Rev. Mike Royal

SMC Psi Beta Chapter to present “O daddy, where are you?” on Thursday, October 3rd

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Psi Beta Chapter is pleased to announce that the Rev. Mike Royal will present “O daddy, where are you?” Fatherhood & the Ills of Society on Thursday, October 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the David Mission Chapel on the campus of SMC. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

Rev. Royal is a graduate of Liberty University and has a Masters of Theology from Covington Seminary.  He has served in ministry for over 21 years working with students and parents, and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC.  The SMC Psi Beta chapter, chartered on September 1, 1988, is under the direction of psychology professor Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, with assistance from Pete Aylor, psychology professor and Director of SMC’s Counseling Center, and college Counselor Sue Onken.  To date, there have been 376 SMC students who have achieved life-time membership to Psi Beta.

Membership to PSI BETA is by invitation only.  To be considered students must have at least 12 college credits, earn a B or higher in PSYC 101, maintain a 3.25 GPA and be of good moral character. Psi Beta provides students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and be involved with Psi Beta on the national level.


SMC to offer Duke of Edinburgh Young American’s Challenge Awards Program

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development is proud to offer a new awards program to students, The Duke of Edinburgh Young American’s Challenge.  Most societies across the globe place great pressure on young people to succeed academically, but the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award allows youth to develop character and integrity in a non-competitive environment.

The Four Tenants of the Award – Community Service, Physical Fitness, Special Skills, and Adventurous Journey – provide participants with a rare opportunity to better themselves while helping others. The Award program is an incredible growing experience for all who take the challenge to achieve this prestigious honor. Each participant’s Award initiatives are unique to their interests, ensuring the experience is enjoyable and worthwhile.  The Award attracts operational and corporate partners from around the world in recognition of the Award’s values and the incredible lessons it transcends to young people and to their own young corporate employees.

The Award is a unique, daring, and exciting self-development program available to all young people worldwide ages 14 to 25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference within themselves, their communities and the world.  The Award program enjoys success through:

·         Igniting passion and increasing motivation, which improves school attendance.

·         Developing skills and acknowledging achievement in non-academic settings.

·         Encouraging young people to make positive life choices by reducing their vulnerability to drugs, crime, anti-social behavior, HIV/AIDS, and obesity.

·         Instilling confidence and self-worth within every participant through fostering good self-esteem in a fun, nonthreatening atmosphere.

·         Introducing young people to the world around them by making participants aware of their individual contributions and showing how their efforts benefit others.

Over 7 million people from over 132 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities through the International Award program.  The Award began in 1956 in the UK but has spread across the globe, and the fundamental philosophy and the Four Section operational format have proved resilient, attractive, and adaptable to many cultures, languages, and climates. The Award remains as relevant today as ever before and experiences record levels of interest each year. Last year, more than 140,000 participants earned a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

SMC is currently recruiting students to participate.  Dedicated participants must spend 6 months completing the requirements for the award.   Information sessions will be held on Monday, September 30th at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:30 pm in the Fireplace Room of the SMC Student Center.  For more information, contact Kim Caton at or (864) 587-4006.

Two SMC students have received their Bronze medal for the Duke of Edinburgh award through the Miss South Carolina program.  Both Nacolle Williamson and Bonnie Walls participated during their reigns as Miss SMC.


Award winning spoken word artist Carlos Robson to perform at SMC on Thursday, October 3rd

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce that Carlos Robson, an award winning spoken word poet, playwright and teaching artist, will perform at SMC on Thursday, October 3rd at 7 pm on the Judd Residence Hall’s Cellar Patio. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

As a competitive “slam” poet, Robson has competed in local, regional, national and international competitions, winning the National Poetry Slam championship in 2007 and again in 2008 as a member of the North Carolina based team, Slam Charlotte. Robson has performed in all corners of the nation and on Broadway, and is a co-founder of the Charlotte based artist collective The Concrete Generation as well as one half of the live arts project The Indoctrination Experiment.

