Dear Friends of USC Upstate,

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity, accomplishments and "firsts" at the University. With 2009 now a cherished memory, we have so very much for which to be thankful and much to anticipate in 2010.

The fall semester opened with 5,402 students enrolled, setting another enrollment record as we have done year after year in this new millennium. As enrollment continues to grow, so too does the student population living on the USC Upstate campus. The Magnolia House, a new coeducational residential facility for 352 students, opened in August. Now with three housing options, USC Upstate has the capacity to house 1,000 students on campus plus another 1,000 in private apartments immediately adjacent to the campus, thus creating a dynamic and energetic campus life... 24/7. It is truly exciting!

Speaking of campus energy, the G.B. Hodge Center was electric on October 14th when Mrs. Dodie Anderson ('81) presented the largest single gift in the history of Upstate Athletics and one of the largest gifts in the entire history of the University. It was our pleasure to announce her gift commitment of $4 million for the complete renovation of the G.B. Hodge Center, providing our student-athletes with top-flight Division I facilities for basketball and volleyball. Her gift will fully fund Phase I of a major renovation of the Hodge Center, to be accomplished by the beginning of the 2010 basketball season. The next issue of Upstate Magazine will include a feature story on Mrs. Anderson and the meaning of her generosity to the Spartans.

We have watched with much anticipation as the construction process of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics continues on time and within budget. Each day there is a flurry of construction activity in downtown Spartanburg as masons, sheet rockers, electricians, plumbers, and construction crews get closer to finishing the three-story, 60,000 square-foot building. The complementary parking garage funded by the City of Spartanburg is also nearing completion. The public ribbon cutting and grand opening of "The George" is scheduled for May 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Please join me in celebrating the successes of 2009 and looking forward to the many opportunities that 2010 is sure to bring.

Dr. John C. Stockwell, Chancellor


A Lifelong Legacy of Giving

They grew up surrounded by a heritage steeped in community service. Their parents, and generations of Black family member who came before them, were committed to a life of giving back unselfishly to their community, thus making Spartanburg County a better place for all its residents.

It is a legacy that both Marianna Black Habisreutinger and Paula Black Baker have gladly embraced and lovingly continued, passing the concept to their children and grandchildren just as it was passed unto them. Both women are involved in numerous charity endeavors and community projects. They attribute their vast contributions, with great humility and grace, to growing up in a family that had a great love for Spartanburg.

"Paula and I grew up surrounded by family members who felt blessed to be a part of the Spartanburg community and they wanted to give back," said Habisreutinger. "We absorbed that attitude and when I think about what my family has done in the past, it makes me want to do likewise."

Baker echoed the sentiment, "Giving back to the community just comes naturally to me. I want to see things continually improve in Spartanburg for our future generations."

The impact of the Black family's generosity and spirit of community advocacy can certainly be felt on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate, where the Mary Black School of Nursing is named in honor of their grandmother, Mary Louisa Snoddy Black.

"The marrying of the Mary Black School of the Nursing with the University was a perfect fit," said Baker. "Practicing medicine has carried down for generations in our family so we are all committed to helping create a healthier community."

When USC Upstate needed to build a separate building for its nursing school in 1981, the Black family saw a perfect opportunity to revive the name of the former Mary Black School of Nursing, which their grandfather and uncles originally operated from 1926 to 1951. Their aunt, Mary Kate Black Phillips, agreed and donated the money to name the nursing school and help fund the construction of the new facility.

It seemed as if history, at least for the Black family, was repeating itself.

Habisreutinger and Baker were showing dedication and contribution to healthcare and education in Spartanburg, following in the footsteps of their grandfather Dr. Hugh Ratchford Black, who was a pioneer, innovator and leader in the field of medicine. He founded three hospitals in Spartanburg -St. Elizabeth's Hospital in the 1890's, Spartanburg Hospital in 1904 and Mary Black Hospital in 1925. He lobbied for the signatures necessary to endorse a bond issue to be presented to the State Legislature to establish Spartanburg General Hospital in 1921 and performed the first surgery there (on his son Paul) and admitted its first patient.

Dr. Black and his sons, Dr. Sam Orr Black and Dr. Hugh Snoddy Black, operated the original Mary Black School of Nursing in conjunction with the Mary Black Hospital from 1926 to 1951. During these years, 300 nursing students were educated, paying no tuition, room and board, or fees for books and supplies. These expenses were picked up by the Doctors Black.

Vallie Rae Durham was one of the nurses trained at the original Mary Black School of Nursing who went on to spend 59 years in a nursing career that intersected with three generations of Black doctors.

"I had the privilege of attending the nursing school originally founded by Dr. Hugh Ratchford Black, I worked for both Dr. Sam Orr Black and Dr. Hugh Snoddy Black, and then I even worked for Dr. Sam Black, Jr. until the day he retired," said Durham. "The Blacks were the most gracious people on the face of the earth," she said. "They treated each one of us like an extension of their family and it is a trait that both Marianna and Paula have inherited."

She recalled her nursing days with great fondness, saying the nursing students received a stipend of $12 a month in addition to their room and board. According to Durham, many of the young women would not have been able to pursue their nursing education were it not for the generosity of the Mary Black Hospital providing for all the expenses.

