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USC Upstate Alumni Association Golf Tournament Raises Funds For Scholarships
When golfers take to the links for the University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association Golf Tournament, they will be helping to raise funds for much needed student scholarships. The tournament takes place on Thursday, May 20 at the Links O’Tryon. “Scholarships funded by the USC Upstate Alumni Association have been a source of financial assistance to many outstanding students,” said Leah Anderson, director of alumni relations, annual giving and university events. “In fact, 95 students received scholarship support for the 2009-2010 academic year and more than 85% of USC Upstate students rely on some sort of financial assistance. With a record low 16% of funding coming from the state, community support for our scholarship programs is now more important than ever.” Registration information and more details about the tournament can be found here.

Andy BrooksAthletics Staff Honored at Student Affairs Banquet: Two members of the athletic department were honored at the April 13 banquet
At the 2010 Student Affairs Awards Banquet held on April 13, two members of the USC Upstate athletic department received wards.  Director of Marketing and Promotions Andy Brooks and Senior Woman Administrator Louise Ericson were honored at the event. Andy Brooks was awarded with the James E. Talley Vision Award.  This award is given annually to a staff or faculty member who demonstrates vision and initiative towards making Upstate an outstanding place to work, study and live. Louise Ericson was awarded with the Outstanding Advocate Award by Upstate’s Alcohol and Drug Education Programs.  Ericson received the honor in recognition of her work with Upstate colleagues Frances Jarratt-Hortis, Director of Counseling Services, and Erin Morgan, formerly the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Education.  As a result, the university was awarded a three year, $30,000 grant with the NCAA CHOICES initiative.  More about the honors can be found in this media release.

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Spartans Spend Saturday with Carolina Miracle League: Upstate student-athletes and members of the street team volunteered at Saturday's Champions Day
The Carolina Miracle League renewed an annual tradition Saturday, April 17, 2010, as they hosted a tripleheader of baseball action at Miracle Park. This special Saturday known as Champions Day, brings the league's athletes together with area Spartanburg dignitaries, as well as coaches and student-athletes from a variety of high schools and colleges. "This is our day to recognize and bring together the many different groups that either made our league possible at the beginning or help us to sustain it now with the use of their time, talent and contributions," said Carolina Miracle League executive director Pam Dean. "We are proud of the champions of our league and we are thankful that they were with us at this special event."  USC Upstate was well represented for the first game of the day as the Spartans and the Terriers squared off at 10:00 a.m. Members of the Upstate marketing/street team, women's soccer team and volleyball team all came out for this great event. Here's more ...

 

May Day Picnic

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, 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 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, Stu-dent Life; Carolyn Matthews, Financial Services; Danielle Raquidel, Department of Lan-guages, 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, Stu-dent Life; Barbara Chastain, Department of Fine Arts & Communications Studies; Bon-nie 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.

 

The Week in Photos

Jesse Bobo StudentsThe third annual “Friends of Upstate Networking Day” enabled a group of students from Jesse Bobo Elementary School to spend the day on the campus of University of South Carolina Upstate on Friday, April 23. This collaboration between Jesse Bobo in Spartanburg District Six and the School of Education at USC Upstate is an important initiative in providing children with information about teacher education and university life in general. “The School of Education and our school partners believe it is important for students to begin thinking about their futures at an early age and experience college life first hand,” said Dr. Greta G. Freeman, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate. The Jesse Bobo students were chaperoned by principals, teachers and volunteers as they spent the day on the campus, hearing from a variety of speakers, touring the campus, and having lunch in the cafeteria.

CDC Earth DayThe Burroughs Child Development Center celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 in a big way. One group of children scoured part of the campus for trash and found a lot of it around the “Duck Pond”!  Another group decorated paper bags donated by Publix who used them on Earth Day to pack groceries.

 

 

 

 




smores Solar ovens
USC Upstate students usually gather on the Main Quad to study or play Frisbee. But on Wednesday, April 21, students in Carol Broadus’ Environmental Science class took to the sunny quad to try their hands at cooking S’mores with solar ovens they built from a very limited materials list. “The project was used to provide context and reinforcement of key concepts that are covered in the course such as conduction, convection, radiation, direct solar energy, greenhouse effect, renewable energy, and sustainability,” said Broadus, who is the program coordinator for the Watershed Ecology Center at USC Upstate.  “The students have also completed a paper explaining the background of solar ovens, how they are used today, their materials and methods of the construction of their solar oven, and the scientific theories explaining how their ovens work.”
The construction materials list for the solar ovens included: cardboard, umbrella, aluminum foil, plastic wrap or a plastic bag, black paint or black marker, glue, tape (no duct tape or other toxic materials), and up to two mirrors no larger than five inches in diameter.

 

Campus Calendar

 

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 or fax the PDF registration form to ext. 5364. Contact the Office of Employee Relations & Equal Opportunity at ext. 5344 for additional information.

Memory Walk Luau
Friday, April 30 … 6:00 p.m. … Campus Life Center Ballroom

Help fight for a cure against Alzheimer's Disease! Please come to the Memory Walk Luau on Friday, April 30. Tickets are $35/person and will get you a wonderful evening. Meet and greet with Teepa Snow, island cuisine, entertainment, and silent auction. This event kicks off the Memory Walk season. Every 70 seconds there is a new case of Alzheimer's in the US, and every nine seconds there is a new case worldwide. Memory Walk is the main means by which the Alzheimer's Association raises money to assist families and persons with Alzheimer's. Please come out to support a worthy cause. Questions? Contact Jessica McKinney.

