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!

5K donation to Gibbs Cancer Center with Dr. J

SMC presents Gibbs Cancer Center with 5K Quack Pack Proceeds

Spartanburg Methodist College continued a time honored tradition of giving back to the community by designating proceeds from their November 9, 2013 SMC Quack Pack 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute.

The November event was part of SMC’s Annual Alumni Weekend and the $1,065 contribution was presented to Kristy Caradori, Executive Director, Spartanburg Regional Foundation; David Church, Associate Center Director for Administration, Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute; Mary Mabry, RTR(M), Bearden-Josey Breast Health Program and Dr. Julian C. Josey, Jr., Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute by SMC students Amber Morgan and Kendall Witt, who both participated in the run.

SMC chose to present their donation in May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness for students and especially athletes of outdoor sports. “Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, herself a breast cancer survivor.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.   However skin cancer is chiefly a lifestyle disease and is highly preventable.  A reported 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. To reduce your skin cancer risk, seek shade; avoid intentional tanning; cover up with clothing; use a broad spectrum (UAV/UVB) sunscreen; routinely examine your skin and see a physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Gibbs Cancer Center has its roots deep in the Spartanburg community, from the time it was just a dream of two doctors to the world-class treatment and research center it has become today. Recognizing that cancer patients’ needs are very specific, Drs. Jay Bearden and Julian Josey began by convincing administrators at Spartanburg Regional Hospital to allow them to consolidate all existing cancer treatment and support services into a dedicated, single-floor unit, a  coordinated-services approach that was virtually unheard of at the time. Soon, other physicians who shared an interest in cancer treatment – and who had professional connections in the world of regional and national cancer treatment – added their ideas and expertise to create an in-house tumor board, where a diverse group of specialists met to discuss the best treatment approaches for each new cancer patient.

Named for philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs, the Gibbs Cancer Center opened its doors in 1999. Today, in addition to Gibbs Cancer Center on the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System campus, Gibbs offers satellite locations throughout the Upstate so that patients throughout the region have access to the best clinical expertise and most advanced treatments available anywhere, without having to wait or travel far from home.

See accompanying photo:  Pictured (L-R)

Kristy Caradori, Executive Director, Spartanburg Regional Foundation

Mary Mabry, RTR(M), Bearden-Josey Breast Health Program

Dr. Julian C. Josey, Jr., Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute

Amber Mogan, SMC Sophomore

Kendall Witt, SMC Freshman

David Church, Associate Center Director for Administration, Gibbs Cancer  Center and Research Institute (and 1990 SMC Alum!)