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SMC Psi Beta chapter elects 2013-2014 Leadership Team

The Spartanburg Methodist College chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for community and junior colleges, has elected the following officers for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Stevonna Jeter – President, daughter of Steven and Elaine Jeter, of Spartanburg, SC is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;
  • Tierra Izzard – Vice President, daughter of Lameka Izzard and the granddaughter of Alma and Hayward Izzard, all of Kershaw, SC, is a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School;
  • Kaitlyn Pless – Secretary, daughter of Angela York Kracht of Calhoun Falls, SC and Michael Lentine of Clarksville, TN, is a Valedictorian graduate of Calhoun Falls Charter School.

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.

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.   Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is proud of its heritage of providing “the opportunity to be your best and the inspiration to do great things” and being a member of Psi Beta will give one that opportunity!

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“All for Liberty” film to be screened at SMC

The award-winning film, “All For Liberty,”  will be screened at SMC on Monday, September 30th in the Gibbs Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Described as “Far from being just for history buffs, this is a great film, period,” All For Liberty is the winner of nine international film festival awards, as well as two awards from the SC Sons of the American Revolution and First Prize in Media from The Lady Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The film also received the Dove Foundation Worldview Review’s “Family Approved Seal” for movie goers ages twelve plus.

Based on true events, All For Liberty provides viewers with realistic action of America’s hard-fought war for independence…and a reminder of how easy it is for freedom to be lost.   Praised internationally for its universal appeal, the beautifully-photographed, emotionally-moving feature film is a historically accurate tribute to an unknown hero of the American Revolution. Outstanding sound by Jeffrey Stern and music by Anthony DeRitis authentically captures battle scenes with perfection.

Set in South Carolina during the Revolutionary era, the film tells the story of Henry Felder, a Swiss immigrant who came as a mercenary Indian fighter. As time goes on, he settles in Orangeburg and gets involved with the patriot cause and becomes a leading producer of gunpowder for the patriots.

The film is an independent production of the Actors Theater of South Carolina based in Folly Beach, which is operated by Clarence Felder and his wife, Chris Weatherhead.  Felder, a descendant of the main character, plays “Henry” in the film, and Chris, an actress in her own right, plays Henry’s wife, “Catherine.” The cast is predominantly made of local actors based in South Carolina.

Make plans to experience All For Liberty for yourself on Monday, September 30th at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium at Spartanburg Methodist College. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu or 864-587-4278.

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Musician Gabriel Redding to headline SMC’s Founder’s Day

Each October, the SMC Student Government Association sponsors a Founder’s Day Program.  The program celebrates the vision, passion, and purpose of SMC’s founder, David English Camak, and those who have followed his lead over the years to continue to propel Spartanburg Methodist College as a driving force in higher education.

Typically a speaker is chosen from the college’s prestigious alumni.  However, this year the Student Government Association is taking a different route…they have selected Gabriel Redding as the 2013 Founder’s Day speaker.  A pioneer, in the simplest form, is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things.  This year’s speaker is just that.  He is a musician, community advocate, entertainer, athlete, world record holder, and most definitely a pioneer.

From June 7th to July 19th, 2013, Redding ran across America from Santa Monica, CA to St. Simons Island, GA in 42 days, breaking the world record for the fastest crossing of America on foot, and raising over $8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  As a musician, Redding has opened for Boys Like Girls, Hinder, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz, Bo Bice, Joan Jett, Gin Blossoms, KC and the Sunshine Band, and has performed in the middle-east for the troops on a USO tour. He performs at colleges and military bases all over the US, coffee shops and movie theaters, and wherever else he finds to play.  From June 29th to August 10th, 2009, Redding bicycled across the continent, from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Seattle, Washington, totaling 43 days and 3204.3 miles to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Redding will discuss his record breaking run across America, what inspired him to take on this challenge and share his rich experiences interacting with Americans across the states. The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association believes Gabriel Redding is a pioneer in many ways, and after the Founder’s Day event, he will be an honorary SMC Pioneer.

