News


Judith PrincePrince Selected as a Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellow  
Dr. Judith Prince, vice chancellor for the Greenville Campus at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been selected as a Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow. This program is sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), a national association uniquely serving individuals involved in the management of chambers of all sizes. The Fellowship offers chamber executives and community leaders a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of regionalism and sustainable development concepts, policies and practices, as well as forge new relationships with chamber leaders across the country. Participants work experience and knowledge will enhance group discussions and guide the group’s development of a regional action plan (RAPs) that will focus their learning on an issue critical to the region. More on this fellowship can be found here.

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USC Upstate Names Bank of America Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award Recipients

At graduation exercises May 6, Dr. Kimberly A. Purdy, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Holly A. Pae, associate professor of education, were awarded the Bank of America Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards. Dr. York Bradshaw, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the award to Dr. Purdy, saying that her students had been inspired to learn more than they ever thought possible, rating her as a "15 on a 10 point scale." Dr. Pae's award was presented by Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education, who remarked that Dr. Pae was an inspiration to all students fortunate to have had her as a teacher, one who challenged students to think critically and apply what they learned in the classrooms, and one who made a positive impact on countless students over the years.

Jane NodineUSC Upstate Presents Annual Award for Scholarly and Creative Pursuits
Professor Jane Allen Nodine, M.F.A., was awarded the annual Scholarly and Creative Pursuits award at graduation exercises held May 6, an award bestowed each spring to a faculty member who has distinguished themselves with research, publications, and creative exhibitions that attract national and internation attention to USC Upstate. Among a highly accomplished group of faculty, says Dr. Celena Kusch who presented the award, Professor Nodine "stood out for her continuous commitment to developing new techniques and exploring new directions in the visual arts." Dr. Kusch adds: "Through work in drawing, painting, metalsmithing, photography, and digital imagery, Professor Nodine established herself as one of South Carolina’s one hundred most significant artists in the last 100 years. This work has been collected and exhibited in the South Carolina State Museum and in many other venues from Texas and New York to Chicago and Switzerland. Most recently, Professor Nodine has undertaken new research with the R&F Paint manufacturing company to develop works using encaustic techniques. This work has met with immediate recognition and praise in the nation’s visual arts community. Over the past year, Professor Nodine has exhibited at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, and her work has been acquired by MUSC for the Ashley River Tower Contemporary Carolina Collection. Later this year you will be able to see more of her work on exhibit at the prestigious Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona."

Gloria WardUpward Bound Summer Program Comes to Campus
Gloria Ward, the newly named director of the Upward Bound Program, says to be on the lookout during Summer I semester for Upward Bound students. The Upward Bound Summer program consists of two groups of students: 9th through 11th graders and graduating seniors. The seniors are bridge students taking college classes during Summer I semester, which will be held from  June 2 through July 3. The 9th through  11th grade students’ program begins June 9 and ends July 8. The students will complete classes including math, science, English, foreign language, music, and drama as well as a variety of workshops promoting higher education and a positive self image. All students will reside on campus for the duration of the program in the Palmetto Villas, and will attend classes and workshops Monday through Friday. More about Ward and the Upward Bound Program can be found in this media release.

billboardUniversity Communications Launches “Inspiring the Upstate By Degrees” Image Campaign
Have you noticed the billboards or seen the ads, heard the radio announcements or clicked through on Web sites? University Communications has launched a multi-media campaign in the Upstate to bring attention to the influence the University has on the Upstate metropolitan area, and to highlight the importance of university degrees to the community.  Visit the University Communications Web site and click the link at the bottom to hear the radio spot that will air throughout the year.  Media buys include the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, The Greenville News, Link Magazine, Greer Now Magazine, G-The Magazine of Greenville, the Spartanburg Journal, The Greenville Journal, The Anderson Journal, GSA Business, SC Magazine, Entercom Radio (4 stations in the Upstate) , Belle Magazine, and ETV Radio (8 stations statewide). Additionally, many of the print venues have Web components as well, so chances are, you’ll be “touched” by the ad campaign at some point this year!

