Leary LauraLeary To Receive Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence: She Joins Sister, Also A USC Upstate Alumnae, In Being Honored

Laura Leary, MS, RN, BC, OCN, a nursing instructor in the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will receive the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence at a gala banquet April 2010 in Columbia. The Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence Award recognizes 100 nurses from across South Carolina each year for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession. The selection process is done by blind review and considers professional nursing involvement over the past five years, work related activities, civic and community activities, and, honors and awards received. The committee also scores measurable outcomes in the following areas: promotes/advances the profession of nursing in a positive way; demonstrates exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses, and colleagues; demonstrates leadership and assists others to grow and develop, encourages peers in their practice, acts as a role model to inspire others to improve quality of practice; and promotes and advances the profession of nursing, contributes/influences the advancement of nursing through civic, community, and/or professional association activities. More about Leary, as well as her sister Lisa, can be found in this media release.

Chioma UgochukwuFifth Annual Diversity Conference Addresses Journalism and New Media
University of South Carolina Upstate students will get answers on the state of Journalism and New Media and how to best navigate today’s tough job market at the Fifth Annual Diversity Conference scheduled for April 6 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom. The event begins at 12 noon and will feature Patrick Cannon, Charlotte City’s at-large council member who has represented District 3 and served as Mayor Pro Tem for Charlotte. Other scheduled speakers include Vince Coakley, news anchor for WSOC-TV, and WBTV’s Dedrick Russell, president of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists, who will attend the event with other members of CAABJ.
     “This is another excellent opportunity for our students to network and meet exceptional role models,” said Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu, associate professor of journalism at USC Upstate and organizer of the Annual Diversity Conference. “We have been lucky to have such dynamic speakers for this conference. Hopefully, our students will get wonderful tips on how to set themselves apart after attending this year’s event.” More details are in this media release.

South Carolina Academy of Authors Hold Festivities in Spartanburg
The South Carolina Academy of Authors will hold its annual Induction Ceremony in Spartanburg on Saturday evening, April 17, at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  This year's event is unique in that the academy will admit four living South Carolina authors for the first time: William Price Fox, Dot Jackson, Ron Rash, and George Singleton. Founded in 1986, the academy recognizes the achievements of prominent South Carolina authors, including William Gilmore Simms, DuBose Heyward, Josephine Pinckney, Benjamin Mays, Julia Peterkin, James McBride Dabbs, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, James Dickey, Pat Conroy, Josephine Humphreys, John Jakes, and Dori Sanders.
     The induction ceremony is the culmination of a series of events beginning on Thursday, April 15 that feature prominent authors reading their works and sharing dialogue with audiences. The complete event listing can be found in this media release.

USC Upstate Holds Youth Summer Drama Camp
A Youth Summer Drama Camp will be held at the University of South Carolina Upstate the weeks of June 14-18 and June 21-25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for ages eight to 18 (second grade through senior year). The camps include drama games, warm ups, scene work, mask making, theatrical makeup, lighting and scene painting. At the end of the second week campers in 2nd - 6th grades will perform the play Stuart Little and campers in 7th – 12th grade will perform the play Searching for David’s Heart.  Campers who wish to participate in the plays, must attend camp for both weeks. Rehearsal times for the plays are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Campers who wish to attend camp for one week only, will participate from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for drama games, warm ups, individual scene work, theatrical makeup, lighting and scene painting.
     Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre and director of the Theatre for Youth program at USC Upstate, will direct and coordinate the camp along with two USC Upstate students. This is Robinson’s 12th year directing a youth summer camp and his 8th year of directing such a camp in Spartanburg. Cost per week of camp is $110 per child, which includes supplies. Discounts are available to families enrolling two or more children.  For information and or registration, contact Rich Robinson at (864) 503-5621 or


The Week in Photos

Cat in the Hat 1 Cat in the Hat 2 
Cat in the Hat 3

Students in the School of Education at the USC Upstate, Greenville Campus brought smiles to children’s faces at the annual Cat in the Hat event a McAlister Square on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Students had three booths, and they worked with over 1,000 children who participated in this annual event.  They painted cute, scary, or fun pictures on children’s cheeks. They helped children recognize the letter and sound of their first names and helped them express their creative side as they colored those letters. With the help of students, children created personal "Cat in the Hat" hats. Other students read stories to children.

