PSI BETA “Bullying and Its Effects” and “College Life” Presentation

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1 p.m., PSI BETA, the Honor Society in Psychology, had the special privilege and honor to visit with students from Carver Middle School. After touring SMC’s beautiful grounds and having had the rare chance of dining in the cafeteria with SMC students, the Carver 6th, 7th and 8th graders were treated to two (2) seminars presented by the PSI BETA Honor Society, “Bullying and Its Effects” and “College Life”. Led by Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, advisor, and the officers, PSI BETA talked about the definition and the three (3) types of bullying – verbal, social, and physical. They also talked about various statistical records and the effects of bullying. The experience was made more personal and relevant when each of the PSI BETA officers, together with a number of PSYC 101 students, shared their personal experiences on bullying. The closing seminar was on College Life. All of the college students present shared with their younger counterparts a simple yet essential message: in order to get to college, one must be focused and ambitious. Persistence, sacrifice, high motivation, choosing friends wisely and putting academics first, were also a few of the nuggets of wisdom that PSI BETA and the PSYC 101 students shared with the middle school students of Carver. It was a beautiful and a meaningful experience to all who attended.

SMC students featured in the photo include: Daniel “Bear” Berends (on the floor); from left (L) to right (R) are Kaitlyn Pless (Sec, PSI BETA), Leah Meahl, Matt Bishop, Dr Mary Jane Farmer (advisor, PSI BETA), Alexis Landrum, Jason Smith, Alex Wooden, Myia McClurkin, Alex Blanding, Ryan Gruver, Tierra Izzard (VP, PSI BETA), and Stevonna Jeter (President, PSI BETA). Not in picture, Grace Kopacz and Amichia Corcher.

Champ Squires

SMC announces Champ Squires Endowed Scholarship

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship to honor Champ Squires, a 2013 graduate of SMC.

The Champ Squires Endowed Scholarship was established by the estate of Betty Stewart Parnell in memory of her sister, Margie Stewart Treadway.  Treadway was a graduate of the class of 1943 and a former member of the SMC Board of Trustees.  Awards will be made annually, in honor of Squires, to students who demonstrate academic promise and determination and who are physically impaired.

The Champ Squires Endowed Scholarship name was selected by the executors of the Parnell estate because “Champ Squires exemplifies everything the scholarship is intended to reward – his abilities, stamina, and courage overcame his physical shortcomings,” an estate spokesperson shared. “SMC’s administration and student body treated Squires wonderfully as a student and Squires speaks and sings to glorify the Lord.”

“I met with Champ and his mother on their very first visit to SMC. I had no idea that day how much he would impact my life and heart. Champ stood out from day one, not because of his disability, but because of his ability to show love and compassion in all that he did,” shared Kelly Tillinghast, SMC Admissions Counselor. “In his short time here, I believe Champ represented everything that SMC is about. He was a friend to all, an outstanding student and a natural born leader. Champ was known to stretch himself thin, but only because he wanted to be as involved as possible.”

Squires currently attends Southern Wesleyan University and plans to go into full-time ministry in family counseling  Squires is a member of Lewis Chapel UMC in Sumter. While at SMC, Squires was an active member in Chapel, an Ambassador for the Office of Admissions and was a member of the Troubadours, an auditioned choral ensemble, which performed challenging repertoire at local churches and various venues throughout South Carolina.

A committee appointed by SMC will select a qualified recipient or recipients each year and the award is renewable for a second year, upon achievement of academic success in the first year.

According to Don Tate, Director of Development for SMC, the Champ Squires Endowed Scholarship fund is open to receive additional contributions from other individuals or churches in the community to assist in the perpetuation of this award. “The benefits of such an award to qualifying students is life-changing – not only for the individual recipient but for those of us fortunate to be blessed by their gifts and talents,” Tate added.  Contributions to this fund should be made payable to SMC for: Champ Squires Fund and mailed to:  Office of Institutional Advancement, Spartanburg Methodist College, 1000 Powell Mill Rd, Spartanburg, SC  29301.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Wrestling Team Earns National Rankings

Spartanburg Methodist College learned today that two of their 2013-2014 Wrestling Team members are ranked in the top 10 for the Nation.  The SMC Pioneer Wrestling team, who went 7-3 overall this season, was also ranked 16th in the country.

