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  CSI (Community Service Initiative; Spartanburg
by Dean of Student Affairs Stacy Flowers

Case Name:

Students from the CollegeTown Consortium, including Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Technical College, USC Upstate, and Wofford College.

A local animal shelter needs assistance in caring for the animals that are entrusted in their care. A small abandoned graveyard needs weeding and a little TLC. The local Goodwill store needs assistance in creating displays and helping families search for items that are needed. Other community agencies also need assistance to provide services to the Spartanburg, SC, community.

The CSI Leaders (college Student Affairs Officers) recognized that local college students could help care for the animals, clean the graveyard, and assist all of the community agencies that have requested assistance. CSI Leaders interrogated local community agency leaders and began planning a day of community service.

It was months in the planning, but on February 26, 2005, students from all six Spartanburg area colleges converged on the city for a day of community service activities. The events were known as CSI: Spartanburg, more specifically, Community Service Initiative: Spartanburg. Approximately 365 students met at the Hangar in downtown Spartanburg and selected sites to work for the day. After receiving a free t-shirt and a huge thank-you from Bill Barnet, Mayor of Spartanburg, students were sent to the various sites to begin their day. Upon their return, they were treated to lunch from Zaxby’s and given time to reflect on the day’s experience.

Case Closed!
After comparing notes concerning the success of the day’s activities, the CSI Leaders declared the case to be solved, only to be revisited next year!


Students from Sherman (center) and the other five colleges in Spartanburg gather in the registration area at the Hangar.

Sherman student Kristen Denette (right) encourages participants to sign up for service at Skylyn Place.


Registration at the Hangar.


Participating students wear their t-shirts proudly.



Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet III welcomes students to CSI.


Sherman faculty member Mitzi Schwartzbauer, D.C., helps out with some cleaning at Skylyn Place.


Sherman student Liz Jeffries helps organize clothing at the Children’s Shelter.