SCCOn February 18, the Horticulture 101 class from Spartanburg Community College came to campus to tour the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and to discuss various opportunities in the horticulture field. According to Bruce Suddeth, director of Landscape Services, several of his staff are horticulturists and graduates of STC/SCC. Jay Moore is the instructor for this class.





Retirees and State Service Awards Recipients

The Chancellor’s Office along with the Division of Human Resources will be hosting our annual May Day Picnic on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, under the tent on the quad beginning at 12:00 p.m.  The purpose of this event is to recognize our retirees as well as our State Service Award recipients who have researched a 10, 20, or 30 year milestone in 2009 with the University and/or State of South Carolina.  In addition, we will also announce our Classified Employee of the Year and draw to select the winners of our United Way of the Piedmont Campaign.

Our retirees are: Page Candler, Library Services; Brenda Compton, Library Services; Dan Cooke, Division of Math & Computer Science; Judy Curtis, Department of Fine Arts & Communication Studies; Brenda Davenport, Department of Languages, Literature & Composition; Michaeleen Davis, School of Education; Valerie Duarte, School of Education; Joellen Harris, School of Education; Charmaine Hazekamp, Printing Services; Mary Lou Hodge, Mary Black School of Nursing; Judy Howard, Financial Services; Katy Murphy, Records & Registration; Brenda Smith, Financial Services; Jim Reese, George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics; Fred Wenz, Department of Sociol-ogy, Criminal Justice & Women’s Studies

Our 30-Year State Service Award recipients are: Jean B. Curtis, Records & Registration and George M. Labanick, Division of Natural Sciences & Engineering

Our 20-Year State Service Award recipients are: Kelly Bryson, Child Development Center; Judi Harris, Department of Criminal Justice & Women’s Studies; Robin Hollis, Records & Registration; Gale Jackson, ACHIEVE Program; Frances Jarratt-Hortis, Student Life; Carolyn Matthews, Financial Services; Danielle Raquidel, Department of Languages, Literature & Composition; Robert Spakes, Facilities Management; Randy Varn, Facilities Management; Charlene Walton, Mary Black School of Nursing; Bill White, Division of Math & Computer Science

Our 10-Year State Service Award recipients are: Laura Bannan, Division of Natural Sciences & Engineering; Nancy Burrell, Child Development Center; David Calvin, Student Life; Barbara Chastain, Department of Fine Arts & Communications Studies; Bonnie Carson Durham, Financial Aid; Mary Kaye Gault, Library Services; Chris Hanke, Information Technology & Services; Marilyn Knight, Department of Languages, Literature & Composition; Charles Love, School of Education; Thomas McConnell, Department of Languages, Literature & Composition; Rebecca Stevens, School of Education; Karen Swetland, Library Services; Carolyn Wilson, Facilities Management

Please join us on the quad to recognize these employees. Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Gurley at ext. 5322.


Campus Calendar

Peace Corps Information Lunch
Monday, April 5 ... 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ... CLC 309

Please join Elaine Read, Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps, and returning Peace Corps Volunteers and current USC Upstate faculty members, Professor Douglas Jackson and Dr. Jack Turner for the Peace Corps Informational Lunch on Monday, April 5 in CLC 309 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Hear about their experiences as volunteers and learn what the Peace Corps has to offer as well as application procedures and the selection process. A free lunch will be provided. If you have any questions please contact John Montemayor at 503-5124 or email him at  We hope to see you there.

