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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The National Honor Society in Psychology Presents Viva Academia A PSI BETA Seminar

Let Us Celebrate Academics!  Featuring the Scholarly Research of our SMC Students!!!

On the 10th of April in the Gibbs Auditorium PSI BETA presented the following:

● Ryan Almquist:  “Nature, Nurture and Homosexuality”

● Daniel “Bear “ Berends: “Cultural Attachments Styles”

● Alexander Haulbrook:  “Can One Survive Being Pain-Free?”

● Brady Farnsworth: “Peaceful vs. Non-Peaceful Segregation: An Example of the Methods of Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X in the Civil Rights Movement”

● Leah Meahl:  “When Reality is Stranger Than Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird and the Scottsboro Boys”

● Alyssa M. Sherrill: “A Home Away From Home: Assisted Living Facilities” and “She’s Not That Much of a Lady: Women of the 1920s”

 

 

 

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SMC Students celebrate 10th Birthday of Bridges Residence Hall

What does one give a building that has given so much to the campus and students for the past 10 years?

On April 15th at 4pm in the Bridges courtyard, SMC students gathered to celebrate the 10th Birthday of the Bridges Residence Hall.   Festivities included tie-dye shirts, a piñata, food and cake.

Constructed and opened in 2003, Bridges Hall is a three-story, 93-bed, female residence hall offering two, three, and four bedroom suites. This building has laundry facilities and vending machines on each floor, a furnished lobby, and an elevator. Bridges Hall is secured by a card-access system and is equipped with fiber-optic connections as well as wireless connections in each room for computer access to the campus network and Internet.

Remember, a dorm is a place to sleep…a residence hall is a living and learning environment!

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SMC Athletes Partner with Jesse Bobo Elementary

What does a 6’9” 18 year old have in common with a 4’ 6 year old? 

A book. 

Over the past year Spartanburg Methodist College has partnered with its neighbor Jesse Bobo Elementary School 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 met Jesse Bobo students in the library, classrooms, and gym to share their favorite books.  “Our athletes were barely awake when they arrived at Jesse Bobo at 7:00 in the morning; but, as soon as the children arrived our students came alive and enjoyed the morning just as much as the Bobo Bears.  I am proud that these young men and women were willing to get up so early to show our young neighbors how important reading and an education are to success,” stated SMC President, Dr. Colleen P. Keith.  

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Local alumni writer gives back to Spartanburg Methodist College

Nancy Monson came to Spartanburg Junior College in 1959 on a Rotary Club Scholarship and was searching for ways to support another SMC student like herself.  It all came together for her when she decided to write “The Longest Bridge.”

The novel had been in the making for about twenty years, as she moved across South Carolina with her Methodist minister husband, Robert Monson, and taught in the SC public school system.  Once retired, those hundreds of pages came together as an historical fiction about two mill hill boys, Billy Joe and Charlie, who grow up in a mill village in Spartanburg.  Appropriate since SMC was started for mill people and Nancy grew up near a mill and her dad worked at Beaumont Mill. 

Monson, a member at Central United Methodist Church, where none other than former SMC President Charlie Teague is in her Sunday School Class, has already sold many books and the book is available at Hub City Book Store in Spartanburg.  Thanks to book signings and good reviews, Nancy returned to SMC on Thursday, April 3 to present a check for future student scholarships to SMC President Colleen Perry Keith.

Monson left Spartanburg Junior College after one year to marry her husband, who was attending Wofford at the time.  She worked as a bookkeeper at JF Floyd Mortuary while her husband finished Wofford and Duke.  “Spartanburg Junior College made a big impression on me, and there was never a doubt in my mind or my husband’s that I wouldn’t go back to college,” shared Monson. “SMC was my savior, it gave me my start in life and helped make it possible for me to return to colleges and universities across the state and eventually earn my Master’s degree.  Thanks to all those who helped me in 1959.  It feels wonderful to establish this scholarship at SMC today.”  Monson has already started a sequel, for additional information, visit www.millhillboys.com

 

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SMC Professor Dr. Brian Gloor earns United Methodist Award for Exemplary Teaching

Spartanburg Methodist College awarded Dr. Brian Gloor with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Award for Exemplary Teaching on Friday, April 4th.

