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Diversity in the Classroom is Topic of the Many Faces and Places of Diversity Conference
The Schools of Education from Benedict College, Claflin College, Limestone College, South Carolina State College, Converse College and the University of South Carolina Upstate will meet on the USC Upstate campus on March 4, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for an annual diversity conference.  This nationally recognized conference will bring together teacher education candidates from across the state for a day-long conference on the topic of diversity in the classroom. It will be held in the Campus Life Center Ballroom.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Paul Gorski, noted national speaker on issues of diversity, equity and justice in today’s schools and society. The topics for break-out sessions include Making Social Studies Come Alive for First Graders, Ten Traits of Effective Teachers, Using Brain-based Learning to Engage Diverse Learners and The Diverse Classroom. Entertainment will be provided by the Crosswell Drive Steppers, singers and dancers from Sumter, South Carolina. The Crosswell students will be chaperoned by Ms. Caroline Mack, Miss Black USA 1997-98. For further information, please contact Dr. Greta Freeman in the USC Upstate School of Education, at gfreeman@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5524.

commissioners grove treesNew Plantings Enhance Parking Areas, Quad 
The Spartanburg campus received a tremendous boost to its plant and tree inventory last week. The four main parking areas around campus, including the Library/Administration Bldg. lot, University Readiness Center lot, the Wellness Center lot and the Health Education Complex Nursing/Education lot, received numerous plants and trees. All 111 plants were donated by Bill Cobb '74, and he provided the labor to install them as well. Selections include Magnolias, Oaks, Maples, Leylands, Osmanthus and Crape myrtles.
     On the quad by the front of the Media Building, 14 (soon to be 15) Golden Dawn Redwoods, or Metasequoia glypstroboides ‘Gold Rush,’ were installed in what will be called "The Commissioners Grove." Roebuck Nursery supplied the trees and the labor to plant.  



Nick SchneidersSchneiders Named Academic All-American: Senior center named an ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American
Nick Schneiders has garnered many accomplishments and awards as a member of the USC Upstate men's basketball team. On Monday, he brought home perhaps his biggest achievement in being named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. The Academic All-America teams were announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Monday evening as part of ESPN's Big Monday college basketball telecast. Schneiders, a senior from Rietberg, Germany, was a Second Team Academic All-America selection in the University Division encompassing all Division I institutions. He earned First-Team Academic All-District honors earlier this month and was placed in the pool for Academic All-America honors. He carries a 3.71 GPA as a graphic design major. He is a three-time A-Sun All-Academic selection and a two-time Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll pick. Here is the full story.

Buckson and ReavesNonprofit Majors Gain Leadership and Management Experience at American Humanics Conference
Five American Humanics students from the University of South Carolina Upstate participated in the American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), held January 3-6 in Phoenix, Ariz. USC Upstate AH Campus Director John Long accompanied students Kathy Buckson, Victoria Escudero, Clifton Reaves, Jekeithlyn Ross, and LD Thompson. “I thought the speakers were motivational and encouraging; and the workshops I attended were educationally rewarding,” said Kathy Buckson, a junior nonprofit administration major. She added:  “The highlight of the institute for me was the case study I selected to attend. I enjoyed the hands-on experience of meeting and discussing with the organization what improvements can be done to improve their mission as well as attract new donors. I left AHMI with a feeling of accomplishment and am looking forward to attending the 2011 Institute in Orlando.”

 

The Week in Photos

 

tree campus plaque tree campus flag
Jimmy Walters (right), regional urban forester with the S.C. Forestry Commission, presented a plaque to Chancellor Stockwell and Bruce Suddeth (left), director of landscape services, to recognize the university's status as a Tree Campus USA for the second year in a row. Walters also presented the campus and crew of Landscape Services a new flag and Arbor Day Foundation hats.

 

 

National Foreign Language Week, March 1-5

Monday-Friday March 1- 4 “Name the Tune”
Students will have the opportunity to listen to a sample foreign language tune electronically every day in the Foreign Language Lab (HPAC 234). The first ten students who have submitted the name of the song and the artist’s name correctly will be placed in a box from which one winner of a $20.00 gift certificate will be selected. Send your answers by Friday, March 5, at 12:00 pm to sarrattj@email.uscupstate.edu. Jennifer Sarratt, President of Nu Iota Chapter.

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 Folklórico Internacional de Greenville, Zumba by Ballet Spartanburg and traditional Chinese dance by the Chinese Education Center. Contact Shannon Polchow for additional information.

