Homecoming Feb. 8 - 13

Enter the Green Zone
Monday, February 8
• Penny Wars Begin: 10:00 a.m.
CLC 203
• Banner Contest Deadline: 12:00 p.m.
CLC 203
• Hair With Flair: 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Center outside the cafeteria
Get green hair extensions for $10 to celebrate Homecoming and to support Hodge renovations
• Homecoming Kickoff Bonfire: 7:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Tuesday, February 9
• Homecoming Court Polls Open: 9:00 a.m.
Online: www.uscupstate.edu 
• Make Your Own Street Sign: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CLC 2nd Floor Lobby
Green streaksWednesday, February 10
• Sidewalk Chalk Contest Deadline: 12:00 p.m.
CLC 203
• Hair With Flair: 6:00 p.m.
HPAC Theatre Lobby
Get green hair extensions for $10 to celebrate Homecoming and to support Hodge renovations
• LipSync Competition: 7:00 p.m.
HPAC Theatre, $2
Thursday, February 11
• Scavenger Hunt: All Day
Campus-wide
• Penny Wars End: 5:00 p.m.
CLC 203
• Homecoming Court Polls Close: 12:00 p.m.
Online: www.uscupstate.edu

Tailgating will open at 3:00 p.m. prior to tipoff of the Women’s game at 5.00pm and close at 7:30 p.m. at the commencement of the men’s game.

Women’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb at 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb at 7.30 p.m.
 Friday, February 12, 2010
• USC Upstate Happy Hour: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Tap Room at RJ Rockers
Connect here before you reconnect on campus! Join us for a special USC Upstate Happy Hour from 6 - 10 p.m. Students, faculty, alumni, and staff -- don't forget your USC Upstate ID!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Johnson College Alumni Reunion: 10:30 a.m.
200 E. St. John St. at the Spartanburg Museum of Art (in the Chapman Cultural Center) Business alumni gather with faculty and students for a reception at the Spartanburg Museum of Art located 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.
• Alumni Hospitality Table: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Alumni check in with Alumni Relations at the Hodge and pick up your complementary alumni welcome bag.
cheer• Face Painting and Coloring Booth: 1:00 - 2:00 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! Tailgating will open at 12:00 p.m. before the men’s game starting at 2:00 p.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. at the start of the women’s game. Gather with your friends, pack your favorite food to grill out and head to the Hodge parking lot, closest to the main entrance.

News

tree campusArbor Day Foundation Names USC Upstate Tree Campus USA 

The Arbor Day Foundation today honored the University of South Carolina Upstate as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the second consecutive year USC Upstate has been named a Tree Campus USA University. “The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of South Carolina Upstate as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Spartanburg.” Here's more ...

Alabama Blogger To Guest Lecture USC Upstate Web Design Class Via Internet
Wade KwonA communication consultant and expert blogger from Alabama will guest lecture a Web design class at the University of South Carolina Upstate without leaving home. Wade Kwon, known as Birmingham's Best Blogger, will deliver a lecture to Adriana Ahner's Web design class on Monday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Health Education Complex 2039. The campus community is welcome to attend this session. This interactive lecture will take place via Skype, a popular video conferencing program. Kwon will discuss the best content for blog and Web sites and how students can create them quickly and efficiently. "I always enjoy working with students, and this is the first time I've ever done it through an online-only format," Kwon said, who is an award-winning blogger and instructor at the Birmingham Blogging Academy. Here’s more…

Robert EaslerRobert Easler Elected South Carolina Landscape and Turfgrass Association President
University of South Carolina Upstate Superintendent of Grounds, Robert Easler, was recently elected the 2010 president of the South Carolina Landscape and Turfgrass Association in Columbia, S.C. this past January.Easler has served on the SCLTA board of directors for four years.  In this capacity, he has worked with the board of directors to promote the organization’s annual conference and trade show, fall field day, and quarterly newsletter.  The SCLTA currently has 800 members. Easler is a 1980 graduate of Spartanburg Technical College with an associate degree in agriculture.  He has been the superintendent of grounds at the University of South Carolina  Upstate for 20 years and is instrumental in the growth of the campus landscape.  Easler currently manages the Main Campus turf and ornamental crew of seven full time staff and four part time students.

