literary arts

The Blue Granite Review now accepting submissions

THE BLUE GRANITE REVIEW, Spartanburg Methodist College’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions of SMC students’ works in creative expression—poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, creative non-fiction, art, and photography—through Friday, February 14, 2014, at 3 p.m.

Materials accepted for publication will appear in the 2014 issue of the magazine, which will be distributed on campus in April.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word to Professor Bayne, faculty advisor, at by the deadline indicated above.  Written texts should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font and should be double-spaced.

Miss SMC

Students vie for Miss SMC title on Saturday, January 25th

Spartanburg, SC –  Spartanburg Methodist College will host its annual Miss SMC Pageant on Saturday, January 25.  The 6 p.m. event will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC.  The event is open to the public and admission is $5.  SMC faculty, staff and students are admitted for free.

Contestants will compete in five categories: Preliminary interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear, and on-stage interview.  The winner of Saturday night’s pageant will compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.

“We are excited to be a part of the Miss South Carolina and Miss America Scholarship organizations and support the four points of the crown: service, scholarship, success, and style,” said Kim Day Caton, SMC Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Bonnie Walls, from Piedmont, currently serves as the reigning Miss SMC.  Angela Hughes Singleton, Miss South Carolina 1996 and Mrs. South Carolina 2005 will serve as host and this year’s judges include:  Heidi Aiken, Radio Host on B93.7; Dr. Penny Fisher, Chair of the SMC Board of Trustees and former Superintendent of the Greenville County School District; Mrs. Effie Williams; Mr. Bobby Holcombe, Director of Financial Aid at USC Union and Joyce Cox, former Director of the Miss Greenville pageant.

The 2014 Miss SMC contestants include:

Stefanie Egan a freshman from Greer, SC. Stefanie is the daughter of Cyrus Berdan and Georgeanna Egan and is a graduate of Byrnes High School.

Allisha Fewell a sophomore from Rock Hill, SC.  Allisha is the daughter of Maurice and Angela Fewell and a graduate of Rock Hill High School.

Kathleen Grayson a sophomore from Easley, SC. Kathleen is the daughter of Webster Grayson and Eva Haynie of Easley and a graduate of Liberty High School.

Brittany Moore a freshman from Union, SC. Brittany is the daughter of Robbie and Sharon Moore and is a graduate of Union County High School.

Logan Phillips a sophomore from Blacksburg, SC. Logan is the daughter of Randy and Julie Phillips and a graduate of Blacksburg High School.

Orrien Williams, a freshman from Fountain Inn, SC. Orrien is the daughter of Brenda Williams and is a graduate of Hillcrest High School.

“The Miss SMC Pageant is an exciting event for our students and campus,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, SMC President.  “This group of young women is an impressive group. We are pleased our students are able to demonstrate their community service efforts and talents in this venue.”


SMC to host FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Event – Saturday, January 11th

Spartanburg, SC –  Saturday, January 11th the Jesse L. Bridges Arena at Spartanburg Methodist College will feature a different sport than the usual basketball – the Pioneers will host a “sport for the mind” – the Spartanburg FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier tournament, beginning at 9 a.m.

Dean Kamen, an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The FIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Elementary and middle-school students get to:  Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology;  apply real-world math and science concepts; research challenges facing today’s scientists;  learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills and participate in tournaments and celebrations.

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term “Gracious Professionalism”   – part of the ethos of FIRST, which encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Another FIRST value is “Coopertition” – founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Tonya LeBrun, local FLL Tournament Director, stated “with Gracious Professionalism, students learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either.  Coopertition involves learning from teammates; teaching teammates; learning from Mentors; and displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.”

The doors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and the 9 a.m. opening ceremony will begin with a welcome from SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, who shared “SMC is thrilled to play a role in the inspiration of young people to be science and technology leaders. What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.”  The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.  For additional information, contact Yvonne Harper,, 864-587-4278 or 266-7409.