Monday-Friday, March 1-4 - Where in the World? Photo Contest 
A picture will be displayed electronically each day. The first person to send in the correct response to haa@uscupstate.edu for that day’s picture will be the winner of a prize. Co-Sponsor Hispanic Awareness Association.

Friday, March 5 - Scavenger Hunt
The theme of National Foreign Language Week is “Spread Your Wings! Learn a New Language!” Look for paper butterflies posted in different locations in HPAC. On the backs of some you will find a coupon for $2.00 or $5.00 and a question that must be answered correctly in order to redeem the coupon. Take the butterfly to HPAC 222 for your prize.

Please share this informational flyer with students.

 

Campus Calendar

Uncommon Sense Lecture Series: Queer Jihad
Monday, March 1 … 4:30 p.m. …CASB 120
Dr. David Damrel, assistant professor of religion, will lead the second lecture of this spring semester lecture series. This new lecture/discussion series at Upstate called 'Uncommon Sense' is cosponsored by Women's and Gender Studies and PFLAG Greenville, and funded by an external grant from the Freeman Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting education about LGBTQ issues in the Carolinas. The series includes five lectures held on selected Mondays at 4:30 in CASB 120 to overlap with meetings of the student organization called 'Common' (formerly, 'Pride Upstate'). They are free and open to the public.  Anyone who attends four out of five lectures will be awarded with a sticker for their office door or laptop computer that says 'I have Uncommon Sense.'  Questions? Contact Lisa Johnson. This flyer has more information about the lecture series. 

 

handprintHelping Hands for Haiti
March 1-4...9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ... CLC Lobby and Media Building Lobby

Join the Marketing Club in an effort to help Haiti! Donate $1 to leave your handprint and make a difference! Please share this flyer with your students and colleagues.

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.

business attireFashion Show Interest Meeting
Tuesday, March 2 … 5:00 p.m. … Media Building Room 218
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics is hosting a fashion show on business attire and we need interested individuals to participate in this event. This could mean showcasing current business fashions and setting an example of dressing for success. Models and production volunteers are needed for this planning meeting.  Questions? Contact Tiffany Williams, Co-Director of Membership, USC Upstate Marketing Club at WILL2843@email.uscupstate.edu. Here's a flyer to share.


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.
 

Girl Scout Cookie Booth
Wednesday, March 3 … 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. … Campus Life Center Lobby
Women's and Gender Studies has adopted two local Girl Scout troops and it's cookie time! Come out and Support Troop 2343 and Troop 384 and buy some of your favorite cookies for $3.50/box. Contact Brittany Brown is you have questions at brownbt@email.uscupstate.edu.

Reel Genders International Film series presents “Pick Up the Mic”
(USA, documentary, directed by Alex Hinton),
Thursday, March 18 … 7:00 p.m. Health Education Complex 2039
Pick Up the Mic features more than a dozen contemporary hip-hop artists, representing a striking range of sexual and ethnic diversity. Shot over a three-year period, the film traces their intertwining relationships from San Francisco’s underground music scene of the early ‘90s through performances as recent as 2005. It was recorded in such major cities as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but breaks down coastal stereotypes by also covering performers in such diverse areas as Houston, Minneapolis, Madison, Wisconsin, and the Ozarks. The artists are followed rehearsing, performing, struggling, and revealing their raw, most intimate feelings about homophobia, gender identification, and performance. The screening will be followed by a spoken word performance by Rocco Kayiatos (aka ‘Katastrophe’), one of the artists featured in the film, and a Q&A with the artist.

Reflections Foreign Language Teachers Workshop
Friday, March 19 … 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. … University Readiness Center Great Room

The Foreign Language Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host Reflections: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 2010 on the Integrated Language Assessment: Evaluating Real Language In Use. Participants will get to experience teaching and assessing their world language as they have always dreamed. The first segment focuses on how to bring real language into classroom instruction and assessment, and the second segment focuses on preparing an integrated performance assessment teachers can use right away. Contact June Carter at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or 503-5881 for registration information.

Bodies of Knowledge Symposium
Friday, March 19 … 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. … Campus Life Center Ballroom and 3rd floor Classrooms
The third annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium brings cutting edge ideas on gender and sexuality to USC Upstate. Speakers, topics and registration information can be found online at www.uscupstate.edu/bodiesofknowledge. Participants do not have to attend all events, but are asked to register so organizers can have a headcount. Student and faculty presentations will be made between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Invited speakers will make their presentations in the afternoon and evening. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Registration fees are listed online and are super low. Questions? Contact Lisa Johnson at 503-5724 or mjohnson@uscupstate.edu.