Gloor was recognized by President Colleen Perry Keith during the April faculty meeting.  Each spring Dr. Ann Bowles, SMC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and the three previous annual award recipients weigh the teaching excellence of all full-time teaching faculty members.  The award includes a monetary prize that allows the recipient to pursue professional development. ”SMC is honored to have such a passionate and gifted instructor as a member of our family.  Dr. Gloor inspires students by making chemistry fun and relevant,” shared Bowles.

Gloor, Professor of Chemistry at SMC since 2012, holds a B.S. from Texas State University, a M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. In 2013, Gloor was the recipient of the SMC James S. Barrett award for unselfish service in campus fundraising efforts.

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Why I chose Spartanburg Methodist College by Kaitlyn Leanne Pless

I was baptized into the Methodist church in October, 1994. This act deems me a lifelong member of the Methodist church and as a child I learned many Christian values and ways of living, yet I never really understood that I was a Methodist. That understanding came with my Confirmation. The Confirmation process was my chance to dive into the mystery of faith located within the Christian religion and Methodist denomination. At the end of this process I was able to make my first lifelong decision and that included whether I was to join my church and profess my faith as a Methodist or to profess myself as something totally different.  Obviously I chose to remain a Methodist and grow in my faith and belief as I grew physically into the woman of faith that I am today.

I graduated Valedictorian of my class and pretty much had the opportunity to go anywhere that I wanted to go – provided the scholarship money was available. Yet, I applied to one school and one school only – Spartanburg Methodist College. This decision first and foremost was based on its affiliation with the Methodist Church and my decision to live a life set aside for the glory of God following His will. I stereotypically placed this college in the category of a typical Christian College, but upon my arrival I realized that SMC is so much more. Here I have found that it is not just a school. SMC is a 103 year old college that has successfully grown in number and in size and definitely flourished without changing the grounds on which it was built or discounting the faith of its founders.

SMC has given me access to knowledge beyond the walls of my home and high school, leading me educationally towards a career and providing a gateway into the knowledge of theology, philosophy, and history of Faith.  SMC gives you access to faculty and staff members that appreciate the same values and are people of faith, as are you. The relationships you build help you to grow and become independent in your faith and belief and help you develop into the person you want to become.

Once you decide to attend an institution of this stature you become set apart in a positive Christ-seeking, self-seeking manner that inevitably changes most lives for the better. If the will to be a dedicated follower and believer of faith exists within your soul then it could only benefit future lives and decisions by attending SMC based on, connected to, and dedicated in expanding that same belief.

(Kaitlyn, a graduate of Calhoun Falls High School, is the daughter of Angela Pless, and has been accepted to the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing for her BSN.  She hopes to specialize in Hospice.)

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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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SMC’s Dr. Colleen Perry Keith to speak at Spartanburg High School’s Academic Excellence Awards Program

Spartanburg High School will hold their 2014 Academic Excellence Awards Program on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Spartanburg High Gym.   Last year one hundred and seventy-seven students in 10th-12th grade were recognized for being National Merit Finalists/Semi-finalists, National Achievement Finalists/Semi-finalists, achieving a Perfect

SAT/PSAT Score, Straight A’s, 4.12+ and 4.50+ GPR, and for their selection to the Governor’s School (Academics).

The SHS Academic Awards Program, established in 1990, honors students who have excelled in a variety of academic pursuits and in addition to recognition, the event allows students to have an opportunity to hear distinguished speakers who have excelled in their careers.  Prior speakers have included such personalities as Bruce Littlejohn, Chief Justice (Retired) South Carolina Supreme Court; Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education, Jean Toal, Associate Justice SC Supreme Court, George Dean Johnson, Jr., the Honorable Trey Gowdy, US House of Representatives, as well as many other community and state leaders.

The 2014 address will be provided by Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, who has served as President of Spartanburg Methodist College since July, 2009.  Her talk will challenge those in attendance to pay attention to the historical time they are in, and bring their talents to bear to offer solutions to issues as each chooses what career path they want to follow.

