHumbert and Gibson Receive Magellan Scholar Award For Nursing Research
The Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased that a student and professor were recently honored for their research pertaining to breast cancer. Crystal Humbert, a senior from Pelzer majoring in nursing, and Dr. Lynette Gibson, associate professor of nursing, received a Magellan Scholar Award for a research study titled, “Breast Cancer Beliefs and Mammography Screening Intention in African American Women.” The Magellan Scholar program was created to enrich the academic experience of University of South Carolina's undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology, and medicine, to theatre, music, and art. By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, this program enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The Magellan Scholar program provides opportunities for undergraduates to build a competitive edge in the job market.

USC Upstate Enforces No-Smoking Policy
By Gary Glancy, Originally posted on GoUpstate.com, Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
The University of South Carolina Upstate says it is stamping out leniency when it comes to its campuswide ban on smoking. "Up until the last two or three months, we haven't been asked (by university administration) to take an aggressive enforcement policy," said Klay Peterson, the university's chief of police, "but that has since changed, and we have definitely stepped up our vigilance in that regard." It has been more than a year since the university implemented its smoke-free policy, and the topic once again is a hot one after a law in North Carolina banning smoking in restaurants and bars went into effect earlier this month. Read the full story at GoUpstate.com...

Study Abroad 2010
The Center for International Studies is sponsoring several destinations this summer to historic and exotic  gems like China, Costa Rica, Italy, Chile, France, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Athens, Sicily, Ireland and Jordan.  These opportunities are available for faculty and staff as well as students.  If you are interested in traveling abroad to enhance your foreign language skills or to enhance your expertise in your profession we can help.  If you are interested in traveling abroad please visit the CIS Web site for more information on these programs or stop by our office (CLC 202) for more information.

womens tennisWomen's Tennis: Spartans Set To Open Season Monday
With a revamped lineup after a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2009, the USC Upstate women's tennis team will open its 2010 season by facing Presbyterian at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex on Monday at 2 p.m. The Spartans will likely insert three freshmen into the starting lineup, in Colombian Monica Pezzotti and Chileans Simona Cacciuttolo and Francisca Valderrama, all of whom earned junior rankings amongst the top 1,200 in the world. The Spartans also return junior Emilia Milovanovic, who finished the fall 8-2 in singles play, and two All-A-Sun Second Team selections in Cinthya Lazaro and sophomore Ana-Sofia Camberos. The full story is here... 

 

 

News from Health Services

Seasonal influenza, traditionally seen in the Upstate in January and February each year, has not yet been documented, so it is not too late to receive the vaccine!  Health Services exhausted its original supply of this vaccine in November.  A limited amount of additional seasonal flu vaccine has since been obtained by Health Services for administration to students, faculty, and staff.  The cost is $10 for students, $20 for employees, payable by check or cash only.  Health Services is not equipped to accept credit or debit cards.  Appointments can be scheduled while supplies last, by calling:  (864) 503-5191.  Some students who are under age 19 and uninsured, underinsured, or Medicaid-eligible, may qualify to receive this vaccine at no charge to them.  Receipts can be issued with appropriate coding for insurance reimbursement at the time of the visit; however, Health Services is not currently a provider in any insurance network.

 

The H1N1 pandemic is not over! New cases are being reported daily, all over the world, including the Upstate!  Since the H1N1 vaccine is now in plentiful supply, this vaccine can be administered to anyone desiring vaccination through Health Services by scheduling an appointment at (864) 503-5191. This vaccine can be given at the same visit as the seasonal vaccine, and is being offered at no charge by the government; however, there is an associated administration charge of $5 for students and employees. The same qualifications regarding age and insurance status may qualify students to receive this vaccine at no charge, as well.  Insured individuals may be able to receive reimbursement, provided individual carriers will approve, since Health Services is not considered an “in-network provider.”

