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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!”