According to the NJCAA and Intermat, SMC Freshman DeAndre Johnson, son of Angel Johnson, from Beaufort, is ranked 4th in the Nation.  Johnson is a graduate of Battery Creek High School.  Fellow team mate, also a freshman, Ian Clevenger, son of Mike and Brenda  Clevenger of Inman, SC, and a Boiling Springs High School graduate, is ranked 7th in the Nation

The SMC Wrestling Team is under the direction of Rob Sater, who is in his third season at the helm of the SMC Pioneer Wrestling program. Sater helped lead the Pioneers to their first ever winning season in 2012-2013. During his tenure at SMC, Sater has coached eleven national qualifiers and one All-American wrestler.

“I am extremely proud of how our young team has come together and pushed through adversity all season to produce the best dual meet record in school history. Ian and DeAndre are two young men that truly deserve the honor of being ranked nationally. They are hard workers on the mat and in the classroom, and exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete at Spartanburg Methodist College,” shared Coach Sater. “We have a few other individuals that are on track to finish high on the podium at nationals as well. I’m excited to be a part of such a special group of wrestlers and coaches. The sky is the limit for these guys if they wrestle up to their potential over the next three weeks.”

Sater originally served as Head Coach of the Boiling Springs High School Wrestling Team for the three seasons. Sater was the 2009 Spartanburg Herald Journal Coach of the Year, 2010 and 2011 BSH won the County Wrestling Tournament Championship (2010 was the first in school history). Sater (66-13 dual meet record) had 37 Upper-State qualifiers during his three years as head coach at BSHS. He coached five of the schools seven South Carolina All-State Wrestlers. He also had five freestyle/Greco national qualifiers.

Sater attended Division 1 Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio for two years before transferring to and graduating with a BA in English from Limestone for his final two years. He wrestled at Limestone and was team captain for each year voted on by his teammates. Sater teaches English at BSHS.

Sater is assisted by his father, Bob Sater, who wrestled for Thiel College in Greenville, Pa where he was a Division III national qualifier in 1972.  The senior Sater returned to Madison HS in Madison Ohio to serve as an assistant coach for the first 14 years of his coaching career. He moved on to Perry HS to serve as their Head Wrestling Coach for the next 16 years. While serving in this position he was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2000. He was named the Ohio Wrestling Division III State Coach of the Year for the 2002 Wrestling Season.  He went on to serve as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Cleveland State University (NCAA Division I) located in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Limestone College (NCAA Division II).

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Christian Rapper Humble Tip coming to SMC on Tuesday, February 11th

Righteous rhymes will ring out at Spartanburg Methodist College on Tuesday, February 11th  as they host a Christian Rap Concert featuring Humble Tip, Nick J and the SMC Gospel Choir.  The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Jason Lewis, aka Humble Tip, was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Capitol Heights, MD. Hip-hop music and culture were daily influences in this inner-city setting, but until college, Lewis never had any plans to enter the music industry.  “I never wanted to do this whole rap thing,” Lewis said. “I wanted to go to school and become a sports agent. I never, ever saw myself rapping.”

Unlike many of his peers, he was fortunate enough to grow up with both parents in his household. They taught their three children the importance of family, church and faith, factors which heavily influenced Lewis to attend Liberty University after high school.  While earning his degree in Health Promotions, he began writing basic lyrics after a DJ from Liberty University’s campus radio station 90.9 FM inspired him to try.

Although Lewis admits his first rhymes were horrible, he continued to develop his talents as a lyricist and eventually started rapping at on-campus events after his father all but forced him to take the stage for the first time. As others recognized his up-and-coming talent, he began creating CDs and music videos to share his passion.

“Especially in the hip-hop industry, everything is so materialistic. Everything is based off of financial wealth, pride, respect, sexuality,” Lewis said. “When you come up with something so anti-culture, sometimes it’s received well. A lot of the times it’s not.”

Armed with in-depth knowledge of God’s word, academic success, and a deep connection with and passion for this youthful generation, Humble Tip is determined and focused on making an impact on today’s culture.

