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Musician Gabriel Redding to headline SMC’s Founder’s Day

Each October, the SMC Student Government Association sponsors a Founder’s Day Program.  The program celebrates the vision, passion, and purpose of SMC’s founder, David English Camak, and those who have followed his lead over the years to continue to propel Spartanburg Methodist College as a driving force in higher education.

Typically a speaker is chosen from the college’s prestigious alumni.  However, this year the Student Government Association is taking a different route…they have selected Gabriel Redding as the 2013 Founder’s Day speaker.  A pioneer, in the simplest form, is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things.  This year’s speaker is just that.  He is a musician, community advocate, entertainer, athlete, world record holder, and most definitely a pioneer.

From June 7th to July 19th, 2013, Redding ran across America from Santa Monica, CA to St. Simons Island, GA in 42 days, breaking the world record for the fastest crossing of America on foot, and raising over $8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  As a musician, Redding has opened for Boys Like Girls, Hinder, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz, Bo Bice, Joan Jett, Gin Blossoms, KC and the Sunshine Band, and has performed in the middle-east for the troops on a USO tour. He performs at colleges and military bases all over the US, coffee shops and movie theaters, and wherever else he finds to play.  From June 29th to August 10th, 2009, Redding bicycled across the continent, from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Seattle, Washington, totaling 43 days and 3204.3 miles to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Redding will discuss his record breaking run across America, what inspired him to take on this challenge and share his rich experiences interacting with Americans across the states. The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association believes Gabriel Redding is a pioneer in many ways, and after the Founder’s Day event, he will be an honorary SMC Pioneer.

The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association Founder’s Day program will take place on Monday, October 28th at 4 pm in the Mission Davis Chapel on the campus of SMC. The general public is welcomed to attend this uplifting program.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu, 864-587-4278.

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Greenville Brass Quintet takes stage at Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to welcome the Greenville Brass Quintet to their Gibbs Auditorium stage to perform on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

The Greenville Brass Quintet was created to advance the art and promote the appreciation of quality brass chamber music throughout South Carolina and the Southeast.  Members of the Greenville Brass Quintet are among the top freelance musicians in the Southeast and are experienced in a wide array of musical settings.  The quintet consists of the principal brass players of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Joe Hughes, trombonist, Phil Elkins and Jens Larsen on trumpets, Anneka Zuehlke-King on French horn and Don Strand on tuba.

The individual members have performed with Broadway shows, symphonies, and chamber groups all over the world, with performance locales ranging from Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to Europe and Asia.  The music of the quintet spans 500 years of the finest brass literature, dating from the Renaissance music of the 1500’s to contemporary compositions that include jazz, ragtime, and Broadway.

In addition to presenting a variety of concert styles, the Greenville Brass Quintet is committed to educational programs that foster enthusiasm and appreciation for live chamber music.

Make plans to experience the Greenville Brass Quintet for yourself on Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium at Spartanburg Methodist College.   The public is invited and admission is free of charge.  For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu or 864-587-4278.

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Colleges Unite Downtown for College Fest 2013: Scare on Morgan Square Zombie Dance Party

A Scare on the Square Zombie Dance Party will invade downtown Spartanburg on Friday, September, 13, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the annual College Fest program to welcome the city’s 15,300 college students.

College Fest is targeted to college-age students and hosted by College Town of Spartanburg, a consortium of the seven colleges in Spartanburg (Converse College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Wofford College) and in partnership with the City of Spartanburg.

College Fest coincides with the beginning of the school year and welcomes students of the seven local colleges to the Spartanburg community. Performing at this year’s 12th annual College Fest will be The Melker Project, a “mashup and remix artist” based in New York City who takes songs people love and turns them into songs they will love even more. The Melker Project, also known as Johnny Cashin’ Out, Skeetwood Mac, Booty Huxtable, Skeevie Tricks, A$AP Scotty and Ricky Exit-Row-Zay, is the brainchild of world-renowned DJ and remixer Scott Melker.

Known for being among the first DJs to champion the mashup style using vinyl – long before the advent of Serato and digital DJing – Melker is known for his mashups and remixes, many of which have reached No. 1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. He released The Melker Project (full length DJ mix) in 2010, reaching more than 10,000 downloads in the first week, and his 2012 remixes and mashups “Somebody That I Used To Know vs. Dead Wrong – Gotye Vs. Notorious B.I.G. (Popped and Screwed Remix),” ”Say Hello vs. Because (Jay-Z vs. The Beatles),” and “High for This vs. Pop Bottles (Ellie Goulding vs. Birdman & Lil Wayne) are among the most popular tracks on the internet.

