As students return to campus for the start of the fall semester, there will be immense enthusiasm in the air and an abundance of new opportunities.
Enrollment at USC Upstate remains strong, even in times of tough economic struggles, and we anticipate another consecutive annual increase of 4 percent. This increase will move enrollment to nearly 5,700 students. To accommodate the growing student population, many renovations have taken place this summer on the main campus.
New parking lots have been constructed at the northern section of campus, providing additional spaces within walking distance of the residence halls where nearly 1,000 students reside. Graphic design students will delight at the dedicated digital design lab in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. This new lab provides 18 work stations, which will function both as classroom space and a lab, providing students with additional lab resources in which to complete their projects and assignments.
The Horace C. Smith Science Building has undergone major renovations to provide state-of-the-art and safe working environments. A biology lab dedicated to Biology 101 and Biology 102 classes features larger work areas to conduct complex experiments, standing height work stations for better comfort and new student seating. And a new human anatomy laboratory allows for materials to be accessed outside of class time. Other labs allow additional sections of other courses to be offered as they free up additional laboratory spaces. This all results in a higher utilization of campus space to accommodate the growing student demand.
Just as new classroom spaces have been developed on campus, so too have opportunities outside of the classroom. Two of the new endeavors are featured in the issue of this magazine.
Thanks to Professor Jimm Cox's vision for the University's theatre program, USC Upstate recently signed a special agreement with the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, London, England that will have far-reaching ramifications for our students both here and abroad. Last spring, USC Upstate was fortunate to receive a one-of-a-kind art collection from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This fall, under the direction of Jane Nodine, a selection of original photographs will be on exhibit. And lastly, 850 business and economics students will attend classes in the heart of downtown Spartanburg now that "The George" is operating as its own campus.
Yes, the 2010-2011 year promises to be a magnificent year at USC Upstate!
Dr. John C. Stockwell, Chancellor
BY TAMMY E. WHALEY
The opening of the University of South Carolina Upstate's George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics is both a crown jewel for the ever evolving and expanding metropolitan university and a significant investment in the City of Spartanburg.
"Having a facility of this caliber will serve as a major recruitment tool for students seeking business degrees, as well as for prominent and well-credentialed faculty members," said USC Upstate Chancellor John Stockwell.
Locating the new $30 million facility in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, instead of on the 330-acre campus just miles away, will benefit the City in many ways.
"The Johnson College will certainly contribute to the City's economic development efforts," said Mayor Junie White. "The daily influx of 850 college students and faculty members will add a new vibrancy to the downtown area, all the while adding opportunities for internships and creative collaborations manifest."
Affectionately known as "The George," the 60,000-squarefoot facility is as impressive as the resume of its namesake, who is regarded as an entrepreneurial legend.
George D. Johnson, Jr., is founder and chairman of Johnson Development Associates, Inc. He is founder, former chief executive officer & a former director of Extended Stay America, Inc. He is a former president of the Domestic Consumer Division of Blockbuster Entertainment, a division of Viacom, Inc. He was formerly the managing general partner of WJB Video. Since 1985 Mr. Johnson has been the managing general partner of American Storage Limited Partnership. His real estate development company, Johnson Development Associates, Inc., has developed and manages retail space, industrial space, office space and apartments. He is founder and past member of the Board of Directors of Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience developing and managing various businesses.
Designed by renowned architect David Schwarz, the bricks in the three-story "George" are laid in a Flemish bond pattern. By mixing typical red field brick with special accent brick that contains high concentrations of iron ore, the exterior sometimes appears to have a checkerboard white palette when reflecting the sun.
The signature and most visible feature of "The George" is its tower, which serves as the main entrance to the building. With three large arched openings the tower steps back, becoming more slender as it rises. Railing details on the windows complete the look. An exterior LE D stock ticker situated on the tower keeps those passing by apprised of the market.
The study of business and economics is as often art as science. Great care has been taken to incorporate both dimensions throughout the interior of the building. The symbols embedded in the floor are patterned after currency reflecting the importance of a global market. And the signs throughout the building feature the series of colors found in the fibers of U.S. currency ... the colors of money.
Stepping inside the building reveals the awe-inspiring three-story octagonal James D. Cobb Lobby. Traditional terrazzo flooring in hues of red, green, sand and grey (the colors of money) is bordered with a pattern that includes international currencies – pounds, euros and yens. The eye is then drawn upwards to the second floor balcony and beyond to the domed ceiling with an oculus and sky light. Taking the theme of currency to the ceiling, the center pane of the sky light is green glass.
Just off the lobby is the Foster Chapman Stock Trading Lab where students will make real time stock trading calls based on momentum, news and overall current-day stock market action. While not being used for stock trading, the room will double as a computer lab for up to 36 students.
Alexi Goretoy, a junior from Boise, Idaho, is thrilled to have access to a simulated stock trading lab. "It will definitely enrich our learning experience more so than a tradition classroom. The fact that this room can double as a computer lab means it won't be sitting empty. There can never been enough computer labs, that's for sure."
A smaller lobby, named for Mr. and Mrs. William M. Webster, III, features two etched glass panels paying tribute to George Johnson and former Mayor of Spartanburg Bill Barnet, who were instrumental in locating "The George" downtown and supporting its development through substantial private gifts. A center panel lists the names of donors who contributed the $14 million in private funding necessary to build this stately business school.
While his business and entrepreneurial accomplishments are legendary, George Johnson's love and appreciation for art is not as widely-known. However, George and his wife, Susu have assembled more than 600 impressive works of art. The Johnson Collection comprised of pieces ranging from the 1700s to the present, collectively reflects the history and culture of the American South. Three galleries are included in "The George" and will feature rotating exhibits from The Johnson Collection. Using cell phone technology, visitors can take self-guided tours of these art exhibits.