Lewis holds an Undergraduate degree in Health Promotions and a Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness from Liberty University, and currently resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife Essence.

Humble Tip’s clearly Christian lyrics and higher calling transform him into something larger-than-life on stage. When guests leave a Humble Tip concert they are excited about the Gospel.

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SMC Baseball Lighting Up The Night!

Baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College is looking a lot brighter these days…and nights, thanks to a generous gift that was specifically designated for lighting the C.B. (Slim) Mooneyham Baseball Field.

The lights are in honor of SMC Alum J. Wesley Sparrow, Jr. and former SMC Director of Admissions Henry B. Sparrow, II as well as the SMC baseball teams of 1977 and 1978.  Baseball is of great interest to the Sparrow family and John Sparrow donated the major gift with baseball specifically in mind. Wesley Sparrow served as the student manager for the SMC baseball team in 1977 and 1978. In fact, the opportunity to serve as the student manager was the deciding factor for Wesley attending SMC over Charleston Southern.

“This gift is transformative for SMC! Our players will no longer have to miss afternoon classes or labs because of games that could only be held in the daylight; afternoon or morning rain outs can be rescheduled for evening games and rain delays won’t be game-ending,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith. “The list could go on. It’s a big deal for us and serves to make SMC more competitive as our complex will be improved.”

Keith commended Bob Fuzy, VP of Institutional Advancement, SMC Baseball Coach Tim Wallace and former SMC President Charlie Teague for their assistance in working with the Sparrow family for such a wonderful gift…a gift that will forever change the game of baseball at SMC.

The Mooneyham Baseball Field is one of three facilities composing the Olin D. Johnston Outdoor Athletic Facility, named in honor of the late Mr. Johnston who was a graduate of Textile Industrial Institute and served as Governor of SC and as a U.S. Senator.  The other facilities include the Fred Nash Soccer Field and the William C. Buchheit Tennis Complex.

SMC is planning a dedication ceremony for the lights during a double header against Surry Community College on Saturday, February 8.  The 3:30 p.m. dedication, which will follow the 1 p.m. game, will include the installation of the official naming plaque, as well as appearances by players, coaches, support staff of the ’77 and ’78 teams and other SMC supporters, will be held in Ellis Hall.  Terry Floyd, Coach of the SMC 1977 and 1978 teams, is expected to throw out the first pitch at the 5 p.m. game.


SMC’s Tim Wallace named to 2014 NJCAA Hall of Fame Class

Spartanburg, SC –  The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class and Spartanburg Methodist College’s Tim Wallace is one of four inductees.

Other inductees include current head coach Eric Brown of Suffolk County College, New York, Steve Ruzich of South Suburban College, Illinois, and previous NJCAA World Series assistant tournament director, Thomas Rogers.

The four inductees will be honored at the pre-tournament banquet of the 2014 NJCAA Division I World Series on May 23rd in Grand Junction, Colo.  Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. Now entering its 75th anniversary, the NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1985.

Wallace currently is in his twenty-third season at the helm of the SMC Pioneers baseball program while also serving his second stint as Athletic Director.  His previous teams have produced a 984-307 record with NJCAA Region X Championships in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.  His .764 winning percentage ranks him among the leaders of those actively coaching at the NJCAA level.

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC elaborated on Coach Wallace, “He personifies what it means to be an excellent coach. If evidence of this is needed, one need look no further than the Slim Mooneyham Baseball Field at SMC on any given afternoon: he gets great players and he gets them to play great. He teases out the best in his players, and they respond by living up to the high standards he sets for them, both on and off the field.  I don’t think his players show up here because of who he is, though; they show up because of who they can become because of what he does. Could there be a better recommendation for a Hall of Famer than that?” Keith continued, “Coach Wallace is a winning coach, but beyond that, he is a coach who doesn’t take shortcuts, he does things the right way, and he expects the same of his players. I see it time and time again. They admire him and whether or not they realize it, they learn far more from him than how to consistently hit well or how to steal a base.  Almost without exception they become better baseball players but they also learn that they can become better men, who act with integrity and care.  If he had a personal mission statement as it relates to who he is as a coach, it might read: ‘to develop principled men.’ His success comes not from what SMC is providing him (he coaches at one of the smallest colleges in the NJCAA, with one of the smallest budgets, and a coaching staff of only one other individual), it comes from his integrity, his determination, his commitment to his players, his principled leadership, and his knowledge of baseball.”

