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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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.


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. 

Restoration 2014

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

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 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