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SMC Psi Beta chapter earns Chapter Excellence Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for community and junior colleges, has recognized the Spartanburg Methodist College chapter of Psi Beta with the prestigious Psi Beta Chapter Excellence Award for 2014-15. Few of the nation’s Psi Beta chapters achieve this level of distinction, however, this is the fourth consecutive year that SMC Psi Beta garnered this prestigious national award.

The SMC Psi Beta chapter, chartered on September 1, 1988, is under the direction of Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, professor of psychology. She is assisted by Pete Aylor, psychology professor and Director of SMC’s Counseling Center and Sue Onken, college counselor. “I feel grateful and blessed. We cannot achieve this without the loving, dedicated and professional support of Mr. Aylor and Mrs. Onken and of course, the elected student officers of Psi Beta, Victoria Shaw (President), Matt Bishop (Vice President), and Brittany Del Moore (Secretary),” shared Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, who added, “I am looking forward to another successful year for SMC PSI BETA.”

Psi Beta provides students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and be involved with Psi Beta on the national level. The award challenges chapters to engage in activities reflecting Psi Beta’s four-pronged mission of leadership, scholarship, community service and research.

Membership to Psi Beta is by invitation only. To be considered, students must have at least 12 college credits, earn a B or higher in PSYC 101, maintain a 3.25 GPA and be of good moral character. Over 450 SMC students have achieved life-time membership to Psi Beta.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, SMC’s Psi Beta Seminar Series focused on innovative programming that had wide spread impact on the campus. Seminars focused on the pervasive problem of eating disorders for both men and women; hands-on experience and education on the benefits of therapy dogs; understanding and stopping sexual assault; as well the development of mental health diagnosis and treatment over the past 40 years in SC and throughout the nation. SMC Psi Beta students also participated in the Viva Academia competition at the USC Upstate Symposium.

Eric McDonald, Interim President of Spartanburg Methodist College, stated “SMC is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for our students and the Psi Beta Chapter Excellence Award is yet another powerful acknowledgement of our successful commitment to scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.”

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Representative Donna Hicks to be featured speaker at Honor Code Signing Monday, August 17

South Carolina District 37 Representative Donna C. Hicks will be the featured speaker at the Honor Code signing on Monday, August 17. The event will be held in the Camak Auditorium. The Honor Code Signing is a time honored tradition of SMC where the campus pauses to recognize the importance of honor and truthfulness and reflect on what that means to us as members of the SMC community.

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Eric McDonald named Interim President of Spartanburg Methodist College

Eric McDonald has been named Interim President of Spartanburg Methodist College by the SMC Board of Trustees. McDonald will take over duties effective Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The decision is in response to former President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith’s appointment as President of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

McDonald, who has served as Vice President of Business Affairs for SMC since April of 2008 overseeing all financial, facilities and information technology aspects of the College’s operations, will also continue in his normal duties until a new president can be found for the college.

“As we bid Dr. Keith farewell, we know that Spartanburg Methodist College is in excellent hands with Eric McDonald in charge. We are confident that Mr. McDonald will provide excellent administrative leadership and guidance as Interim President. Eric McDonald has been an outstanding member of the President’s Cabinet for over seven years,” said Dr. Phinnize Fisher, Chair of the Board of SMC, and co-chair of the SMC Presidential Search Committee.

Beginning on July 1st, McDonald’s career will have gone full circle.  Initially he went to Mercer College to study accounting, but became active in a Baptist Student Union group and decided to go into the ministry.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and then a Master’s of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary, a friend at church led McDonald back to the accounting industry, where he spent 10 years working for CPA firms in North Carolina.

McDonald then joined the CPA firm of McAbee, Talbert, Halliday & Co. in Spartanburg. Eight years later Art Hartzog, who was then SMC’s Dean of Students, approached McDonald at a Spartanburg County Lions Club meeting and informed him SMC was looking for a new Vice President of Business Affairs.  The news changed McDonald’s life. In 2008 McDonald says he “stepped into a situation that was not in crisis. SMC had been very well taken care of and over the past seven years I have drawn heavily on my experience as a CPA to keep SMC healthy financially and thriving overall as an educational institution.”

SMC’s mission is to transform lives in a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition.  As Interim President, McDonald’s primary focus will be attracting and educating talented students by having a dedicated staff and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences to delivery on that 104-year tradition and mission commitment.

