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Spartanburg Methodist College welcomes new vice president for professional development and design

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Spartanburg Methodist College announces Courtney Shelton as the college’s first vice president for professional development and design, effective April 1, 2016.

Shelton brings to SMC 10 years of experience in developing programming for higher education. Most recently, she directed the Impact and Launch Programs in The Space at Wofford College, where she mentored, instructed and advised students in the creation of over 100 businesses, nonprofits and community impact projects. During her tenure, she also guided student consulting groups through business engagements with local, regional and national companies. Under her direction, Wofford College rebranded and relaunched its Center for Professional Excellence as The Space in 2013.

Prior to her work in The Space, Shelton served Wofford as the Director of Student Activities and Greek Life before transitioning into an Assistant Dean of Students position.

In her role as vice president for professional development and design, Shelton will create and lead Spartanburg Methodist College’s new professional development program. She has extensive experience in design thinking – a structured, empathetic approach to problem-solving that leads to innovation – and will also work with all areas of the college to improve programs and program delivery.

“Courtney was instrumental in building professional development programs for students at The Space at Wofford over the last five years and has extensive experience in designing co-curricular programs that combine active learning, instruction, coaching and applied experience,” said Scott Cochran, president of Spartanburg Methodist College. “She’s passionate about finding ways to help everyone she encounters become more successful, and we’re excited to have her creative energy here at SMC.”

Shelton holds a B.A. in Religion from Presbyterian College and a M.A. in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina.

 

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“Bus Stop” to be performed at SMC

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Spartanburg Methodist College’s “SMC Players” will present “Bus Stop,” a comedy by William Inge, as its annual spring theatrical performance. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 31 through April 2 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. All performances will take place in Gibbs Auditorium in Ellis Hall on the SMC campus.

Bus Stop premiered on Broadway in 1955 and is set in the rural midwest. An early March snowstorm has stranded a bus at a small diner 25 miles outside of Kansas City. The travelers, forced into a brief layover in the early morning hours, alternately clash and fall in love as they wait out the storm.

The play was so popular that it spawned two film adaptations, one for the big screen and one for HBO, and one short-lived television series. Marilyn Monroe (1956), Marilyn Maxwell (1961) and Margot Kidder (1982) played the leading role of Cherie on the big and small screens. Freshman student Sarah Grace Reed of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, will play Cherie in the SMC production.

The play is directed by Neill Hance, adjunct professor of public speaking and director of SMC Theatre.

Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the door before each performance. Adults aged 60 and above may purchase two tickets for the price of one. High school students with school ID may also purchase two tickets for the price of one. All proceeds benefit the SMC drama department.

For more information, visit http://www.smcsc.edu/drama.

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Pioneering Women 2016 Awards

EvinsOutstanding Upstate Women Recognized at 6th Annual Pioneering Women Awards Ceremony

As a prelude to Women’s History Month, Spartanburg Methodist College hosted the annual Pioneering Women Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 26. The awards acknowledge women of character, courage and commitment in the Upstate community. This year, SMC recognized eight women for their commitment and leadership in their respective fields of volunteerism, business, philanthropy, leadership, education and community advocacy.

“Every day, these women are changing the world around them,” says Leah Pruitt, Director of Alumni Relations and chair of the Pioneering Women Awards committee. “They inspire others with their leadership and selflessness, and I was honored to welcome this distinguished group to campus.” Over 100 women attended the event, which included a networking session, awards ceremony and luncheon.

“I’m in awe of the achievements of our award winners. These are strong, dedicated, smart and talented individuals,” says Scott Cochran, President of SMC. “Pioneers blaze a trail for others to follow. It’s what we expect of our students, and that’s the spirit we celebrate with this event.”

The awards ceremony was held in the Gibbs Auditorium of Ellis Hall. Kim Hutzell, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, Inc., gave a keynote address to the assembled winners and guests. As the head of one of the state’s largest nonprofit organizations, Hutzell coordinates the agency’s services to more than 12,000 girls and 4,500 adult volunteers throughout 22 counties of the Midlands and Upstate Regions of central and western South Carolina.

