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Rejuvenate Your Retirement: An Educational Course for Retirees
Contact: Faruk Tanyel, or (864) 503-5587

Retirees or those getting ready to retire, to plan and protect investments are invited to learn how they can enjoy retirement without worrying about money during one of four courses at the Rampey Center. Whether planning for years in the future or looking for immediate answers to financial concerns, this course will provide invaluable information.

January 23, 1-3 p.m.
Rampey Center
January 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Rampey Center
January 30, 1-3 p.m.
Rampey Center
February 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Rampey Center
Topics include:
  • How to identify the primary threats to your retirement savings
  • To plan your retirement income to still allow for travel, hobbies, sports, crafts, socializing, business ventures and lifelong learning.
  • To align your investments with your attitudes, risk tolerance and objectives
  • To apply strategies that will increase your Social Security benefits
  • Calculate the conversion of your IRA to a Roth IRA
  • Maximize tax efficiency when making withdrawals from mutual funds and IRAs
  • Plan for healthcare, long-term care and end of life decisions
  • To better understand estate planning
The course will be taught by Larry Stringer of Capital Investment Group, Inc.

Registration Information:
The course is $19 per person in advance or $29 per couple. A $21 materials fee is payable to Larry Stringer, instructor, at the first class meeting. You may register by calling Dr. Faruk Tanyel at (864) 503-5587 or email ftanyel@uscupstate.edu.

Grantsmanship: Research, Write and Secure Grant Funding
Contact: Elaine Marshall, Director of Sponsored Awards
emarshall@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5331
Community members, and USC Upstate faculty and staff, are invited to attend this special eight-week course on how to research, write and secure grant funding. The course will include how to search for grant funding; a grants “toolbox” and standard forms; a two-part discussion on writing grant proposals; developing grant budgets; foundation letters and proposals; federal proposals; and submission and follow-up. There is no cost for USC Upstate’s faculty and staff to attend the program; however, members of the general public must pay $50 per session or $375 for all eight sessions. All attendees are responsible for purchasing the course’s two required textbooks, How to Say It: Grantwriting by Deborah S. Koch ($17.95), and Grant Writing DeMYSTiFieD by Mary Ann Payne ($22), available at the USC Upstate Bookstore or online.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following programs:           

The Spartanburg Writing Project
Contact Tasha Thomas, Director of the Spartanburg Writing Project
tthomas@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5653
Founded in 1982, the Spartanburg Writing Project is a professional development organization committed to the mission of improving writing and the teaching of writing by providing services and resources to the teachers, students, schools and school districts in our service area. The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world. 

  • Upcoming Event: Common Core Institute, September 7, 2013

    Details TBA

Reflections: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 
Contact June Carter, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881
Regardless of the textbook, methodology, or curricula, all world language teachers share the goal of moving their students forward so they can effectively perform authentic tasks in the target language. This yearly conference offers inspiration and ideas to foreign language educators from across the state.

  • Upcoming Dates:
    Monday, February 17th
    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Facilitator: Dr. Donna Clementi

Thursday Afternoon Acting Group (TAAG) and Youth Summer Drama Camp
Contact Richard Robinson, Associate Professor of Theatre
rrobinson@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5621
The Thursday Afternoon Acting Group is offered for children ages 8-18. The after-school program meets on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters. Participants should be serious about learning acting, voice work and physicality.

Child Advocacy Conference
Contact Jennifer Parker, Professor of Psychology
jparker@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5761
The Center for Child Advocacy Studies hosts an annual conference and provides other educational and evidence based training opportunities for a broad range of professionals serving the needs of our children. 

  • Upcoming Conference: March 21, 2014

Certified Innovation Professional Program
Contact Ron Fulbright, Chair, Department of Informatics
rfulbright@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5683
The Certified Innovation Professional Program is an 8-lesson module sequence teaching the fundamentals of the theory and practice of I-TRIZ, an advanced innovative problem solving methodology. All work is done online in a self-paced format. 

  • Dates offered: Continuously

The School of Education offers the following four programs:

Piedmont Region III Science Fair
Contact Sonya Hall
shall@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5157
Involves students in grades 1-12 who represent public, private and home schools located in Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York Counties. Projects are divided by grades into the following academic categories during the competition: Elementary Level (grades 1-4), Middle Level (grades 5-8), and Secondary Level (grades 9-12).

  • Dates offered:
    February 19, 2014: Competition
    February 20, 2014: Open to the Public, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    February 22, 2014: Awards Ceremony

Braille Training Grant
Contact Tina Herzberg, Director of Special Education Visual Impairment Program
therzberg@uscupstate.edu of (864) 503-5572
In collaboration with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind, South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, and other members of the SC Vision Education Partnership, the project will accomplish the following: (1) Develop braille training materials; (2) Recruit and train a minimum of 90 percent of VR service providers and educators in improving their knowledge of the braille code and how to teach braille; (3) Provide programs and activities for youth and adults who are blind to improve their knowledge of the braille code and nonvisual access technology and/or promote the use of braille; (4) Develop a fully accessible webpage about the importance of braille literacy and strategies for infusing braille into everyday life for VR service providers, educators, parents, youth with visual impairments, and adults with visual impairments; and (5) Conduct project accountability and quality assurance evaluations.

  • Upcoming Dates: TBA

Project Create - Special Education
Contact Holly Pae, Associate Professor of Special Education
hpae@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5556
USC Upstate is one of eleven colleges and universities participating in the CREATE (Centers for the Re-education and Advancement of Teachers in Special Education) consortium. This initiative funded by the South Carolina Office of Exceptional Children provides course scholarships and textbooks to more than 500 public school teachers completing their special education licensure.

Math and Science Camp
Contact Gary Bradley, Director, Teacher Education Programs at University Center of Greenville
gbradley@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5570
The camp is a week-long experience for rising 1st through rising 5th graders. The camp provides an opportunity to immerse the students in math and science through experiments, projects and outdoor exploration. As they participate in this camp the students learn not only the value, real-world application, and interconnection of math and science, but they also learn that fun can be found in learning itself.

  • Dates offered: TBD

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics offers the following program:

Retail Management Certificate Program
Contact Faruk Tanyel
ftanyel@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5587
Participants are introduced to the world of retailing with focus on the changing characteristics of retailers, building a sustainable competitive advantage, and increasing retail profitability. During the second semester, participants are introduced to the dynamics of managing personnel, with focus on change management, managing diversity and building a team. In addition, participants learn basic Spanish phrases for helping Hispanic customers. 

Taught upon demand. 

The Center for International Studies - World Languages Institute offers language training programs:

Contact Deryle Hope
dhope@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5769
The Center offers short term language training programs to adults. Courses run for six weeks and meet one hour per week, usually between 5 and 7 p.m. Teachers are usually native speakers from the community or university.

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    Spartanburg, SC 29303