The terrazzo flooring continues throughout these galleries, with slight variations to the currency borders. Instead of showcasing international currency, the borders in these three galleries pay homage to the state of South Carolina and to U.S. currency. The symbols are interchangeable for S.C. and dollars and cents.
The galleries afford students and faculty soothing exterior views of the Zimmerli Plaza, Milliken Fountain, and Featherston Green. The Susanna Johnson and Geordy Johnson East Gallery and the Susu Johnson Central Gallery are outfitted with lounge furniture that is suitable for small group discussions while counter tops and café tables in the Barnet Family West Gallery are ideal for studying. All three galleries have easy access to outside studying space and the parking garage.
"Having such a state-of-the-art facility, with its own art museum and in the heart of downtown, is really cool," said Tiffany Williams, a junior from Irmo. "This is going to put the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and USC Upstate on the radar of many prospective college students."
Completing the first floor are smart classrooms given by Carolina First Bank, Clarke and Bob Brannon, Jane and Hugh McColl, Bank of America, and the BMW Manufacturing Tiered Classroom that can accommodate 80 students.
"The downtown location of 'The George' will enhance the educational experience for our students in many ways," said Dr. Frank Rudisill, associate dean and associate professor of management. "It will facilitate internship opportunities with downtown businesses, offer easier access to community and business leaders willing to share their knowledge and experience as guest lecturers, and provide a location for seeding and incubating entrepreneurial ideas."
Moving to the second floor, visitors eagerly forego the elevator as they are beckoned by the beauty of the Extended Stay Hotels East Stair Case. The floor in this stair case is finished in bluestone, which proves a nice complement to the wood on the risers and the glass panel system that supports the hand rails.
The second floor Mezzanine, given in appreciation of Dan Breeden, Foster Chapman and Corry Oakes, offers a spectacular view of the octagonal lobby. The Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs Dean's Office is to the left and benefits from the unusual shape of the tower. Just down the hallway are the Jeanne and Robert Harley Conference Room, The Arkwright Foundation Conference Room, and Young Office Environments Board Room, all of which feature large windows to allow for natural lighting.
"One of the guiding visions of moving downtown has been the program impact from having the business programs and events available in the heart of Spartanburg," said Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics. "This facility will provide a venue for events not only for our programs, but also joint activities with other downtown entities. Certainly one of our uses will be additional continuing education and training programs for local businesses and these conference rooms and board room will be ideal for their use."
An area on second floor that is sure to become a popular gathering spot is the Betty and Walter Montgomery West Lounge. Situated directly under a magnificent skylight, the comfortable furniture seems to beckon faculty and students for conversation.
At the end of the hallway is a conference room named for Cathy and Jeff Smith, both 1986 graduates of USC Upstate. Faculty offices wrap around both sides of the second floor, most of which are placed at the exterior of the building to allow for natural light.
The third floor of "The George" remains unfinished with future plans to be used in aiding in pre-start-up and incubation support of small business. This space will also support other academic outreach activities, enabling expanded services for small businesses and connecting business leaders with the University and its students.
"I really like that the business college is located downtown in the thick of things," said Nirav Patel, a senior business major from London. "It gives us close proximity to many businesses and the people who run them. Hopefully those business leaders will be coming over to share their knowledge with our classes."
BY XIMENA A. SHERARD
For many University students, having a strong support system on campus plays a major part in continued success during their college years.
Incoming college freshmen are often apprehensive about beginning a new academic career away from the security of their hometown and their grade school friends. For many first year students, there is a period of anxiety after moving in to the dorms and watching their parents drive away. Some find it difficult to adjust to the freedom and independence that comes along with being a college student. To ease this transition from high school to college, students are using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to meet other incoming students before they even register for orientation.
University of South Carolina Upstate student Denea Golden, a rising senior and business marketing major from Brooklyn, N.Y., found several of her incoming classmates on Facebook before beginning her freshman year. Denea used Facebook to search for the "USC Upstate Class of 2011," and sent messages to several of the profiles she found to learn more about her classmates. Denea was surprised to find that many of the incoming freshmen she contacted were signed up for the same orientation date that she had registered for.
"I think some incoming freshman have a misunderstanding that you come to college already knowing a lot of your classmates, and that is definitely not the case," Denea said. "To make friends and get the most out of your college experience, you have to reach out to people and get to know them."
Upon meeting at USC Upstate's freshman orientation, Denea and her Facebook contacts found that they had a number of things in common and quickly became friends. On move-in day, after her parents left, Denea was not bothered by many of the typical worries and fears that many freshmen have. She felt at ease because she had already begun to build a new support system on campus, and could share her uncertainties and experiences with her new friends. Instead of questioning her decision to attend college in a new town, she looked forward to the coming year and the times she would share with her classmates.
"Today's prospective college students are highly computer savvy and frequently utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter," said Donette Stewart, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services. "Social networking provides a fantastic opportunity for USC Upstate freshmen to network and form acquaintances with other students before ever setting foot on campus."
Using Facebook, Denea Golden was able to connect with with other students who shared her interests. Now, as a rising senior, she has remained close with many of the contacts she made as an incoming freshman. With a simple search and a few quick messages, she was able to begin building friendships that have lasted throughout her college experience.
BY CLAIRE SACHSE
Nurses often have to deal with serious illnesses and injuries, and unfortunately, death of their patients. But when death claims a member of the nursing staff, it can be especially hard, as nurses often band together as tight as any family.
