News

ScholarshipASIS Scholarships Awarded to Criminal Justice Majors
The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) – Chapter 97 recently presented two University of South Carolina Upstate Criminal Justice majors with $500 scholarships. Adrienne Tate (GPA: 3.668) and Melissa Smith (GPA: 3.514), both seniors, were chosen by the criminal justice faculty on the basis of their academic performance as the recipients of the ASIS Scholarships this year. The scholarships were presented by Dan Collins, a 2003 USC Upstate graduate who is the director of Corporate Security for Fluor Corporation in Greenville and a member of ASIS. This is the second consecutive year that ASIS has awarded scholarships to deserving Upstate criminal justice majors. A photo from the award presentation ceremony is attached. Congratulations, Adrienne and Melissa!

Morgan Named A Ronald E. McNair Scholar
Rashad Morgan, a junior majoring in psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, recently earned a place in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair program and moved one step closer to realizing his dream of earning a doctoral degree. The highly-competitive McNair program, which only accepts 25 students from South Carolina each year, prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities and strives to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented segments of society.
    Morgan, who is legally blind, is the first student with a visual impairment to be admitted to the University of South Carolina’s McNair program. Originally from Greenwood, Morgan transferred to USC Upstate from Spartanburg Community College in spring 2009 and has since maintained Dean’s Honor List status. Find out more about the McNair program in this media release.

New Species of Snail Reported in the Atlantic Ocean by USC Upstate Faculty
In 1986, Lyle and Sarah Campbell were guest scientists with separate research cruises on the SC Marine Resources Lady Lisa to determine if Geryon crabs were present in sufficient quantity to support a fishery off Charleston, South Carolina. A sediment sample from this research cruise was recently washed for a student research project, and revealed a new species of snail known as Zeadmete. Previously known species of Zeadmete were found only off the coast of South Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Fiji. 
     The Campbells also presented research on turrids, fossil  gastropods from South Carolina, at the American Malacological Society meeting Ithaca, NY. In March, they presented a regional Pliocene stratigraphy for Virginia and the Carolinas at the Geological Society of America sectional meetings in Baltimore, MD.

USC Upstate Professors, Students Receive Magellan Scholars Awards
Dr. Stefanie Keen, along with with student Bobbi Jo Wilson (Psychology), and Dr. Wei Zhong, along with student Aaron Winters (Computer Science) just won Magellan Scholars Awards from USC Columbia. Each award was approximately $3000.

Alpha Kappa Delta Inducts New Members
Congratulations to the following seven students who will be inducted this year into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society:
- Sociology majors: Tricia Dobson, Randi Hunton, Jessica Patterson and Cara Swanson
- Sociology minors: Chris McMillen, Angelica Pinckney, and Nicole Stamm
     The initiation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 4:30 in Media 324. For further information, please contact Dr. Lizabeth Zack, AKD Faculty Advisor, at lzack@uscupstate.edu.

2010 Summer School Pay Schedule for Classes
All permanent and temporary faculty being hired for summer school sessions should be aware of the 2010 Summer School Pay Schedule.

