News

Brooke PappasCar Accident Claims Life of USC Upstate Student
A Message From Chancellor John Stockwell: 
It is with sadness that I write to inform you of an untimely loss among our USC Upstate family. Ashley “Brooke” Pappas, a 19-year old freshman majoring in education, passed away Sunday morning after being involved in an automobile accident in Cherokee County. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pappas family and with Brooke’s fellow classmates and faculty members at this time of great loss. Brooke was a graduate of Oakbrook Preparatory School and worked in her family’s business, Bell’s Laundry and Cleaners of Spartanburg. Her fellow students describe her as a devoted friend with a positive and upbeat perspective on life. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized at this time but we will send a campus e-mail notice with the details. Please be reminded that our Counseling Services staff is available to assist students with grief and loss issues. Counseling Services is located in Campus Life Center, Suite 224 or can be reached by calling (864) 503-5195. For rmore details, the Herald-Journal has posted coverage of the accident on their web site.

 

Bill BarnetUSC Upstate Plans For May Commencement: Former Mayor Bill Barnet To Deliver Address
Eight hundred students will receive their diplomas when the University of South Carolina Upstate holds its May Commencement on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. on the Quad behind the Administration Building. “The University of South Carolina Upstate continues to produce top-quality graduates each year, of which nearly 85 percent choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers,” said Dr. John C. Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate. William “Bill” Barnet III will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate in public service. In addition to presenting Bill Barnet with an honorary doctorate, USC Upstate will also present Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, with an honorary doctorate in human letters. The full story, including more details on the careers of Bill Barnet and Marc Maurer, can be found in this media release. New this year are contingency plans for graduation in the event of bad weather. More details are in this Commencement Severe Weather Policy Plan and Severe Weather FAQ.

Photo VoicePhotoVoice: Developing Positives From Negatives 
Nine University of South Carolina Upstate students with varied disabilities have worked together to create an exhibit of photography, writing, and art that represents their collective voice and the message they want the Upstate community to receive about the experience of living with a disability.
     “Students went into this project hoping that once their work is on exhibit, it will help identify sources of stress, frustration, and isolation for others living with disabilities,” said Margaret Camp, director of disability services at USC Upstate. “Once this knowledge is identified, the students hope it will bring about campus awareness and shape social policy.”
     The exhibit entitled, PhotoVoice: Developing Positives From Negatives is a grassroots method of participatory action research in which people who identify with a community that has traditionally been marginalized share their experiences through photographic journalism, creative writing, and other artistic methods. Disability Services collaborated with Counseling Services and Multicultural Services on this project. An exhibition and reception will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret Camp, director of disability services at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5199 or mcamp@uscupstate.edu.

Nick SchneidersSchneiders Earns Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Honors
In what was a standout year on and off the court, USC Upstate men's basketball player Nick Schneiders has been named to the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, announced the organization Wednesday. The Division I-AAA ADs Association is in its ninth year of operation and is designed to enhance the initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership which consists of 95 Division institutions that do not sponsor football. The organization announced its eighth annual Scholar-Athlete Team for both men and women. Schneiders, a senior from Rietberg, Germany, was one of 10 selections to the men's team and the only student-athlete from the A-Sun who made the list. He carries a 3.71 cumulative GPA as a graphic design major. He was a second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection earlier this year after receiving first team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. He is a three-time selection to the A-Sun All-Academic team and a two-time member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. Here is the full story.

Lisa AndersonAnderson Selected To Exhibit Research In Switzerland
Focusing on small occurrences such as a memory rings from a raindrop in a puddle of water or a single leaf fluttering in the wind, Lisa Anderson has compiled a multi-media exhibit that includes intimate depictions and visual stories informed by science and her perception. Anderson’s body of work entitled, Occurrences: an examination of phenomena in nature has been selected for exhibition May 21–June 5 at Le Jardin Botanique, located on the campus of the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland. Her body of work celebrates occurrences in the natural world and promotes global awareness by highlighting natural phenomena and the exploration of its processes and origins. Handmade paper, commercial papers, photography, pastels, pencils, wood, fabric, glass, and other natural and plant materials are combined and collectively designed into two and three-dimensional works.
     “With the ever-increasing global awareness of the fragility of our planet, my goal is to signify and present the natural world as a kind of gift, not as a resource to be used and forgotten,” said Anderson. This media release contains more details about her exhibition and trip.

propane mowerNew Propane Mowers Added to USC Upstate’s Landscape Services Equipment Inventory
The University of South Carolina Upstate has partnered with Blossman Gas to lease two propane-powered Encore lawn mowers for its Landscape Services Department. The propane mowers are the first of their kind to be used by the department as part of a university-wide sustainability initiative. "For a variety of reasons the propane mowers are an attractive addition to our inventory of 13 commercial-grade mowers,” says Bruce Suddeth, director of Landscape Services. “These mowers produce less greenhouse gases than gas-powered mowers, they require less frequent refueling, the engines will last three times longer than gas powered engines, and the mowers are less expensive to operate than gas powered mowers.” Here's more...

