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USC Upstate best baccalaureate college in the state
DEC 9, 2018

USC Upstate best baccalaureate college in the state

The University of South Carolina Upstate is the best baccalaureate college in the Palmetto State, according to “Washington Monthly” magazine. USC Upstate was ranked No. 12 (out of 249) on the magazine’s 2018 list

Upstate climbed from the 55th spot in 2017.

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One of largest gifts in Greenville Tech's history creates Student Success Center
NOV 29, 2018

Dodie Anderson's gift of $2 million will help to transform a building on Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus into a center where students will find the resources and services to enroll and succeed. 

A graduate's gift to the Greenville Tech Foundation is intended to help others succeed as she did. Dodie Anderson's gift of $2 million will help to transform a building on Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus into a center where students will find the resources and services to enroll and succeed. The Dreisbach/Anderson Student Success Center is intended to welcome, support, and provide the tools to help people transform their lives through education.

Enrolling at Greenville Technical College (GTC) as an adult, Dodie Anderson was hesitant to return to the classroom, having been told in high school that college wasn’t for her. In her first class at GTC, she found support from a history instructor, Dr. Norm Raiford, who built her confidence and showed her that she belonged on a college campus after all, that she could achieve, and that she could set her sights even higher. Earning an associate degree at GTC in 1979, Anderson moved on to what was then USC Spartanburg where she completed a bachelor’s degree. The knowledge she gained allowed Dodie and her husband, Bob, to grow their plywood manufacturing company into Anderson Hardwood Flooring, a well-known name in flooring products and services that they eventually sold to a competitor.

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Deadly combination: Teen driver and teen passenger
NOV 28, 2018

Deadly combination: Teen driver and teen passenger

According to AAA, teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased eight percent. 

Considering the increased risk created by a combination of teen drivers and teen passengers, AAA emphasizes the need for teen drivers to gain adequate supervised training, especially in different driving scenarios, before taking what could be a fatal drive. 

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NGU's Finn recognized as SEBTS Scholar
NOV 26, 2018

Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn (left) was named one of five evangelical scholars for 2018 by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) at the annual Evangelical Society (ETS) meeting

During the 70th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Denver, Colo.,, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) recognized five evangelical scholars for their contributions at the annual Southeastern Theological Fellowship dinner. NGU’s Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn was one of the five scholars honored.

The honorees, representing five different colleges, universities, and seminaries, received awards for their excellence in research, writing and displaying the characteristics of a Great Commission scholar in both the classroom and Christian scholarship.

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Don't let picky eaters ruin your holidays
NOV 19, 2018

 Don't let picky eaters ruin your holidays

It's every parents' niightmare: you sit down to a holiday meal with family and friends, and your picky eater throws a mealtime tantrum. Many parents give in and serve kid-friendly dishes (dry cereal and chicken nuggets, anyone?) on the side, reinforcing the picky eating and risking eye rolls from their guests. 

For 35 years, Chef Gigi Gaggero has coached thousands of children and adults in how to cook (and eat) better. She has six proven tips to ensure you and your picky eater enjoy the holidays without drama.

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Don't follow everything you see on the internet
NOV 16, 2018

By T.J. Mack
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

The ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, the fire challenge, the “In My Feelings” challenge … the list of internet fads goes on and on.

A quick internet search will give you access to scores of challenges. Each challenge is becoming more difficult than the one before and each one with the same goal in mind; for the person in the video to obtain viral fame.

Most are ridiculous and some are harmless and laughable. Others, however, can end with a hospital visit.

Today, emergency centers across the world are treating patients due to the injuries obtained in the attempt of viral fame.
Below are some of the more recent challenges and the risks involved:

Tide Pod challenge

Tide Pod – a pre-measured laundry detergent packet, designed to dissolve in water during the machine’s use.
Challenge – to place one of the brightly colored packets in your mouth until it dissolves. Once dissolved you either spit out or ingest the contents.

Risks – The contents of the packet are not made for human consumption and are considered extremely dangerous. If ingested, one may have difficulty breathing, burns to the mouth, esophagus, lining of the lungs and/or GI tract, or swelling of the airway.

This has a danger of blocking airways and choking. If we occlude (block/close off due to swelling or foreign material) our airway brain damage or death will occur within minutes.

 ‘In My Feelings’ challenge

“In My Feelings” song and dance – a song written by popular singer, song writer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Drake. The song, “In My Feelings,” is written and performed by rap star Drake. The song is hot … and it got hotter when comedian Shiggy went viral with a dance he made up for it.

Challenge – Do the Shiggy dance to “In My Feelings” and post it to Instagram.

Risk
– The first videos were harmless, as movie and music stars posted their own videos. Then, people started getting out of their cars. Some of the most popular videos involve people exiting their moving vehicle while someone is recording, then doing the dance and hopping back in.

It should not be surprising to tell you these videos, many of which have gone viral, come with a price. Emergency centers are treating injuries due to these failed challenges (or widely successful, depending on your perception) are injuries sustained due to blunt force trauma or crush injuries.

Many of the people are either being struck by a vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic, are dancing into stationary objects, or they have been run over by their own vehicle.

When operating a moving vehicle, it is highly recommended that you wear a seat belt and stay behind the wheel of the vehicle. Never exit a moving vehicle, especially if you are the driver. This is for your safety, the safety of your passengers and the safety of the others on the roadways.

