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SMC welcomes back the 1964 Spartanburg Junior College Baseball Team

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the 1964 Spartanburg Junior College Baseball team will be holding their 50th Reunion in Spartanburg on Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th.

“Welcoming these former players back to campus is very special to us at SMC. We want them to know they always have a home here, and we want them to feel connected to today’s baseball Pioneers,” shared SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith.

Confirmed players from the 1964 team,  led by Coach Jimmy York, who passed away several years ago, who will be attending include, David Boyter, Candler, NC; Jantzen Childers, Union, SC; Joe Cox, Moore, SC; Frank Mathis, Greer, SC; Tommy White, Sumter, SC; and Neil “Hank” Rogers, Phil Holden and Don Tate, Spartanburg, SC. 

This elite group of athletes will kick off their weekend with a Managers Reception at Comfort Suites, in memory of former team members:  Jimmy York, coach, Clark Owens, manager, Keith Crow, and Walter Irick.  The reception, which will feature a welcome by current SMC Baseball Coach Tim Wallace and SMC President Colleen Perry Keith will be followed by dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  The reunion festivities will culminate with former players attending and being recognized at the SMC Baseball double header with USC Sumter on Saturday at 1 p.m.   Former catcher, Tommy White will throw out the first pitch. 

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Spartanburg Methodist College announces Summer Sessions

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce their Summer College Sessions and course offerings.  Session I will be held from May 28 to June 27, 2014 and Session II, an ALL ON-LINE program of study, will be held from July 7 to August 1, 2014.

“Summer classes provide an excellent opportunity for Upstate residents to take either that first college step, or return to the college classroom,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC. “Our coursework is highly transferrable, so students who attend college elsewhere and plan to spend the summer at home can take courses here without worry about transferring coursework. We have strong articulation agreements with over 200 colleges and universities and are happy to work with students to ensure a smooth transition.”

According to data from the 2012 US Census, 31.5% of Spartanburg residents have only attained a high school diploma and 19.9% have some college, compared to 29.8% and 21.1% respectively in South Carolina, and 28.0% and 21.3% in the United States.

The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to a recent analysis of census data. Young adults with just a high-school diploma earned 62 percent of the typical salary of college graduates. That’s down from 81 percent in 1965, the earliest year for which comparable data are available.

The analysis by the Pew Research Center shows the increasing economic difficulties for young adults who lack a bachelor’s degree in today’s economy that is polarized between high- and low-wage work. As a whole, high-school graduates were more likely to live in poverty and be dissatisfied with their jobs, if not unemployed.

In contrast, roughly nine in 10 college graduates ages 25 to 32 said that their bachelor’s degree had paid off or will pay off in the future, according to Pew’s separate polling conducted last year. Even among the two-thirds of young adults who borrowed money for college, about 86 percent said their degrees have been, or will be, worth it. ‘‘In today’s knowledge-based economy, the only thing more expensive than getting a college education is not getting one,’’ said Paul Taylor, Pew’s executive vice president and co-author of the report.*

SMC’s summer college provides the unique opportunity for students to accelerate their graduation date and to explore subjects they did not have the opportunity to take during the academic year. SMC’s summer college is also available to students from other campuses who wish to transfer credit back to their home institution. Students may take up to two (3 hr. or 4 hr.) courses and a physical education course in Session I.  Students may take up to two courses in Session II.

Session I includes the following  course offerings: English Composition I, Microbiology, Astronomy and Physics, Public Speaking, Principles of Biology I, Drama Appreciation, First Aid & Personal Safety, General Psychology, Readings in World Literature, English Composition II, Health Education, Introductory Statistics, Western Civilization I, and Jogging.

Session II, an all online program of study, includes the following course offerings:  US History I, Intro to Computer Science, New Testament and American Literature II

Tuition is $225.00 per credit hour.  The cost of books and supplies will vary by course and course load. Information regarding costs and financial aid may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office at 864-587-4213, or the Financial Aid Office at 864-587-4298.

Room and Board costs for Session I are $985.00. Meals are available Monday-Friday. Residence halls are open seven days a week during the term. Residence halls will open for student check-in on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, between 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. Residence halls will close at 5:00 pm on June 27.  Residence facilities are not available for Session II.

More information about opportunities available through the SMC Summer School program may be obtained by calling the Office of Admissions at Spartanburg Methodist College at (864) 587-4213 or 1-800-772-7286 or by visiting

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SMC to be part of Spartanburg Village Network’s Education forum – 3/6 at 6 p.m.

