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John Edmunds is a Professor of History who serves as Chairman of the Division of Social and Be- havioral Sciences. " In the early days there was a very small nucleus of permanent faculty with several in- structors shared with other regional campuses. Since there were so few of us we were very close. I devel- oped some good friend- ships during this time which I sti II have. The equipment then was less than adequate. We had to borrow some things such as maps from use-Union. The micro- scopes we used belonged to the hospital. In the classroom the instructor ' s voice had to compete with the clanging of steam pipes. Despite all of this we developed a sense of pride in the school which still remains. The growth of USC- S has been incredibly fast. We are now a four-year institution which wi 1 1 con- tinue growing. My hope is that we will become more autonomous but will not lose our ties with the Uni- versity in Columbia. " Edmunds Hall Rivers Hall was Chief of Maintenance at Spar- tanburg General Hospital in 1967 when USC-S was begun. He joined USC-S in that same capacity in 1973. " When the school started it consisted of a bunch of boxes. There was no equipment at all and I spent a great deal of time improvising. We made blackboards from plywood and paint and put up partitions to provide office space. Something needed to be done quickly so we did the best we could. The whole thing was a pioneer concept. It be- gan with nothing and some people didn ' t think it would get off the ground. The growth has been out- standing to the point that we must begin to think of expansion in terms of more than one structure at a time. " USC-S has always been cramped for space but these hardships seem to project a feeling of oneness. When the time came to move into the new buildings, some of the best workers were members of the adminis- tration and students. The student body here is outstanding. They are remarkable people and I enjoy being as- sociated w ith them. " Margaret Lesene is an Assistant Professor of Business Education and Office Administration. " Early in 1967 when I heard that Spartanburg would have a USC region- al campus I contacted officials in Columbia and thus became one of the first faculty members of our school . That fall we opened on the ground floor of the Nurses Residence with fifteen full and part-time faculty members and one hundred and seventy-seven students. While we were crowded for space the first years, there was a cozy feeling of oneness that permeated our school — both faculty and students. We all had one desire — to make USC-S a big success! We have now grown into a four-year institution with more than thirteen hundred undergraduates and five hundred graduate students. Our faculty has expanded to seventy and the staff to seventeen. I am pleased with our phenomenal growth. I think there is a definite need in this community for a moderately priced educational facility. It is wonderful thatwehave at- tracted so many good stu- dents to our campus. Lithard Paul Lithard is a for- eign language instructor who teaches both German and French. " In those first days there were only eight or nine faculty members but they were very involved with students and school affairs. In addition to Ger- man and French, I also taught Spanish. In fact, I was the entire foreign language department. We had no language labs then but the students were well prepared. We made out the best we could under the circumstances. The students then made the school what it is today. I feel that it will continue its growth with the years. The young people simply need to look at the older students we have here to see that what they learn now will be useful in later life. " Lesesne
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Murph Marian Murph serves as the institution ' s Admin- istrative Assistant. " When I started to worl in April of 1967 there was no USC region- al campus. All I had was a telephone. My table and chair were borrowed from the hospital. Dr. Stirzaker, the school ' s first director, came in July. We did everything that was done, even putting the furniture together. During this time a new hospital wing was under construction and we had to work while listen- ing to jackhammers and bulldozers. Those of us who have been with USC-S since the beginning have a special feeling about the school. A certain spirit of coop- eration which arose from those hardships has made each accomplishment a great reward. " The greatest reward is to see former students return to the community and become leaders, some who may have been de- nied the chance to further their educations without USC-S. " James P. Sloan, As- sistant Professor of Polit- ical Science, served as USC-Spartanburg Assistant Directorfor Academic Af- fairs from 1970 through 1973 when he chose to return to full-time teach- ing. " In the beginning, there were only seven or eight faculty members. We were able to hold meetings with the entire group sitting around one table. We were on a first- name basis, a closely-knit group, and there was a great feeling of coopera- tion. Sloan, who became a university professor after a long career in industry and public relations, con- siders teaching " an oppor- tunity to make a contri- bution to the lives of young people while they are in their impression- able years. In commenting on the phenomenal growth of USC-S, he considers it good " because it provides many students who other- wise would be denied a college education an op- portunity to receive one at a reasonable cost. " Stirzaker Norbert Stirzaker, USC - Spartanburg ' s first director, served in that capacity until 1973. He is now an Associate Profes- sor of Educational Admin- istration. " When we first started there were only nine faculty members so we were closely knit. We met practically every day at coffee break. This is what is missed most as the school grows. There were close relationships with both the faculty and stu- dents. Problems could be solved quickly because good lines of communica- tion existed within the group. I used to enjoy taking cheerleaders and players to basketball games in my station wagon since the school had no cars of its own. " With growth things are less personal. But growth is inevitable in a metropolitan area the size of Spartanburg. We ' re in the largest single tax- paying district and de- serve a first class, four- year institution, USC-S can not help but continue to grow. DavidTaylor is an As- sistant Professor of Biolo- gy. He is also the Chair- man of the Division of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. " When we began in the basement of the nurses residence at the hospital, the faculty was so small we could sit around one table. The laboratory and classroom facilities were not ideal but were ade- quate for the time. Today we have grown tremendously. I would like to see expansion in the science, area but we must expand first in the areas of heaviest enrollment. We must support the re- quirements of the major- ity of our students. This is why the school exists. The growth of USC-S is evidence of the need for this type of institution in the community. We have been able to provide a reasonable priced edu- cation for many who may not have had the oppor- tunity to recieve it other- wise. " Sloan
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