Wallace has garnered many awards, included being named Region X Coach of the Year (1992, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010), Carolina’s Junior College Conference Coach of the Year (1992), Louisville Slugger Coaches Award (1993, 1996, 1997, 2001)  and Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013) .  In 2001, Wallace earned his first Eastern District Coach of the Year award as his 49-12 club sported the best record in Grand Junction, Colorado at the NJCAA World Series. He earned his second Eastern District Coach of the Year award in 2003, when his club posted a 50-16 record. His 2007 squad earned him his third by posting a school record 54 wins while finishing third at the Junior College World Series. A fourth was awarded after the 2009 squad finished 5th at JUCO with a school record 55 wins.  Number five came after the 2012 Pioneers again earned a trip to Grand Junction for the Junior College World Series. 2013 made it back to back trips to the World Series and Wallace’s sixth District coaching award.

Wallace was inducted into the Spartanburg Methodist College Athletic Hall of Honor in 2012. In addition to having successful teams, Wallace has helped individuals realize their potential.  Three Pioneers have participated on the NJCAA All-Stars, a group put together to face international competition.  Of the three All-Star participants, Derrick Clay and Marty Gantt were named Offensive MVP’s of their respective groups. Sixteen players have been named NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure, while 68 have signed professional contracts.  Of these 68, 114 are actively playing and pursuing a shot at the Major Leagues. In 2002 Coach Wallace had his first player reach the majors, 1998 graduate Orlando Hudson with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hudson was a three time Gold Glove winner and four time All-Star second baseman. A second Pioneer under Wallace, Lee Gronkiewicz, made an appearance at the big league level in 2007.  Also during the Wallace era, players have signed letters of intent with or gone to play at major NCAA Division I institutions such as South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Kentucky,  North Carolina State, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina and East Carolina (just to name a few).  Numerous others continued their careers at the NCAA Division II level.

Prior to his coaching career, Wallace was a standout player himself.  A former second round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, he played professionally for seven years.  This included a two-year stint in Italy, where he led the league in hitting and homeruns.  While playing in the States, Wallace was named an All-Star for both the Appalachian and Florida State leagues and also was team MVP for the 1983 St. Petersburg Cardinals.  This continued a streak of team MVP awards that included two Lancaster High School, one Post 31 American Legion, one Baptist College and two Wofford College seasons.  It was at Wofford where Wallace attracted professional scouts.  During his two seasons there he posted records for career batting average (.456) and longest consecutive game hitting streak (37).  He also led NAIA District 6 and the state of South Carolina in hitting as a sophomore with a .472 average.  For his efforts, Wallace was inducted into Wofford’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Wallace returned to Wofford after his playing career and completed his B.A. in Sociology.  He then earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Gardner-Webb University.

Marty Woods

Martin Woods named Director of Facilities for SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce Martin Woods has joined the college staff and will serve as Director of Facilities.

Woods comes to SMC from Presbyterian College where he served as Director of Facilities. Prior to PC, he served as Facility Operations Coordinator at BBA Fiberweb in Grey Court, SC and was a team leader/trainer for Albany International in Simpsonsville, SC.

Woods will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repair, and renovation of SMC buildings and maintaining compliance with all federal and state codes relating to fire and building standards. He will supervise all maintenance and housekeeping staff and the daily operation of the College physical plant and facilities management area.

Woods will also serve as liaison with contractors and vendors that provide services to the College in addition to working with consultants, architects and engineers on capital and non-capital building projects.

“Marty possesses the knowledge of the construction trades and modern building cleaning methods as well as fire safety codes and other compliance areas involving OSHA and EPA requirements,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC.   “But more importantly Marty  is a highly motivated and results-oriented leader who focuses on providing quality service and consistently exceeding expectations.”

Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts from Liberty University and an Associate of Applied Science from Piedmont Technical College.  Marty and his wife, Kelly, live in Laurens with their son Justin.


