Sparking Scholarly Collaborations throughout the Upstate
On Friday March 26, 2010, the Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium will meet for the sixth time. This year’s meeting location is Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, SC. This symposium series provides a forum where faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions as well as regional business representatives throughout the Upstate of South Carolina can interact to discuss and share information regarding their research, scholarly, and/or creative endeavors.
   This free event will last from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and includes refreshments and lunch. Anyone can attend the symposium, providing that each person complete the online registration form ( prior to the registration deadline - Friday March 12. We would like to encourage high school student groups and community business representatives to attend, and also encourage college professors to have their students experience the atmosphere of a professional research symposium. Registered attendees will receive the Symposium Proceedings (a 180 page booklet containing all of the articles), a Symposium T-Shirt, and other goodies.
   Fifty seven articles were submitted for consideration into the symposium by several colleges and universities, including: USC Upstate, Converse College, Wofford College, Limestone College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, Southern Wesleyan University, Lander University, Sherman College, College of Charleston, Crescent High, and North Greenville University.
    Talks were grouped into eight specialized sessions where four are held in parallel so that attendees have a variety of sessions to choose from. The first four sessions are scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and are titled: Higher Education Pedagogy; History and Politics; Healthcare and Biology; and Dialect Issues.
     The second group of four sessions are slated for 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and are titled: Environmental Issues; Early Childhood Education; Creative Works and Performances; and Business and Ethics. There will also be a poster session from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. A keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Gary Hyman, CEO of the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas during Lunch, and a student award ceremony will also be conducted during lunch. 
     New this year is the Creative Performances session which will include original dance, theatre, music, and digital media performances from Converse and USC Upstate faculty and students. High school award winners at the Piedmont Regional III Science Fair have also been invited to present their posters at the symposium.
     The primary sponsors of the event are the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Milliken & Company. Several academic institutions also contributed financially to this meeting of the symposium: USC Upstate, Converse College, Wofford College, Spartanburg Community College, and Spartanburg Methodist College. Many more details, including the detailed Program Schedule can be found of the Symposium website: Any questions can be directed to the Symposium Chair: Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Research Support at USC Upstate,, (864) 503-5292.

Michael LawrenceMen's Golf
Upstate Goes Island Style In Palmas Del Mar Collegiate Classic: Upstate looks for continued improvement in tourney this week
Spartanburg, S.C. - After playing along the East Coast of the United States in Jacksonville and Charleston to open the spring season, the USC Upstate men's golf team will deal with the steady tropical winds on the East Coast of Puerto Rico when it tees off in the Palmas Del Mar Collegiate Classic Monday. The 54-hole, three-day tournament will be played on the 6,850 yard, Par-72 Flamboyan Course at the Palmas Del Mar Resort. The tournament, hosted by Big East Conference member St. John's, will consist of 14 teams and will see 18 holes of action Monday through Wednesday. Full story...

Womens TennisWomen’s Tennis
No. 75 Spartans Persevere, Take Two In Music City: Spartans beat both Lipscomb and Murray State, 6-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With freshman Simona Cacciuttolo hampered by a hamstring injury and junior Emilia Milovanovic struggling with a shoulder injury, both gutted out a tough day on the courts, but both were perfect, as the USC Upstate women's tennis team finished its Tennessee trip with a pair of Saturday wins, beating Atlantic Sun Conference for Lipscomb, 6-1, in the morning, before beating Murray State, 6-1, in the afternoon. Cacciuttolo won all four of her matches, including two doubles matches with partner Milovanovic, while being forced to move up in the lineup to No. 2 after an ankle sprain sidelined freshman Monica Pezzotti on Friday. Milovanovic added one singles win, helping Upstate improve to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the A-Sun. Full story …

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 out the nomination form. Nominations must be received by March 19, 2010, and can be emailed or mailed to Ryan Boggs, recording secretary for Staff Council. After nominations are received, a committee of faculty and staff will select the Classified Employee of the Year. The winner will be recognized at the May Day Picnic on May 5 and awarded a $500 check from Bank of America. We hope you will carefully consider your colleagues for this honor.


The Week in Photos

SGA Tours the GeorgeThe Student Government Association Executive Board toured the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics currently under construction on February 22 with John Perry, executive director of University Boards & Public Affairs.





Snow 3-2 Snow 3-2 2
Was last week's snow the last snow of the season? Nobody is making any predictions, but we certainly hope so! Are you seeing signs of spring on campus? If so, take a picture and send it to the Register for inclusion in next week's issue. 

Campus Calendar

Hydro Power and Lunchtime Pilates
All week ... Wellness Center
Have you been meaning to try out a Group Fitness class at the Wellness Center? Spring Break is your chance! For your convenience, the Wellness Center will offer the following group fitness classes for faculty and staff during the week of Spring Break (Monday, March 8 - Friday, March 12).
Hydro Power: Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 11from 5:30-6:20 p.m. (located in the pool)
Lunchtime Pilates: Wednesday, March 10 and Friday, March 12: 12:15-12:45 (located in the group fitness/dance studio)
For detailed descriptions of the classes please check out the web site

Panel Discussion: History, Language of Geechee/Gullah Culture
Monday, March 15 ... 7:00 p.m. ... Sparty's Den
This program, featuring Dr. David Marlow, will explore some of the history, language, and present state of Geechee/Gullah culture. The discussion will include some interactive translation games and activities, a brief overview of Gullah participation in Denmark Vesey’s 1822 Charleston plot, stories by Gullah speakers, and analysis of perceptions and prejudices toward Geechee and Gullah people. This panel discussion was organized by Colleen Obrien assistant professor of English, and her students.