So when Lori Clark and Greg Lynch - two Mary Black Health System nurses - died in 2009, the Nursing Leadership Group at the hospital decided to honor their memories by helping others become nurses. They established the Mary Black Health System Fallen Angels Scholarship, a $500 annual scholarship that the group says is "a small way for them to be remembered for their passion for nursing." The group plans a variety of fundraisers through the year to fund the scholarship.
Chanda Flynn, RN and chief nursing officer for the Mary Black Health System, says that the guidelines for the scholarship are that the student must be a nursing major at USC Upstate, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must be employed by the Mary Black Health System or be a child or grandchild of a Mary Black Health System employee.
"While two bright lights for Mary Black have ceased to shine, we know their loving and giving spirits will remain a part of all who were honored to have known and worked with Lori and Greg. These two individuals were positive examples of the caliber of wonderful people who continue to comprise the Mary Black Health System," says Flynn.
BY CLAIRE SACHSE
Spartanburg Art Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center
Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes of Fame
Exhibition: September 14 to November 20, 2010
Public reception: Thursday, September 16, 5 - 9 p.m.
Warhol once said, "During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered." This exhibit features a body of the infamous Polaroids. As they were used as studies for other works, most of the Polaroids were never exhibited during Warhol's lifetime. These intimate glimpses of celebrity and the ordinary are balanced with other works from Warhol's vast output. Whether his work is outrageous or mannerly, coarse or sublime, it demands a response from the viewer.
Curtis R. Harley Gallery at USC Upstate
The Andy Warhol Project
Exhibition: September 30 to October 29, 2010
Public Reception: Thursday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the Spartanburg Art Museum exhibition opening September 14, the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at USC Upstate will exhibit a selection of our original Warhol photographs along with Warhol related memorabilia, including Polaroid cameras, commercial ad designs, and reproduction prints, as an educational support for identifying the influences made by Warhol on popular culture.
In the spring of 2008, the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at USC Upstate received a one-of-a-kind art collection. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced an unprecedented gift of Warhol art to 183 college and university art museums across the U.S. The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation's 20th anniversary, consists of 28,543 original Warhol photographs valued in excess of $28 million. USC Upstate received 152 of the Warhol photographs.
"Andy Warhol is recognized as a pop artist icon and having his original work in the permanent collection at USC Upstate is an exciting and unprecedented opportunity for a University of our age and size," said Jane Nodine, professor of art and director of the gallery at USC Upstate.
In accepting this gift of art, photos and memorabilia, the university agreed to promote and make public the collection through exhibition and research venues. This fall, the university will host the debut of a selection of original photographs from its permanent collection. Dual exhibitions between the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at USC Upstate and the Spartanburg Art Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center are planned, in addition to scholarly lectures by four noted professors, accompanying exhibition catalogue, docent guided tours at the SAM, and public receptions at both exhibition locations.
During the dual exhibitions held at the Spartanburg Art Museum and Curtis R. Harley Gallery, four scholarly lectures will be presented free of charge. The dates and locations will be announced in August.
"Valerie Solanas, I shot Andy Warhol" Dr. Desiree Rowe, assistant professor of speech at USC Upstate
"Andy Warhol, Making his Mark" Dr. Zan Schuweiler, professor of art history at Converse College
"Photography in Art and the Polaroid in History" Dr. Rachel Snow, assistant professor of art history at USC Upstate
"Warhol's Influence" Dr. Catherine Zuromskis, assistant professor of art history at the University of New Mexico
Contact Jane Nodine at (864) 503-5838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BY TAMMY E. WHALEY
Professor Jimm Cox is usually ecstatic when discussing the theatre program at the University of South Carolina Upstate. But his level of enthusiasm has reached insurmountable peaks now that the University has signed a special agreement with the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, London, England.
"This exclusive agreement is the least likely occurrence that one might ever imagine for an institution of our size," said Cox. "It is simply unheard of for us."
The unlikely occurrence is a credit to Cox's broad vision and persistent determination to continually expand theatre offerings to USC Upstate students. While making plans to visit London, Cox was investigating ways to establish student internships with various theatres. When he learned that Dame Judi Dench was performing at the Rose Theatre, he knew he had found a match for USC Upstate.
"I thought that Dame Judi Dench needed to see me before she died," quipped Cox. "Plus, this was the perfect opportunity to see her, see A Midsummer Night's Dream, and explore opportunities for internships."
While in London, Cox had the opportunity to meet with several officials with the Rose Theatre resulting in the special agreement that affords USC Upstate students the opportunity to intern at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, which is based on the Rose Theatre in London, an Elizabethan theatre that staged the plays of Christopher Marlowe and early plays by Shakespeare.
Cory Granner, a senior at USC Upstate, submitted an electronic portfolio of his design work to Wayne Parry, production manager at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, and was selected as the first London intern. Granner left for London at the end of July and will remain there until the start of fall semester classes where he will work with the lighting system and equipment as the Rose Theatre transitions from its summer to fall production season. Most of Granner's work will involve maintenance and overhaul of the lighting fixtures, lamps and dimming system. He will live in Kingston, which is a borough on the southwestern corner of the city of London.
"Cory has been a lighting designer for main stage productions at Upstate and was a cast member of The Full Monty," said Cox. "This is going to be an extraordinary experience for him."
Luckily for USC Upstate, not all will be happening on the stages in London. Stephen Unwin, artistic director of The Rose Theatre in Kingston, will be in residence in Spartanburg, the first full week in November to conduct seminars, workshops and teach classes. He will be in the Alternative Styles of Acting class and the Voice for the Actor classes for the entire week, which will be open sessions.
