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Chimbani WisemanUSC Upstate Business Major Receives Scholarship From The South Carolina Banker’s Association
Wiseman Chimbani, a senior majoring in accounting at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, recently received a $3,000 scholarship from the South Carolina Banker’s Association. Criteria for the scholarship included: a GPA of 3.5 or higher, majoring in accounting or finance, letter of recommendation from the Dean, and a desire to pursue a career in banking. Chimbani, who is originally from Botswana, Africa, plans to remain in the U.S. and pursue a degree in asset management after he graduates from USC Upstate in May. The South Carolina Bankers Association has proudly served South Carolina's banking industry for 110 years. SCBA is the professional trade association organized to effectively represent the common interest and welfare of banks and thrifts in South Carolina and to promote the professional development of its members and individual practitioners. “Mr. Chimbani is a mature, hard-working individual, said John H. Cronin Jr., CPA and instructor of accounting in the Johnson College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate. “In addition to focusing on his own studies, he is also involved with tutoring underclass accounting students so they too can succeed.”

Ward Miss Travelers RestWomen's Soccer Player Leigh Ward Claims Miss Traveler’s Rest Crown,
Will compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in June
Competing in her second pageant of 2010, Leigh Ward won the Miss Traveler’s Rest pageant on March 6, 2010. The pageant was held at the Greenville Technical College. The three-year Spartan soccer player won the Talent and Swimsuit portions of the pageant en route to her title. Ward was 1st-Runner up at the Miss Spartanburg pageant in January.
     “It was a really special night,” said Ward.  “It wasn’t just because I won the pageant, but there wasn’t a title holder from the 2009, there was no one to give up their crown. Therefore, I was lucky enough to have the beautiful Miss South Carolina, Kelly Sloan, present me with the crown.” Ward will now move on to the Miss South Carolina Pageant. The event will be held here in Spartanburg at the Spartanburg Auditorium from June 30 through July 3.
     “I will be hard at work in preparation for the Miss South Carolina Pageant,” added Ward.  “I will be working with community service organizations through service projects and fundraisers while focusing on my platform ‘Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Children.’” Ward went on to say, “I am really looking forward to April 21, 2010 when all of the Miss South Carolina contestants make their way to the state capitol to spend time with representatives and legislators.  I look forward to my service year as Miss Traveler’s Rest 2010 and I hope to gain everyone’s support while on my journey to becoming Miss South Carolina.”  
(Ward is pictured at right, and Miss South Carolina Kelly Sloan is left).

ChildresSoftball: Childers Tosses No-Hitter In Sweep Of N.C. A&T
Morgan Childers tossed her third career no-hitter, struck out 17 and reached 700 career strikeouts to lead Upstate to a 1-0 victory in game one at North Carolina A&T. She entered the second game with the score tied at zero in the fifth inning and pitched the Spartans to a sweep as Upstate took a 6-0 win in the nightcap. Upstate improved to 15-4 on the year and will travel to Furman on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader. N.C. A&T fell to 8-10 on the year with the losses. More...


Inglis and Club ArtClub Art and Design Students Visit the Nation's Capitol
The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Club Art and Design sponsored a trip to Washington D.C. from March 9 - 14. Thirteen students joined faculty members Dr. Henry Fagen and Judith Battaglia in the nation’s capitol, touring major art galleries and national landmarks. During their six day stay, the group visited the National Gallery of Art, The Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Hirshorn, the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Collection and the Renwick Gallery, the Native American Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries. One of the trip’s many highlights was a visit to the historic U.S. Capitol building. Students witnessed the House of Representatives calling for a quorum with a discussion of the bill to impeach a federal judge from Louisiana, followed by a visit with Congressman Bob Inglis (in photo on the right end) on the Capitol steps.

Grant Proposal Submission Changes

This letter from the Vice President for Research, Dr. Stephen Kresovich, includes the following information about proposal submission times:
Effective April 1, 2010, a copy of the complete and final “ready to submit” proposal must be submitted to your SAM administrator at least 3 business days in advance of the sponsor’s due date.  A complete proposal includes the final scope of work, budget, and all administrative components of the proposal as specified by program/agency guidelines. This requirement applies to proposals that are submitted electronically as well as those being submitted on paper. We recognize that this represents a major shift from current practice, and request your assistance with implementing this new approach for ensuring that USC proposals receive adequate administrative review and a timely submission. Please bear in mind that we also need time for Chair and Chancellor approval here at USC Upstate, so add that into your calculation of when proposals must be in—4 or 5 days would be ideal. Amy Cantrell and Elaine Guest will do all they can to ensure that your proposals are submitted on time, but appreciate your consideration of the need for this deadline.