RiverboatA Riverboat’s Long Journey
Casey Rivers, known more as ‘Riverboat’ than Casey around the men’s baseball team, is the first player in school history to play in the NJCAA, the NCAA Division III, Division II and Division I. In fact, no one can find another story like his. As Rivers prepared to play his final collegiate ball game last Friday, the Spartans’ assistant media relations director Joe Guistina sat down with him to get the incredible story of a determined ball player from Hudson, Mass. who “always believed that if you show up every day and work your hardest, good things will happen.” Here’s the story…

The Week in Photos


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May Day Picnic

The weather was great and the food delicious for the annual May Day Picnic, held the Wednesday following graduation, on the Quad. Arranged by Sarah Gurley in HR, the picnic honors faculty and staff who have reached 10, 20 and 30 year service milestones, as well as recent retirees and the Classified Employee of the Year. In the photo at left, Chancellor Stockwell presented Kent Orr (Facilities) with a pin for his 10 years of service. If you were unable to attend the picnic, this program lists all the recipients.

Honorary Doctorate Honorary Doctorate Degrees Conferred 
On the Monday before graduation at the Doctorate Dinner, USC Upstate’s Chancellor John Stockwell (center) presented  Ingo Angermeier, president and chief executive officer of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (right), with a doctor of public administration, and Leonid Yakymovych Kovalchuk, rector of Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine (left), with a doctor of public service.


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A Life Like Mine: Social Studies Festival for First Graders

Sixty first graders from Cooley-Springs Elementary School attended a Social Studies Festival at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday, April 28. The festival was hosted by Stephanie Seay’s “Social Studies for Early Childhood” class from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the University Readiness Center. The festival’s theme was "A Life Like Mine" and it celebrated the similarities of people from across the world. “USC Upstate students developed learning stations that featured hands-on activities for the first graders,” said Stephanie Seay, an instructor of early childhood education. “The workstations engaged first graders in experiences that help them to appreciate the uniqueness of each culture, while also recognizing and celebrating the similarities all cultures share.” The first graders participated in games, books, food, dances, and art experiences from around the world as a way to get a glimpse into the lifestyles of various cultures.

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Trike-A-Thon

No land speed records were boken last Thursday. Perhaps the only thing broken was the rules, as "celebrity" racers Chancellor Stockwell and Dr. Charles Love took to the track in the Auxiliary Gym for the first annual Child Development Center Trike-A-Thon, held Thursday as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. At first they complained they had the wrong shoes on. Then they were aggravated they didn't get practice time before the race. But finally, Chancellor Stockwell and Dr. Charles Love revved their tricycle riding engines and ambled admirably, if not fast, around the track. And when the going got tough, the Chancellor figured out he could go a lot faster riding backwards! "His technique was superior!" exclaimed Heidi From, director of the CDC, who adds that the event raised over $200. Lots of parents attended the event which included a family picnic and karaoke.

Peace Park Bridge with ScoutBridges to Peace
The two wooden bridges in the Rotary International Peace Park were built by two boy scout troops for Eagle Scout projects. The upper bridge was built by BJ Hines of Troop #9 and is named in memory of Curtis R. Harley and the lower bridge was built by Steven Atherton of troop #5 dedicated to Hans Balmer. All materials were donated by local vendors- Blue Ridge Log Cabins, Lowe’s in Seneca, Clement Lumber, and The Contractor Yard. Lunches were donated by Sodexho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yiwei QuiYiwei Qui Visits USC Upstate To Explore Additional Exchange Initiatives With Chinese University
Yiwei Qiu, director of the international office at Zhejiang Forestry University (ZFU), visited USC Upstate on Thursday, April 24. Qiu has served as ZFU’s contact with the Center for International Studies at USC Upstate in establishing a student exchange program between the two universities.  The purpose of Qiu’s visit was to gain a better understanding of USC Upstate and to explore the possibility of expanding the exchange initiatives between USC Upstate and ZFU, which is located in Zhejiang province in eastern China near the city of Hangzhou. Currently, three USC Upstate students have studied or will study in China, and four Chinese students have studied at USC Upstate. A reception was held in Qiu’s honor in the lobby of the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. He is pictured third from right.