Shoestring Players 2010 -2011 Season
The Hallelujah Girls (Studio Production) by Jones, Hope, Wooden
August 20 - 22 and August 26 - 28, 2010
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Auditions: August 23, 2010
Production Dates: September 30 - October 3, 2010
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Auditions: October 3, 2010
Production Dates: November 18 - 21, 2010
A Flea In Her Ear by Georges Feydeau
Auditions: January 12, 2011
Production Dates: February 24 - 27, 2011
Sweeney Todd - Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music by Stephen Sondheim, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a version of Sweeney Todd by Christopher Bond
Auditions: February 1, 2011
Production Dates: April 14 - 17, 2011
Golden Shoe Awards Show
May 5, 2011
Auditions are at 7:00 p.m. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays for main stage productions in the Humanities & Performing Arts Theatre. Contact Barry Whitfield for more information at (864) 503-5880 or email@example.com.
BY CLAIRE SACHSE
The quintessential American dream of business ownership is injected with a large dose of reality in USC Upstate's New Business Enterprise class taught by Management Instructor Jeff Smith.
At the beginning of the semester, each student chooses a business to launch. Smith provides a template for students to complete, including an executive summary, general company description, products and services, marketing plan, operational plan, management and organization chart, personal financial statement, startup expense and capitalization, and a financial plan.
Students crunch the numbers in Excel spreadsheets, detailing their 12-month cash flow, profit and loss projection for a year, a 12-month sales forecast, opening day balance sheet, projected balance sheet, and startup expenses.
By the time students enroll in this 400-level class they have taken classes in accounting, marketing, finance, sales, and operations management.
"This class," says Smith, "puts it all together."
The semester starts with a challenge from Smith to his students to devise an idea for a business. In past semesters students chose franchises, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, day care centers, and recycling companies, to name a few. This year, he is challenging students to also consider alternative energy companies -- a market, he says, that is ripe for entrepreneurial ideas.
Erkan Yildirim, a senior from Flensburg,Germany, says that his project will focus on wind energy. Northern Germany, where he is from, is heavily influenced by alternative energy, and, he says, "it will be one of the major future industries if you know how to use it." By working on a business plan for a wind energy venture, he says he will get "a foretaste and motivation for my future job," and "a chance to play with numbers without making any loss."
The Birth of a Business
For some students, the business plan isn't just an exercise for a grade – it's the real thing. Spartanburg's Two Samuels Restaurant was started by 2008 alumnus Samuel "Carter" Ridgeway and his father, after producing the restaurant's business plan in the New Business Enterprise class.
"The process of putting the plan together helped me understand the correct measures that needed to be taken to form a business. All the things that you need to think about are better off written down. This seems like an obvious statement, but so many things in business are thought up and acted upon and nothing is ever written down and drawn out," says Ridgeway.
Students who decide not to open their own business after graduation still find the semester-long class a beneficial project to show to potential employers.
"Many of my students have been working their way through college at the mall, grocery stores or restaurants," says Smith. They may not have years of business experience, but, he adds, they will carry their business plans from this class to their job interviews to show employers the depth of knowledge they have about how to start, fund, market and operate a business.
From Textbook to Real World
In addition to planning new business ventures, there are many opportunities for students in Smith's class to get in front of the Upstate's business leaders and company executives and demonstrate their knowledge of concepts learned in class.
In summer and fall semesters of 2009, one such group had the opportunity to make a presentation to WSPA's information technology team. They were asked to consult on the company's web site for the Carolina's CW, sister station of WSPA Channel 7, both owned by Media General, in an effort to re-market the site toward a college-age demographic and boost advertising revenue.
Another group was invited to present a new restaurant pitch to a group of business and community leaders that included George Dean Johnson, Jr., namesake of the college, and his son. A third group presented a sample marketing plan to Smiley's Acoustic Café in Greenville.
Smith says that as a result of the students' presentations in the business community, introductions and deals have been made that would not have happened but for student involvement.
"There can be a disconnect between being in college and the real world," says Smith. "But this class bridges that gap."
Smith joined the faculty of the Johnson College as an adjunct instructor in 2005, and in 2008 became a full- time instructor of management. Mr. Smith teaches classes in entrepreneurship and accounting. In addition, he has 20 years experience in the accounting, banking and the real estate development sectors. He has owned and operated several small businesses. Academic interests include stock valuations, emerging business and social enterprises, and governmental efficiencies.
BY NATILIE BROWN
Speaking with Drs. Tina Herzberg and George Williams about their plans for the recently released BrailleSC.org website, one can't help but share in their enthusiasm. After nearly a year of preparation, research, and development, they are excited to share this innovative resource for the visually impaired and watch it continue to grow.
"There is a vibrant community of the visually impaired in South Carolina," Herzberg said. "Now that the site is up and running, we hope the community will be excited about all it has to offer." Herzberg, who serves as the project director, is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate and director of the Special Education-Visual Impairment program.
BrailleSC.org went live on July 30, and provides a fun, educational resource for individuals who are visually impaired as well as for their families, friends, and educators. The fully accessible website emphasizes the importance of Braille literacy and provides strategies for using Braille in everyday life, including video testimonials from children, teachers, senior citizens, and others who use or are learning to use Braille. It also features games, a Braille tip of the month, and learning tools for educators and families.
The website was designed to be practical for those with visual impairments, and features a simplistic design with large text, the ability to access specific functions by pressing "hot keys" on the keyboard, and uses a specific font type, which research has shown to be more easily understood by the visually impaired. It also offers users an option to increase text size on each page, and all videos feature captions in English and, soon, in Spanish.
BrailleSC.org is just one of many projects being funded by a grant USC Upstate's Special Education-Visual Impairment program received last October. The $497,675 grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education has enabled the program to significantly increase awareness of Braille and knowledge of how best to teach it. The awarding of this grant by the U.S. Department of Education underscores the importance of high-quality Braille instruction and production of instructional materials for children and youth with visual impairment.
