Archive for September, 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. – “Traveling to China was not an opportunity I expected. I didn’t even have a passport,” said Kevin Parris, Spartanburg Community College’s horticulture instructor and arboretum coordinator.

 But with the support of SCC faculty and staff, friends and family, and a lot of paperwork, Parris flew to China in May to present his research on Magnolia at the “Second Annual International Symposium on the Family Magnoliaceae” held in Guangzhou, China.

China has more species of Magnoliaceae than any other country and is home to one of the largest magnolia conservation centers in the world. The Symposium was designed to encourage cooperative research on Magnoliaceae throughout the world.

Parris will share his experiences from the journey, including photos from his travels to the South China Botanical Garden in Gangzhou and the Kunming Botanical Garden in China’s Yunnan Province, during “Chasing Magnolias to China”, a fundraising event for the SCC horticulture department on October 8, 2009 at the SCC central campus.

The event was developed by the SCC Foundation to raise awareness and support for the “Friends of Arboretum”, a fund created to support the SCC horticulture department.

“SCC’s horticulture program is currently experiencing a 46 percent enrollment growth for the fall semester,” said Parris. “That growth, coupled with the recent state budget cuts of more than 23 percent, has placed a tremendous strain on our department’s resources.”

The “Friends of Arboretum” fund will help to ensure that new gardens like the college’s Train Garden and Woodland Garden can be developed on campus, giving students more diverse, hands-on experiences. The fund will also assist in the purchase of supplies for the ongoing care of trees in the SCC arboretum, the maintenance of information and instructional signage throughout the arboretum, and providing funds for attendance at industry trade shows, recruitment events and at national and international conferences.

“Chasing Magnolias to China” will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 5:15 p.m. in the Tracy J. Gaines Learning Resource Center auditorium on the SCC central campus. Tickets to the event are $50 and include a “Friends of Arboretum” membership, a tour of the SCC gardens, dinner and Parris’ presentation.

Additional ticket levels are also available and can be purchased online until noon on Monday, October 5, at http://www.sccsc.edu/arboretum or by calling the SCC Foundation at (864) 592-4624.

About the Spartanburg Community College Foundation.

The SCC Foundation exists to provide assistance to Spartanburg Community College through the provisions of scholarships, curriculum resources, equipment, facilities and grants that help students, faculty and the community achieve educational excellence thereby contributing to a vibrant, local economy. For more information visit www.sccfoundation.org

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Spartanburg, S.C. – A photography exhibit that includes the talents of five Cherokee County artists is on display at Spartanburg Community College’s Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney thanks to an agreement between the college and the Cherokee County Alliance of Visual Artists.
“SCC’s partnership with CAVA allows us to share with our students, faculty, staff and the community the talents of local artists on our campus,” said Daryl Smith, executive director of the campus.
CAVA artists participating in the display are Rich Ponder, Bedford Fitzgerald, Anna Greene, Nancy Elliott and Noah Lindemann. This is the third display by CAVA artists at the Cherokee County Campus.
“The exhibit at SCC’s Cherokee County Campus gives great exposure to our artists,” said CAVA President Cindy Wilson. “And it also gives people who may not stop by CAVA’s Art Gallery another venue to experience the talent that is here in our community.”
The artwork will be on display in the lobby of the academic building on SCC’s Cherokee County Campus through October 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.  The showing is free and open to the public.
About Spartanburg Community College.
SCC offers more than 80 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates plus University Transfer opportunities for SCC graduates to four-year universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including online classes through SCCOnline, FlexStart classes, evening classes and more. The college also offers non-credit classes through the SCC Corporate & Community Education Division; www.sccsc.edu/cce.   For more information visit www.sccsc.edu.
About the Cherokee County Alliance of Visual Artists.
CAVA was organized in 2005 through the efforts of local artists and the City of Gaffney with a goal of educating the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts while giving local artists a venue to exhibit and sell their work.

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Learn how the MSSC (Production Technician Certification) training program could help you land a great job!  The training is free of charge and will conclude in a job fair to include locla automotive suppliers.

Multiple orientaiton Dates & Locations available beginning on September 29, 2009.  Learn More

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Spartanburg, S.C. With more than 65 years of combined service, Spartanburg Community College retirees Mr. Tommy Bulman and Ms. Myra Smith were recently inducted into the college’s Wall of Fame during a ceremony on the college’s central campus.

SCC President Dr. Dan L. Terhune (left) and SCC Executive Vice President Henry Giles (far right) inducted college retirees Tommy Bulman and Myra Smith into the SCC Wall of Fame at a ceremony on the SCC central campus on Tuesday, September 22.

SCC President Dr. Dan L. Terhune (left) and SCC Executive Vice President Henry Giles (far right) inducted college retirees Tommy Bulman and Myra Smith into the SCC Wall of Fame at a ceremony on the SCC central campus on Tuesday, September 22.

Established in 1998 to recognize SCC employees and community leaders who have provided outstanding service and contributions to the college, Bulman and Smith were selected for the Wall of Fame by the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education. To date 19 individuals have been inducted.
Smith, who retired from the college earlier this year, earned an associate degree in business administration from the college in 1973.  She served as a college work-study from 1971-1973 while earning her degree and began her career at SCC after graduation as an accounting clerk. She retired after 36 years of service as SCC’s director of finance.
“When I stepped on this campus 38 years ago as a student I loved this college,” said Smith. “When I first came here, we only had one campus with just two buildings — now look at us!”