Magellan Scholars Awards
Dr. Stefanie Keen with student Bobbi Jo Wilson (Psychology), and Dr. Wei Zhong with student Aaron Winters (Computer Science) just won Magellan Scholars Awards from USC Columbia (see program details here: http://www.sc.edu/our/magellan.shtml). Each award was approximately $3,000. Here are some more details about their projects:
--Relationship between Volunteerism and Self-Esteem
Bobbi Jo Wilson, Psychology; Dr. Stefanie Keen, Psychology
The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of community service on the self-esteem of volunteers. Further, Wilson aims to investigate the impact of volunteerism when one is required to engage in community service (e.g., for course requirement) compared to when one willingly volunteers (e.g., service-based student organizations).
--Predicting Long-Run Risk Levels in Microfinance Institutions Using an Intelligent Data Mining Model
Aaron Winters, Computer Science major; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wei Zhong
Division of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The objective of this research is to fill in the gap in the current risk-analysis picture by developing a novel, intelligent, data mining-based method of predicting risky lending behavior in microfinance institutions (MFIs) - where “high risk” is defined in the Methodology section. This will augment current risk-analysis research and provide a more complete view than is offered by the current borrower-centric risk-analysis. The importance of fleshing out the risk-analysis capabilities in the microfinance industry by building this predictive model for risky MFI lending behavior is that it will enable risk analysis on both sides of a microfinance transaction – the lender as well as the borrower – thus providing a more complete view of microfinance risk. This will then help to identify earlier on one of the signs of institutional collapse – large numbers of bad loans – and so enable preemptive risk-reduction measures to be implemented, thus improving the long-term viability of both individual MFIs and of the nascent microfinance industry, which offers such tremendous hope to help allay many of the causes of global poverty.


 

 

The Week in Photos

 

John Cronin 1 John Cronin 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. The program was co-sponsored by the Office of Nontraditional Students and the Johnson College of Business and Economics.

Glaucoma Awareness 1 Glaucoma Awareness 2 Glaucoma Awareness 3
Last Thursday, the JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation, led by nonprofit administration major Jekeithlyn "Kiki" Stroble Ross, organized the organization's third annual health screening event. The Disability Health Awareness Fair featured information about disability services from other colleges in the area, such as Spartanburg Community College and Sherman Chiropractic. There were free screenings for glaucoma and eye exams, as well as other health checks and music on the quad.

 

Campus Calendar

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. Here is a flyer listing all the menu items that will make your mouth water.

Student Jazz Concert
Tuesday, April 20 … 8:00 p.m. … HPAC Theatre

The USC Upstate Student Jazz Ensembles’  concert evening will feature the Mighty Jazz Ensemble as well as the newly-formed Commercial Music Combo #1 and Commercial Music Combo #2. The music will represent a wide range of traditional jazz, Latin jazz, and rock music from artists such as Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and Steely Dan. Tickets are free. Please contact the director, Dr. Gregg Akkerman, for more information at ext. 5263 or gakkerman@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.

flower arrangement Staff Council Lunch and Learn - Flower Arranging
Thursday, April 22 … 12:00  - 1:00 p.m. … CLC 319

Bring the wonderful scents and sights of spring indoors! Staff Council invites you to this flower arranging class, led by Judy Srock, director of Special Events. She will show us how to assemble wonderful and artful flower arrangements with what we may have growing in our yards or what we find at the grocery store. Contact Claire Sachse at ext. 5308 if you have questions.

University Singers and Chamber Choir Performance
Friday, April 23 … 7:30 p.m. … Performing Arts Center Theatre

The USC Upstate University Singers and Chamber Choir will present “Simple Gifts: Songs of Faith, Life, and Love”, Friday, April 23, in the University of South Carolina Upstate Performing Arts Center Theatre. An instrumental prelude begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are FREE. Call the Performing Arts Box Office at (864) 503-5695 to reserve. The choirs will perform a variety of selections including music of the Renaissance, classical pieces, folk songs and contemporary works. The program will be directed by David Guthrie and accompanied by Lance Bastian. For more information, contact the director at 503-5299.

