The Office of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate offers a variety of programs and benefits exclusively for our graduates. Check out a listing below for more details on the great opportunities we’re offering just for you. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources offered through your free membership.
We invite you to stay connected through social media and encourage you to update your contact information to receive the latest news and events.
- Discount on The Biltmore Estate admission tickets. To purchase your tickets online, visit this web site.
- Discount on Nationwide Insurance Auto and Homeowners Insurance. Contact Nationwide agent and USC Upstate graduate Jeff Clark (’99) at 864-814-3003 or visit his web site.
- Access to USC Upstate Career Services for career and professional support. Career Services offers services from the Career Closet to employment transition. There also is an alumni section just for you.
- Personal copy of Upstate Magazine to stay current on USC Upstate news and events.
- Invitations to special University and alumni functions and events.
- Access to the Wellness Center on campus. Membership information and hours can be found here.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the USC Upstate Alumni Association. The award celebrates Spartan alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their profession, community and/or to the University.
USC Upstate invites all alumni and friends to “come home” and join in the Homecoming festivities. This is your chance to reconnect with the University and show your Spartan Pride!
The USC Upstate Alumni Association and Division of Student Affairs has initiated a new professionalism initiative, Finish Up, designed to assist upperclassmen prepare to enter the workforce. This program focuses on a variety of topics for today’s professionals:
- First Impressions: Lasting Impressions
- Appropriate Attire: Dress for Success
- The Business Dinner and Event Protocol
- The Who, What, When, Where, Why, & How of Etiquette and Protocol
Career Athletes is the premium destination for alumni student athletes to connect with other athletes around the nation. It is a social networking tool that helps job seekers. If you already have a job, you might be the connector to help other athletes who are seeking a job. Take advantage of the Career Athletes program.
Don't forget to go to the graduation FAQ for all the information regarding graduation.
Student Alumni Council
The Student Alumni Council is dedicated to enhancing the connection among USC Upstate students past, present and future. They lead the effort to create a campus culture that fosters a sense of community and instills in its students a lifelong commitment to our alma mater. The Student Alumni Council was founded to provide opportunities for social and professional development for all students while helping upperclassmen transition from students to young adults.
Senior Legacy Project
The Senior Legacy Project is a long-standing tradition in which each graduating class presents the University with a gift to commemorate their time at USC Upstate and give back to help give future generations of students the opportunity to experience a life-changing students opportunity to leave your mark on USC Upstate. You can designate your gift to benefit your favorite department, scholarship, program or athletic team. We encourage you to participate in creating your Senior Legacy by designating your gift anywhere that is meaningful to you and giving in honor of a faculty or staff member who made a difference in your USC Upstate experience.
Matt Jett ’07, Chair
Major: Business Administration
Employment: Product Analyst at QS1
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I have a love for the university and an appreciation for the education and experience it provided. I believe this would be a meaningful way to serve and contribute to the alumni community.
Community Involvement: Spartanburg
Erik Little ’12, Vice Chair
Employment: Hubbell Lighting
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate is more than just a four-year institution; it’s an incubator for success. Innovative methods and ideas combined with faculty engagement created the best possible college mentor experience for all students. Erik believes graduates from the university
Dione Y. Williams ’03, Secretary
Major: Elementary Education
Employment: 6th grade teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Dione received many opportunities to connect with educators throughout the Spartanburg community who have had a lifelong effect on her educational success. The growth and development she received at USC Upstate made her a better candidate in the job market.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors, Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and United Way: Young Leaders Society
Kierra Brown ‘10
Major: Business Marketing Minor In Non-Profit Administration
Employment: Technical Recruiter with TEKsystem
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Upstate afforded me the opportunity to attend a University close to home and receive a great education from a highly recognized University. Attending Upstate also gave me the opportunity to take my first ever plane ride when I studied aboard in London. Other benefits included: being a Student Ambassador, member of the Opportunity Network and also joining an amazing Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
Community Involvement: Volunteer with A.Bevy Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jennifer Callaway ‘95
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Head Women's Volleyball Coach USC Upstate
Additional Information: A part of the USC Upstate community for more than a 20 years, Calloway stabilized a volleyball program that had seven coaches in a nine-year period when she took over at age 23 in 1996.
Daphnie Glenn ‘12
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Assistant Director of Housing and Resident Life, USC Upstate
Additional Information: Being a recent alumna I hope to take what I hear current students discussing as their pride in the University and see that they are able to cherish and wish to return and give back.