The Spartanburg Village Network, known as The Village Network, began about two years ago with members from churches, civic groups and professions. The group started as a way for people to support and get to know each other but developed into something more over time.

Members started focusing on ways they could unite and make a difference in the community. The goal is to come up with ways to help families in areas ranging from education to finances.

After weeks of planning, the group has scheduled its first community forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spartanburg Community College-Downtown Campus. The forum is titled “It Takes A Village: From the Cradle to Career An Education Conversation.”

Leon Wiles, chief diversity officer at Clemson University and a former University of South Carolina Upstate vice chancellor, will serve as moderator. Panelists include Molly Talbot-Metz, vice president of programs at the Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg Methodist College President Colleen P. Keith and Herb Johnson, Jr., vice president and chief diversity officer of Michelin North America. Other panelists include John Stockwell, executive director of Spartanburg Academic Movement and former chancellor of USC Upstate, Jil Littlejohn, president of the Urban League of the Upstate and Spartanburg District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker, who is also vice chairman of The Village Network.
If we are going to move the needle for graduation rates, then we need to focus on the African-American community,” Booker said. “This is a pretty strong and diverse panel. We wanted education to be the topic of our first forum. The event is open to everyone because it is going to take the entire community to make a difference.”

Booker said the education forum will outline programs available to help prepare children before they begin school and while they are in school. He also said the forum will help residents learn more about the importance of education.

“The idea is to share information and talk about the challenges of education,” Booker said. “This forum also will talk about the successes because that is just as important as talking about the challenges. There is so much going on that we want people to know what is happening in the community.”

Future plans are to hold discussions on health and wellness and financial planning. Organizers don’t plan to stop after offering a few forums. They hope to continue working on issues in the community and encourage other people to join them in the effort.

The Village Network organizers say their mission is “to unite a committed leadership base focused on educating, engaging and inspiring local families.” The other part of the vision is to focus attention on resources and programs that have the most potential in helping local families.

The Rev. Keith McDaniel, chairman of The Village Network and senior pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, said he is excited about the group’s first event. He said members spent time looking at ways they could help others.

“We have too many families struggling with education, housing, health and other issues,” he said. “The village concept comes from the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child, and we have applied that to leadership. It takes more than one leader to lead a community.”

SMC Wrestling

Spartanburg Methodist College Wrestling Team Earns National Rankings

Spartanburg Methodist College learned today that two of their 2013-2014 Wrestling Team members are ranked in the top 10 for the Nation.  The SMC Pioneer Wrestling team, who went 7-3 overall this season, was also ranked 16th in the country.

According to the NJCAA and Intermat, SMC Freshman DeAndre Johnson, son of Angel Johnson, from Beaufort, is ranked 4th in the Nation.  Johnson is a graduate of Battery Creek High School.  Fellow team mate, also a freshman, Ian Clevenger, son of Mike and Brenda  Clevenger of Inman, SC, and a Boiling Springs High School graduate, is ranked 7th in the Nation

The SMC Wrestling Team is under the direction of Rob Sater, who is in his third season at the helm of the SMC Pioneer Wrestling program. Sater helped lead the Pioneers to their first ever winning season in 2012-2013. During his tenure at SMC, Sater has coached eleven national qualifiers and one All-American wrestler.

“I am extremely proud of how our young team has come together and pushed through adversity all season to produce the best dual meet record in school history. Ian and DeAndre are two young men that truly deserve the honor of being ranked nationally. They are hard workers on the mat and in the classroom, and exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete at Spartanburg Methodist College,” shared Coach Sater. “We have a few other individuals that are on track to finish high on the podium at nationals as well. I’m excited to be a part of such a special group of wrestlers and coaches. The sky is the limit for these guys if they wrestle up to their potential over the next three weeks.”

Sater originally served as Head Coach of the Boiling Springs High School Wrestling Team for the three seasons. Sater was the 2009 Spartanburg Herald Journal Coach of the Year, 2010 and 2011 BSH won the County Wrestling Tournament Championship (2010 was the first in school history). Sater (66-13 dual meet record) had 37 Upper-State qualifiers during his three years as head coach at BSHS. He coached five of the schools seven South Carolina All-State Wrestlers. He also had five freestyle/Greco national qualifiers.

Sater attended Division 1 Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio for two years before transferring to and graduating with a BA in English from Limestone for his final two years. He wrestled at Limestone and was team captain for each year voted on by his teammates. Sater teaches English at BSHS.

