SMC provides a wide range of activities that are fun and encourage students to meet one another. Student activities are planned and organized by POPS (People Organizing Programs Successfully). POPS is a great leadership opportunity that allows students to take part in programming and planning campus activities and social events.
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Some of our annual events include the:
Freshmen Day of Service
SMC Idol Competition
Homecoming / Family Day
Another recent event which the SMC Student Activities office coordinated along with faculty, staff and student leaders from across campus is The Jeremy Vangsnes 5K Benefit Run.
For more information on any of these programs, contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Developmen,t Room 202 of the Burgess Student Center; phone (864) 587-4006.

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College Town partners with Live on the Green to sponsor QUINN SULLIVAN and BRUCE HORNSBY

College Town announced today that it has partnered with Live On the Green LLC to present the inaugural Live on the Green concert, featuring Bruce Hornsby and Quinn Sullivan, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg.
College Town Live on the Green Poster

“College Town’s participation in this upcoming concert provides a terrific cultural opportunity for all of our faculty, staff and students and helps to energizes downtown Spartanburg. We are so proud of the growing vitality of the Spartanburg community,” shared Betsy Fleming, Converse College President, and current chair of College Town, a consortium of the seven colleges in Spartanburg (Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wofford College).

15-year-old blues guitarist, Quinn Sullivan, will open for legendary performer Bruce Hornsby, who will perform solo on the piano. Sullivan is quickly gaining quite a reputation among today’s most respected guitar players and musical artists. He has been touring the world with his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, promoting his latest CD, “Getting There,” produced in Nashville with multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge. Since the age of seven, Quinn has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King, and Buddy Guy at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. “Quinn is undoubtedly one of the best blues guitarists of any age on the planet. His talent and repertoire will be the perfect complement to Bruce Hornsby’s performance,” stated Ben Graves, member of the Live on the Green executive committee.“

Tickets for Live on the Green are available for $10 to all faculty, staff and students with presentation of a valid College ID. General Admission is $20 ($27 at gate, day of event). Gold Circle Level seating is $35 with limited availability. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through the event website, Rain location will be the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

Live on the Green was created by a group of young, business-minded individuals with a vision for Spartanburg as a more viable location for live music events. The organization chose Barnet Park as the event location in order to utilize the prominent Spartanburg space for its intended purpose. The event is being supported by sponsors throughout the community, including the City of Spartanburg. All funds are held and directed by the Spartanburg County Foundation. The event will be produced by Seven Hills Presents, a Virginia-based event production company.

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 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.

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 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!

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!)


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SMC Evening Paralegal Certificate Program offering Financial Document and Accounting Course for Legal Professionals

All persons involved in law or business are acutely aware of the necessity of having a decent working knowledge of accounting and financial documents.  However, the only people who typically have such backgrounds are those persons who have specifically studied accounting and finance; the legal professional is at a disadvantage in most areas of practice without some knowledge of accounting.

Spartanburg Methodist College is currently registering students for its Evening Paralegal Certificate Program’s Spring II term and will be offering a course designed to bridge the gap between law and business by providing legal professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to represent clients effectively in a business environment. 

Financial Documents and Accounting for Legal Professionals will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, beginning May 15 and concluding on Thursday, June 26. According to Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, “this course was developed for not only our paralegal students, but also law students and practicing legal professionals in the community.  It is geared to the interpretation and use of numbers, NOT on the preparation of such numbers.  Our goal is to provide a simple to comprehend guide to the world of finance and accounting.”  Shane Williams, Senior Buyer at Robert Bosch Corporation in Anderson, will serve as instructor. The general public can audit this seven week course for $175.

The seven-week term will kick off on Tuesday, May 13 with an introduction to the legal system and the paralegal profession course.  Introduction to Paralegal Studies, taught by Amy Thyen, a 2008 graduate of the SMC Paralegal Program, provides an overview of the nature of various law specialties. The course covers legal terminology, teaches the responsibilities of paralegals in the law office and outlines legal ethics for the attorney and paralegal.  Thyen has worked as a paralegal for the Smith & Haskell Law Firm since July of 2007, when she was a student in the SMC program.

For more information on the 14-course SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, which operates year round, visit or contact Harper at (864) 266-7409 or


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SMC Volleyball Coach Megan Aiello headed to Honolulu, Hawaii

Spartanburg Methodist College Volleyball Coach Megan Aiello has been selected to represent SMC at the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Aiello will coach an elite team of high school student-athletes from North and South Carolina during the June 17-24showcase.

Aiello returned in 2013 as Head Volleyball Coach at Spartanburg Methodist College after six years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Aiello has an overall record of 147-125 in nine seasons.

Aiello led the Pioneers to a 57-24 overall record and a 41-11 record in Region X play. She directed the 2003 Pioneer club to a 23-5 record, a regular season Region X Championship and was awarded the Region X Coach of the Year for her efforts.

