Camille McCutcheon, Library, Receives Award as Book Review Editor

May 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm
Camille McCutcheon

Camille McCutcheon

Camille McCutcheon, Library, has received a Special Journal Award for her outstanding work as book review editor for The Journal of American Culture, 2013-2017.

McCutcheon is the coordinator of Collection Management in the USC Upstate Library.

Frieda Davison’s Newest Book, “More Than A Name,” Honors 641 Spartanburg County Veterans

May 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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Frieda Davison

Frieda Patrick Davison and and the publication of her most recent book, “More Than a Name: The Duncan Park Veterans’ Memorial,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the University Readiness Center.

Davison, dean of the library at USC Upstate since 2000, researched the people and the stories behind the more than 641 names listed on the war memorial at Duncan Park.

It was a project that she committed herself to completing in 2008, after sitting at a Memorial Day service at Duncan Park. As the names of the veterans were called out, Davison found herself turning to those in the audience and asking, “ ‘who was he?’,” and “ ‘how did he die?’ ” The response was, “I don’t know.”

“This weighed heavily on my heart,” Davison said. “I kept thinking that somewhere somebody must have all of this information.”

Davison was convinced each member of the military was “More Than a Name.” With the support and help of her co-researcher and late husband David, the research began on what is now a two-volume publication.

Read more about Davison’s book in the Herald-Journal.

 

 

Summer Faculty Innovation Grants Awarded at USC Upstate

April 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

Ten faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate have been awarded Summer Faculty Innovation Grants thanks to a new initiative funded by the USC Upstate Foundation. Grants of up to $5,000 were available for curriculum innovations that might include interdisciplinary and cross-divisional courses and programs, new service learning models, innovative instructional concepts, and responses to discovered educational needs across the Upstate.

“This was a very competitive process, with 20 very strong applications submitted for the 10 grants,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, associate vice chancellor for faculty development and director of graduate studies. “The selected proposals represent a range of exciting innovations that have great potential for positively impacting teaching and learning at USC Upstate. I want to thank all who applied, the faculty members who served on the selection committee, and Chancellor Moore and the USC Upstate Foundation for making these grants possible.”

Selected to receive the inaugural Summer Faculty Innovation Grants are:

  • Lola Bradley, reference librarian, and Bree Kirsch, reference librarian: “Turning LIBR 201 into a Hybrid Course Using a Flipped Classroom Model and Incorporating Service-Learning”
  • Chase DeHan, assistant professor of economics: “Developing a Flipped Classroom for Finance 363”
  • Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice, and Lynn McMillan, instructor of child advocacy: “Childhood Trauma: Potential Pathway to the Criminal Justice System”(interdisciplinary course)
  • David Marlow, associate professor of linguistics: “International ESOL Service-Learning for Diversity and Understanding”
  • Tish Oney, assistant professor of music: “New Course Development: Music of Black Americans”
  • Allison Pingley, assistant professor of political science: “Developing Political Behavior course as Service-Learning Course”
  • Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, assistant professor of French, and Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice: ”The Twin Ills of Terrorism and Torture: A Global Perspective” (interdisciplinary course)
  • Tom Rogers, assistant professor of engineering technology management: “Creating a Fully Asynchronous Lab for EMTG 320L: Engineering Cost Analysis Lab”
  • Sharon T. Smith, instructor of nursing: “Integrating Second Life into the Childbearing and Women’s Health Curriculum”
  • Rachel Snow, associate professor of art history: Spartanburg Art Museum Service-Learning Seminar”

“The Foundation Board is delighted to establish $50,000 in Faculty Innovation Grant Funds to support curriculum innovation by University faculty,” said Steve Harvey ’80, president of the USC Upstate Foundation. “These grants will allow faculty members to increase their engagement in experimentation and collaboration designing more engaging and effective learning experiences for students. Ultimately, it will be our students who benefit from the teaching advances made possible by the cutting-edge efforts of the faculty.”

Faculty Focus Take Two: Kevin Shehan

September 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

FFT2Meet Kevin Shehan… USC Upstate librarian by day and drummer for bands on weekends.

A fan of all types of music, he’s keen on bands that have strong drums.

Follow us as we march with him to the beat of his own drum.

Read Upstate magazine.

Breanne Kirsch, Reference Librarian, Publishes New Book

February 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Kirsch BreanneReference librarian Breanne Kirsch has published a new book.

Titled, “Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct,” the book is a collection essays discussing the importance of incorporating games in library services.

library bookThe book was published by McFarland and Company, Inc. in Jefferson, N.C.