SMC turns unused phones into Hope

On Friday, January 31st, Spartanburg Methodist College donated over 60 cell phones to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and their dependent children in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.

Upon discovering old Blackberry Smartphones and accessories the college no longer used, Trey Arrington, SMC’s new Executive Director of Information Technology, had Yvonne Harper, SMC Director of Public Information, reach out to the community for potential new homes for them. “Within minutes of contacting Sheriff Chuck Wright’s Office and 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnett’s office both stressed the urgent need for such phones for area domestic violence victims and pointed us to SAFE Homes,” Harper stated. “Sadly one agency in Cherokee County was down to their very last phone.”  Upon hearing this fact, the college encouraged its staff, faculty and students to donate their unused cell phones, too.

SAFE Homes provides phones to local domestic violence agencies or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients and victims, many of whom live in shelters, to provide immediate access to emergency services. According to Lynn Hawkins, Executive Director, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, donated phones, with all prior customer data removed prior to distributing them for reuse, help victims of abuse feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services. “Phone donations given locally benefit victims of abuse within our communities – they provide Hope.”

“SMC, like SAFE Homes, envisions a community liberated from all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The donation of our no-longer-used phones for such a new purpose embodies the positive environment of caring SMC seeks to instill in our students and our community,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith. “SMC is humbled to play a role in providing hope and perseverance – and we hope our actions will unite and inspire the public to play an active role in domestic violence awareness, prevention and victim recovery.”


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SMC’s Ellis Hall receives LEED certification

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to report that their Edgar H. Ellis Hall has received official LEED certification.

LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a building certification process developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to enhance environmental awareness among architects and building contractors, and to encourage the design and construction of energy-efficient, water-conserving buildings that use sustainable or green resources and materials. According to the USGBC, there are nine key areas measured by LEED:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Location and Linkages
  • Awareness and Education
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority

Constructed in 2012, the 48,000 sq. ft. building houses 9 academic classrooms, academic offices, including the English Department, the Humanities Department and Office of Academic Affairs, the writing center, student publications, the Sub Connection café venue, and the Gibbs auditorium which seats 275 and also serves as classroom space. The Ellis building was made possible by donors to the College’s “Pioneering the Future” capital campaign. The building is named in honor of Rev. Dr. Edgar H. Ellis, Jr., a United Methodist Minister, trustee, alumni (SJC class of 1956), and strong advocate of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Certification involves third party verification that a building is designed and built to achieve high performance in key areas in human and environmental health, including: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiencies, material selection and indoor environmental quality.  The $11 Million building, designed by MPS and constructed by Harper Construction, is considered a 100-year building. Construction began in July of 2011 and was complete in November of 2012 with the building officially in use for the 2013 Spring semester.

SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith recognized Eric McDonald, VP for Business Affairs, Rick Jolley, former Director of Facilities Management for SMC, and the team of architects and building contractors for their work in making certification possible, “we have a solid 45 points. A minimum of 40 is required for LEED certification. We could not have met this milestone without their dedication and commitment to our vision. Ellis Hall represents SMC’s pledge to provide an outstanding academic experience for our students; and affords us with an opportunity to host events for the entire Spartanburg community.”

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SMC will close at 1 p.m on Tuesday, January 28 due to impending weather

Due to impending weather, SMC will close at 1:00 today. Any classes that start after 1:00 are cancelled. Please be safe and check all messaging outlets in case of a weather decision for tomorrow morning that will impact classes tomorrow. Right now we are OPEN tomorrow and classes will begin at the regular time.

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The Troubadours of Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College focuses on stimulating students’ cultural experiences and love for the arts – whether it is through music, the spoken word, or visual arts. Each year, a program of events is developed with the student in mind — events that both showcase student talent, expose them to outside influences, and generate a greater appreciation for the culture and arts of different groups and backgrounds.

SMC also offers strong programs in voice and choral performances and many students participate in extracurricular activities such as the SMC Singers choral group and the SMC Troubadours.  The Troubadours are an elite, touring choral group, with students selected by audition.  They perform at special functions, including the SMC Fall and Spring Concerts, chapel services on campus, and perform on a touring series each year primarily at local United Methodist churches and schools in the Upstate area.