"Our grandfather and uncles saw the need for more medical professionals in this community during those early years and fortunately, they were in a position to provide an education for these young nursing students," said Habisreutinger.

Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate, is tremendously grateful for Baker and Habisreutinger, their ancestors who came before them, and their children and grandchildren who will continue their legacy after them.

"Spartanburg, the Upstate region, and the state of South Carolina are truly blessed to have the Mary Black School of Nursing located here in Spartanburg," said Stockwell. "Our faculty are training a highly-skilled corps of healthcare professionals who will work to continually meet the medical needs of South Carolina. There is a very high chance that each of us will at some point in our lives be cared for by a graduate of the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate."

Dr. Marsha Dowell, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and former dean of the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate, credits the Black family with giving the University the resources and vision to grow its nursing program. When the nursing program began in 1967, it enrolled 36 students and had eight faculty members. Today the program boasts 966 nursing students and 42 full-time faculty members. Presently USC Upstate graduates approximately 300 nursing students each year.

"The vision of the Black family has allowed us to grow our nursing program into one of the Southeast's most highly-regarded nursing institutions that offers a four-year degree," said Dowell. "We have expanded from a traditional mode of teaching to on-site instruction, distance learning and inter-institutional articulation, to accommodate students who are diverse in background, age, race, ethnicity, educational experiences, and needs. Our faculty are experts in their fields and our alumni are highly-qualified healthcare professionals who are practicing in 36 states and on four continents."

For their long-standing support of the Mary Black School of Nursing and their sincere loyalty and commitment to the University and its future, the sisters were presented with the University's highest honor, the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Gold Dome Award, this summer. A bronze plaque bearing their likeness has also been installed in the lobby of the Mary Black School of Nursing.

"The Black family has upheld a true tradition of giving -caring for the human spirit, giving of oneself, and establishing the Mary Black Foundation," said Ingo Angermeier, chief executive officer of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. "The Black family has been giving to healthcare for more than 100 years. Those of us who having been leading healthcare institutions for mere decades pale in comparison to the contributions to these family members."

As she took one last look at the bronze plaque, Baker said, "I have learned so much about the Mary Black School of Nursing today. I hope our children are soaking all of this in --- remember tradition, tradition, tradition. I feel so very proud."

The Johnson College of Business and Economics is Topped Out


To the rousing tune of "Movin' on Up," theme-music to the long-running TV show The Jeffersons, the final steel beam was hoisted into the air and placed on the top of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics the morning of Friday, July 31. Dignitaries, faculty, staff and members of the community assembled in the parking lot of the Chapman Cultural Center to watch the beam go up. Afterwards, they toured the first floor of the building.

The Topping Out Ceremony is an event held when the last beam is placed at the highest point of the building. Before the ceremony begins, invited guests and those working on the construction project have the opportunity to sign their names on the final piece of steel. It is customary to place an American flag and a traditional evergreen tree on the steel beam, both as a sign of celebration and an omen for good luck. Once a structure has been topped out, the focus of construction shifts from the exterior structure to interior finishing.

Design architect David M. Schwarz Architects, together with production architect McMillan Smith & Partners Architects, construction manager at-risk Linbeck Group and project manager Clerestory Projects Group, Inc. have been working steadily since November 2008 on the building, affectionately nicknamed "The George." You, too, can follow progress via the Web cam at The building will be completed in May 2010, and ready for students in the fall semester 2010. A ribbon cutting is planned for May 13.

"The George" is being constructed with a structural steel frame resting on a reinforced concrete foundation that sits atop over 120 rammed aggregate piers. The concrete foundation and slabs are composed of 1,210 cubic yards of concrete, which is reinforced with 36 tons of rebar. The structural steel skeleton of the building consists of 365 tons of structural steel connected with over 9,000 bolts. The masonry facade will be composed of 2,490 pieces of cast stone and 125,000 bricks laid in a Flemish bond pattern. The brick, cast stone, window and metal panel colors have been selected to complement the aesthetic of the Chapman Cultural Center. The interior of the building will include a four-color, patterned, epoxy terrazzo floor and a dramatic, double-height domed lobby and skylight.

Funding Partners

The George Dean Johnson, Jr., College of Business and Economics is made possible because of the strong partnership between the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, the State of South Carolina, and USC Upstate. Of the total $32 million needed for this entire project, which includes "The George" and the new parking garage, $14 million must come in the form of private gifts from generous donors who believe in the impact this facility will have on the future of the entire Upstate region. To date nearly $13 million has been raised toward this goal and USC Upstate wishes to express extreme gratitude to the following donors for their generosity and support.

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics currently enrolls nearly 850 majors and offers programs in business administration with concentrations in accounting, economics, marketing, and management. It is one of 42 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs that are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Few business schools in the nation with a predominantly undergraduate mission are accredited by this prestigious international association.

Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc.
Bank of America
Victor Austin, Jr. '90
Andrew & Kitsy Babb
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Baker
Valerie & Bill Barnet
BMW Manufacturing Corporation
Clarke & Bob Brannon
Dan & Jane Breeden
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Cappio
The South Financial Group Foundation,  an affiliate of Carolina First Bank
Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Cash
Dr. Elizabeth Cole
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Baily Dent, Jr.
Duke Energy Foundation
Laura & Claus Foerster '85
Dr. & Mrs. J. Sidney Fulmer
Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Fulmer
Jimmy & Marsha Gibbs
Richard C. Giesen '80
Barney Gosnell '79
D. Benjamin Graves
Jon & Mindy Gray
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hannah
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Habisreutinger
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harley
Dr. & Mrs. John A. Harrill, Jr.
Amy F. Henderson '91
Hodge Carpets
Teresa '81 & Billy Hough
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Huizenga
Inman-Riverdale Foundation, Inc.
J M Smith Foundation
Johnson Development Associates
Ann Cobb & Stewart Heath Johnson
George Dean Johnson, III
Susanna Presnell Johnson
Susu & George Dean Johnson, Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Brownlee Lowry
McAbee, Talbert, Halliday & Co.
Cherokee Masonry
Mr. & Mrs. Hugh McColl
Mr. Roger Milliken
Betty & Walter Montgomery, Jr.
Dr. Theodore Morrison
Robin '85 & Allen Newman, Jr. '78
Corry Oakes
Christopher O'Brien '96
Dr. & Mrs. Darrell Parker
Wallace G. Pew '95
William N. Phelps '77
Andrew J. Powell, III '88
Clerestory Projects
Dr. Charles Reback
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry J. Richardson
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Rudisill
Edna & Richard L. Scott
Jennifer & Curt Sidden
Cathy '86 & Jeff '86 Smith
Laura & Milton A. "Chip" Smith, Jr '78
Spartanburg Area Chapter-Institute of Management Accountants
Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education
The Spartanburg County Foundation
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
April L. Staggs '02
Drs. John Stockwell & Diane Vecchio
Karen M. Thompson '94
James J. Valerio
W.R. & E.H. Floyd Foundation
Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
Janet Waddle '03
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin R. Wall, II
Mrs. E. Craig Wall
Lindsay & William Webster
Mike M. Wood '77
Young Office Environments /Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Young, III
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Young, IV
Nelly & Kurt Zimmerli

"We are not just topping out the building, but also laying a foundation for the economic future of Spartanburg and the Upstate. The most important element in a capitalistic system is human capital -the knowledge base of how to produce and how our system works. The faculty and students will build that human capital through education, innovation and entrepreneurism. A new range of partnerships with the business community and the city will support these efforts. The George will increase the economic prosperity of the Upstate for generations to come."

-Dr. Darrell Parker
Dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

USC Upstate Johnson College Of Business Partners With Spinx Company To Offer Retail Management Certificate

Under a newly-formed partnership for executive level education between the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate and The Spinx Company, Inc., 20 managers from area Spinx convenience stores began a year-long program in retail management this fall.

"Retailers have needed a management program for some time and Spinx has been delighted to partner with USC Upstate in this project," says Spinx CEO Stewart Spinks. "This program will provide core leadership and retail skills. We know first-hand the difference in competence and confidence a quality education makes!"

For three hours a week over an eight month period, these 20 managers will be instructed in four core areas including retail management, communicative Spanish for retail personnel, accounting and financial analysis, and communication theory and practice.

"The business school is very excited to offer this program to these managers," says Jim Cappio, instructor of the retail management portion of the program at USC Upstate. "The Spinx Company is a leader in the industry, and they see the financial benefits that further industry-specific education has for its workforce and overall operations."

Spinx employs over 700 associates through its stores, food operations and related businesses, and enjoys $465 million in annual sales, making it the largest gasoline retailer in the Upstate. Stewart Spinks is the founder of The Spinx Company, Inc., which operates more than 60 convenience stores and supplies over 60 with gasoline in North and South Carolina.


Gail and Clary Hood Recall the Struggle to Raise a Family and Finish College Education


Gail and Clary Hood know first-hand what it's like to struggle with raising a young family while trying to complete a college education. Married now for 40 years, the couple can easily recall the days when Gail was an elementary school teacher working to finish her master's degree in education at the University of South Carolina Upstate (then USC Spartanburg) as they juggled caring for three children and growing Clary's business ventures.

While those years were chaotic and hectic, today they can look back on them with nostalgia but savoring the life lessons they learned. And, they want to use their blessings to help others who may be following in their paths.

The couple recently established the Gail Hogan Hood Scholarship in Education at USC Upstate with a gift of real estate valued at $170,000. Proceeds from the sale of the land will fund an endowment to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in education with preference given to those who are married, residents of Spartanburg County, S.C., and demonstrating a financial need.

"I hope that this scholarship fund will help students who don't otherwise have the financial means to pursue a college education," said Gail, who earned a bachelor's degree from Limestone College in 1972 and her master's degree from USC Upstate in 1980. "When I started college, it was hard to make ends meet and college is so much more expensive now. The expense alone prohibits many people from attending college so I hope this helps produce more teachers for our area."

Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate, said he was absolutely delighted to hear the news of the Gail Hogan Hood Scholarship in Education.

"As a result of Mr. and Mrs. Hood's generous scholarship support, the University will be able to continue our efforts of producing the highest quality of teachers for South Carolina schools," said Love.

"Scholarships of any level allow students to concentrate more on schoolwork without having to worry so much about their finances."

