2013 Annual Awards Ceremony

Spartanburg Methodist College recognized 72 students during the 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of the college said, “It is a privilege and honor to recognize the students hard work.”

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The award categories are noted below:

Physics Award: This award is given annually for academic achievement in physics courses at SMC. Candidates must have completed at least two semesters of physics classes or be currently enrolled in their second physics course. Candidates are chosen from those with the highest grades in their physics coursework. Consideration is given to the following additional information: acting as a tutor for the physics courses and providing in-class leadership. All full-time members of the physics department are involved in the decision. Information may also be solicited from adjunct physics faculty to help the full-time faculty reach a decision.

Biology Award: This award is given for academic achievement in biology courses at SMC. Candidates must have completed at least two semesters of biology classes or be currently enrolled in their second biology course. Candidates are chosen from those with the highest grades in their biology coursework. Consideration is given to the following additional information: taking biology courses from more than one biology professor, acting as a tutor for the biology courses, taking the Zoology or Botany course, providing in-class leadership. All full-time members of the biology department are involved in the decision. Information may also be solicited from adjunct biology faculty to help the full-time faculty reach a decision.

Mathematics Award: This award is given annually to the student who displays qualities of excellence in mathematical skills and is judged the most outstanding in mathematics. The recipient is determined by the math faculty.

Chemistry Award: This award is given for academic achievement in chemistry courses at SMC. Candidates must have completed at least two semesters of chemistry classes or be currently enrolled in their second chemistry course. Candidates are chosen from those with the highest grades in their chemistry coursework. Consideration is given to the following additional information: acting as a tutor for the chemistry courses and demonstrating positive attitude towards the sciences in general and the class in particular.

The Norma Jean Miller Scholarship: This award is given to students who have completed a chemistry sequence or are in the second semester of a chemistry sequence. The student must also have completed or are in the second semester of either two semesters of biology or two semesters of physics. Two scholarships are available. One is a freshman scholarship that is given to a freshman as a rising sophomore who plans to stay at Spartanburg Methodist College. The second is a sophomore scholarship to be given to a sophomore.

Paul S. Lofton History Award: While the award itself has been in existence for many years, in 2009, the History Award was named in honor of Dr. Paul S. Lofton, Jr., longtime history professor at SMC. The award recognizes a student or students who have excellent performance in history classes at SMC. The recipient is chosen by the history faculty.

Sociology Award: The Sociology Award is given to a student each year that successfully completes three sociology classes at SMC, earns an A in each sociology course, and demonstrates outstanding academic performance in all sociology courses.

Spanish Award: Given annually to a student who has shown excellence in Spanish by recommendation of the Spanish professor(s). A student must have taken at least two Spanish courses, earning an A in each one. The student should have taken the highest level of Spanish being offered.

A. G. Carter Literary Award: This award is given annually in memory of the late Dean A. G. Carter, Professor of English Literature, and is presented to the student who displays qualities of excellence in composition and literature. The English professors, in consultation with one another, choose the recipient.

Literary Magazine Awards – Fiction/Non-fiction: These awards are given to the student(s) who produce the best short fiction (or creative non-fiction) for the literary magazine each year. The literary magazine advisor selects a small committee of faculty members to rate the pieces that are selected for inclusion in the Blue Granite Review.

Literary Magazine Awards - Art: These awards are given to the student(s) who produce the best art work for the literary magazine each year. The literary magazine advisor asks an independent juror (a local artist, usually) to rate the work that is to be published in the magazine.

The Trailblazer Award: This award goes to the student who makes the greatest contribution to the Trailblazer student newspaper. The Trailblazer’s advisor selects the recipient.

A.J.R. Helmus Poetry Awards: These awards are given annually to three students who produce the best poetry during the year. The literary magazine advisor selects a small committee of faculty members to rate the pieces that are selected for inclusion in the magazine.

Olympian Award: This award is given to a member of the Yearbook staff who shows dedication and commitment to completing the Olympian Yearbook. The Yearbook Advisor chooses the recipient of the award.

SGA Leadership Award: The SGA Leadership Award is given to the SGA member or officer that showed the greatest commitment to SGA and great abilities of leadership and service to the student body throughout the academic year. The recipient is chosen by the SGA advisor.