 

In conjunction with the Health Fair on Wednesday, January 27 on the lower level of the Wellness Center, in the Group Fitness Room:
• LifeLine Screening® will be present from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To schedule individual testing, please call either (888) 653-6441 or (800) 324-1851.
• Piedmont Blood Center will also be conducting a blood drive from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gardasil®, the Human Papillovirus (HPV) vaccine, has now received a clinical indication for the prevention of genital warts in males, in addition to prevention of both genital warts and cervical cancer in females.  Health Services is now administering this vaccine to males between the ages of 18-26, in addition to females.  It is a 3-injection series given over 6-months time, and is given at $125/dose.  Some students will qualify to receive this vaccine at no charge to them; others may qualify for a patient assistance program or vaccine reimbursement program from the manufacturer.  Details are available through Health Services.  Payment will be collected at the time of vaccine administration via cash or check only, as above, with appropriate documentation coding for reimbursement issued at the visit.

 

Piedmont Blood Center will return to campus for another blood drive in conjunction with Homecoming Week, on Saturday, February 13 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Hodge Center parking lot to coincide with the basketball game scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

 

Campus Calendar

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.



USC Upstate Health Fair
Wednesday, January 27 … 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. … Wellness Center
The Wellness Center is hosting Health Fair on Wednesday, January 27th from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the Wellness Center. Both on-campus and community volunteers will have information and goodies to hand out. Some of the vendors attending will be Whole Foods Market, REACH Upstate, Sherman Chiropractic and many others. For more information contact Emily Prosser.

Lecture by Michael Watson: Recent Painting
Thursday, January 28 … 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. … Performing Arts Center
Michael Watson, whose works are currently on display at the Curtis R. Harley Gallery, will deliver an artist lecture on his recent paintings. A reception will follow.  Contact Jane Nodine, gallery director at 503‐5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu for further information.

Haiti FlagBenefit Concert for Haiti
Friday, January 29 … 7:00 p.m. … CLC Ballroom
Come out and help support the Earthquake Victims in Haiti. Tickets will be on sale in the Student Life office starting Wednesday, January 27 and will also be sold at the door. 30% of proceeds will go to help Upstate Students directly affected by earthquakes, and 70% will go towards an international non-profit working in the region to aid the people of Haiti. Tickets are $5. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life, BSL, CAB, The Carolinian, IMPACT, Phi Beta Sigma, and SGA. Questions? Call the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122.

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.

Words of Fire Symposium
Monday, February 1 … 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. …University Readiness Center Greatroom
The 1st Annual Words of Fire Symposium at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC on Monday, Feb 1, 2010, featuring Dr. Tricia Rose.  Her new book, The Hip Hop Wars, will be available for purchase at the event.  Local spoken word artists will also perform.  Free food and door prizes will be provided.  The event is scheduled for 6-8:30 and is free and open to the public. Need more information? Contact Lisa Johnson. Here's a flyer to share.

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.

Art with Heart Show
Thursday, February 11 …  4:00 to 6:00 p.m. … CLC Ballroom
The Burroughs Child Development Center Advisory Board is sponsoring the "Art with Heart" show featuring the "world-renown" artists of the Child Development Center itself!  The event will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the CLC Ballroom.  It is free and open to the University community.  The Advisory Board will be accepting donations of gently used or new children's (ages 0 to 4) books at the show for the Child Development Center.    

Veterans Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis
Thursday, February 18 … 10:00 a.m. … University Readiness Center

All are invited to a veterans town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Questions? Contact Paul Howell at paul.howell@mail.house.gov.

 

Homecoming Festivities

Homecoming LogoMonday, February 8
Penny Wars Begin
Campus Life Center 203, 10:00 a.m.


Banner Contest Deadline
Campus Life Center 203, 12:00 p.m.


Hair With Flair
Campus Life Center outside the cafeteria, 6:00 p.m., $10
Get green hair extensions to celebrate Homecoming and to support Hodge renovations


Homecoming Kickoff Bonfire
Gravel lot at Rampey Center, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 9
Homecoming Court Polls Open
9:00 a.m.

