Daniel GroshansUSC Upstate Mourns Loss Of Daniel Groshans
The USC Upstate campus community is mourning the loss of Daniel Brian Groshans, a 19 year-old freshman from Rock Hill. Daniel died suddenly on Saturday, February 13. He was a psychology major and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. A Candlelight Vigil to memorialize Daniel is planned for Monday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Life Center Ballroom.






BennettUSC Upstate Celebrates Annual Founders’ Day: Presents Inaugural G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award

The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its annual Founders' Day Celebration on Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Life Center Ballroom. The annual Founders’ Day Celebration provides the University an opportunity to honor friends and supporters who have been instrumental in the development of the institution. “This year marks a special Founders’ Day Celebration in this history of USC Upstate as we pay particular tribute to a man whose vision and determination led to the initial establishment of the University,” said James R. Smith ‘72, chairman of the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education. “The Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education is proud to announce the establishment of the G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award and to make the inaugural presentation of this special award posthumously to our founding Commission chair, G.B. Hodge, M.D.” According to Smith, the G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award is the newest and the highest recognition the Commission can grant and is designed to recognize a lifetime of history altering influence on the shape, character and destiny of the University of South Carolina Upstate. Six Awards for Distinguished Service in honor of long and distinguished careers of service to the University will also be presented Thursday evening. Find out more about the recipients and the G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award in this media release …

Greek Life IconNPHC Step Show To Benefit Haiti
The National Pan Hellenic Council of the University of South Carolina Upstate will be sponsoring a Step Show on February 19 at 9:00 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Center. The following fraternities are signed up to compete in this judged competition: Alpha Phi Alpha (Clemson University), Phi Beta Sigma (Johnson C. Smith University), Iota Phi Theta (USC Columbia). Participating sororities are: Alpha Kappa Alpha (Appalachian State), Delta Sigma Theta (USC Upstate) and Zeta Phi Beta (Georgia Southern University). $1,000 prizes will be given to the best fraternity and sorority. DJ “D Dubb” and DJ “2Much” will assist the teams with music and the evening’s host will be Jason Anderson. Advance tickets are being sold at the Student Life Office in the Campus Life Center and at the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 at the door, for USC Upstate students. A limited quantity of advance tickets remain. For all others, tickets are $7 in advance and $12 at the door. Greeks, with proof of Greek affiliation, will be admitted for $5. Proceeds from ticket sales will be going toward Haiti relief efforts. Held throughout the country on college campuses, this traditional African-American dance form incorporates elements of military drills, cheerleading, martial arts, acrobatics, hip hop, tap dancing, and call and response. And it’s a chance for Greek fraternities and sororities to show off their dance moves before a crowd and each other. For further information, contact Davon Lewis, vice president of the NPHC and Step Show coordinator, at (864) 921-7135 or or Stacey Mills, assistant director of Student Life, at (864) 503-5196 or 

Tree Campus AwardArbor Day Foundation Names USC Upstate Tree Campus USA 

The Arbor Day Foundation 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. Here's more ... 



Child Advocacy ConfA Brighter Future Conference: Ending Child Abuse through Advocacy and Education
According to the Children’s Defense Fund (2008), a child is abused or neglected every 49 minutes in South Carolina. In Spartanburg County, 392 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect were recorded in 2007. In 2003, Spartanburg County reported the highest number of indicated cases of child abuse in South Carolina. Sadly, surrounding counties in the Upstate have similar statistics. With these facts in mind, the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project and the University of South Carolina Upstate’s College of Arts and Sciences have joined together to host A Brighter Future: Ending Child Abuse Through Advocacy and Education Conference. It will be held March 19, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Spartanburg, S.C. The registration fee is $25 ($15 for students). According to Dr. Jennifer Parker, associate professor of psychology and conference organizer, the program is designed to target a broad audience of concerned citizens and professionals. Information on the guest speakers, the conference objectives, and registration can be found in this media release and on the conference web site. 

