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Over the past year Spartanburg Methodist College has partnered with its neighbor Jesse Bobo Elementary School to bring an early morning reading program to students who arrive for early breakfast. Five SMC athletic teams (Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Wrestling) along with members of the SMC faculty and staff met Jesse Bobo students in the library, classrooms, and gym to share their favorite books. “Our athletes were barely awake when they arrived at Jesse Bobo at 7:00 in the morning; but, as soon as the children arrived our students came alive and enjoyed the morning just as much as the Bobo Bears. I am proud that these young men and women were willing to get up so early to show our young neighbors how important reading and an education are to success,” stated SMC President, Dr. Colleen P. Keith.
Nancy Monson came to Spartanburg Junior College in 1959 on a Rotary Club Scholarship and was searching for ways to support another SMC student like herself. It all came together for her when she decided to write “The Longest Bridge.”
The novel had been in the making for about twenty years, as she moved across South Carolina with her Methodist minister husband, Robert Monson, and taught in the SC public school system. Once retired, those hundreds of pages came together as an historical fiction about two mill hill boys, Billy Joe and Charlie, who grow up in a mill village in Spartanburg. Appropriate since SMC was started for mill people and Nancy grew up near a mill and her dad worked at Beaumont Mill.
Monson, a member at Central United Methodist Church, where none other than former SMC President Charlie Teague is in her Sunday School Class, has already sold many books and the book is available at Hub City Book Store in Spartanburg. Thanks to book signings and good reviews, Nancy returned to SMC on Thursday, April 3 to present a check for future student scholarships to SMC President Colleen Perry Keith.
Monson left Spartanburg Junior College after one year to marry her husband, who was attending Wofford at the time. She worked as a bookkeeper at JF Floyd Mortuary while her husband finished Wofford and Duke. “Spartanburg Junior College made a big impression on me, and there was never a doubt in my mind or my husband’s that I wouldn’t go back to college,” shared Monson. “SMC was my savior, it gave me my start in life and helped make it possible for me to return to colleges and universities across the state and eventually earn my Master’s degree. Thanks to all those who helped me in 1959. It feels wonderful to establish this scholarship at SMC today.” Monson has already started a sequel, for additional information, visit www.millhillboys.com
Spartanburg Methodist College awarded Dr. Brian Gloor with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Award for Exemplary Teaching on Friday, April 4th.
Gloor was recognized by President Colleen Perry Keith during the April faculty meeting. Each spring Dr. Ann Bowles, SMC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and the three previous annual award recipients weigh the teaching excellence of all full-time teaching faculty members. The award includes a monetary prize that allows the recipient to pursue professional development. ”SMC is honored to have such a passionate and gifted instructor as a member of our family. Dr. Gloor inspires students by making chemistry fun and relevant,” shared Bowles.
Gloor, Professor of Chemistry at SMC since 2012, holds a B.S. from Texas State University, a M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. In 2013, Gloor was the recipient of the SMC James S. Barrett award for unselfish service in campus fundraising efforts.
I was baptized into the Methodist church in October, 1994. This act deems me a lifelong member of the Methodist church and as a child I learned many Christian values and ways of living, yet I never really understood that I was a Methodist. That understanding came with my Confirmation. The Confirmation process was my chance to dive into the mystery of faith located within the Christian religion and Methodist denomination. At the end of this process I was able to make my first lifelong decision and that included whether I was to join my church and profess my faith as a Methodist or to profess myself as something totally different. Obviously I chose to remain a Methodist and grow in my faith and belief as I grew physically into the woman of faith that I am today.
I graduated Valedictorian of my class and pretty much had the opportunity to go anywhere that I wanted to go – provided the scholarship money was available. Yet, I applied to one school and one school only – Spartanburg Methodist College. This decision first and foremost was based on its affiliation with the Methodist Church and my decision to live a life set aside for the glory of God following His will. I stereotypically placed this college in the category of a typical Christian College, but upon my arrival I realized that SMC is so much more. Here I have found that it is not just a school. SMC is a 103 year old college that has successfully grown in number and in size and definitely flourished without changing the grounds on which it was built or discounting the faith of its founders.
SMC has given me access to knowledge beyond the walls of my home and high school, leading me educationally towards a career and providing a gateway into the knowledge of theology, philosophy, and history of Faith. SMC gives you access to faculty and staff members that appreciate the same values and are people of faith, as are you. The relationships you build help you to grow and become independent in your faith and belief and help you develop into the person you want to become.
Once you decide to attend an institution of this stature you become set apart in a positive Christ-seeking, self-seeking manner that inevitably changes most lives for the better. If the will to be a dedicated follower and believer of faith exists within your soul then it could only benefit future lives and decisions by attending SMC based on, connected to, and dedicated in expanding that same belief.
(Kaitlyn, a graduate of Calhoun Falls High School, is the daughter of Angela Pless, and has been accepted to the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing for her BSN. She hopes to specialize in Hospice.)
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