Marty Woods

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.


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.

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The Troubadours of Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College focuses on stimulating students’ cultural experiences and love for the arts – whether it is through music, the spoken word, or visual arts. Each year, a program of events is developed with the student in mind — events that both showcase student talent, expose them to outside influences, and generate a greater appreciation for the culture and arts of different groups and backgrounds.

SMC also offers strong programs in voice and choral performances and many students participate in extracurricular activities such as the SMC Singers choral group and the SMC Troubadours.  The Troubadours are an elite, touring choral group, with students selected by audition.  They perform at special functions, including the SMC Fall and Spring Concerts, chapel services on campus, and perform on a touring series each year primarily at local United Methodist churches and schools in the Upstate area.

The SMC Troubadours for Spring of 2014 include:

Emmy Baker, Sophomore, daughter of Roger and Lydia Baker of Bonneau, S.C. Baker is a graduate of Timberland High School;

Taylor Littlejohn Barr, Sophomore, daughter of Lanny and Jean Littlejohn of York, S.C. Barr is a graduate of York Comprehensive High School;

Lillie Perkins, Freshman, daughter of John and Susan Perkins of Duncan, S.C. Perkins is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School;

Danielle Needs, Freshman, daughter of John and Mary Needs of Chesnee, S.C. Needs is a graduate of Chesnee High School;

Kristen Ridings, Freshman, daughter of Eric and Lucretia Ridings of Boiling Springs, S.C. Ridings is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School;

Kristen LaPointe, Sophomore, daughter of Jeff and Lori LaPointe, Simpsonville, S.C. LaPointe is a graduate of Mauldin High School;

Carl Gibson, Sophomore, son of Gary and Robin Gibson of Inman, S.C. Gibson is a graduate of Dependent Christian School;

Jesse Harris, Freshman, son of Arthur and Martha Harris of Bluffton, S.C. Harris is a graduate of Bluffton High School;

Ben Emswiler, Freshman, son of David Emswiler and Deborah Shirley of Spartanburg, S.C. Emswiler is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Ryan Almquist, Sophomore, son of Todd and Tina Almquist of Taylors, S.C.  Almquist is a graduate of East Side High School;

Shawn Saliba, Sophomore, son of Mitchell Saliba and Kathi Vidal of Spartanburg, S.C. Saliba is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Leah Meahl, Sophomore, daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, S.C. Meahl is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School;

Tiffany Morgan, Sophomore, daughter of Eddie Callaham and Lorraine Morgan of Plum Branch, S.C. Morgan is a graduate of McCormick High School;

Logan Phillips, Sophomore, daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips of Blacksburg, S.C. Phillips is a graduate of Blacksburg High School;

Travis Goodjoin, Freshman, son of Marilyn Goodjoin of Spartanburg, S.C. Goodjoin is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Quinton Barker, Sophomore, son of Sterling George of Moore, S.C. Barker is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School; and

Megan Knight, Freshman, daughter of Michael and Teresa Knight of Inman, S.C. Knight is a graduate of Chapman High School.

Last year SMC’s Troubadours sang for the Case Brothers’ Saturday Afternoon Musical Event, and also performed at New Beginnings United Methodist Church (Boiling Springs), Greenville First Church of the Nazarene, Sharon United Methodist Church (Greer), Bethel United Methodist Church (Spartanburg), Pelham Road Baptist (Greenville), St. James United Methodist Church (Spartanburg), and Nazareth Baptist Church (Blacksburg). They were primary participants in SMC’s “Mr. Scrooge!”, as well as participating in five chapel services on campus. Most recently, the Troubadours performed in January at Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee and at Highland Park UMC (Florence).

Bethel United Methodist Senior Pastor David E. Nichols commented “the SMC Troubadours were wonderful at Bethel. They were bright and joyful on top of singing beautifully. They were very talented and inspiring.”

“We are always looking for new entertainment for our Fall Festival.  I’d heard the Troubadours sing at our Wednesday night meal in the past and knew they’d be a great addition to our festival.  Because of the proximity of the St. James UMC to SMC, we hope to have them back next year and invite SMC students to be a part of St. James during their college experience,” shared Annette Haynie, St. James United Methodist Church member.

