The MiserShoestring Players At USC Upstate To Perform “The Miser”
The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform The Miser on February 25-27 at 8:00 p.m. and February 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center.  The Miser is one of the funniest plays in dramatic literature. It abounds with laughter as the son and daughter of the miser fall in love and are about to declare their intentions when the miser announces his own wedding plans. The children’s plans are disrupted when their father announced he plans to wed the girl with whom his son is in love, and his wealthy friend, to his daughter. For additional information, contact Neill Hance, assistant professor of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5831 or To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for staff and students and $6 for general public. Pictured are: Joelle Gwinn as Elise; Melissa Moon as Frosine; Nicholas Everette as Cleante, Daniel Gorski as Harpagon; and Megan Wirth as Mariane. The cast also includes Patric Phillips as Valere, Ben Sickles as Seigneur Anselme, Mason Manna as Maitre Simon, Sha'Rone Scott as Master Jacques, Carlton Brock as La Fleche, Felicia Glidden as Dame Claude, Steven Shuler as Brindavoine, Jonathon Schwendler as La Merluche, Coe Dantzler as The Commissioner.

USC Upstate Music Instructor To Perform For Famed Organist
David GuthrieDavid Guthrie, adjunct instructor of music and director of University Singers & Chamber Choir at the University of South Carolina Upstate, is among the performers scheduled to play for Dr. Paul Jacobs, head of the organ department at The Juilliard School, on Saturday, February 20. Jacobs will be conducting a pipe organ master class at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Guthrie studies organ with Dr. Leon Couch, a faculty member of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College. Couch recommended Guthrie for the Saturday performance. Jacobs, who has given pipe organ performances on five continents, has an extensive repertoire that includes music from the 16th Century through contemporary times. He is well-known for playing demanding programs exclusively from memory, such as Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Cesar Franck, and  Louis Vierne. Jacobs was the first organist to be given the Harvard Musical Association's Arthur W. Foote Award in 2004 and he received the Yale School of Music's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. In 2007 he was awarded the William Schuman Scholars Chair at The Juilliard School. For more information, contact David Guthrie at (864) 503-5299 or

Ashton CleverGraphic Design Student Creates Sculptour Brochure
Outdoor sculpture enthusiasts and art lovers in general will find a wealth of information about Spartanburg County’s public outdoor art installations in a new brochure that was researched, photographed, written and designed by a University of South Carolina Upstate graphic design major. Ashton Clever, 23, from Boiling Springs, produced the brochure for the Spartanburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as part of her 270-hour internship over the fall 2009 semester. It catalogues 80 outdoor sculptures installed as far north as Cowpens National Battlefield, to downtown Spartanburg, to the campuses of USC Upstate, Converse and Wofford, to Hatcher Garden and many other points scattered around Spartanburg County. The brochure features the names of all the pieces, a photo, the artist, and their location on a map of the county. It also features three local artists’ statements on their personal creations and the environments in which their art lives. Here are more details…

Mens TennisMen’s Tennis
No. 73 Spartans Down Elon, 5-2: Rodriguez and Blanco each earn three-set wins to clinch the win
ELON, N.C. - A pair of three-set wins by sophomores Edgar Rodriguez and Ramiro Blanco helped lift the No. 73 USC Upstate men's tennis team to a 5-2 win over Elon on Sunday in non-conference action at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Complex. For Rodriguez, his doubles and singles wins helped him reach 50 career combined wins. Upstate (3-4 overall) earned the split-decision doubles point, as seniors Renzo Airaldi and Javier Tori taking an 8-3 win over Chase Helpingstine and Alberto Rojas at No. 1 and Rodriguez and Blanco adding an 8-6 win over Phillip Nemec and Cody MacDowell at No. 2. More +

UMBC Downs Upstate In Extra Innings, Wins Spartan Classic

Spartanburg, S.C. - Lauren Brummell drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning to lead UMBC to a 2-1 victory over USC Upstate in the championship game of the second annual Campus Suites Spartan Classic Sunday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium. In the third place game, Liberty scored in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-2 win over Eastern Kentucky. Brummell was named the tournament MVP after hitting .455 in the tournament. She was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run in the championship game Sunday. UMBC improved to 3-1 on the year, while Upstate fell to 3-3 on the year. The Spartans will play host to Tusculum Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at Cyrill Stadium. More +

Students Named To Chancellor’s List At USC Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate announces its fall 2009 Chancellor’s List. To be eligible for the Chancellor’s List, students must earn a 4.0 and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours. Here is the complete list...

Students Named To Dean’s List At USC Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate announces its fall 2009 Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours. Here is the list of students…  

Optional Retirement Program Participants Only – Time is Running Out!

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. 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 here. 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.


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 one day workshop for Primary Skills & Choreography is $129.
The 2-day certification for Primary Group Exercise Certification is $299.
The one day workshop for Kickboxing Skills & Choreography is $129.
The 2-day Kickboxing Certification is $239.

