USC Upstate Young Professionals Recognized in Spartanburg

January 10, 2018 at 10:18 am

Three USC Upstate employees and two alumni are among the finalists for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spartanburg Young Professionals initiative.

The awards initiative, designed to enhance the visibility of young professionals’ contributions in Spartanburg, has received more than 300 nominations.

Nominated from USC Upstate:

Maria Monteso

Maria Francisco Monteso is a Spanish faculty member who has been recognized by her educational work in teaching tech intensive service-learning courses to enhance the classroom experience. She also is being recognized for her role in training professionals on how to interpret/translate to the community.


Michael Lampe

Michael Lampe from the Department of Learning Technologies is being recognized for his innovative role in the Title III Active Learning Initiative taking place on campus,  as well as assisting faculty members who want to enhance engagement with their students. Such projects have led to other schools looking to USC Upstate guidance in Learning Technologies.


Jalitha Moore is the advisor for the USC Upstate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and is being recognized for her “Let’s Unite Community Cookout” event that helps strengthen relations between law enforcement and community members.

Victor Durrah, Jr., a 2008 USC Upstate alumnus, is the director of multi-cultural markets at Boy Scouts of America Palmetto Council. He can can often be found mentoring other young men on local college campuses, in city parks and rec centers, exposing them to business careers and community service.

Brian Pruitt, a 2000 USC Upstate alumnus, is a product development manager at QS/1. His work helps make pharmacies more efficient and better able to foster relationships with patients to achieve better outcomes.

The voting to pick the winners of each category continues until Jan. 14. Cast your vote.

Winners will be announced at the end of January.