McDonald and his wife, Melinda, who was recently ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are members of First Christian Church in Greenville, SC and enjoy spending time outdoors in the Upstate.

The SMC Board of Trustees have formed a presidential search committee and have partnered with Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc. to begin the national search for the eighth president of Spartanburg Methodist College.

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SMC Faculty and Staff Recognized during Annual Service Recognition and Awards Luncheon

Spartanburg Methodist College recently recognized dedicated faculty and  staff at their annual service and awards luncheon. Twenty-one employees have 340 years of combined service to SMC!

Employees were recognized for 5-year increments of service, including Megan Aiello, Head Volleyball Coach; Harry Bayne, Professor of English and Chairperson of the Division of English; Jeff Brookman, Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Amanda Cheek, Library Assistant; Sue Onken, Counselor; David Revan, Adjunct Professor of English; Chris Roberson, Financial Aid Counselor; Jonathan Sedberry, Professor of English; Kelly Tillinghast, Admissions Counselor; and Paula Williams, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, who celebrated five years with SMC. Jessica Harwood, Professor of Biology and Chairperson of the Division of Science and Health, was recognized for 10 years of service. Sherry Collins, Athletic Event and Budget Manager, and Johnny Worthy, Maintenance Technician, were recognized for 15 years of service. Steven Jeter, Tutor Coordinator for Student Support Services, and Dan Kenneally, Director of Soccer and Head Women’s Soccer Coach, celebrated 20 years of service; Jill Johnson, Registrar, and Barry Ward, Professor of Health and Physical Education, were recognized for their 30 years of service; Sharon Porter, Director of Student Support Services, and Mike Bowers, Director of Church Funding, celebrated 35 years of service and Harry Barnett, Senior Maintenance Technician, and David Gibson, Professor of Mathematics, were recognized for their unwavering 40 years of service to the College.

Janet Wilson, Professor of Mathematics and Chairperson of the Division of Business, Math, and Computer Science, was honored for her 37 years in the classroom that spanned the evolution from slide rulers to digital technology. Wilson is retiring from full-time responsibilities at SMC; but, she will return as an adjunct professor of mathematics.

Teresa Ferguson, Chief of Campus Safety, was awarded the J.L. Geddis Award for outstanding service to the College.  Geddis served admirably at SMC for 41 years, beginning in 1964 as a student at Spartanburg Junior College (present day SMC) and held many areas of responsibility during his 41 years here at SJC and SMC including: Business Manager, VP for Business Affairs, Faculty Member—teaching Accounting and Economics, and Men’s Golf Coach for 5 years. In 2007 the college established the J. L. Geddis Award to honor an outstanding SMC staff member each year.

Ferguson has been the Chief of Campus Safety for eight years and serves as one of only a few female chiefs in the State of South Carolina.  She has a M. S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Limestone College. She has 20 years of  experience in law enforcement; six years as a School Resource Officer in a local public school district, and five years as a Community Patrol Officer.  Chief Ferguson is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, is certified as a Class I Law Enforcement Officer, and is a State Constable.  In addition, she has extensive in-service training, is certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy including as a Basic Instructor, and FTO Manager and has received advanced certification as a School Resource Officer.  She also is an adjunct instructor of the Freshman Year Experience at Spartanburg Methodist College. She is secretary and member of the Spartanburg County Police Chiefs Association.

The Dr. James S. Barrett Award was presented by his son, Rob Barrett, partner with the Holcombe Bomar, P.A. law firm.  The annual award is presented each year to recognize an SMC member who demonstrates exemplary service to and support of the Department of Institutional Advancement. Dr. Barrett served as president of SMC for 10 years, and his son shared that he could think of no honor that would please his father more than having this award presented in his name. “My dad would say about the recipient of this award that they ‘get it’; they understand that the true mission of SMC calls people to service that goes above and beyond. Our 2015 recipient certainly exemplifies that spirit and her title is certainly indicative of the vast amount of turf that she covers here at SMC. I think family friend Fletcher Thompson, local attorney and a very proud alumnus of SMC summed it all up very well when he said, ‘I have never known anyone who could do more things at the same time – and do them all well – than Yvonne Harper.’”  Harper earned a double major with a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Merchandising and Paralegal/Pre-Law Studies from Virginia Intermont College. She has served as Public Information Director for SMC since 2013, and as the College’s Director of the Paralegal Certificate Evening Program since 2004. Harper previously served the Upstate business community for 14 years as a program manager with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Dr. Cole Cheek Awarded Tenure @ SMC

The Board of Trustees at Spartanburg Methodist College voted to award tenure to Dr. Cole Cheek, Professor of History and Anthropology during their Thursday, May 21, 2015 meeting.