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.

Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) for Supervisors
Wednesday, April 28 ... 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ... Deming Room, Rampey Center

The Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) is used to evaluate the performance of classified state employees. This seminar will offer supervisors instruction on the use of the EPMS as a communication tool to effectively set objectives and evaluate employee performance. Participants will review how to clearly define performance objectives; evaluate employee performance; address problem behaviors with employees; administer appropriate disciplinary procedures and use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as a referral for support services. Supervisors of classified employees who have not had EPMS training should attend. Register online at http://www.uscupstate.edu/about_upstate/employment/ereo/forms.aspx or fax the PDF registration form to ext. 5364. Contact the Office of Employee Relations & Equal Opportunity at ext. 5344 for additional information.

Community Events

Tea on the Axis of Evil: Chapman Shows Free Film on Syria
Thursday, April 22 ... 7:00 p.m. ... Chapman Cultural Center

For an eye-opening glimpse into the everyday life of the Middle East, the public is invited to a free viewing of the independent art film “Tea on the Axis of Evil”  Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. Immediately following the showing, the producer/director Jean Marie Offenbacher will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. This is the last film in Chapman’s participation of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
     “Tea on the Axis of Evil” is a feature documentary that presents the moderate majority in Syria. Expectations guide outcomes. Offenbacher believes that through promoting greater knowledge of Syria should lead to expectations of diplomatic solutions in the Middle East. If five Muslim sects, sixteen Christian denominations and a small Jewish population can live in harmony in Syria, then there is hope for the region. If the culturally progressive and religiously conservative can share restaurants, buses, and even parents in Syria, then we should be inspired everywhere to reach peace.
     “Our independent film series has been a very interesting experiment for the Chapman Cultural Center,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We started with a funny and weird film about people who turn their cars into their passions, and we’re ending with a film about peace in the Middle East. I think this film—Tea on the Axis of Evil—will do well in Spartanburg because of our international community and student population. Anyone who has any interest in finding answers to the Middle East question should see this film. For many, it will be surprising to see what life is really like in a place like Syria.”
     Offenbacher graduated from NYU with honors in Philosophy and Film. Her initial work in film was as an artist, creating 16mm experimental films. She worked in post-production on three documentaries, including Ken Burns' “Thomas Hart Benton” (first assistant picture editor and sound editor). Her career in post-production mainly focused on studio feature films, including “Reversal of Fortune” with Glenn Close, “American Heart” with Jeff Bridges and “The Rapture” with David Duchovny. From 1994 to 1996, she worked on various projects for BBC and Prisma Films providing production management services. She produced and directed her first feature documentary, “Tea on the Axis of Evil,” after spending the larger part of 2004 to 2006 filming throughout Syria. She is currently shooting a feature documentary in Algeria that explores the relationship between imposed identity and violence in that society.
     “Tea on the Axis of Evil” has been featured at IDFA Docs for Sale in Amsterdam, Foyle Film Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland, Sonoma International Film Festival, Hot Docs DocShop, Mid Ulster Film Festival in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the Canadian Film Festival and the Salento International Film Festival in Tricase, Italy. 
     The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org. For more information about this free film or the Chapman Cultural Center, please call 542-ARTS or go online www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

Spartanburtg Men's Garden Club and Hatcher Garden Tree and Plant Sale
Saturday, April 24 ... 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ... Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve, 832 John B. White, Sr. Blvd.
Thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and vines will be available for purchase. Quality plants at reasonable prices. For information and complete plant listings, visit www.dirtdaubers.org or www.hatchergarden.org. 

The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
April 23-24, 2010, Woodruff, SC