The 2016 Pioneering Award recipients (click name for photo and bio):

Volunteer Award: Marcia Murff, Public Relations and Development Manager, Spartanburg County Parks Department
Business Award: Dr. Kay E. Woodward, President and Owner, J.W. Woodward Funeral Home
Philanthropy Award: Susan R. Schneider, Director of Public Relations and Advocacy (retired), Girls Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, Inc.
Community Outreach Award: Liberty Canzater, Founder/President, The Butterfly Foundation
Community Arts Award: Jennifer Evins, President, CEO & Director of Development, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg
Education Award: Argyl Brewton, Principal, Woodruff Elementary School
Alumni Award: Sarah Melzer Gibson ’03, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Matthews United Methodist Church
Community Awareness Award: Tracey L. Jackson, Executive Director, Piedmont Care

Previous Pioneering Women Award recipients:

Pioneering Women Lifetime Achievement Award: Sheila Breitweiser (’14).
Alumna Award: T.K. Butler (’15)Elizabeth Hartley Renneker (’14); Jill Johnson (’13); Stacie Williams (’12); and Jessica Mack (’11)
Media Award: Kathie Bennett (’15); Christy Henderson (’14); Amanda Bass (‘13); Charmayne Brown (’12); and Keisha Kirkland (’11).
Public Service/Government Award: Mary Deku (’15); Sharon Porter (’14), Judge Ponda Caldwell (’13); Barbara Barnes (’12); and Hope Blackley (’11).
Missions Award: Melanie Watt (’15); Jean Bradley (’14)’ Jayne McQueen (’13); Julia Lyons (’12); and Lou Landrum (’11).
Philanthropy Award: Cyndi Beacham (’15); Betty Montgomery (’14); Mary Thomas (’13); Phyllis B. DeLapp (’12); and Dr. Charlotte Ellis (’11).
Political Leadership Award: Jane Hall (’15); Erica Brown (’14); Harriett Rucker (’13); Liz Patterson (’12); and Rita Allison (’11).
Business Award: Karen Knuckles (’15); Beth Jeter Hrubala (‘14); Sue Schneider (’13); Tammy Devine (’12); and Susan Bridges (’11).
Creative Leadership Award: Kathy Cann (’15); Betsy Teeter (’14); Peggy Magarahan (’13); and Mary Ellen Suitt (’12).
Education Award: Susan Burgess (’15); Penny Fisher (’14); Donna Christopher (’13); Margaret Peach (’12); and Melissa Andrews (’11).

 

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Combat veteran and psychologist to speak about PTSD history, symptoms and new treatments

CraigBurnetteCombat veteran and psychologist to speak about PTSD history, symptoms and new treatments

From the Civil War until 1980, terms like “nostalgia, soldier’s heart, shell shock and battle fatigue” were used to describe the behaviors of soldiers returning from combat. Those behaviors are now recognized officially as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are seen as one of the signature “wounds of war.”

Dr. Craig Burnette, a decorated Vietnam veteran and psychologist who spent 28 years working in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will provide a historical overview of PTSD, while discussing specific symptoms, treatments and what some are calling “post trauma growth,” as medicine moves toward challenging the prevailing notions that individual mental health issues are unchanging and/or irreversible.

Burnette’s talk will take place Monday, Feb. 29, from 3-4 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium (located in Ellis Hall) at Spartanburg Methodist College. The event is free and open to the public. Psi Beta, the college’s Psychology Honor Society, is sponsoring the event.

“Every Psi Beta seminar is a platform to address theories, issues and concepts talked about in the classroom. Dr. Burnette is a war veteran who happens to have a dearth of personal and professional experiences dealing with cases of PTSD, a disorder addressed in our psychology classes,” says Mary Jane Farmer, professor of psychology and SMC faculty adviser for Psi Beta.

Burnette served in the U.S. Army as an infantry platoon leader, company commander and military adviser. His decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He began his VA service as a therapist for other Vietnam veterans and their families before moving into administrative positions in outreach and residential care programs. He was instrumental in the planning, development and implementation of Project CHALENGE (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for veterans, a nationwide program that annually assesses the needs of homeless veterans in 170 cities and towns across the U.S. and then develops local action plans to meet those needs.

Burnette currently lives in Inman, South Carolina, and actively works in support of veteran’s issues. He serves as a board member for Mental Health America, Spartanburg, as a consultant for the VA, and is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans for the VA. He is also a volunteer with the Upstate Warrior Solution.

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Speaker to discuss role of black churches in social change

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The Rev. Dr. Sheila Elliott, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake City, South Carolina, will discuss the role of the black church in social change as part of Spartanburg Methodist College’s observance of Black History Month.