While at Huntingdon College, Aiello compiled a record six year record of 90-101; helped lead the program to a 2010 regular season Great South Athletic Conference Championship and was awarded the Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Aiello also served as the Associate Athletic Director, Director of Compliance, and the Senior Women’s Administrator.

Aiello coached 15 All Conference Selections, 6 All Freshmen, 36 All-Academic selections and the 2007 Libero of the Year.

As head volleyball coach for SMC, Aiello directs all aspects of the competitive NJCAA Division I women’s volleyball program.  In addition, she has served as Region X Volleyball Chair, NJCAA Region X Women’s Director, an adjunct professor in SMC’s health and physical education department.

Aiello, who holds a bachelor of science from Anderson College (SC) in Physical Education and a Masters of Arts in Education from Bluffton College (OH), is active in the SC Midlands Volleyball, Columbia; Club South Volleyball        , Spartanburg and is a member of the NACWAA         and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.



SMC initiates Essay Contest for Jesse Bobo Elementary School

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the first through third place winners of their Jesse Bobo Elementary School Essay Writing contest.

SMC has partnered with Jesse Bobo for the past few years in various capacities. This year, the partnership expanded to include an essay contest for Jesse Bobo’s 3rd through 5th grade students.  Winners were chosen based on the 2013-2014 PASS writing rubric.  The essays were anonymously judged by college faculty and the top three winners were recognized at SMC’s annual Awards Program on Thursday, April 24th.

Earning first place recognition was Madisyn Cobb; second place went to Yamaris Baldwin; and third place award went to Kriti Baral.  “SMC is proud to support Jesse Bobo Elementary School as they prepare their students to be life-long learners, and successful and productive members of society.  Our shared vision is that all the Bobo Bears will attend college or a skills program to provide them with the necessary skills for real life,” shared Dr. Ann Bowles, VP for Academic Affairs at SMC.

SMC also honored three Jesse Bobo students during the college’s Fine Arts Night on Tuesday, April 22. Madisyn Cobb was recognized for her first place charcoal drawing; Tamia Wilkes was recognized for her second place tempera paint and oil pastel self-portrait; and Lily Sims was recognized for a third place mixed media collage based on the artwork of Jonathan Green, an artist from the South Carolina low country who painted scenes from the Gullah culture.

SMC’s Kappa Sigma Alpha honor society has an ongoing relationship with JB’s students and SMC has partnered with JB to bring an early morning reading program to students who arrive for early breakfast.  Five SMC athletic teams (Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Wrestling) along with members of the SMC faculty and staff meet JB students in the library, classrooms and gym to share their favorite books.  “I am very proud of our young men and women for showing firsthand how important reading and an education are to success in life,” stated SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith.

Sen. Lindsey Graham

US Senator Lindsey Graham to address Graduating Class of SMC

The graduation commencement ceremony for the 2014 class of Spartanburg Methodist College will be held on Friday, May 9th at 10 a.m. in the Jesse L. Bridges Arena located on the SMC campus. This year’s commencement speaker will be United States Senator Lindsey Graham.

“In the United States Senate, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has earned a reputation as a leader willing to tackle the toughest issues facing our nation,” stated SMC President Colleen Perry Keith. “His service to his country, through elected or military channels, has been exemplary. His commitment to service beyond self is something that we want our students to emulate as they pursue their next level of education and enter the workplace.”

Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense and considered a loyal friend to our men and women serving in uniform. A frequent visitor to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq for on-the-ground assessments, Graham has consistently pushed for outcomes in the War on Terror which defend our own long-term national security interests.

Closer to home, Graham has been a leader in balancing the federal budget and reforming entitlements to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. For his work, a prominent national conservative organization labeled him a ‘Taxpayer Hero’ who puts, “the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers.”
Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008, garnering over one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history.

In the Senate, he serves on the chamber’s most important committees: Appropriations, which oversees the expenditure of every dollar from the Federal Treasury; Armed Services, which is responsible for all areas of our national defense; Budget, which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending, and Judiciary, which has a broad mandate covering multiple issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law.

Graham was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the first Republican from
the Third Congressional District of South Carolina since 1877. Prior to his service in the House,
Graham compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force as he logged six-and-ahalf
years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned
overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.  Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90’s, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region. Graham continues to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is one of only two U.S. Senators currently serving in the Guard or Reserves. He is a colonel and is assigned as a Senior Instructor at the Air Force JAG School. A native South Carolinian, Graham grew up in Central, graduated from D.W. Daniel High School near Clemson, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Seneca and is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

An estimated 200 sophomore students are expected to be awarded degrees. Mr. Alex Haulbrook,
son of Kelly Stubblefield and Nathan Haulbrook of Lexington, SC and a graduate of Lexington
High School, will be the recipient of the Yandle Student Leader Award at graduation, which
accompanies the honor of being the student commencement speaker. Music will be provided by
the SMC Troubadours under the direction of Dr. Lanny Lanford, Composer and Professor of

Based on the limited capacity of the Bridges Arena, this year’s commencement will be a “ticketed
event” and guests will not be permitted without a ticket. For the first time ever, the 2014 SMC
ceremony will be streamed live at for those unable to attend graduation in person.

