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Spring Fever, Itches and Things in Bloom

I walk through campus as much as I can this time of year. Everything is in lustrous and exaggerated bloom. The azaleas, the dogwoods, a vibrant red Japanese maple at Osborne. The university has again been designated a Tree Campus USA. The walk brings a smile to my face and, alas, an itch to my eyes.

It’s a great time to entice incoming students from Cleveland and Philadelphia. What’s a little pollen in contrast to the lingering gray of winter? It’s prime time for hiring faculty from Syracuse and Milwaukee, as we’ve just done. Also from Connecticut and Oklahoma. We’ll introduce them in a later issue. I don’t want to say that the Horseshoe is our primary recruiting tool, but it’s icing.

spring bloomsA walk across campus shows progress being made on the Moore School construction site adjacent to the Coliseum. It takes me past construction on the science building along Main Street. It leads me to Davis College where we’ll finish installation on the new HVAC system this summer. By the way, we’ll close Davis for the construction, but the School of Library and Information Science will be in operation without interruption from scattered sites across campus and in the virtual world.

Nearly every walk takes me purposefully past the Health Sciences building that is to be the next home of our School of Journalism and Mass Communications. I can always envision what will blossom there in the nearing time when we will start renovation and expansion of the building. We are working with the architects this spring to flesh out the design with the details of the building’s technical needs and its interior finishes. We should get to construction sometime late next year.

Provost Michael Amiridis told me this week, “the day that Public Health moves out, you be ready to begin construction that day.” I’m mindful of those rare exotic plants that only bloom once in a lifetime. We’ve been nurturing the plans for the journalism school for so long. We’ll be ready to bring the project to full flower. It almost makes my eyes start to itch.

Charles Bierbauer

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Alumni News

Public Relations Alumna Promoted by South Carolina Ports Authority

Allison Skipper, public relations ‘04, has been promoted to manager of public relations by the South Carolina Ports Authority. In her new role, Skipper is responsible for all external communications, media and community relations for the agency.

Skipper joined the Ports Authority in 2004 after graduating magna cum laude from USC. She has earned the Accreditation in Public Relations designation and a professional certificate from the College of Charleston’s intermodal transportation and global logistics program.


Cote joins Jackson Memorial Library as Associate Director

SLIS alumna Samantha Cote, ’11, has been named associate director for Youth and Technical Services at the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor, Maine. Cote, originally from Saco, Maine, was most recently the children's room assistant at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine, and is currently on the planning committee for the state’s Reading Roundup Conference.


J-school Alums Named among Columbia Business Monthly’s "Women who Lead"

Darci Strickland, broadcast '97, and Amy Love, MMC '00, are both listed among Columbia Business Monthly’s “Women who Lead”. The annual showcase recognizes Midlands-area women who “are strong, creative, passionate leaders committed to making a real and lasting difference in their communities.”

Love, who currently serves as the marketing and communications director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, is involved in the community through organizations such as the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2012, TEDxColumbiaSC, Leadership South Carolina and City Year Columbia.

Strickland, an anchor at WLTX News 19, is a popular speaker and presenter, a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, and the founder of Camp Darci, a program for high school girls who plan to attend college.


Lohmann joins Internet Archive’s Satellite Center in Anderson

SLIS alumna Sarah Lohmann, ’11, has accepted a position with the Internet Archive as a book scanner in the organization’s satellite scanning center in Anderson, S.C. The IA is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge." Using the experience she gained while using the IA’s Wayback Machine during her studies at USC, Lohmann is currently working to digitize national park service materials contributed by Clemson University.


Venuto Joins Greenville Marketing and Public Relations Firm

Katherine Helen Venuto, public relations ’11, has joined Greenville, S.C., marketing and public relations firm Crawford Strategy as a media relations strategist. Venuto, a native of Myrtle Beach, moves to Crawford after interning at Erwin Penland Advertising, where she worked with clients such as Bi-Lo and Denny’s.