The SMC Troubadours are under the direction of Dr. Lanny Lanford, Professor of Music and Director of the SMC’s Music Department. Lanford brings over thirty years of experience in conducting and in higher education teaching to his current position and holds a B.A. (with a choral emphasis) from the University of South Carolina; a Master of Church Music degree in theory and composition from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and returned to South Carolina to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition.  To schedule the SMC Troubadours at your church or event, please contact or 864-587-4275.

Winners Miss SMC

Logan Phillips named Miss SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College hosted its annual Miss SMC Pageant on Saturday, January 25.  Miss Logan Phillips, a sophomore from Blacksburg, SC, earned the title of Miss Spartanburg Methodist College.

Phillips is the daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips and a graduate of Blacksburg High School.  Miss Allisha Fewell, a sophomore from Rock Hill, SC, was named First Runner Up.  Fewell is the daughter of Maurice and Angela Fewell and a graduate of Rock Hill High School. Miss Brittany Moore, a freshman from Union, SC and the daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore was named Second Runner Up. Moore is a graduate of Union County High School.

The 6 p.m. event was held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC.  Contestants competed in five categories: Preliminary interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear, and on-stage interview.  Miss SMC will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.

“The Miss SMC Pageant is an exciting event for our students and campus,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, SMC President.  “This group of young women is an impressive group. We are pleased our students are able to demonstrate their community service efforts and talents in this venue.”

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Trey Arrington named Executive Director of IT for Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg, SC –  Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce Trey Arrington has joined the college staff and will serve as Executive Director of Information Technology.

Arrington comes to SMC from the Union Hospital District where he was the Director of Information Systems. Prior to the hospital system, he served in various IT and communication roles with Exopack LLC, ProVest Wealth Advisors and IMT Duncan.

Arrington will be responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT and systems functions at SMC.  This includes directing all IT operations to meet student, staff, and faculty requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.  In addition, he will oversee the server network environment, backup systems, card access system for the residence halls, security cameras campus wide, telephone system, the printing and copying environment, and the interface between Sodexo food service system and student IDs.

Arrington will procure all new equipment and manage the IT operating budget and capital budget, ensuring IT equipment is rotated appropriately within budget constraints.  He will oversee the Vassey Information Technology Center, the SMC office of IT and Computer Services, and is responsible for staffing and supporting all computer labs on campus.

“Trey possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate technical issues effectively across all campus departments to all levels of understanding,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC. “We are confident that Trey will be able to effectively manage our complex college needs and keep us on the cutting edge of higher education technical solutions.”

Arrington holds a BA in Information Management and Systems, with a concentration in Business Systems, from University of South Carolina Upstate. Trey and his wife Jennifer live in Union and are the proud parents of sons of Jonah (4) and John (1).


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SMC announces Summer School Sessions for 2014

SMC SUMMER COLLEGE SESSION I  (May 28 – June 27, 2014)








8:00 am –  9:45 am

ENGL 101

English Composition I




**BIOL 230





**PSCI 101

Astronomy and Physics




SPCH 201

Public Speaking





9:55 am-11:40 am

**BIOL 101

Principles of Biology I




DRAM 101

Drama Appreciation




HLTH 101

First Aid and Personal Safety




PSYC 101

General Psychology




ENGL 210

Readings in World Literature





12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ENGL 102

English Composition II




HLTH 201

Health Education




MATH 112

Introductory Statistics




HIST 101

Western Civilization I





1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

PHED 118

Jogging  MWF






**BIOL 101

Lab 1 MWR – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.




**BIOL 230

Lab 1 MTWR – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.




**PSCI 101

Lab 1 TR – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.




** Students must register for a lab with biology and physical science.



SMC SUMMER COLLEGE SESSION II (July 7 – August 1, 2014) 





All Courses On-Line ONLY 



HIST 201

US History I





CSCI 101

Intro to Computer Science





RELI 212

New Testament





LITR 204

American Literature II





*On-Line students must meet on campus July 7 at the indicated time and location.  Students who do not attend the first class will be dropped.  The final exam will be on campus August 1.