"We've had a certain amount of success and happiness and we want others to benefit," said Clary, who is the CEO of Clary Hood, Inc.; owner of Specialized Parts and Equipment, LLC; principal owner of Regional Utilities; and investor in several real estate deals. "I love Gail and she loves USC Upstate so it is a win-win deal for me."

Special Education Programs Receive $1 Million in Grants


The USC Upstate School of Education has received an infusion of funds lately with nearly $1 million in grants being awarded for the special education programs.

The Learning Disability Program received a $499,861 Special Education Pre-Service Training Improvement Grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. The award is titled University of South Carolina Upstate: Preparing Highly Qualified Learning Disability Teachers to Close Student Achievement Gaps in Core Content Areas.

"The USC Upstate School of Education is indeed fortunate to receive this grant and it will greatly benefit our bachelor's of science program in learning disabilities," said Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education. "The special education certification category represents the greatest teacher shortage in our tri-state region (Georgia, South and North Carolina)."

USC Upstate offers a degree in Special Education--Learning Disabilities that prepares students to be specialists in the creation and implementation of strategies to accommodate the needs of special education students identified with specific learning disabilities in PK - 12 classrooms. Preparation emphasizes appropriate services, curricula, assessment, and instruction required by students with special needs to support their participation in the general education curriculum. Applications of assistive and instructional technology permeate the program and collaborative skills, assessment procedures, applications of research, and parent consultation skills are specific topics threaded throughout.

Each year the Special Education--Learning Disabilities program graduates 12 students. Currently 35 students have been accepted into the learning disabilities program.

According to Dr. Thomas White, superintendent of Spartanburg County School District 7, districts are struggling to find qualified special education teachers as there is a serious shortage in South Carolina and across the nation. "Here in the Upstate, we rely heavily on the graduates from USC Upstate and we just wish there were more of them. We are excited that USC Upstate is looking at ways to provide opportunities for more teacher candidates in special education and even better pre-service preparation for them."

The University's Special Education--Visual Impairment Program received a $497,675 grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education. This grant will enable Visual Impairment Program, in collaboration with the South Carolina Vision Education Partnership, to significantly increase awareness of Braille and knowledge of how best to teach it and to promote non-visual access technology.

Building literacy skills and proficiency in Braille and access technology leads to independence and competence in many areas of life for young people and adults with visual impairments. And for these individuals, independence leads to improved skills in personal care and home management, as well as to increased opportunities for employment.

"We are thrilled to work collaboratively with USC Upstate to help further the education of individuals with visual impairments by working to provide Braille courses for parents, professionals and paraprofessionals," said Margaret Park, Interim President for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. "We are delighted to be included in this project and look forward to the possibilities of promoting Braille throughout South Carolina."

A Shelter in the Garden


What student doesn't jump at the chance to go to class when it's held outdoors, when winter has finally relaxed its grip and spring makes her warm and welcomed entrance?

USC Upstate students will soon be able to enjoy outdoor classes, and the entire campus community will be able to gather for other activities such as picnics, campus events, and reunions, this summer at the Dr. Lawrence E. Roel Garden Pavilion nestled in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum.

Thanks to Dr. Roel's generous donation, the structure will begin taking shape in March 2010 and will complement the Arboretum's natural setting and provide numerous opportunities for learning and fellowship. At approximately 1,000 square feet, it will be built in a Shaker style, with cedar posts, tongue and groove wooden ceiling, stacked stone walls, fireplace, and rustic beams overhead.

Open on three sides, the pavilion's center will feature five round tables with enough seating for 30, overhead fans for hot days, and an LCD screen mounted in a cabinet above the fireplace where data can be projected from a computer or DVD player. The low stone walls bordering the edge will also serve as additional seating. If needed, the round seating can be removed and theatre seating brought in, accommodating up to 150 people. A handicapped accessible bathroom, a storage closet and a small kitchen/prep area round out the list of amenities.

Although the pavilion will serve the campus as an outdoor classroom during the day, the opportunities extend far past traditional daytime events to dinners and intimate outdoor receptions. The fireplace will warm the space and provide ambiance, as decorative copper hanging lanterns will lend an inviting evening glow.

The setting for the pavilion, near the western end of the arboretum near the P. Kathryn Hicks Visual Arts Building and adjacent to the meandering creek that winds its way through the arboretum's 12 acres, is one that biology professor Jack Turner looks forward to utilizing.

"This open air covered facility will provide a space for our students to gain first-hand appreciation for biology, ecology, nature and the environment. The Watershed Ecology Center will also be conducting summer camps at the pavilion, bringing young people into contact with nature and onto a college campus, which is always exciting for them."

Who is Dr. Lawrence E. Roel?

Dr. Roel is a board certified ophthalmologist with practices on Spartanburg's Eastside and Westside. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, American Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and the Spartanburg County Medical Society.

Dr. Roel received his undergraduate training at Princeton University (AB), his graduate training at MIT (Ph.D.), and his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania (M.D.). His residency training was at Columbia University's Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, where he served as chief resident. An accomplished surgeon, he has performed more than 12,000 intraocular procedures including cataract surgeries, implantable contact lenses, glaucoma procedures and corneal transplants. He has been performing LASIK surgery since 1998.