A native of northern New York, Keith has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, in capacities including student service roles, program development, teaching, fund raising, and administration. Dr. Keith earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from State University of New York, University Center at Binghamton.

Under Dr. Keith’s leadership, SMC successfully completed a $15 million capital campaign ahead of schedule; built an $11 million academic building; launched two new academic degree programs; implemented new bridge programs and articulation agreement with senior institutions; led efforts resulting in a 249% increase in annual donor gifts and pledges; energized marketing efforts resulting in the doubling of annual prospective student inquiries from 3,000 to nearly 6,000; and received national recognition for SMC service initiatives involving faculty, staff and students.  

Keith, an active presenter and panelist, is the current President of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, and a current member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, College and University Personnel Association, and the Association of Governing Boards.  She serves on the Advisory Board, South Carolina Women in Higher Education (partner organization of The American Council of Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education); is the 2013-14 Secretary of the South Carolina Higher Education

Tuition Grants Commission; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, in addition to serving on their President’s Council and Finance Committee.

She currently is a member of the Diversity Leaders Initiative Advisory Committee for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine;  Board of Directors, Mary Black Foundation; Board of Directors, Greer Educational Foundation; Board of Directors, Hospice Division, Spartanburg Regional Hospital Foundation; Board of Directors, The Arts Partnership, Spartanburg, SC, serving on both the Financial Policies and Governance Committees; Board of Directors, College Town Inc., Spartanburg, SC; Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity; and is a member and lector of The Roman Catholic Church of Jesus Our Risen Savior.

In January, Dr. Keith began a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors, for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves on the Public Affairs Committee and Workforce Education Committee.

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Spartanburg Methodist College announces Pioneer Peers for 2014-2015

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Pioneer Peers.  The following rising sophomore will serve as representatives for SMC, embodying the ideals and mission of the college in behavior and spirit:

Amanda Rainboth, daughter of Bryan and Maria Rainboth of Bluffton, SC and a graduate of Bluffton High School; 

Ashley Rogers, daughter of David and Kelly Rogers of Easley, SC and a graduate of Wren High School;

Brianna Wright, of Columbia, SC and a graduate of Dreher High School;

Brittany Moore, daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore of Union, SC and a graduate of Union County High School

Brooklyn Brockelbank, daughter of Anthony and Pamela Melton of Spartanburg, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School;

CarleyParris, daughter of Larry and Amanda Parris of Inman, SC and a graduate of Boiling Springs High School; 

Courtney Tutterow, daughter of Mike and Michelle Tutterow of Boiling Springs, SC and a graduate of Boiling Springs High School; 

Deja Smith, daughter of Darren Hannah and Delores Smith of Columbia, SC and a graduate of CA Johnson High School;

Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Keith Hill and Christy Sharp of Duncan, SC and a graduate of James F Byrnes High School;

Guillermo Arce-Ruiz, daughter of Marcelo Alvarado and Estela Ruiz of Beaufort, SC and a graduate of Beaufort High School;

Jesse Herrera, son of Oscar and Amy Herrera of Myrtle Beach, SC and a graduate of Carolina Forest High School;

Joshleen Restrepo, daughter of Eisleen Restrepo of Wellford, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School;

Kristen Clark, daughter of Eric and Pamela Clark of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of Northwestern High School;

Michael Campbell, son of Michael Campbell and Vanessa Grice of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of South Pointe High School;

Monica Cleland, daughter of Marshall and Barbara Cleland of Greenville, SC and a graduate of Mauldin High School;

Shakira Jackson, daughter of Diane Jackson of Inman, SC and a graduate of Chapman High School;

Thomas Sparks, son of John and Serena Sparks of Landrum, SC and a graduate of Landrum High School;

Tieriney Williams, daughter of Hubert and Chandra Williams of Columbia, SC and a graduate of Richland Northeast High School;

Tori Allen, daughter of Treina Patterson of Inman, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School; and 

Willie Wesley, son of Willie and Carolyn Wesley of Varnville, SC and a graduate of Wade Hampton High School.