In higher education, tenure may be pursued and granted based on a rigorous review process conducted by peers, administrators, and Trustees. According to Dr. Ann Bowles, Vice President for Academ

The Board of Trustees at Spartanburg Methodist College voted to award tenure to Dr. Cole Cheek, Professor of History and Anthropology during their Thursday, May 21, 2015 meeting.

In higher education, tenure may be pursued and granted based on a rigorous review process conducted by peers, administrators, and Trustees. According to Dr. Ann Bowles, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spartanburg Methodist College, “a faculty member’s eligibility for tenure is determined first by teaching ability, followed by a combination of student advising, community service to the campus, professional development activities, and research/scholarship.  Dr. Cheek is an asset to SMC. He is an engaging professor who encourages student involvement in student organizations as well as research. He is committed to the holistic development of our students and to preparing them for the next step in their college career.”

Cheek began his teaching career as Professor of History at SMC in the fall of 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College, and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Mississippi State University. Cheek advises several student organizations including Kappa Sigma Alpha service society and Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society. He is a vital member of the Upstate Research Symposium planning committee and has brought recognition to a number of SMC student-researchers during the annual symposium competition.

Cheek was the 2013 recipient of the Archie Vernon and Margaret Wannamaker Huff Faculty Prize by his colleagues in 2013 for outstanding professional qualifications, demonstration of exceptional service and teaching skill. He was received the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2011 for exemplary teaching, service to students beyond the classroom, and commitment to values-centered education.  Cheek and his wife, Amanda, reside in Moore, South Carolina.

 

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SMC Jeff Brookman Basketball Academy – July 27-30

Basketball camp

July 27 – July 30

@ Spartanburg Methodist College

Academy is Coed – 1st through 12th grade

Featuring Jeff Brookman Head Men’s Basketball Coach

The cost of the academy is $135.00 per camper per week. The fee is all inclusive and there are no additional costs. Lunch is included. The academy will run from Mon – Thurs. 9AM – 3:30 PM. At the end of the week each participant will receive an official academy T-shirt   Download registration brochure:  Brookman Basketball Academy Brochure SMC PDF

 

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Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D. honored by Wofford College with prestigious Mary Mildred Sullivan Award

Spartanburg Methodist College President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., was honored during the 161st Commencement Exercises of Wofford College with the prestigious Mary Mildred Sullivan Award on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

CPK SullivanAwards2015-web“Dr. Colleen Perry Keith exemplifies the values set out by the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award through not only her service as the president of a fine institution of higher learning, Spartanburg Methodist College, but through her leadership and service to her community. She teaches by example through her leadership on numerous local, state and national boards and foundations. We at Wofford College thank her and commend her, and we wish her well as she moves on to lead Pfeiffer University,” shared Dr. Nayef Samhat, president of Wofford.

Wofford College is one of 61 colleges and universities, most of them in the South, authorized to present the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards.  The Sullivan Award program, reflects the commitment and passion of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and his wife, Mary Mildred Sullivan, to empower, educate and honor deserving students in the American South.

The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award was created in 1940 by the New York chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor those who demonstrate the “spirit of helpfulness and an awareness of the beauty and value of the intangible elements of life.”

Sullivan Awards are highly prized, and over the years have been bestowed on notable individuals including Eleanor Roosevelt, television icon Fred Rogers, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.

For the past six years Keith has been president of Spartanburg Methodist College. As of July 1, she will move to Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., a sister United Methodist institution, where she will be president. Before taking her position at SMC, she was executive director of development at Ohio University in Athens; prior to that, she was executive vice president at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. A native of northern New York, Keith has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education in capacities such as student services roles, program development, teaching, fund raising and administration. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a master of education from the University of Pittsburgh in educational counseling and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and student affairs form The Ohio State University. Keith serves on boards of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, which she chairs; the Mary Black Foundation; the Greer Education Foundation; the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg; the Spartanburg Academic Movement; Spartanburg Regional Hospital’s Hospice Home; and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg County. On a state level, she chairs the President’s Council for South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. and is the secretary for the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission. She also serves on the advisory board for South Carolina Women in Higher Education. On the national stage, she is past president of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church and continues on its board.