"The amazing thing about this project is, at a time when budgets are being cut, we continue to find sources of funding for special education and visual impairment," said Dr. George Williams, coordinator of digital resources for the project and assistant professor of English at USC Upstate. He and Herzberg also have the help of two student research assistants, Cory Bohon, a junior computer and information systems major, and David Pruitt, a senior secondary education major.
Collaborative sharing is perhaps the most insightful feature offered by BrailleSC.org. The project committee hopes that beyond sharing ideas and experiences, users will be motivated to contribute their own expertise to help the website become even more accessible. Cory Bohon, who also serves as Web developer for the project, said, "The site was built using software with a creative commons license, allowing others to obtain and use our design, and make enhancements. Our hope is that this will catch on in other states, and the sharing of expertise and experiences will continue to grow within the visually impaired community."
BY BILL ENGLISH
For the better part of the last decade, the USC Upstate men's and women's tennis programs have played at a tremendously high level. While some teams found NCAA Division I competition a challenge after the University moved its athletic program to Division 1 in 2008, the tennis programs, under the guidance of head coach Alessandro De Marzo, not only continued in their strong tradition, but thrived in their new surroundings and have become a model for the other Spartan teams to follow.
Prior to the move to Division I, the men's team had claimed two regular season conference championships as members of the Peach Belt Conference in NCAA Division II, winning co-championships in 2003 and 2005. The women's team had claimed one title back in 1992. From 2001-07, the men's team made seven straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, reaching the Nationals in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The women's team made four straight appearances in the NCAA DII Tournament, reaching the Nationals in 2007. Along the way, the programs combined to post seven All-America selections, 15 all-conference picks and 63 academic all-conference honors.
So when USC Upstate made the transition to Division I in 2008, not only were the stakes even higher playing on the premiere level of college athletics, matching the success achieved in Division II would be a daunting task. The tennis teams jumped right in to lead the athletic department within the Atlantic Sun Conference, USC Upstate's new league affiliation. In just three years playing in Division I, USC Upstate tennis has claimed two regular season A-Sun championships with the women claiming the league title in 2008 and the men winning the championship this past spring.
"We have gotten lucky with recruiting," said De Marzo, a former player at Upstate from 2000-02 who just finished his sixth season as head coach of the men's and women's programs. "What we have tried to do is play the top tournaments in the fall and play the top teams in the spring. That type of competition has made our players better. It has raised the level of play.
"To be honest, I didn't think we could win conference championships right away. I didn't know what to expect when we made the move to Division I, and I didn't know a lot about the teams in our conference. I knew that we could be competitive but I didn't expect that we could battle for conference championships from the beginning."
The women's team rattled off a perfect 11-0 record to win the 2008 A-Sun championship and No. 1 singles player Anna Novo was named the A-Sun Player of the Year. This spring, the men's team also turned in a perfect conference record, going 10-0 to win the championship and breaking East Tennessee State University's stranglehold on the title. The Spartans' 4-3 win over ETSU on April 20 not only put Upstate in the driver's seat for the regular season conference championship, it also handed the Buccaneers their first ever loss in the A-Sun.
Despite winning the regular season championships, the tennis teams have not been able to advance into the postseason to play in either the A-Sun or NCAA Tournaments during the University's transition period to Division I. That period ends after the 2010-11 academic year.
In just three years playing on the Division I level, Upstate has combined for 18 all-conference and 28 league all-academic selections. The men's team has routinely been nationally-ranked and ended the 2010 season ranked No. 54 in the country. The women's team garnered its first ever national ranking in Division I this season, jumping in at No. 75 on March 3.
"The better we get, the easier it will be to recruit and get the types of players we need to keep the program at a high level," said De Marzo. "And, we have to continue to play the top teams every year to allow our players to get better."
BY ClAIRE SACHSE AND XIMENA A. SHERARD
Brock Adams' Gulf Published by Pocol Press
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.
Three major currents run through the lives of the characters in Gulf's 16 short stories including difficulties in relationships, struggles with identity, and a sense of being haunted by the unexplained. Many of the stories have a foreboding element as well as a touch of fantasy - a departure from realism that one reviewer says "enliven(s) mundane situations and make(s) fantastic ones entirely believable." Gulf is available for purchase at pocolpress.com.
Merri Lisa Johnson Publishes Memoir
Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious and often life-threatening disorder. Common features or symptoms include severe emotional pain, the fear of being left alone or abandoned, difficulty managing emotions, chaotic relationships, low self-esteem, frantic dependence on others, and impulsive behavior such as self-cutting, drinking, and other high risk behaviors.
Merri Lisa Johnson, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, has just authored a memoir in which she details her very personal struggles with the disorder, in Girl in Need of A Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality. Published in June by Seal Press, Johnson details her feeling of "bleeding out," unable to tell where she stopped and where her partner began.
She takes the reader through the process of arriving at and understanding the clinical diagnosis, her frustrations within a dysfunctional, destructive relationship, and the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. She uses her own heart-wrenching story of romantic obsession and soul-searching therapy to pose broader questions about the fine line between love and madness in the lives of many young women. "The purpose of this personal story is to change how people think and talk about women, love, and mental illness in general, and about borderline personality disorder in particular," says Johnson.
With a varied typography that reflects voices, thoughts, outside opinions, and internal debates, the book is not a typical memoir. It does, however, bring the reader into the thought processes of a person struggling with borderline personality - invoking compassion from those who know and recognize the traits in their loved ones and giving hope to those who struggle daily.
