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SMC Paralegal Program Registering Students for Probate Course

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce it will once again be offering Probate Law in their evening Paralegal Certificate Program.  The course will be taught by Spartanburg County Probate Judge Ponda Caldwell. The Honorable Judge Caldwell has served the citizens of Spartanburg County for the past 40 years, 35 of which have been in the Probate Court.

Probate, and elder law, are considered the fastest growing areas of law due to the aging population.  Baby boomers are expected to leave an estimated $30 trillion* (subject to economy, markets and length of life, etc.)  to their millennial offspring over the next 30 to 40 years, according to consulting firm Accenture.

SMC’s Probate course will be offered, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday evenings July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11. The course will instruct the student in the legal basis for probate administration. It includes a study of wills, intestacy, and the fundamentals of estate administration from opening through closing of an estate scenario.   In addition, there will be discussion of the various types of litigation filed in the probate arena.

“When someone passes away, their death generates a variety of emotions. Some are devastated; others are simply shocked and cannot express any feelings.  Then there are those who simply want to know whether or not they were included in the deceased’s last will and testament.  When it’s discovered that there was no will, pandemonium can erupt over who gets what,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program.  “Probate involves distributing the property of the person who passed away, thus settling his or her estate legally.”

The general public can audit the 10-week course on Probate Law for $175. To register or for more information on the 14-course SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/ or contact Yvonne Harper @ harpery@smcsc.edu   (864) 587-4278 or  (864) 266-7409.

 

Basketball camp

SMC accepting students for Jeff Brookman Basketball Academy

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce it will once again be offering two weeks of basketball instruction for all rising first through twelfth grade students with the Jeff Brookman Basketball Academy held at SMC’s Bridges Arena.

The co-ed academy’s first session will begin on Monday, June 16 and conclude on Thursday, June 19 and the final session will run Monday, July 28 to Thursday, July 31. The cost of each session is $130 per camper, per week.  The fee is all inclusive and lunch is included.

Coach Brookman just completed his fourth season at SMC and during that time guided the Pioneers to national prominence.  Brookman, whose overall record of 101-33, is devoted to teaching the fundamentals of the game and developing sportsmanship skills and team play. The Academy will include daily instruction on ways to improve individual skills such as passing, shooting, and ball handling. Younger children will have eight foot goals.

Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. To register or for additional information, contact brookmanj@smcsc.edu or 864-587-4005.

Ottis Allen pictured with former SMC employee J.L. Geddis

Ottis Allen presented with J.L. Geddis Award

Ottis Allen, Associate Librarian and Director of Media Services,  was presented with the J.L. Geddis Award on at SMC’s annual Recognition and Retirement Luncheon on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Geddis served admirably at SMC for 41 years, beginning in 1964.  He was a student at SJC when Dr. Burgess was president.  When he retired in 2005 he had served under the next four presidents:  Drs. Kingman, Barrett, Fields and Teague.   A life-long Methodist, Mr. Geddis was first a member at Gramling United Methodist Church and is now a very active member of Lyman UMC.  He graduated high school in 1956 from Chapman High.  An ambitious young man, he worked full time while earning his degree from SJC in 1959, and then Wofford where he earned his degree in Economics in 1963.  He continued his education at the University of SC earning his MBA in 1964 and did additional graduate work at Clemson and Converse.  J. L. held many areas of responsibility during his 41 years here at SJC and SMC including:   Business Manager,  VP for Business Affairs,             Faculty Member—teaching Accounting and Economics, and Men’s Golf Coach for 5 years (his teams went to Nationals 4 times!)  He served on 33 visiting committees for the regional accreditation agency-Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.   In 1998 J. L. was inducted into the SMC Athletic Hall of Honor (along with Jerry Green and Mookie Wilson.)

In 2002, the Rev. John Hipp and some other of his grateful students honored him by establishing the J. L. Geddis Honorary Scholarship Fund.  He was further honored in 2007 when the college established the J. L. Geddis Award to honor an outstanding SMC staff member each year.  J. L. is married to Shelba Geddis and has one daughter Rhonda Wood (also SMC Graduate) and is the very proud grandfather of Allison Lee Wood.

Ottis is a loyal member of our campus community and is continually committed to making it better.  He has been an employee of SMC for nearly 37 years.  Students know they can go to Ottis with their needs and requests.  He works with students who need to see videos assigned by professors and often plays them at specially-requested times.  One time, Ottis had already left for the day and a student doing an evening presentation couldn’t locate the projector that had been left for them.  Ottis returned to campus to lend the student one of his projectors and helped him get set up.  This is one of the many examples of times Ottis has been her after hours helping students.  Ottis  is a friendly face for many of our regular students that come to the library and often provides a listening ear for students who are struggling.

 

 

Trina Gilliam

Trina Gilliam recognized with Dr. James S. Barrett Memorial Award

The Dr. James S. Barrett Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual on campus who goes out of their way to assist or support SMC’s mission and efforts, was presented to Trina Gilliam.

According to Don Tate, Director of Development for SMC, who presented this year’s award, “Every time one of us has had a need in the past year for a photographer and that duty was not a part of anyone’s job description…..we went to Trina.  And she was always more than willing to do her usual outstanding job.  Trina would make herself available at times when her plate was “Full and Over-flowing.” She has spent time on Saturdays to take pictures for Alumni Weekend, she has spent some of her evenings taking photos at Donor’s Appreciation Dinners, she has taken photos that are used in our Planned Giving Newsletter, The SMC Legacy, and she has even traveled to Charleston to take pictures at an Alumni gathering down there.   She did all this to help us while handling all her other responsibilities of:

  • Yearbook Advisor
  • Coordinator of the Behavior Intervention Team
  • Coordinator, Director of Conflict Student Resolution and Ethics
  • Title IX Deputy

Trina has been a member of the SMC family since 2001.  She earned her A. B. in Business Management from Southern Wesleyan University and earned her Master’s in Education from Clemson University.  She continues as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

 

Dave Shuping retirement

Professor Dave Shuping retires after 37 years of English Instruction

On Monday, May 12, 2014, Professor Dave Shuping, was recognized for 37 years of English instruction with SMC.  Shuping was presented with a framed image of the Frank Walker Building where he taught over the years. President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith shared that “Dave started work on August 1, 1977.  Sixteen days later, Elvis died because Dave was ready to take over rock star status.”   Over the 37 years Professor Shuping  served SMC, an estimated 6,000 students were blessed by the instruction and essay writing skills Shuping instilled in them.   Henry Adams is credited with saying “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  SMC salutes Professor Shuping. May his ripples of education continue to have influence for eternity. Enjoy your retirement sir, job well done!