Elliott’s talk will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Davis Mission Chapel on the SMC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Elliott is a 2008 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and the first tenured African-American professor at Columbia College. She received an undergraduate degree in history and political science from the University of South Carolina.

As an undergraduate, Elliott’s focus was American politics and international affairs. She earned her Ph.D. degree in international relations, specializing in African studies and women in the developing world. Elliott’s other areas of research have centered on women’s studies, the African diaspora and African studies, with a concentration in Southern Africa, social justice education, leadership studies and faith and health.

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Sarah Grace Reed crowned Miss SMC 2016

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Miss SMC 2015, Ashley Rogers, pins the crown on Sarah Grace Reed, Miss SMC 2016.

 

The 2016 Miss SMC Pageant was held January 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium on the SMC campus. Sarah Grace Reed, a freshman student from Boiling Springs, South Carolina, won the crown and the right to represent Spartanburg Methodist College in this summer’s Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia, South Carolina.

Reed is an accomplished singer and actor, appearing in 13 Spartanburg Youth Theatre shows during the last six years and serving as the president of its junior advisory board. She is the recipient of numerous awards in piano and vocal performance from the National Federation of Music Clubs. During the pageant talent competition, Reed sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the 1964 musical “Funny Girl.”

During a year of public appearances, Reed will work to support and promote local arts and arts education, her pageant platform issue.

FINAL PAGEANT RESULTS:
Miss SMC 2016: Sarah Grace Reed
First Runner-Up: Jacosha Nicole Simpson, sophomore, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina
Second Runner-Up: Corin Hewins, sophomore, of Greenville, South Carolina

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS:
Overall Talent: Sarah Grace Reed
Overall Evening Gown: Corin Hewins
Most Photogenic: Sarah Grace Reed
Community Support Award: Sarah Grace Reed

Learn more by following the Miss SMC Pageant on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SMCMissSMC

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Sunday’s Miss SMC Pageant continues 70-year tradition of service, scholarship

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2016 Miss SMC contestants, from left to right: Alyssa Queen, Corin Hewins, Brittany Stokes, Tynia Goode, JoAnna Gorrin, Sarah Grace Reed, Jacosha Simpson. Not pictured: Brittany Warren.

 

In 1946, Spartanburg Methodist College, then known as Spartanburg Junior College, crowned its first May Queen and began a tradition of selecting a young woman to serve as an ambassador for the college during a year of service in the local and regional community. On Sunday night, when eight SMC students vie for the title of Miss SMC, two former May Queens – Edna Guthrie Grainger, class of 1949 and Joann Hill Waddell, class of 1962 – will be in the audience along with family, friends and students.

Since 2012, winners of the Miss SMC Pageant have been eligible to compete each summer for the Miss South Carolina crown. But more important than a chance at the state title and even a shot at the Miss America crown is the personal development pageant contestants experience, says Kim Caton, director of student activities and leadership development at SMC. “All of the past winners I’ve met, including May Queens from decades ago, talk about how much they learned about themselves during pageant preparation and the appearances they make as Miss SMC.”

Miss SMC contestants must have a platform – a social cause or charitable organization – she will promote as a contestant and, if selected to wear the crown, during her year of service. The winner will promote her platform at public appearances, volunteer opportunities, college events and throughout the community, says Caton. The winner will also participate in activities that promote and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the official philanthropy of the Miss South Carolina and Miss America organizations. Contestants are raising money through the sale of pioneer hats the week before the pageant. All money raised will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Of the eight contestants, one winner and two runners-up will be selected by a panel of judges who base their scores on individual interview, onstage question, evening gown, physical fitness and talent. In addition to the title and crown, the winner will receive a $1,000 education scholarship. The first runner-up receives a $500 scholarship, and the second runner-up will take home a $250 scholarship. Special recognition is also given for talent, evening gown and community support.

The 2016 Miss SMC Pageant will take place Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium on the Spartanburg Methodist College campus. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5.00.

 

2016 Miss SMC Contestants (click each contestant’s name for a high resolution image; a high resolution group image is here). 

1. Tynia Goode. Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina. Platform: Overcoming Insecurities. Educational Goal: Bachelor’s degree, communications. Talent: Monologue.

2. JoAnna Gorrin. Hometown: Greer, South Carolina. Platform: Depression Awareness. Educational Goal: Master’s degree, psychology. Talent: Dance, “Heartbeat.”