David Marlow"Dialect and Diversity" Brown Bag Lunch
Tuesday, March 16 ... 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. ... Campus Life Center 319
From the beginning of history, humans have judged others according to how they speak, sometimes knowingly, but often without intention. Students whose home communities use a dialect often feel like they must choose either friends and family or success in school. Our students need to be prepared for the 'real' world, but they also need a safe haven where they can reach academic excellence and fluency in formal English, regardless of their home dialect. Dr. David Marlow, who will lead the discussion, says, "I am working to create lesson plans for use in SC middle schools and to initiate community discussions around the topics of dialect, tolerance for linguistic diversity, and the role of Standard English in our society." Please come join the discussion! Faculty, staff, students, and members of the community are welcome to attend and to come and go as your schedule allows. Read more about the South Carolina Language and Life Project here. This program is made possible with support from Dr. Mary Theokas in the Student Success Center and The Humanities Council of South Carolina.

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 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 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 

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

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 for details.



Community Interest

Stone Soup

Plans are now underway for the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival to be held April 23 and 24 in Woodruff, S.C. The official storytelling festival of south Carolina will feature performances, compositions, readings, food, ghost stories, puppeteers, parade, art sale, concert and more. Visit the Stone Soup web site for details or contact Jay Brown at

Panel Discussion: Oral History of Upstate Women 
Tuesday, March 9 ... 7:00 p.m. ... Barrett Room at the Spartanburg Headquarters Library
Dear Friends:

In order to commemorate Women's History Month in March 2010, the Spartanburg County Public Library and the Converse College Department of History and Politics have partnered to create a multi-media exhibit and host a panel discussion based on a set of oral history interviews with upstate women conducted by Converse College students in fall 2008. After first receiving training in proper procedures and techniques for oral history interviewing and engaging in extensive study of the history of American women in the twentieth century, each student in my Women in American History course interviewed an upstate woman who had participated in some extraordinary historical moment. They assembled an archive of remarkable oral history interviews.  This archive, including transcripts and digital sound recordings of the interviews, was deposited at the Kennedy Local History Collection at the Spartanburg County Public Library where it is available for the use of other researchers. In order to make the stories of these remarkable women available for a wider audience, the library funded develop of an exhibit and a panel discussion event using the interviews.  The exhibit was prepared by Converse Student Christen Burrell '11 over the course of last fall and this spring.  Christen wrote the text for the exhibit panels, took photographs of all the women, worked with graphic designer Carroll Foster to prepare the panels, and edited the sound files that will accompany the exhibit.
     You are invited to the panel discussion that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 9 in the Barrett Room at the Spartanburg Headquarters Library.  Panelists will include Interviewees Linda Bilanchone and Brenda Lee Price, and student interviewers Christen Burrell '11, and Morgan Byrn '10.  The discussion will be moderated by Wofford history professor Dr. Tracy Revels.
    I hope you can join us and that you will invite your students to attend.

All the best,

Melissa Walker, Ph.D.

George Dean Johnson, Jr.  Professor of History
Converse College

Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Cure in Carolina! shirts are still available
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. Purple and green shirts only come in short sleeved styles and are $12 each (the price on the image is incorrect). Short sleeved shirts are $12 each and long sleeved shirts are $15 each. Orders must be placed by Thursday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m. and payment must be received prior to ordering the shirts. Checks can be made out to USC Upstate. Please submit payment to Kara Ferguson, Student Life Office, Campus Life Center. Contact Kara Ferguson,, 864-503-5122 to order shirts.

 Carolina Cure 

USC Upstate Athletics Auction

The USC Upstate Athletics auction will be held on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the University 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 Here is a flyer to share.

Spartan Student-Athletes Challenge Cancer


On Saturday, April 3 the USC Upstate Spartans student-athletes will be challenging cancer with a pancake breakfast fundraising event held at Fatz Café in Boiling Springs on Highway 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tickets are being sold  for $5 and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The breakfast includes three pancakes, your choice of bacon or sausage and a beverage. Pre-order your tickets from Louise Ericson or 503-5052) or pay $5 at the door on the day of the event. Check out the facebook page or the link to to learn a little more about your USC Upstate 2009-10 Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

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

March 1-30
Artwork from Cowpens Middle School Art Students
FOCUS Educational Gallery, Humanities &
Performing Arts Building, 2nd floor.
A special reception will be held on March 18 at 4:00 p.m. to recognize their participation in the gallery. Contact Gallery Director Mary Lou Hightower at 503-5817 or for additional details.

Faculty & Staff

Brown JimJim Brown (History) who retired last spring, served for over 35 years as treasurer of the Southeastern Regional Seminar on African Studies. The group has chosen to honor him by naming its annual prize for the best graduate student paper the Jim Brown Prize.

Snow RachelRachel Snow (Art History) has published a book chapter "Correspondence Here: Real Photo Postcards and the Snapshot Aesthetic," in Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, David Prochaska and Jordana Mendelson, editors, Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pa. Here is the announcement card from the Pennsylvania State University Press.

MoneyPlus Medical Spending Account Deadline

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

May Day Picnic

May Day Picnic

Mark your calendars: Our annual May Day Picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2010.  During the picnic, we will recognize our retirees and State Service Award recipients who reached a 10, 20, 30 and 40-year milestone in 2009 with the University and/or the State of South Carolina ... and enjoy some great food!

Employment Opportunities

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


(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)
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

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

Administrative Specialist (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Specialist I)
School of Nursing (Greenville Campus)
Requisition No.  002255
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.

Service Provider (Temporary)
5 positions
(State Title:  Human Services Specialist II)
School of Education
Requisition No. 002309
Online applications accepted positions are filled.