 

Event Calendar


Image Management Manual CoverImage Management Manual Workshops
Tuesday, May 20 at 12 noon; Wednesday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m.; or Thursday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. ... University Conference Room (Admin. Bldg.)
Many of you across campus have received copies of the USC Upstate Image Management Manual, which was designed to provide consistent and unified standards for the University. Adherence to the Image Management Manual is the key to building a strong brand for USC Upstate. Effective July 1, 2008, all campus units involved in the creation and design of any marketing materials, primarily in print and electronic media, must be prepared to follow the approved information as outlined in this manual. You can access an electronic version at www.uscupstate.edu/imagemanual. In order assist the campus with the implementation and utilization of the information in the manual, three Image Management Manual Workshops are scheduled in the University Conference Room. These workshops will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to ask questions, get familiar with processes, etc.  We encourage you to send someone from you area to one of these 45 minute presentations. Please let Tammy Whaley know if you plan to attend and which session you will be attending.

Community Events

 

Adolph BrownAn Evening With Dr. Adolph Brown
Monday, June 2 ... 6:00-7:30 p.m. ...Chapman Cultural Center

Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired by one of the most exhilirating and empowering presenters in the country! Dr. Brown will talk about the collective community effort needed to promote successful youth development. Who should come hear "Doc"? Anyone who cares about the future of our youth, i.e. parents, educators, youth leaders, faith community, family service providers, etc. Dr. Adolph Brown is an incredible advocate for children and youth. He has the ability to translate cutting edge theory into concise, hip language with emotional impact. He wows corporate gatherings, educational conventions, health-care conferences, and other meetings, giving over 200 addresses a year all over the country. It is no wonder that First Choice Publicists call him "One of America's Favorite Speakers." Others have said: "When Doc strolls into a room, molecules change, energy shifts - and good things start to happen. You literally have to fasten your seat belt when Adolph presents. His rambunctious and high energy style super-charges audiences while challenging everyone to be more creative, innovative, and practical." For more information, call USC Upstate's College of Arts and Sciences at 503-5700 or visit www.uwpiedmont.org or visit Doc's Web site at www.docspeaks.com. Here's a postcard to print and share.

Faculty & Staff


Tammy Whaley (Communications) recently participated in the Lure of the Dragons boat race on Lake Lure.  Her team, which included many from the Spartanburg area, brought home two trophies: one for best team spirit and the other for most money raised. Her group also won second place for the best decorated tent. More than $20,000 was raised overall for children’s charities.

In January 2008, Robert Thomas (Instructional Media) submitted a photograph he took in 2005 of Clifton Mill No. 2 in 2005 to the SC State Historic
Clifton Mill 2 

Preservation Office that was soliciting submissions for their first annual photo contest as part of their celebration of Preservation Month in May 2008.  In late April, he was honored (and surprised) to learn that his photograph was selected as the 2008 Preservation Month Photo Contest winner.  His  photograph of Clifton No. 2 will be featured on the front of the Preservation Month poster.  On the rear of the poster, the attached essay  (or an edited version) will appear. According to Jennifer Satterthwaite, outreach and local government coordinator for the SC Department of Archives and History, “We will be sending copies of each poster to your local preservation/historical society, each member of the SC legislature, each member of the US legislature from SC, local Council of Governments offices, the SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and possibly others!” More information on the SC Department of Archives and History is available on their Web site.