The SMC Troubadours for Spring of 2014 include:

Emmy Baker, Sophomore, daughter of Roger and Lydia Baker of Bonneau, S.C. Baker is a graduate of Timberland High School;

Taylor Littlejohn Barr, Sophomore, daughter of Lanny and Jean Littlejohn of York, S.C. Barr is a graduate of York Comprehensive High School;

Lillie Perkins, Freshman, daughter of John and Susan Perkins of Duncan, S.C. Perkins is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School;

Danielle Needs, Freshman, daughter of John and Mary Needs of Chesnee, S.C. Needs is a graduate of Chesnee High School;

Kristen Ridings, Freshman, daughter of Eric and Lucretia Ridings of Boiling Springs, S.C. Ridings is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School;

Kristen LaPointe, Sophomore, daughter of Jeff and Lori LaPointe, Simpsonville, S.C. LaPointe is a graduate of Mauldin High School;

Carl Gibson, Sophomore, son of Gary and Robin Gibson of Inman, S.C. Gibson is a graduate of Dependent Christian School;

Jesse Harris, Freshman, son of Arthur and Martha Harris of Bluffton, S.C. Harris is a graduate of Bluffton High School;

Ben Emswiler, Freshman, son of David Emswiler and Deborah Shirley of Spartanburg, S.C. Emswiler is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Ryan Almquist, Sophomore, son of Todd and Tina Almquist of Taylors, S.C.  Almquist is a graduate of East Side High School;

Shawn Saliba, Sophomore, son of Mitchell Saliba and Kathi Vidal of Spartanburg, S.C. Saliba is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Leah Meahl, Sophomore, daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, S.C. Meahl is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School;

Tiffany Morgan, Sophomore, daughter of Eddie Callaham and Lorraine Morgan of Plum Branch, S.C. Morgan is a graduate of McCormick High School;

Logan Phillips, Sophomore, daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips of Blacksburg, S.C. Phillips is a graduate of Blacksburg High School;

Travis Goodjoin, Freshman, son of Marilyn Goodjoin of Spartanburg, S.C. Goodjoin is a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School;

Quinton Barker, Sophomore, son of Sterling George of Moore, S.C. Barker is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School; and

Megan Knight, Freshman, daughter of Michael and Teresa Knight of Inman, S.C. Knight is a graduate of Chapman High School.

Last year SMC’s Troubadours sang for the Case Brothers’ Saturday Afternoon Musical Event, and also performed at New Beginnings United Methodist Church (Boiling Springs), Greenville First Church of the Nazarene, Sharon United Methodist Church (Greer), Bethel United Methodist Church (Spartanburg), Pelham Road Baptist (Greenville), St. James United Methodist Church (Spartanburg), and Nazareth Baptist Church (Blacksburg). They were primary participants in SMC’s “Mr. Scrooge!”, as well as participating in five chapel services on campus. Most recently, the Troubadours performed in January at Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee and at Highland Park UMC (Florence).

Bethel United Methodist Senior Pastor David E. Nichols commented “the SMC Troubadours were wonderful at Bethel. They were bright and joyful on top of singing beautifully. They were very talented and inspiring.”

“We are always looking for new entertainment for our Fall Festival.  I’d heard the Troubadours sing at our Wednesday night meal in the past and knew they’d be a great addition to our festival.  Because of the proximity of the St. James UMC to SMC, we hope to have them back next year and invite SMC students to be a part of St. James during their college experience,” shared Annette Haynie, St. James United Methodist Church member.

The SMC Troubadours are under the direction of Dr. Lanny Lanford, Professor of Music and Director of the SMC’s Music Department. Lanford brings over thirty years of experience in conducting and in higher education teaching to his current position and holds a B.A. (with a choral emphasis) from the University of South Carolina; a Master of Church Music degree in theory and composition from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and returned to South Carolina to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition.  To schedule the SMC Troubadours at your church or event, please contact or 864-587-4275.