The cost of each workshop/ certification 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 or the exercise enthusiast that wants to make a little extra money
-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
March 27: Practical Skill and Choreography WORKSHOP $129
April 9 – 11: Personal Trainer Certification $489
April 17 – 18: Kick Boxing CERTIFICATION $239
April 17: Kick Boxing Skills and Choreography WORKSHOP $239
You can go on the for more information and to register. Contact Emily Prosser for more information.


The Week in Photos

CDC Art show CDC Art show 2 CDC Art show 3 

The Art with Heart show on February 11 was a great success complete with many stunning works of art created by the children at the Burroughs Child Development Center. Everyone also enjoyed music and light refreshments.

Daniel Groshans 1 Daniel Groshans 2
The USC Upstate campus community mourned the loss of Daniel Brian Groshans, a 19 year-old freshman from Rock Hill, in a candle light vigil held Monday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Life Center Ballroom. Daniel died suddenly on Saturday, February 13. He was a psychology major and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. 

Gospel Choir 1 Gospel Choir 2
The 140-member University of South Carolina Upstate Gospel Choir staged their largest performance of the year at the Spartanburg Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom on Sunday, February 7. Special guest singers included Larry McCullough from Greenville, S.C., Antrina Miller from Spartanburg, and Sharon Oyekan from Atlanta, Ga. Hoyt Bynum, CEO of Children Shelter of the Upstate, has succeeded Dr. Warren Carson as the choir’s director.

Founders Day Mrs Hodge Founders Day Bill Noblitt
At the annual Founders' Day evening last Thursday, Mrs. Hodge, wife of the late Dr. GB Hodge, accepted the inaugural GB Hodge M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her husband. Their daughter, Susan Hodge, looks on. The Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education also presented six Awards for Distinguished Service in honor of long and distinguished careers of service to the University, characterized by exceptional dedication, exceptional work ethic and persistent commitment to quality. Receiving these awards were: Dr. Jerome V. Bennett, Sr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Accounting; Dr. Diana Clary, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Accounting; the late Beatrice Pye, Former Custodian, Mr. Elbert “Bill” G. Noblitt, Retired Master Craftsman (pictured above, right); Dr. Ronald H. Romine, Former American Humanics Program Director; and Dr. Edwin F. Wilde, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.

Campus Calendar

USC Upstate TEACh (Teachers Educating All Children) Scholastic Book Fair
Monday, February 22 – 26 … 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. … HEC School of Education Lobby
You all remember having them when you were in elementary school. Come out to the School of Education this week to shop for books of every kind to support local schools in our community. All proceeds will be used to provide donations to schools in the area. For more information, visit The Scholastic Book Fair is an annual event sponsored by TEACh, providing education majors the opportunity to start building their classroom libraries and giving parents at USC Upstate and in the Spartanburg community the chance to enrich their children's lives with high quality books.  TEACh will be using the profits from the Book Fair to help schools in our area.  So it's win-win for everyone! Questions? Contact E. Hope Bennett, TEACh President, at

US Census Bureau Recruitment
Tuesday, February 23 … 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. … Campus Life Center 3rd Floor

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 documentation that verifies they are eligible to work in the United States (driver's license and social security card, or passport).  Contact John Montemayor at or ext. 5124 for further information.

Rob BlackledgeRob Blackledge: Live at Jazzman's
Tuesday, February 23 ... 7:00 p.m. ... Jazzman's
The Campus Activities Board Coffee House Series is pleased to present Rob Blackledge appearing live at Jazzman's located in the bottom of the Smith Building. The event is free. Here's a flyer to share.


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 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.

IT Camp Application Deadline
Friday, February 26
Please keep in mind that the deadline to apply for the IT Camp is Friday, February 26. Activities for the selected students from 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will include: building their own laptop, installing software on it, simple programming, and touring QS/1. It’s a free  camp and the student gets to keep the laptop afterwards! USC Upstate is collaborating with Furman on this event which is being sponsored by the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management. Camp dates are April 10 and 17 at Furman, and April 24 at USC Upstate. Students must currently be in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades. Public, private, and homeschooled kids are all welcomed to apply. Here is an application form and informational flyer. Questions? Contact Sebastian van Delden, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of Research Support, at 503-5292 or

International Fest
Tuesday, March 2 ... 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center Ballroom
In honor of National Foreign Language Week, the Department of Languages, Literature & Composition proudly presents International Fest. There will be free food and live entertainment by the Ashanti African Drum and Dance, Ballet Folklorico Internacional De Greenville, Zumba by Ballet Spartanburg and traditional Chinese dance by the Chinese Education Center. Contact Shannon Palchow for additional information.

Safe Spring Break Carnival
Tuesday, March 2 ... 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center
This year’s Safe Spring Break Carnival, sponsored by Alcohol and Drug Education Programs and Counseling Services, will feature the National Save A Life Tour. The National Save A Life Tour is an event that has been praised by thousands. This tour crosses the United states and spreads the word about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. It uses “in-your face” methods to get the message across. The difference between the save a life tour and other drunk driving education is that it has the only drunk-driving simulator of its kind that simulates the effect alcohol has on your driving skills. It also includes a simulation of the effects of texting while driving. It is a truly sobering experience.  Although the fair runs from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the simulator will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Campus Life Center. Also included in this year’s event are Safe Spring Break Survival Kits, area vendors, free food and T-shirts. Please join us to have some fun and learn how to be safe on the road and in the sun. This letter from the Chancellor has some safety tips and well wishes for students on Spring Break.