Twice nominated for APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year, Robson has performed at over 50 colleges and universities. In 2009, Robson co-wrote and appeared in the play “Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.)” directed by Quentin Talley, which appeared off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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SMC announces Student Government Association Officers for 2013-2014

The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association guarantees student representation within the college community. The SGA is open to all students and includes representatives from the residential and commuting populations. Members of SGA serve on college and faculty committees. The following students have been elected to serve as officers and members of SMC’s Student Government Association for the 2013-2014 Academic Year:

· Preston Morton – President, son of David and Phyllis Morton of Loris, SC, is a graduate of Loris High School;

· Amber Morgan – Vice President, daughter of Jeff and Carol Morgan of Aynor, SC, is a graduate of Aynor High School;

· Miranda Watkins – Secretary, daughter of Nancy and Steven Watkins of Liberty, SC, is a graduate of Liberty High School;

· Sago Thomas – Director of Public Relations, son of Rev. Paul and Jacqueline Thomas of Orangeburg, SC, is a graduate of Orangeburg Wilkinson High School;

· Cameron Thacker – Sophomore Resident Representative, son of Jerry and Cynthia Thacker of Campobello, SC, was privately educated via home schooling;

· Hannah Faires – Sophomore Resident Representative, daughter of Ned and Terri Faires · of Mauldin, SC, is a graduate of Mauldin High School;

· Samantha Reese -Sophomore Resident Representative, daughter of Wayne and Donna Reese of Lake City, SC, is a graduate of Lake City High School;

· Garrett Baquet – Freshman Resident Representative, son of Diana Baquet of Ware Shoals, SC, is a graduate of Ware Shoals High School;

· Adell Gordon – Freshman Resident Representative, son of Shirley and Enrique Gordon of Greenville, SC, is a graduate of Berea High School;

· Hannah Sliva – Freshman Resident Representative, daughter Jamie Sliva and Sean and Tia Cartee of Greer, SC, is a graduate of Riverside High School;

· Christina King – Freshman Resident Representative, daughter of David and Paula King, of Clover, SC, is a graduate of Clover High School;

· Justine Rhame – Freshman Commuter Representative, daughter of Sophia and Eric Rhame of Travelers Rest, SC, is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School; and

· Katie Huff – Freshman Commuter Representative, daughter of Melanie and David Conner of Lyman, SC, is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School.

Spartanburg Methodist College strives to offer a variety of opportunities for student participation and involvement in campus life and the college community. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs and campus organizations, like SGA, that offer opportunities for cultural, intellectual and social growth as well as promoting student involvement and leadership development outside the classroom setting.


SMC hosting Contradance on Saturday, October 19th

Spartanburg Methodist College will host a Contradance on Saturday, October 19th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the college’s “Old Gym.” From 7:30 to 8 there will be a lesson teaching basic steps for newcomers. Contradance is for anyone, seasoned pro or newbie just learning to walk to music, who loves to dance.

Contradancing is social interaction, meeting people of all ages from all walks of life, and making new friends, set to music. It  is not the same as country line dancing – you do not wear costumes or any particular style of clothes. Tennis shoes or comfortable soft-soled (non-scuffing) shoes to protect the dance floor are quite adequate.  Very little footwork is required; the most common type of movement is a smooth walking step.

An earnest attempt at a formal definition for contradancing would be, a caller (in our case, Tamara McGovern), usually working with a group of live musicians (in our case, Hey for Four, composed of Lucy Allen on guitar, Marshall Goers on banjo and mandolin, Pam Stroll on bass and fiddle, and Fred Stoll on fiddle), guides new and experienced dancers alike through each dance.

Our caller, Tamara McGovern, will teach each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily executed. A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time. They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on.  Contradance is one of the few dance forms where by the end of the evening you are likely to have danced with everyone!

Contradance is Real People in Real Time with Real Music. It is Real Life. In other words, it is impossible to record the incredible synergy and spirit that occurs when you combine enthusiastic, connected, happy dancers, hot musicians and swell choreography. Ultimately, the only way to learn contradancing is to do it!

So make plans to come to Spartanburg Methodist on Saturday, October 19th  at 7:30 and experience contradancing for yourself.  Admission is $7 for ages 18+; $5 for ages 13-17; children under 12 with parental supervision are admitted for FREE, as are all SMC students, faculty and staff.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, at, (864)587-4278 or 266-7409.