Dr. Roel is married to P. Kathryn "Katie" Hicks, professor emeritus of art, at USC Upstate. The couple has been a strong supporter of USC Upstate through the years, demonstrating a fondness for the Susan Jacobs Arboretum area of campus.

A New Guide for the Arboretum


Visitors to the Susan Jacobs Arboretum will notice something new as they make their way through the gardens. There are now placards at eight different planting areas that are designated as stops on the "Guide By Cell" cell phone tour.

The placards have a phone number to call and a pin number, followed by the pound (#) sign. Once connected the listener will receive details about the particular garden at which they are standing.

The "voice of the garden" is Linda Cobb, a long-time supporter of the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and avid gardener known around Spartanburg for her support of multiple garden clubs as well as the University's annual Arbor Day celebration.

"I am delighted to be a part of this project," says Cobb, and her obvious excitement can be heard over the phone. "With a diverse inventory of trees, shrubs and flowers in such a beautiful location, this guide-by-cell technology takes us another step further in being able to inform visitors about the types of plant life they are seeing, their preferred habitat and sun needs, a little about their history, and so much more."

For further information about the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, please contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or

Getting the First Shot: Upstate Men's Soccer and Softball Attain Full Division I Eligibilty


Another milestone is to be celebrated in USC Upstate Athletics as the softball and men's soccer teams compete for the first time as full NCAA Division I members with the opportunity to play in the A-Sun Championships and a chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. When Upstate announced in May 2006 that its athletics program was transitioning from NCAA Division II to Division I, these two historically strong programs were picked by the University to be fast-tracked into full NCAA Division I membership within two years.

"NCAA Division I guidelines stated that it was not permissible to fast-track either of the men's or women's basketball programs, so we decided to select men's soccer and softball based on their successful traditions and team accomplishments," said Mike Hall, director of athletics. "We also felt those two long-standing head coaches deserved this special privilege based on their tenure at Upstate. We expect they can compete early and often for A-Sun championships and for potential postseason NCAA Tournament appearances."

The NCAA allows institutions making the transition to NCAA Division I to pick two sports, which cannot be basketball or football, to be accelerated into full DI membership with full DI benefits, not the least of which is the ability to earn the conference's automatic bid from its championship tournament and the right to compete for postseason play in NCAA Tournament competition. All other athletic programs at the University must wait until the 2011-12 season to be eligible to receive the A-Sun's automatic berth and earn a spot in postseason NCAA Tournaments.

Upstate teams waiting to be fully transitioned to D1 status include: baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

"It was an honor to be one of the two programs selected to carry the banner of being full NCAA Division I members at Upstate," said Head Softball Coach Chris Hawkins. "Several of our teams have had pretty solid success already in Division I, so there is no real pressure on us or men's soccer to be benchmark programs. However, both of us want to do the best we can to represent the University and the athletic department. Our goal is to be one of the six teams to qualify for the A-Sun Tournament at the end of the year. Once you get into the tournament, you never know what could happen."

"Division I soccer is so tough and the margin of error is so small that you have to be prepared to have all 11 guys on the field play every second of every game," said Head Men's Soccer Coach and Upstate Athletics Hall of Famer Dr. Greg Hooks. "Making the transition from Division II to Division I is a process and we are building our program. What we are looking for is progress in the quality that we put out on the field as we try to build the team into a competitive Division I program."

To learn more about USC Upstate Athletics, visit

Fab Friday Visits Introduce Prospective Students to USC Upstate


One experience that simply can't be duplicated on a Web site or in a brochure is what it's like to actually be on the University of South Carolina Upstate campus. You have to see it firsthand!

USC Upstate invites prospective students to attend a Fab Friday session, which gives participants a chance to talk with current and prospective students, explore the campus and get in-depth answers to any of the questions they may have.

Faculty members will be on hand to discuss the many academic programs USC Upstate offers, while student affairs and residential life staff will be present to provide tours and talk about getting involved on campus. Admission counselors and financial aid staff will be present to help prospective students better understand the application and enrollment process as well.

Prospective students who are interested in attending an upcoming Fab Friday session should contact the USC Upstate admissions office at 864-503-5246 (or 1-800-277-8727) or register online by visiting Each session begins at 10 a.m. in the University Readiness Center. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fab Friday Sessions:

- February 5, 2010
- March 5, 2010
- April 2, 2010
- May 7, 2010

The John S. Poole Foundation Scholarship: Honors 20 Year Commitment to USC Upstate


When a community leader makes a significant impact on an institution of higher learning, an endowed scholarship provides others an avenue to show their appreciation for that leader while also helping students achieve their dream of a college education. With that in mind, the University of South Carolina Upstate and the USC Upstate Foundation are pleased to announce a new scholarship named for just such an individual.

The board of directors of the USC Upstate Foundation (formerly the Carolina Piedmont Foundation) has voted unanimously to establish the John S. Poole Foundation Scholarship in honor of John S. Poole for his dedication, loyalty and unwavering support of USC Upstate and the Foundation for the past 20 years. John has played a key role in the success of the Foundation as well as the University, and his influence and knowledge of this region has been a priceless asset during this time of extraordinary growth. Additionally, his long career in the banking industry and his knowledge of area business, have been a tremendous asset to the Foundation through the years.