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SMC Chaplain Candice Sloan Completes Doctor of Ministry Degree

Spartanburg Methodist College celebrated Chaplain Candice Y. Sloan’s completion of her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. with a campus-wide surprise reception following Chapel on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Chaplain Sloan, affectionately known as “Chappy” at SMC, is an adjunct professor of religion, who holds an undergraduate degree from Southwestern University and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School. She began her recent studies in January, 2013 and presented her Doctorate paper and project on The Use of Spiritual Disciplines to Help College Students Grow Closer to God.

As the chaplain at Spartanburg Methodist College for the past thirteen years, Chappy has listened as students report God’s seeming absence from their lives during college. While college campuses can be places to explore both secular and sacred relationships, social and academic demands leave little opportunity for developing a deeper relationship with God. Over the years, SMC has used community service as a means of building peer relationships without focusing on the spiritual disciplines that enable students to hear God’s call to serve.

This past academic year, modeled after John and Charles Wesley’s Holy Club and with insight from scholars who have studied the faith development of youth and young adults, Chaplain Sloan introduced two small groups of students to the spiritual disciplines and how those disciplines can be used to bring the student closer to God.  For five weeks (culminating in an overnight retreat), students were introduced to ancient spiritual practices as well as contemporary adaptations of the practice.  “My hope was that through the weeks, as students disciplined their spiritual life, they would grow to love God more and that that love would find expression in a greater love for those in need around them, thus tying together God’s love for them, their love for God, and their love for those whom God has blessed them to bless,” shared Sloan.

Wesley Theological Seminary prepares more than 700 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers, and leaders in the world today. Their Doctor of Ministry program offers an advanced-level curriculum integrating the experiences of ministry with the academic resources of the seminary. As ministry is fundamentally theological in character, disciplined theological reflection is fostered as foundational in all offices and functions. The Doctor of Ministry Program aims at enabling pastors to develop an integrated theology of ministry that embraces the total life and mission of the church. The specific goals of the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley include acquainting students with current theological trends and issues, deepening the integration of discipline and ministry, and providing students with opportunities for establishing lasting collegial ties with other students.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Initiates Official Search for 8th President

The Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College announces the search for the eighth President of the 104 year old College. The Board and the Presidential Search Committee have retained the services of Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc. to assist in managing the search and the recruiting and evaluation of qualified candidates.

The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the College with responsibility for ensuring the success of the institution’s mission, enrollment management, academic integrity, fiscal stability, fundraising efforts, personnel development, and physical plant management. In doing so, the President works closely with the Board of Trustees in developing, communicating, and executing a strategy consistent with the overall mission of Spartanburg Methodist College as a two-year institution dedicated to providing a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in a Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition, all in preparation for the senior college experience and lifelong learning.

The President of Spartanburg Methodist College is appointed by, and reports directly to, the Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of 24 members: five clergy members and 19 laity. Positions reporting to the President include: VP for Academic Affairs; VP for Institutional Advancement; VP for Enrollment Management; Dean of Students; and the VP for Business Affairs.

Coleman Lew will begin screening and evaluating candidates immediately with the intent of presenting a group of highly qualified candidates to the Search Committee as soon as possible. The Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are expected to move as expediently as possible once a qualified group of candidates is developed.

Candidate nominations and submissions of interest will be accepted until such time as this group of candidates is presented to the Search Committee. Please submit all candidate nominations, letters of interest, resumes, and questions to:

Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
326 W. 10th Street – Charlotte, NC 28202
Ken Carrick, President or Janet DeLoache, Consultant
SMC@colemanlew.com
704.377.0362 or 800.533.9523 or fax 704.377.0424

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104th Commencement @ Spartanburg Methodist College will inspire all to claim the life to which the Spirit calls

Spartanburg Methodist College will hold their 104th commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9th in Bridges Arena to celebrate an estimated 200 students who have successfully met the academic requirements for graduation. The class of 2015 boasts over 20 honor graduate students who have maintained a 3.5 or better grade point average and will be recognized as a Summa Cum Laude, Manga Cum Laude or Cum Laude graduate during commencement.

