Greenville Chamber Singers

Greenville Chamber Singers to perform at Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Methodist College welcomes the Greenville Chamber Singers to the Gibbs Auditorium in Ellis Hall on Monday November 25th at 7:00 p.m.  “O Great Mystery” is the theme for the Christmas concert. Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

Familiar favorites (with some fun twists!) as well as new music will be performed by the women’s chorus to put everyone in the Christmas mood.  The Greenville Chamber Singers, an auditioned women’s ensemble formed in 1996, share an exuberant love for choral music and a strong commitment to ongoing growth as performers. Members’ previous experiences include high school and college choruses, church choirs, and other community musical groups. Traveling and performing in the Southeast, The Greenville Chamber Singers is a musically versatile ensemble that focuses on community service.  The group is under the direction of Angela Lemere who also serves as district choral coordinator at Dorman High School.

 

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SMC’s Liz Patterson recognized for Advocacy and Service Award

Spartanburg, SC – Liz Patterson, a Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Trustee member, was awarded the Lee S. Poole Advocacy and Service Award by the Charles Lea Center on Thursday morning, October 31st, at the Annual Meeting of the Charles Lea Center.

Lee Sterling Poole, son of Lynne and John Poole, was born prematurely and was not expected to survive. However, Lee did live and grew into a wonderful young man before passing away at the age of 27 in 2009.  His cheerful spirit conveyed an energy that was contagious and Lee represented all that is good and caring about our community.  His life was not only a testimonial, but a reminder, that regardless of your situation in life, everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy life to the fullest.

The Lee S. Poole Advocacy and Service Award was established in 2010 by the Charles Lea Center to honor and recognize the commitment of an individual who has worked to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Spartanburg County.  Patterson was honored to receive such a recognition and accepted it on behalf of and in memory of her brother “Bubba.”

The first and only woman to represent the 4th Congressional District, Elizabeth Johnston “Liz” Patterson’s career personifies service: from her early work as a recruiting officer for the Peace Corps and VISTA, as the SC Director of Head Start, to serving as staff assistant for Representative James R. Mann to her elected offices of Spartanburg County Council, the S.C. Senate and the House of Representatives.

While in office, she served on the House Committees on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs and the Select Committee on Hunger.  After leaving office, Patterson oversaw the creation of the Professional Legal Assistant (PLA) Program at Converse College in 1997 and served as Director of the program until her retirement.

Her father, Olin D. Johnston, a member of the very first SMC graduating class, served as Governor of South Carolina and as U.S. Senator from South Carolina.  Patterson was voted onto the SMC Board of Trustees and has served consecutively since 2004.  She was instrumental in moving Converse College’s PLA program to SMC, where it was been housed since August of 2004 and rebranded as SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Program.

In addition to serving on the SMC Board of Trustees, Patterson serves on the SMC Paralegal Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Central United Methodist Church, Business & Professional Women (BPW), League of Women Voters, Rotary Club, the Church Council, Charles Lea Center & Charles Lea Center Foundation, and is an Independent College & University Life Member.  Patterson holds honorary degrees from Wofford, Converse, and Columbia College and has been awarded various awards such as Kiwanis Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year – Spartanburg Board of Realtors.

Patterson, born in Columbia, SC, holds a B.A. from Columbia College of South Carolina and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina. Patterson is married to Dwight Patterson, and they have three children, Dwight III, Olin and Catherine Gramling.

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Spartanburg Methodist and Sherman College Sign Transfer Agreement

Spartanburg Methodist College and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently updated a transfer agreement to simplify student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College.

Under the agreement, students can to take their prerequisite 90 semester hours at Spartanburg Methodist, and then transfer into Sherman College’s doctor of chiropractic degree program after three years. The agreement details can be viewed at http://www.sherman.edu/intranet/ENROLL/articulation-agreements/SMC-SCCcurriculum.pdf or http://www.smcsc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SMC-SCCcurriculum.pdf.

“This is a highly attractive option for Spartanburg Methodist College students looking for a cost-effective and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as doctors of chiropractic,” says Sherman Vice President for Enrollment Services Kelley Jones Ashcraft, who worked closely with SMC to develop the program. “It makes perfect sense for SMC and Sherman to align our programs to provide more opportunities for our College Town students.” Chiropractic, Ashcraft says, is an in-demand health care career that allows graduates to bring natural wellness care to their communities while making a difference in the lives of others.

“SMC enrolls many students each year who indicate an interest in various careers in the health sciences, including chiropractic,” says Dr. Colleen Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College. “Having an agreement like this one in place with Sherman College makes it so that students can clearly see how they can reach their career goal in a timely fashion and go on to a career that plays a significant role in health promotion, as well as injury and disease prevention. This agreement provides a significant opportunity for our students.”

Under the agreement, Sherman College guarantees admission to students from SMC who meet the following provisions:

  • Students must have successfully completed the courses required in the Associate in Science pre-chiropractic curriculum.
  • Students must have met the minimum grade requirement of “C” in all required courses.
  • Students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the 90 semester hour requirement for admission to Sherman College.
  • Students may be granted tentative acceptance upon completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit with full approval granted upon receipt of the final transcript.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions across the nation to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements, contact the Sherman College Admission Office or call 800-849-8771, ext, 222, email kashcraft@sherman.edu or go to http://www.sherman.edu/future-students/3-plus-1-agreements.asp.

About Sherman College of Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

About Spartanburg Methodist College

SMC is South Carolina’s only private, residential college exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students and one of only four colleges in South Carolina affiliated with the United Methodist Church. 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.  Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is proud of its heritage of providing “the opportunity to be your best and the inspiration to do great things.”