Make Your Own Street Sign
Campus Life Center 2nd Floor Lobby, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 
Wednesday, February 10
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Deadline
Campus Life Center 203, 12:00 p.m.

Hair With Flair
HPAC Theatre Lobby, 6:00 p.m., $10
Get green hair extensions to celebrate Homecoming and to support Hodge renovations

LipSync Competition
Humanities & Performing Arts Theatre, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 11
Scavenger Hunt
Campus-wide, all day

Penny Wars End
Campus Life Center 203, 5:00 p.m.


Homecoming Court Polls Close
12:00 p.m.


Friday, February 12
Homecoming Pep Rally & Green Scream
TBD


Alumni Social
Tap Room at RJ Rockers, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Students, faculty, alumni, and staff get special pricing with USC Upstate ID!


Saturday, February 13
Johnson College Alumni Reunion
200 E. St. John St. at the Spartanburg Museum of Art, 12:00 p.m.
Gather with faculty, students, and business alums for a reception at the Spartanburg Museum of Art (in the Chapman Cultural Center) followed by a Hard Hat Tour of the new downtown building for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

Face Painting and Coloring Booth
USC Upstate Hodge Center,  1:00  - 3:30 p.m.
Bring the kids to get their faces painted, meet the Spartan Cheerleaders, and color the Spartan helmet at the coloring booth

Alumni Hospitality Table
USC Upstate Hodge Center Lobby,  1:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Check in with Alumni Relations, and pick up your Mix-n-Mingle reception tickets, basketball tickets and complementary welcome bag


Homecoming Doubleheader Basketball Games -  Spartans vs. Belmont
USC Upstate Hodge Center
Men’s Basketball vs. Belmont – 2:00 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Belmont – 4:30 p.m.


Mix-n-Mingle Alumni Reception
USC Upstate Campus Life Center Ballroom, 3:30 p.m.
Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, no charge

 

Community Interest

Spartanburg Day School Open House
Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27

The Spartanburg Day School invites the community to attend an open house, highlighting:
• the International Baccalaureate Programme
• the Ben Stone Fellows Scholarship Program
• AP and college counseling
• Singapore Math
• and more!
Tues., January 26th • 5:30 - 7 pm
• Coffee House featuring SDS student band Simple
Paradox, vignettes from the Upper School play
Canterbury Tales: Chaucer's Flying Circus, and much more!
• student panel, tours, and select faculty presence
Wed., January 27th • 9 am - 2 pm
• Personal tours
• the annual Red and White basketball game @ 1pm
Want to know more about SDS from someone with children there? Contact Louise Ericson. And remember SDS offers a discount to full-time USC Upstate employees. Here's a flyer with all the information.

 

Join the USC Upstate Relay for Life Team!
Relay for Life Enhancer, April 16, 2010, 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Converse College
The enhancer will be co-sponsored by USC Upstate, Converse College, and Spartanburg Methodist College and will feature bands, friends, and fun! Teams or Individuals can now sign up for the enhancer by visiting www.relayforlife.org/spartanburg and joining the USC Upstate team. Once you have signed up for the USC Upstate team, you may then form sub-teams (office, student organization, etc.) on campus. Teams created independent from the USC Upstate team on the Relay for Life website will also be required to participate in the May 21 FULL Relay. Each individual who raises $100 or more will receive a free Relay for Life shirt. For more information or questions contact Kara Ferguson, Office of Student Life, 864-503-5122, kferguson@uscupstate.edu 

The Enhancer is supplemental event to the main Relay for Life to be held on May 21, 2010 at Dorman High School. Enhancers vary from traditional relays in length of time and the lack of a minimum fundraised amount by each participant. Participants in the Enhancer are welcome to participate in the Spartanburg Relay as well.

"Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Cure in Carolina!" shirts are available for purchase. Help USC Upstate raise funds for Relay for Life by purchasing a "Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Cure in Carolina!" shirt. Shirts are navy blue with white and pink lettering. You can purchase either a long sleeved or short sleeved shirt and sizes range from youth small to adult 3XL. Here is an image of the shirts.  Short sleeved shirts are $12 each and long sleeved shirts are $15 each. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. for the first round of purchases and payment must be received prior to ordering the shirts. Contact Kara Ferguson, kferguson@uscupstate.edu, 864-503-5122 to order shirts.

Legislative Update

A special Senate Committee on Education met on Jan. 14 to hear testimony on H. 3365 (Higher Education Efficiency and Administrative Policies Act, commonly known as Regulatory Relief for Higher Education). An earlier update reported that this bill impacts higher education in procurement rules and thresholds, human resource autonomies, and capital improvement regulations. The bill will result in savings and efficiencies that will streamline many operations, particularly capital project work. The bill passed the House last April. This committee passed the bill unanimously with technical amendments and will send it next week to the full Senate Education committee. It is written to become law upon signature of the Governor (not July 1st, as many bills are written). Best-case scenario would see H.3365 passed by the Senate sometime in the next six to eight weeks. For more information, contact John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

New Year, New Language!

This spring, USC Upstate’s World Languages Institute will offer instruction in Beginning Arabic, Beginning Ukrainian, Beginning Chinese, Beginning Russian, Beginning Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew-Level 2, Beginning Irish Gaelic, English for Internationals, Spanish- for Healthcare Professionals and Beginning German. Classes run from February 1 through April 12. The registration deadline has been extended until January 26. Cost is $110 per class. For more information please contact the Center for International Studies at (864) 503- 5661, visit our Web site for registration information. Here's a flyer to keep. Classes are  open to the public; no foreign language experience is required.

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.

Faculty & Staff

Sarietta
David Moss
(Landscape Services) and his wife Ashley Greenway Moss (Child Development Center) are the proud parents of a baby girl. Sarietta Kahlan Moss was born Tuesday, January 19 at 1:09 p.m. at SRMC. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long. All are doing well. Sarietta's grandmother, Pat Moss (Facilities), says, "We are definitely proud and she is going to be one spoiled little girl!"

Mr. Carl Baker, father of Elaine Guest (Academic Affairs) passed away Thursday, January 21. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Senior Centers of Cherokee County, 499 West Rutledge Avenue, Gaffney, SC 29340 or Goucher Baptist Church, 415 Goucher Creek Road, Gaffney, SC 29340. An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.

Dr Angie Davis (School of Nursing) lost her father Perry G. Davis, 88, of Yadkinville NC, who passed away Wednesday, January 20 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a brief illness.

Judy Prince (Greenville) was named one of the 50 most influential people of 2009 in the January edition of Greenville Business Magazine. She was chosen because of her involvement in the planning of  Upstate Reality Check, an event organized to gather public input, to create consensus about growth in the 10-county Upstate region, and to influence public policy. 

The Wellness Center

Be sure to check out the Wellness Center's new spring 2010 group fitness schedule.  

Employment Opportunities

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

STAFF/ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS:

Academic Advisor
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator II)
Academic Affairs
Requisition No.  002145
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

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.

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.

Administrative Area Feedback System

In order to provide a more efficient and timely method of feedback to departments, a new administrative area feedback system has been developed that will allow units to hear from you and act on your comments throughout the year.  If you would like to provide recognition for excellent service, feedback on services or operations, or general comments regarding an administrative area, please visit this web site. There, you will be able to choose a unit and access the relevant feedback form.  Please bookmark this link for future use.  The website can also be accessed by navigating to the Assessment and Compliance webpage through the A-Z directory and clicking the “Administrative Area Feedback” link at the top right of the page. This  website is for use by faculty, staff, students, and any community members who interact with the University.  Feel free to forward the link to others or include it in correspondence from your department. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Brian Mallory, director, Institutional Effectiveness & Compliance at ext. 5796.