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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

An adjunct professor meets many needs across a college or university campus. Adjunct faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate bring his or her own distinct talents to make positive impacts on students and their learning. For 26 years, one individual has made lasting contributions and had a powerful influence on numerous students in his role as an adjunct professor teaching public speaking. Yes, longtime Spartanburg icon and radio personality Bill Drake has faithfully taught this course since the University was called USC Spartanburg. “Adjuncts allow us to serve our students by making a full array of essential courses available to our students that they need for their degree programs,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “But beyond that, having adjuncts who have professional expertise and valuable real-world experience, and who are often community leaders – adjuncts precisely like Bill Drake – contributes to our students’ learning and success in unique and powerful ways.” Drake’s loyalty and unwavering public and on-air support of not only the University, but of the students, have been unyieldingly strong and greatly appreciated. New Award Honors Contributions of Adjunct Faculty Named Inaugural Recipient BY MEG HUNT “He brings a credibility and a love for what he does to the classroom that resonates with his students and that enhances their learning,” noted Flynn. In recognition of his dedication to both the principles and ideals of higher education, in particular his commitment to USC Upstate, the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to name Drake the inaugural recipient of its new award to honor adjunct faculty for their service. “Bill Drake is a Spartanburg icon and a professional of the highest quality,” emphasized Flynn. “Literally thousands of students over more than a quarter of Bill Drake is a Spartanburg icon and a professional of the highest quality,” emphasized Flynn. “Literally thousands of students over more than a quarter of a century have benefitted from his wisdom and experience. a century have benefitted from his wisdom and experience.” In addition, the University has chosen to establish this award in honor of Drake and has fittingly named it the “Bill Drake Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year” award. Each year, the winner, or winners, will be presented with a plaque at the May Day picnic. “The University as a whole has benefitted from our association with Bill,” added Flynn. “We have been truly fortunate to have had Bill Drake as a member of our faculty.” 2014 Spring Upstate Magazine 8 


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