Sater is assisted by his father, Bob Sater, who wrestled for Thiel College in Greenville, Pa where he was a Division III national qualifier in 1972.  The senior Sater returned to Madison HS in Madison Ohio to serve as an assistant coach for the first 14 years of his coaching career. He moved on to Perry HS to serve as their Head Wrestling Coach for the next 16 years. While serving in this position he was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2000. He was named the Ohio Wrestling Division III State Coach of the Year for the 2002 Wrestling Season.  He went on to serve as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Cleveland State University (NCAA Division I) located in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Limestone College (NCAA Division II).

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SMC Baseball Lighting Up The Night!

Baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College is looking a lot brighter these days…and nights, thanks to a generous gift that was specifically designated for lighting the C.B. (Slim) Mooneyham Baseball Field.

The lights are in honor of SMC Alum J. Wesley Sparrow, Jr. and former SMC Director of Admissions Henry B. Sparrow, II as well as the SMC baseball teams of 1977 and 1978.  Baseball is of great interest to the Sparrow family and John Sparrow donated the major gift with baseball specifically in mind. Wesley Sparrow served as the student manager for the SMC baseball team in 1977 and 1978. In fact, the opportunity to serve as the student manager was the deciding factor for Wesley attending SMC over Charleston Southern.

“This gift is transformative for SMC! Our players will no longer have to miss afternoon classes or labs because of games that could only be held in the daylight; afternoon or morning rain outs can be rescheduled for evening games and rain delays won’t be game-ending,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith. “The list could go on. It’s a big deal for us and serves to make SMC more competitive as our complex will be improved.”

Keith commended Bob Fuzy, VP of Institutional Advancement, SMC Baseball Coach Tim Wallace and former SMC President Charlie Teague for their assistance in working with the Sparrow family for such a wonderful gift…a gift that will forever change the game of baseball at SMC.

The Mooneyham Baseball Field is one of three facilities composing the Olin D. Johnston Outdoor Athletic Facility, named in honor of the late Mr. Johnston who was a graduate of Textile Industrial Institute and served as Governor of SC and as a U.S. Senator.  The other facilities include the Fred Nash Soccer Field and the William C. Buchheit Tennis Complex.

SMC is planning a dedication ceremony for the lights during a double header against Surry Community College on Saturday, February 8.  The 3:30 p.m. dedication, which will follow the 1 p.m. game, will include the installation of the official naming plaque, as well as appearances by players, coaches, support staff of the ’77 and ’78 teams and other SMC supporters, will be held in Ellis Hall.  Terry Floyd, Coach of the SMC 1977 and 1978 teams, is expected to throw out the first pitch at the 5 p.m. game.


SMC’s Tim Wallace named to 2014 NJCAA Hall of Fame Class

Spartanburg, SC –  The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class and Spartanburg Methodist College’s Tim Wallace is one of four inductees.

Other inductees include current head coach Eric Brown of Suffolk County College, New York, Steve Ruzich of South Suburban College, Illinois, and previous NJCAA World Series assistant tournament director, Thomas Rogers.

The four inductees will be honored at the pre-tournament banquet of the 2014 NJCAA Division I World Series on May 23rd in Grand Junction, Colo.  Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. Now entering its 75th anniversary, the NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1985.

Wallace currently is in his twenty-third season at the helm of the SMC Pioneers baseball program while also serving his second stint as Athletic Director.  His previous teams have produced a 984-307 record with NJCAA Region X Championships in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.  His .764 winning percentage ranks him among the leaders of those actively coaching at the NJCAA level.

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC elaborated on Coach Wallace, “He personifies what it means to be an excellent coach. If evidence of this is needed, one need look no further than the Slim Mooneyham Baseball Field at SMC on any given afternoon: he gets great players and he gets them to play great. He teases out the best in his players, and they respond by living up to the high standards he sets for them, both on and off the field.  I don’t think his players show up here because of who he is, though; they show up because of who they can become because of what he does. Could there be a better recommendation for a Hall of Famer than that?” Keith continued, “Coach Wallace is a winning coach, but beyond that, he is a coach who doesn’t take shortcuts, he does things the right way, and he expects the same of his players. I see it time and time again. They admire him and whether or not they realize it, they learn far more from him than how to consistently hit well or how to steal a base.  Almost without exception they become better baseball players but they also learn that they can become better men, who act with integrity and care.  If he had a personal mission statement as it relates to who he is as a coach, it might read: ‘to develop principled men.’ His success comes not from what SMC is providing him (he coaches at one of the smallest colleges in the NJCAA, with one of the smallest budgets, and a coaching staff of only one other individual), it comes from his integrity, his determination, his commitment to his players, his principled leadership, and his knowledge of baseball.”