3. Corin Hewins. Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina. Platform: Women Empowerment. Finding the Queen in YOU. Educational Goal: Bachelor’s degree, early childhood development. Talent: Poem, “A Black Woman, Nothing Else.”

4. Alyssa Queen. Hometown: York, South Carolina. Platform: Take a Stand: Stop Relationship Violence. Educational Goal: Criminal Justice, Law. Talent: Lyrical dance, “Note to God.”

5. Sarah Grace Reed. Hometown: Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Platform: Support and Promotion of Local Arts and Arts Education. Educational Goal: Bachelor’s degree, theatre. Talent: Musical Theatre Vocal, “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

6. Jacosha Nicole Simpson. Hometown: Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Platform: Alleviating the Stigma of Shame for the Victims of Sexual Assault. Educational Goal: Bachelor’s degree, early childhood development. Talent: Jazz dance, “Respect.”

7. Brittany Stokes. Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina. Platform: HIV/AIDS Awareness/Prevention. Educational Goal: Master’s degree, international business. Talent: Dance/Clogging.

8. Brittany Makayla Warren. Hometown: Johnsonville, South Carolina. Platform: Overcoming Insecurities and Peer Pressure. Educational Goal: Master’s degree, accounting. Talent: Guitar and vocals, “Try.”


2016 Miss SMC Pageant Judges:

Charmayne Brown, editor-in-chief/publisher, Rejoice Magazine, Spartanburg.

Jamarcus Gaston, television host and producer for “Studio 62,” Spartanburg.

Holly Hanna, co-owner, Hanna’s Driving School and teacher, Spartanburg School District 6.

Bobby Holcombe, director of financial aid & scholarships, The University of South Carolina Union.

Doretta Osburn, owner/manager of Night Sky Entertainment, Nashville, Tennessee .

 

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Jane Nodine’s paintings featured at SMC

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“Thermal Response,” a new solo exhibition by Spartanburg-based painter Jane Allen Nodine, will open in the galleries at Ellis Hall on the Spartanburg Methodist College campus on January 25, 2016, and run through February 29, 2016. An opening reception will be held in the galleries at Ellis Hall on January 25 from 6:00 to 8 p.m. and will feature a talk by Nodine at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Thermal Response features a series of paintings created by Nodine using the encaustic method: an ancient Greek technique of applying melted beeswax and resin in layers to give a richness and depth to her abstract subject matter.

Inspired by the natural world and the oxidations and discolorations that form as organic and metallic materials age and break down, Nodine applies found and created elements to panels between layers of wax. In the process, some become obscured in a hazy film while others become more evident and appear to float or come forward in the luminous properties of the material, attracting the viewer in for closer observation.

Nodine is professor of art, assistant chair of Fine arts and Communication Studies and University Gallery director at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Before joining the university, she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company.

Nodine has worked in a variety of media throughout her career and exhibits widely in the U.S. and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and her work is included in several U.S. and international collections, including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Stadtsparkasse Bank in Germany and the South Carolina State Art Collection.

Nodine’s career spans several decades, and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina during the 20th century.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Announces New Vice President for Marketing

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Spartanburg Methodist College announces Lisa Ware as the college’s first vice president for marketing, effective Jan. 4, 2016.

Lisa Ware comes to SMC with 20 years of marketing and communications leadership experience, most recently at Wofford College, where she served as director of marketing for The Space, the college’s professional development center. During her tenure, she led and executed marketing and communications strategies to promote The Space’s programs to students, parents, alumni and local and national media.

In her role as vice president for marketing, Ware will lead the promotion of the college to all relevant constituents in support of SMC’s strategic goals to become a leader in providing an outstanding liberal arts education of value to graduates and society.

“Lisa’s appointment represents a huge step forward for the college, which has never had dedicated marketing leadership,” said Scott Cochran, president of Spartanburg Methodist College. “We’re excited to have her on board as we create an integrated brand strategy to enhance SMC’s visibility locally, regionally and nationally.”

Ware holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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55 Pioneer student- athletes earn President’s and Dean’s List honors

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Top row, left to right: Kaleigh Busbee (softball), Kole Koterba (cross country), Fred Slater (basketball) Bottom row, left to right: Ashleigh Green (volleyball), Efrain Tello (wrestling), Jada Martin (basketball)

 

55 Spartanburg Methodist College student-athletes earned President’s List or Dean’s List honors for the 2015 fall semester. To qualify for the President’s List a student must earn a 3.8 GPA or higher. Out of 40 total students, 14 student-athletes earned this award. To qualify for the Dean’s List a student must earn a 3.25-3.79 GPA for the semester. 41 student-athletes earned this award out of 140 total honorees.