Dr. Neary Accepts Human Rights Award
Dr. Brigitte Neary, associate professor of sociology, traveled to Stuttgart, Germany to accept a human rights award on December 12, 2009 for her research and publications dealing with the expulsion of 15 million Germans from east central Europe in the aftermath of World War II.
The award, known as the Menschenrechtspreis der Volksgruppe der Donauschwaben, or Human Rights Award of the Ethnic German Danube Suevians was presented by Volksgruppe der Donauschwaben, one of several groups in Germany that endeavor to direct attention to the plight of Germans expelled from their homes and homelands in East Central Europe, and forced to bear horrific suffering and death in what some scholars are now calling ethnic cleansing.
Neary's research was compiled in two books, Voices of Loss and Courage: German Women Recount Their Expulsion from East Central Europe, 1944-1950 and Frauen und Vertreibung. They focused specifically on the women and young girls who were forced from their homelands in East Prussia, Pomerania, East Brandenburg, Silesia, Sudetenland, in the Hungarian plains, in the Balkan mountains of Yugoslavia and Romania.
The issue of ethnic cleansing is a personal one for Dr. Neary, born in West Germany after her parents experienced the upheaval of expulsion from their homelands -- her father from Yugoslavia and her mother from Breslau Silesia.
Anderson Selected To Exhibit Research In Switzerland
Focusing on small occurrences such as a single leaf fluttering in the wind, Lisa Anderson has compiled a multi-media exhibit that includes intimate depictions and visual stories informed by science and her perception. Anderson's body of work entitled, Occurrences: an examination of phenomena in nature was selected for exhibition May 21 – June 5 at Le Jardin Botanique, located on the campus of the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Her body of work celebrates occurrences in the natural world and promotes global awareness by highlighting natural phenomena and the exploration of its processes and origins. Handmade paper, commercial papers, photography, pastels, pencils, wood, fabric, glass, and other natural and plant materials are combined and collectively designed into two and three-dimensional works.
"With the ever-increasing global awareness of the fragility of our planet, my goal is to signify and present the natural world as a kind of gift, not as a resource to be used and forgotten," said Anderson.
Anderson, who is an associate professor of art and graphic design, traveled to Switzerland to install the exhibit, lecture at the opening, and make contacts with area artists, galleries, museums.
Dr. Judith S. Prince Successfully Completes
Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) announced that Dr. Judith S. Prince, vice chancellor for the Greenville Campus, has successfully completed the Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development (RSD), funded by the Ford Foundation.
"The Fellowship allowed regional leaders like Dr. Prince to deepen their understanding of the policies and practices that foster inclusive long-term growth and enhanced quality of life", says Mr. Mick Fleming, president of ACCE.
Prince was one of 54 Fellows, representing diverse communities and personal backgrounds from across the United States, who participated in the program.
The Fellowship is a unique 12-month program for leaders working with regions. It provides hands-on training, peer knowledge exchange, research, and examination of working models covering a wide range of growth and sustainability issues, including: infrastructure, immigration, land use, housing, education, and environment.
Regions that are innovative, have growth, and benefit people across income and race do so because of a high level of trust among leaders and citizens. Dr. Prince interviewed leaders in successful regions throughout the country to identify how trust contributes to sustainable regional development. Contributions to developing trusts were identified, such as inclusiveness, transparency, and clear communication.
BY ClAIRE SACHSE
The University of South Carolina Upstate hosted 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 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.
Retail management, communicative Spanish for retail personnel, accounting/financial analysis, and communication theory and practice, were the four core areas of the executive level education program developed in collaboration between the Spinx Company and the faculty of the Johnson College of Business and Economics.
"These managers have a combined 84 years of service to the Spinx Company," says Spinx Company CEO Stewart Spinks. "This retail management certificate will build upon the experience they have, enhance their leadership and retail skills, and prove a valuable asset to the company and to them as individuals. We know first-hand the difference in competence and confidence a quality education makes, and we as a company welcome opportunities to invest in our most valued resources - our employees!"
Spinks, who spoke at the ceremony, says that his company makes continued learning programs available to all Spinx employees including a GED program, company career path training and development, higher learning through this retail management program, to scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities in pursuit of a degree.
"The Spinx Company's partnership with the Johnson College of Business will benefit not just Spinx, but also the communities that we serve in having a well-educated workforce," he adds.
Spinx employs over 700 associates, and with $465 million in annual sales, it is the largest gasoline retailer in the Upstate. Stewart Spinks is the founder of The Spinx Company, Inc., which operates more than 70 convenience stores and supplies over 70 with gasoline in North and South Carolina.
BY NATILIE BROWN
A record number of graduates crossed the stage at the University of South Carolina Upstate on May 4 to receive their degrees.
Eight hundred students became USC Upstate alumni when the University held its 2010 May Commencement. Two honorary degrees were also awarded during the ceremony, which was held on the Quad behind the Administration Building.
Former Spartanburg Mayor William "Bill" Barnet III delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate in public service. The University also presented Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), with an honorary doctorate in human letters. The NFB, the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States, improves lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.
"The University of South Carolina Upstate continues to produce top-quality graduates each year, of which nearly 85 percent choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers," said Dr. John C. Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate.
BY LEAH ANDERSON
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS, ANNUAL GIVING AND UNIVERSITY EVENTS
Most people would not bat an eye to learn that a student was attending the alma mater of a relative. However, what would you think if that student was also attending with three other family members?
Vickie Myers, class of 1974, is the proud parent and aunt of four USC Upstate students. Her daughter and son are both enrolled in the School of Education. Her daughter, Michelle Myers is a senior and her son, Tommy Myers, is a sophomore. Vickie's nieces are Carrie and Kristi Harlow. Carrie graduated in May 2010 with a degree from the Mary Black School of Nursing. Carrie's sister, Kristi is a sophomore and has also decided to pursue a degree in nursing.
