University of South Carolina Spartanburg - Carolana Yearbook (Spartanburg, SC)

 - Class of 1975

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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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