The Shroud of Turin

SMC to host The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler

Could an ancient linen cloth be the actual burial shroud of Jesus?  Could the Shroud of Turin be a document of the crucifixion?  Is that even possible? Or is it nothing more than a medieval hoax?  For hundreds of years this ancient linen cloth etched with the faint image of a crucified man has mystified millions.  It continues to speak from centuries past challenging us to unlock its many secrets.  Nearly every scientific regimen has been employed to unravel the mystery and yet it remains unsolved.

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to host a special presentation “The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler” by Russ Breault on Thursday, January 29th at 7:00 pm in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall.Admission is free of charge and the public is invited to attend and hear this incredible untold story.

Breault, is one of the world’s leading experts on the Shroud and has captivated audiences coast to coast and seen in numerous documentaries including The History Channel, Discovery and CBS.  “The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler” is a dramatic presentation that examines how Adolph Hitler was obsessed with finding or stealing religious artifacts.  Hitler believed they would enhance his power and ability to conquer the world and even tried to steal the Shroud!

Breault has been researching and lecturing on The Shroud of Turin for over 30 years. His highly acclaimed presentation known as Shroud Encounter makes use of over 200 superb images and unfolds like a CSI investigation. The audience is intrigued as each clue is revealed and becomes another piece of a grand puzzle as the mystery of the Shroud is explored. Carefully designed to be educational and entertaining, he delivers a dynamic, fast-paced experience.

Russ Breault has presented to hundreds of audiences from New York to Hawaii. College and university presentations include Duke, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Cal State and many others.

He has appeared in several nationally televised documentaries includingMysteries of the Ancient World on CBS.  Most recently, he appeared in the highly acclaimed, The Real Face of Jesus? —A two-hour documentary on The History Channel. Breault was both advisor and a primary expert for this groundbreaking program. He was interviewed last year for Good Morning America and World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer to discuss the newest research. He hosted and produced 12 episodes of The Shroud Report, a half-hour interview show with the world’s leading experts.  He has participated in over ten international research symposiums since 1981 and all three recent public exhibitions in Turin, Italy in 1998, 2000 and 2010. He is a long-time member of the Shroud Science Group, an international consortium of scientists and scholars dedicated to further research.  Breault is the president and founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc., the mission of which is to: “Advance the knowledge of the shroud to a new generation.” 

 

 

 

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SAM presentation to SMC Faculty

Dr. StockwellDr. John Stockwell, Executive Director of SAM (Spartanburg Academic Movement)  shared an overview of SAM with SMC’s faculty, staff and administrators on Monday, January 12, 2015. Dr. Stockwell served as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate located in Spartanburg County; following service in other higher education positions in California, Indiana, New York, and Wisconsin.  He has served in numerous volunteer civic capacities in the County including the founding board chair of the Spartanburg Chapter of the Urban League of the Upstate; board member and chair of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Services Alliances, and the College Hub; and is currently a trustee of the Spartanburg County Foundation.

SAM is an “all-in partnership of schools and colleges, businesses, governments, foundations, faith communities and individuals across Spartanburg County in pursuit of high levels of educational achievement. Collectively, SAM’s mission is to measure academic accomplishment that matters, cradle to career; set achievement targets that escalate annually; align networks in pursuit of these targets; and, report progress with persistent regularity.

SAM, a commitment shared by educators, leaders and communities across Spartanburg County that our children will grow into well-educated, independent adult, is also a commitment to increase the importance we place on academic achievement for every child, from cradle to career and it’s a commitment to assure that our young people gain the education required for life and work in an economy that requires specialized knowledge to be productive. It is a sustaining commitment across our urban and rural county of 288,000 people to link the numerous resources we already have in place: our schools, colleges, and non-profit educational support partners.  This is a commitment to focus their unique missions on persistent and targeted gains in academic achievement at every stage of learning.  This commitment will do the most to advance our indicators of community well-being:  civic and public health, social and natural environments, and economic development.

For more information, visit www.learnwithsame.org

 

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SMC to offer Personal Injury and the Law of Torts Course

Spartanburg Methodist College announced today that they will be offering a Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals course in the Spring I, 2015 term of their Paralegal Certificate Program, beginning on Tuesday evenings, February 24.

