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SMC Students Pledge to Uphold Honor  

On Sunday morning, August 18th at 10 a.m. Spartanburg Methodist College students will gather together in the Camak Auditorium for an inspirational message from their President.   Dr. Colleen Perry Keith will outline the basic expectations regarding social and academic behavior for faculty, staff and students.  These expectations are founded on a firm understanding of the importance of truthfulness; academic and person integrity, intellectual honesty, respect for the education process and respect for the individual.

Spartanburg Methodist College, as an institution of higher education related to the United Methodist Church, strives to maintain an atmosphere of living and learning based on faith and responsibility in a Christian community.  The college’s Honor Code governs life on the campus and within the College community.  It is a vital element that encourages appropriate behavior and conduct and discourages cheating, plagiarizing, lying and other inappropriate academic behaviors.

Following Dr. Keith’s message, each student will publicly sign and pledge to faithfully uphold the principles of the Honor System, cherish and guard its traditions and respect and observe its requirements.  According to Ron Laffitte, Dean of Students, “the signed Honor Code will hang in the Burgess Student Center and will signify the student body’s mutual trust and resolve to the principles they have agreed to adhere to for the coming academic year.”

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SMC welcomes tolerant, global and technologically-hip Freshman Class that gives back to the Spartanburg Community

Wednesday, August 21 marks the first day of class for Spartanburg Methodist College.  102 years after first welcoming one valiant student on the very first day of class, the college is now expecting over 520 new freshman students from 8 states (Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware, Tennessee and South Carolina) and 5 countries (United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Australia and Brazil) to begin moving onto campus August 16.    An additional 300-plus sophomores are set return on August 19.

This year’s incoming freshman class is tolerant, global and technologically hip. Their basic staples of existence include cellphones, electronic organizers, cable radio and hundreds of television stations.   They were the first group to come to age as the Internet began. They’ve grown up surfing the internet and texting; watching wars, police arrests and acts of terrorism unfold on TV in real time and have always known the news before the Evening News came on.

Charging a latte with a single swipe or curling up in the corner to read a book on an electronic screen, has never amazed them.  Cartoon Network, blue Jell-O and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream have always been a choice for them.  Women have always outnumbered men in college; rap music has always been main stream; tattoos have always been chic and highly visible and their Green Giant has always been Shrek.

Having grown up in a politically-correct universe, with multi-culturalism as a given, this year’s freshman class is well suited to give back to the Spartanburg community on Saturday, August 17 with the college’s annual Freshman Day of Service.

For the 12th consecutive year, entering freshman, divided into small groups led by a faculty/staff member and one sophomore, are sent to schools, churches, soup kitchens, shelters assisting children and animals, and assisted living centers to assist with cleaning, painting, cooking, socializing, landscaping and any other tasks the service organization might need.

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Freshmen Day of Service

Each academic year at SMC starts off with the college’s annual Freshmen Day of Service, which was first held in 2001. Entering freshmen are introduced to the needs of Spartanburg County on their first full day – the first Saturday – on campus.

The freshmen, divided into small groups led by a faculty/staff member and two sophomores, are sent to schools, children’s shelters, animal shelters, assisted living facilities, churches, soup kitchens, etc. to assist with such tasks as cleaning, painting, cooking, socializing, landscaping and any other task the service organization may need.