Bodies of KnowledgeThird Annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium
The Third Annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium is just around the corner.  Please mark your calendars for the kick-off event - which also serves as the final screening in this year's Reel Genders International Film Series - a screening of the documentary, 'Pick Up the Mic,' on the subcultural world of 'queer-hop,' 'homo-hop,' and 'trans-hop' at 7:00 p.m. on March 18, followed by a spoken word performance and talkback facilitated by Rocco Kayiatos (a.k.a. Katastrophe), one of the artists featured in the film. This event is in HEC 2039. The symposium is expanding this year to include a conference portion on the morning of Friday, March 19, in various rooms in CLC.  We have conference participants (some very well-known scholars, in fact) coming from throughout the region and a few from outside it (one is coming from the New School! one is coming from Emory, and one - Judith Roof! - from Michigan State). We have a catered lunch with a lunch-time presentation by Rocco Kayiatos on writing for performance, followed by three plenary speakers - Robert McRuer (on disability studies and queer theory), S. Bear Bergman (author of 'Butch Is a Noun' - on 'butch' as a trans, rather than lesbian, gender identity), and Laura Alexandra Harris (on the politics of invisibility surrounding the black femme lesbian) - and dinner will be served between the second and third speakers. The event is bigger and better than ever before, and I hope to share the experience with as many of you as possible. Register for Bodies of Knowledge at your earliest convenience and encourage your students to do the same. Register online at

Atheists @ Upstate Looking For Faculty Support
Atheists @ Upstate is a new student club on campus, and we are looking for any faculty support. The club’s kickoff meeting is this Wednesday, February 17th 5pm in HPAC 120. Pizza and soda will be provided. Any faculty interested in supporting the club or getting involved are welcome. Feel free to just attend, or to contact W. Benjamin Myers (or call 503-5870) for additional details.

mens basketball LipscombMen's Basketball v. Lipscomb Bisons: Spartans Stun First-Place Bisons, 81-74
USC Upstate scored 50 points in the second half, the most points it has scored in a half all year long, to erase a nine-point halftime deficit and rally past first-place Lipscomb Thursday night in A-Sun men's basketball action in the Hodge Center. Lipscomb entered the game in a tie for first place in the A-Sun with a 10-5 mark. The Bisons also were coming off a stretch where they won four of their last five games. However, Upstate outscored Lipscomb by 16 points in the second half to take the win and improve to 5-19 overall and 5-10 in the A-Sun. Lipscomb fell to 13-12 overall and 10-6 in the league. Here's the full story from Thursday night's game ...

womens basketball lipscombWomen's Basketball v. Lipscomb: All 12 Players Score As Upstate Charges Past Lady Bisons, 88-58
All 12 USC Upstate women's basketball players scored and the team shot a hefty 50 percent for the second straight game as Upstate stretched a 15-point halftime lead to 30 points by the end of regulation and Upstate ran away with an 88-58 win over Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the Hodge Center on Thursday night. The Spartans (16-8 overall, 10-5 A-Sun) scored a season-high 46 points in the first half and shot 34-for-68 from the field in the game to post their second straight win and sweep the season series from Lipscomb for the first time in school history. The Lady Bisons (4-22 overall, 2-14 A-Sun) never came within 15 points in the second half. The full story is here.

Campus Calendar

Distribution of Ashes, Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 17 … 10:00 a.m. … CLC 309

Fr. Ted Kalaw of Jesus Our Risen Savior Catholic Church, Spartanburg, will hold a Distribution of Ashes Service at the CLC, room 309, on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010.  This service is open to all denominations.  Ash Wednesday begins the forty day season of Lent prior to Easter Sunday. Come receive your ashes as a reverent beginning to the most holy season of the year. For more information, or to join the Catholic Student Association, join our Facebook page, “Catholic Student Association, USC Upstate” or call Lisa Caggiano at 503-5422.

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 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

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

girl scout cookiesGirl 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 if you have questions.