Nick SchneidersSchneiders Named ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District: Senior is second Spartan in three years to earn the Academic All-District honors
USC Upstate center Nick Schneiders has shown tremendous development on the basketball court throughout his time at Upstate. He ranks among the A-Sun leaders in scoring and rebounding while topping the league in blocked shots for a second straight season. But, his play on the court continues to be overshadowed by his tremendous performance in the classroom as the senior has been named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team.  Schneiders is one of five players selected as a first team Academic All-District selection in District 3, encompassing all Division I schools in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He was the only student-athlete from an A-Sun school selected on the team this year. Here’s the full story...  

 

Upstate Research Symposium
The deadline to submit a paper to next annual Upstate Research Symposium has been extended until Friday, February 12, 2010. New this year:  Besides scholarly presentations/posters, this year's Symposium will feature original creative performances for the first time. High school winners from the Piedmont Region III Annual Science Fair will be invited to present their posters at the Symposium. And, The event will be held at Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, which presents a unique opportunity for attendees to visit and learn more about Milliken. Last year, the annual symposium series featured 60 papers, a 189 page Printed Proceedings, and almost 250 participants from 10 different colleges and universities. 
     In order to submit a contribution to the Symposium, please email the following two files to the Symposium Chair, Dr. Sebastian van Delden before the deadline: A completed coversheet (download from web site), and a 2-3 page short (download guidelines/template from website). Please visit the Symposium web site for many more details. The direct link to the "Call for Participation" page with coversheet/guidelines is: http://www.uscupstate.edu/symposium/default.aspx?id=12980
Also, the registration link for the Symposium is already active from the website. Registration is free, but all attendees MUST register in order to attend. Contact Sebastian van Delden if you have questions.

USC Upstate Upward Bound Program College Financial Aid Workshop
The University of South Carolina Upstate Upward Bound Program and other local colleges will offer a financial aid workshop Saturday, February 27. The “College Goal Sunday” workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at USC Upstate’s Health Education Complex in rooms 2001 and 2009. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop is designed to provide financial-aid information and assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Financial aid experts and other volunteers will help parents and students with financial aid paperwork for any college or university and provide information about financial- aid options and eligibility for grants and scholarships. Participants must bring 2009 income- tax returns. "College Goal Sunday” is a volunteer effort by the University of South Carolina Upstate Upward Bound Program, the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education and the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation. Students are encouraged to pre-register at www.collegegoalsundaysc.org. Call Gloria Ward at (864) 503-7401 to pre-register or for further information.
 

Campus Calendar

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.

Reel Genders International Film Series Presents The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Belgium)
Thursday, February 11 … 7:00 p.m. … HEC 2039

This biopic is based on the memoir of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby.  The film depicts Bauby's life after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 42, which left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome.  The condition paralyzed him, with the exception of his left eyelid, so that he could only communicate by blinking.  Bauby boldly reveals his struggle to maintain a sense of masculine pride in the face of severe physical impairment.  This film poses key questions about what it means to be a man and how male identity is reformulated when “trapped” in a frail disabled body.  With visually stunning sets and emotionally powerful performances, the film won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards, as well as four Academy Award nominations.

Hope for Haiti Walk/Run
Thursday, February 18 ... 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. ... HEC Wellness Center Track

Would you like to participate in the Hope for Haiti Walk/Run?  The event will be held on Thursday, February 18, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on the track of the HEC Wellness Center.  Participants are not required to stay the entire time, but we ask for at least a one hour commitment. The event is sponsored by the Psychology Club; however we encourage all students, faculty and staff to participate, regardless whether you have any interest in psychology. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to invite family and friends to participate, as the $5 fee to enter the Wellness Center will be waived for members of the community who participate. If you are interested please email Cody Brooks, Psychology Club President, at brookscl@email.uscupstate.edu by Friday, February 12 for more information and to obtain a pledge form(s).

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.

 

Jill Marie Lawrence: Professional Auditioning Workshop
Thursday, February 18 … 3:00 p.m. … HPAC Studio Theatre


NPHC 3rd Annual Greek Step-Show Competition
Friday, February 19 … 9:00 p.m. … Hodge Arena
Tickets:
$5 USC Upstate Students (In Advance)
$7 Non Upstate Students (In Advance)
$10 USC Upstate Students (At the Door)
$12 Non Upstate Students (At the Door)

Girl Scout Cookie Sales
Wednesday, February 24 …10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. …CLC Lobby
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies has adopted two nearby Girl Scout Troops and it is cookie time! The cookies will be on sale for $3.50 a box. All types are the same as prior years. Come out and support Troops 2343 and Troop 386! Contact Brittany Brown at brownbt@email.uscupstate.edu if you have questions.

