NCAA Division 1 Certification Self-Study
The NCAA Division I Certification Self-Study Preliminary Report is now available on the self-study website at A print copy is also available for review in the Department of Athletics. An open forum for coaches, student-athletes, and athletics personnel will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 22 in CLC 309. An open forum will be held for the entire university community on Friday, March 26 at 2:30 in URC 219. Comments may also be e-mailed to Diane Daane at

Submit Your Application for the 2010-2011 SGA or CAB Executive Board
ATTENTION STUDENTS: The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) are now accepting nominations for 2010-2011 officers.
Campus Activities Board Applications
The Campus Activities Board will be accepting nominations for 2010-2011 officers until March 16, and nominations can be made online. Descriptions of open CAB Executive positions can be found here. For more information, contact LaDarius Thompson at (864) 503-5132.
Student Government Association Applications
Applications for the 2010-2011 Student Government Association Executive Officers will be available until March 19, and nomination forms can be downloaded and returned to CLC Room 303. For more information, contact Leon Fernandes.

A 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). More details about the event this Friday can be found in this media release.

Tell Your Students: Editor Positions Available for School Year 2010/11
The following positions are available: editor of Writersinc, student literary publication and editor of The Carolinian, USC Upstate student newspaper. Qualifications for major executive positions for student media will be:  sophomore, junior or senior class standing; minimum GPA of 2.0 overall; full time students as defined by the university; in good standing with the university; one year experience on the staff of the medium concerned or equivalent experience; any qualifications set forth by the media itself provided that such qualifications have been approved by the Board of Student Media.The Board has discretion in all areas except GPA. Applications are available in the Student Life office in the Campus Life Center at the Student Reception Desk. Please turn in completed applications to Melissa Perry in CLC 212 in Student Life. The deadline is Friday, March 26, 2010 by 5:00 pm. Interviews will be scheduled March 29 and 30, 2010. Please direct responses or questions to Melissa Perry at or 503-5387.

Position Available: Advisor for University Newspaper “The Carolinian”
Advisor must be a full-time member of the USC Upstate faculty or staff. Advisors can expect to be appointed to interim 1 year renewable term and compensation will be provided. Responsibilities will include being a member of the College Media Advisers Association (CMA), following the CMA code of ethics, attending a New College Media Advisers Workshop and accompanying staff to conventions and workshops.  Support and explain operations and decisions of publication to other campus personnel, interact with faculty and administration directly involved with matters related to publication.  Provide assistance in scheduling and planning events sponsored by their publication and attend each event. The advisor to the newspaper will attend weekly staff meetings and advise on possible stories and columns, be available during lay-out, critique each published issue of the newspaper, assist with budgets and staff recruiting. Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to Lisa Anderson, Chair of the Student Media Board, by email to by March 26, 2010 by 5:00 pm.

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.

womens golfWomen’s Golf
Upstate Looks To Dodge The Rain At The Winthrop Invitational: Spartans to take on 10 other teams in the tournament
After the entire tournament was washed out by thunderstorms at the EKU/El Diablo Invitational Thursday and Friday, the USC Upstate women's golf team will hit the links Monday and Tuesday in the Winthrop University Invitational at the Rock Hill Country Club. The 54-hole tournament wills have teams play 36 holes on Monday and finish with 18 holes on Tuesday. The Rock Hill Country Club plays at 5,900 yards and is a par-72 layout. The Spartans are making their second straight appearance in the tournament and finished eighth in last year's event. The squad also played in a spring tournament hosted by Winthrop in Rock Hill two years ago, though it was a different tournament played on a different course. Here’s more…




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Photo Shoot and Video Casting Call Showcases Upstate

University Communications will once again be hosting an open photo shoot and casting call for current students, faculty, staff, alumni and family to come to the Health Education Complex to serve as models and to tell their unique USC Upstate stories on video. You don't need an appointment, just drop in to the J M Smith Boardroom on:
Wednesday, March 31 between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 1 between 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Tammy Whaley, director of University Communications, at ext. 5210 or