The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association Founder’s Day program will take place on Monday, October 28th at 4 pm in the Mission Davis Chapel on the campus of SMC. The general public is welcomed to attend this uplifting program.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu, 864-587-4278.

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Greenville Brass Quintet takes stage at Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to welcome the Greenville Brass Quintet to their Gibbs Auditorium stage to perform on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

The Greenville Brass Quintet was created to advance the art and promote the appreciation of quality brass chamber music throughout South Carolina and the Southeast.  Members of the Greenville Brass Quintet are among the top freelance musicians in the Southeast and are experienced in a wide array of musical settings.  The quintet consists of the principal brass players of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Joe Hughes, trombonist, Phil Elkins and Jens Larsen on trumpets, Anneka Zuehlke-King on French horn and Don Strand on tuba.

The individual members have performed with Broadway shows, symphonies, and chamber groups all over the world, with performance locales ranging from Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to Europe and Asia.  The music of the quintet spans 500 years of the finest brass literature, dating from the Renaissance music of the 1500’s to contemporary compositions that include jazz, ragtime, and Broadway.

In addition to presenting a variety of concert styles, the Greenville Brass Quintet is committed to educational programs that foster enthusiasm and appreciation for live chamber music.

Make plans to experience the Greenville Brass Quintet for yourself on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium at Spartanburg Methodist College.   The public is invited and admission is free of charge.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu or 864-587-4278.

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Colleges Unite Downtown for College Fest 2013: Scare on Morgan Square Zombie Dance Party

A Scare on the Square Zombie Dance Party will invade downtown Spartanburg on Friday, September, 13, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the annual College Fest program to welcome the city’s 15,300 college students.

College Fest is targeted to college-age students and hosted by College Town of Spartanburg, a consortium of the seven colleges in Spartanburg (Converse College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Wofford College) and in partnership with the City of Spartanburg.

College Fest coincides with the beginning of the school year and welcomes students of the seven local colleges to the Spartanburg community. Performing at this year’s 12th annual College Fest will be The Melker Project, a “mashup and remix artist” based in New York City who takes songs people love and turns them into songs they will love even more. The Melker Project, also known as Johnny Cashin’ Out, Skeetwood Mac, Booty Huxtable, Skeevie Tricks, A$AP Scotty and Ricky Exit-Row-Zay, is the brainchild of world-renowned DJ and remixer Scott Melker.

Known for being among the first DJs to champion the mashup style using vinyl – long before the advent of Serato and digital DJing – Melker is known for his mashups and remixes, many of which have reached No. 1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. He released The Melker Project (full length DJ mix) in 2010, reaching more than 10,000 downloads in the first week, and his 2012 remixes and mashups “Somebody That I Used To Know vs. Dead Wrong – Gotye Vs. Notorious B.I.G. (Popped and Screwed Remix),” ”Say Hello vs. Because (Jay-Z vs. The Beatles),” and “High for This vs. Pop Bottles (Ellie Goulding vs. Birdman & Lil Wayne) are among the most popular tracks on the internet.

Melker is also known for remixing Mitt Romney’s debate gaffe “Binder Full of Women.” The Melker Project’s remix “Message In A Bottle vs. Mercy” was recently named one of the Top 25 mashups of all time by notable music blog PigeonsAndPlanes.com.

In his 16 year DJ career, he has played gigs around the world alongside notable DJs and diverse acts, including The Cataracs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Gloria Estefan, DJ Cash Money, King Britt, DJ AM, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh, Biz Markie, Raekwon, Kanye West, Wu Tang, Pete Rock, Evil Dee, Q-Tip, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Ne-Yo, T.I., The Ying Yang Twins, Jet Daughtry and many others. Melker was also a support act on the Summer Haze Tour in 2007, alongside G. Love, Slightly Stoopid, and Ozomatli.

The Friday, September 13, event will feature two free photo booths, glow necklaces, free Coke products and food from several local food vendors as well as a contest for best costume. Beer will also be available with valid id. For more information on College Fest, contact Rogers Brandt Settle, collegetownspartanburg@gmail.com.