2015 Fall Semester President’s List

Softball– Kaleigh Busbee, Teagan Crosby, Natassja Hatcher, Eliza Long, Olivia Matsuda, and Olivia O’Neal.

Baseball– Hunter Baker, Tyler Kimbrell, and Sheldon Reed.

Volleyball– Julia Panas and Caitlin Sheppard.

Women’s Soccer– Christina Early.

Women’s Basketball– Jada Martin.

Men’s Cross Country– Kole Koterba

 

2015 Fall Dean’s List

Softball– Ashley Brown, Olivia Dunlap, Caroline Heaton, Maddy Labrador, Lindsey Mason, Maddie Ward, and Brittany Warren.

Baseball– Kaleb Bowman, Hamp Fallaw, Graham Lawson, Jared McCay, Matthew Overton, Grant Thompson, Alexander Williams.

Volleyball– Lindsey Burkhamer, Samantha Cope, Ashleigh Green, Rachel Mabry, Jae Schmitz, Deanna Unger, and Courtney Williamson.

Women’s Soccer– Kayla McMillian, Cierra Smith, Hope Smith, and Bailey Wilson

Men’s Golf– Zachary Herold, Johnathon Miley, Matthew Terry, and Brady Trout

Men’s Basketball– Wesley Grant and Frederick Slater

Men’s Soccer– Tyler Pentz and Gustavo Peron

Women’s Cross Country– Sarah Davis and Haley Singletary

Wrestling– Joshua Gilbert and Efrain Tello

Women’s Golf– Haley Brannon

Women’s Basketball– Briana Hill

Women’s Tennis– Carlie Peeler

Cheerleading– Jachosha Simpson

Congratulations, Pioneers!

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Mason Receives 2015 Charles Witten Service Award

On Monday, November 2nd, at the Fall Conference of the South Carolina College Personal Association (SCCPA), Stacey Mason, Director of Housing and Residential Life at Spartanburg Methodist College, received the 2015 Charles Witten Service Award.

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The Charles Witten Service Award is given annually by the organization to represent a member who has served SCCPA within the past year in an outstanding capacity.  Mason served as host and conference chair of the organization’s drive-in conference in May of 2015 and served as the Awards Chair this year.

Kara Ferguson, SCCPA President Elect and Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement at University of South Carolina Upstate said, “Stacey has done an outstanding job as the 2015 Spring Conference Chair and the SCCPA Awards Chair. Stacey stepped into the spring conference chair position later in the game with little preparation done prior to her leadership and put together a high quality conference that touched on very important topics for Student Affairs professionals in South Carolina. Stacey is a rock star and a true asset to the SCCPA leadership.”

Stacey is pictured here receiving the award from the current SCCPA President, Brian Joyce.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Announces Scott Cochran as its Eighth President

Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College, announced today that W. Scott Cochran has been named by the Board of Trustees as the eighth President of Spartanburg Methodist College.  Dr. Fisher stated:

“We have a proud legacy at Spartanburg Methodist College of encouraging students to dream big dreams and we will provide the foundation for students to have those opportunities. Scott Cochran is the perfect critical thinker and visionary leader who will move Spartanburg Methodist College into the future and continue the tradition of challenging students to strive to realize their lifelong dreams. We, the students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees are excited to give without reservation the eighth presidential reigns to Scott.”

Mr. Cochran is a graduate of Wofford College and earned an MBA from Duke University. He has extensive experience in both business and higher education. His 20 years in business include roles as a senior executive in the US and internationally with GMAC, UPS Capital, and most recently, Performance Solutions by Milliken, a unit of Milliken & Company. Mr. Cochran served Wofford College for seven years as Dean of The Space. The Space houses a robust suite of programs including entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, consulting, and leadership, with the focus always being on helping students reach their full potential. Mr. Cochran has also taught finance courses at Wofford College. He is a Liberty Fellow. In accepting the presidency at Spartanburg Methodist, Mr. Cochran stated:

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to serve Spartanburg Methodist College as its eighth president. I look forward to working with an extremely talented group of faculty and staff to create an atmosphere where ideas flourish, students are inspired to dream, and everyone achieves more together.”

