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SMC Dedicates The Write Place in Ellis Hall

The Dr. Edgar H. Ellis, Jr. Hall, situated on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College, was “the right place” to be at 11 am on Friday, April 10th.   In fact, it was at that exact time Ellis Hall was the site of the formal dedication and official ribbon cutting for The Write Place, the college’s newly renamed writing center.

Marvin, Kathy and DonDr. Katherine Cann, Professor of History and Chairperson of the Social Sciences Division, and her husband, Dr. Marvin Cann, who has taught at SMC as an adjunct faculty member, were the benefactors of The Write Place, which is established in memory of their parents, Harold and Mary Davis, and Roy and Catherine Cann. (The Canns pictured with SMC’s Director of Development Don Tate).

The Write Place is a living memorial to the passion, sacrifices and enthusiasm their parents held for the education of the Canns.   Over the years, that same appreciation and awakening to the power of education has been shared in Canns’ classrooms, and now their commitment to education has the opportunity to be experienced by future generations of SMC students.

Nearly 18 years ago, SMC officially opened a writing center on the third floor of the Frank Walker Building. Since the fall of 1997, the center has always been staffed by full-time faculty of the English Division who give two hours per week to assist students from all academic divisions (computer science, health, natural sciences statistics, criminal justice, psychology, history, literature, and of course, English composition) with their class writing assignments, but also with scholarship and university application writing needs. Over 200 students visit the writing center each semester.

Professor Jane Brackett, Director of The Write Place, stated “on behalf of the college, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the Canns’ gift. This new academic resources is comfortable and inviting and will enable us to continue to help students for years to come.”

During the ceremony, Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., President of SMC, read several quotes from the book Give to Live: How Giving Can Change Your Life by Douglas M. Lawson. In particular, Keith shared Lawson’s words “Change and growth can occur only when each of us accepts the truth that we must all give of ourselves so that we all may live….We cannot heal all of the problems of the earth by ourselves, but we have to believe that if enough of us commit ourselves and turn loose our energies and resources, collectively we can create wholeness…Once you decide you are ready to go the extra mile, you will need to reallocate your time, energy, and talents…Progress and change live only in the mind and the hearts of committed, compassionate citizens.”

Keith concluded with Lawson’s quote “Once you accept the reality that a better world begins with you, relax in the knowledge that you will be the beneficiary of wonderfully rich, life-sustaining experiences. Your journey will not lead you down a road of sacrifice and drudgery. With grace and perseverance, you’ll get much more than you give.” Harold and Mary Davis and Roy and Catherine Cann would be proud of the SMC legacy they set in motion and the tribute that will forever bear their names, The Write Place, truly is at the right place.

 

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SMC’s Ellis Hall Gallery Hosting Regional Art Show until May 15

The Ellis Hall Gallery, on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College, is currently hosting an exhibition featuring 25 recent artworks by four regional artists. Artist participating in the exhibit are Marjorie Huwa, Prosperity, SC; Larry Millard; Athens, GA; Bruce Nellsmith; Edisto Beach, SC; and Paula Riddle; Newberry, SC.

The show includes a variety of media, including paintings, prints, drawings, and a sculpture installation by Larry Millard.

Nine, color drenched oil paintings based on Bruce Nellsmith’s trips to Southern France and the Mediterranean depict the impressive limestone cliffs found along the coast near Cassis, France.

MillardMillard’s installation is a large, interactive, walk-through piece that accounts for all of the senses, including smell.

Huwa at SMC Marjorie Huwa’s oil paintings subtly flirt with Surrealistic motifs.

Riddle at SMCThe collagraph prints by Paula Riddle examine the role of texture in the graphic arts.

 

The public is invited to tour the artwork Monday thru Thursday, from 7 am to 11 pm and on Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.  A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 5 to 7 pm; with each artist providing a gallery talk at 5:30 pm.

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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.

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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Exam Survival Kit – what every student needs to be successful!

The time is quickly approaching for end of the semester Final Exams! Help your student breeze through exam week by sending an Exam Survival Kit! Exam Survival Kits contain tasty and healthful treats, vital school supplies, and toys for stress relief! We guarantee your student will appreciate this thoughtful surprise! The cost for an Exam Survival Kit is $20. Any proceeds from the sale of Exam Survival Kits will be used for campus educational, social, and cultural programming.    Click here to order.

 

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AdvanceSC Ensures Success for Student Careers @ Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College has been awarded a $75,000 grant from AdvanceSC for an SMC project entitled “Testing and Internships that Ensures Success for Student Careers.”

According to SMC President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., “We received our first $75,000 grant to start the ‘Signature SMC Experience’ with up to 100 incoming freshman beginning in the Fall 2015 semester.”  Keith elaborated saying, “the experience involves career testing, comprehensive debrief of that testing, and use of the results in the advising and career planning for those students. It will also include some type of internship or career shadowing experience.”

AdvanceSC supports economic development, education, manufacturing and public assistance agencies in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area. Established as a limited liability company by Duke Energy in 2004, AdvanceSC is funded with profits from the company’s BPM program and is managed by a board of Upstate S.C. leaders. Information about AdvanceSC is available on its website at www.advancesc.org.

Spartanburg Methodist is continuing to seek additional revenue sources for their “Signature SMC Experience” so that all incoming students have the opportunity to participate.