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SMC and Hobsons Join Forces to Unveil Radius

Spartanburg Methodist College has joined forces with Hobsons to unveil Radius, the first Student Lifecycle Management Solution, which puts college students front and center.

SMC, selected by Hobsons as the pilot school for implementation of Radius, now has the flexibility to define and personalize a student’s lifecycle path from inquiry to enrollment.  Registrars and other academic administrators can keep students on the path to graduation with’ advanced reporting features and definitive lifecycle paths that are customizable per academic program.

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons’ personalized learning, academic planning, postsecondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions. Based on Hobsons’ Intelliworks architecture, Radius, available to undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional programs, will help post-secondary institutions, such as SMC, address rising challenges with enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

Prior to Radius, Spartanburg Methodist College used an assortment of systems to manage its recruitment efforts that, although powerful, carried a learning curve that limited staff adeptness. By utilizing Radius, SMC can deliver an enriched student experience and improved student retention by monitoring and tracking student performance, intervening when students need additional support, and analyze student outcomes from a single, cloud-based interface.

Since implementing Radius earlier this year, SMC has revolutionized the way in which it interacts with students from the point of inquiry to enrollment. Now, counselors and enrollment managers can quickly segment applicant pools, personalize student communications, process applications online, and prepare students for registration without extensive staff training.

Online processing has helped SMC increase productivity. After six weeks of implementation, they are more than one month ahead of student deposits over 2013. “Radius’ emphasis on Student Lifecycle Management mirrors SMC’s history of personal relationships with students during the recruitment process,” said Mike Queen, SMC director of Admissions. “Radius has allowed us to deepen those relationships and provide truly unique experiences for our prospective students. The intuitiveness of the program has allowed us to launch with minimal staff training and produced immediate results.”

“Successful Student Lifecycle Management is simple,” said Hobsons CEO Craig Heldman. “When schools are able to provide value to students at each stage of the lifecycle, they increase quality, efficiency, growth, and intelligence at their institution. We are excited to offer Radius as the first, single solution to maximize student success and institutional effectiveness seamlessly across multiple student pathways and multiple aspects of the institution.”

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SMC Volleyball Coach Megan Aiello headed to Honolulu, Hawaii

Spartanburg Methodist College Volleyball Coach Megan Aiello has been selected to represent SMC at the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Aiello will coach an elite team of high school student-athletes from North and South Carolina during the June 17-24showcase.

Aiello returned in 2013 as Head Volleyball Coach at Spartanburg Methodist College after six years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Aiello has an overall record of 147-125 in nine seasons.

Aiello led the Pioneers to a 57-24 overall record and a 41-11 record in Region X play. She directed the 2003 Pioneer club to a 23-5 record, a regular season Region X Championship and was awarded the Region X Coach of the Year for her efforts.

While at Huntingdon College, Aiello compiled a record six year record of 90-101; helped lead the program to a 2010 regular season Great South Athletic Conference Championship and was awarded the Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Aiello also served as the Associate Athletic Director, Director of Compliance, and the Senior Women’s Administrator.

Aiello coached 15 All Conference Selections, 6 All Freshmen, 36 All-Academic selections and the 2007 Libero of the Year.

As head volleyball coach for SMC, Aiello directs all aspects of the competitive NJCAA Division I women’s volleyball program.  In addition, she has served as Region X Volleyball Chair, NJCAA Region X Women’s Director, an adjunct professor in SMC’s health and physical education department.

Aiello, who holds a bachelor of science from Anderson College (SC) in Physical Education and a Masters of Arts in Education from Bluffton College (OH), is active in the SC Midlands Volleyball, Columbia; Club South Volleyball        , Spartanburg and is a member of the NACWAA         and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

 

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SMC initiates Essay Contest for Jesse Bobo Elementary School

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce the first through third place winners of their Jesse Bobo Elementary School Essay Writing contest.

SMC has partnered with Jesse Bobo for the past few years in various capacities. This year, the partnership expanded to include an essay contest for Jesse Bobo’s 3rd through 5th grade students.  Winners were chosen based on the 2013-2014 PASS writing rubric.  The essays were anonymously judged by college faculty and the top three winners were recognized at SMC’s annual Awards Program on Thursday, April 24th.

Earning first place recognition was Madisyn Cobb; second place went to Yamaris Baldwin; and third place award went to Kriti Baral.  “SMC is proud to support Jesse Bobo Elementary School as they prepare their students to be life-long learners, and successful and productive members of society.  Our shared vision is that all the Bobo Bears will attend college or a skills program to provide them with the necessary skills for real life,” shared Dr. Ann Bowles, VP for Academic Affairs at SMC.

SMC also honored three Jesse Bobo students during the college’s Fine Arts Night on Tuesday, April 22. Madisyn Cobb was recognized for her first place charcoal drawing; Tamia Wilkes was recognized for her second place tempera paint and oil pastel self-portrait; and Lily Sims was recognized for a third place mixed media collage based on the artwork of Jonathan Green, an artist from the South Carolina low country who painted scenes from the Gullah culture.