Pioneer Peer of the Year Award: The Pioneer Peer of the Year award is given to a Pioneer Peer (s) who exemplifies strong qualities of leadership, character, and outstanding commitment to the Pioneer Peer program and to Spartanburg Methodist College as a whole. The recipient will have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the advisor of the Pioneer Peer program.

Williams-Garcia POPS Programming Board Award: This award is given to the member of the POPS Programming Board who exemplifies leadership, commitment, and service to the organization and who understands and works to promote the value of programming for the campus at large. The award is named after Jessica Williams and Tavy Garcia, two of the original officers of the POPS Programming Board who were instrumental in its early success and legacy. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, along with input from the officers of the POPS Programming Board.

Ella Jordan Lynn Award: Given in memory of Ella Jordan Lynn of Jefferson, SC, this award is presented annually to a female student judged to be representative of Christian qualities of compassionate care, loving devotion, and unselfish service to others. The Chaplain selects the recipient.

The Reverend Samuel Haywood Poston Award: Given in memory of Samuel Haywood Poston of Spartanburg, SC, a 1951 graduate of Spartanburg Junior College, former chair and faithful member of the Alumni Council, this award is presented annually to a male student judged to be representative of the Christian qualities of compassion, forgiveness, justice, loving care of others, and service to the community. The Chaplain selects the recipient.

Residence Hall of Fame Awards: This award is given to male and female RA who, through their leadership position, supported the mission of Residence Life by promoting educational communities and engaging a diverse student body in learning, leadership, and personal development by providing a comfortable and safe living environment that is conducive to academic success. The criterion by which the recipient is chosen includes: Outstanding service to Residence Life and to SMC through programming efforts, work ethic, and campus visibility. Recipients must display dependability, compassion, and dedication to the SMC community. The recipients are chosen by the Residence Life Staff.

Charlie Moss Award for the Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice:Candidates must be graduating from the Criminal Justice program with the Associate in Criminal Justice degree, and hold the highest grades among their peers in their criminal justice coursework. Additional consideration may also be given to the following information: work or volunteer experience in the criminal justice field while also pursuing the degree; outstanding performance in Sociology coursework; providing in-class leadership in criminal justice and/or Sociology courses; and demonstrating outstanding commitment and/or service to the SMC community. The recipient is selected by the Chair of the Criminal Justice program, in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Psychology Award: This award is given annually for academic achievement in psychology courses at SMC. Candidates must have finished Psychology 101 (General Psychology) and Psychology 201 (Developmental Psychology) with a final course grade of A in both and displays academic discipline, integrity, and leadership. The recipient is selected by the psychology faculty and the Guidance Counselor of SMC.

Psi Beta Award: This award is given annually to a member or officer of Psi Beta who displays sound leadership, maturity and responsibility, as well as commitment and dedication to the organization. The recipient is selected by the faculty sponsors.

Business Award: This award is given annually by SMC on the recommendation of the business faculty to an outstanding student in business. The recipient must meet the following criteria: Must have taken at least three of the following business courses; BSAD 201: Principles of Macroeconomics, BSAD 202: Principles of Microeconomics, BSAD 205: Accounting I, and BSAD 206: Accounting II. Must have received the highest GPA in three of the courses noted.Must be having an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. Must be participating in extra curriculum activities like sports or student affairs. Must be in good conduct.

Kappa Sigma Alpha President’s Award: This award may be presented annually to the President of Kappa Sigma Alpha in recognition for their successful accomplishment of the year’s total leadership goals and objectives. Their efforts must be evident through the success of the service projects and participation of its membership in community service projects throughout the academic year. The advisors meet to decide if this award is warranted to award in the accomplishment of superior leadership in all areas.

Thomas R. Bailey Humanitarian Award: This award is given annually in honor of the first president of KSA, Rev. Thomas (Tommy) R. Bailey, to the member of Kappa Sigma Alpha who has exhibited outstanding service to humanity through their hours of community service through their dedication and accomplishment of the projects sponsored by KSA. The advisors select this student through careful reviewing of records of participation, hours of service and overall spirit as exhibited in the organization.