The Easter Bunny

Sheriff Department’s Easter Egg Hunt to be held at SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the SMC campus on Saturday, April 12. The exclusive event, open only to Sheriff’s Department employees’ children and grandchildren, will also feature an appearance by The Easter Bunny.

In 2006 Sheriff Chuck Wright and his wife Kim happened upon information on The Easter Bunny Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a personal visit and a toy from The Easter Bunny during the week of Easter to children in hospitals and pediatric wards across the United States. In 2013, thanks to the Foundation, The Easter Bunny hopped throughout 33 states delivering smiles to 13,000 hospitalized children with the help of 92 Sheriff’s Offices and 4 Police Departments.

Sheriff Wright and The Easter Bunny have visited the pediatric floors, and other areas, of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Mary Black Memorial Hospital each year to share soft, plush Easter bunnies and the excitement and wonder that only a personal visit from The Easter Bunny can bring.  Within the last few years, they have also visited the Children’s Shelter as well.

Several years ago Sheriff Wright expanded their mission to also include an egg hunt for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s families.  “The annual egg hunt has been held at the Sheriff’s Office parking lot in the past,” shared Vicki Biggs, Senior Administrative Assistant for Sheriff Wright, “so we are excited to move it to SMC and have a safe, grassy location for our families and their children.”

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SMC announces 2014-2015 Presidential Ambassadors

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 SMC Presidential Ambassadors.  This elite group of rising sophomore students is chosen to represent the college on and off campus.  Presidential Ambassadors are specifically chosen because of their outstanding leadership qualities and involvement on the SMC campus.

“These young men and women represent what a SMC Pioneer is, at their best. They provide an invaluable service to the campus and are key to our admissions efforts,” shared Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College.  The following students have been selected as the 2014-2015 SMC Presidential Ambassadors:

Matthew Bishop, son of Teresa and David Bishop, of Spartanburg. Matthew is a graduate of Dorman High School;

KeiAndris Black, of Taylors, SC, a graduate of Riverside High School;

Jacob Cannon, son of Tonya and Brian McGuffin, of Roebuck, SC.  Jacob is a graduate of Doman High School;

Ian Clevenger, son of Brenda and Michael Clevenger, of Inman, SC. Ian is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School;

Zach Davis, son of Valerie Davis, of Rock Hill, SC. Zach is a graduate of South Pointe High School;

Patrice Haynes, daughter of Angela and Floyd Hayes, of Columbia, SC.  Patrice is a graduate of Ridge View High School;

Alisha Morehart, daughter of Tamara and Albert Morehart, of Greer, SC; Alisha is a graduate of Riverside High School.

Robby Norton, son of Pamela Davis, of Chesterfield, SC. Robby is a graduate of Chesterfield High School;

Samantha Rich, daughter of Betty and John Rich, of York, SC. Samantha is a graduate of Clover High School;

Kelsey Robinson, daughter of Kelly and Casey Robinson, of Greer, SC. Kelsey is a graduate of Eastside High School;

Jason Smith, son of Deborah and Jason Smith, of Iva, SC. Jason is a graduate of Dixie High School; and

Hannah West, daughter of Kimberly and John West, of Roebuck, SC. Hannah is a graduate of Dorman High School.

Presidential Ambassadors work with the President’s Office, the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Institutional Advancement to promote the college at events on and off campus. Often, Presidential Ambassadors are the first college representatives that prospective students meet and are critical in helping showcase SMC and all of the great opportunities that await them on campus.

Principle responsibilities include assisting with organizing and conducting three Guest Fest open house events; assisting the Office of Admissions with conducting campus tours for prospective students; being knowledgeable about Spartanburg Methodist College and be able to share that information with prospective students and their families; assisting the Office of Institutional Advancement with Alumni Weekend, donor dinners, alumni tours, and other events as needed; representing the student body at events on campus and office campus for the Office of the President.

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SMC to host Georgia author Carolyn Curry

Spartanburg Methodist College will host author Carolyn Curry for a talk and book signing on Tuesday, March 25th from 3 to 4 p.m. in the SMC Davis Mission Chapel.  Curry’s “Suffer and Grow Strong, The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834–1907,” is destined to become a classic in women’s studies, and is as enjoyable as it is educational.

Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas’s journals have long been an indispensable source for anyone seeking to understand the nineteenth-century South and Southern white women’s experiences,” says Michele Gillespie, Presidential Professor of History at Wake Forest University. “Yet surprisingly, Thomas has never been the subject of a full-length biography. Carolyn Curry’s welcome new book carefully documents Thomas’s life story and puts her journals into an intriguingly fresh context.”

Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas was an intelligent, spirited woman born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. At the age of fourteen she began and kept a diary for forty-one years. These diaries of her life before, during, and after the Civil War filled thirteen hand-written volumes with 450,000 words. In the early years she described her life of leisure and recorded the books she read. Her father recognized her love of learning and sent her to the first college for women in America, Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. After college graduation in 1851, she was a “gay young girl of fashion” who met and married her Princeton-educated husband in 1852.  However, with the coming of the Civil War and its aftermath, her life changed forever.

Thomas experienced loss of wealth, bankruptcy, the death of loved ones, serious illness, and devastating family strife. She gave birth to ten children and saw four of them die. But, through it all, she kept pouring thoughts into her diary. Thomas examined what was happening, asked questions, and strived to find ways to improve her family’s dire economic straits. She started a school in her home and later ran a boarding house out of the old family mansion.

In 1893, Thomas left Augusta and moved to Atlanta where she became active in many women’s organizations. She found comfort in her work with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Suffrage Movement. She began producing articles for newspapers, keeping them in scrapbooks that tell the story of her life after she quit keeping a diary. In 1899 she was elected president of the Georgia Woman Suffrage Association. Because of her own losses, Thomas was sensitive to the well-being of other women. As she said, she had “suffered and grown strong.” Her life is an amazing story of survival and transformation that speaks to women in our own time.

History has been a great silencer of women, but on Tuesday, March 25th SMC invites you to experience this masterfully researched and inspirational story of a remarkable Southern woman, written by a Southern woman, with women, like yourself, from around the Upstate at the 3 p.m. talk and book signing event.  The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

Carolyn Newton Curry holds a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and PhD degrees in History from Georgia State University. She has taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and The University of Kentucky. Curry is the founder and chair of Women Alone Together®, a non-profit foundation created to meet the needs of women who are alone in our culture. The well-being of women past and present has been her lifelong passion. Curry resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Converse’s Dr. Betsy Fleming to speak at SMC Honor Societies Recognition Ceremony

Spartanburg Methodist College will hold their 2014 Honor Societies Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium located within Ellis Hall.

Approximately 70 students will be inducted into the honor societies of Sigma Delta Mu, Psi Beta, Sigma Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa.  Sigma Delta Mu is the National Spanish Honor Society and requires an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and one semester of Spanish or equivalent.  Sigma Kappa Delta is the National English Honor Society and requires an overall GPA of 3.3 with a B average in a minimum of one college course in English or Literature.  Psi Beta is the National Psychology Honor society and requires an overall GPA of 3.25, completion of 12 academic hours with a B average in Psychology 101 and/or Psychology 201 as well as a high standard of personal behavior and integrity is required.  Phi Theta Kappa is the National Scholastic Honor Society and requires an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of 16 academic hours and students must be of good moral character and possess recognized good qualities of citizenship.

This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Betsy Fleming, President of Converse College.  “Dr. Fleming was selected due to her passion for creativity and community, her commitment to liberal arts education, and her fervent belief that learning, leadership and service are integral components of a successful, balanced life,” according to Dr. Bethany Perkins, SMC committee chair for the Honor Society Recognition Ceremony. “We feel Dr. Fleming’s dynamic brand of leadership, profound belief in the power of individuals to effect positive change, and a focused commitment to advancing and transforming higher education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century will make for a vibrant and inspirational presentation.”

Dr. Fleming was graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Fine Arts, received a Master of Arts degree in History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London, and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the History of Art from Yale University.  She has served in administrative and curatorial positions at The Frick Collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, Yale University Art Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Dr. Fleming has taught at Yale and Parsons School of Design.  Immediately prior to her arrival at Converse, she was Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Fleming is among the youngest college presidents in the country and has served as President of Converse since October 2005.  An Aspen Institute Liberty Fellow, she has served on the boards of the Women’s College Coalition and the National Association of Independent Colleges, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.  She lectures widely on creativity, art and design history, women and leadership.

The 2014 SMC Honor Society committee members include Dr. Bethany Perkins, Professor of English and Advisor for Sigma Kappa Delta, Dr. Kris Pratt, Professor of Religion and Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, Professor of Psychology and Advisor for Psi Beta, Dr. Johnathan Sedberry, Professor of English and Advisor for Sigma Kappa Delta, Dr. Cole Cheek, Professor of History and Anthropology and Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, Ms. Lori Merck, Professor of Spanish and Advisor for Sigma Delta Mu, and Mr. Pete Aylor, Director of Counseling and Advisor for Psi Beta.  The evening also included a piano performance by SMC sophomore Carl Gibson.