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Dr. Ed Ellis Portrait Unveiling

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 SMC faculty, staff, students, family and friends of Drs. Ed and Charlotte Ellis gathered together after SMC’s Convocation for a very special event to recognize Dr. Ed Ellis for all he and his wife continue to do for the College. SMC unveiled the portrait, created by artist Trish Lowe, that will hang in Ellis Hall.

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College Town partners with Live on the Green to sponsor QUINN SULLIVAN and BRUCE HORNSBY

College Town announced today that it has partnered with Live On the Green LLC to present the inaugural Live on the Green concert, featuring Bruce Hornsby and Quinn Sullivan, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg.
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“College Town’s participation in this upcoming concert provides a terrific cultural opportunity for all of our faculty, staff and students and helps to energizes downtown Spartanburg. We are so proud of the growing vitality of the Spartanburg community,” shared Betsy Fleming, Converse College President, and current chair of College Town, a consortium of the seven colleges in Spartanburg (Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wofford College).

15-year-old blues guitarist, Quinn Sullivan, will open for legendary performer Bruce Hornsby, who will perform solo on the piano. Sullivan is quickly gaining quite a reputation among today’s most respected guitar players and musical artists. He has been touring the world with his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, promoting his latest CD, “Getting There,” produced in Nashville with multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge. Since the age of seven, Quinn has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King, and Buddy Guy at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. “Quinn is undoubtedly one of the best blues guitarists of any age on the planet. His talent and repertoire will be the perfect complement to Bruce Hornsby’s performance,” stated Ben Graves, member of the Live on the Green executive committee.“

Tickets for Live on the Green are available for $10 to all faculty, staff and students with presentation of a valid College ID. General Admission is $20 ($27 at gate, day of event). Gold Circle Level seating is $35 with limited availability. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through the event website, www.spartanburgonthegreen.com. Rain location will be the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

Live on the Green was created by a group of young, business-minded individuals with a vision for Spartanburg as a more viable location for live music events. The organization chose Barnet Park as the event location in order to utilize the prominent Spartanburg space for its intended purpose. The event is being supported by sponsors throughout the community, including the City of Spartanburg. All funds are held and directed by the Spartanburg County Foundation. The event will be produced by Seven Hills Presents, a Virginia-based event production company.

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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.

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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-