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Beach Reading

I took four books with me to the beach last week. We also took eight grandchildren, ranging from nearly 10 to nearly 2, the latter being twins. So let's not set expectations too high for what we actually read on vacation.

The point is that we set out to. We select things we'd like to read that we might otherwise not get around to, books we'd been putting off just for those rare moments of quietude (emphasis on rare), and volumes we need to read before the start of the fall semester. There can be as much excitement in the selection and anticipation. I also picked up three audio books for the drives, as we were going first to a granddaughter's soccer tournament in Charlotte and then on to the North Carolina coast. My wife had her own audio books. We didn't agree much on any of them, so we talked more than we read. Vacations are for catching up on conversation, too. Television, mercifully, makes less of an intrusion on vacation except for a couple of must see Gamecock baseball games.

The Dean's TeamThe book I spent the most time with is Diana Henriques' The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. Henriques, the senior financial writer for the the New York Times, knows well how to turn the stock market, financial intrigue and Madoff's mammoth Ponzi scheme into a page turner. She spoke to our business journalism students during Maymester. My encouragement to aspiring young journalists and our students is to follow the money, whether they want to write about business, politics, entertainment or sports. Those stories and the need to report them will always be there.

Two of my beach books were given to me by friends, a nice way to explore stories you might not encounter. Dirty Secrets, Dirty War by David Cox, who earned his MA in mass communications in our program, is a recent book about his father's courageous effort to report about the tens of thousands who "disappeared" in Argentina because of their protest against the dictatorial regime. We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman is about American nurses trapped on Bataan by the Japanese during World War II. The subtitle calls it the "untold story," but it's now told, and we should avoid that overworked cliche. I'm working on these.

I haven't gotten to the fourth, but I have until the start of the fall semester when I'll lead a discussion group at this year's First Year Reading Experience for all entering USC freshmen. It's Colin Beavan's No Impact Man, the Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. The title alone tires me out. No impact yet.

There are, of course, always children's books in this grandfather's travel kit. In various combinations of one or many, the children and I laughed our way through Karen Beaumont's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! The clever and colorful book has been a staple for years on Cocky's Reading Express™. We grant a special literary license dispensation for "ain't" which the grandchildren, I trust, would never use. Our other favorite is Adam Rex's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Then we always tell the joke about why you can't starve at the beach because of the sand which is there.

The really good news is that summer is far from over. Happy reading.

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Breaking News

Vis Com student Jake Williams makes key play in
College World Series Championship

Jake WilliamsCongratulations to the USC baseball team and SJMC student Jake Williams on the sweep of the Florida Gators to win the 2011 College World Series in Omaha.

Williams, the Gamecock left fielder, is a rising senior and visual communications major from Greer, South Carolina. His perfect throw to home plate kept Florida from scoring the winning run in the tenth inning of game one.

Way to go, Jake!

Alumni News

Alumna Leeza Gibbons Returns to TV

Distinguished alumna Leeza Gibbons, broadcast ‘78, is returning to daily television as co-host of America Now. The daily news program features short segments on topics such as health and beauty, finance, family and home. The program is currently running as a weekly series from Raycom Media and will continue to run on Raycom stations. Gibbons joins the existing host Bill Rancic on Sept. 12, 2011.

Alumnus’ Comic Strip Series Featured in USAA Magazine

J-school alumnus Paul Jon Boscacci, advertising and public relations ’94, was recently featured in USAA Magazine for his comic strip series, “Fort Knox." The strip, which follows the misadventures of a military family, is featured in the Stars and Stripes newspaper and is syndicated by the Writers' Group in 35 U.S. newspapers. Boscacci works on the strip while also maintaining a full time job as creative director for a software company in San Francisco, CA.

Alumna Named President of Chapman Cubine Adams & Hussey

Advertising and public relations alumna Kim Cubine ,’87, was named president of Chapman Cubine Adams & Hussey. The firm, formerly known as Adams Hussey & Associates, was rebranded to reflect the changes in leadership. Cubine has been with the company for 12 years and has worked on campaigns for the political sector during her tenure. The agency provides direct marketing solutions for a variety of organizations.

