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SMC to host an evening with the Keith Davis Trio

On Monday evening, January 27th Spartanburg Methodist College will treat  jazz-appreciative audience members with a performance by the Keith Davis Trio. The 7 p.m. concert, free for the community, will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC, and is part of the college’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Make plans to discover America’s original musical art form, learn about the distinct qualities of jazz, and why it’s a reflection of our community, our nation, and our world.  The Trio, composed of Davis, Justin Watt and Ron Brendle, recently released their first CD, entitled “Still.”  The three played their first gig together a couple of years ago, and right away felt that rapport and sense of a shared “inner groove” that gave them the impetus to pursue their musical association.  The music on their CD truly springs from that “inner groove” which can be found within each one of us.

Keith Davis, a distinguished jazz pianist, composer and educator, has been growing his own voice through performing and composing music for the piano for over 30 years. Davis has been featured at the Jazz Festivals of Savannah, Atlanta, Jacksonville and others.

Davis lives in Greenville, SC, where he performs regularly and serves as Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Piano at Furman University. He has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Blues Brothers). He has performed with many notable figures from the jazz world, including David “Fathead” Newman, Pat LaBarbera, Mike Mainieri, Ben Riley, Wycliffe Gordon, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber, Byron Stripling and Frank Foster. In addition, he was a member of the Teddy Adams Quintet, and studied with respected Atlanta jazz instructor, Ted Howe, as well as classical pianist Steve Hall.

In 1985, Keith attended the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Canada, where he studied and played with Dave Liebman, Cecil Taylor, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, and Dave Holland. During his stay at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he studied privately with renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi.

Justin Watt resides in Asheville, N.C. In addition to playing in the Keith Davis Trio, he is the drummer for the Bill Gerhardt Trio and Like Mind Trio. Justin is also the drummer for the Greenville Jazz Collective, a quintet that features original compositions by the members of the group.  He is also active with several regional theatre groups, and co-curates the “Asheville Original Music Series”, a weekly session held at the Altamont Theatre that features regional composers and their music.  In addition, Justin teaches percussion at the Asheville Music School, and is adjunct percussion instructor at the University of North Carolina Asheville and teaches drum-set at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Ron Brendle, a freelance bassist in the Charlotte area since 1981, was recently recognized by Charlotte Magazine as “Best Bassist.” His innovative compositions and improvisational style have also earned seven awards as “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Creative Loafing Magazine. Ron was the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grants, which helped to produce his CDs Hypermobility and Photograph. Ron has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, including Nneena Freelon, Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse, and Mose Allison. Some recent recordings include projects with Loonis McGlohon, Mike Campbell, and Frank Kimbrough.

Join SMC on Monday, January 27th at 7 p.m. for the Keith Davis Trio.  The free community concert will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall, both of which are handicapped accessible.  The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.    For additional information, contact Yvonne Harper, harpery@smcsc.edu, 864-587-4278 or 266-7409.

SMC celebrates the 2013 Paralegal Graduation

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce Jalitha Moore, U.S. House of Representatives Constituent Liaison for Congressman Trey Gowdy, will be the graduation speaker on Sunday, November 24th  for the SMC Paralegal Program’s 2013 graduation to be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Davis Mission Chapel.

Moore, a 2008 graduate of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, holds a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Psychology, from Winthrop University and is a 1999 Honors Graduate of Spartanburg High School.

Moore, who entered the Paralegal Program in the 2007 Spring II term, quickly impressed Yvonne Harper, director of the program, with her performance in the classroom, as well as her integrity and excellent moral character.  “Jalitha is just one of those rare souls that you bond with and instantly know will excel in life – no matter what she chooses to devote her time and energy to,” Harper shared.  “Besides working full time as an assistant manager of a local finance company, she maintained a perfect 4.O in the paralegal evening program, earned the Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina’s Norma F. George PLS $1000 Scholarship Award and was selected by her fellow SMC paralegal classmates to represent them as the Class Representative Speaker at their 2008 graduation,” Harper added.

In the spring of 2008, encouraged by Harper and her paralegal instructors, Moore applied for and secured a position with the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for Spartanburg County as a Criminal Domestic Violence Administrative Assistant.  The following year Moore was promoted to a Criminal Domestic Violence Paralegal position and in 2011 she served as a Criminal Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for the Solicitor’s Office.