Session            Class Dates               Distributed

Maymester        May 5 - May 28         100% May 28

Summer I           June 1 - July 1           1/2 on 6/15, 1/2 on 6/30

Summer II          July 6 - August 5        1/2 on 7/30, 1/2 on 8/13

     Pay schedule dates are dependent upon proper submission of hiring documents by hiring managers according to payroll department deadline dates for processing.
     All paychecks/pay stubs will be distributed by means of the standard procedures employed during the academic year.
     If you want to change your withholding allowance for tax purposes for the summer school sessions, you need to complete a new W-4 once Columbia has closed down the 5/15 pay period.  You can complete a W-4 on line through your VIP information.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Holds 2010 Induction Ceremony
USC Upstate’s Sigma Chi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda was chartered in 2004, and the first induction ceremony was held on April 22, 2005. The 2010 induction ceremony will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the University Center of Greenville. Twenty-three students will be inducted during the ceremony on Friday, April 23.
     Seven faculty and staff members who have been contributed significantly to the academic careers of these nontraditional students will be inducted for membership in the honor society as well. There are as follows: Dr. Mary Lou Hightower (Art Education , Ms. Charisse Krieger, Dr. Celena Kusch, Dr. Ray Merlock, Dr. Colleen O’Brien, Dr. Sara Rook, and Mr. Jeff Smith. Three faculty and staff previously inducted will be recognized again: David Calvin, Rosemary Ritchie, and Marilyn Izzard.
     Dr. Mary Theokas, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success, will deliver the tribute to nontraditional students. Dr. Judy Beck, Mr. Jim Cappio, Dr. Darlene Amendolair, Dr. Rob McCormick, and Dr. Judith S. Prince will conduct the induction ceremony.
     As in the past, the highlight of the program will be presentations by the students about returning to earn a college degree later in life. All Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the ceremony at the University Center of Greenville on April 23 at 6:00 p.m. A reception follows the ceremony.
     Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was established in 1945 to honor superior scholarship of nontraditional students. It is the oldest and largest honor society devoted to the recognition of nontraditional students who are excelling academically while balancing the needs of family, work, and community. Membership is an extraordinary achievement as only the top ten percent of nontraditional students at USC Upstate are eligible for induction in the honor society.

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 rrobinson@uscupstate.edu.

 

This Week in Photos

Anxiety 1 Anxiety 2 

USC Upstate students were treated to free massages, anxiety screenings, tips on how to deal effectively with stress and anxiety, and more when they attended the Anxiety Awareness Event on Wednesday, March 31. The event was sponsored by Disability Services and Counseling Services.

Managing Money 1 Managing Money 2 

John Cronin, instructor in the Johnson College of Business and Economics, presented a seminar on Managing Your Money for students at the USC Upstate, Greenville Campus on April 7. Topics included personal finance, personal investing and retirement planning, and protecting your wealth with insurance. Mr. Cronin explained building and maintaining good credit, managing credit and debt, basic investing, and he urged students to begin looking now at IRA's and other retirement plans. Students from nursing, education, and business administration participated in the program, which was co-sponsored by the Office of Nontraditional Students and the Johnson College of Business and Economics.

 

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, 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, draw to select the winners of our United Way of the Piedmont Campaign and draw to select our BIG GREEN EGG-Family Fund Grand prize.

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 Sociology, 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 on May 5.  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 (864) 503-5322.

 

Campus Calendar

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.

GuggenheimNat Trotman Presents Ghosts at the Guggenheim
Thursday, April 15 ... 6:00 p.m. ... Humanities & Performing Arts Center, Room 101
Nat Trotman, associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, presents a lecture on the exhibition "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, which examines myriad ways photographic imagery appears in recent practice and in the process underscores the unique power and melancholy of all recording media.

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.

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 dewtaylor@charter.net. Questions? E-mail Susan Hodge, or call 503-5275

National Save a Life Tour/National Alcohol Screening Day
Tuesday, April 20 ... 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center
Alcohol and Drug Education Programs and Counseling Services will be sponsoring the National Save A Life Tour in conjunction with the National Alcohol Screening Day on Tuesday, April 20. The National Save a Life Tour is an event that has been praised by thousands, as it crosses the United states and spreads the word about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and uses participants' actual experience (in the simulator) to get its 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. The National Alcohol Screening Day will be held in conjunction with this event from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. on the second floor CLC lobby; the simulator will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Campus Life Center.
     Please feel free to come by and pick up information, take the alcohol screening, talk to a counselor or “take a spin” in the simulator. This event is open and free to all.

Thai and Vietnamese Cooking Class
Tuesday, April 20 ... 6:00 p.m. ... Dining Hall Quiet Room
Learn how to prepare Thai Cuisine from the Executive Chef Jon Spitzli as he teaches you how to prepare several different Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Personal masterpieces available for you to take home and enjoy. Participants may sign up at the register station or via e-mail at jspitzli@uscupstate.edu.

Don't Forget Administrative Professionals Day!
Wednesday, April 21

Say "thank you" on Administrative Professionals Day with a box of Astor chocolates, which you can find at all campus dining registers for $4.99 each.

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Athletics Auction
Friday, April 23 ... 7:00 p.m. ... University Readiness Center

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.

 

 

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.
     This event will also include a blood drive in honor of former student Choa Yang, who passed away earlier this year.
     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. 

