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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
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Spartanburg Business and Professional Women’s Club Recognizes SMC’s Jennifer Hutcherson

The Breakfast of Spartanburg Business and Professional Women’s Club recently awarded the 2014-2015 Vergene Colloms Scholarship to Jennifer Hutcherson of Campobello, SC.

The annual scholarship is provided to women age 25 or older seeking education necessary for entry, re-entry or advancement within the work force.  Hutcherson, a current student in the Spartanburg Methodist College Paralegal Certificate Evening Program, is employed as a paralegal by the Johnson, Smith, Hibbard & Wildman Law Firm, L.L.P. in Spartanburg, SC.

A previous law enforcement officer, crime scene investigator, and member of the United States Army, Hutcherson enrolled in the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program in April of 2014. “Jennifer quickly immersed herself in her legal studies and within a short time transitioned into a positon with a respected and successful firm where she immediately put her prior education, talents and newly acquired legal training to use.  Jennifer exemplifies the qualities of the ideal SMC paralegal student.” Yvonne Harper, Director of SMC’s Paralegal Program shared

Hutcherson will attend the June BPW membership meeting where she will be recognized as the recipient of the Vergene Colloms Scholarship.

SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Evening Program is a 14-course program of study offering quality education for adult students, convenient evening hours, reasonable tuition, and practical courses taught by local judges, attorneys and paralegals committed to excellence. Students learn today to earn tomorrow. For more information, contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu, 864-266-7409, or visit http://smcsc.edu/paralegal/

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Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina Recognize SMC’s Candice Logan

The Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina recently awarded the 2014-2015 Norma F. George, PLS Scholarship Award to Candice Logan of Boiling Springs, SC.

The Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina (LSPSC) is an affiliate of NALS, the association for legal professionals, dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal service profession. Their $1000 annual scholarship is awarded to deserving students pursuing a career in the paralegal field.

Logan, 2010 graduate of Dorman High School, is a current student in the Spartanburg Methodist College Paralegal Certificate Evening Program. She is employed as a paralegal by the law firm of Rainey and Brown Attorneys At Law in Spartanburg, SC.

Yvonne Harper, Director of SMC’s Paralegal Program shared “Candice enrolled in our program in December 2014 and quickly exemplified the leadership and standards of conduct required of all legal professionals – she encourages respect for law and the administration of justice; she observes rules governing privileged communications and confidential information; she promotes and exemplifies high standards of loyalty, cooperation, and courtesy and she performs all duties of the profession with integrity and competence. It is an honor having her in our program.”

Logan will attend the LSPSC Annual Meeting and Education Conference on Saturday, April 26 in Columbia, where she will be presented her Certificate of Award.

SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Evening Program is a 14-course program of study offering quality education for adult students, convenient evening hours, reasonable tuition, and practical courses taught by local judges, attorneys and paralegals committed to excellence. Students learn today to earn tomorrow. For more information, contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu, 864-266-7409, or visit http://smcsc.edu/paralegal/