Experience Success


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Success starts with your first days on campus and continues your whole career.
Student Success

Your success in both college and life is what drives the SMC Experience. The SMCX Team offers a variety of resources to help you be successful at SMC, and we are always here to assist one-on-one as well.

All-in-one advisors
SMC students have one advisor that supports them in all areas of success from enrollment to employment. This includes scheduling your classes, academic success and recovery, and career planning and job searching. This model allows you to get to know your advisor better and have someone that truly understands how to help you reach your goals with SMC!

Find your advisor below:
Kara Cayton
Kara Cayton,
Student Athlete
Advisor
CaytonK@smcsc.edu
Book Time with Kara
Brandon Lyles
Brandon Lyles,
Advisor
Last Names A-D
LylesB@smcsc.edu
Book Time with Brandon
Lauren Francis
Lauren Francis,
Advisor
Last Names E-K
FrancisL@smcsc.edu
Book Time with Lauren
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Elizabeth Paulsson,
Advisor
Last Names L-R
success@smcsc.edu
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Keshawn Thomas,
Advisor
Last Names S-Z
success@smcsc.edu
Shannon Bishop
Shannon Bishop,
VA Advisor & Director of
Career & Student Success
BishopS@smcsc.edu
Book Time with Shannon

Academic Support
The SMC Tutoring Center is free to students and has a fantastic variety of specific class help. The SMCX Success team expands on specific tutoring; we focus on the principles behind how to do better in classes on a foundational level.

Academic Resources include:
  • How to use a planner to organize your work
  • Techniques for how to study and retain information better

Other Student Resources


First-Year Programs

SMC's first year programs are designed to not only offer you an introduction to life on campus, but also to help you develop key skills that will help you be successful in both college and life.

GPS: Growing Pioneer Success
GPS is SMC's orientation program required for all first-year students to help you become acquainted with campus and get you started on the right path to success at SMC! You'll meet fellow incoming students, get to know the campus, and meet with various faculty and staff around campus who will be vital to a smooth first semester at SMC.

GPS Sessions include:
  • Welcome from the President
  • Meet the SMCX Team
  • Social activities to get to know your fellow students
  • Student Success & Academic Resources
  • Career Services (Internship Opportunities, Jobs on Campus, etc.)
  • I.T. & Virtual Learning Help
  • Campus Involvement
View the GPS Info Page >

SMC 101
This important course kicks off your first semester at SMC by preparing you for a career after college. SMC 101 covers such topics as:
  • Time management
  • Studying techniques
  • Goal setting & achieving
  • Major & career exploration
  • Money management
  • Effective note taking, paper writing, and test taking in college
  • Valuing and amplifying diversity
  • Leadership and working effectively with others
  • Maintaining wellness during your college experience

Important DatesGPS Fall
August 14-17, 2021
View the GPS Info Page >


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Accessibility resources

Spartanburg Methodist College is committed to ensuring equal access for persons with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAAA).

Disability Definition
The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual:
(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
(B) a record of such an impairment; or
(C) being regarded as having such an impairment (as described in paragraph (3)).

What are “Major Life Activities”?
In general, major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working to include the operation of major bodily functions. Major bodily functions includes but is not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

How Do I Apply for Accommodations at SMC?

Chronic Medical Disability
Students with chronic medical conditions should also complete the Chronic Medical Disability Form; if the student has a seizure disorder such as epilepsy or a condition that is seizure-like in nature, the student and his/her medical provider(s) or treating professional(s) should also complete the Medical Action Plan Request Form.

Accommodations:




Other Student Resources



Faculty Resources


Questions? Contact
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Gina Parris,
Director of Accessibility Resources
864.587.4272
parrisg@smcsc.edu
Walker Building, Office 109

Abbott Staggs
Abbott Staggs,
Asst. Director of Accessibility Resources
864.587.4075
StaggsA@smcsc.edu
Walker Building, Office 107

Mindy Bliss
Mindy Bliss,
Asst. Dean of Health & Wellness
864.587.4277
BlissM@smcsc.edu
The X, Office 232