No stranger to community service, Moore served as a volunteer Youth Cheerleader Coach for the City of Spartanburg’s CC Woodson Recreation Center from 2009-2012; was a member of the Criminal Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Spartanburg and a member of and served as the 2012-2013 Vice President of the SC Victim Advocate Forum.  Moore was also a 2011 Focus on Leadership graduate and recipient of the Carolyn M. Dawkins Exceptional Leadership Award.

In her current position, Moore continues to lend a helping hand to the community, but on a larger scale…she maintains communication with educational, churches, senior citizen networks, and non-profit organizations in the 4th district regarding their legislative concerns, federal assistance needs and attendance requests for community functions.   She also assists with casework for constituents that deal with State agencies.

Moore, a current Young Patron’s Society member for the Hope Center for Children, is a member of the Epsilon Beta Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of the Greater Bibleway Church in Inman.

“Inviting Jalitha back to speak to this year’s graduating class was a no-brainer.  She has not only succeeded in the paralegal profession but in the community.  She is a living example of what SMC encourages students ‘To Be & To Do!’  And personally, what I encourage our adult students to do with their paralegal certificates … ‘stretch’ them to find the ultimate career,” said Harper.

The 2013 SMC Paralegal Certificate Program class includes: Karen Chapman McCarter of Boiling Springs, SC; Jordan Alana Mullinax of Inman, SC; Caitlin Kimbrell Powell of Boiling Springs, SC; Zan Marie Raymond of Inman, SC; and Elisha Nicole Robinson of Boling Springs, SC.   For more information regarding the SMC evening Paralegal Certificate Program, please visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal or call (864) 587-4278.


SMC Alumni Holiday Party, Friday, December 6th

Spartanburg Methodist College Alumni Association

  Requests the pleasure of your company

to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

 You’re invited to an evening of laughter, good cheer,

and sharing of wonderful SMC memories.

Friday, December 6th, 2013

6-9 p.m.

Green River Plantation

The Tea Room

6333 Coxe Rd

Rutherfordton, NC 28139 ‎

Cocktail Attire Suggested

Please RSVP to Becky Snow at 864-587-4210 or snowb@smcsc.edu by November 29th, 2013

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SMC’s Annual Hanging of the Greens Service

You and your family are cordially invited to welcome in the holiday season by attending the annual Spartanburg Methodist College Hanging of the Greens Service on Monday, December 2nd, 2013, in the Chapel at 7 p.m.

If you would like to donate poinsettias or luminaries, please contact Candice Sloan, Chaplain, sloanc@smcsc.edu or (864) 587-4282

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Fletcher Thompson to present “Reflections on My FBI Career and My Role in the Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” at SMC

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to welcome Fletcher D. Thompson to the college’s Davis Mission Chapel on Friday, November 22nd at 11 a.m. to present “Reflections on my FBI Career and my Role in the Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”  The public is welcome to attend, and admission is free of charge.

Thompson, a 1941 graduate of SMC’s predecessor, Textile Industrial Institute, had a 33-year career with the FBI that covered a period of active service in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served three tours of duty at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he was assigned to the General Investigation Division.  In addition to investigating kidnappings and other Federal violations, Thompson was the agent in charge of the Bank Robbery Unit. In November 1963, he was assigned to Dallas, Texas where he prepared the first investigation report of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Thompson also served as an Inspector and, at the time of his retirement in 1975, was Assistant Director of the FBI, in charge of the Bureau’s largest division.

A native of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Thompson graduated from TII, and continued his education at the University of Toledo, earning a Juries Doctorate Degree from their Law School in 1951.  He is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and South Carolina Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Thompson and his family returned to Spartanburg following his FBI retirement and practiced in the legal fields of Probate and Adoption.  In 1999, he was recognized with the “Angel in Adoption” award from the United States Congressional Coalition on Adoption.  That same year, the American Academy of Adoption attorneys recognized Thompson as an “Honorary Member,” a distinction shared only by three other attorneys nationally and reserved for members whose “individual accomplishments bring distinction to the Academy.” In 2003, Fletcher received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Council on Adoptable Children.

In 2008, Thompson and his bride, Ruth DeLoache Thompson (a 1942 Spartanburg Junior College graduate), were recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award from their alma mater, Spartanburg Methodist College.  Thompson served on the SMC Board of Directors for 12 years, and together he and Ruth established two endowed scholarship funds, one, established in 2007, is specifically designated for students pursuing a certificate in the SMC Paralegal Evening Program.  Thompson continues to practice law with his son, James (Jim) Fletcher Thompson, concentrating in the field of adoption and assisted reproductive technologies.