 

 

Operation Christmas

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that wonderful time of the year again—that time when we collect shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Beginning Monday, faculty, staff and students will be able to pick up boxes from the Chapel or the Counseling Center and they will need to be returned no later than 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

In years past several faculty members have offered extra credit for students who bring in boxes.  If a faculty members choose to do so again this year, please keep track of the names of the students who bring in boxes and send them to Candice Y. Sloan, Chaplain, so that she can add their names to the Service Challenge.

The class, group, organization, team , etc. that collects the most shoe boxes (on a percentage basis) wins a pizza party.

Thank you for your support!!

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Antigone to be presented by Spartanburg Methodist College Players November 7-9

Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Methodist College and the SMC Players will present the classic Greek tragedy Antigone beginning Thursday evening November 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall.  The timeless play, which examines duties to family, to God, and to the state, will continue with productions on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m.  The public is invited and general admission tickets are $5, area students tickets are $3, and all SMC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge.

“Though it was first produced almost 2500 years ago, Sophocles’ Antigone is remains particularly relevant to contemporary audiences,” said Dr. Les Buhite, Director of the SMC Drama Program. Antigone, the daughter of the infamous Oedipus, must choose between the edicts of her tyrannical uncle, the king Creon, and her loyalty to family and the traditional religious obligations toward the dead. The tragedy is set in the ancient Greek city of Thebes.

Dr. Buhite and the cast has modernized the dialogue and added a scene from Jean Anouilh’s famous adaptation from the 1940’s in German-occupied France.  Costuming will be modern, with occasional touches of classical lines.  The SMC production will also feature YouTube-style video to show offstage action and an anti-chorus of modern day-style newscasters to fill in the background and explain some of the actions and understandings that can get lost in translation.  For the chorus, he will bring in contemporary music with the intent to achieve same emotional impact as the original songs would have had to the Athenian audience in 442 BCE.

”King Creon refuses to let Antigone bury her brother, who had raised an invading army against his own city,” Buhite explains. “Contrary to the laws of the gods (as understood by Greek culture), Creon insists that no enemy of the city deserves to be treated with respect, even after death. Sacrificing her life in defiance of Creon’s new law, and honoring her brother despite their political differences, Antigone follows her conscience all the way to the play’s tragic conclusion.”

The SMC cast is composed of the following students:

Ryan Almquist is Creon. A sophomore Finance major, Ryan is the son of Todd and Tira Almquist of Taylors, SC and graduate of Eastside High School.

Torey Brown plays Antigone’s more level-headed sister, Ismene. A sophomore Fine Arts major, Torey  is the daughter of Garland Brown & Robin Brown of York, SC and a graduate of York Comprehensive High School.

Adell Gordon is Haemon, son of Creon, betrothed to Antigone.  A freshman from Greenville SC, Adell is the son of Shirley and Enrique Gordon and is majoring in Fine Arts.  He graduated from Berea High School.

Kathleen Grayson will play the role of Antigone, daughter of the late Oedipus. A sophomore pursuing a Fine Arts major, Kathleen is the daughter of Webster Grayson and Evan Haynie of Easley, SC and a graduate of Liberty High School.

Shakira Jackson is Tiresias, the blind prophet, a Newscaster, and a member of the chorus.  The freshman Fine Arts major is graduate of Chapman High School and the daughter of Joey and Diane Jackson, of Inman, SC.

Leah Meahl is Sophia, a modern-day scholar who provides the deeper social context in which the tragedy unfolds. A Wade Hampton High School graduate, the current sophomore is the daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, SC and is majoring in English.

Kristen LaPointe, is the Sentry, a Newscaster, and a member of the Chorus.  A sophomore from Simpsonville, SC, Kristen is majoring in Pediatrics with a Music minor and is the daughter of Jeff & Lori LaPointe. She is a graduate of Mauldin High School.

Chasten Thomas, plays Creon’s Body Guard and is a sophomore from Inman, SC majoring in Accounting.  The Landrum High School graduate is the son of Joseph and Tami Thomas.

Ashley Whitt plays Eurydice, wife of Creon, mother of Haemon, and appears in the Chorus. The Spartanburg Sophomore is a graduate of Dorman High School.  Ashley is a Computer Science major and the daughter of Jim and Kim Whitt.

Danielle Winks, is Ana Kritis, a contemporary news analyst.  A Sophomore English major from Moore, SC, Danielle is a Dorman High School graduate and the daughter of Michael and Kerry Winks.

Carl Gibson serves as the production’s musical director and leader of the Chorus. A Sophomore Music major from Inman SC., Carl is the son of Gary and Robin Gibson and a graduate of Dependent Christian School.

Additional cast member members include:

Brittany Allen, a Freshman Fine Arts major from Columbia, SC and a graduate of Dreher High School.

Davis Phillips, a Sophomore Communications major from Inman SC.  Davis is a graduate of Spartanburg Christian Academy and the son of William and Melinda Phillips.

The SMC Production Staff includes:

Stage Manager: Hannah Faires, a Sophomore Education major from Mauldin, SC.  The Mauldin High School graduate is the daughter of Ned and Terri Faires.

Videographer and Assistant to the Director: Leo Kingsley, a Freshman Fine Arts major from Spartanburg, SC.  Leo is a  Dorman High School graduate and the son of David and Rita Plemmons.

Assistant to the Director: Adrian Dyer, a sophomore majoring in Religion.  Adrian is the daughter of Mikell and Marian Dyer of Pomaria, SC, and a Mid-Carolina High School graduate.

The performance of Antigone will be directed by Dr. Les Buhite, Director of the SMC Drama Program and Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking.  Dr. Buhite holds a BS in Communications Arts/Theater from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and a MA in Theater from University of Akron; and a Ph.D in Theater from Florida State University.