Although the campus has changed dramatically since Vickie first attended in 1970, she believes that the excellent educational opportunities have remained the same.
"My education at USC Upstate has served me well. I know that the education my son, daughter and nieces will receive will be the beginning of a bright future. It makes me very proud," she explains.
Vickie's experience as a student at USC Upstate was not the only reason Michelle and Tommy picked USC Upstate as their university; however it did play a significant role in her daughter's decision.
"My mother attending USC Upstate had a large effect on my decision to enroll," explains Michelle. "She told me what a great school it was, and I also liked that I could attend school in Spartanburg while remaining close to my family."
'Close' is the perfect word to describe the Myers and Harlow cousins. Outside of attending USC Upstate together, they also work together for Vickie at Buchheit News Management. It is from these experiences along with other family traditions that their relationships have flourished.
"Attending college with my family is definitely a good thing, because you can always depend on your family," explains
Carrie. "I have to admit that we all somewhat turn to each other for support. Michelle, an education major, is able to help Tommy pursue his education major as well. Being a newly graduated nursing student, I am able to help Kristi pursue her nursing career. I think it is amazing how close we have all always been and how we know we can count on each other for any and everything."
Although these cousins share many wonderful experiences, they do not share everything. Carrie and Kristi both chose to pursue nursing but how they chose to study is slightly different.
"I think I am a more laid back student," says Kristi. "I tend not to stress so much about stuff like Carrie does, but our study habits are very similar."
"Her (Kristi's) study habits are completely different than mine," explains Carrie. "I have to be in quiet place in order to get the best out of my studying, whereas she can be studying while on the phone, watching TV, and with Facebook pulled up."
Whether they are studying together, working part time or just hanging out, Michelle, Tommy, Kristi and Carrie value their time together and know when to have fun.
"Attending college with my sister and cousins is a lot of fun. We have always enjoyed playing jokes on each other by writing fake parking tickets and placing them on each other's cars," says Tommy. "We enjoy seeing each other and lifting each other's spirits when we are stressed out over school work."
"It is nice to have all of us at USC Upstate. We all have continued to stay extremely close throughout our entire lives," explains Michelle. "Family is extremely important and I honestly do not know what I would do without my family. I am incredibly blessed."
Wilson Casey has published a new book Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World.
Dr. Sherwood Thompson assistant dean of the College of Education and associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Eastern Kentucky University, spent two weeks touring colleges in southern India and presenting at the "Conference on Educational Leadership and Practices in India."
Susan Bates Hill has been serving as principal of Duncan Elementary School since July 2007.
Kathi MacDonald Soniat du Fossat is working as a senior technology analyst for Tire Centers in Duncan, SC.
Jeffery Hayes is very active in the Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club, where he is currently a board member and the newsletter editor; tour guide for Hatcher Garden and a certified master gardener.
David Capizzi presently holds two masters degrees - one in elementary education and one in school administration. He is currently teaching fifth grade in the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY.
Regena Brewton Wiley is the financial executive for lending and marketing at BB&T in Winston-Salem, NC.
Karen Shinault was named Spartanburg District One School Teacher of the Year.
Susan Nolen works for QS/1 Data Systems as a Quality Assurance Technician.
Brently Mitchell is an operations manager at QS/1 Data Systems.
Brian Whitmore is co-founder of the Union County News, a new weekly publication serving Union County.
Kay Roche is a manager at Roche Pharmacy, Inc.
Tony Tam, of Columbia SC, was named one of the 20 people under 40 making a difference in the Midlands.
Terri Reyburn Soelberg is working at Boise State University in Idaho. She recently passed the examination to become a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), making her one of only three people in Idaho with that credential. Her custom designed jewelry is now available at www.terristemptations. etsy.com and on Facebook by searching for Terri's Temptations Jewelry.
Angela Walker Showalter has been serving as principal of Wellford Elementary School in Spartanburg County since 2007.
Charles Tauchman has been a teacher at Crestwood High School for 10 years. He is also the Varsity Baseball Head Coach and the Varsity Football Co-Defensive Coordinator.
Wonda McCall is employed as the Essure Development Manager, Mid Atlantic Region of Conceptus, Inc.
Todd Hardy has been selected as the next principal of Broome High School. Hardy, past principal of the Byrnes Freshmen Academy in District 5, succeeds acting principal Joe McCracken. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He completed his master’s in education administration at Converse College.
Jeremy K. Peterson was transferred to K-9 Bureau in April 2009, assigned to K-9 “Justice” and was recently promoted to Police Corporal in June 2009.
Leslie Ellisor McCormick works in the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.
Erin J. West is currently employed as a marketing manager at Buffets Inc. in Greer, SC.
Mark Nowakowski is a test engineer for MGA Research Corporation in Greer, SC.
Gail Nichols is a 4K teacher at Owings Elementary School in Gray Court, SC.
Justin Hoyle is teaching biology and earth and environmental science at Independence High School in Charlotte, NC.
Justin Martin is currently employed by the City of Greenville and has been since July 2009.
Laura Fowler Watson completed her MSN in Nursing Education in May 2009 and was recently promoted to Clinical Educator for the Cardiac ICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St Louis, MO. She married Trenton Watson in September 2009.
Walter Steven Bright graduated with an MA in history from Clemson University in 2008, and he is currently working on a Ph.D. in public policy at the Storm Thurmond Institute at Clemson, with hopes of graduating in December 2011.
Skyler Jackson started a new career as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Greenville, South Carolina.
Raymond Earl Owens will receive his Master of Business Administration from Anderson University in 2011.