Woodruff, S.C. – The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival will be held in Woodruff, SC on April 23 and 24 at the Woodruff City Hall Auditorium and surrounding sites.  Stone Soup is family entertainment at its finest in celebration of the oral tradition of storytelling.  Karyn Page-Davies, Chairwoman of the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute, explains that "Storytelling is not just for children.  Stone Soup takes equal parts of tradition, history, and education; then adds a pinch of imagination and fun to create a special experience for the entire family."
Page-Davies went on to say, “The Stone Soup Tale is a story about necessity, vision, creativity, and cooperation.  We hope that ‘all who enter’ will share in this adventure with us." 
     The adventure begins Friday, April 23, at noon, as storyteller, Dr. Kirk Neely, shares stories at the Senior Luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church.  Tickets for this event are $10 dollars and pre-registration is required.  At 2:00pm, Project Fun will present an encore performance of the “Great Chili Rebellion” in the Woodruff City Hall Auditorium.
     Friday evening there will be Soup and Stories in the Woodruff Library Reading Garden Park at 5:30.  Dinner consists of  “Stone Soup” and corn bread (of course!), and the Ghost Stories begin at 6:30pm.  The soup supper is $5 and the Ghost Stories are free!  All guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
     Early Saturday morning on April 24th,  an entire day of tales and entertainment begins with a Storybook Parade.  All children are invited to dress as their favorite storybook character and parade through downtown Woodruff showing off their costumes and acting in character.  The parade will stage at Patton Square and end at the Timrod Building.  Check the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute’s website for registration and events mapping at www.stonesoupsc.com.  
     Stone Soup applauds the 100th year of the historic “Timrod Library”, Woodruff’s original “Public Reading Room”.  Join us with some coffee and sweets in the historic Timrod Building starting at 9 am.  After the opening celebration, professional puppeteer Yostie Ashley will perform a puppet show in the Timrod! -- 9:45am – no charge for this event.
     The first of two Storytelling Sessions will begin at 10:00am at the Woodruff City Hall Auditorium headlining three acclaimed ‘tellers who will present some of their most entertaining tales :  
• Individual tickets will be available for $3 per session or just $10 for ALL of the storytelling sessions (including the Grand Finale). 
• Family Pricing for storytelling is $5.00 per session or $20.00 for all storytelling. 
     At 12:30pm don’t miss the amateur “Story Swap” which will delight the audience in the Woodruff Community Center -- prizes will be awarded – no charge for this event. 
     Be ready for the second Storytelling Session at 2:00pm in the Woodruff City Hall Auditorium: 
• Individual single-session tickets are $3
• Family single-session tickets are $5
     The festival culminates in a Grand Finale Concert -- featured storytellers will engage us with their most-loved stories starting at 6 pm in the Woodruff City Hall Auditorium.

     For an entire schedule of events, registration, ticket information, list of performers, and more, visit the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute website at: www.stonesoupsc.com or call the Woodruff Library at 864-476-8770.  For more information on lodging and other area events and attractions contact the Spartanburg Convention and Tourism Bureau at: www.visitspartanburg.com 

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

Ben Myers Desiree Rowe 
W. Benjamin Myers (FACS) and Desiree Rowe (FACS) have launched a new digital project titled “The Critical Lede.” The project is a weekly podcast that reviews qualitative communication scholarship from marquee journals in the discipline. The project has an accompanying webpage where you can listen to and comment on each podcast. The project webpage is www.thecriticallede.com
New podcasts are uploaded every Monday.

Chapman JeannieJeannie Chapman (Biology) recently published a manuscript entitled “Protein localization of SLC26A2 (DTDST) in rat kidney” in the journal Histochemistry and Cell Biology.


warren CarsonDr. Warren J. Carson (Interim Dean, Arts & Sciences) was elected to a two-year term as president of the College Language Association at their 70th annual convention held in Brooklyn, New York, April 7-10. The College Language Association was founded in 1937 by a group of African American scholars and teachers of languages and literatures. In addition to its annual conventions, CLA publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal (the CLA Journal) that features scholarly articles devoted to a wide variety of topics in languages and literatures of the African Diaspora, and sponsors an annual book award, study abroad scholarships, and creative writing awards. CLA is an affiliate organization of the MLA, and lists among its own affiliates the Langston Hughes Society, The Alice Childress Society, the Zora Neale Hurston Society, and the Richard Wright Circle. CLA will hold its 71st Annual Convention in Spartanburg in April 2011, with USC Upstate serving as the host institution. Dr. Carson is a life member of  CLA, has served on the executive committee for a number of years, and from 1992-2005, chaired the committee for the Margaret Walker Memorial Prizes in Creative Writing.

Toth ReidReid Toth (Criminal Justice) had a manuscript, "The Orangeburg Massacre: A Case Study of the Influence of Social Phenomena on Historical Recollection," accepted for publication in the Journal of African American Studies. 

Summer Youth Drama Camp

A Youth Summer Drama Camp will be held at USC 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. More info is available in this media release.

Alumni

links o tryon
The USC Upstate Alumni Association is planning a golf tournament fundraiser to be held May 20 at the Links O'Tryon. Want to play? More details are on this flyer.

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.

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.