SMC’s Kappa Sigma Alpha honor society has an ongoing relationship with JB’s students and SMC has partnered with JB to bring an early morning reading program to students who arrive for early breakfast.  Five SMC athletic teams (Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Wrestling) along with members of the SMC faculty and staff meet JB students in the library, classrooms and gym to share their favorite books.  “I am very proud of our young men and women for showing firsthand how important reading and an education are to success in life,” stated SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith.

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US Senator Lindsey Graham to address Graduating Class of SMC

The graduation commencement ceremony for the 2014 class of Spartanburg Methodist College will be held on Friday, May 9th at 10 a.m. in the Jesse L. Bridges Arena located on the SMC campus. This year’s commencement speaker will be United States Senator Lindsey Graham.

“In the United States Senate, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has earned a reputation as a leader willing to tackle the toughest issues facing our nation,” stated SMC President Colleen Perry Keith. “His service to his country, through elected or military channels, has been exemplary. His commitment to service beyond self is something that we want our students to emulate as they pursue their next level of education and enter the workplace.”

Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense and considered a loyal friend to our men and women serving in uniform. A frequent visitor to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq for on-the-ground assessments, Graham has consistently pushed for outcomes in the War on Terror which defend our own long-term national security interests.

Closer to home, Graham has been a leader in balancing the federal budget and reforming entitlements to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. For his work, a prominent national conservative organization labeled him a ‘Taxpayer Hero’ who puts, “the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers.”
Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008, garnering over one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history.

In the Senate, he serves on the chamber’s most important committees: Appropriations, which oversees the expenditure of every dollar from the Federal Treasury; Armed Services, which is responsible for all areas of our national defense; Budget, which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending, and Judiciary, which has a broad mandate covering multiple issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law.

Graham was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the first Republican from
the Third Congressional District of South Carolina since 1877. Prior to his service in the House,
Graham compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force as he logged six-and-ahalf
years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned
overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.  Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90’s, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region. Graham continues to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is one of only two U.S. Senators currently serving in the Guard or Reserves. He is a colonel and is assigned as a Senior Instructor at the Air Force JAG School. A native South Carolinian, Graham grew up in Central, graduated from D.W. Daniel High School near Clemson, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Seneca and is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

An estimated 200 sophomore students are expected to be awarded degrees. Mr. Alex Haulbrook,
son of Kelly Stubblefield and Nathan Haulbrook of Lexington, SC and a graduate of Lexington
High School, will be the recipient of the Yandle Student Leader Award at graduation, which
accompanies the honor of being the student commencement speaker. Music will be provided by
the SMC Troubadours under the direction of Dr. Lanny Lanford, Composer and Professor of
Music.

Based on the limited capacity of the Bridges Arena, this year’s commencement will be a “ticketed
event” and guests will not be permitted without a ticket. For the first time ever, the 2014 SMC
ceremony will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/palmetto-sound-works for those unable to attend graduation in person.

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SMC Professor Lori Merck recognized with Huff Faculty Award

Spartanburg Methodist College Professor of Spanish, Lori Merck, was recognized on Friday, April 4th with the Archie Vernon and Margaret Wannamaker Huff Faculty Award.

Dr. A. V. Huff, Jr., a former SMC Board member and a retired Chairperson of the Department of History at Furman, along with his wife, Kate, established this award fund in 1970 in memory of his parents, Archie Vernon and Margaret Wannamaker Huff.

Dr. Huff grew up just blocks away from the state Capitol and Woodrow Wilson’s childhood home. He would often see former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes walking the streets. And once he got a close up view of Franklin Roosevelt.  As a child Huff delighted in hearing the stories that Civil War veterans told of their exploits in battle. His grandfather fought in the Civil War, and his father owned a cotton farm.

Huff attended Wofford College, then earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke University and was a Fulbright Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  A United Methodist minister and a 35-year member of the Furman University, serving on the faculty beginning in 1968 and as VP for Academic Affairs and Dean from 1995 until his retirement in 2003, Huff’s childhood South Carolina was a sleepy state, a land of small farms and towns and burgeoning textile mills. He lived through the industrialization and “smokestack chasing” of the ’40s and ’50s, the civil rights struggles of the ’60s, desegregation in the ’70s, the demise of the textile industry in the ’80s and the suburban growth of the ’90s.

A specialist on the American South and South Carolina, he has written and edited a number of books, including The History of South Carolina in the Building of a Nation, Langdon Cheves of South Carolina and Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont, a work that took him 10 years to research and write.

Proceeds from the Huff endowed fund are awarded annually to an instructor exemplifying outstanding professional qualifications and teaching ability.  Merck was recognized by her peers during the April faculty meeting for her demonstrated professional competence and service to the college.  The award’s monetary prize allows the recipient to further her study, travel to broaden her professional or cultural perspective or help defray publication expenses for scholarly work.

In addition to teaching, Merck heads up the SMC Hispanic Student Association and is the Director of the SMC Interdisciplinary Committee that is charged with bringing cultural events to the college.  “Lori Merck is a dedicated member of our faculty. Her contributions in and out of the classroom are significant and impact, not only our college, but also our community. This award recognizes her exceptional commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to help students succeed,” stated Spartanburg Methodist College President, Dr. Colleen Keith.

Merck earned her undergraduate degree from Converse College and her master’s degree from Furman University.  Merck, a Moore, SC resident has taught at SMC since 2008, is married to Blandin Merck and they have three children.