To honor his outstanding accomplishments, commitment and love for Spartanburg and the Upstate of South Carolina, gifts can be made in John's honor to support the scholarship fund. All gifts are tax-deductible and checks can be made payable to the USC Upstate Foundation. Gifts are also accepted online at

The Value of Scholarships


There are more than 100 scholarships already in place with the USC Upstate Foundation. The South Carolina Association of CPA's Scholarship and the D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship are just two examples of scholarships that are enabling our students to afford the education critical to their success.

Nicholaus Galloway is the recipient of the South Carolina Association of CPA's Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to a full-time student who wants to pursue a career in accounting. The criteria for receiving the scholarship is that the student must be a rising junior with 60 hours of earned credit, a minimum GPA of 3.0, business major in accounting, and demonstrate financial need.

As a high school student, Galloway said he made average grades and continued on the same path when he first attended college. Now that he has returned to college and is eager to earn his degree, Galloway is working really hard to increase his GPA.

"Receiving this scholarship has shown me how far I have come and how hard I have worked so far," said Galloway. "The biggest way this scholarship has helped is in decreasing my overall student loans. But it also has shown me that with hard work, sometimes there is a really good award with it."

Cody Brooks was recently awarded the D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship, which is granted to students in need of financial assistance regardless of race or creed. This foundation annually contributes scholarship funds to all public institutions of higher learning in South Carolina.

"Receiving the D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship is very beneficial and has made my goal of earning a degree more attainable," said Brooks, the first in his immediate family to attend a four-year university. "Paying for my education has always been an issue for my family and me. Any financial assistance that I am fortunate enough to receive helps out a great deal."

Brooks adds that he wants to become successful enough one day to be able to donate to organizations such as the D.L. Scurry Foundation so he can help other students, like him, who are limited financially during their college years.

To learn more about scholarships at the USC Upstate Foundation, contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or

Access to Success: An Investment in the Future

Expanding the availability of scholarships is a top priority at USC Upstate. At Upstate and across the country, tuition has increased faster than families' ability to absorb the additional cost. At the same time, other forms of financial aid have not kept pace with tuition increases. Maintaining and growing the quality and diversity of our student body can happen only through the contributions of our alumni and friends.

The Access to Success -An Investment in the Future campaign was recently launched to raise $750,000 in scholarship support over the next two years. Excitedly, the lead gift to this campaign has already been received. Through the generosity of Gail ‘80 and Clary Hood, the Gail Hogan Hood Scholarship in Education will be funded from the sale of property donated by the couple valued at $170,000 (See related story on page 8).

Funds raised through the Access to Success campaign will allow USC Upstate to attract top achievers and provide opportunity to students with financial need. Our aim is to create a highly challenging and diverse environment that mirrors today's global society and workplace.

Who will benefit?

- Incoming freshmen -a recruitment tool for new high school graduates; can be need-based or merit-based; minimum of $1,000 to be included as part of total financial aid package.
- Transfer students -another recruitment tool for students transferring from Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Tech, Spartanburg Methodist, and other two-year colleges.
- Return-to-Learn -for non-degree completers who realize additional education is crucial for their future success.
- Bridge-the-Gap -for current students who have lost their state scholarship and need an incentive to remain in school. Generally this is a retention incentive for freshman to sophomore years.

If you would like to contribute to the Access to Success campaign, simply use the envelope stapled into this magazine or contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or

USC Upstate Reveals New Website Design


As students returned to the University of South Carolina Upstate to begin a new semester last fall, they were surprised to find that the University Web site had experienced a major facelift.

Throughout the spring and summer, Web Developer Nick Catto spent much of his time researching and developing the new design, focusing on a more visually appealing, interactive design in replacing the previous template that had been used for six years.

The new layout, accessible at, is wider to reflect the increase in widescreen monitors, and provides more space for content. Meanwhile, the overall page size has been reduced by half to save on loading time and bandwidth costs. The Office of University Communications will continuously integrate interactive elements such as the featured news slideshow and dropdown menu bar.

"Web technology changes almost daily and we wanted something that was fresh and very appealing to the demographics for which we're recruiting students," said Tammy Whaley, director of University Communications. "The innovations Catto incorporated into the new design will really help us with student recruitment."

Smith and Anderson Take on Key Roles


The USC Upstate Office of University Advancement recently made two key staff changes. Bea Walters Smith was promoted to Director of Development and Foundation Scholarships where she is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts and scholarships. Smith previously served as the Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, and Scholarships. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and has been employed with USC Upstate since 2002.

Leah Bacon Anderson was hired as Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, and University Events. Anderson is responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships and communications with alumni, developing and executing the University's annual giving program, and coordinating University events related to alumni affairs and development. Anderson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in public relations. She previously served as a marketing consultant for the Savannah Morning News.

USC Upstate to Offer New Minor in Religion


Why has religion become such an important -and controversial -part of modern life around the world? What do Americans -who live in the most religiously diverse society on earth -need to know about each other's religious ideas, values and beliefs? Is it possible to study world religions objectively and impartially?