Melker is also known for remixing Mitt Romney’s debate gaffe “Binder Full of Women.” The Melker Project’s remix “Message In A Bottle vs. Mercy” was recently named one of the Top 25 mashups of all time by notable music blog PigeonsAndPlanes.com.

In his 16 year DJ career, he has played gigs around the world alongside notable DJs and diverse acts, including The Cataracs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Gloria Estefan, DJ Cash Money, King Britt, DJ AM, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh, Biz Markie, Raekwon, Kanye West, Wu Tang, Pete Rock, Evil Dee, Q-Tip, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Ne-Yo, T.I., The Ying Yang Twins, Jet Daughtry and many others. Melker was also a support act on the Summer Haze Tour in 2007, alongside G. Love, Slightly Stoopid, and Ozomatli.

The Friday, September 13, event will feature two free photo booths, glow necklaces, free Coke products and food from several local food vendors as well as a contest for best costume. Beer will also be available with valid id. For more information on College Fest, contact Rogers Brandt Settle, collegetownspartanburg@gmail.com.

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Spartanburg Methodist lights up the night with The Chemistry of Color, Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why we see colors the way that we do? Or how Fireworks work? Or how you can make a glow stick at home? Well, wonder no more.

Spartanburg Methodist College will present The Chemistry of Color and our resident Chemists, Kathleen Brown and Dr. Brian Gloor, will be there to show you all of the amazing colorful things that a Chemist gets to enjoy. Make plans to come out and partake in the rainbow on Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall. Admission is FREE of charge.

Kathleen Brown is Director of the SMC Learning Community and Director of the Freshman Year Experience, and also serves as an adjunct professor of biology. Ms. Brown holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Barry University and a M.Ed. in Natural Science from Converse College. Her co-host, SMC Professor of Chemistry Dr. Brian Gloor, holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Texas State University as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

In the spring of 2013, Dr. Gloor was inspired to give an assignment to students to let them have fun and get creative. The result was a video that made it to You Tube.

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“When you have to take things you have learned and make something from it and give students free reign, with some guidelines, you will be amazed at how much they know and what they can do. I love to see my students work together and take what they learned and put it into context. They still talk about the video and sing the song when I see them. It was fun to be a part of that learning experience,” shared Dr. Gloor.

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“Women of Calle 58” dance performance to take stage at Spartanburg Methodist College

Returning to the stage after rave reviews, the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT), along with the White Dog Dance Project International, will present “The Decent Women of Calle 58” on Monday, October 21st in the Gibbs Auditorium at Spartanburg Methodist College at 7 p.m.

The production, for mature audiences only, is based on true stories of Mexican prostitutes and on an exhibit created by social anthropologist Christian Ramussen.

In this powerful and moving performance, ACDT artistic director Susan Collard focuses on the humanity of these women’s stories by staging the dances in intimate and familiar settings such as the kitchen, bedroom, patio, etc. Each piece explores what is important to these women, such as aspirations as wanting to make a better life for themselves and for their children, seeking protection for themselves, and developing a sense of camaraderie.

Rasmussen’s exhibit is predicated on his twenty-two interviews of sex servers. In it, mental images of eroticism and sensuality are shattered by the reality of these women’s personal and poignant stories. In order to survive, in order to provide for their children and for their families, each of these women made the incredibly difficult choice to become a sex server.

Eleven ACDT dancers, along with local actresses, will perform vignettes of these women’s incredible stories to contemporary and classical music as well as music composed by Alejandro Basulto. ACDT, a small, successful dance theatre, perform over 50 shows yearly throughout the southeast and abroad. Since its founding in 1979, as Western Carolina’s first contemporary dance company, ACDT’s mission has been to integrate human and artistic connections between all cultures, both local and global.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for the community to come together and build awareness and a movement towards safe and healthy relationships for all individuals and families. Domestic violence touches every person in our community and society as a whole; and violates a person’s dignity, safety, and basic human rights. SMC asks you to stand up as a champion for survivors and join the movement for a safer and healthier community.

Make plans to experience The Decent Women of Calle 58 for yourself on Monday, October 21st at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium at Spartanburg Methodist College. The public is invited and admission is free of charge. For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu or 864-587-4278.