May Graduate is Fulbright Scholar

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is being represented abroad by a Fulbright Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year. May graduate Tas Anjarwalla, who was also the outstanding print senior in 2011, is one of five USC Fulbright Recipients. She will travel to Turkey for her teaching assistantship.

Alumna’s Work Contributes to Peabody Award for Broadcasting Achievement

Sarah Chakales, broadcast ’07, was recently cited for her contribution to CNN’s Peabody Award for Broadcasting Achievement for coverage of the 2010 BP oil spill. The George Foster Peabody Awards, begun in 1941, recognize distinguished achievement to broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.

College News


Cocky’s Reading Express Featured on ESPNU

Cocky’s Reading Express (CRE) has been featured nationally on ESPNU’s SEC Weekly academic special, “Stories of Success.” The segment highlighted how CRE was created and its current mission and includes interviews with director Kim Jeffcoat, MLIS ’97, and originator Tommy Preston. CRE is a School of Library and Information Science and USC Student Government alliance that encourages literacy throughout the state. The program visits schools with Cocky and students who bring free books to promote reading.
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Alumni and Students Contribute to First Storyfest SC

The first Storyfest SC was held on June 4 with the help of many School of Library and Information Science students and alumni. More than 600 people attended this event to kick off the statewide Summer Reading Program. Alumnus Brian McCreight, MLIS ’93 was a featured storyteller, along with Suzette Hawkins from Lexington Public Library. SLIS students Sarah Barry, Brianna McCluskey, Jess Willis and Hampton Fuller also read stories at the event, with help from Cocky.

Carolina Journalism Institute Update

More than 100 middle and high school students and advisers attended the Carolina Journalism Institute June 8-12 at the Carolina Coliseum. Work from each class will be included in the CJInsider, a 16-page magazine printed by Friesens Corporation, found on the CJI website, http://www.sc.edu/cmcis/so/cji.html.

CJI is an intensive five-day regional workshop sponsored by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, housed in the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Twenty schools from five states – Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio and South Carolina – were represented at this year’s CJI.

Student News

Student Receives Newcomer Library Blog Award

SLIS student Zachary Frazier is the recipient of the Newcomer Library Blog from Salem Press. Frazier is one of 10 contributing editors of the blog Hack Library School. The blog was chosen from among eight finalists, with votes being cast by the public and librarians from across the country. His winning blog can be found at www.hacklibschool.wordpress.com.

First David J. Morrow Scholar Interns at Fortune Magazine this Summer

J-school rising senior Josh Dawsey is working this summer as an intern at Fortune magazine. As the first recipient of the David J. Morrow Business Journalism Scholarship he will also have the opportunity to speak at the Society of Business Educators Worldwide (SABEW) conference next spring. The scholarship was established in memory of David J. Morrow, ’83 J-school alumnus and former editor-in-chief of TheStreet.com. David’s sister, Beth Hammond, and SABEW created the scholarship to honor Morrow and encourage students to understand how to write and report on business and financial issues. Dawsey is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Gamecock, and writes his own blog, Aynor to the Apple at http://joshdawsey.blogspot.com/.

Upcoming Events

Help Send a Freshman Off to USC

My Carolina Alumni Association, along with local alumni chapters, is hosting Freshman Send-Off parties for students entering USC this fall. Send-Off events will take place throughout the country in the months of July and August and alumni are invited to attend the events and show your support to our incoming freshman. These events are for alumni, students, and their parents and will give you the opportunity to meet current students and staff from the Admissions Office, Student Affairs and Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your area. Click here for the Send-Off schedule - http://www.mycarolina.org/s/842/index.aspx?sid=842&gid=1&pgid=568.

Please contact Elaine Taylor at taylorm@mailbox.sc.edu for information.

ReadSC Seeking Nominations

Freshman send off logoThe South Carolina State Library is requesting nominations for its annual book award program.

The program, ReadSC, is part of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and is a collaborative project of the SC State Library, SLIS, and the Humanities Council. It honors excellence in writing, teaching and advocacy of the literary arts.

For more information or a nomination form, please visit http://readsc.org/2011/06/07/nominations-are-now-open-for-the-2011-sc-center-for-the-book-awards-program/.


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