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Greenville Chamber Singers to perform at Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Methodist College welcomes the Greenville Chamber Singers to the Gibbs Auditorium in Ellis Hall on Monday November 25th at 7:00 p.m.  “O Great Mystery” is the theme for the Christmas concert. Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

Familiar favorites (with some fun twists!) as well as new music will be performed by the women’s chorus to put everyone in the Christmas mood.  The Greenville Chamber Singers, an auditioned women’s ensemble formed in 1996, share an exuberant love for choral music and a strong commitment to ongoing growth as performers. Members’ previous experiences include high school and college choruses, church choirs, and other community musical groups. Traveling and performing in the Southeast, The Greenville Chamber Singers is a musically versatile ensemble that focuses on community service.  The group is under the direction of Angela Lemere who also serves as district choral coordinator at Dorman High School.


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SMC’s Liz Patterson recognized for Advocacy and Service Award

Spartanburg, SC – Liz Patterson, a Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Trustee member, was awarded the Lee S. Poole Advocacy and Service Award by the Charles Lea Center on Thursday morning, October 31st, at the Annual Meeting of the Charles Lea Center.

Lee Sterling Poole, son of Lynne and John Poole, was born prematurely and was not expected to survive. However, Lee did live and grew into a wonderful young man before passing away at the age of 27 in 2009.  His cheerful spirit conveyed an energy that was contagious and Lee represented all that is good and caring about our community.  His life was not only a testimonial, but a reminder, that regardless of your situation in life, everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy life to the fullest.

The Lee S. Poole Advocacy and Service Award was established in 2010 by the Charles Lea Center to honor and recognize the commitment of an individual who has worked to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Spartanburg County.  Patterson was honored to receive such a recognition and accepted it on behalf of and in memory of her brother “Bubba.”

The first and only woman to represent the 4th Congressional District, Elizabeth Johnston “Liz” Patterson’s career personifies service: from her early work as a recruiting officer for the Peace Corps and VISTA, as the SC Director of Head Start, to serving as staff assistant for Representative James R. Mann to her elected offices of Spartanburg County Council, the S.C. Senate and the House of Representatives.

While in office, she served on the House Committees on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs and the Select Committee on Hunger.  After leaving office, Patterson oversaw the creation of the Professional Legal Assistant (PLA) Program at Converse College in 1997 and served as Director of the program until her retirement.

Her father, Olin D. Johnston, a member of the very first SMC graduating class, served as Governor of South Carolina and as U.S. Senator from South Carolina.  Patterson was voted onto the SMC Board of Trustees and has served consecutively since 2004.  She was instrumental in moving Converse College’s PLA program to SMC, where it was been housed since August of 2004 and rebranded as SMC’s Paralegal Certificate Program.

In addition to serving on the SMC Board of Trustees, Patterson serves on the SMC Paralegal Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Central United Methodist Church, Business & Professional Women (BPW), League of Women Voters, Rotary Club, the Church Council, Charles Lea Center & Charles Lea Center Foundation, and is an Independent College & University Life Member.  Patterson holds honorary degrees from Wofford, Converse, and Columbia College and has been awarded various awards such as Kiwanis Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year – Spartanburg Board of Realtors.

Patterson, born in Columbia, SC, holds a B.A. from Columbia College of South Carolina and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina. Patterson is married to Dwight Patterson, and they have three children, Dwight III, Olin and Catherine Gramling.


Spartanburg Methodist and Sherman College Sign Transfer Agreement

Spartanburg Methodist College and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently updated a transfer agreement to simplify student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College.

Under the agreement, students can to take their prerequisite 90 semester hours at Spartanburg Methodist, and then transfer into Sherman College’s doctor of chiropractic degree program after three years. The agreement details can be viewed at http://www.sherman.edu/intranet/ENROLL/articulation-agreements/SMC-SCCcurriculum.pdf or http://www.smcsc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SMC-SCCcurriculum.pdf.

“This is a highly attractive option for Spartanburg Methodist College students looking for a cost-effective and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as doctors of chiropractic,” says Sherman Vice President for Enrollment Services Kelley Jones Ashcraft, who worked closely with SMC to develop the program. “It makes perfect sense for SMC and Sherman to align our programs to provide more opportunities for our College Town students.” Chiropractic, Ashcraft says, is an in-demand health care career that allows graduates to bring natural wellness care to their communities while making a difference in the lives of others.

