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SMC instilling Leadership, Service and a Strong Work Ethic

SMC’s founder, Methodist minister Rev. Dr. David English Camak, had a vision to improve the lives of the men and women living and working in the Mill Villages of Spartanburg. His goal was to provide an education that would enlighten textile workers and enable them to overcome the social forces that threatened their lives and future generations. Camak believed that these young men and women were ambitious and, with the right training and encouragement, had the potential to become influential leaders in their community and industry.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is appropriate, therefore, to pause and recall both Camak’s vision and pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Spartanburg Methodist College continues to believe in the same vision and values, which served as guiding principles and the foundation for the college over 103 years ago. For the SMC community, the yearly national labor day tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, is an ongoing observance and celebration and is echoed in their motto, To Be & To Do.

As part of the UM connection, SMC strives to develop a values-oriented atmosphere where students can develop a sensitivity to the needs of others. Each year, on the first full day that freshman are on the SMC campus, they are sent out into the Spartanburg community to help churches, schools, and non-profit agencies with landscaping, cleaning and organizing, feeding the hungry, working with the elderly, and easing the plight of the homeless. Kappa Sigma Alpha, SMC’s only fraternity, is dedicated to community service and participate in bimonthly service opportunities. SMC students are also invited to participate in Alternative Fall and Spring Breaks, led by the Dean of Students and the Chaplain, in which they are exposed to the multitude of needs found in a community. Students might work to improve the housing of low-income elderly residents, assist on a farm for recovering and retired horses, sort linens for a ministry that provides beds for children who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor, tutor children, work with nursing home residents, etc.

Students like Kaitlyn Pless, a 2014 graduate of SMC, who graduated Valedictorian of her high school class, report that SMC gives “access to knowledge beyond the walls of home and school. Volunteering my labor led me educationally towards a career and provided a gateway into the knowledge of theology, philosophy, and the history of Faith.”

Kaitlyn, who is actively involved in youth leadership at Sharon UM Greer, is currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing for her BSN. She hopes to specialize in Hospice Care.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted to have said “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” During the 2013-2014 academic year, Candice Y. Sloan, SMC Chaplin, proudly reported that SMC students, faculty and staff provided over 6,008 hours of volunteer labor to the community. SMC…doing all the good they can, by all the means they can, in all the ways they can, in all the places they can, at all the times they can, to all the people they can.

Liz Patterson

SMC Trustee the Honorable Liz Patterson was honored by the Spartanburg County Democrats

Yet another example of Pioneer Pride! SMC Trustee the Honorable Liz Patterson was honored by the Spartanburg County Democrats at an event last night for her service as an elected official. Please join me in congratulating Liz!
The link to the story is here: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140828/ARTICLES/140829607/1112?Title=Former-congresswoman-honored-at-fundraiser-

LLWS

SMC product coaches Chicago team to Little League World Series Final

Some of you probably have been caught up in Little League World Series fever the past few days. I know I have. But get this: There are 7,000 Little League teams and the one coached by SMC alum Darold Butler (played for us  in 1997 and 1998, teammate of Orlando Hudson, coached by Tim Wallace) won the U.S. title and finished second in the world! How’s that for Pioneer Pride?! ROLL NEERS!! Link to a story about Mr. Butler is below:

Darold Butler was a little guy who came from the streets of Chicago and did big things on the baseball diamond for Spartanburg Methodist College.

Read more..

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140823/ARTICLES/140829864/1088?Title=SMC-product-coaches-Chicago-team-to-LLWS-final

 

Paul Ramsay

Hypnosis Show Opens Minds, Encourages Learning and Facilitates Freshman Bonding – 7 p.m. tonight Gibbs Auditorium

College entertainer and stage hypnotist Paul Ramsay kicks off his Fall 2014 Tour of Mind Games with a visit to Spartanburg Methodist College on Thursday night, August 21st at 7 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium.  Ramsay travels from campus to campus across the United States during college orientation presenting his exclusive interactive stage hypnosis show called Mind Games. Orientation and Back to School Sessions Managers book Paul Ramsay’s Mind Games to create entertainment for new students, to expose students to new ideas, to create bonding experiences, and to give students a positive on-campus activity.

In addition to SMC, Ramsey is planned to visit Western Michigan University, Missouri State University, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Greensboro College, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Appalachian State University,  Goucher College, Cazenovia College, Iona College, Texas A&M University at Texarkana, The Julliard School, Post University, Centre College, New England College, Saint Anselm College, Albion College and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Paul Ramsay’s Mind Games is unique. Ramsay’s show breaks the mold of traditional stage hypnotism by letting the audience control the show with remote controls and polling software. Ramsay likes to make the students the stars of the show. Volunteers are hypnotized while still sitting in the audience, providing an up-close-and-personal experience for all in attendance. The volunteer stage performers react to Ramsay’s hilarious scenarios created to have fun, draw laughter, and engage the crowd. Ramsay’s audiences of media savvy college students offers tremendous opportunities for Ramsay to create new material and he changes his show frequently so that audiences will not see the same show twice. Paul Ramsay is often invited back year after year because his unique show draws bigger crowds every time he appears.

Ramsay is known for quickly engaging the audience volunteers who readily and comically respond to his suggestions. In one performance, a young man believes he is giving birth to a baby; a young woman believes she is Miley Cyrus giving a concert; a group of ten students believe they are auditioning for a movie and act as cowboys and vampires; one student believes he is a superhero named Donut Boy, while another is Donut Boy’s arch nemesis: Cholesterol. Paul’s first goal is for his audience to have fun.

It is important to select hypnosis shows carefully. Organizers find it important to hire an experienced hypnotist who is familiar and experienced with collegiate audiences, that they are board certified, and able to relate to the students in conversation, and put on a show with entertaining content. Stage hypnotist references should be impeccable. Also important–Organizers should lock in their dates early with popular acts during the orientation timeframe to be sure they are available.

Paul Ramsay is a board certified hypnotist in private practice, hypnotizes over 1500 people per year, and tours as a stage hypnotist. He is the founder of www.BestHypnosisTraining.com For over 10 years, Paul Ramsay has been entertaining college and high school students as a stage hypnotist. In 2011, Paul introduced his exclusive interactive show called Mind Games. Paul’s video series Hypnotic shows a day in the life of a traveling stage hypnotist. Paul’s private practice is dedicated to helping individuals stop negative habits such as smoking, fingernail biting, and overeating. Ramsay’s private practice also offers customized, individual personal coaching programs to help his clients achieve their goals and maximize their potential.