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SMC named winner of SC’s Career Preparedness Award for ACT”s College and Career Readiness Campaign

Spartanburg Methodist College has been notified that they were selected as the prestigious statewide award winner of South Carolina’s Career Preparedness Award for ACT’s College and Career Readiness Campaign.

Spartanburg Methodist College, a two-year private, residential, liberal arts institution, is one of a very few such institutions left in the United States. SMC plays a vital role in preparing students for success in careers and in senior colleges. SMC’s “success rate” (the sum total of students who either graduate and transfer or transfer prior to graduation into educational programs elsewhere to complete their higher education journey) is 86%. The national success rate for 2-year colleges is in the 20% range.

Founded in 1911 as the first cooperative education program in the United States, SMC has a strong 104 year history of providing resources for education and for life.  “Starting in the Fall 2015, SMC is devoting two of its Learning Communities to an in-depth focus on career decision making, which will further extend the College’s reach into career readiness work,” according to SMC President Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D.

Bobby Russ, District Manager of State Organizations, reached out on behalf of ACT and shared “Our council membership felt that your application and data demonstrated that Spartanburg Methodist College made significant strides in helping its students prepare for the success in the workforce or in continuing their education.”

SMC’s Counseling and Career Center utilizes a variety of assessment tools, such as a Career Personal Profile assessment, Personality Type Inventory, the SIGI, SDS, etc., to help students develop greater self-understanding and begin the process of lifelong growth and professional development.  Working with their SMC advisors, students can evaluate their career goals and make appropriate course selections and transfer options with senior colleges.

“Spartanburg Methodist College’s programs are aimed at career awareness, our success rate, and our support structures that are in place for students and our demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom were all factors that catapulted SMC to the top of the list,” shared Keith.

Students at SMC have opportunities to begin to develop as leaders from the first day they arrive on campus through a variety of programs and opportunities. Students are provided a Leadership and Involvement Transcript that documents the activities that have enhanced their liberal arts education.   SMC’s President plays a key leadership role in the community, and members of the faculty and staff are involved in numerous professional and service groups, in addition SMC has been recognized by the President’s Honor Roll of Service for the past several years.

Spartanburg Methodist College will go on to a selection processes for national semifinalists of other statewide college exemplars as part of this ACT Campaign. The selected finalist will be recognized as the National Exemplar and will be honored at an ACT Gala in Washington, DC on June 9th.

To learn more about the ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign and view highlights from prior years, visit www.act.org/readinesscampaignACT

 

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SMC Partners with Pinwheel Project to promote Child Abuse Prevention

Spartanburg Methodist College is proud to partner with Spartanburg Partners for Prevention’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month Pinwheel Project.

The Pinwheel Project is a collaborative community project to promote the protective factors every family can adopt to help keep children safe and secure. The purpose of the Pinwheel Project is to help spread the good news of the work being done in our community, and to promote the little things every family can do to help keep children happy and healthy.

Project Pinwheel features a coalition of over 300 partners across the Upstate including education, government, non-profit, faith-based and corporate leaders. SMC’s Pinwheel garden, “planted” by students from Dr. Mary Jane Farmer’s psychology class as well as students from SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Evening Program, symbolizes healthy, happy childhoods.

SMC Paralegal students recently toured the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties, Inc. During that visit Carmen Massey, a paralegal student from Spartanburg, shared she was shocked to learn the CAC is the only resource specifically for sexually abused and/or severely physically abused children in any of the three surrounding counties and that “95% of alleged offenders are someone the child knows and 68% of those offenders are family members.”

Learn more at facebook.com/SpartanburgPartners4Prevention.

 

 

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SMC Professor Dr. Jill Coyle winner of Emrys Poetry Award

Spartanburg Methodist College Professor of English, Dr. Jill Coyle, recently won the Emrys Poetry Award presented by the Hub City Writers Group for her piece entitled “Walker Creek.”

Ms. Marjory Wentworth, poet laureate of South Carolina, served as judge for the competition.  She said of Coyle’s poem, “I admire everything about this poet. The attention to specific image detail is superb and reminds me of Elizabeth Bishop’s work. The poems are beautifully crafted; there isn’t a spare syllable. What an accomplishment.”

Coyle earned her PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University and her MA in English from N.C. State University. Her poems have appeared in Blueline, Avocet, Main Street Rag, and Pinesong.

Through providing workshops to enhance writing skills, offering symposia for writers to present their work and awarding scholarships and fellowships, the Emrys Foundation nurtures creativity among emerging and established writers, seeks to expand the impact of the literary arts, and collaborates across a variety of art forms to give voice to the written word.

As a result of her award, Coyle, of Travelers Rest, will receive a scholarship to the week-long Wildacres Writers Workshop in Little Switzerland, N.C. in July. The SMC Division of English hosted a reading of Dr. Coyle’s original poetry in Ellis Hall on April 24.