“SMC enrolls many students each year who indicate an interest in various careers in the health sciences, including chiropractic,” says Dr. Colleen Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College. “Having an agreement like this one in place with Sherman College makes it so that students can clearly see how they can reach their career goal in a timely fashion and go on to a career that plays a significant role in health promotion, as well as injury and disease prevention. This agreement provides a significant opportunity for our students.”

Under the agreement, Sherman College guarantees admission to students from SMC who meet the following provisions:

  • Students must have successfully completed the courses required in the Associate in Science pre-chiropractic curriculum.
  • Students must have met the minimum grade requirement of “C” in all required courses.
  • Students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the 90 semester hour requirement for admission to Sherman College.
  • Students may be granted tentative acceptance upon completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit with full approval granted upon receipt of the final transcript.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions across the nation to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements, contact the Sherman College Admission Office or call 800-849-8771, ext, 222, email kashcraft@sherman.edu or go to http://www.sherman.edu/future-students/3-plus-1-agreements.asp.

About Sherman College of Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

About Spartanburg Methodist College

SMC is South Carolina’s only private, residential college exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students and one of only four colleges in South Carolina affiliated with the United Methodist Church. SMC’s mission is to transform lives in a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition.  Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is proud of its heritage of providing “the opportunity to be your best and the inspiration to do great things.”



Operation Christmas

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that wonderful time of the year again—that time when we collect shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Beginning Monday, faculty, staff and students will be able to pick up boxes from the Chapel or the Counseling Center and they will need to be returned no later than 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

In years past several faculty members have offered extra credit for students who bring in boxes.  If a faculty members choose to do so again this year, please keep track of the names of the students who bring in boxes and send them to Candice Y. Sloan, Chaplain, so that she can add their names to the Service Challenge.

The class, group, organization, team , etc. that collects the most shoe boxes (on a percentage basis) wins a pizza party.

Thank you for your support!!


Antigone to be presented by Spartanburg Methodist College Players November 7-9

Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Methodist College and the SMC Players will present the classic Greek tragedy Antigone beginning Thursday evening November 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium located in Ellis Hall.  The timeless play, which examines duties to family, to God, and to the state, will continue with productions on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m.  The public is invited and general admission tickets are $5, area students tickets are $3, and all SMC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge.

“Though it was first produced almost 2500 years ago, Sophocles’ Antigone is remains particularly relevant to contemporary audiences,” said Dr. Les Buhite, Director of the SMC Drama Program. Antigone, the daughter of the infamous Oedipus, must choose between the edicts of her tyrannical uncle, the king Creon, and her loyalty to family and the traditional religious obligations toward the dead. The tragedy is set in the ancient Greek city of Thebes.

Dr. Buhite and the cast has modernized the dialogue and added a scene from Jean Anouilh’s famous adaptation from the 1940’s in German-occupied France.  Costuming will be modern, with occasional touches of classical lines.  The SMC production will also feature YouTube-style video to show offstage action and an anti-chorus of modern day-style newscasters to fill in the background and explain some of the actions and understandings that can get lost in translation.  For the chorus, he will bring in contemporary music with the intent to achieve same emotional impact as the original songs would have had to the Athenian audience in 442 BCE.

”King Creon refuses to let Antigone bury her brother, who had raised an invading army against his own city,” Buhite explains. “Contrary to the laws of the gods (as understood by Greek culture), Creon insists that no enemy of the city deserves to be treated with respect, even after death. Sacrificing her life in defiance of Creon’s new law, and honoring her brother despite their political differences, Antigone follows her conscience all the way to the play’s tragic conclusion.”

The SMC cast is composed of the following students:

Ryan Almquist is Creon. A sophomore Finance major, Ryan is the son of Todd and Tira Almquist of Taylors, SC and graduate of Eastside High School.

Torey Brown plays Antigone’s more level-headed sister, Ismene. A sophomore Fine Arts major, Torey  is the daughter of Garland Brown & Robin Brown of York, SC and a graduate of York Comprehensive High School.

Adell Gordon is Haemon, son of Creon, betrothed to Antigone.  A freshman from Greenville SC, Adell is the son of Shirley and Enrique Gordon and is majoring in Fine Arts.  He graduated from Berea High School.

Kathleen Grayson will play the role of Antigone, daughter of the late Oedipus. A sophomore pursuing a Fine Arts major, Kathleen is the daughter of Webster Grayson and Evan Haynie of Easley, SC and a graduate of Liberty High School.