Student News

J-school Students Earn ADDY Awards

Two J-school students were recently honored by the American Advertising Federation of the Midlands, earning the organization’s ADDY award for their creative works.

Visual communications senior Brock Henderson won three ADDYs for work he completed in Professor Bonnie Drewniany’s Advanced Creative Strategy class during the fall semester. Henderson of Lexington, S.C., earned gold ADDYs for his “I Think In Type” poster and his “Where's the Paint?” television ad. He also earned a silver ADDY for “Stuffed with Fluff” in the non-traditional advertising category.

Advertising junior Maddie McDowell won a gold ADDY for her “Angry With Exams” ad she designed for USC’s Student Media. McDowell, originally from Houston, Texas, was also recently selected to participate in the second stage of the 2012 Media Plan Case Competition as part of the Washington Media Scholars Foundation’s Media Scholars Program. McDowell partnered with sport and entertainment management senior Chris Beauregard in the national competition that gives undergraduates valuable learning, career and scholarship opportunities. Finalists earn an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for Media Scholars Week.


SLIS Students Reach Finals of Syracuse’s New Librarianship Contest

SLIS students Jessica Short and Bella Wenum have been chosen as finalists for the New Librarianship contest conducted by Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. The national contest asked participants to define how they view the future of librarianship using the virtual pinboard website Pinterest.

The winning entry will be chosen by online voting. Click here to view the Pinterest boards of the eight finalists and vote.


Upcoming Events

Alumni Baseball Gathering
Friday, April 27
Tailgate, Carolina Coliseum, 5 p.m.
Game, Carolina Stadium, 7 p.m.

baseballPlan to join the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies Alumni Society for our annual baseball gathering on Friday, April 27. We’ll tailgate prior to the 7 p.m. baseball game vs. Alabama. Tailgate will start at 5 p.m.

Meet us outside the Carolina Coliseum (by the Blossom Street entrance to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications) to tailgate. We’ll walk to Lot B to take the game day shuttle around 6:30 p.m. Bring your own food and drink and enjoy mingling with other alumni, faculty and staff of the college.

Visit www.sc.edu/vmps/gameday.html for information on the game day shuttle.

We have pre-purchased a limited number of group tickets for $5 each. Please contact Elaine Taylor by phone (803-777-7118) or email (taylorem@mailbox.sc.edu) if you would like a ticket.


May Carolina Alumni Weekend
May 10-12
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May Carolina Alumni Weekend is a Carolina springtime tradition that offers innovative and relevant exhibits, lectures, tours and receptions. Make plans to join us and let the natural beauty of the University of South Carolina campus inspire you this spring! For more information, contact Jane Lavender at janel@carolinaalumni.org or 803-777-4112



Galardi named USC Outstanding Woman of the Year

By Joshua Joiner, SJMC Graduate Student

Alumni of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies may recognize Christina Galardi as a member of the college’s Street Team of student volunteers who often serve as student ambassadors at college functions and alumni events. However, Galardi’s leadership activities and campus involvement go well beyond her Street Team membership.

Christina GalardiGalardi, a senior public relations major from Lexington, S.C., and the 2011 USC Homecoming Queen, was recently named the University of South Carolina 2012 Outstanding Woman of the Year in recognition of both her excellence in the classroom and her dedication to service and leadership. Galardi, along with four other finalists for the prestigious honor, was recognized by University officials during a ceremony Tuesday, March 27.

As president of the Carolina Service Council, Galardi has been instrumental in leading service activities including directing volunteers for the Martin Luther King Days of Service. She has also organized service events such as February’s Beautiful Lengths ceremony in which 43 USC students, faculty and staff members cut their hair and donated it to an organization that provides free wigs for cancer patients.

In the classroom, Galardi is a Carolina Scholar who has been on the President’s List each semester at USC. She is a member of the South Carolina Honors College while also a National Merit Scholar, Lieber Scholar, Palmetto Fellow and a Robert C. Byrd Scholarship winner.

The College of Mass Communications and Information Studies was also represented among the finalists by junior broadcast major Lauren Stitzlein of Olney, Md.


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