Jessica Edge Carlson is currently employed by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
Frank Mervin is an English teacher at Ridgeland High School in Ridgeland, SC. He became a licensed minister in September 2007.
Katherine Gossett Corley has been a staff assistant in the Office of the President and for the CSU Foundation at Columbus State University since 2008.
Joni Bryant completed a master’s in counseling psychology in May 2010 from The University of Texas at Tyler. Joni is currently working as a case manager at East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Health.
Carol L. Konopaski, a grandmother of eight, earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health in 2009. She is a Licensed Practical Counselor Intern and is currently counseling in Spartanburg.
Amy Lee is currently attending the Graduate School of Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, for a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia.
Nerrisa T. Miller is currently working at Greenville Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse.
Farran Fry has been working for Horry Telephone Cooperative in Conway, SC since February 2009.
Robert Bobby Davis has been selected by the Peace Corps for entry into its Business Development Program, with a departure date set for September 2010 for the North Africa/Middle East region. He is currently a co-manager for Bi-Lo.
Hunter Jolley a chemistry instructor at Boiling Springs High School.
Will deBorde is the tourism project manager for the City of Gaffney Visitors Center. Diana Martinez currently works for American Credit Acceptance.
Angela Edwards is a 6th grade Social Studies and 8th grade Earth Science Teacher at Hopkins Middle Schools.
Fay Smith is currently attending graduate school at Clemson University pursing her Master of Human Resource Development degree.
Tiffany Hummel is currently employed at Best Buy as a Customer Service Representative.
Cherry Gentry Laurens currently works as a Buyer for CH2M Hill/Lockwood Greene. She is married to John Laurens.
Christina Landrum has been enrolled at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City since May 2009.
Ashley Hall moved to Normal, Illinois and is currently working at a local hospital as a registered nurse.
Kevin Hand is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade math at Pacolet Middle School, where he serves as the FCA sponsor and an assistant football coach. He also serves as an assistant basketball coach at Broome High School.
Thomas "Pat" McCallion is working at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC as a registered nurse.
Danielle Renee Graham is an insurance agent at Bankers Life and Casualty.
Mark Smith'84 and Kristin Davis Smith celebrated 14 years of marriage on February 15, 2010.
Jeffrey A. Bennett married Teresa L. Hendrix on August 24, 1985.
Thelma P. Meyer '90 married William Tilton on February 21, 2009.
Michael' 91 and Patricia Pates '91 will celebrate 14 years of marriage on October 5, 2010.
Page Anthony Walwik '95 married Gregory Joseph Walwik on March 28, 2009.
Joey Kaiser Mullinax '95 and Benjamin Mullinax celebrated 12 years of marriage on February 21, 2010.
Leslie Courtney Ellisor '02 married Kevin Shawn McCormick on September 26, 2009.
Karen Nichols '02 married Jason McCraw on June 27, 2008.
Artez Flemings '03 married Felicia King in July 2005.
Erin West '03 married Joshua Matthew West '06 on October 17, 2005.
Karen Nichols '02 married Jason McCraw on June 27, 2008.
Artez Flemings '03 married Felicia King in July 2005.
Justin Martin '04 married Erica Jones on June 27, 2009.
Laura Faye Fowler '05 married Trenton Watson on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the Inn on Main. Laura earned her Masters in Nursing with St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Jessica Leigh Edge '06 married Jonathan E. Carlson on October 24, 2009.
Benjamin Franklin Jaggers II '06 married Marcia Jaggers on June 14, 2008.
Angela Blythe Baker '06 married Travis Michael Greg on March 6, 2010.
January Gosnell '06 married John Garrity on September 19, 2009. January works for The Charles Lea Center.
Kelly Larkin '06 married Phillip Willkie on September 26, 2009.
Katherine Gossett Corley '06 married Nicholas L. Corley on April 7, 2007.
Ashley B. Van de Riet '08 married Christopher Francis Merendino on November 21, 2009.
Richard Ross '08 and Pamela Ross celebrated 35 years of marriage on May 28, 2010.
Joannie Kaiser Nickel '08 married Michael Nickel on March 14, 2009.
Jessica Megan Hendrix '09 married Ryan M. Lanning '09 on June 14, 2009.
Thomas "Pat" McCallion '09 has been married to Judith A. McCallion for over 20 years.
Shawn Stowe '09 married Mellisa Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey '88 A. Bennett have three children: Chelsea Bennett, born July 6, 1991, Caleb Bennett, born February 23, 1994, and Caroline Bennett, born November 29, 1997.
Michael '91 and Patricia Pates '91 are the proud parents of Ethan, age 11, Alexandra, age 8, and Elias, age 1.
Page '95 and Gregory Walwick are the proud parents of Andrew Stephen Walwik.
Joey '95 and Benjamin Mullinax are the proud parents of six year old Michaela Mullinax.
Karen McCraw '02 and Jason McCraw welcomed son Aiden J. McCraw, born October 20, 2006, and daughter Madilyn Rae McCraw, born August 26, 2009.
Atrex '03 and Felicia Flemings are the proud parents Alyvia, age 5, and Alexandria, age 1.
Erin '03 and Joshua West '06 are the proud parents Adenline, age 5, and Meredith, age 6 months.
Benjamin '06 and Marcia Jaggers welcomed their first child, Kyler Jaggers, born March 18, 2008.
Samantha Fields '07 is the proud mother of a baby girl born January 29, 2010.
Hunter Jolley '08 and Lacey Jolley welcomed a baby girl, Natalie Alyssa Jolley, on November 21, 2009.
Nathaniel "Nate" Earle passed away on February 20, 2010.
George Hollifield passed away on March 21, 2010.
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