Duggins LesLunch and Learn: Photography for Dummies
Wednesday, February 24 … 12:00  – 1:00  p.m. … CLC 319
At this Staff Council sponsored Lunch and Learn, Les Duggins, staff photographer for University Communications, will present tips, pointers and suggestions for making your photography shine! Bring your camera for this hands-on exercise (and your lunch, too). All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free event.


The Week in Photos

Art students Art students 2 

Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, associate professor of art education, gave a tour to Kathy Torres’s gifted art/music 4th-8th grade students from Dist. 3. The students toured the works on exhibit in the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery and FOCUS Gallery at USC Upstate on February 10.


Community Events


Chair Affair


Spartanburg Creative Energy announces 2nd Annual Artcycle event for downtown Spartanburg
The City of Spartanburg invites area artists to submit an application for Artcycle, an art project, scheduled for April 2010 in downtown Spartanburg. Regional artists will utilize recycled bicycle parts and the display is planned for April-September in Spartanburg’s downtown area. Artcycle is seeking artists to create outdoor sculptures that are made from a substantial amount of recycled bicycle parts.  The sculptures need not be made only of bicycle parts, nor need they be made of a specific percentage of bicycle parts. However, the sculptures must be made of enough bicycle parts that the viewer readily sees that a significant portion of each sculpture contain parts that were formerly from of a bicycle. Artcycle will feature ten artists and is part of the City of Spartanburg’s Creative Energy campaign with the partnership of HUB-BUB, the Spartanburg Art Museum and Partners for Active Living. Applications can be found on the Spartanburg Creative Energy website at and they are due to the City of Spartanburg by March 1, 2010.  The winning artist will be revealed at the Spartanburg Artwalk event on April 15, 2010. For additional information please contact Amanda Mathis, Economic Development, at 864-596-3068 or

What can you get for $6.00?

Crusty herb fried (or baked) chicken, macaroni and cheese, southern green beans, buttermilk drop biscuits, corn bread, steamed cauliflower, zucchini and tomatoes, strawberry shortcake pudding cup, ice tea or water and it's all you can eat! This is a Faculty/Staff dining pilot program. It will be on Wednesday, February 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in CLC 309. If successful, it will be every Wednesday till spring semester ends.
     What can you get for $8.00? A 16” cheese or pepperoni pizza delivered to your office. Ready in 60 minutes or order a day ahead. To order call Pete's Arena at 503-5021. 

Faculty & Staff

Storm JJonathan Storm (Biology) recently published a paper in The American Naturalist on the anti-predator behavior of field crickets. It is titled “Mothers forewarn offspring about predators: a transgenerational maternal effect on behavior.”

Jim CharlesOn February 11, 2010 Jim Charles (Education) presented a paper titled "'This Deep and Ethical Regard for the Land': American Indian Literatures and the Green Movement" at the 31st Annual SW/TX Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Legislative Update

Vandelden SDr. Sebastian van Delden’s robotics proposal entitled “Automate or Evaporate” was selected by the USC Office of Research and Graduate Education to be on the Universities’ list of projects (approximately 10-12 projects for the entire system) that will go to Washington to seek federal funding. His project will be presented to 4th District Congressman Bob Inglis’ staff next week.

Third District Congressman Gresham Barrett G Barrett SCvisited the USC Upstate campus on Tuesday. His visit was actually a campaign stop as he is a candidate for governor. In his thirty minute visit with Dr. Stockwell, Congressman Barrett expressed concern over education (K-16) in South Carolina and stated his belief that job creation and personal income in South Carolina are tied to educational level. The Congressman will return to campus later in the campaign to visit with students and faculty.

For more information on these legislative updates, contact John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.

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 $129
April 9 – 11: Personal Trainer Certification $489
April 17 – 18: Kick Boxing Certification $129

Visit 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. 

Online Publications

-Wellness Center Spring Newsletter
-Johnson College of Business and Economics Fall Newsletter
-Upstate Magazine 

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. 

Employment Opportunities

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


Academic Advisor
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator II)
Academic Affairs
Requisition No.  002145
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.

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)
Requisition No.  002165
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

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