The 10-week course will present fundamental concepts of tort law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role, from the initial client meeting to the litigation process during trial and/or settlement. Topics will include intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.  Hypothetical scenarios will demonstrate how abstract tort law pertains to real life accidents and injuries and provide students with opportunities to apply key concepts to the types of cases they will encounter on the job. Students will also benefit from the course’s accompanying textbook which includes an introduction to medical terms, basic anatomy, common prescription drug types, and medical tests that may be encountered when reviewing medical records.

“We are pleased to have local attorney Ryan F. McCarty with the Burts Turner & Rhodes law firm join us as the instructor for this much anticipated course,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program. McCarty, originally from Dayton, Ohio, graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, earning a B.A. in Political Science.   While at The Citadel, McCarty was a member of the Cadre, Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Commandant’s List and President’s List for both academic and military achievement.  Following The Citadel, he graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship.

McCarty began working as an Assistant Solicitor in the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office under Solicitor Trey Gowdy. During his six year tenure he prosecuted hundreds of cases including DUI, Forgery, Burglary, Larceny, Financial Transaction Card Fraud and Theft, Drug Trafficking, Drug Distribution and PWID, Simple Possession, Assault and Battery and Murder.  In January of 2012, he became an associate of Burts Turner & Rhodes and currently practices in the areas of Criminal  Law (General Sessions and Magistrate Court Offenses); Family Law; Divorce; Child Custody; Civil Litigation; Contracts; Probate Law; Personal Injury; Workers’ Compensation; Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Wrongful Death and Survival Actions; Estate Litigation; and Wills.

Since 1997, the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program has been helping adult students attain the necessary skills to advance their careers in the legal field. Consisting of 14 ten-week courses, the program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers, and provides personalized academic advisement. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. Faculty, composed of local judges, attorneys and paralegals, provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for the course, visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/or contact harpery@smcsc.edu or call 864-266-7409.

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SMC to offer Immigration Law Course

Spartanburg Methodist College announced today that they will be offering an Immigration Law for Paralegals course in the Spring I, 2015 term of their Paralegal Certificate Evening Program, beginning on Thursday, February 26.

The 10-week course will be an indispensable and practical guide on U.S. immigration, citizenship and visa procedures and is geared for students interested in a career as an immigration paralegal or anyone interested in immigration issues. Course tuition is $325. The general public can audit the class for $125. Instruction will focus on interviewing, gathering information, case management and document preparation techniques; analysis of temporary and permanent employment visas; analysis of family-based petitions, political asylum and naturalization.  The course textbook features each visa category set forth in a clear and concise manner, with real-life and hypothetical situations and step-by-step instructions, including sample forms and correspondence.

“With the recent developments in the immigration laws, our Immigration Law for Paralegals course is being offered to assist the Upstate legal community with understanding immigration standards and procedures,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program. “I cannot think of a better instructor for this course than Mary Miranda Hugues, a 2008 graduate of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, who was a former successful attorney in her native country of Panama,” added Harper.

In 2004 Hugues and her family came to Spartanburg when her husband Carlos Hugues assumed a ministerial position with the Boiling Springs Church of Christ. She is currently a senior immigration paralegal with the Grek Law Group located on Warren H. Abernathy Highway in Spartanburg and previously worked for five years as an immigration paralegal with the Greenville-based law firm of Allen C. Ladd.

Since 1997, the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program has been helping adult students attain the necessary skills to advance their careers in the legal field. Consisting of 14 ten-week courses, the program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers, and provides personalized academic advisement. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. Faculty, composed of local judges, attorneys and paralegals, provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for the course, visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/ or contact harpery@smcsc.edu or call 864-266-7409.

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SMC named to The President’s Honor Roll for 2014

Spartanburg Methodist College received word today that they have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2014. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This distinction is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.

”Service to our community and state is a part of our culture and nature. It is what we do at SMC and to be recognized by the President’s Honor Roll is gratifying,” shared Ron Laffitte, Dean of Students at SMC.

Since 1911, service to humanity has been stressed daily at Spartanburg Methodist College. Today, SMC students continue the tradition by volunteering at hospitals, schools, churches, animal shelters, soup kitchens, etc. In so doing, they gain valuable skills, nurture a strong work ethic, and develop assets that translate to future benefits for them personally and for society (81% of Americans who volunteered as a youth, give to charitable organizations as adults.).

