Co-teaching: What it is and how it works

Video by Casey Schuff and Lysha Adams

Article by Kayla Buchner and Sarah Watson


What is co-teaching?

The Mary Black School of Nursing program at USC Upstate is a successful and prestigious medical education facility in the local area.  Only a limited number of students can be accepted into the program and are then rigorously trained through courses, well-versed in textual information as well as hands on experience and exercises.  Several of these courses are taught with a co- teaching tactic. Co-teaching is when 2-4 professors teach the same course with the same course material to the same class of students in one semester.



Sounds confusing already, huh?  As expected, there can sometimes be conflicts between the teaching styles of the professors, what exactly they are teaching, and can disrupt the students learning process of the material.  Also, professors personal “touches” (things they’ve learned in their own experiences, or tricks of the trade they’ve developed) cannot truly be expressed.  Next week’s professor may not agree, or those facts might not show up on the tests.


Are there any positives?

However, not all aspects are bad.  Co- teaching forces diversity and can foster flexibility in the students.  It is good preparation for the real world experiences they will have post- graduation.  Professionals needs to be able to critically think, decipher important information, and retain what is necessary no matter who the source is.

Spring Fest 2014 promises fun for all

Article by Tanzere Nelson

Video by Regina Ramicone and Raith Sullivan


Spring Fest will be held at USC Upstate on Saturday, April 5 in the upper quad.

The gates open at 3:33 p.m., and admission is free with a student ID. Students will be able to enjoy games and inflatables, and field day activities will be held all day.

Local bands will also perform at this year’s Spring Fest. At 4:20 p.m.,

Rudy Currence will perform, and at 6 p.m., Joey Hyde will be on stage. The Well Reds will have the stage at 7:20.

Students can also find plenty of food: Fuddruckers, Papa John’s, Sweetly Twisted frozen yogurt  and Jimmy John’s will be on hand.

For a full line up of events, see the fliers through out campus or check out the USC Upstate website.


SpringFest 2014 artists. Photo credit to USC Upstate.

SpringFest 2014 artists. Photo credit to USC Upstate.






There is a light at the end of the tunnel

Article by Savannah Saunders and See Vang

Video by John Parker and Tanisha Cureton

Graduation: Such an exciting time yet such a terrifying time for many people.


Everybody looks forward to the day when they get to turn their tassels and throw their hats in the air thinking “We did it! We really did it.”

However, many fear what is to come after graduation.  Some have jobs lined up, some have internships, and some do not know what is to come next.

Matthew Johnson, a senior at USC Upstate, worries about what will happen after college.  He is worried about trying to find a job, and where and what it will be.  Also, many worry that they will not get a job within their major, and all those years at college were for nothing.

Victoria Mendoza, another  senior at USC Upstate, has an internship lined up after graduation.  However, many students are not quite as lucky.

Victoria MendozaSo many people are worried about the unknown after college.

Dr. Ray Merlock, professor of mass media and film at USC Upstate, says many seniors are very pessimistic about the future. He also says these students should not be so down on themselves; they have graduated college which is a great accomplishment and they should be proud.

There are so many questions that rising seniors have for current seniors.

Adrian Long, a rising senior, says he worries about time management and how important it is.

Andrea Azumendi, another rising senior, worries that she will get the infamous “senioritis” which has hit many people, and it causes students to become lazy because they are so close to being finished with college.

So, what is the advice for these rising seniors?

Mendoza suggests that you always be informed about everything that you’re doing: it is your education, nobody else’s and you need to be responsible for that.

Johnson recommends looking for jobs before graduation.  It is important to go out and meet people, do interviews, and possibly do internships.



How to ace that job interview

Article by Megan Pridemore

Video by Taylor Smith, Jasmine Johnson and Erica Lawer

Job interviews. Those two dreaded words are the beginning of many college students’ careers. But isn’t it strange how something that could potentially be our foot in the door could also be our demise? It doesn’t have to be that way. We have compiled some helpful advice and tricks of the trade, so that your next job interview may be successful.

1.     Dress for success

This is perhaps the easiest step in preparation for an interview: look nice. Employers do not expect you to show up to an interview in a three-piece suit or your prom dress; however, they do expect you to appear professional.

Karen Thomas, administrative assistant to the Dean of Students, expressed the importance of presenting a good image in an interview.

“You have to have someone that’s going to look the part to represent your company or institution,” Thomas said.

When dressing for an interview, remember to be modest. Cover up the parts that need to be covered and take it easy on the makeup, ladies.

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas, administrative assistant to the Dean of Students

2.     Be on time

If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. This is a good motto for anyone to follow, but especially a person who has a job interview. Punctuality is very important in the workplace; therefore, if you show up late to your interview, an employer can only assume that you will also show up late to work.

3.     Be prepared

It’s always wise to do a little homework before heading into your interview. Do some research on the company or institution you’ll be interviewing with. If you know the name of your interviewer, Google that person. It will benefit you to know a little bit about the place and the interviewer before the interview. You may have already sent the employer your resume, but always have a hard copy on hand in case he or she asks for it again. It’s better to be overprepared than underprepared.

4.     Be confident, but not over confident

Confidence is a huge part of a successful interview. Let the employer know that you are confident in your ability to do the job, without appearing cocky. An employer is more likely to hire a confident person with fewer skills, than a more experienced person with no confidence. And remember that a smile goes a long way.


Gail Shields, a senior Communications major, has already secured a job after her May graduation.

Gail Shields, a senior Mass Communications major, has accepted a job with ESPN in Connecticut as a camera operator following her graduation in May. Shields said, “The main thing is to just be confident. When I go into an interview, I talk as if I already have the job, not that I’m applying for the job.“

5.     Concise answers

Tell me a little bit about yourself always seems to be incorporated into every job interview. The key word here is “little.” Chances are, the person interviewing you has a busy schedule and doesn’t have time to listen to you rattle on about your hobbies and past jobs. So get straight to the point when answering questions. Keep your answers clear and concise. By doing this, you will appear more focused.

6.     Promote yourself

A job interview is your time to shine. It’s a chance to talk about yourself without seeming conceited, so take advantage of it. Think of yourself as a salesperson selling a product, and the product is you. Sell your attributes. Make the employer want and need what you have for sale.

7.     Thank you notes

Many interviewees are puzzled on the matter of thank you notes following an interview. Do I send a hand-written note? Can I send an email? Do I have to send anything at all? There’s not a rule that says you must send a thank you note after an interview, but it never hurts. Nowadays, an email thanking the employer for his or her time and consideration is the most common form of thanks and is always appreciated.

“A thank you note never goes amiss….but if you’re doing a really good job in that interview and promoting yourself and selling your attributes, then they’re going to remember you whether you send a thank you note or not,” Thomas said.

Take these tips to heart for your next interview. Be confident and promote yourself in order to ace the interview and get the job!

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