International Soccer Tournament
March 20 (rain date March 21) … 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. … USC Upstate Community Soccer Fields
The tenth annual International Soccer Tournament will feature teams representing various countries from around the world. In the past, participating teams have included Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, France, El Salvador, Romania, Vietnam and Ukraine. The tournament is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the German American Club of the Carolinas, and is free to the public. Anyone interested in forming a team should contact Beate Pirchmoser of the German American Club of the Carolinas at (864) 599-5660 or via e-mail at beate@bellsouth.net.

Easter Egg Scramble
Saturday, March 27 … 10:00 a.m. … County Soccer Fields

The Easter Egg Scramble, hosted by the Spartanburg Parks Commission, includes face painting, petting zoo, clowns, balloons, inflatables, and the biggest Easter Egg Hunt in the county. Contact Stephanie at stephanie.haselwander@spartanburgparks.org for details.

Hope for Haiti Walk/Run-a-thon Participants

A BIG thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Psychology Club Hope for Haiti Walk/Run-a-thon!  As a result of your valiant efforts, we were able to raise a total of $640.67! Obviously, this was a huge success and 100% of this money will go toward funding Haiti relief efforts.  Again, thank you all so much for making this such a great success! 
     If any of you are in need of a receipt, or if any of your pledges requested a receipt, and you did not obtain them at the event, please send an email to Cody Brooks at brookscl@email.uscupstate.edu with the following information:
 
1. Name of the person(s) in need of a receipt
2. His or her (their) address
3. The total amount he or she (they) donated
4. Whether this was given in cash or via check
Multiple receipt requests are welcome, however be sure to include all of the above information for each separate request.  As I receive email requests for receipts I will respond with information on how to obtain the receipt(s).

Sincerely,
Cody L. Brooks
Psychology Club President


 

What do you get for $6.00?

man n cheese

For just $6.00, you can get crusty herb fried (or baked) chicken, macaroni and cheese, southern green beans, steamed mixed vegetables, buttermilk drop biscuits, corn bread, chocolate mousse, ice tea or water. And it's all you can eat! This is a faculty/staff dining pilot program on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in CLC 309.

Athletics Auction

The Upstate Athletics auction will be held on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Unievrsity Readiness Center. There will be a live and silent auction, food and drinks, and lots of fun! This year Athletics is offering a special faculty/staff table rate. If you get a group together, you can purchase a table for $500 (regular corporate rate is $750). You need to purchase the table together (not individual tickets) and a table will seat 8 people. To purchase a table contact Jules Bryant at ext. 5143 or jbryant@uscupstate.edu.

Yoga For Beginners

Stretch away stress! Join the yoga group that meets on Mondays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Campus Life Center 309. Wear loose fitting clothes and bring a towel and mat.

On Exhibit

Through March 26
Leslie Rech: Temporary Installation
, Curtis R. Harley Gallery, Humanities & Performing Arts Building, 1st floor
Installation as a vehicle for concepts involving gender, history and memory. An artist lecture
is scheduled for March 4 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception following. For details, contact Gallery
Director Jane Nodine at 503-5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu.

March 1-30
Artwork from McCracken Junior High School, FOCUS Educational Gallery, Humanities &
Performing Arts Building, 2nd floor.
A reception will be held for the students on March 17 at 4:00 p.m. Contact Gallery Director Mary Lou Hightower at 503-5817 or mhightower@uscupstate.edu for additional details.


Classified Employee of the Year

Each year Staff Council organizes the Classified Employee of the Year Nomination event. Using this list of eligible employees, faculty and staff are invited to nominate their choice for the award by filling in this form. Nominations must be received by March 19 to Staff Council Secretary Ryan Boggs. After nominations are received, a committee of faculty and staff will select the Classified Employee of the Year 2010. This person will be recognized on May 5 at the employee picnic and awarded a $500 check from Bank of America.


MoneyPlus Medical Spending Account Deadline

Employees enrolled in the MoneyPlus Medical Spending Account have until March 15, 2010 to spend 2009 funds.  You have until March 31, 2010 to submit all eligible expenses (January 1, 2009 – March 15, 2010) for reimbursement.


Faculty & Staff


Storm JJon Storm (Biology) recently had his research on field crickets featured in the New York Times, New Scientist magazine, msnbc.com, and the Discovery Channel Canada.

 

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.


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.

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

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

Safety/Security Officer (Temporary)
(State Title: Security Specialist III)
University Police
Requisition No.  002274
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Assistant Project Coordinator (Temporary)
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
School of Education
Requisition No.  002290
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Custodial/General Maintenance
(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist III)
Student Affairs
Requisition No. 002288
Online applications accepted until position is filled.