USC Upstate students are exploring those questions in religion classes that are part of the new religion minor within the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies. Classes such as comparative religion, western religious traditions, Psalms: language of faith and protest, the New Testament, psychology of religion, ancient world of the Bible, and religion in India examine these thought-provoking issues and topics.

"The academic and impartial study of world religions and religious ideas, values and institutions is especially important for the U.S., which is the most religiously-diverse nation on earth," said Dr. David Damrel, assistant professor of religion at USC Upstate. "The religion minor can be an important and practical concentration for students majoring in the liberal arts, business, education, and nursing, or who are interested in law, medicine or graduate studies."

Dr. Damrel adds that students will be able to use the minor to make their major, whether in liberal arts, business, education, pre-med nursing or another discipline, go further and do more.

Curtis R. Harley Gallery Happenings

January 15 -February 19, 2010
Michael Watson: Recent Painting
Lecture: Thursday, January 28 at 4:30 pm
Reception following
Michael Watson, curator of the Elizabeth M. Guinan Gallery at the Charlotte Art Institute will present recent vibrantly colored landscape paintings.

February 26 -March 26, 2010 Leslie Rech: Installation
Lecture: Thursday, March 4 at 4:30 pm
Reception following
Leslie Rech, associate professor of art, ceramics, sculpture, foundations at South Carolina State University, will transform the Curtis R. Harley Gallery into a menagerie of signs, symbols and materials that serve as a vehicle for concepts involving gender, history, and memory.

For additional information about these showings or any other happenings at the Curtis R. Harley Gallery, located in the Humanities and Performing Arts Building, contact Gallery Director Jane Nodine at (864) 503-5838 or or visit their Facebook page.

The 2009-2010 Season for the Shoestring Players

The Miser

One of the funniest plays in dramatic literature, The Miser abounds with laughter as the son and daughter of the miser fall in love and are about to declare their intentions when the miser announces his own wedding plans. The children's plans are disrupted when their father announced he plans to wed the girl with whom his son is in love, and his wealthy friend, to his daughter.


Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm

Showtimes: February 25 - 27 at 8:00 pm
February 28 at 3:00 pm

The Full Monty

Adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award winning Terrence McNally and with an award-winning score by David Yazbek, The Full Monty is a poignant and lively story that captivated Broadway audiences and critics alike. It tells the story of six unemployed, out of shape steel mill workers from Buffalo, New York, who need to pick up some extra cash. After seeing the popularity of a male stripper among the local women, the men decide to put on a strip show of their own. Their gimmick is simple: they will do the full Monty -strip completely naked on stage. This plan forces the men to come to terms with their own fears of inadequacy, both physically and as providers for their families.


Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm

Showtimes: April 15 - 17 at 8:00 pm
April 18 at 3:00 pm

Call the Box Office at (864) 503-5695 on Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm for ticket information. For additional details, including audition information, contact Jimm Cox, Director of the Shoestring Players, at (864) 503-5697 or e-mail him at


Alumni News


Wilson Casey is excited about his latest super-major book project entitled "Firsts" that had a worldwide release and distribution on October 6, 2009 by Alpha/Penguin Publishing.


Dr. Sherwood Thompson is an assistant dean and associate professor of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University.


Cynthia Crompton Gardner received her Doctor of Education Degree from USC on May 9, 2009. She began teaching in the Teacher Education Department at Lander University this fall.


Joseph Parrish is the senior manager in customer support for QS/1 Data Systems. He currently resides in Spartanburg with his wife and three children.


John Robinson, realtor with Dunes Marketing Group on Hilton Head Island, S.C., was named DMG's Most Improved Agent. John sells residential real estate on Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and in Bluffton, S.C. Robinson was the USCS men's tennis team captain from 1985-1987.


James Gault is a history teacher and coach at Excelsior Middle School in the Union County School District.


Kim Atchley is currently working as press coordinator for Hollywild Animal Park ( and continues work on a series of novels. Her book, written with friend and co-author Candy Arrington, When Your Aging Parent Needs Care - Practical Help for the Season of Life, was released by Harvest House Publishers September 1, 2009.

Kelley Rollins Richardson is an executive assistant for Spartanburg School District 3.

Karen Shinault has been named school teacher of the year for District 1. She teaches at Campobello Gramling School as a K-5 teacher.


Timothy Gunnell is the corporate environmental manager at Wacker Chemical Corporation in Adrian, Mich.

Elvera "Ella" Thomason is working with BBVA Compass in Birmingham, Ala. as an assistant relationship manger in Corporate Investment Services.


David Lanzetti is the production and operations team leader at Circor International.

Michael Knight was awarded his second Masters Degree (Education Leadership) from Winthrop University in May, and he currently teaches second grade at Crowders Creek Primary in Clover, S.C.

Audrey Lewis Marshall, a junior and senior English teacher and AP English language and composition instructor for Suwannee County School Board, has been appointed as a member of the K-12 Reading/Language Arts Committee for Suwannee County School Board's District-wide K-12 Curriculum Teams.


LaTonya Jones Jiggetts is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service. She is currently stationed at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Atlanta, Ga. serving as a regulatory chemist in the Center for Nutrient Analysis.

Craig Weninger is currently working for Crown Bolt as a merchandiser serving Home Depot stores as of July 2008. He previously worked for Home Depot for 18 years. He and his wife Connie have two children.