SMC’s strategic commitment to engage students in service strengthens the student and the local community. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the College reported over 6,000 community service hours of investing in the lives of others, according to SMC’s Chaplain, Candice Sloan. “Volunteering fosters respect for others, patience, kindness, and the ability to empathize with people who are different from the volunteer” stated Sloan. “As a mission of the United Methodist Church, SMC lives up to John Wesley’s recommendation that we ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’ In the process, SMC students, faculty and staff have touched a countless number of lives.”

In 2012, a reported 3.1 million students engaged in community service, providing 118 million hours of community service, valued at $2.5 billion, per the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. Volunteering is the foundation to student achievement and life-long learning. The benefits of volunteering are reaped both now, and in the future. Out of 13.3 million youth, 59.3% volunteer an average of 3.5 hours per week, versus 49% of adults, who volunteer an average of 4.2 hours. Statistically, students who volunteer just one hour or more a week are 50% less likely to abuse alcohol, cigarettes, become pregnant, or engage in other destructive behavior.

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Nine Paralegal Students Graduate from SMC

On Sunday, November 23, 2014 Spartanburg Methodist College held its 2014 Paralegal Certificate Evening Program graduation in the William Milton Davis Mission Chapel. Justin Bradley, Spartanburg County Councilman-elect, District 2, was the commencement keynote speaker. Bradley serves as corporate counsel for Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, a division of New Penn Financial, LLC with responsibility for litigation management, licensing, and vendor management.

JenniferParalegal instructor, Jennifer Jordan, with the Office of the Seventh Circuit Solicitor, was recognized by the graduating class as the 2014 Instructor of the Year, an honor she also received in 2009 and 2013.

StellaStella Johnson, of Una, SC, was presented by her classmates with the prestigious Queen Mims Memorial Student Speaker Award, which carries the honor of delivering the commencement speech on behalf of the class. The award is named after Jonesville native Queen Elizabeth Mims, a 2007 SMC Paralegal Certificate Program graduate, who worked as the office manager for her brother, local attorney Albert V. Smith. Mims, who served as class speaker of her graduating class, lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Johnson served her country for eight years in the United States Air Force and then served for over three years in the Georgia Air National Guard. Participating in the City of Spartanburg’s Citizen’s Police Academy peaked Johnson’s interest in law and led her to the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program.

SusanSpartanburg resident Susan C. Abbott, was recognized by her instructors with the Liz Patterson Student of the Year Award. The award is named after Liz Patterson, the former 3-term United States Congresswoman for the 4th Congressional District of South Carolina, who founded the program, which she began in 1997 at Converse College. In 2004, Patterson was instrumental in the moving of the program to SMC, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Paralegal Certificate Program’s Advisory Committee. Abbott was recognized for her good moral character, confidence, strong academic and leadership abilities and her exceptional promise. She was judged to represent the ideal qualities of a Spartanburg Methodist College Paralegal Certificate Program Student.

Graduating Class without robesAdditional graduates include Catherine Danniel Johnston, of Woodruff, SC. Spartanburg residents Gerald J. Harblin and Cheyenne Nicole Harblin, the program’s first father-daughter duo; Ashley Alexandra Agnew; Alicia Elaine Crouch and Katie Gault Easler, who were both recognized with 212 Degree Awards for their extra drive in securing employment in the legal field while still students in the program.

“Our graduates are unique and intelligent individuals who all shared a dream to work in the legal field when they entered the program. I am very proud of our program’s commitment to bestow students with marketable job skills that increase their employer’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours. It is an honor to play a part in helping students’ dreams become realities,” shared Yvonne Harper, who has directed SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Program since 2004.

The roots of the paralegal profession can be traced to the late 1960s when Congress, law firms, local bar associations, and the American Bar Association (ABA) began significant efforts to increase access to legal services in the United States. Paralegals, trained non-lawyers, working under the supervision of attorneys, provide clients with affordable and efficient legal services that otherwise would be performed by licensed attorneys.
SMC’s paralegal program, designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers, offers personalized academic advisement and faculty, composed of local practicing judges, attorneys and paralegals, who provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. The program consists of fourteen 10-week courses. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. For information, contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu or 864-266-7409.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Celebrating the Season with Alternative Christmas Office Party

On Friday, December 5, 2014 Spartanburg Methodist College will hold its annual Christmas Party. However, like many organizations today, this year SMC was looking for a better way to celebrate Christmas for its employees.

“Today’s overall economic woes, less tolerance for overindulgence, and lack of employee engagement is causing human resource departments all across the country to look at the feasibility of the traditional holiday office party, which tends to be both expensive and energy-consuming,” explained Jenny Dunn, Director of Human Resources and Special Assistant to the President at SMC.