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 mperry@uscupstate.edu 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 LANDERSON@uscupstate.edu by March 26, 2010 by 5:00 pm.

The Week in Photos

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Four students accompanied Dr. Judith Prince, vice chancellor, USC Upstate, Greenville Campus, to the Women of Achievement Awards Dinner  sponsored by the YWCA of Greenville. From left to right, the students are April Cowan, Elizabeth Arroyave, Theressa Corbett and Shasta McBee. A group of students from USC Upstate in Spartanburg joined Stacey Mills at the event as well. Women students from Greenville and Spartanburg were invited to the awards dinner to learn about women who are making significant contributions to their community and the pathways they followed in making those contributions.

 

 

Campus Calendar

Tech Lunch
Tuesday, March 23 ... 12:00 p.m. ... IT Conference Room Admin 102 (or Room 117 at UCG)
Margaret Camp, director of Disability Services and ADA Coordinator will be leading a session on “Universal Design & Digital Media in the Classroom.” This month’s session is 45 minutes long, so you can participate and get back to afternoon classes in plenty of time. Bring your lunch. Dessert provided. Questions? Contact Cindy Jennings.

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.

Upstate Research Symposium: Sparking Scholarly Collaborations Throughout The Upstate
Friday, March 26 ... 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ... Milliken & Company 
A convergence of great minds – researchers, scholars and creatives – will occur when the sixth annual SC Upstate Research Symposium is held at Milliken & Company from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Friday. The purpose of the SC Upstate Research Symposium is two-fold,” said Dr. Sebastian van Delden, associate professor of computer science and director of research support at USC Upstate.  “One is to spark collaborations between the different schools, which are not research-focused schools. Another goal of the event is to promote interaction between colleges and the community, stimulating grant writing and other research-oriented partnerships.” This free symposium series provides a forum for faculty, students, and community representatives throughout the Upstate to interact with each other, to share information and expertise, and to nurture future research collaborations. The program will feature presentations, posters, and tutorials contributed by faculty and students from numerous disciplines at University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, Wofford College, Presbyterian College, Limestone College, Sherman College, Winthrop University, Spartanburg Community College, Lander University, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Southern Wesleyan University. The Best Student Presentation, Poster, and Paper will be recognized with the student scholars receiving award certificates and prizes. More information is available in this media release.

Spartan
Athletics Self Study Open Forum
Friday, March 26 ... 2:30 p.m. ... URC 219
The NCAA Division I Certification Self-Study Preliminary Report is now available on the self-study Web site.  A print copy is also available for review in the Department of Athletics. Your comments are important. Please plan to attend the open forum on Friday, March 26 at 2:30 in URC 219. Comments may also be e-mailed to Diane Daane at ddaane@uscupstate.edu.

Daniel Groshans Memorial Blood Drive
Monday, March 29 ...  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
There will be two locations for the mobile blood units on campus this day. One mobile unit will be parked on North Campus Blvd. between the Health Education Complex (HEC) and the University Readiness Center (URC), in the Faculty/Staff Parking Lot. The other will be in the CLC Circle Drive between the Campus Life Center (CLC) and the Humanities & Performing Arts Center (HPAC).  University Police will have both areas reserved with cones to ensure parking is available to both vehicles. Questions? Please contact Louanne Weber or (864) 237-7933.

Photo Shoot and Casting Call
Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1 ... J M Smith Boardroom in HEC

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. These photos and videos will be used in a variety of publications, advertisements, Web sites, etc. You don't need an appointment, just drop in to the J M Smith Boardroom on:
Wednesday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 1 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Tammy Whaley.

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 dmlewis@uscupstate.edu . Here is a flyer to share with students.