Wallace has garnered many awards, included being named Region X Coach of the Year (1992, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010), Carolina’s Junior College Conference Coach of the Year (1992), Louisville Slugger Coaches Award (1993, 1996, 1997, 2001)  and Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013) .  In 2001, Wallace earned his first Eastern District Coach of the Year award as his 49-12 club sported the best record in Grand Junction, Colorado at the NJCAA World Series. He earned his second Eastern District Coach of the Year award in 2003, when his club posted a 50-16 record. His 2007 squad earned him his third by posting a school record 54 wins while finishing third at the Junior College World Series. A fourth was awarded after the 2009 squad finished 5th at JUCO with a school record 55 wins.  Number five came after the 2012 Pioneers again earned a trip to Grand Junction for the Junior College World Series. 2013 made it back to back trips to the World Series and Wallace’s sixth District coaching award.

Wallace was inducted into the Spartanburg Methodist College Athletic Hall of Honor in 2012. In addition to having successful teams, Wallace has helped individuals realize their potential.  Three Pioneers have participated on the NJCAA All-Stars, a group put together to face international competition.  Of the three All-Star participants, Derrick Clay and Marty Gantt were named Offensive MVP’s of their respective groups. Sixteen players have been named NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure, while 68 have signed professional contracts.  Of these 68, 114 are actively playing and pursuing a shot at the Major Leagues. In 2002 Coach Wallace had his first player reach the majors, 1998 graduate Orlando Hudson with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hudson was a three time Gold Glove winner and four time All-Star second baseman. A second Pioneer under Wallace, Lee Gronkiewicz, made an appearance at the big league level in 2007.  Also during the Wallace era, players have signed letters of intent with or gone to play at major NCAA Division I institutions such as South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Kentucky,  North Carolina State, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina and East Carolina (just to name a few).  Numerous others continued their careers at the NCAA Division II level.

Prior to his coaching career, Wallace was a standout player himself.  A former second round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, he played professionally for seven years.  This included a two-year stint in Italy, where he led the league in hitting and homeruns.  While playing in the States, Wallace was named an All-Star for both the Appalachian and Florida State leagues and also was team MVP for the 1983 St. Petersburg Cardinals.  This continued a streak of team MVP awards that included two Lancaster High School, one Post 31 American Legion, one Baptist College and two Wofford College seasons.  It was at Wofford where Wallace attracted professional scouts.  During his two seasons there he posted records for career batting average (.456) and longest consecutive game hitting streak (37).  He also led NAIA District 6 and the state of South Carolina in hitting as a sophomore with a .472 average.  For his efforts, Wallace was inducted into Wofford’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Wallace returned to Wofford after his playing career and completed his B.A. in Sociology.  He then earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Gardner-Webb University.

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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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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.



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.

Reid Moman named First Team NJCAA All American

The Pioneer baseball team had another great season in 2013  and that couldn’t have happened without a lot of great individual performances. Reid Moman was just awarded for one of those individual performances with the honor of making the NJCAA Division I All- American First Team for the 2013 season.

Moman, a sophomore from Greenville, SC finished 8th in the nation in batting average (.430), 4th in on base percentage (.543), 7th in runs scored (67), 15th in hits (80), and 25th in runs batted in (56). Read more

Roll Neers! Pioneers advance

Champ Rowland‘s clutch two run bomb and some nice glove work by the Pioneers set up a date with Central Alabama on Wednesday night at 9:30pm.

Rowland went 2-for-2, scored two runs and had a sacrifice bunt. Reid Moman also had two hits for SMC. Albert, who was 2-for-2 in throwing out would-be base stealers, doubled in the fifth, was bunted over by Rowland and tagged up to score on a fly out.  The Pioneers scored another that way in the eighth as Moman singled and came around. Read more

Wallace earns Eastern District Coach of the Year

Spartanburg Methodist College head baseball coach Tim Wallace was recently named the Eastern District Coach of the Year for 2012-2013. This is Coach Wallace’s sixth such award.

The Eastern District Coach of the Year is awarded to the teams head coach that wins the Eastern District Tournament. Read more