Friday’s holiday celebration will be held from 11 am to 1:30 pm in the Phyllis Buchheit Board Room at SMC and will focus on giving back to the community. Faced with competition for employee time, attention and energy during the December holiday season, and ever-mindful of the College’s financial investment, SMC President Dr. Colleen Perry Keith was committed to keeping things “merry” for her staff while also being a good steward to the supporters of the college.

“The goal is to decorate and fill 500 gift bags for the College’s young friends at Jesse Bobo Elementary School. We will enjoy lively holiday music, great food and awesome fellowship, providing an opportunity for faculty, staff as well as members of our Board of Trustees to participate in a team-building, morale boosting holiday party that will make Christmas brighter for a special group of young people,” shared Keith.

Research shows employees find charitable giving motivational and exciting. According to Dunn, “our employees have enjoyed seeing the piles of snack food, school supplies, small toys and other donated gifts growing in the President’s Office.”

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Therapy Dogs visit Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Psi Beta chapter, the national Psychology honor society, hosted the Spartanburg Chapter of Therapy Dog International on Thursday, November 20 in the Davis Mission Chapel.

Founded in 1976 in New Jersey, Therapy Dogs International is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. TDI registers all breeds of dogs. Some dogs have pedigrees, while others have been adopted from local shelters or are rescue dogs. In 2012, an estimated 24,750 dog/handler teams were registered with TDI.

To belong to Therapy Dogs International, dogs must be at least one year old and have a sound temperament. All dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator and must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).

P1020822Ms. Peggy Crawford, a licensed trainer and evaluator for Therapy Dogs, and the Director of the Spartanburg Chapter, shared her personal story of working in the Chicago medical field for over thirty years during which time she first became involved with Therapy Dogs.

The use of canines to help mankind is known throughout the world. They have been used for guarding flocks, tracking, hunting, search and rescue, leading the blind, and in assisting the deaf and physically challenged. The bond between dog and man dates back to early history, but it was not until recently that a correlation was acknowledged between this bond and the emotional health of humans. Crawford shared that “studies have shown that a person holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain and tension, and can draw out a person from loneliness and depression.”

SMC students greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about this volunteer organization, but they especially appreciated the opportunity to interact and experience the many hands-on benefits of the therapy dogs that were part of the presentation.

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Duncan Estate

SMC Alumni & Friends Cocktail Christmas Party

You are cordially invited to attend the

SMC Alumni & Friends Cocktail Christmas Party

Friday, December 5th, 2014
6 – 8 p.m.

The Duncan Estate
840 Union Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Please RSVP to Becky Snow at SnowB@smcsc.edu
864.587.4210
Hosted by the SMC Alumni Council Members
Amy Threatt Solomon & Clint Settle

• Cocktail Party Attire Suggested
• No Charge to attend

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SMC Recognizes Alumni with Awards

Spartanburg Methodist College hosted their annual Homecoming Alumni Weekend November 14th and 15th. The Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th reunion, as did several members from the Class of 1974, who were celebrating their 40th reunion. Each year, the Alumni Association honors and recognizes certain individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and support of Spartanburg Methodist College. This year’s recipients included:

goodParker Drake Anderson, who was recognized as the 2014 Young Alumnae of the Year by Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC. Anderson, class of 2010, is originally from Chesterfield, SC. According to Leah Pruitt, Director of Alumni Relations for SMC, “Parker chose to attend SMC because of a wrestling scholarship and he considers it one of the best decisions he ever made.”
After graduating from SMC, he attended USC Upstate, earning a BA in Mass Communications and worked as a photographer at a television station in Augusta, GA before coming back to the Upstate. He currently works as a new photojournalist with WYFF-TV, but recently accepted a position at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis as a sports photojournalist where he will be covering the twin cities’ four professional teams as well as the University of Minnesota. “You could say this is somewhat of a dream job where Parker will be traveling around the country with the pro teams, covering sports 24/7,” shared Keith.

