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No Longer an "If"

Palmetto Construction Group has received the contract to build our new School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Construction begins January 20. (No buried lede here.)
While the process has been protracted, I'm pleased ... make that thrilled ... even exhilarated ... that we have reached this point. We expect the renovation and expansion of the former Health Sciences building to be completed in the summer of 2015, allowing us to begin Fall 2015 classes there.    

What will it mean? A better teaching and learning environment. The Coliseum is by no means the worst building on campus, but it is inflexible at a time when the changing communications environment demands that we work across the spectrum of possibilities for delivering information. That demands escaping concrete confines — physical and philosophical. The journalism school's new curriculum and new facility will work in tandem.

What else? A central location. While USC's business school may be moving to our current neighborhood, the journalism school has been too long on the periphery. We welcome the visibility of being within the historic Horseshoe district. We like the idea of having the college's two schools — SJMC and SLIS — on the same (albeit long) block.

And? Magnetism. We can't help but think new facilities will make the school all the more attractive for recruiting students and faculty. It will also be a showcase for the university and a reflection of USC's overall growth.

We will be updating our progress regularly on the building's web page: http://uofscjournalismbuilding.com/

On February 3, we plan something "groundbreaking." Can't say what just yet, as we may not be breaking ground so much as shattering walls in order to gut the building and rebuild it from the inside. If you are in our new neighborhood that day, drop by about 11 am. Bring your hardhat and sledgehammer.

Charles Bierbauer

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MLIS student Caitlin Creel and professor Dr. Jingjing Liu won the Student Spotlight Competition at the 2013 South Carolina Library Association / Southeastern Library Association (SCLA/SELA) joint conference in Greenville, S.C. Their eight-person study, "What Makes This Search Difficult? A Task Difficulty Study," was conducted to answer questions related to online information searching and its difficulties. Creel and Dr. Liu will receive a paid membership in the Southeastern Library Association and the South Carolina Library Association for 2014.

The Carolina Agency achieves national certification

The Carolina Agency, a student-run full-service public relations agency, received national certification by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

The agency achieved this milestone thanks to its professional ethics, accountability, compliance with established best practices for client service, professional development and instruction.

The Carolina Agency is one of 37 student run agencies in the country to achieve this certification.

SLIS class teams up with Girl Scouts for literacy project

Members of Michelle Martin's children's literature class put their classroom lessons into action shortly before the winter break when they prepared 90 backpacks of books for area 5- and 6-year-old Girl Scout troop members.

The group's Daisy Power Project was coordinated with the local Girl Scouts Mountains to the Midlands council with the hopes of improving literacy at the Daisy Girl Scout troop level — the organization's youngest age groupl — in high-need areas.
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Service learning class wins national award for student philanthropy

When Media Matters: Service and Learning in Malawi, a study abroad class led by assistant professor Van Kornegay and instructor Scott Farrand, won the 2014 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student Philanthropy Award, one of the Best Practices in International Higher Education awards NASPA distributes each year.  
Video by journalism students Lauren Laubach
and Skyler Evans.
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Advertising student expands studies in Washington, D.C.

Junior advertising major Jordan Dick was one of 13 students from S.C. colleges and universities that spent the fall semester living and working in Washington, D.C., as part of Carolina's Washington Semester Internship Program. The students take classes with the program's professors, work on Capitol Hill and explore the city. The Washington Semester Internship Program is coordinated by the South Carolina Honors College and accepts students from colleges and universities across the state.
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February 3, 2014
Groundbreaking activity for the new journalism building

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Deans' and Directors' Lecture


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