Shakira Jackson is Tiresias, the blind prophet, a Newscaster, and a member of the chorus.  The freshman Fine Arts major is graduate of Chapman High School and the daughter of Joey and Diane Jackson, of Inman, SC.

Leah Meahl is Sophia, a modern-day scholar who provides the deeper social context in which the tragedy unfolds. A Wade Hampton High School graduate, the current sophomore is the daughter of Bruce and Rhonda Meahl of Greenville, SC and is majoring in English.

Kristen LaPointe, is the Sentry, a Newscaster, and a member of the Chorus.  A sophomore from Simpsonville, SC, Kristen is majoring in Pediatrics with a Music minor and is the daughter of Jeff & Lori LaPointe. She is a graduate of Mauldin High School.

Chasten Thomas, plays Creon’s Body Guard and is a sophomore from Inman, SC majoring in Accounting.  The Landrum High School graduate is the son of Joseph and Tami Thomas.

Ashley Whitt plays Eurydice, wife of Creon, mother of Haemon, and appears in the Chorus. The Spartanburg Sophomore is a graduate of Dorman High School.  Ashley is a Computer Science major and the daughter of Jim and Kim Whitt.

Danielle Winks, is Ana Kritis, a contemporary news analyst.  A Sophomore English major from Moore, SC, Danielle is a Dorman High School graduate and the daughter of Michael and Kerry Winks.

Carl Gibson serves as the production’s musical director and leader of the Chorus. A Sophomore Music major from Inman SC., Carl is the son of Gary and Robin Gibson and a graduate of Dependent Christian School.

Additional cast member members include:

Brittany Allen, a Freshman Fine Arts major from Columbia, SC and a graduate of Dreher High School.

Davis Phillips, a Sophomore Communications major from Inman SC.  Davis is a graduate of Spartanburg Christian Academy and the son of William and Melinda Phillips.

The SMC Production Staff includes:

Stage Manager: Hannah Faires, a Sophomore Education major from Mauldin, SC.  The Mauldin High School graduate is the daughter of Ned and Terri Faires.

Videographer and Assistant to the Director: Leo Kingsley, a Freshman Fine Arts major from Spartanburg, SC.  Leo is a  Dorman High School graduate and the son of David and Rita Plemmons.

Assistant to the Director: Adrian Dyer, a sophomore majoring in Religion.  Adrian is the daughter of Mikell and Marian Dyer of Pomaria, SC, and a Mid-Carolina High School graduate.

The performance of Antigone will be directed by Dr. Les Buhite, Director of the SMC Drama Program and Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking.  Dr. Buhite holds a BS in Communications Arts/Theater from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and a MA in Theater from University of Akron; and a Ph.D in Theater from Florida State University.


SMC Paralegal Program to offer Real Estate Title Search Course

The SMC Paralegal Certificate Program is pleased to announce it will offer the ever-popular Real Estate Title Search course on Thursday, October 24, 31, November 7, 14 and 21.

The paralegal profession continues to be among the fastest growing of any profession in the nation. Employers are reducing costs and increasing the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers.  Paralegals are also performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses. Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. Private law firms continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals.

Returning to school is the fastest way to advance your career, increase your salary and create opportunity.  However, when you’re balancing your education with your family, job, and other obligations, finding the right educational training to fit into your life can be a challenge.

The SMC  Paralegal Certificate program knows what adult students need, convenient hours (classes held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9 p.m.); reasonable tuition ($325 per 10-week course); practical courses taught by legal professionals (all legal specialty courses are taught by practicing local judges, attorneys and/or paralegals committed to excellence in both curriculum and instruction.  Faculty members bring current work experience and insight in their fields of expertise allowing students to get the hands-on training and skills they will need to excel in the legal workplace) and personal attention from Yvonne Harper, director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate program.

Harper affirms she “will hold your hand every step of the way.  We know how intimidating returning to school can be…every one of our adult students has been in the exact position you’re in right now – wondering “Can I do this?”  Why not take the first step and contact me and see how easy it can be.”

Requesting admission to the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program is easy, simply visit us online at http://www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/ and complete the one-page paralegal application ($35 application fee).  Registration for the 5-week Title Search class is limited,so  reserve your seat today.

For more information, contact Yvonne Harper, 266-7409 or harpery@smcsc.edu.