Steve Denton, SMC alumThe 2014 Alumnus of the Year Award went to Stephen Denton, Class of 1984. A lifelong Spartanburg resident, Denton graduated from Spartanburg High School, studied criminal justice at SMC, earning his Associates Degree, and then a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Denton was with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department for nearly two decades, serving as a narcotics and vice squad officer and homicide investigator before retiring as captain of the investigation division, where he supervised over 100 detectives. At the age of 43, Denton enrolled in the Charleston School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2010. After being admitted to the SC State Bar that same year, he ventured to the other side of the courtroom, and now represents defendants. Denton practiced law on his own for a year before joining the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., where he practices criminal law – his dream job. When not working 60-hour weeks, Denton enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his wife, Leigh and their two daughters.

Mookie Wilson, SMC alumWilliam Wilson, better known as Mookie Wilson was honored with the SMC Distinguished Service Award which is given each year to highlight the exemplary leadership that its recipient has given in advancing the mission of the institution. The award recognizes long-term loyalty demonstrated by a history of support to the College and continued interest and participation in SMC as well as community involvement. After retiring from Major League Baseball, Mookie, class of 1976, made helping and inspiring people his focus. He now serves as a minister, author, motivational speaker and mentor. Recently, he traveled to SMC to spend time with students and also delivered the keynote address at SMC’s Founders Day celebration.

Pruitt commented “SMC congratulates these award winners, and we wish each continued success in their futures. They make us proud to call them family.”

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Spartanburg Methodist College hosted their annual Homecoming Alumni Weekend November 14th and 15th. The Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th reunion, as did several members from the Class of 1974, who were celebrating their 40th reunion. Each year, the Alumni Association honors and recognizes certain individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and support of Spartanburg Methodist College. This year’s recipients included:

Parker Drake Anderson, who was recognized as the 2014 Young Alumnae of the Year by Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of SMC. Anderson, class of 2010, is originally from Chesterfield, SC. According to Leah Pruitt, Director of Alumni Relations for SMC, “Parker chose to attend SMC because of a wrestling scholarship and he considers it one of the best decisions he ever made.”
After graduating from SMC, he attended USC Upstate, earning a BA in Mass Communications and worked as a photographer at a television station in Augusta, GA before coming back to the Upstate. He currently works as a new photojournalist with WYFF-TV, but recently accepted a position at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis as a sports photojournalist where he will be covering the twin cities’ four professional teams as well as the University of Minnesota. “You could say this is somewhat of a dream job where Parker will be traveling around the country with the pro teams, covering sports 24/7,” shared Keith.

The 2014 Alumnus of the Year Award went to Stephen Denton, Class of 1984. A lifelong Spartanburg resident, Denton graduated from Spartanburg High School, studied criminal justice at SMC, earning his Associates Degree, and then a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Denton was with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department for nearly two decades, serving as a narcotics and vice squad officer and homicide investigator before retiring as captain of the investigation division, where he supervised over 100 detectives. At the age of 43, Denton enrolled in the Charleston School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2010. After being admitted to the SC State Bar that same year, he ventured to the other side of the courtroom, and now represents defendants. Denton practiced law on his own for a year before joining the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., where he practices criminal law – his dream job. When not working 60-hour weeks, Denton enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his wife, Leigh and their two daughters.

William Wilson, better known as Mookie Wilson was honored with the SMC Distinguished Service Award which is given each year to highlight the exemplary leadership that its recipient has given in advancing the mission of the institution. The award recognizes long-term loyalty demonstrated by a history of support to the College and continued interest and participation in SMC as well as community involvement. After retiring from Major League Baseball, Mookie, class of 1976, made helping and inspiring people his focus. He now serves as a minister, author, motivational speaker and mentor. Recently, he traveled to SMC to spend time with students and also delivered the keynote address at SMC’s Founders Day celebration.

Pruitt commented “SMC congratulates these award winners, and we wish each continued success in their futures. They make us proud to call them family.”

SMC Asks You to Ponder

Ask any grade school child and they will tell you Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians shared a fall harvest. Some might even tell you that in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be held each year in November, and that today in the United States, Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November.

The very word “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of brilliant orange, crimson and purple leaves falling from trees; visiting family and friends; watching football and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, either in person or on television; and without question – food. Turkey dinners with all of the holiday trimmings; including pies and stuffing, made for generations – one particular way.

Yet, Thanksgiving Day is more than a day of fond memories, parades, football and dinners. It is a day to remind us of the blessings, treasures and wonderful family and friends in our lives. Most will spend a few moments before dinner to give thanks, but for many the true meaning of Thanksgiving ends at the dinner table.

