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Martin Woods named Director of Facilities for SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce Martin Woods has joined the college staff and will serve as Director of Facilities.

Woods comes to SMC from Presbyterian College where he served as Director of Facilities. Prior to PC, he served as Facility Operations Coordinator at BBA Fiberweb in Grey Court, SC and was a team leader/trainer for Albany International in Simpsonsville, SC.

Woods will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repair, and renovation of SMC buildings and maintaining compliance with all federal and state codes relating to fire and building standards. He will supervise all maintenance and housekeeping staff and the daily operation of the College physical plant and facilities management area.

Woods will also serve as liaison with contractors and vendors that provide services to the College in addition to working with consultants, architects and engineers on capital and non-capital building projects.

“Marty possesses the knowledge of the construction trades and modern building cleaning methods as well as fire safety codes and other compliance areas involving OSHA and EPA requirements,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC.   “But more importantly Marty  is a highly motivated and results-oriented leader who focuses on providing quality service and consistently exceeding expectations.”

Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts from Liberty University and an Associate of Applied Science from Piedmont Technical College.  Marty and his wife, Kelly, live in Laurens with their son Justin.

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SMC turns unused phones into Hope

On Friday, January 31st, Spartanburg Methodist College donated over 60 cell phones to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and their dependent children in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.

Upon discovering old Blackberry Smartphones and accessories the college no longer used, Trey Arrington, SMC’s new Executive Director of Information Technology, had Yvonne Harper, SMC Director of Public Information, reach out to the community for potential new homes for them. “Within minutes of contacting Sheriff Chuck Wright’s Office and 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnett’s office both stressed the urgent need for such phones for area domestic violence victims and pointed us to SAFE Homes,” Harper stated. “Sadly one agency in Cherokee County was down to their very last phone.”  Upon hearing this fact, the college encouraged its staff, faculty and students to donate their unused cell phones, too.

SAFE Homes provides phones to local domestic violence agencies or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients and victims, many of whom live in shelters, to provide immediate access to emergency services. According to Lynn Hawkins, Executive Director, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, donated phones, with all prior customer data removed prior to distributing them for reuse, help victims of abuse feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services. “Phone donations given locally benefit victims of abuse within our communities – they provide Hope.”

“SMC, like SAFE Homes, envisions a community liberated from all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The donation of our no-longer-used phones for such a new purpose embodies the positive environment of caring SMC seeks to instill in our students and our community,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith. “SMC is humbled to play a role in providing hope and perseverance – and we hope our actions will unite and inspire the public to play an active role in domestic violence awareness, prevention and victim recovery.”

 

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SMC’s Ellis Hall receives LEED certification

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to report that their Edgar H. Ellis Hall has received official LEED certification.

LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a building certification process developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to enhance environmental awareness among architects and building contractors, and to encourage the design and construction of energy-efficient, water-conserving buildings that use sustainable or green resources and materials. According to the USGBC, there are nine key areas measured by LEED:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Location and Linkages
  • Awareness and Education
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority

Constructed in 2012, the 48,000 sq. ft. building houses 9 academic classrooms, academic offices, including the English Department, the Humanities Department and Office of Academic Affairs, the writing center, student publications, the Sub Connection café venue, and the Gibbs auditorium which seats 275 and also serves as classroom space. The Ellis building was made possible by donors to the College’s “Pioneering the Future” capital campaign. The building is named in honor of Rev. Dr. Edgar H. Ellis, Jr., a United Methodist Minister, trustee, alumni (SJC class of 1956), and strong advocate of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Certification involves third party verification that a building is designed and built to achieve high performance in key areas in human and environmental health, including: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiencies, material selection and indoor environmental quality.  The $11 Million building, designed by MPS and constructed by Harper Construction, is considered a 100-year building. Construction began in July of 2011 and was complete in November of 2012 with the building officially in use for the 2013 Spring semester.

SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith recognized Eric McDonald, VP for Business Affairs, Rick Jolley, former Director of Facilities Management for SMC, and the team of architects and building contractors for their work in making certification possible, “we have a solid 45 points. A minimum of 40 is required for LEED certification. We could not have met this milestone without their dedication and commitment to our vision. Ellis Hall represents SMC’s pledge to provide an outstanding academic experience for our students; and affords us with an opportunity to host events for the entire Spartanburg community.”

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SMC will close at 1 p.m on Tuesday, January 28 due to impending weather

Due to impending weather, SMC will close at 1:00 today. Any classes that start after 1:00 are cancelled. Please be safe and check all messaging outlets in case of a weather decision for tomorrow morning that will impact classes tomorrow. Right now we are OPEN tomorrow and classes will begin at the regular time.