Campus Calendar

Communications Internships Seminar
Monday, March 15 ... 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ...  HPAC 220
Please join John Montemayor, Career Center coordinator and Dr. Ray Merlock, professor of journalism and faculty coordinator for communications internships for the Spring 2010 Communications Internship Seminar. The event will be held on Monday, March 15 in HPAC 220 from 1:00-2:00 and is open to all majors.  Find out what internships are available for the upcoming summer and fall 2010 semesters, as well as the policies and procedures needed in order to be eligible.  Claire Sachse will also be present to discuss available opportunities with University Communications this summer. Free lunch will be provided.

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.

College Majors Fair
Wednesday, March 17 ... 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center 1st and 2nd Floor Lobby
Academic advisement is right around the corner and often the time students think about their major and career options. This sometimes leads to confusion, doubt or questioning.  In an effort to support students the Center for Student Success in conjunction with the Counseling Services and Academic Affairs will sponsor  the College Majors Fair, Wednesday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Center 1st and 2nd floor lobby.  Over 60 majors and minors will be represented. Students can talk informally with faculty on how to declare a major, change a major and career options within majors. Additional information will be provided regarding career exploration for those students that are undecided.  Free food and prizes!  For more information contact Frances Jarratt-Hortis at ext. 5195 or Susannah Waldrop at ext. 5414. 

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.

South Carolina University and College Council of Educators Empowering Disabled Students Conference
Friday, March 19
USC Upstate will host the bi-annual state-wide SUCCEEDS conference on Friday, March 19 in the HEC. SUCCEEDS (South Carolina University and College Council of Educators Empowering Disabled Students) is the South Carolina regional affiliate of AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), the international, premier professional organization for postsecondary providers of disability services. Stephan Hamlin-Smith, the Executive Director of AHEAD, will be the featured speaker at the SUCCEEDS conference.  Margaret Camp, director of Disability Services at USC Upstate will begin a two-year tenure as Chair of SUCCEEDS following the conference.  Contact Margaret Camp at ext. 5195 for more information.

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

gardening for dummiesStaff Council Lunch-n-Learn: Gardening For Dummies
Thursday, March 25 … 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. … CLC 319
Darrell Burns, USC Upstate's own Master Gardener, will be discussing topics from Michael MacCasey's Gardening For Dummies. Possible topics to be discussed include: property evaluation, garden planning, how to do a soil test, gardens in containers, and gardens for birds and butterflies. With more than 20 fun and easy to understand chapters there should be something to benefit gardeners of all skill levels. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free event. Bring your own lunch.

Anxiety Awareness Event
Wednesday, March 31 ... 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ... Lower Quad

On March 31, Disability Services and Counseling Services are hosting an Anxiety Awareness Event on the lower quad (next to the CASB building in the grassy area). During the event, students will have the opportunity to get a free massage, complete an anxiety screening, participate in a “Blast Your Fears Away” activity, make stress balls, pick up free goodies, and learn plenty of tips on dealing effectively with stress and anxiety. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the number one mental health problem in America and learn useful strategies for managing stress.  Questions?  Contact Danielle Lewis at 503-5199 or . Here is a flyer to share with students.


