Spinx Company Managers Earn Retail Management Certificates
The University of South Carolina Upstate will host the graduation of its inaugural class from the Retail Management Certificate Program on Monday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the McAlister Square Auditorium at the University Center of Greenville. Fifteen Spinx Company managers have completed the year-long program formed as a partnership between USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and the Spinx Company, a chain of convenience stores and gasoline retailers based in Greenville. Who are the graduates? Find out in this media release.

Neary BrigitteNeary Receives Award for Scholarly and Creative Pursuits
Dr. Brigitte Neary, associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate received the Annual Award to Faculty for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits at the University’s Commencement Exercises on May 4. This award honors faculty members who have made an impact within their fields of expertise. The award was presented by Dr. Lynette M. Gibson, associate professor of nursing and chair of the Committee for Faculty Excellence. “Dr. Neary has greatly impacted the fields of sociology, history, and applied anthropology, specifically ethnography and ethno-history, through her socio-historical-biographical research agenda,” said Gibson. More about Neary's award is in this media release.

Brock AdamsBrock Adams’ “Gulf” Published by Pocol Press
University of South Carolina Upstate English Instructor Brock Adams grew up in Panama City, Fla., a beach town on the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the stories in his first book, Gulf, published in April by Pocol Press, take readers to those sun streaked beaches of the Florida panhandle, complete with characters who smell of shrimp, salt air, sunscreen and seaweed, with the green waters and brown waves of the Gulf ever present in the background. “The short story collection Gulf refers not only to the physical meaning of the word --several of the stories take place on or near the Gulf of Mexico -- but also to the metaphysical meaning, focusing on the human ability or lack thereof to bridge psychological gulfs, and to find emotional healing,” says Adams. This media release has more information about the book.

Wellness Center to Offer Arthritis Water Exercise Program 

The University of South Carolina Upstate will offer a water exercise program designed to help control and reduce arthritis pain starting June 1 in the Wellness Center pool, located in the Health Education Complex. Developed specifically for people with arthritis, the arthritis water exercise program is gentle on the joints and has been proven in research studies to reduce arthritis pain and improve ability to do more daily activities. The program incorporates the buoyancy of water and the soothing warmth of a heated pool to make a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. More information about this program is available in this media release.


Campus Calendar

Business After Hours

Thursday, May 20 ... 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. ... George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, together with USC Upstate and AT&T, will host the popular monthly business networking event "Business After Hours" on Thursday, May 20 at the Johnson College downtown. No reservations are necessary.


Overtime Pay: Does That Really Apply to Us? 
Wednesday, May 26 …   Supervisor Session: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Non-exempt Employee Session: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. … Rampey Center, Shewhart Room
Have you ever approved a timecard which had hours reported that were actually worked the week before? Have you ever approved a timecard with 7.5 hours reported on a day when you knew your employee actually worked 8 or 8.5 hours that day? Have you ever put 10 hours on your student employee’s timecard and used any day(s) of the week because you didn’t know when they actually worked?  If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, and supervise permanent, temporary or student employees on weekly timecards, then you should attend this seminar, presented by Ken Titus, Employee Relations Manager, USC.  All non-exempt (hourly) employees whether permanent or temporary and student employees are covered by the overtime law. Click here to view additional information and to register for this seminar.

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 or   

Community Events

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 … 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

The George Moves Downtown

JCBE 2The Johnson College of Business will be moving to its new location downtown the week of May 17. Internet and phone access will be limited. Please send an email if you have a problem or question and we will respond as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Faculty & Staff

Susan HodgeSusan A. Hodge (Academic Affairs) completed the Clemson University Extension Service Master Gardener program and received a certificate at the MG graduation, held at Spartanburg Community College on May 11.

Zack LizabethLizabeth Zack (Sociology) was invited to present a session on the Red-Dead Canal, the situation of the Dead Sea, and other associated water issues in the Jordan River valley at a summer institute for high school teachers on the Politics of Water at NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center in New York City July 27-29.

Employment Opportunities

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Visit for additional information and online application submission instructions.


Budget Manager
(State Title: Accountant/Fiscal Analyst II)
Academic Affairs
Requisition No.  002477
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Building/Grounds Lead
(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist III)
Facilities Management
Requisition No.  002478
Online applications accepted until May 19, 2010

Program Assistant (Grant Funded-Temporary)
(State Title: Program Assistant)
Upward Bound
Requisition No.  002479
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

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.

(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.

Resident Manager (2 positions)
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  002470
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)
Requisition No.  002394
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Scanner (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Specialist I)
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.