Pioneer Peers function as peer leaders for new students through SMC’s Summer Orientation program, Pioneer Power Up, and in each section of SMC 101, and the Freshmen Year Experience class.   Pioneer Peers are required to have 2.5 GPA, attend scheduled training meetings, and must be involved in at least one club, organization, or campus activity. The benefits of being a Pioneer Peer include a $1200 Scholarship, an opportunity to help shape the experiences of new students, experience in leadership and group facilitation, and the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting people on campus. 

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SMC hosting The Restoration on Thursday, April 3rd

Spartanburg Methodist College and their Pioneering Learning Community is pleased to host and present The Restoration at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd in Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall, both of which are handicapped accessible. This performance by Jasper Magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

The Restoration’s members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carolina. Their debut concept album, Constance, has been taught in university literature and history courses and was featured on PasteMagazine.com.

Formed in 2007, the band have used their varied backgrounds as a lens for exploring the music and culture of their native soil, channeling storytelling and regional history through instrumentation associated with traditional and post-rock America alike. At the core of this exploration is a desire to preserve and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the South while taking responsibility to acknowledge the problematic history that created it.

The Restoration’s debut, Constance, explores racial identity and the terrifying widespread acceptance of mob violence in early 20th century Lexington, SC. Their follow up, Honor the Father, returns to Lexington in the 1950s for a semi-allegorical tale of religious radicalism and abusive Bible-inspired patriarchy. The band’s two upcoming releases will focus on a 19th-century minister’s struggle with the Biblical defense of slavery, and the subjugation of the LGBT community still happening today.

Since its release in 2010, The Restoration’s Constance has been embraced by several South Carolina educators. The album has been taught in literature courses at Francis Marion University and is a recurring part of the literature and history curriculum at Spartanburg Methodist College.

“I first heard of The Restoration while flipping through Columbia Free Times. I thought the album, music, and band sounded interesting, but it was some time before I experienced the band first hand. I was blown away by the performance, so I bought Constance as soon as it was available.

The compendium sold me on the talent of the band,” shared Dr. Jonathan Sedberry, Ph.D., Spartanburg Methodist College.  “I immediately thought of adding The Restoration to our curriculum because in addition to the talent of the band, I thought the study of the album and a performance could extend the purpose of the Learning Community. Furthermore, the Faulknerian nature of the project and the complexity of the lyrics (in and of themselves as well as juxtaposed to the music) fit the curriculum while adding nuance. Moreover, music often draws in students who resist fiction and poetry. I think Constance is remarkable, and though not equal to the work of Whitman or Frost, possesses the complexity and cultural force to be studied alongside such giants of American literature.”

Musically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overlapping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.

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Spartanburg Methodist College announces Pioneer Peers for 2014-2015

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Pioneer Peers.  The following rising sophomore will serve as representatives for SMC, embodying the ideals and mission of the college in behavior and spirit:

Amanda Rainboth, daughter of Bryan and Maria Rainboth of Bluffton, SC and a graduate of Bluffton High School;

Ashley Rogers, daughter of David and Kelly Rogers of Easley, SC and a graduate of Wren High School;

Brianna Wright, of Columbia, SC and a graduate of Dreher High School;

Brittany Moore, daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore of Union, SC and a graduate of Union County High School

Brooklyn Brockelbank, daughter of Anthony and Pamela Melton of Spartanburg, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School;

CarleyParris, daughter of Larry and Amanda Parris of Inman, SC and a graduate of Boiling Springs High School;

Courtney Tutterow, daughter of Mike and Michelle Tutterow of Boiling Springs, SC and a graduate of Boiling Springs High School;

Deja Smith, daughter of Darren Hannah and Delores Smith of Columbia, SC and a graduate of CA Johnson High School;

Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Keith Hill and Christy Sharp of Duncan, SC and a graduate of James F Byrnes High School;

Guillermo Arce-Ruiz, daughter of Marcelo Alvarado and Estela Ruiz of Beaufort, SC and a graduate of Beaufort High School;

Jesse Herrera, son of Oscar and Amy Herrera of Myrtle Beach, SC and a graduate of Carolina Forest High School;

Joshleen Restrepo, daughter of Eisleen Restrepo of Wellford, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School;