Graduating Seniors Exhibition
April 6 - May 7 ... Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery

USC Upstate Visual Arts will present an exhibition of work by graduating seniors beginning April 6 in the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery. The 2010 class is comprised of ten students exhibiting works of photography, printing, drawing, print, web, and package design. A public reception will be held Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby and Gallery. Music will be provided by Dr. Greg Akkerman, assistant professor of music. The exhibit will continue through May 7. For more information contact Jane Allen Nodine, or (864) 503-5838.

Thursday, April 8 … 5:00 p.m. … County University Soccer Stadium and University Readiness Center
Got Spring Fever? Join the Campus Activities Board and Office of Student Life for Springfest on April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the County University Soccer Stadium and University Readiness Center (URC). This event will include food, inflatables, a concert, and much more! Admission is FREE for USC Upstate students with their student ID, and  tickets will be available for non-USC Upstate students and general admission. For more information and non-student ticket prices, contact the Office of Student Life at 503-5122.

Alumni Happy Hour
Friday, April 9 ... 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. ... RJ Rocker’s Tap Room

Meet your firends and fellow USC Upstate alumni for a friendly get-together at RJ Rockers, located at the corner of West Main Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue. Visit for details or call 503-5240.

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.

George SingletonAuthors @ Upstate Welcomes George Singleton
Thursday, April 15 ... 4:00 p.m. ... Health Education Complex, J M Smith Board Room
Author of such memorably titled books as The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars and Drowning in Gruel, George Singleton is also the author of two darkly comic novels, the appropriately titled Novel and the more recent Workshirts For Madmen.  He remains perhaps best known as a writer of short stories set in the south, having published hundreds in major literary journals and in his popular collections of short fiction. “George Singleton is brilliant at mixing the antic and poignant,” writes Robert Olen Butler, “which is to say he is brilliantly in touch with the deep spirit of this age.” A Guggenheim Fellow, Singleton teaches at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Questions? Email Tom McConnell or call ext. 5681, or Susan Hodge, ext. 5275.

SC Academy of Authors Induction Ceremony
Saturday, April 17 ... Reception at 6:00 p.m., Ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center Ballroom
The reception will be followed by sale and signing of authors' books. The academy will admit four living South Carolina authors for the first time: William Price Fox, Dot Jackson, Ron Rash, and George Singleton. Open to the public, $35/person includes cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres. For tickets, contact Nancy Dew Taylor (864) 329-8535 or Questions? Email Susan Hodge, or call 503-5275.

The Shoestring Players present “The Full Monty”
April 15 – 17 at 8:00 p.m. and April 18 at 3:00 p.m. ... Humanities & Performing Arts Center Theatre
Six unemployed, out-of-shape steel mill workers from Buffalo, N.Y.  need to pick up some extra cash. After seeing the popularity of a male stripper among the local women, the men decide to put on a strip show of their own. A sign language interpreter will be present at the Friday, April 16 performance at 8:00 p.m. For tickets, call the Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864)503-5695. For mature audiences only.

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.


Community Events

JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation Displays Talent with Disabilities 
On Thursday, April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation will host a community outreach event at USC Upstate Hodge Lobby. Here is a flyer with information. The Disability Health Awareness Fair will display information about disability services from other colleges in the area, such as Spartanburg Community College, and Sherman Chiropractic. There will be free screenings for glaucoma and eye exams, as well as other health checks. The staff of Dr. Jakubchak from the Spartanburg Eye Clinic will perform the glaucoma screenings and will offer information on the latest corrective eye surgical procedures. The USC Upstate chapter of the Lions Club, of which KiKi Stroble Ross is a member, will have donation boxes available for used eyeglasses. There will also be staff from Sherman Chiropractic to offer stress relief exercises. There will be door prizes, free food, and the famous Beacon Tea. JC Stroble himself will be at the event, which is open to the public. All screenings are free, however, donations are appreciated. Several music acts will be performing throughout the event, including University of South Carolina Upstate student Clifton Reeves of GRisen performing rap and students from The South Carolina School of Deaf and Blind. 
     The focus of the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is ultimately to decrease the number of people with undiagnosed glaucoma by promoting early detection, assisting patients in finding proper medical care for glaucoma, educating the public on glaucoma and other ocular conditions, and overcoming existing health disparities in our community. More information about the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation and the disability health awareness fair is available by calling KiKi Stroble Ross at (864) 585-5030 or (864) 266-8406.