Frieda DavisonLibrary Dean Frieda Davison was honored and recognized by the Marine Corps League, Detachment #1134, at their monthly meeting at the VFW in Spartanburg last Thursday, for her leadership in arranging for The Wall That Heals to visit campus/Spartanburg in April.

Condolences to Erin Millwood (Financial Aid) and her family on the death of her grandmother May 4.

Purchasing Dept. Reminders

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As a reminder, we are required by State contract to purchase all Hewlett-Packard (HP) Printer supplies from Office Max. This includes both new and remanufactured toner and ink cartridges. If you have been purchasing these items from any other supplier, please start using Office Max starting with your next order. We get State contract pricing and next day, “to-your-office” delivery. You can use your current State supplier for other office supplies, or you can use Office Max because they have a full line of office supplies (at State pricing). If you do not have an account with Office Max please see the attachment. This will give you all the information you need to create a new account with them. Please contact our account representative, Dawn Watkins at DawnWatkins@officemax.com. If you have any issues with ordering, delivery or any other customer service issues please contact Ms. Watkins and copy Denis Ellinger. If you need a catalog, please contact Ms. Watkins.

Another Reminder: Effective January 18, 2008, the State Purchasing card CANNOT be used for travel purposes. If you need a travel card please contact Ms. Annette Jordan (USC Travel) at annette.jordan@sc.edu.

Human Resourses Reminders

Future plans call for the University to discontinue printing and distribution of paper pay stubs following the May 31, 2008 pay period. The on-line pay stub will then become the only pay notification issued to University employees. University employees were able to view and print pay stub information on-line through VIP, USC’s Visual Information Processing system ( https://vip.sc.edu/ ) beginning with the April 15, 2008 payroll.  This new service is part of a University-wide initiative to expand the use of paperless processes within administrative functions to enhance the delivery of information to employees. To access electronic pay stubs, employees will sign into VIP, click on the Employment tab and select the new Past Paychecks option to view the pay stub information. The on-line stub displays the same information that is currently provided on the paper stub. Pay stubs will be transmitted to the VIP system in the early morning of each payday. A nice feature of the system is that it retains an 18-month history, which allows users to view/print pay stubs from the prior 36 pay periods. The self-service function also means employees can print a copy of the stub, which displays the University Seal, to furnish to banks, mortgage companies or other financial institutions when such information is requested by a lender. Step-by-step user instructions for the VIP Past Paycheck feature are available on the Payroll web-siteInstructions are also included here.

Employment


APPLICATION PROCESS:  Visit www.uscupstate.edu/jobs for additional information and online application submission instructions.

STAFF/ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS:

Custodial Worker 
(ST-Building/Grounds Specialist II)
Facilities Management
Req. No. 043391
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Survey Researcher 
(ST-Program Coordinator I)
College of Arts and Science
Req. No. 044236
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Technology Specialist (part-time)
(ST-Computer Programmer I)
College of Arts & Science
Req. No. 044235
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Assistant Director of Counseling Services
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator II)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  000209
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Assistant Vice Chancellor
(State Title: Student Services Manager II)
Academic Affairs
Requisition No.  000213
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Custodian Part-Time 20 hpw
(State Title: Building/Grounds Specialist II)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  000354
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Director of Development
(State Title: Alumni/Development Manager II)
University Advancement
Requisition No.  000399
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Counselor
(State Title: Student Services Program Coordinator I)
Upward Bound
Requisition No.  000401
Online applications accepted until position is filled.

Director of Campus Recreation
(State Title: Program Coordinator I)
Student Affairs
Requisition No.  000462
Online applications accepted until position is filled

Police Officer
(State Title: Law Enforcement Officer I)
University Police
Requisition No.  000457
Online applications accepted until May 19, 2008

Media Relations Assistant (Temporary)
(State Title: Administrative Assistant)
Athletics
Requisition No.  000486
Online applications accepted until June 6, 2008