Hooding CeremonyHooding Ceremony, Graduate Programs in Education
Saturday, May 1 … 2:00 p.m. … Susan Jacobs Arboretum Amphitheatre
The School of Education welcomes you to the hooding ceremony for candidates for master's degrees in education. Contact Jessica Erickson, administrative assistant, Graduate Programs School of Education at 503-5573 or jerickson@uscupstate.edu if you have questions.

College of Arts & Sciences Scholars’ Day Awards Program and Reception
Sunday, May 2 ... 2:30 p.m. ... Performing Arts Center

On Sunday, May 2, the College of Arts & Sciences will recognize over 60 students for a variety of academic achievements and departmental distinctions. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A number of the College’s faculty will be on hand to present the awards to students in the presence of their family and friends. The university community is cordially invited to join us for this wonderful occasion. This is a free ticketed event open to the public but with limited seating.  To reserve tickets, please contact the Cultural Box Office at 503-5695, Monday – Friday between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., or email Sue Culbreth. For additional information, please contact Nancy Callicott or call 503-5782.

graduation 1USC Upstate Plans For May Commencement
Tuesday, May 4 ... 7:00 p.m. ... Quad behind the Administration Building

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. 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. Contingency plans for graduation in the event of severe weather can be found  in this Commencement Severe Weather Policy Plan and Severe Weather FAQ. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. IMPORTANT!!! Please note new processional time and process: Due to the large volume of students and the time it takes to process, the student processional will begin promptly at 6:40 p.m. following the announcing of the Class of 2010. The faculty will then be announced at 6:50 p.m. for the faculty processional. Once the faculty are in place, the platform party will be announced at 6:55 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please be dressed in full academic regalia, including hats, and gather in the lobby of the Media Building no later than 6:30 p.m. Purses and other valuables should not be brought to the ceremony as there is no place to lock them up. Traffic approaching campus will be very heavy during the hours prior to commencement. Please arrive early to avoid any delays.

 

Community Interest

 

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Ice Cream Sundays Are Back!

If you are wondering what to do on a Sunday evening, come to the Quad at the Rose Terrace to eat ice cream and listen to great music! Mark your calendars, grab a lawn chair and some money for the ice cream, and enjoy the great music and fun atmosphere starting at 7 p.m. on Sundays. This is one of the most relaxing things you can do on a summer Sunday night!

Here's the schedule:

Ice Cream Sundays
Six Sundays starting May 23 … 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. … Rose Terrace on the Quad
May 23: The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of big band jazz
May 30: The Spartanburg Community Band will play a Tribute to Veterans
June 6:  Join the Low Blow Band for an evening of jazz without trumpets
June 13:  The Spartanburg Community Band will be back for an evening of movie theme favorites
June 20:  The Windjammers Band will present an evening of Dixieland Jazz
June 27: Join the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble for an evening of big band jazz


 

Ribbon Cutting

green ribbonMake plans to attend the ribbon cutting celebration of the opening of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, on Thursday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. at 160 E. Saint John Street in downtown Spartanburg. All faculty and staff are invited to join the celebration and tour the building. Questions? Email Tammy Whaley or call 503-5210. Here is the invitation to keep or forward to others.

Legislative Update

The Senate Finance Committee completed its budget and it will be debated on the floor of the Senate this week. Higher education was cut $10 million more than the House budget due to a recent BEA report showing $120 million less in revenues for next year. Recurring base budgets were left in line with the House budget and the adjustment was made in scholarships being put in the lottery budget. This move does jeopardize a portion of the technology funds which we had been receiving. It could impact up to $200,000 in technology funding for USC Upstate. Questions? Contact John F. Perry, executive director, University Boards and Public Affairs.

Newsletters Online

The Center for international Studies and the History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies Department have recently released their spring newsletters. Take a moment to learn what our student and faculty have been up to, here and around the globe.

Faculty & Staff

Coberly DavidDavid Coberly (Spanish) was elected president of the South Carolina Council on Languages for 2010-2011 at its meeting last month. From our website, www.sccol.org, The South Carolina Council on Languages (SCCOL) is a group of S.C. language professionals -  kindergarten through four-year universities - who meet every other month during the academic year to discuss issues related to language teaching and, where appropriate, make recommendations to state policy makers. For the four prior years, Coberly has served as the group’s webmaster.

Rebecca StevensRebecca Stevens (education) delivered a roundtable paper titled “Classroom Management and Education for Democracy: Insights from Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey” at the Annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) conference held last November.

Peter CasterPeter Caster (English) was selected to participate in the National Humanities Center summer institute on the short story this July. The seminar, “The Short Story as Art and Artifact,” will be led by Harvard endowed chair of English Louis Menand.  All travel, food, and lodging is arranged by the Center, and participants are each awarded a $1,500 stipend.

EPA Awards
Jennifer Parker
(assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences) accepted an award from the EPA on behalf of the University on Sunday, April 18. The primary award was presented to State Rep. Harold Mitchell and the Regenesis Economic Development Corporation, but several community partnership awards were also presented. The University was one of the recipients. The full text of the Herald-Journal article is here

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.

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.

Investigator
(State Title: Investigator III)
University Police
Requisition No.  002429
Online applications accepted until April 26, 2010

USC Upstate Bursar 
(State Title: Accountant/Fiscal Analyst III)
Business Services
Requisition No.  002426
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.

Security Officer (Temporary)
(State Title: Security Specialist III)
University Police
Requisition No.  002439
Online applications accepted until position is filled.