Kirsch is the founder and current chair of the Game Making Interest Group within the Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association

McCutcheon named book review editor

January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

Camille McCutcheon, coordinator of collection management and librarian at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been named book review editor for the Journal of American Culture. The journal is the official publication of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association.

Multidisciplinary in focus, The Journal of American Culture combines studies of American literature, history, and the arts, with studies of the popular, the taken-for-granted, and the ordinary pieces of American life to produce analyses of American culture with a breadth and holism lacking in traditional American studies.

Breanne Kirsch Co-Authored Book Chapters

September 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

Breanne Kirsch co-authored “Managing Millennials Advantages of Generation X Librarian Approaches,” a chapter in The Generation X Librarian, edited by Martin K. Wallace, Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, and Erik Sean Estep, published about 4 months ago. Her husband, Jonathan Kirsch was the other author.

Kirsch co-wrote another chapter, “Steampunk Aesthetics and Themes in Film: A Literature-Based Approach” in Presentations of the 2010 Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza and Meetup, edited by Gypsey Elaine Teague, published 2 months ago with her husband, Jonathan Kirsch.

Kirsch presented a poster at the American Library Association Annual Conference in 2011 as an American Libraries Association Emerging Leader. Her group worked on enhancing the Annual Conference experience for first-time ACRL conference attendees.

Breanne Kirsch’s Scholarly Pursuits

April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Kirsch B., and Kirsch, J. “Managing Millennials Advantages of Generation X Librarian Approaches,” Chapter in The Generation X Librarian: Essays on Leadership, Technology, Pop Culture, Social Responsibility, and Professional Identity, Edited by Martin K. Wallace, Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, and Erik Sean Estep, McFarland Publishers, April 7, 2011.

Kirsch B., and Kirsch, J., “Steampunk Aesthetics and Themes in Film: A Literature-Based Approach,” Chapter in Presentations of the 2010 Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza and Meetup, edited by Gypsey Elaine Teague, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 1, 2011.

Kirsch B. Poster presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference as an American Libraries Association Emerging Leader, June 2011.

Kirsch, B. “Teaching Plagiarism Prevention in an Online Environment,” Presented at the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, November 2, 2011.

Kirsch, B. “How to Become an Essential Librarian,” The American Library Association New Members Round Table Endnotes, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres/endnotesvol 2no1/endnotesvol2.

Participated in an online conference, the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, held November 2 – 4, 2011. Her presentation was titled, “Teaching Plagiarism Prevention in an Online Environment.”  Information about her session can be found here: http://www.library20.com/forum/topics/teaching-plagiarism-prevention-in-an-online-environment.

Kirsch, B., Vossler, J., Watts, J., Bradley, L., Grant, A., and Fairbairn, M. “Innovations in Information Literacy: South Carolina Librarians Share Their Best Ideas,” Presented at the South Carolina Library Association Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 21, 2010.

Kirsch (Geery), B., Kirsch, J., Sanchez, J., and Bruch, C. “Developing Partnerships and Library Lifelines for First-Year Students,” First Year Experience Conference, Denver, Colorado, February 14, 2010.

Kirsch, B. and Kirsch, J. “Make Your Library Services Xtranormal,” Presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries/Library Leadership and Management Association Spring Virtual Institute, Virtual Conference, April 22, 2010.

Kirsch, B. and Kirsch, J. “Steampunk Aesthetics and Themes in Film: A Literature-Based Approach,” Presented at the Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza, Greenville, South Carolina, November 20, 2010.

Andrew Kearns’ Scholarly Pursuits

April 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Kearns, A. and Vidas, C. “A Tutorial for Transfer Students: Reaching Out to USC Upstate’s Underserved Students,” Presented at the Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX) 39th National Conference, Fort Worth, TX, May 6, 2011.

Kearns, A. “From Statistics to Outcomes,” Presented as part of a panel on Assessment of Information Literacy Programs at the South Carolina Library Association Annual Conference, North Charleston, SC, October 20, 2011.

Kearns, A. “An iPod (MP3) Library Tour for First-Year Students,” College & Undergraduate Libraries, 17(4), 386-397, DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2010.525427, 2010.

Lola Bradley’s Scholarly Pursuits

April 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Kirsch, B., Vossler, J., Watts, J., Bradley, L., Grant, A., and Fairbairn, M. “Innovations in Information Literacy: South Carolina Librarians Share Their Best Ideas,” Presented at the South Carolina Library Association Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 21, 2010.