Fire challenge

Challenge
– dowse yourself with flammable liquid, then ignite it (light yourself on fire)

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McKaela Rowland debuts as main ballerina in L'Automne
NOV 15, 2018

McKaela Rowland has leading role in L'Automne.

By GEORGIA GAY

Walking into International Ballet, instructors can be heard shouting typical ballerina jargon. As ballerinas dance around the room, perfecting their pirouettes, the music plays loudly, shaking the room. Moms with their younger children wait for their dancer to finish practice, eager to go home to finish homework and eat dinner. One of these moms is Tonya Rowland, whose daughter, McKaela Rowland, has just finished practice for her starring role in L’Automne.

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Renowned guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez to perform at NGU
NOV 12, 2018

Guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez 

World-renowned guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez will perform on the campus of North Greenville University on Tuesday evening, Nov.13.

Rodrigo was born in Quito Ecuador, South America. Coming from a musical family, he started playing guitar at the age of nine, recording his first album at the age of 12. When he was 16, he started to travel the world to increase his knowledge in the instrument, performing in Venezuela, Spain, France, England and Damascus, Syria. In 1986, he was invited to teach classical guitar by Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX.

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Thompson Named founding dean of NGU's College of Humanities and Sciences
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Paul Thompson

North Greenville University (NGU) has announced that Dr. Paul Thompson, currently the dean of the College of Humanities, will be the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2019.  

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NGU's Briggs named founding dean of new College of Wellness and Sport Professions
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Jeff Briggs

Dr. Jeff Briggs, acting dean of NGU's College of Business and Sport Professions and chair of the Department of Sport Management, has been named the founding dean of the new College of Wellness and Sport Professions effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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NGU announces administrative changes
NOV 12, 2018

Dr. Linwood Hagin

The North Greenville University (NGU) Office of Academic Affairs announced Monday that new administrative changes are coming.

Dr. Linwood Hagin, currently dean of the College of Communication, will be promoted to associate provost for undergraduate studies and academic administration. 

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Opinion: Peaceful solutions are not always possible, but we should still be prepared
NOV 8, 2018

Opinion: Peaceful solutions are not always possible, but we should still be prepared

OPINION

By SCOTT WHITE

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Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately
NOV 5, 2018

Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately

By GEORGIA GAY

 The victim asked for anonymity.

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Turn your clocks back; test your smoke alarms
NOV 3, 2018

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, and that means turning back your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

It is also a good time to check your smoke alarms. The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross urges everyone to test their smoke alarms when turning back their clocks. It only takes a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries if needed and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working.

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Spirit Week for Greer Middle College Charter HS set
OCT 31, 2018

Spirit Week for Greer Middle College Charter HS set

By SARA KATE ALEXANDER
GMC Student Government Representative

I am a Student Government Representative from Greer Middle College Charter High School. Our Spirit Week is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure the community is aware of the exciting events we have planned for the week.

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District 5 superintendent Scott Turner to retire at end of school year
OCT 23, 2018

In 2011, District 5 Superintendent  Dr. Scott Turner was named the Greater Greer Foundation Educator of the Year. He was honored at the foundation's annual gala.

Dr. Scott Turner will retire as Superintendent of The Spartanburg District Five Schools at the end of the 2018-19 school year. His retirement will come at the end of Turner’s 15th year as superintendent of District Five Schools.

 The Board of Trustees received Turner’s letter official letter and announced his retirement.

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NGU to honor Upstate veterans at free recognition event
OCT 22, 2018

NGU to honor Upstate veterans at free recognition event

North Greenville University will honor U.S. military veterans from the NGU Family as well as from across the Upstate on Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m,. at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville.

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NGU crowns 2018 homecoming queen
OCT 19, 2018

NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr.; Courtney Williamson, first runner-up; 2017 Homecoming Queen Eden Crain; 2018 Homecoming Queen Allison Yeater; Miss NGU 2018 Hannah Pearson,  and Gabriella Porter, second runner-up were announced at halftime of the Crusader’s homecoming game against Shorter University.

Allison Yeater, a marketing major from Belpre, OH, was crowned queen for North Greenville University’s 2018 Homecoming on Oct. 13.

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NGU alumni and friend honored at Alumni Connect event
OCT 19, 2018

From left: Justin Pitts, Janice Alford and Bea Dillard were  honored by the NGU alumni association at a recent awards ceremony held at the fall Alumni Connect event at the Cannon Centre in Greer.

Four North Greenville University alumni and a friend of NGU were honored by the university’s alumni association at an awards ceremony Oct. 11 at the Cannon Centre in Greer.

Nathan Bramsen (’07), from North Africa, was named distinguished alumnus of the year; Justin Pitts (’07,  M.B.A. ’12), from Greer, was awarded the alumnus of the year honor; Janice Alford (’98), from Greenville, was recognized with the president’s award; Carl Dukes (’12,  M.Ed. ’14), from Little River, was honored as young alumnus of the year; and Bea Dillard, of Spartanburg, was named friend of the year.

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TB case confirmed in someone associated with USC Upstate
OCT 17, 2018

A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in someone associated with the University of South Carolina Upstate campus, according to news report.

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