Not only did Jamie Temples Raynor earned a degree from USC Aiken, she earned two. Her first in 2002 was a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English and her second, a Masters in Educational Technology in 2005. During her undergraduate years, Jamie assisted other students as a writing consultant in the Writing Room, and participated in academic honor organizations including Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Delta Pi. It was in those places and organizations that Jamie met many students and made new friends.
With a love for reading, she took full advantage of the Oswald Writers Series (sponsored by the English Department) and met and listened to many of the authors who visited USC Aiken and shared their books/poems/writings with students, faculty and the Aiken Community. One of the highlights of these visits occurred when she was given the opportunity to introduce Jon Jakes, a distinguished writer at one of the events.
As an Education student, Jamie participated in several practicums and internships in local high schools and she attributes her time spent in the writing room as teaching her how to be a better listener, writer and teacher.
In reflecting on her time as a student at USC Aiken she attributes the ability of multi-tasking and time management as keys to success. Without a doubt, caring and passionate professors were one of the most important aspects of her educational experience. She credits English professors Drs. Bill Claxon, Sue Lorch, Liz Bell, Stephen Gardner, Tom Mack and Stan Rich for creating a challenging educational environment in and out of the classroom. In regards to the School of Education she learned a great deal from Professors Tom Smyth and Carol Armstrong who taught her how to bring English grammar, literature and writing to the classroom in fun and engaging ways.
Her professional career began with a three year stint in the School of Education at USC Aiken, and continued as the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund for several more years. After gaining some valuable experience at her alma mater she has moved to progressively challenging positions at colleges in Colorado, Georgia, and is currently at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC as the Director of Development. While she admits that “no one ever “majors” in fundraising for higher education institutions, it’s a fulfilling career in which I can assist others in receiving financial support so that they may have the same wonderful experiences that I had as an undergrad at USC Aiken.”