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SMC to Host Senior College Recruitment Event on Tuesday, October 22

Spartanburg Methodist College will host representatives from 24 South Carolina colleges and universities on  Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in conjunction with their 2013 Senior College Recruitment Event.

Deciding on a college can be one of the most difficult decisions of any young adult’s life.  SMC students have found our two-year programs, as well as our intimate and seamless partnerships with four-year institutions extremely beneficial and cost effective.  SMC offers a variety of connection programs, including transfer relationships with colleges and universities all over the country as well as different types of direct transfer bridge agreements.

The October 22nd event will expose students to the opportunities that await them as they move forward from SMC to finishing up their education at a four-year institution.  The event will be held in the outside Mall area in front of the Burgess Student Center.  The following colleges and universities will be participating:

Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University,

 Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Columbia College,

Converse College, Erskine College, Furman University, Gardner-Webb University,

Johnson & Wales University, Lander University, Lees-McRae College,

Limestone College, Newberry College, North Greenville University,

Presbyterian College, Southern Wesleyan, USC Columbia, USC Aiken,

USC Beaufort, USC Upstate, Winthrop University, and Wofford College.


SMC students experience Mandala at Chapman Cultural Center

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Spartanburg Methodist College students left their desks and classrooms and traveled to the Chapman Cultural Arts Center in downtown Spartanburg to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity of watching and interacting with exiled Tibetan monks as they created a mandala.

Dr. Mark Gibbs, Chairperson of the Humanities Division and Professor of Religion and Philosophy, and Dr. Bethany Perkins, Professor of English, treated their respective Religion 103 and English 101 learning community classes with this educational opportunity.

The monks, of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, visited Spartanburg and providing a transformative experience as they create a unique mandala sand painting in the Jennifer Evins lobby of the Chapman Theatre as part of the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour.  Originally established near Lhasa, Tibet, in 1416 and re-established in India after the monks were forced to flee Tibet in 1959, the North American seat of the monastery was established in Atlanta in 1990.  The tours, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, contribute to world peace and healing through sacred art, generate awareness of the endangered Tibetan culture and raise money for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

Sand mandalas are constructed in a pain-staking method of Tantric Buddhist tradition, utilizing a metal funnel called a chakpur to make large circular designs.  Keeping in the Tantric Buddhist tradition, the process of creating a dul-tson-kyil-khor (mandala of colored powders) is used as a tool of re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. The experience is highly artistic and spiritual for both the monks and spectators. Creating, watching, or simply looking and thinking about the mandala serves as a meditative process.

Mandalas are symbolic representations of the cosmos (sometimes called “cosmograms”).  Over the course of 30 hours, the monks will draw out the initial design, then “paint” the mandala with millions of tiny grains.  In general, mandalas are created to alleviate suffering.  More specifically, they are created for the healing of all living things and the environment.

The mandala being created in Spartanburg symbolizes the need for compassion in our present age and is devoted to Chenrezig (also known as Avalokiteshvara) who is the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Compassion.  The designs within the mandala are ancient spiritual symbols.  The mandala is a formal geometric pattern showing the “floor plan” of a sacred mansion – a Buddha’s celestial palace – populated with enlightened beings; sort of an architectural drawing from a bird’s eye view.

Monks create and then dismantle mandalas in order to demonstrate the Buddhist teaching about the nature of impermanence.  Buddhists emphasize that human attachment to permanence and our avoidance of change inevitably lead to suffering.  Thus the destruction of the mandala becomes an object lesson in the Buddhist teaching, prompting observers to notice their own responses and question their relationship to material things, to beauty, and to change.

SMC freshman April Stratton summed up the day by saying “the mandalas were exquisite and beautiful.  It was amazing to see how the monks placed the sand to create symbols from their culture.  I am grateful to have gotten this experience.”

Dr. David Cox

SMC Psi Beta Chapter to present “Suicide: Is it an option?” on Thursday, October 31st

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Psi Beta Chapter is pleased to announce that Dr. David Cox, Author, Speaker and Christian Life Coach, will present “Suicide: Is it an option?” on Thursday, October 31st from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the David Mission Chapel on the campus of SMC. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

Dr. Cox holds a B.A. degree in Religion from Wofford College, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. The focus of his doctoral work was counseling and suicide intervention.