Kristen Clark, daughter of Eric and Pamela Clark of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of Northwestern High School;

Michael Campbell, son of Michael Campbell and Vanessa Grice of Rock Hill, SC and a graduate of South Pointe High School;

Monica Cleland, daughter of Marshall and Barbara Cleland of Greenville, SC and a graduate of Mauldin High School;

Shakira Jackson, daughter of Diane Jackson of Inman, SC and a graduate of Chapman High School;

Thomas Sparks, son of John and Serena Sparks of Landrum, SC and a graduate of Landrum High School;

Tieriney Williams, daughter of Hubert and Chandra Williams of Columbia, SC and a graduate of Richland Northeast High School;

Tori Allen, daughter of Treina Patterson of Inman, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School; and

Willie Wesley, son of Willie and Carolyn Wesley of Varnville, SC and a graduate of Wade Hampton High School.

Pioneer Peers function as peer leaders for new students through SMC’s Summer Orientation program, Pioneer Power Up, and in each section of SMC 101, and the Freshmen Year Experience class.   Pioneer Peers are required to have 2.5 GPA, attend scheduled training meetings, and must be involved in at least one club, organization, or campus activity. The benefits of being a Pioneer Peer include a $1200 Scholarship, an opportunity to help shape the experiences of new students, experience in leadership and group facilitation, and the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting people on campus.

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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 http://www.smcsc.edu/summer-session-info/

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SMC PSI BETA Seminar to focus on Human Trafficking & Sex Slavery 2014

PSI BETA, the Honor Society in Psychology of Spartanburg Methodist College, will host Patricia S. Ravenhorst, Director and immigration attorney of the South Carolina Immigrant Victim Network, a program of the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN), on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the SMC Davis Mission Chapel to discuss Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery and it is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money.

The terms human trafficking and sex slavery usually conjure up images of young girls beaten and abused in faraway places, like Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa.   Actually, human sex trafficking and sex slavery happen locally in cities and towns, both large and small, throughout the United States, right in citizens’ backyards. The US not only faces an influx of international victims but also has its own homegrown problem of interstate sex trafficking of minors.

Today, the business of human sex trafficking is organized and violent. These abusive methods of control impact the victims both physically and mentally. Similar to cases involving Stockholm Syndrome, these victims, who have been abused over an extended period of time, begin to feel an attachment to the perpetrator. This paradoxical psychological phenomenon makes it difficult for law enforcement to breach the bond of control, albeit abusive, the trafficker holds over the victim.

Ravenhorst has served as the director of the Immigrant Victim Program since 2009 where she works directly with human trafficking (HT) victims in South Carolina. She also regularly trains advocates and law enforcement on HT where she currently serves on the SC HT Taskforce.  Her work with the Immigrant Victim Network is dedicated to ensuring meaningful access to justice for immigrant victims of crime throughout South Carolina.  She demonstrates her passion for the needs of immigrant victims of crime by frequently speaking to immigrant groups, victim service providers, judges and law enforcement officials regarding the rights of immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Prior to joining SCVAN, Ravenhorst practiced law in the areas of immigration, employment and general litigation with Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham in Greenville, South Carolina. Her work experience also includes an internship with the South African Secretariat for Safety and Security in Pretoria, South Africa, where she worked collaboratively with the South African Police Service and the Security Officer’s Board to propose revisions to South Africa’s laws and regulations governing South Africa’s private security industry.  She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in International Affairs emphasizing Latin American studies.  She then graduated from Duke University with both her law degree and master’s degree in political science with a certification in Latin American studies.  Ms. Ravenhorst is licensed to practice before both federal and state courts in South Carolina and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the SC Access to Justice Commission’s Language Access Committee.

In honor of her work with immigrant victims and her advocacy for immigrant rights,  Ravenhorst was honored to receive the Greenville County Guardian ad Litem Program’s “Ethel M. Piper Angel Award”; to be named as one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest Under 35” by the Greenville Magazine and as one of Greenville’s “Most Beautiful Women” by Greenville’s TALK Magazine; to receive the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Award for International Diversity and the SC Lawyer’s Weekly Leadership in Law Award; and to be a member of the 2012 class of the Liberty Fellowship.  She is currently the President of the FSU Flying High Circus Alumni Association and is a former Board member of the Center for Developmental Services, Safe Harbor, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Development Board, Greenville Sister Cities International and Greenville’s Alianza Hispana (formerly the Alliance for Collaboration with the Hispanic Community).

