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, www.spartanburgonthegreen.com. 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 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.

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.