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SMC product coaches Chicago team to Little League World Series Final

Some of you probably have been caught up in Little League World Series fever the past few days. I know I have. But get this: There are 7,000 Little League teams and the one coached by SMC alum Darold Butler (played for us  in 1997 and 1998, teammate of Orlando Hudson, coached by Tim Wallace) won the U.S. title and finished second in the world! How’s that for Pioneer Pride?! ROLL NEERS!! Link to a story about Mr. Butler is below:

Darold Butler was a little guy who came from the streets of Chicago and did big things on the baseball diamond for Spartanburg Methodist College.

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http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140823/ARTICLES/140829864/1088?Title=SMC-product-coaches-Chicago-team-to-LLWS-final

 

Paul Ramsay

Hypnosis Show Opens Minds, Encourages Learning and Facilitates Freshman Bonding – 7 p.m. tonight Gibbs Auditorium

College entertainer and stage hypnotist Paul Ramsay kicks off his Fall 2014 Tour of Mind Games with a visit to Spartanburg Methodist College on Thursday night, August 21st at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium.  Ramsay travels from campus to campus across the United States during college orientation presenting his exclusive interactive stage hypnosis show called Mind Games. Orientation and Back to School Sessions Managers book Paul Ramsay’s Mind Games to create entertainment for new students, to expose students to new ideas, to create bonding experiences, and to give students a positive on-campus activity.

In addition to SMC, Ramsey is planned to visit Western Michigan University, Missouri State University, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Greensboro College, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Appalachian State University,  Goucher College, Cazenovia College, Iona College, Texas A&M University at Texarkana, The Julliard School, Post University, Centre College, New England College, Saint Anselm College, Albion College and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Paul Ramsay’s Mind Games is unique. Ramsay’s show breaks the mold of traditional stage hypnotism by letting the audience control the show with remote controls and polling software. Ramsay likes to make the students the stars of the show. Volunteers are hypnotized while still sitting in the audience, providing an up-close-and-personal experience for all in attendance. The volunteer stage performers react to Ramsay’s hilarious scenarios created to have fun, draw laughter, and engage the crowd. Ramsay’s audiences of media savvy college students offers tremendous opportunities for Ramsay to create new material and he changes his show frequently so that audiences will not see the same show twice. Paul Ramsay is often invited back year after year because his unique show draws bigger crowds every time he appears.

Ramsay is known for quickly engaging the audience volunteers who readily and comically respond to his suggestions. In one performance, a young man believes he is giving birth to a baby; a young woman believes she is Miley Cyrus giving a concert; a group of ten students believe they are auditioning for a movie and act as cowboys and vampires; one student believes he is a superhero named Donut Boy, while another is Donut Boy’s arch nemesis: Cholesterol. Paul’s first goal is for his audience to have fun.

It is important to select hypnosis shows carefully. Organizers find it important to hire an experienced hypnotist who is familiar and experienced with collegiate audiences, that they are board certified, and able to relate to the students in conversation, and put on a show with entertaining content. Stage hypnotist references should be impeccable. Also important–Organizers should lock in their dates early with popular acts during the orientation timeframe to be sure they are available.

Paul Ramsay is a board certified hypnotist in private practice, hypnotizes over 1500 people per year, and tours as a stage hypnotist. He is the founder of www.BestHypnosisTraining.com For over 10 years, Paul Ramsay has been entertaining college and high school students as a stage hypnotist. In 2011, Paul introduced his exclusive interactive show called Mind Games. Paul’s video series Hypnotic shows a day in the life of a traveling stage hypnotist. Paul’s private practice is dedicated to helping individuals stop negative habits such as smoking, fingernail biting, and overeating. Ramsay’s private practice also offers customized, individual personal coaching programs to help his clients achieve their goals and maximize their potential.

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SMC Psi Beta chapter earns Chapter Excellence Award for Third Consecutive Year

Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for community and junior colleges, has recognized the Spartanburg Methodist College chapter of Psi Beta with the prestigious Psi Beta Chapter Excellence Award for 2013-14. Few of the nation’s Psi Beta chapters achieve this level of distinction, however, this is the third consecutive year that SMC Psi Beta garnered this prestigious national award.
Psi Beta provides students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and be involved with Psi Beta on the national level. The award challenges chapters to engage in activities reflecting Psi Beta’s four-pronged mission of leadership, scholarship, community service and research.

The SMC Psi Beta chapter, chartered on September 1, 1988, is under the direction of Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, professor of psychology. She is assisted by Pete Aylor, psychology professor and Director of SMC’s Counseling Center and Sue Onken, college counselor. Membership to Psi Beta is by invitation only. To be considered, students must have at least 12 college credits, earn a B or higher in PSYC 101, maintain a 3.25 GPA and be of good moral character. To date, there have been 404 SMC students who have achieved life-time membership to Psi Beta.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, SMC’s Psi Beta seminars boasted attendance of over one hundred students per event. The seminar “O daddy, where are you?” focused on fatherhood and the ills of society. The speaker discussed the importance of a stable home environment led by a father and related this to the social maladies (ex: teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, etc.) in our society. “The Ugly Face of Domestic Violence” seminar was feature in a Spartanburg Herald Journal newspaper article published in the October 18, 2013 edition. A third fall seminar focused on “Suicide: Is it an Option?”

In the spring, Psi Beta presented a seminar on “Human Trafficking & Sex Slavery.” Local WSPA Channel 7 television attended and reported on the seminar during their evening news broadcasts. Other seminars included “Cyberbullying and Sexting;” and on April 10th, 2014 a symposium celebrating SMC students and their outstanding scholarly work in various academic disciplines, “Viva Academia: Let’s Celebrate Academics,” was hosted. Students featured also presented in the Tenth Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium.

Psi Beta conducted a Mobile Mentors Program, where alongside SMC Psychology students, they traveled to area middle schools to talk about college and motivate their younger counterparts to persevere and be ambitious in order to not only reach but ultimately finish college. Psi Beta also presented a well-received, inner-active seminar on bullying to middle school students, presenting not only the facts but also their own personal experiences.

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SMC Class of 2016 Pledges to Uphold Honor

On Sunday morning, August 17th at 1 p.m. Spartanburg Methodist College students gathered together in the Camak Auditorium for a time honored tradition of SMC where the campus pauses to recognize the importance of honor and truthfulness and reflect on what that means to the members of the SMC community. The Rev. Pierre Salmon will be the guest speaker.

A native of Dillon, SC, Salmon is an associate minister at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church and currently serves as Senior Pastor of The New Prospect Baptist Church. He has traveled abroad to places like Brazil, Israel and Jamaica to minister in various capacities and has served as a summer missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention in Southern California. Salmon and his wife, Dineitha, reside in Spartanburg and are the parents of three daughters, Zyon Demierre, Kesiah Kamyl Salmon and Imri Selah Salmon.

Spartanburg Methodist College, as an institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church, strives to maintain an atmosphere of living and learning based on faith and responsibility in a Christian community. The college’s Honor Code governs life on the campus and within the College community. It is a vital element that encourages appropriate behavior and conduct and discourages cheating, plagiarizing, lying and other inappropriate academic behaviors.
Each student publicly signs and pledges to faithfully uphold the principles of the Honor System, cherish and guard its traditions and respect and observe its requirements. According to Ron Laffitte, Dean of Students, “the signed Honor Code will hang in the Burgess Student Center and will signify the student body’s mutual trust and resolve to the principles they have agreed to adhere to for the coming academic year.”