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Logan Phillips named Miss SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College hosted its annual Miss SMC Pageant on Saturday, January 25.  Miss Logan Phillips, a sophomore from Blacksburg, SC, earned the title of Miss Spartanburg Methodist College.

Phillips is the daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips and a graduate of Blacksburg High School.  Miss Allisha Fewell, a sophomore from Rock Hill, SC, was named First Runner Up.  Fewell is the daughter of Maurice and Angela Fewell and a graduate of Rock Hill High School. Miss Brittany Moore, a freshman from Union, SC and the daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore was named Second Runner Up. Moore is a graduate of Union County High School.

The 6 p.m. event was held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC.  Contestants competed in five categories: Preliminary interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear, and on-stage interview.  Miss SMC will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.

“The Miss SMC Pageant is an exciting event for our students and campus,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, SMC President.  “This group of young women is an impressive group. We are pleased our students are able to demonstrate their community service efforts and talents in this venue.”

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Trey Arrington named Executive Director of IT for Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg, SC –  Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce Trey Arrington has joined the college staff and will serve as Executive Director of Information Technology.

Arrington comes to SMC from the Union Hospital District where he was the Director of Information Systems. Prior to the hospital system, he served in various IT and communication roles with Exopack LLC, ProVest Wealth Advisors and IMT Duncan.

Arrington will be responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT and systems functions at SMC.  This includes directing all IT operations to meet student, staff, and faculty requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.  In addition, he will oversee the server network environment, backup systems, card access system for the residence halls, security cameras campus wide, telephone system, the printing and copying environment, and the interface between Sodexo food service system and student IDs.

Arrington will procure all new equipment and manage the IT operating budget and capital budget, ensuring IT equipment is rotated appropriately within budget constraints.  He will oversee the Vassey Information Technology Center, the SMC office of IT and Computer Services, and is responsible for staffing and supporting all computer labs on campus.

“Trey possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate technical issues effectively across all campus departments to all levels of understanding,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC. “We are confident that Trey will be able to effectively manage our complex college needs and keep us on the cutting edge of higher education technical solutions.”

Arrington holds a BA in Information Management and Systems, with a concentration in Business Systems, from University of South Carolina Upstate. Trey and his wife Jennifer live in Union and are the proud parents of sons of Jonah (4) and John (1).


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SMC announces Summer School Sessions for 2014

SMC SUMMER COLLEGE SESSION I  (May 28 – June 27, 2014)








8:00 am –  9:45 am

ENGL 101

English Composition I




**BIOL 230





**PSCI 101

Astronomy and Physics




SPCH 201

Public Speaking





9:55 am-11:40 am

**BIOL 101

Principles of Biology I




DRAM 101

Drama Appreciation




HLTH 101

First Aid and Personal Safety




PSYC 101

General Psychology




ENGL 210

Readings in World Literature





12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ENGL 102

English Composition II




HLTH 201

Health Education




MATH 112

Introductory Statistics




HIST 101

Western Civilization I





1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

PHED 118

Jogging  MWF






**BIOL 101

Lab 1 MWR – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.




**BIOL 230

Lab 1 MTWR – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.




**PSCI 101

Lab 1 TR – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.




** Students must register for a lab with biology and physical science.



SMC SUMMER COLLEGE SESSION II (July 7 – August 1, 2014) 





All Courses On-Line ONLY 



HIST 201

US History I





CSCI 101

Intro to Computer Science





RELI 212

New Testament





LITR 204

American Literature II





*On-Line students must meet on campus July 7 at the indicated time and location.  Students who do not attend the first class will be dropped.  The final exam will be on campus August 1.

Students may not register for On-Line courses after July 3 at 12:00 noon.


SMC reserves the right to cancel courses or make changes to this schedule.


literary arts

The Blue Granite Review now accepting submissions

THE BLUE GRANITE REVIEW, Spartanburg Methodist College’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions of SMC students’ works in creative expression—poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, creative non-fiction, art, and photography—through Friday, February 14, 2014, at 3 p.m.

Materials accepted for publication will appear in the 2014 issue of the magazine, which will be distributed on campus in April.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word to Professor Bayne, faculty advisor, at by the deadline indicated above.  Written texts should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font and should be double-spaced.