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The people you see; The places they go

Darius RuckerIf you watched the Carolina-Clemson game — of course, you did — you probably saw Darius Rucker sing the National Anthem. When you see Darius, you likely think country music star or Hootie and the Blowfish. I think journalism alumnus.

This week, Leeza Gibbons is our annual Buchheit lecturer and is participating in a Healthy Aging forum hosted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Leeza's Hollywood career has brought us news from the entertainment world, but it also draws people's attention to the challenges of Alzheimer's through Leeza's Place. She's a J-school alumna.

Seeing both Darius and Leeza at the Clemson game was a reminder of where the careers of our alumni might take them.

We go to Williams-Brice Stadium to watch the Gamecocks, but also to catch up with former Gamecocks from near and far as we make our tailgating rounds. Chuck Keefer, a long-time newspaper editor, was up from Florida for the Clemson game. Jack Claypoole, now the executive director of My Carolina, was holding forth at the big tent across from the stadium. Cynthia Lister from Spartanburg was there with husband and trustee Tony Lister.

Leeza GibbonsOn the sideline pre-game, I ran into Elaine Arnold, a public relations grad who used to be our college's alumni affairs manager and is now assistant director of development for athletics. And Cory Burkarth, multimedia coordinator for athletics. At halftime, Bolling Henderson, a recent grad, told me about her job with Blackbaud in Charleston. This season's long distance award goes to Sarah Chakales, a broadcast graduate, who made it to the homecoming game a few weeks ago from her CNN job in Hong Kong.

There were others. There always seem to be. Not just at football games. At the gym. In church. The library. Visit any library in the state and you are liable to run into a graduate of our School of Library and Information Science. Or, as you'll regularly see in the Alumni Notes section of InterCom, the college alumni magazine, in places as far flung as Baton Rouge, Dallas, DC and Norway.

Our fall issue of InterCom hits the mail to some 15,000 college alumni this week. The students who write and design the magazine hope you will like it, wherever you are.

As we move into the holiday season, a season of giving, we also hope you'll consider the college in your giving. Our students' scholarship needs have never been greater. Our work toward literacy across the state is vital. Construction of a new home for the journalism school starts next month. Our alumni and friends are part of these important efforts. Contact me or senior director of development Elizabeth Quackenbush. We're at bierbauer@sc.edu and elizaq@mailbox.sc.edu

Hope your holidays are joyous, festive and peaceful.

Charles Bierbauer

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The calendars are $15 each if they will be picked up in Davis College, or $19 each shipped. The proceeds will support LISSA members' attendance at state and national library conferences. This is the seventh year the student group has organized this successful fundraiser.
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Dr. Hastings to lead national LIS educators association

Sam HastingsDr. Samantha Hastings, director of the School of Library and Information Science, was elected vice president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Her three-year term will begin in January 2014; she will become ALISE president in 2015 at the association's centennial celebration.

"I have always treasured the connections that this association has provided for me both professionally and personally," Dr. Hastings said.

With nearly 30 years of membership, she knows all about making connections throughout ALISE. In addition to many committee and jury assignments, Dr. Hastings served as co-chair of the Council of Deans and Directors, Chair of the Garfield Dissertation Jury and member of the nominating committee.

Her involvement doesn't stop with ALISE. She served as president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2004. Dr. Hastings served five years as the acquisitions editor for the ASIS&T Monograph series, published by Information Today, Inc. Recently, she launched a new annual review for Cultural Heritage Informatics with editor Charles Harmon of Rowan Littlefield.

"I attend every conference to visit with my friends, see what is new on the research frontier and get a good look at the future of our profession. I have never doubted the importance of taking time to have a cup of coffee, to talk about our lives and share concerns with my colleagues. ALISE provides the place for all of this!" said Dr. Hastings.

ALISE is a nonprofit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science. Its mission is to promote innovation and excellence in research, teaching and service for educators and scholars of library and information science.



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