Spartanburg Methodist College is the only two year college in South Carolina that combines the benefits of a private school education with the college experience of living on campus. Over 90% of the graduates transfer to continue their pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.

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Spartanburg Methodist College Announces New Appointees

Spartanburg Methodist College has announced new members of their 2015-2016 community of scholars which includes the following appointees:

Naeem AhmadNaeem Ahmad, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics. Ahmad holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Kansas State University and previously taught at the University of West Georgia, University of Missouri as well as Kansas State University.

Dr. Jonathan KeislerJonathan Keisler, Ph.D., Professor of Economics. Keisler holds a B.S. and M.S. from Clemson University, M.S. from Georgia Southern University, and Ph.D. from Clemson University. His previous teaching experience includes Johnson College of Business and Economics, USC-Upstate, and Trident Technical College. Keisler has over 10 years of business experience with multiple industry leaders in service-based and product-based markets.

Kelly NeilKelly Neil, Ph.D., Professor of English. Neil earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.  She will serve SMC as Professor of English and British Literature. Neil previously taught at Appalachian State University, University of California, Davis, and Guilford Technical College.

Dennis AsheDennis Ashe, MA, interim Professor of Spanish. Ashe earned a M.A. and B.A. in Spanish, as well as a B.A. in History from Appalachian State University.  His teaching experience includes Vincennes University, North Greenville College, Texas Tech University and Appalachian State University.

Father CassFather A. Edmund Cass, interim Professor of Art. Cass holds a M.A. and B.A. from University of South Carolina. Cass is also the Presiding Bishop of the Self-Ruled Old Catholic Church. His prior teaching experience includes USC-Upstate, SMC, and Spartanburg Technical College.

Adam SiegfriedAdam Siegfried, interim Professor of Chemistry. Siegfried completed his M.S. and is completing his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Clemson University. Siegfried holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Coker College and previously taught at Clemson University, Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College.

Karen CraigKaren Craig, Adjunct Professor of English. Craig holds a M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in English from Converse College and a B.A. in English from Winthrop University. Craig has prior teaching experience with Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg County Districts 3, 6, and 7.

Barbara DelacBarbara Delac, Adjunct Professor of English. Delac holds a M.Ed. in English from State University of West Georgia and a B.A. in English from University of Akron. Her teaching experience includes A.P. English, District 2, USC-Upstate, Liberty County and Cobb County, GA Public Schools, Bethel, CT Public Schools, and Loudon County, VA Public Schools.

Jerry GilsdorfGerald “Jerry” Gilsdorf, Adjunct Professor of Sport Management. Gilsdorf earned his Doctorate of Education in Sports Management from United States Sports Academy, his M.S. in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and his B.A. in Secondary Education from Judson College. Gilsdorf currently teaches at Gardner-Webb University, and previously taught at Tusculum College, Tabor College, and Wheaton College.

Neill HanceNeill Hance, Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking and Director of SMC Theatre. Hance holds a M.A. in Drama with a Directing emphasis from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and B.A. from Furman University.  His teaching experience includes USC-Upstate, Greenville Technical College, Newberry College, USC-Union, Spartanburg Community College, Furman University, and Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC.

Cecelia KapitanCecelia Kapitan, Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking. Kapitan earned her M.A. from University of Oklahoma, B.A. from California State University, and A.A. from El Camino College. She previously taught at Greenville Technical College, State College of Florida, University of South Florida, Marshall University, University of Charleston, WV, and Walters State College.

Robyn ZimmermanRobyn Zimmerman, Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking. Zimmerman holds a M.A. in Communications from The University of Michigan and a B.A. in Speech from Florida State University. Her teaching experience includes USC-Upstate, Greenville Technical College, Furman University, Columbia College, Midlands Technical College and Pima Community College.  Zimmerman previously served as Greenville Health System, Director of Public and Community Relations; SC Department of Juvenile Justice Deputy Director of Communications; Press Secretary for the Governor of SC; as well as an on-air talent, newscaster, anchor, producer and reporter.

Jacob Balmer Jacob Balmer, Physical Science lab assistant. Balmer is majoring in Biology with a concentration is Medical Humanities at Wofford College. He has served as teaching assistant in the Wofford Chemistry department since September 2013.