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SMC Sophomore Students Recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Katie Alexander
Tori Allen
Guillermo Arce-Ruiz
Anah Bagwell
Jonathon Bailey
Matt Bishop
Brookelyn Brockelbank
Michael Campbell
Ian Clevenger
Kristen Clark
Lindsey Corbett
Jesse Davis
Lilasha Dervin
Riah Egan
Jesse Herrera
Shakira Jackson
Hannah Jefferson
Skyler Karalus
Brittany Moore
Glory Pi
Kelsey Robinson
Deja Smith
Courtney Tutterow
Leeanna Will
Kendall Witt

 

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SMC Students Recognized During the 2015 Awards Ceremony

Guillermo L. Arce-Ruiz Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Anah Gail Bagwell Sophomore Achievement Award in Service
Anah Gail Bagwell Sophomore Ella Jordan Lynn Award
Matthew Reid Bishop Sophomore Achievement Award in Leadership
Matthew Reid Bishop Sophomore Kappa Sigma Alpha President’s Award
Matthew Reid Bishop Sophomore Psi Beta Award
Brookelyn Summer Brockelbank Sophomore Pioneer Peer of the Year Award
Robert Dalton Bryant Sophomore Paul S. Lofton, Jr. History Award
Sarah Rebecca Burns Sophomore Blue Granite Review Art Award – 3rd Place
Sarah Rebecca Burns Sophomore Blue Granite Review Prose Writing Award – 1st Place
Ian Duncan Clevenger Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Ian Duncan Clevenger Sophomore American Legion Award
Ian Duncan Clevenger Sophomore Chemistry Award
Ian Duncan Clevenger Sophomore Outstanding Pioneer Award
Lindsey Rebecca Corbett Sophomore Residence Life Hall of Fame Award
Lilasha Sharee Dervin Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Ryan Thomas Donohue Sophomore Biology Award
Ethan Zachariah Dye Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Savannah Millen Edis Sophomore Religious Studies Award
Meredith M. Elm Sophomore Blue Granite Review Art Award – 1st Place
Heidin Antonio Espinal Freshman Physics Award
Heidin Espinal Freshman Mathematics Award
William Chandler Goodrich Sophomore A.J.R. Helmus Poetry Award – 1st Place
Adell Enrique Gordon Sophomore Achievement Award in Leadership
Adell Enrique Gordon Sophomore Music Department Award for Excellence
Adell Enrique Gordon Sophomore SGA Leadership Award
Patrice F. Haynes Sophomore A.J.R. Helmus Poetry Award – 3rd Place
Patrice F. Haynes Sophomore Outstanding Drama Student Award
Caroline Briana Hill Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Caroline Briana Hill Sophomore Outstanding Pioneer Award
Shakira Laquesta Jackson Sophomore American Legion Award
DeAndre L. Johnson Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Lorenzo Dante Larry Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Jordan Jason Man Sophomore Computer Science Award
Faith-Nicole Yvonne Mendoza Sophomore Blue Granite Review Prose Writing Award – 3rd Place
Jeffrey Hunter Nelmes Freshman Blue Granite Review Prose Writing Award – 2nd Place
Khalid Emir Olenja Sophomore A.J.R. Helmus Poetry Award – 2nd Place
Mason Chandler Christian Painter Sophomore Music Department Award for Excellence
Christian Devont’a Pelham Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Emily Elaine Pye Freshman Blue Granite Review Art Award – 2nd Place
Victor Antonio Ramirez Sophomore Achievement Award in Service
Victor Antonio Ramirez Sophomore Spanish Award – Native speaker
Harrison William Reed Sophomore Achievement Award in Leadership
Harrison William Reed Sophomore Residence Life Hall of Fame Award
Michala Rose Robinson Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Ashley Danielle Rogers Sophomore Achievement Award in Leadership
Ashley Danielle Rogers Sophomore Achievement Award in Service
Victoria Elizabeth Shaw Sophomore Psi Beta Award
Tyrone Smith Freshman Outstanding Freshman Award
Steven Keith Taylor Freshman J. Lacy McLean Award
Courtney Lee Tutterow Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Courtney Lee Tutterow Sophomore Achievement Award in Athletics
Courtney Lee Tutterow Sophomore Norma Jean Miller Scholarship
Courtney Lee Tutterow Sophomore Travis Eiler General Excellence Award
Karina Vega Freshman Trailblazer Journalism Award
Leeanna Kay Will Sophomore A.G. Carter Literary Award
Leeanna Kay Will Sophomore Achievement Award in Academics
Leeanna Kay Will Sophomore Charles Moss Award
Kendall Roshad Witt Sophomore Achievement Award in Service
Kendall Roshad Witt Sophomore Olin D. Johnston Good Citizenship Award
Kendall Roshad Witt Sophomore Reverend Samuel Haywood Poston Award
Kendall Roshad Witt Sophomore Thomas R. Bailey Humanitarian Award