Click here for a live feed of the Commencement Service that will be streaming beginning at 9:45 a.m. on May 9th.

Courtney Tutterow, recipient of the Yandle Student Leader Award, will be the 2015 Student Speaker for commencement. Nominated by her peers and described as “an all-around outstanding person…Courtney has played soccer both years at SMC… and has also kept a 4.0 GPA. She is a Pioneer Peer, has great leadership skills and qualities and always has a positive attitude.”   Tutterow, daughter of Mike and Michelle Tutterow of Boiling Springs, SC was named a two-time all-region soccer player, an Academic All American and has served as a tutor and student mentor.  “Courtney personifies what it means to be a Pioneer,” stated SMC President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D.

Paul Roger Leonard, Jr. will be the 2015 Commencement speaker. Leonard s a man moved by a generous and loving spirit. His most recent work, When the Spirit Moves, is a collection of stories, poems, prayers and reflections that invite readers to look back on their lives, and witness all the ways the Spirit has prodded, poked, touched and moved them. Leonard wants his readers to laugh and cry with him, to get angry with things as they are, to pray for peace, to hope for a brighter tomorrow, to give thanks for every day and to reach out, touch, listen and love all who cross their path.  His goal for the book was for it to be more about you and your life, than it is about him and his, and together he wants us to claim the life to which the Spirit calls.

Throughout the book, Leonard shared the ups and downs and twists and turns of his adult life – spanning four decades, one wife, four children, eight grandchildren, lots of dogs, one cat and multiple jobs from minister to home builder and real estate developer. Leonard, who has worked for nonprofits and both privately and publically held for-profit companies, has served as interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, college trustee and board member.  His travels have taken him to all seven continents and over 60 countries and given him a global perspective on our world and its glories and sorrows—and render him a fitting speaker for the college’s 2015 commencement.

Author of WHERE IS CHURCH?-One Man’s Quest and MUSIC OF 1000 HAMMERS, Inside Habitat for Humanity, Leonard graduated Cum Laude with Honors in history from Davidson College, continued his studies, earning a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Chicago and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Emory University.   He first served at Trinity Presbyterian Church after which he founded a non-traditional church that focused on community action and service and eventually left the traditional ministry to work in city housing.  Leonard was recruited by the John Crosland Company, becoming the company’s president in 1984. After the company was acquired by Centex Real Estate Corporation, Leonard was appointed as its Executive Vice-President, responsible for the company’s southeast region. After retiring from Centex, Leonard was elected to the Board of Habitat for Humanity International; he served as Chairman of the Board from December, 2001 to December, 2003 and was employed as the Interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity.  Today he is a member of the US Council for Habitat for Humanity International.

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United States Senator Tim Scott recognizes SMC’s Training for Intervention Procedures

The Honorable Tim Scott, United States Senator for South Carolina, recently recognized Stacey Mason, Director of Housing and Residence Life at Spartanburg Methodist College, for her interest in helping to prevent alcohol-related incidents in the Palmetto State.

Senator Scott saluted SMC and stated the College’s “participation in TIPS – Training for Intervention Procedures – is a recognition of your professionalism and interest in preventing senseless tragedies in our communities. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and will go a long way in making our state a safer place to live, work and play.”

TIPS for the University is a 2.5 hour program that helps students make sound choices when faced with difficult decisions about alcohol use. Working together and with administration, students address drinking behaviors specific to their schools and develop intervention techniques appropriate to their campuses. TIPS provides students with the knowledge and confidence necessary to reduce high-risk drinking behavior among their peers. More than 1,200 campuses nationwide have implemented TIPS for the University.

 width=Mason shared “as a TIPS trainer, I am able to certify the Residence Life staff each year on alcohol intervention tactics through the TIPS program. This has been a part of our Residence Assistant training for the last eight years.”

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SMC Professor Kent Newberry recognized with SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

Spartanburg Methodist College is proud to announce that Professor Kent Newberry was recently recognized with a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award and awarded a $3000 professional development grant from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

The hallmark of South Carolina’s private non-profit colleges and universities is their emphasis on individualized learning and student achievement. This can only be accomplished by a faculty of the highest quality working in a supportive environment that encourages and fosters serious inquiry, critical thinking, and a broader understanding of the world in which we live.