The meaning of Thanksgiving however, should not end after a few seconds of meditation or a prayer, it has broader significance. It is a reminder to slow down and take an assessment of our lives. “Thanks” – “giving” is a call to action in both thought and deed. It is a time for us to see, really see, and appreciate the abundance in our lives. This recognition allows us to express our gratitude and prompts us to share such blessings of wealth, time and talents with others.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, as you sit down to dinner, spend a few moments giving thanks and pausing to reflect on what actions you can take in the next year to fully express and experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Can you free-up one hour each week and share that time with someone in need? Can you increase your charitable monetary giving? The very act of giving of your time and talent acknowledges that there is abundance in your life.

Spartanburg Methodist College prays this Thanksgiving Day you experience a new perspective on the true abundance of your life!

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Congratulations to the 2014 Homecoming Court.

Congratulations to the following students who were voted by their peers to the 2014 Homecoming Court. A 2nd vote will take place next week to determine the King and Queen. The court will be presented and the king and queen crowned on Saturday, November 15th between the two basketball games!

King Nominees and the clubs/groups that nominated them:
Jesse Herrera – Pioneer Peers
Travis Goodjoin – POPS Programming Board
Jason Smith – Kappa Sigma Alpha
Thomas Sparks – SGA
Kendall Witt – Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Queen Nominees and the clubs/groups that nominated them:
Brookelyn Brockelbank – SGA
Amber Johnson – Volleyball
Ashley Rogers – Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Chelsea Seibles – Women’s Basketball
Brianna Wright – POPS Programming Board

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SMC Players to present “The Firebugs” November 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Spartanburg, SC – The Spartanburg Methodist College Players will present Max Frisch’s classic “The Firebugs” November 6, 7, and 8 in the Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs Auditorium, located within the Edger H. Ellis Jr. Hall, on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College. Performances are at 7:30 pm. General admission is $5, with SMC faculty, staff and students admitted for free.

Gottlieb Beidermann, an upright conservative businessman, discovers that the “guests” who have invited themselves into his attic are notorious arsonists who have burned much of the town. Beidermann tries to befriend them, offering them food and drink, assisting them in rigging the explosives, and in the final moments, giving them matches. Subtitled “A Learning Play Without a Lesson,” this tragi-comedy satirizes the complacency of a comfortable upper class society in the face of looming disaster. First presented as a German-language radio play in the 1950s, The Firebugs appeared off-Broadway in 1963 and has seen numerous revivals and adaptations ever since.

Appearing in the role of Gottlieb Beidermann is Chandler Goodrich, a drama major from Greer, SC. Babette Beidermann, his wife, is played by Tatiana Ferguson, a mass communications major from Carlisle. Shakira Jackson of Inman plays Stepp Smitz, an arsonists. Shakira is a musical theater major from Inman. Willi Eisenring, the second arsonist, is played by Patrice Haynes. She is a performing arts major originally from Tuscaloosa, AL., now residing in Columbia, SC.

Eva Zygmuntowicz, a fine arts major from Boiling Springs, plays Anna, the maid of the Beidermann household. The Chorus of Firemen who observe and comment on the action includes Alex Wright, a chemistry major from Spartanburg; Zygmuntowicz; Desirelle Nesbitt, a psychology major from Inman; and Pierce Burch, a Biology major from Holly Hill, SC. Burch doubles as a gullible policeman, Nesbitt plays a distraught widow, and Wright enacts a witless politician.

Kaitlyn Savannah Kizer, a sociology major from Lexington is stage manager; Leo Kingsley, an arts major from Spartanburg is sound operator; scenic construction by the Drama Workshop classes including Flavoris Belue, a drama major from Campobello; Kyle Campbell, an arts major from Charleston; Elexis Johnson, a fine arts major from Spartanburg; Jonathan Jones, an English major from Greer; Millard Jordan, an art major from Columbia; Austin Lindsey, an English major from Spartanburg; Christopher Culp-Robinson, a Criminal Justice major from Campobello, as well as members of the cast.

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Mr. Scrooge – Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Book by Lanny Lanford and Brian Craig
Music and Lyrics by Lanny Lanford

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 pm
Performance is free of charge, but reservations are required.

Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs Auditorium
Edgar G. Ellis Hall
Spartanburg Methodist College

A carved prime rib dinner will precede the show. Cost for dinner – $25
Proceeds benefit the SMC study abroad program.

Please RSVP by November 21, 2014 to Cheryl Somerset
somersetc@smcsc.edu or (864) 587-4236 for both dinner reservations and seating confirmation.