Robin CarterRobin Carter, Biology lab assistant.  Carter holds a M.A. in Biology from University of Alabama Huntsville and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Troy State University. Carter previously taught at Greenville Tech and the Palmetto State E-cademy, and J.L. Mann Academy.

Dr. Ann Bowles, Vice President of Academic Affairs at SMC, stated “our college community is pleased to welcome new colleagues who join us in our commitment to teaching and engaging our students in the learning process.  We are very excited to have these dynamic folks on our team.”

 

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SMC Convocation Address to focus on Educating the Professor

Spartanburg Methodist College will mark the official start of the 2015-2016 academic year with its annual convocation ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2.  Convocation, the celebration to welcome new students and prepare the campus to move into a successful academic year, will feature Dr. Katherine Davis Cann as the program’s keynote speaker.

Cann, SMC’s Professor of History and Chair of the Social Science Division, is a highly respected professor, researcher, author and historian.  Her meticulous work in researching and articulating the history of both Spartanburg Methodist College and South Carolina has preserved history in ways that will forever enable others to understand their value and appreciate their ongoing significance.

A graduate of Lander University, Cann holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina (MA in History) and the University of South Carolina (PhD in History).  Cann has called Spartanburg Methodist College home since 1981 and during that same time, has written several articles and books, Common Ties, A History of Textile Industrial Institute, Spartanburg Junior College and Spartanburg Methodist College (Hub City Press) and Turning Point, The American Revolution in the Spartan District (Hub City Press) about Spartanburg Methodist as well as the Upstate.

Cann’s convocation address will focus on her 34 years of teaching, and the wisdom her students have imparted her. “Last spring Dr. Cann announced she would be retiring at the end of the Fall 2015 semester. The ripple effect of this revelation inspired us to ask Dr. Cann to speak at this year’s convocation. Without question, Dr. Cann’s amusing take on her decades spent in the classroom will be priceless,” shared Dr. Ann Bowles, Vice President of Academic Affairs for SMC.

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SMC Teams with AmeriCorps VISTA to Expand A Day Into A Year

For the past 14 consecutive years, SMC kicked off the academic school year with their coveted Freshman Day of Service. The one day event involved entering freshman, divided into small groups led by a faculty/staff member and two sophomores, who were sent to schools, churches, soup kitchens, shelters assisting children, the elderly, the environment, and animals, assisting with cleaning, painting, cooking, socializing, landscaping and any other tasks the service organization might need.  Beginning in 2015, that “day” of service will be turned into a “year” of service opportunities.

Candice Sloan, Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Religion at SMC, and the SMC Service Committee were charged with planning the Freshman Day of Service. Last year they evaluated the event, which had reached maximum capacity (too many students to work efficiently for organizations), student satisfaction, the level of 1-day effectiveness, and the desire of students for more in-depth volunteer opportunities and decided to go in a new direction.  Upon the Committee’s recommendation, SMC reallocated resources from the Day of Service and with the assistance of the South Carolina Campus Compact was able to secure an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer for the upcoming 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Americorps VistaVISTA , founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America, was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.  Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.  VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

Stephanie Smith, from Florence, SC, will be the AmeriCorps VISTA serving SMC. Smith holds an M.A. in English, Concentration in Creative Writing Fiction, from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and a B.A. in English, Minor in Creative Writing, from Francis Marion University. Smith shared she “is passionate and committed to the mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty and looks forward to making a tangible difference and finding the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.”

According to Sloan, “Smith’s primary job will be to encourage volunteerism and incorporate creative service-learning into the SMC curriculum as well as co-curricular activities. We are hoping Stephanie will be a bridge to the neighboring Arcadia community and the SMC community.”  Smith will work with Arcadia Elementary School and Arch Ministries, an afterschool program for children at Arcadia Elementary.  The majority of students at Arcadia Elementary School come from low-income families, with 99 percent receiving free or reduced lunch. About 80 percent are Hispanic, and many have parents who speak little or no English.

 

“Smith’s ability to foster ongoing SMC volunteer opportunities (such as mentoring, tutoring, etc.) should increase education levels in the Arcadia community and show elementary children college IS a real possibility.   Likewise, it is hoped SMC students will in turn, value their college experience and appreciate their coursework by the opportunity to utilize their skills and abilities in projects with children and their families at the school and at Arch Ministries. Bringing SMC’s founding father, Dr. David English Camak’s vision, ‘providing resources for education and for life,’ full circle,” shared Sloan.