Lori and Colleen

SMC Professor Lori Merck recognized with Huff Faculty Award

Spartanburg Methodist College Professor of Spanish, Lori Merck, was recognized on Friday, April 4th with the Archie Vernon and Margaret Wannamaker Huff Faculty Award.

Dr. A. V. Huff, Jr., a former SMC Board member and a retired Chairperson of the Department of History at Furman, along with his wife, Kate, established this award fund in 1970 in memory of his parents, Archie Vernon and Margaret Wannamaker Huff.

Dr. Huff grew up just blocks away from the state Capitol and Woodrow Wilson’s childhood home. He would often see former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes walking the streets. And once he got a close up view of Franklin Roosevelt.  As a child Huff delighted in hearing the stories that Civil War veterans told of their exploits in battle. His grandfather fought in the Civil War, and his father owned a cotton farm.

Huff attended Wofford College, then earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke University and was a Fulbright Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  A United Methodist minister and a 35-year member of the Furman University, serving on the faculty beginning in 1968 and as VP for Academic Affairs and Dean from 1995 until his retirement in 2003, Huff’s childhood South Carolina was a sleepy state, a land of small farms and towns and burgeoning textile mills. He lived through the industrialization and “smokestack chasing” of the ’40s and ’50s, the civil rights struggles of the ’60s, desegregation in the ’70s, the demise of the textile industry in the ’80s and the suburban growth of the ’90s.

A specialist on the American South and South Carolina, he has written and edited a number of books, including The History of South Carolina in the Building of a Nation, Langdon Cheves of South Carolina and Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont, a work that took him 10 years to research and write.

Proceeds from the Huff endowed fund are awarded annually to an instructor exemplifying outstanding professional qualifications and teaching ability.  Merck was recognized by her peers during the April faculty meeting for her demonstrated professional competence and service to the college.  The award’s monetary prize allows the recipient to further her study, travel to broaden her professional or cultural perspective or help defray publication expenses for scholarly work.

In addition to teaching, Merck heads up the SMC Hispanic Student Association and is the Director of the SMC Interdisciplinary Committee that is charged with bringing cultural events to the college.  “Lori Merck is a dedicated member of our faculty. Her contributions in and out of the classroom are significant and impact, not only our college, but also our community. This award recognizes her exceptional commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to help students succeed,” stated Spartanburg Methodist College President, Dr. Colleen Keith.

Merck earned her undergraduate degree from Converse College and her master’s degree from Furman University.  Merck, a Moore, SC resident has taught at SMC since 2008, is married to Blandin Merck and they have three children.

Kappa Sigma Alpha Service Fraternity announces leadership team for 2014-2015

The Kappa Sigma Alpha Service Fraternity is pleased to announce the leadership team for next year’s Board of Directors.  The following students have completed the application and interview process, and have demonstrated a passion for community service!

President — Matt Bishop, son of David and Teresa Bishop of Spartanburg (Dorman High School)

Vice President — Kendall Witt, son of Kimberly and Kenneth Witt of Mauldin (Mauldin High School)

Secretary — Glory Pi, daughter of Gina Bonilla and Johnny Pi Pascual of Simpsonville (Mauldin High School)

Chaplain — Pierce Cannon, son of Princess and Franklin Cannon of Landrum (Landrum High School)

Members-at-large include Anah Bagwell, daughter of Barbara and Steven Bagwell of Mayo (Boiling Springs High School); Andrew Coggins, son of Jan and Steven Coggins of Inman (Chapman High School); Sakeenah Fowler of Inman (Chapman High School); Emily Plemmons, daughter of Vicki and Thomas Plemmons of Inman (Boiling Springs High School); and Victor Ramirez of North Charleston (RB Stall High School).

KSA Advisors for 2014-15 include:

Pete Aylor — Director of the Counseling and Career Center

Dr. Cole Cheek — Professor of History and Anthropology

Candice “Chappy” Sloan — SMC Chaplain

Sue Onken – Career and Personal Counselor

Betsy Steel-Walton — Academic Computer Lab Assistant 

KSA provides the opportunity to learn leadership and life skills through service to others!

Our Mission:  ΚΣΑ is a co-ed service fraternity with membership open to all SMC students.

Members participate in service activities that impact individuals on the SMC campus, the greater Spartanburg area, and even internationally!

Service projects have included:

  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Lions Club Fair Booth
  • Miracle Hill Rescue Mission
  • Hope Center for Children
  • Windsor House Assisted Living Facility
  • S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Operation Christmas Child program
  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • Salvation Army

Any student can participate in our service projects, but paid members have the additional privilege of:

  • Receiving an official ΚΣΑ t-shirt and decal
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Facebook group page membership 

Please call or visit the Counseling and Career Center for a membership application or more details @ 864-587-4264