Relay For Life Enhancer Opening Ceremonies
Friday, April 16 ... 9:00 p.m. ...Converse College
On Friday, April 16 the opening ceremonies will begin for the USC Upstate, SMC, and Converse College American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Enhancer. Again, this year we are providing Luminarias (candles in paper bags with sand) to outline our track. The Luminarias will be lit in memory and in honor of loved ones and friends who have had cancer. The lighting ceremony will begin at 9:00 p.m. at Converse College and everyone is invited to attend.
     You do not need to be an actual participant in the event to take part in this tribute.  With your donation, the name of the individual that you have designated will appear on the luminaria bag to be lit on Friday evening.
     If you would like to participate in this special candle lighting ceremony, contact Kara Ferguson. Please submit your forms no later than Wednesday, April 14 at 5pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Lawn Mower Exchange
Saturday, April 17 ... 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine) ... Boiling Springs High School at 2251 Old Furnace Road
This event is limited to Spartanburg County residents only, and proof of residency (driver’s license) is required. No business, commercial, or agribusiness waste, or any contractor/construction material, will be accepted.
     Accepted: aerosols, brake fluid, clearers, corrosives, fire extinguishers, batteries, mercury debris, paint and paint thinner, fertilizer, propane cylinders, solvents, swimming pool chemicals, pesticides/poisons. Gas powered lawn mowers exchanged for voucher to purchase Neuton battery-operated cordless mower at a discount.
     Not accepted: ammunition, explosives, asbestos, medical waste, radioactive materials.
     For info, call 595-5326 or visit www.spartanburgcounty.org and http://spartanbureg.myecoville.com for more information.

Spartanburg Memory Walk Luau
Friday, April 30 ... 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ... Campus Life Center Ballroom
Join the Alzheimer’s Association to kick off the Memory Walk season at our festive luau night, where you'll enjoy island cuisine and silent auction. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Alzheimer's Association office at 901 S. Pine St. in Spartanburg. Questions? Call 1-800-908-9690.

Vote for Greenville!

Visit www.googlefiber.com and vote for Greenville, S.C., now leading the competition to become the first city in the United States to try out Google's Ultra High speed broadband Internet service. You can vote once a day, so please help keep Greenville, S.C. in the lead!

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. to 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

CantrellAllison Cantrell (Journalism and Mass Communications) delivered a paper “Good Morning…or Good Evening, America:  Diane Sawyer and the Emergence of Female Network Evening News Anchors” at the National Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA) National Conference in St. Louis MO Mar 31-April 4.

McCutcheonCamille McCutcheon (Library) delivered a paper “Stevenson’s Long John Silver and Sabatini’s Captain Blood:  Three Decades of Cinematic Treasure” at the PCA/ACA National Conference.

MerlockRay Merlock (Journalism and Film) delivered a paper ”Identity, Disguise, and Villainy in B-Westerns” and served as moderator for a panel “Westerns and the West Roundtable.”  Merlock also contributed to a session “Memories of PCA/ACA Founder Ray Browne” and served as Recorder for a Journal of American Culture Advisory Board meeting at the PCA/ACA National Conference.   

OmoloBernard Omolo (Mathematics) presented a talk entitled " Bayesian Modeling of Cross-Study Reproducibility of Gene Expression Data" at the 2010 Eastern and Northern American Region (ENAR) Conference of the International Biometric Socierty (IBS), in New Orleans, LA, on March 22, 2010. Reproducibility across microarray studies in necessary for the integration, combination and cross-study validation of gene-expression profiling projects. Combining multiple datasets (studies) into a single unified dataset increases the sample size (arrays) and thus the statistical power to detect differentially expressed genes. In this talk, a Bayesian hierarchical model (BHM) was presented for the Pearson correlation coefficient, which is a basic measure of gene-specific reproducibility. Gene expression data from microarray experiments on melanoma (skin cancer) was used to illustrate the performance of the model.

Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit www.uscupstate.edu/jobs 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)
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. 

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. 

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (Temporary)
(State Title: Assistant Coach)
Athletics
Requisition No.  002394
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Scanner (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Specialist I)
Admissions
Requisition No.  002397
Online applications accepted until position is filled.