Black Student Leaders Motown Dinner 
Thursday, February 25 … 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dining Services Campus Life Center Cafeteria

 

Community Events

Lula WashingtonThe Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Saturday, February 13 … 7:30 pm … Twichell Auditorium, Converse College

Coming to Twichell Auditorium at Converse College for only one public performance, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) is a 10-member contemporary modern dance company that was founded in 1980 by Lula Washington (with her husband, Erwin) in the inner city area of South Los Angeles, California. Since then, LWDT has risen to become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful high-energy dancing; unique choreography; and exceptional educational residencies. The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform a range of dances which showcase the artistic and historic legacy of dance in America and its basis in other cultures. This performance is presented by Ballet Spartanburg and the Spartanburg County Historical Association. All tickets are $15.00. Program begins at 7:30 with a recognition of Black History "Community Weavers" - those who have contributed both past and present to our community in an outstanding way. Dance performance begins at 8:00 pm. Call (864) 596-9725 for tickets. All tickets are $15 each. Presented by the Spartanburg County Historical Association and Ballet Spartanburg.

Wellness Center Offers Fitness Certification Classes

The Wellness Center will be hosting certification classes through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) this spring. The certification classes are open to faculty, staff and students as well as outside community members. The cost of each workshop is listed below. Some of the benefits of getting certified to teach or train are listed below:

--Many health clubs/ fitness facilities require a certification from an accredited fitness program in order for you to teach/train.

--It is an excellent source of part time income (and usually a free gym membership!) Great for newly graduated students!

--The certification classes are a lot of fun…you get to meet like-minded people and get new ideas for ways to improve your classes and teaching techniques.

March 27 – 28: Practical Skill, Primary Group Fitness Certification $299
April 9 – 11: Personal Trainer Certification $489
April 17 – 18: Kick Boxing Certification $239

Visit www.afaa.com for more information or please feel free to contact Emily Prosser, fitness coordinator, for more information. All faculty, staff and students will get a 30% discount off the listed price. In order to receive the discount you must call 1.800.923.2346 to register.

Faculty & Staff

Odhiambo CalvinCalvin Odhiambo (Sociology), will present a paper titled “The Impact of HIVV/AIDS on the Natural Environment” at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Sociological Association on February 19 at Claflin University.

Holupka KimberlyYou are invited to attend a drop-in baby shower for Kimberly Holupka (University Police) on Saturday, February 20 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Rampey Building. Kim is having a baby girl.

Division of Student Affairs Reporting Form

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce a new on-line reporting form. This form will streamline department systems, and provide a comprehensive  and user-friendly protocol for both faculty, staff and students.  The Student Affairs Incident Reporting Form is now available for immediate use and text links can been located on the current students page, the student affairs home page, the current faculty/staff page, and on the dean of students section of the student affairs page or here.  We encourage you to utilize the form for:

• Academic Integrity
• Code of Student Behavior
• Emotional Distress
• Family Crisis Reporting for Upstate Students

 It is our intention to provide you with quality service and a seamless reporting system that can be accessed easily online. Please direct all questions pertaining to the reporting system to the dean of student’s office by calling (864) 503-5107.

Duplicate W-2’s

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Madelynne in the USC Payroll Office will be issuing duplicate W-2’s, after checking first to see if the original W-2 has been returned for some reason.  Here are the instructions on how to request a duplicate:
-Email Madelynne at fairclmg@mailbox.sc.edu
-Indicate that a duplicate W-2 is being requested.  Include your name, address and last four digits of your social security number.
-The duplicate will be sent out via US mail.  Expect to receive it in a few days.
-W-2’s cannot be faxed to the requester.

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.

Library Technical Assistant
(State Title: Library Technical Assistant)
Library
Requisition No.  002165
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Custodian
(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist II)
Facilities Management
Requisition No. 002166
Online applications accepted until position is filled