Smith was a founding member of the SCC Alumni Association and was nominated as the South Carolina Technical Education Association’s Educator of the Year for the administrative category for 2004-2005. In 2009, she completed the South Carolina Certified Public Manger program.
“Myra quickly became recognized for her leadership on task forces that led to significant improvements in the college’s accounting department and processes.” said Henry Giles, SCC’s executive vice president of business affairs. “I have had the privilege of working with Myra for 18 years, and I know that her influence at this college will continue to be felt for many years to come.”
Bulman, who retired from SCC in 2005, earned a diploma in air conditioning in 1965 from SCC (then called the South Carolina Commission for Technical Education, Technical Education Center) and joined the college in 1974 as the maintenance supervisor. During his time at the college, Bulman obtained a diploma in industrial electronics, an associate degree in general technology and a general contractor’s license. He supervised the renovation and construction of multiple facilities on SCC’s central campus and the construction of the college’s two facilities on the Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney. He retired as SCC’s physical plant director after 31 years of service
“The icing on my cake was the chance to convert a 60-acre farm in Gaffney into one of the most beautiful campuses you have ever seen,” said Bulman. “I still take ownership in these campuses. I drive by and think, ‘there’s my tree’ or ‘that’s my yard’.”
In 2005 he was nominated for the A. Wade Martin “Innovator of the Year” award, the highest annual award presented by the South Carolina Technical College System.
Highlighting Bulman’s successes in obtaining grant funds for several campus-wide, energy management projects, Giles, said, “Tommy’s service will continue to positively impact this college for many years to come. The energy management renovations that he helped to implement save SCC, literally, tens of thousands of dollars every year.”
Dr. Dan L. Terhune, SCC president, formally presented Bulman and Smith with plaques honoring their years of outstanding service to the college and its students.
“Whenever there was a sacrifice to be made on behalf of the college, they made it,” said Terhune. “And I cannot recall in my 13 years of serving at SCC of ever asking one single thing of either person that they did not complete to the highest standards.”

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Zac Bissonnette, AOL 

Interesting article from WalletPop 

Soaring unemployment has plenty of people wondering how to improve their odds in today’s ultra-competitive job market — and do something constructive with all of their extra free time.

Laid-off workers who think that taking the latest computer training course or getting a fancy new certification in marketing will help win over prospective employers are in for a surprise, however. While such courses can indeed prove valuable, the truth is employers would much rather hire someone who excels at reading, writing and speaking effectively.  Read More.

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September 19, 2009 • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Rain or Shine
Spartanburg Community College, Central Campus

Attend the Community Emergency Preparedness Day.  Informing and educating about emergency preparedness. 

Why?  Learn —

  • Learn life-saving training tips
  • Receive valuable pre-disaster
  • educational materials
  • Discover a variety of emergency
  • supplies and services available in
  • Spartanburg
  • Be prepared to take
  • action and be self-sufficient

Have Fun —

  • Dog rescue searches
  • 911 simulator for kids
  • Fire engine tours
  • HAZMAT truck
  • Shelter simulation
  • Bomb Squad
  • Smoke house

See full schedule of events

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Prime Outlets Gaffney would like to invite schools to participate in 2009 College Days Program.  The program will run from September 14 – 30, 2009.  With more than 70 stores to choose from, you can’t beat this offer!

Prime Outlets Gaffney will provide a complimentary goodie bag to all college students and faculty/staff members FREE of charge!  The goodie bag comes complete with exclusive discount offers and a VIP coupon book (retail value: $3)!  All they have to do is present a valid school ID at the Guest Services Center or the Management Office to receive their bag.

Coupons in the coupon book are valid until the end of the year, so you can save the ones you don’t use while shopping here and visit us again in the future.   All college students and faculty/staff members are welcome to participate!

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      GREENVILLE, SC – The Better Business Bureau Upstate South Carolina will offer complimentary commercial shredding services to individuals and small business owners during a Sept. 26 Shred Day at Prime Outlets in Gaffney.

     The BBB Upstate SC has held several successful ‘Secure Your ID’ Shred Days in Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg, and is bringing the Shred Day program to the Gaffney community for the first time next month. “Our goal is to educate Upstate residents on the importance of shredding confidential and sensitive information to protect them from Identity Theft,” said BBB President Kathy Barrett. “We’ve had overwhelming response in other cities across the Upstate, and we’re pleased to now offer a Shred Day for those in and around Gaffney.” 

     Shred Day in Gaffney will be held from 10 am until 2 pm at Prime Outlets, 1 Factory Shops Boulevard, with free shredding services open to individuals and small business owners. Individuals are asked to limit boxes to five per person or 10 per vehicle. Businesses are asked to limit boxes to 10 total. Box sizes should be approximately 10 x 12 x 15 inches. The Better Business Bureau, Cintas, Prime Outlets and Chick-fil-A are sponsoring the event.

      For more information, contact the Better Business Bureau Upstate SC at 864.242.6905 or visit www.upstatesc.bbb.org.

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