Spring 2009 Education Recruitment
Wednesday, March 3 … 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. …. Health Education Complex Gym & 2039

The USC Upstate Career Center and the School of Education are again partnering to offer the Spring 2010 Education Forum and Recruitment Event.  During the forum, a panel of teacher recruiters will speak with the student teachers about hiring practices and expectations of first year teachers.  The forum will be held in HEC 2039 and begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 10:20 a.m.  At approximately 11:00 a.m. the student teachers will move to the HEC gym where they will be met by recruiters from N.C.,  S.C. and Ga. who eagerly await the opportunity to speak with them regarding open positions within their schools.  The event ends at 12:15 p.m. For more information contact 503-5392.

Community Interest

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2010 SC Book Festival 

The 2010 SC Book Festival will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC on February 26–28, 2010.

Friday, February 26 Events:
Featured workshops at various locations around the Columbia area during the day will be offered for a nominal registration fee. In the evening, join us for the annual opening night reception presented in partnership with the University of South Carolina University Libraries.  More details will follow as the festival schedule develops in the coming months.

Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28: All events are free and open to the public. The weekend activities feature award-winning authors discussing their works and other interesting literary topics. Autographing your copies of books along with others you may purchase on site will be located within the Exhibit Hall. More than 100 exhibitors set up their booth spaces where you can shop all weekend long for that special literary treat. All events are open and free to the public: all seats for author presentations are first-come basis. Visit the SC Book Festival Web site for information about the presenters, how to shop for books, and where to get autographs.

Discrimination or Harassment Complaints or Concerns

For help with a discrimination or harassment concern, email Sharon Woods in the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity or call ext. 5344. You can also access the university's complaint procedures online

Legislative Update

H. 3365 (Regulatory Relief for Higher Education) was passed by the Senate Education Committee last week with numerous amendments. Though the bill will give colleges higher thresholds for purchasing and construction, it does not streamline the process for capital projects as desired. The bill will go to the Senate floor for debate in the next two weeks. There could be amendments on the floor to help or conference committee with House could add more suitable provisions to the bill. Once passed, the entire list of provisions will be published here.

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

Student Spotlight

Fran Monica

USC Upstate Spanish 311 students Franchezca Westwood and R. Monika Harris worked as project managers on translations for Peace Corps World Wise Schools during the fall of 2009. Their translations have recently been published.  Please visit the Peace Corps web link to see our students work.

Alumni Spotlight

New principals taking reins at McCarthy-Teszler, Broome: New principal at Broome High
Todd HardyTodd Hardy was selected as the next principal of Broome High School in Spartanburg School District 3. Hardy, current principal of the Byrnes Freshman Academy in District 5, succeeds acting principal Joel McCracken, who will retire at the end of the year. He was selected for the post from a pool of 36 applicants. During his career in education, Hardy has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. "Todd is coming home," District 3 Superintendent Jim Ray said in a written statement. "He was born in District 3, attended Pacolet schools and is a graduate of Broome High School. He has significant family and community ties in our district which will accelerate his transition to the Broome principalship." Hardy received a bachelor's in secondary education from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a master's in education administration from Converse College. He also completed the State Department of Education's School Leader Executive Institute and the Spartanburg County Administrators Academy. The full story can be found here. 

The Family Fund

family fund

Folks, don't forget that there is still time to get your gifts in to Bea Walters Smith to be counted in the annual Family Fund Drive. Every few weeks, Bea draws a name from among those who have donated and presents a prize. Last week's winners were June Carter and Susan Dent. Will your name be called next? To make a donation please visit the Family Fund Web site or call Bea Walters Smith at ext. 5235.

Faculty & Staff

Conway Henderson, political science professor from 1971 to 2005, has finished his textbook titled Understanding International Law, available this month through publisher Wiley/Blackwell. The textbook has been his main project since he retired from USC upstate in 2005. 

NearyBrigitte Neary (Sociology) had a paper, "The Privilege of Not Being German: Unpacking the Social Construct," accepted for presentation in the session, Social Construction of Race, at the Southern Sociological Association's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., April 21-24, 2010. She has also been recruited to preside over this session.

Randi Hunton, Prof. Neary's independent study student, also had her paper, "Street Credibility: The 'Badder', the Better," accepted for presentation at the same conference in the session, "Group Identity and Collective Memory."  This will be Randi Hunton’s second conference presentation in the past year.

Hoover AnnAnn Hoover (Psychology) recently presented research titled “Power and the Evaluation of Agentic Women” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Las Vegas, Nev.

Beer AndrewAndrew Beer (Psychology) recently presented research titled “Personality Judgments from a Lineup” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Las Vegas, Nev.

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 (Greenville Campus)
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

Administrative Specialist I (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Specialist I)
School of Nursing (Greenville Campus)
Requisition No.  002255
Online applications accepted until position is filled.