Community Events

‘Singin’ Billy’ Walker Shape-Note Singing set for March 20: Event at Wofford College free, open to public
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Shape-note singers from around the Southeast will gather again at Wofford College on Saturday, March 20, for the annual tribute to Spartanburg native William “Singin’ Billy” Walker (1809-1875), the man who helped bring musical literacy to remote country churches around the South.
     The traditional a cappella Appalachian folk hymn singing style dates back to colonial times and was featured in the film “Cold Mountain,” starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law. The Spartanburg event, held each year in the Burwell Building on Wofford’s campus, is free and open to the public.  Jonathon Smith, of Knoxville, Tenn., will begin the day with a singing school lesson from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The group singing begins at 10 a.m. lasts until mid-afternoon, with a break for lunch. Admission is free, and no experience is necessary to participate.      Attendees will sing from two early shape-note hymnals, “The Sacred Harp” (1844) by Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha J. King, and “Christian Harmony” (1867) by Spartanburg native William Walker (1809-1875). This singing honors the memory of Walker, who put the words and music of the familiar “Amazing Grace” together in print for the first time. He also introduced “Wondrous Love,” “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” and other tunes still familiar today.
     Known as “Singin’ Billy,” Walker, was a Baptist singing school teacher. His “Southern Harmony,” published in the widely used four-shape or fa-so-la notation, reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies before the Civil War. After the Civil War, Walker published his “Christian Harmony” in seven-shape notation using the do-re-mi system. “Southern Harmony” continues in use in a famous Big Singing Day in Benton, Ky., which has been held for more than 100 years. “Christian Harmony” is used in singings in several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and western North Carolina. It was regularly used in singings around Spartanburg up to the 1920s.
     Walker was a prominent citizen in Spartanburg, leading singing at First Baptist Church, operating a book store on Morgan Square, and spearheading improvements in education. He was among those who attended the laying of the cornerstone of Wofford College on July 4, 1851.
     For information on the event, contact Dr. Harry Eskew at (478) 750-9968 or Dr.Doyle Boggs, executive director of communications at Wofford, at 597-4182 or at

Alumni Notes


Wilson Casey ’77,  a.k.a. The Trivia Guy, is one of the country’s foremost trivia aficionados, with a
syndicated column, an award-winning Web site, and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running (thirty hours) radio trivia broadcast. Casey will be signing copies of his latest book, Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things that Changed the World! on Saturday, March 20, at The Book Shelf, 90 Pacolet St., Tryon, N.C. from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Since 2000 he has written a daily (seven days a week) trivia column for numerous nationwide papers,
including the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal, Providence (R.I.) Journal, Wilmington (N.C.) Star News, Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News, Tacoma (Wash.) News-Tribune, and Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal, while his weekly “Bible Trivia” column is distributed nationally by King Features Syndicate.  When not out speaking, promoting, and entertaining, he lives in Spartanburg, SC. Here is more information on the book signing.

Student Profile

Palacio Real

"I think this is what I like most about traveling. There are so many ways to see things, but if you take yourself outside of your comfort zone, away from people who think like you, it is nice to see the other side and you might even realize that the way you have perceived a topic your whole life is not the only way. :)," says Morgan Bucciferro on her "Hello World" blog. She is travelling and studying abroad this semester and writes about her visits to Amsterdam, Marrakesh and Madrid here.  

Faculty & Staff

Ray MerlockRay Merlock (Communications) and Joy Sperling, professor, Art History, Dennison University, have been selected as the two candidates for the position of president of The Popular Culture Association/The American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) for the upcoming term.  Members will be able to vote at the National PCA/ACA Conference held this year in St. Louis, March 31 - April 3. Merlock’s nomination statement is here.

Thank You From the Student Success Center

Thank you to all faculty participating in the Early Intervention Program (EIP). With 65 percent of the eligible faculty participating this semester, it is by far the greatest response we have ever achieved! This outstanding participation demonstrates the type of caring instructors working here at USC Upstate! Please contact Susannah Waldrop with questions.

Flea Market

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Don't forget that the USC Upstate Fleamarket is up and open for business! The Fleamarket allows USC Upstate faculty and staff to post and receive messages from other members of the university relating to event tickets, fundraisers, office furniture, free puppies and more! The goal of the Fleamarket is to ease the amount of faculty and staff emails being sent out every week by providing an official venue where messages can be sent and replied to. If you are unfamiliar with message boards such as the Fleamarket, you may wish to check out the training videos located at the top of the page. We hope you enjoy using the Fleamarket!

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. The MoneyPlus claim form is on the web. 

Employment Opportunities

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


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.