Each year, SCICU recognizes and celebrates the best of the best with its Excellence in Teaching Awards. Award recipients are first and foremost teachers who come to liberal arts institutions to work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisers, mentors, and friends. They are dedicated and committed professionals who have worked long and hard to be the best in their particular academic disciple in order to instruct and guide future generations as their life’s work. They are value-centered, passionate, creative, and caring.

Professor of Drama and Speech and Director of SMC Theater Productions Kent Newberry has been motivating and listening to his students and advisees at SMC for more than thirty-five years. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ann Bowles, says of Professor Newberry, “He is described by his peers as a masterful teacher for his skill in helping speech students overcome their fears of speaking in public.” In teaching students to write speeches, he helps them develop skills in organizing a presentation and speaking and writing in correct English. In his drama workshop, students have learned how to plan and build sets, operate theater lighting, and create programs. Some of those drama students have pursued careers on stage or in theater-related professions.

Newberry’s teaching style is described as enthusiastic and motivational. He takes the time to talk everyday with his students before and after class and he is always prepared when advisees drop by to discuss their career plans. His expectations are high and his students have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and confidence when they successfully complete his courses.

Newberry earned baccalaureate, master’s and educational specialist degrees at the University of Florida. He has been honored twice by the SMC faculty with the A.V. Huff Faculty Prize for teaching excellence as well as the Exemplary Teacher Award presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. “SMC is fortunate to count among its outstanding faculty a gifted teacher, advisor, and leader like Kent Newberry,” Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College shared. “He exemplifies SMC’s mission through his hard work and servant leadership, and almost always with a twinkle in his eye and smile on his face!”

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SMC named winner of SC’s Career Preparedness Award for ACT’s College and Career Readiness Campaign

Spartanburg Methodist College has been notified that they were selected as the prestigious statewide award winner of South Carolina’s Career Preparedness Award for ACT’s College and Career Readiness Campaign.

Spartanburg Methodist College, a two-year private, residential, liberal arts institution, is one of a very few such institutions left in the United States. SMC plays a vital role in preparing students for success in careers and in senior colleges. SMC’s “success rate” (the sum total of students who either graduate and transfer or transfer prior to graduation into educational programs elsewhere to complete their higher education journey) is 86%. The national success rate for 2-year colleges is in the 20% range.

Founded in 1911 as the first cooperative education program in the United States, SMC has a strong 104 year history of providing resources for education and for life.  “Starting in the Fall 2015, SMC is devoting two of its Learning Communities to an in-depth focus on career decision making, which will further extend the College’s reach into career readiness work,” according to SMC President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D.

Bobby Russ, District Manager of State Organizations, reached out on behalf of ACT and shared “Our council membership felt that your application and data demonstrated that Spartanburg Methodist College made significant strides in helping its students prepare for the success in the workforce or in continuing their education.”

SMC’s Counseling and Career Center utilizes a variety of assessment tools, such as a Career Personal Profile assessment, Personality Type Inventory, the SIGI, SDS, etc., to help students develop greater self-understanding and begin the process of lifelong growth and professional development.  Working with their SMC advisors, students can evaluate their career goals and make appropriate course selections and transfer options with senior colleges.

“Spartanburg Methodist College’s programs are aimed at career awareness, our success rate, and our support structures that are in place for students and our demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom were all factors that catapulted SMC to the top of the list,” shared Keith.

Students at SMC have opportunities to begin to develop as leaders from the first day they arrive on campus through a variety of programs and opportunities. Students are provided a Leadership and Involvement Transcript that documents the activities that have enhanced their liberal arts education.   SMC’s President plays a key leadership role in the community, and members of the faculty and staff are involved in numerous professional and service groups, in addition SMC has been recognized by the President’s Honor Roll of Service for the past several years.

Spartanburg Methodist College will go on to a selection processes for national semifinalists of other statewide college exemplars as part of this ACT Campaign. The selected finalist will be recognized as the National Exemplar and will be honored at an ACT Gala in Washington, DC on June 9th.

To learn more about the ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign and view highlights from prior years, visit www.act.org/readinesscampaignACT