April 12 Register

Please submit items for the April 12 issue of the Register to Natalie Brown. Thank you.

Faculty & Staff Lunch

Reminder: for just $6, faculty and staff can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch on Wednesday. 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 p.m. but the dining area is open until 2:00 p.m. Please join us!

Faculty & Staff

Tom McConnellAn essay by Tom McConnell (English) titled “Eulogy for My Father” appeared in the Spring issue of Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanties, edited by the staff of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and published by the University of Toronto Press.

Bridge Run
Natalie Brown (University Communications) completed her first 10-kilometer run on Saturday, March 27 at the 33rd  annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, S.C. This year's run was among the biggest in the event's history with more than 33,000 finishers, according to race officials. It was an ideal morning for running over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge with overcast skies and temperatures in the upper 40s at the start of the race. Natalie completed the run from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston in 59:42, successfully achieving her goal of running the race in under an hour. (From left to right, Natalie Brown, friend Nikki Allen, and USC Upstate alum Carter Ridgeway '08 after finishing the run.)

Flynn ClifClif Flynn (Sociology) recently served on a review panel for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to review grants on “The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child Health and Development.” The purpose of this NIH initiative was to build an empirical research base on how children perceive, relate to and think about animals; how pets in the home impact children's social and emotional development and health (e.g. allergies, the immune system, asthma, mitigation of obesity); and whether and under what conditions therapeutic uses of animals is safe and effective. This is the first time that NIH has ever sponsored research in this area.

Nodine JaneJane Nodine (Visual Arts) will be exhibiting encaustic works at the Elizabeth M. Guinan Gallery at the Art Institute of Charlotte from April 2 through May 31. A reception will be held April 22 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Contact (704) 357-8020 for information or email Jane Nodine.

Battaglia JudyJudith Battaglia (Visual Arts) had a photograph, titled Light on Larkins, accepted into AM10 juried show at Upstate Visual Arts. The show opened April 2 in conjunction with Greenville’s Architecture Month. This link gives all the details.

tyrone tolandTyrone S. Toland (Informatics) was selected to participate in the 2010 NSF Minority Faculty Development Workshop titled “Engineering Faculty Success” hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., March 22- 24. Prof. Toland presented his research titled “A Simple XML Messaging Framework for Instruction” in the poster session at the workshop.

Alumni News

Melissa WilliamsMelissa Williams (Sociology) was named the fourth All Star in Achievement presented by Wachovia Bank at a February Charlotte Bobcats game. The Bobcats profiled Melissa and her accomplishments since graduation as a teacher in the Teach For America Program on the team's Web site.  

Family Fund Update

This is another great year for the Upstate Family Fund campaign as 151 faculty and staff have made gifts and pledges totaling $72,014 since July 1, 2009. Last fiscal year, 228 donors contributed more than $150,000 in gifts and pledges. This is a participation rate of 35%. So over the next several weeks we will be focusing on the participation rate so we need 78 more faculty/staff to make a gift/pledge by June 30, 2010 to exceed last year’s goal! PLUS don’t forget about the BIG GRAND PRIZE…..The Big Green Egg! The drawing will be held at the University Picnic in early May. Questions? Email Bea Walters Smith or call her at ext. 5235. Need a pledge form? Go online to the Family Fund Web site.

Newsletters Online

The March 2010 issue of Disability Services newsletter is now online. There is an in-depth interview with a student who has a learning disability and AD/HD, information on Peer Academic Counseling (PAC), and several important reminders about upcoming dates.

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.

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