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Matt Jett ’07, PresidentMajor: Business Administration
Employment: Product Analyst at QS1
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I have a love for the university and an appreciation for the education and experience it provided. I believe this would be a meaningful way to serve and contribute to the alumni community.Community Involvement: Spartanburg
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate is more than just a four year institution; it’s an incubator for success. Innovative methods and ideas combined with faculty engagement created the best possible college mentor experience for all students. Erik believes graduates from the university
‘14Major: Criminal JusticeEmployment: SC Department of Probation,
Parole, and Pardon Services
Recruiter with TEKsystem Benefits of Graduating from
USC Upstate: Upstate
afforded me the opportunity to attend a University close to home and receive a
great education from a highly recognized University. Attending Upstate also
gave me the opportunity to take my first ever plane ride when I studied aboard
in London. Other benefits included: being a Student Ambassador, member of the
Opportunity Network and also joining an amazing Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.Community
with A.Bevy Inc. Charlotte, NC.
Jennifer Callaway ‘95Major: Interdisciplinary StudiesEmployment: Head Womens Volleyball
Coach USC UpstateAdditional Information: A part of the USC Upstate community for more than a 20
years, Calloway stabilized a volleyball program that had seven coaches in a
nine-year period when she took over at age 23 in 1996.
Employment: Assistant Director of
Housing and Resident Life, USC UpstateAdditional Information: Being a recent alumna I hope
to take what I hear current students discussing as their pride in the
University and see that they are able to cherish and wish to return and give
Rhonda Henderson ‘86 Major: Secondary Education, English
Director Public Relations,
Spartanburg School District 2
– entering Real Estate Additional Information: Cultivating and maintaining USC Upstate’s reputation of
excellence in our community and beyond is vital, and all organizations bearing
the University’s name can add polish to its reputation. It is an honor to
represent my alma mater as an Alumni Association board member and to give back
to USC Upstate by serving in this capacity and putting a little elbow grease
into making that golden dome shine just a little brighter.
Todd Horne ’05 Major: Communications
Employment: Vice President of Business Development at Clayton Construction
Community Involvement: Chairman of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Valandis Johnson ‘13Major: Secondary Education, HistoryEmployment: Property Manager, Kenney
Realty Services Additional Information: While in college I developed a commitment to and pride for USC
Upstate. Becoming a member of the Alumni Board provides an opportunity to
cultivate this passion; allowing me to be of service in any capacity to the USC
Tyler Luchey ’11Major: Business Administration
Employment: Assistant Vice President; Technology Project Solutions Consultant at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC
graduating from USC Upstate: I was fortunate to attend a university where I was treated more like
family then a student. Therefore I have a personal connection to the campus and
want to be a part of helping it blossom. I have benefited greatly from the
connections I've made at the University and want to help facilitate the
connecting of those future Alum coming after meCommunity Involvement: YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Women’s Ministry
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Executive Director of the Greenville Campus at USC Upstate
Marcia Murff ’89 Major: English
Employment: Director of PR and Development at Spartanburg ParksBenefits of Graduating from USC
Upstate: I believe in USC Upstate and would be more than willing to serve in any capacity to the mission of this institution
Community Involvement: Chair of Junior Leadership Spartanburg, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents
Tony Nelson ’13 Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: Juris Doctor Candidate at Charlotte School of Law
Benefits of Graduating from USC
Upstate: I believe I have invaluable knowledge that I would love to share with the Upstate Community. I also want to stay connected to my university and learn the nuances of being a member of our Alumni Association.
Employment: Doctor of Chiropractic at Porter Chiropractic
Benefits of Graduating from USC
Upstate: I believe in the importance of Upstate to the growth and economic stability of Spartanburg. I’ve had the opportunity to watch the city grow and change along with this University, and I am committed to the growth and development of Spartanburg.
Community Involvement: Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Major: Secondary Education
Employment: 8th Grade Teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC
Upstate: USC Upstate built a foundation for my transition into adulthood and opened doors for opportunity. I want to continue to be a part of the University by creating a positive atmosphere during and post college.
Ryon Smalls ‘10Major: Criminal JusticeEmployment: Law Student, Charlotte
School of Law / Second Lieutenant – U.S. Army Reserve NGAdditional Information: The University of South
Carolina Upstate has given me so many resources and opportunities to grow
professionally and personally, that I am honored to be a part of an
organization that is about giving back to our institution. I care deeply about
USC Upstate, and am excited to be involved in helping develop our alumni
association into a highly desirable and well respected body of professionals
in the Upstate community.
Joshua Jones, Ex-Officio member
Major: Sport Management, Hampton University
Employment: Director of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate
Joshua recently moved to Spartanburg from Roanoke, Virginia. He enjoys cooking, CrossFit and helping others through charitable organizations. Joshua and his wife Arlesia Jones introduced their first child, Lennox Averie to the
world, July 24, 2016, and couldn’t be more in love.
Matt Cash ’06, Ex-Officio Member Major: Political Science
Employment: Coordinator of Recruitment, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate offers its students a close-knit learning environment where faculty and staff quickly develop into mentors and friends, while also offering students experiences that can often only be found at larger research
universities. Matt is proud to have served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He enjoys giving back to his alma mater as it has provided him with so many enduring friendships and opportunities.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors, Hub City Hog Fest Board Member, Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers – South Carolina Planning Committee, Chapter Advisor for University Relations – Sigma Alpha
Epsilon Fraternity of USC Upstate, Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors
The mission of the University of South Carolina Alumni Board of Directors is to be an advisory board to the institution and to other alumni. The primary purpose of the Board is to serve as a body by which all who have attended USC Upstate can maintain some connection with the University. Those appointed as Board
members shall exhibit these qualifications: leadership ability, commitment to USC Upstate, involvement in Association activities, a willingness to serve the Board and a history of financial support of the institution. Executive Council members shall have served a minimum of one term on the Board prior to
election or appointment to this committee.
The Alumni Board of Directors is the governing body of our Alumni Association and makes decisions for our Alumni Association scholarship recipients and Distinguished Alumni Award.
Contact UsJoshua Jones
Director of Alumni Relations 864-503-5093
USC Upstate Alumni RelationsAdministrative Building800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Phone: 864-503-5093Fax: 864-503-5264Faculty/Staff Directory
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?