Students may not register for On-Line courses after July 3 at 12:00 noon.


SMC reserves the right to cancel courses or make changes to this schedule.


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The Blue Granite Review now accepting submissions

THE BLUE GRANITE REVIEW, Spartanburg Methodist College’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions of SMC students’ works in creative expression—poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, creative non-fiction, art, and photography—through Friday, February 14, 2014, at 3 p.m.

Materials accepted for publication will appear in the 2014 issue of the magazine, which will be distributed on campus in April.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word to Professor Bayne, faculty advisor, at by the deadline indicated above.  Written texts should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font and should be double-spaced.

Miss SMC

Students vie for Miss SMC title on Saturday, January 25th

Spartanburg, SC –  Spartanburg Methodist College will host its annual Miss SMC Pageant on Saturday, January 25.  The 6 p.m. event will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC.  The event is open to the public and admission is $5.  SMC faculty, staff and students are admitted for free.

Contestants will compete in five categories: Preliminary interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear, and on-stage interview.  The winner of Saturday night’s pageant will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.

“We are excited to be a part of the Miss South Carolina and Miss America Scholarship organizations and support the four points of the crown: service, scholarship, success, and style,” said Kim Day Caton, SMC Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Bonnie Walls, from Piedmont, currently serves as the reigning Miss SMC.  Angela Hughes Singleton, Miss South Carolina 1996 and Mrs. South Carolina 2005 will serve as host and this year’s judges include:  Heidi Aiken, Radio Host on B93.7; Dr. Penny Fisher, Chair of the SMC Board of Trustees and former Superintendent of the Greenville County School District; Mrs. Effie Williams; Mr. Bobby Holcombe, Director of Financial Aid at USC Union and Joyce Cox, former Director of the Miss Greenville pageant.

The 2014 Miss SMC contestants include:

Stefanie Egan a freshman from Greer, SC. Stefanie is the daughter of Cyrus Berdan and Georgeanna Egan and is a graduate of Byrnes High School.

Allisha Fewell a sophomore from Rock Hill, SC.  Allisha is the daughter of Maurice and Angela Fewell and a graduate of Rock Hill High School.

Kathleen Grayson a sophomore from Easley, SC. Kathleen is the daughter of Webster Grayson and Eva Haynie of Easley and a graduate of Liberty High School.

Brittany Moore a freshman from Union, SC. Brittany is the daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore and is a graduate of Union County High School.

Logan Phillips a sophomore from Blacksburg, SC. Logan is the daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips and a graduate of Blacksburg High School.

Orrien Williams, a freshman from Fountain Inn, SC. Orrien is the daughter of Brenda Williams and is a graduate of Hillcrest High School.

“The Miss SMC Pageant is an exciting event for our students and campus,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, SMC President.  “This group of young women is an impressive group. We are pleased our students are able to demonstrate their community service efforts and talents in this venue.”


SMC to host FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Event – Saturday, January 11th

Spartanburg, SC –  Saturday, January 11th the Jesse L. Bridges Arena at Spartanburg Methodist College will feature a different sport than the usual basketball – the Pioneers will host a “sport for the mind” – the Spartanburg FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier tournament, beginning at 9 a.m.

Dean Kamen, an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The FIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Elementary and middle-school students get to:  Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology;  apply real-world math and science concepts; research challenges facing today’s scientists;  learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills and participate in tournaments and celebrations.

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term “Gracious Professionalism”   – part of the ethos of FIRST, which encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Another FIRST value is “Coopertition” – founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Tonya LeBrun, local FLL Tournament Director, stated “with Gracious Professionalism, students learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either.  Coopertition involves learning from teammates; teaching teammates; learning from Mentors; and displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.”

The doors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and the 9 a.m. opening ceremony will begin with a welcome from SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, who shared “SMC is thrilled to play a role in the inspiration of young people to be science and technology leaders. What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.”  The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.  For additional information, contact Yvonne Harper,, 864-587-4278 or 266-7409.