Ravenhorst graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs emphasizing Latin American Studies in 1997. In 2000, she proceeded to Duke University and finished with honors both Law and Master’s Degree in Political Science with a certification in Latin American Studies.

 

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Spartanburg Methodist College to present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the SMC Players will present The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most well-known and successful play, Thursday March 27, Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall, both of which are handicapped accessible. The public is invited and general admission tickets are $5, area students tickets are $3, and all SMC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge.

The play, which has rarely fallen out of popularity since its first production in London in 1895, is a comedy that draws a parody of Victorian-era morality and its endless concern with status and respectability.  The plot is a complicated stew of false identities, misunderstandings, and marriage which turns the bromides of upper-class British society on its head.  In Earnest, Wilde revived the brittle wordplay of the comedy of manners, a form long abandoned on the British stage, and combined it with more the familiar elements of melodrama.

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Dr. Les Buhite. Director of the SMC Drama Program and Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking.  Dr. Buhite holds a BS in Communications Arts/Theater from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and a MA in Theater from University of Akron; and a Ph.D in Theater from Florida State University. Scenic and lighting design is a collaborative effort with SMC’s Drama Workshop class. The cast is composed of:

Carl Gibson, who is portraying Algernon Moncrief.  Gibson is a regular performer at SMC as both a musician and an actor. He has previously appeared in The Apple Tree, Antigone, and Mr. Scrooge. Hailing from Inman, SC, he is the son of Gary and Robin Gibson and a graduate of Dependent Christian School;

William Chandler Goodrich, who is portraying Ernest John Worthing. Another regular on the SMC stage, Goodrich has previously appeared in An Unexpected Murder, The Apple Tree, and Harvey.  A Film (Cinematography) Major from Greer, SC, he is the son of Debra and William Goodrich and a graduate of Greer Middle College Charter High School;

Leah Meahl, who will be portraying Lady Bracknell, brings an impressive resume to the SMC stage. She is a sophomore from Greenville, and most recently appeared as a narrator in Antigone and Passionella in The Apple Tree. A Wade Hampton High School graduate, she is the daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, SC and is majoring in English;

Torey Brown, who has the role of Miss Gwendolyn Fairfax.  An Arts major from York, SC, she most recently appeared in the SMC production of Antigone, as well as in The Apple Tree, Mr. Scrooge, and Harvey. Brown is the daughter of Garland and Robin Brown of York, SC and a graduate of York Comprehensive High School;

Shakira Jackson, who will be portraying Miss Cecily Cardew.  An Inman SC native, she appeared in a number of plays in her church and high school, as well as in the SMC production of Antigone. The freshman Fine Arts major is graduate of Chapman High School and the daughter of Joey and Diane Jackson;

Adell Gordon, who has the role of the Rev. Dr. Frederick Chasuble, is a freshman Fine Arts major from Greenville, SC. He is a member of the Army Reserves and the Gospel Choir, appeared in the SMC production of Antigone, is the son of Shirley and Enrique Gordon and graduated from Berea High School;  

Patrice Haynes, who will be portraying Miss Laetitia Prism. Haynes attended Ridge View High School in Columbia, SC. She is the daughter of Angela and Floyd Haynes and a graduate of Ridge View High School.  Haynes is a Performing Arts major and this is her first appearance on the SMC stage;  

Davis Phillips will be portraying Lane and Merriman:  “The Butlers.” Phillips is a Communications Major from Inman SC.  Prior appearances at SMC include The Apple Tree and Antigone.  He is a graduate of Spartanburg Christian Academy and the son of William and Melinda Phillips; and

Hannah Faires, who is serving yet another time as Production Stage Manager. She is an Early Childhood Education major from Mauldin, SC. The Mauldin High School graduate is the daughter of Ned and Terri Faires.