Shannon Mahaffey Wardlow is the interlibrary loan and curriculum resource librarian at Converse College, Mickel Library.


Bobby Rollins received Teacher of the Year for Wren Middle School in Piedmont, S.C.


Joy Hayden and her family relocated to Fort Worth, Texas assisting with the church. Their website is and Joy's Myspace page is

Alejandro Houghton is the brand manager at Perufarma S.A. in Lima, Peru.

Felicia Reid recently became licensed as a professional counselor and began studies at Capela University for a Ph.D. in psychology.


Tamara Goforth Brown started a greeting card company last year called Tamagrams (, which are now in over 35 shops in the Southeast and she recently started licensing her newest designs to the bigger card publisher/distributors. She now offers custom hand-painted step stools.

Matthew Fowler is a Ph.D. student studying biochemistry and molecular biology at Clemson University.

Charlianne Wyatt is the assistant property manager at Blue Ridge Property Management.


Quay ‘Ben' Farr works for Hardaway Concrete which happens to be the supplier of the ready mix concrete for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics under construction in downtown Spartanburg. "I thought it was pretty cool and exciting as an alum to be able to supply materials and take part in this construction of the new business school," says Farr.

David Price is a nurse anesthetist at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Latressa Wright is a temporary administrative assistant for USC Upstate's Department of Languages, Literature and Composition.


Tonya Doughty McCullough is currently a preschool teacher, and will be going to graduate school at Converse College in the MAT program to be an elementary school teacher.


Elizabeth McIntosh Nichols is currently pursuing a dual master's degree in divinity and mental health from Gardner-Webb University.

Elvia Pacheco works for Fluor Corporation in Greenville, S.C. She forms part of the Nuclear Human Resource Department and she is assigned to the South Texas Project (STP). STP is one of the newest and largest nuclear power plants in the country.

Lamesha Smith is employed with the South Carolina Department of Social Services in Spartanburg County as a case manager for child protective services. She has been employed there since November 2006. She enjoys working with her clients and helping children. She was recently accepted into the Master of Social Work program at USC Columbia.


Melissa Gapen obtained her PCCN (Progressive Care Certified Nurse) Certification, and she is currently working as a charge nurse at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Sarah Crochetiere is currently pursuing her master of arts degree in teaching from Converse College. She is engaged to Matthew Hogan of Spartanburg, S.C.

Shannel Smith has recently been promoted from resident director to assistant general manager for Greenville Tech Foundation Student Housing.


Audrey Williams Amos is currently the assistant manager for a local Sun Trust Bank branch.

Kimberly Johnson began working as a claims representative at the Spartanburg Social Security Office in July.

Stephanie Kay is a marketing assistant at Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C.

Nicole Manigo is currently employed in the department of admissions at Virginia College.

Jennifer Patterson is a biotechnology professional intern at The Walt Disney World Company.

Jessica Singleton is a correctional officer for the Beaufort County Detention Center.


Katherine Ayer is the development director at Strive Ministries in Greenville, S.C.

Margaret Bright has been married to her husband, Dale, since August 1994. They have two children, Tyler and Elizabeth.

Benjamin Cooper is a sales associate at The Pantry Inc. in Gaffney, S.C.

Kristin Couch is a territory sales representative at Grainger in Greenville, S.C.

Amy Mulwee Ezell is currently employed by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Heart Center as a staff nurse.

Nidia Fonseca is an administrative assistant at Greenville Hospital System.

Stacy Porter is a receptionist/paralegal for Child's Law Firm, L.L.C. in Greenville, S.C.


Elizabeth McIntosh '06 and Robert Nichols were married on June 6, 2008 at Chimney Rock Baptist Church in Lake Lure, NC.

Tara Girard '06 and Michael Berry '07 were married on August 9, 2008. They reside in Charleston, SC.

Della Grace Pettit '08 and Larry Scott Etoyle Greer were married on April 25, 2009 at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Pauline, SC.

Chastity Diann Bobo'09 and Jacob Hunt Radcliffe '08 were married on May 23, 2009.

Kimberly Harris '09 and Randy Toney were married on May 30, 2009.

Audrey Williams '08 and Joey Amos were married on June 27, 2009.

Amy Mulwee '09 and Joshua Ezell were married on July 10, 2009 at New Pleasant Baptist Church in Gaffney, SC.


Tonya McCullough '05 and Gregg McCullough '04 welcomed a son, Jesse McCullough, in October 2008. Their older son, Grady, was born in September 2005.

April Riddle Staggs '02 and William Staggs '02 welcomed Carter William Staggs on July 28, 2008.

LaTonya Jones Jiggets '96 and husband, Arnold Jiggetts, welcomed their first child, Avery Montgomery Jiggetts, on September 27, 2008.

Lacy Jerome '04 and Jeff Jerome '04 welcomed a daughter, Avery Makenna, on February 25, 2009. Their older daughter, Jaden Isabelle, was born February 27, 2006.

Nicholas "Nick" Gregory '00 and wife Amie welcomed identical twins Amelia Audet Gregory and Izabella Audet Gregory on July 7, 2009.

In Memory


Pierre D. Patterson passed away on July 7, 2009.

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