News

JCBE 2Ribbon Cutting and Building Dedication for "The George"
Make 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.


Important Federal and Private Loan Requirements for the 2010-2011 Academic Year
Those who rely on student loans to help pay tuition costs need to be aware of recent federal and private loan requirements for the 2010-2011 academic year. Failure to act prior to the new July 15th deadline may result in payment delays to the borrowers. “If students wait too late and there's a delay in the arrival of funds, their classes are going to get dropped," said Allison Sullivan, director of financial aid at USC Upstate. To help prevent USC Upstate students from experiencing such delays in receiving their money, the University has a July 15th deadline for students to complete their promissory note for 2010-2011 loans. More details are in this media release.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at USC Upstate Inducts 75
Seventy-two students and three faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate were recently inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. “The purpose of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others,” said Dr. Carol Loar, assistant professor of history and president of Chapter 289 Phi Kappa Phi at USC Upstate. “That we have inducted 72 students this year speaks highly of the quality of our students and their dedication to academic success.” A full listing of inductees by hometown as well as more information about Phi Kappa Phi can be found in this media release.

United Way Campaign Concludes
USC Upstate’s United Way Campaign kicked off September 8, 2009 and concluded April 30, 2010.  A total of 26 employees contributed to the United Way Campaign, donating $6,976.80. By comparison, $5,540.80 was given to the United Way Campaign over last year’s campaign. Participants were eligible to win prizes based on their level of giving, and were awarded their prizes at last Wednesday’s May Day Picnic on the quad.

Level 1
$48-$149
His/Her Spartan Pack, donated by the Athletic Department
Winner: Ronald Sobczak


Level 2
$150-$240
Two parking passes for faculty/staff at the location of their choice, donated by the Facilities Department
Winners: Monica Wienand and Kathleen Brady


Level 3
$240 or above
One year membership to the Wellness Center, donated by the Wellness Center/Mark Ritter
Winner: Sheryl Turner-Watts

Roving ReadersWalk Upstate Concludes
The 2nd annual Walk Upstate concluded on April 25. Sixteen teams consisting of 130 participants walked a minimum of 100 miles in a 15-week contest sponsored by Healthy Upstate Carolina and Staff Council. The contest serves as a means of improving the health of employees through physical activity.  The goal of the program is to motivate employees to walk at least one mile a day or 100 miles in 15 weeks. The theme of the contest this year was "Get Fit Stay Fit" and the teams that completed 100% were entered into a gift card drawing for Academy Sports.  Seven teams in total completed 100% and the winning team was Roving Readers from the Library.  Each team member received a $20.00 gift card. Every participant of Walk Upstate received a commemorative t-shirt.

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Live Stream of Graduation

Last week's commencement exercises were streamed live online for the first time ever. Nick Catto, web developer with University Communications, says there were a total of 154 viewers with an average of 42 viewers at any given moment. Here is a recording of the video, http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6679582. The audio gets better a few minutes in. During the stream, Catto had a chat window open so viewers could comment about the video. There were people watching graduation from Auburn, Maine, California, etc.

Rogers LynnLynn Rogers Named Employee of the Year
The Staff Council congratulates the 2010 Classified Employee of the Year, Lynne Rogers, administrative assistant for the department of Psychology. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who took the time to write a record number of nominations and supporting nominations for this outstanding group of nominees. And thanks again to the Human Resources department and the Chancellor’s office for a terrific May Day picnic. If you are a staff member who has worked for the University for more than a full year, please consider joining Staff Council. The Classified Employee of the Year is just one of the great programs sponsored by Staff Council and we would love for you to be a part of it. Stay tuned for more information regarding joining Staff Council as well as future events. Contact Ryan Boggs or Bridget Kirkland for more information.

 

The Week in Photos

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ASL induction 2On Friday, April 23, 2010, 19 nontraditional students and seven faculty and staff of USC Upstate were inducted in the Sigma Chi Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. The ceremony was held at the University Center of Greenville Auditorium.  Dr. Mary Thoekas, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success at USC Upstate, presented the tribute to nontraditional students, and Dr. Judy Beck, Dr. Jim Cappio, Dr. Darlene Amendolair, and Dr. Judith Prince conducted the Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ritual. USC Upstate students inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda are in the top 10% of all nontraditional students at USC Upstate. Music was provided by faculty from the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Presentations by three nontraditional students about their journey to return to Upstate to earn a bachelor’s degree were outstanding. Speakers were Jeremy Metz(IDS), Richard Godwin (Business Administration), and Heike Wrenn (IDS). Tammy Cramer, Human Resources Specialist at USC Upstate made the evening more memorable  with her closing remarks, during which she focused on her ten-year journey to earn a degree which she received at commencement ceremonies on May 4, 2010.

     Seven faculty and staff were recognized by nontraditional students as having made significant contributions to their success at USC Upstate. There were as follows: Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, Ms. Charisse Krieger, Dr. Celena Kusch, Dr. Ray Merlock, Dr. Coleen O’Brien, Dr. Sarah Rook, and Mr. Jeff Smith. Jeremy Metz who was inducted into ASL is pictured above with Dr. Ray Merlock and Dr. Judy Prince. Metz made an outstanding presentation during the ceremony as well. The following Monday, four Upstate students attending USC Sumter were inducted by teleconference. An article on that ceremony appeared in The State

 

Community Events

Celebrate Spartanburg's Young Children
USC Upstate's Child Development Center, together with Spartanburg County First Steps, Spartanburg Regional Ida Thompson Child Development Program, and the Mary Black Foundation invite you and your family to a free fun-filled event on the quad on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a magic show with Steve Holt, story time with GrandBee, a birthday party celebration for First Steps, a concert with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a puppet show, bouncies and more. All the details are in this flyer.



Summer Camps at USC Upstate

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. More info is available in this media release.

There are many sports camps sure to engage area youth in great physical activitiy and training this summer. From soccer to baseball to tennis (and more) these camps offer skills instruction and good times! To see a complete listing, visit the athletics web page.

The Spartanburg Junior Writing Project offers a wonderful writing enrichment summer program for children in grades 3 through 12 from June 7-18. Complete with  opportunities to work with professional writers, poets and story-tellers, this camp will sharpen your writing skills as you express your creativity and celebrate the writer within. Contact Tasha Thomas for details at 503-5653.

The Watershed Ecology Center at USC Upstate invites you to look at their web page which details all the various nature camps available this summer including Good to be Green, The Daily Buzz, The High Seas, Nature Photography, Stayin' Alive, Bumps in the Night, and Mad Lab. Questions? Contact Carol Broadus at 503-5728.  

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.

Police Officer
(State Title: Law Enforcement Officer I)
University Police
Requisition No.  002467
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.

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 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.