As a part of his training, Dr. Cox completed a two-year clinical residency as a Hospital Chaplain at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Cox completed a three-year pastoral internship in the Pastoral Counseling Center of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina where Dr. Kirk H. Neely served as Mentor and Supervisor. While in graduate school, he also completed paramedic training and worked as a Senior Paramedic for Spartanburg EMS and was named South Carolina’s 1989 Paramedic of the Year.

Dr. Cox is an ordained minister. Having served various churches as a Youth Minister and Pastoral Counselor prior to entering private practice as a Christian Life Coach in 1992, he has helped numerous individuals, couples and families in crisis.  Dr. Cox served as an Expert Witness in the Susan Smith murder trial in Union, SC in 1995, giving testimony regarding the effects of suicide on surviving children. The BBC interviewed him for a suicide documentary about the Susan Smith case.

In 1997, he founded a local SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group. He facilitated the group, which continues to meet monthly, until several years ago when he felt the need to devote a large block of time to writing a book to help survivors of suicide cope.  He has also served as a staff counselor for Wounded Heroes, now Wounded Ministers, a ministry of LifeWay to pastors. Dr. Cox was the Special Counselors Captain for the Upstate Carolina Festival 2001 with Franklin Graham.

Following the events of 9/11, he was the subject of an article on Family.org (Focus On The Family) concerning how to talk to children about the tragedy. On the one year anniversary, the article entitled, Help Children Cope, was reprinted in the Focus on the Family magazine. He also provided services in the aftermath of the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus that occurred on April 16, 2007.

He is coauthor with Candy Arrington of  AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide – Broadman & Holman Publishers – October 2003 and contributor to The Art of Helping – River Oak Publishers, 2003. In both 2004 and 2007, Dr. Cox was a radio guest on “Family Life Today” with Dennis Rainey.  He has appeared on the national television programs “Helpline” with Dr. Morris Cerullo and “Time for Hope” with Dr. Freda Crews. He hosted his own radio program, “Life Matters with Dr. David Cox,” from 2002 until 2012.

The SMC Psi Beta chapter, chartered on September 1, 1988, is under the direction of psychology professor Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, with assistance from Pete Aylor, psychology professor and Director of SMC’s Counseling Center, and college Counselor Sue Onken.  To date, there have been 376 SMC students who have achieved life-time membership to Psi Beta.

Membership to PSI BETA is by invitation only.  To be considered students must have at least 12 college credits, earn a B or higher in PSYC 101, maintain a 3.25 GPA and be of good moral character. Psi Beta provides students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and be involved with Psi Beta on the national level.

SMC is South Carolina’s only private, residential college exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students and one of only four colleges in South Carolina affiliated with the United Methodist Church. SMC’s mission is to transform lives in a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social  awareness, and character development within the liberal arts tradition.  Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is proud of its heritage of providing “the opportunity to be your best and the inspiration to do great things.”

Hope Blackley

SMC Psi Beta Chapter to present “The Ugly Face of Domestic Violence” on Thursday, October 17th

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Psi Beta Chapter is pleased to announce that Hope Blackley, Clerk of Court for Spartanburg County, will present “The Ugly Face of Domestic Violence” on Thursday, October 17th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gibbs Auditorium located within the Edgar H. Ellis Jr. Hall on the campus of SMC. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

Blackley started her professional career working in the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in 1997 as a Child Victim Advocate, where she assisted and prepared children for criminal court, directed bond court and restitution hearings.  In 2004, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appointed her Crime Victims’ Ombudsman for the state, where she investigated complaints made by crime victims against criminal and juvenile court systems.  On March 5, 2010, Governor Sanford, appointed Blackley to the position of Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, where she currently manages the day to day operations of the courthouse and court system.

Born and raised in Spartanburg, Blackley is a graduate of Dorman High School, an alumnus of South Carolina State University, a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and serves on several boards such as Spartanburg Mobile Meals, United Way of the Piedmont, Converse College-Board of Visitors, SC Victim Service Coordinating Council and Carolina Pregnancy Center.

The SMC Psi Beta chapter, chartered on September 1, 1988, is under the direction of psychology professor Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, with assistance from Pete Aylor, psychology professor and Director of SMC’s Counseling Center, and college Counselor Sue Onken.  To date, there have been 376 SMC students who have achieved life-time membership to Psi Beta.

Membership to PSI BETA is by invitation only.  To be considered students must have at least 12 college credits, earn a B or higher in PSYC 101, maintain a 3.25 GPA and be of good moral character. Psi Beta provides students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and be involved with Psi Beta on the national level.