Rhonda Henderson ‘86
Major: Secondary Education, English
Employment: Retired, Director Public Relations, Spartanburg School District 2 – entering Real Estate
Additional Information: Cultivating and maintaining USC Upstate’s reputation of excellence in our community and beyond is vital, and all organizations bearing the University’s name can add polish to its reputation. It is an honor to represent my alma mater as an Alumni Association board member and to give back to USC Upstate by serving in this capacity and putting a little elbow grease into making that golden dome shine just a little brighter.
Todd Horne ’05
Employment: Vice President of Business Development at Clayton Construction
Community Involvement: Former chairman of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Valandis Johnson ‘13
Major: Secondary Education, History
Employment: Property Manager, Kenney Realty Services
Additional Information: While in college I developed a commitment to and pride for USC Upstate. Becoming a member of the Alumni Board provides an opportunity to cultivate this passion; allowing me to be of service in any capacity to the USC Upstate community.
Tyler Luchey ’11
Major: Business Administration
Employment: Assistant Vice President; Technology Project Solutions Consultant at Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Benefits of graduating from USC Upstate: I was fortunate to attend a university where I was treated more like family then a student. Therefore I have a personal connection to the campus and want to be a part of helping it blossom. I have benefited greatly from the connections I've made at the University and want to help facilitate the connecting of those future Alum coming after me
Community Involvement: YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Women’s Ministry
Stacey Mills ’03
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Executive Director of the Greenville Campus at USC Upstate
Marcia Murff ’89
Employment: Director of PR and Development at Spartanburg Parks
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I believe in USC Upstate and would be more than willing to serve in any capacity to the mission of this institution
Community Involvement: Chair of Junior Leadership Spartanburg, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents
Gina Rhode ’11
Major: Secondary Education
Employment: 8th Grade Teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate built a foundation for my transition into adulthood and opened doors for opportunity. I want to continue to be a part of the University by creating a positive atmosphere during and post college.
Ryon Smalls ‘14
Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: Law Student, Charlotte School of Law / Second Lieutenant – U.S. Army Reserve National Guard
Additional Information: The University of South Carolina Upstate has given me so many resources and opportunities to grow professionally and personally, that I am honored to be a part of an organization that is about giving back to our institution. I care deeply about USC Upstate, and am excited to be involved in helping develop our alumni association into a highly desirable and well respected body of professionals in the Upstate community.
Shannel Smith ’07
Major: Early Childhood Education
Carolyn Farr Shanesy ’95
Major: Communications with a concentration in Journalism
Employment: Director of University Communications at USC Upstate
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Like many students, Carolyn was already an Upstate resident before attending USC Upstate. After graduation, she was able to use her community contacts both from living in the area and from her tenure at USC Upstate to get ahead in her field. Carolyn is proud to be a part of USC Upstate’s rich history and promising tomorrow.
Community involvement: Media Women of South Carolina and USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Matt Cash ’06
Major: Political Science
Employment: Coordinator of Recruitment, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate offers its students a close-knit learning environment where faculty and staff quickly develop into mentors and friends, while also offering students experiences that can often only be found at larger research universities. Matt is proud to have served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He enjoys giving back to his alma mater as it has provided him with so many enduring friendships and opportunities.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors, Hub City Hog Fest Board Member, Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers – South Carolina Planning Committee, Chapter Advisor for University Relations – Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of USC Upstate, Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Joshua Jones, Ex-Officio member
Major: Sport Management, Hampton University
Employment: Director of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate
Joshua moved to Spartanburg from Roanoke, Virginia. He enjoys cooking, CrossFit and helping others through charitable organizations. Joshua and his wife Arlesia Jones introduced their first child, Lennox Averie to the world, July 24, 2016, and couldn’t be more in love.
The mission of the University of South Carolina Alumni Board of Directors is to be an advisory board to the institution and to other alumni. The primary purpose of the Board is to serve as a body by which all who have attended USC Upstate can maintain some connection with the University. Those appointed as Board members shall exhibit these qualifications: leadership ability, commitment to USC Upstate, involvement in Association activities, a willingness to serve the Board and a history of financial support of the institution. Executive Council members shall have served a minimum of one term on the Board prior to election or appointment to this committee.The Alumni Board of Directors is the governing body of our Alumni Association and makes decisions for our Alumni Association scholarship recipients and Distinguished Alumni Award.