Although she stands just over five-feet tall, her presence is as large as the tallest member of the USC Upstate men’s basketball team. Dolores “Dodie” F. Anderson ’81 will be honored by the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education for her 35 years of unwavering enthusiasm and patronage of the men’s basketball program and for a lifetime of service to USC Upstate on Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. when her portrait is dedicated in the John C. Stockwell Administration Building.
“Dodie received the 2014 G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award in February, which is the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education’s highest recognition for a lifetime of history-altering influence on the shape, character and destiny of the University of South Carolina Upstate,” said Commission Chair Thomas R. Young, III. “This portrait cements her place in the University’s history.”
Anderson’s love for the game and for the USC Upstate basketball program is legendary, and her generous donation to a fund a major renovation of the Hodge Arena in 2010 is unparalleled in Spartans history. With the single largest gift to date to USC Upstate’s athletics program, Anderson enabled the complete renovation of the arena including new flooring, video boards, score boards, and other amenities. In addition to the arena, dressing rooms and a video theatre as good as any in the country were created. Her gift came at a crucial point as the university transitioned to NCAA Division I status, significantly raising the stature of the athletics program and boosting the university’s recruiting appeal.
“Mom is a bigger ball of fire now than she was 20 years ago and she has experienced later in her life the fun world of sports through this college and the main campus. It has brought her as much joy as anything could, and she is appreciative of what she has gotten back in return for all of her efforts,” said Randi Berry, Anderson’s daughter.
Anderson received the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education’s Founders Day Award in 1986 and was inducted into the University’s Honor Fraternity in May 2005. She is a former member of the USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors. In 2006, on the 25th anniversary of her graduation from USC Upstate, Anderson was bestowed the Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award.
Nancy Kochenower, an award-winning artist who specializes in both oil and watercolor portrait painting, was commissioned to create Anderson’s portrait. Recognition will be paid to Anderson during halftime of the Men’s Basketball game vs. Bob Jones, which begins at 7 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Arena.