CSI
Saturday, April 10 ... 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ... The Hanger, Spartanburg

CSI is a city-wide service initiative between Upstate, Converse, Wofford, Sherman, Spartanburg Methodist, and Spartanburg Community College. Students from each university come together to help provide community service to the greater Spartanburg area. Projects for the 2010 CSI may include Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Shelter, Hospice, The Cinderella Project, and many more. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. To sign up, please email Kara Ferguson with your name, phone and email no later than April 5, 2010. More information will be passed along to those that sign up closer to April 10.

Johnson College Alumni Reunion and Hard Hat Tour
Saturday, April 10 ... 10:30 a.m. ... Spartanburg Art Museum and the JCBE 

Due to an overwhelming response from our alumni, the Johnson College Alumni Reunion and Hard Hat Tour has been rescheduled.  This event will now take place on Saturday, April 10. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with fellow USC Upstate Business Graduates. Come connect with alumni, faculty and students at 10:30 a.m. with a reception at the Spartanburg Art Museum (located in the Chapman Cultural Center) followed by an exclusive Hard Hat Tour of the new downtown building for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics. Don't forget your business cards! We will have a table set up as an opportunity to network and share contact information. We will also have a drawing for an alumni gift basket. This event is open to all graduates and their guests but we’d love have a head’s up on whether or not you plan on attending.  Please take a moment to RSVP to Leah Anderson.


Community Interest

Converse College and Chamber of Commerce Partner to Offer Free Forums for Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship
Converse College and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host a series of three innovative women for the inaugural ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) Forum for Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship. Funded through a Converse Creative Collaboration Grant and organized by the Converse Department of Economics, Accounting and Business, the ICE Forum features professional women with real-world stories of success and failure in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. From founding a textile company that promotes systemic social change to prevent human trafficking in Southeast Asia, to launching an environmentally-friendly pet product company inspired by a life-changing battle with a brain tumor, to leading the human resource function of a $4.1 billion packaging company, guest speakers Eve Blossom, Carol Perkins-Rawle and Cynthia A. Hartley will share their personal stories and demonstrate how innovative, creative and entrepreneurial ideas benefit organizations, their customers and their communities. Free and open to the public, the ICE Forum events will be held at 6 p.m. in Kuhn Hall Room 203 at Converse College. This media release and flyer have all the details.  

Have Lunch With Your Friends

On Wednesday, get a group together (or come by yourself!) to a delicious lunch in CLC 309. Here's the menu:

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Pork chops - breaded and fried with gravy on the side
Pork chops-Teriyaki baked
Red beans and rice
Fresh mixed vegetables
Collard greens
Cornbread
Mud Pie
Sweet tea and water
All you can eat for only $6.00!

This is a Faculty/Staff dining pilot program, to be held Wednesdays  from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in CLC 309. For those that get out of class late, the serving line is open until 1:30 but the dining area is open until 2:00. Please join us!

Faculty & Staff

Jorge SalvoDr. Jorge Salvo (Spanish) presented his paper "El secreto mejor guardado de la historia de Chile" (The Best Kept Secret of the History of Chile) at Negritud: Second Annual Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies on March 11-14 in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Alumni Happy Hour

Make plans to reconnect with the USC Upstate Family! The USC Upstate Alumni Association has rescheduled its USC Upstate Happy Hour. Come grab a drink and join fellow alumni, students, faculty and friends from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. on April 9 at the Tap Room at RJ Rockers. You won't want to miss it! To receive happy hour prices, please make sure to bring your USC Upstate ID or print the online voucher found on the Alumni Web site.

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 jbryant@uscupstate.edu. Here is a flyer to share.

Administrative Area Surveys

The administrative area surveys which are listed below will be offered on a regular basis. The purpose of the surveys is to allow for regular feedback, both positive and constructive. It was designed for quick and easy access. The feedback will provide valuable insight. We welcome your suggestions, recommendations and comments. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Sarah Gurley or call her at ext. 5322. Please bookmark these links for future use. They can also be accessed from the IRAP webpage

Chancellor’s Office
Academic Affairs
Administrative & Business Affairs
Advancement
Athletics
IT
Library
Student Affairs


Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Visit www.uscupstate.edu/jobs for additional information and online application submission instructions.

STAFF/ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS:

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

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.

Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach (Temporary)
(State Title: Assistant Coach)
Athletics
Requisition No.  002334
Online applications accepted until position is filled.