Six Months and Counting . . . Eagerly
Carpet, tile, glass panels, writable walls.
Dr. Carol Pardun and I met again this past week with the
architects and project manager for the journalism school
building. When we are talking about the finishings, the color
palette — a little more blue, a little less gray — and
even the design for the donor wall, the progress is palpable.
Our architects at The Boudreaux Group are putting together
the massive collection of construction documents. Project
manager Ann Derrick tells us the project will go out for
bid in September, which means we should have a contractor
by the end of November and start construction in January.
That's just six months to go, and though we've waited
years — decades — for
this, it's feeling very real.
Each meeting pushes the project forward. There have been
plenty and there are many more ahead as we get down to the
furnishings, technologies and decorations. We especially
keep tweaking our direction on anything technological — media
lab computers, studio cameras and the multi-screen centerpiece
in the atrium that will reflect what's happening in our academic
world and the world beyond. The challenge is to design in
2013 what we will turn on in 2015 and use for years. We want
it to look like tomorrow, not yesterday.
Carol and I also saw a concept for a donor
wall that will honor those who are contributing to making
this building a reality after the long years of anticipation.
Consider having your name etched on that important recognition
of our supporters.
The Greenhouse Studio that will be adjacent
to the journalism school building has received Budget and
Control Board approval for its construction phase. The two
projects are on a timeline that will converge by our completion
You can keep up with our progress at http://uofscjournalismbuilding.com/ where
we are chronicling the development of the new home for the
School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Meanwhile, our School of Library and Information Science
is enjoying its first full summer in air conditioned comfort
at Davis College. Dr. Sam Hastings says the HVAC project
completed last summer is cool in every sense of the word.
Summer is a time when we tend to scatter to recharge, but
also to research and expand our scholarly efforts. Students
do internships, study abroad and often work to pay for next
year's classes. Our scholarship lunch is a fall feature that
brings donors and recipients together.
Cocky's Reading Express™ is on the road this summer.
It's collaborating with the Arnold School of Public Health
in "Get Ready to Read with Cocky!" This is an important
pilot project in Calhoun County that will provide a year-long
assessment of student reading progress. CRE is also leading
a summer reading program funded through a grant from BP.
And Camp-Read-A-Rama, led by Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta
Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, is in full swing at several
locations in Columbia. Both programs are designed to fight
"summer slide" in children's reading skills.
Have a great summer. Read, especially with kids and grandkids.
But don't write on the walls, unless they are writable walls.
Cocky's Reading Express™ receives community literacy grant
Cocky's Reading Express is the recipient of a $95,000 grant from
the Central Carolina Community Foundation for its program, "Get
Ready to Read with Cocky." The program, a joint effort between
the School of Library and Information Science and USC's Arnold
School of Public Health, targets illiteracy through a pilot program
initiated this summer in Calhoun County. The program takes a holistic
approach that incorporates parental and caregiver training and
education and offers free screening for speech and hearing conditions
that can impede a child's ability to read and learn.
Baldwin establishes business journalism fellowship
School of Journalism and Mass Communications has created a fellowship
that will allow a business journalist to earn a doctoral degree
thanks to a $500,000 gift from alumnus Kenneth W. Baldwin, Jr.,
The Baldwin Business and Financial Graduate Fellowship for Business
Journalists is a teaching fellowship. While pursuing a doctorate,
the professional will impart his or her knowledge of the field
to students with an interest in business and financial journalism.
This fellowship is an extension of the successful Baldwin Business
Journalism Initiative, which launched the school's focus on business
and financial journalism in 2009. Read
Scholastic Warehouse makes large donation to SCCCBL
The Scholastic Warehouse donated three pallets of books and literacy
materials to the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and
Literacy (SCCCBL) in June. The books and materials, valued at more
than $36,000, will be used during the Cocky's Reading Express summer
bus tour and over the next year in Calhoun County.
SIPA holds annual Carolina Journalism Institute
The Southern Interscholastic Press Association held its annual
summer workshop, the Carolina Journalism Institute, June 12-16,
2013 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This
intense five-day program gives high school students hands-on experience
and allows them to learn from professionals in the field of scholastic
journalism. This year, 60 students and 10 advisers attended. Students
had the opportunity to choose from a selection of classes including
broadcast journalism, journalistic writing, photojournalism, yearbook,
online journalism, design and editorial leadership. Advisers who
attended the camp had the chance to participate in a class focused
on teaching scholastic journalism. The students produced photos,
videos and design pieces, which can be viewed online at the new
To see photos or learn more about CJI 2013, check
out the SchoPress website
Orientation brings new students, parents to campus
Though most students left campus for the summer, the halls in
the Coliseum and Davis College are far from quiet. Over the summer
months, incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents
descend on the Columbia campus for orientation. Parents and incoming
undergraduates receive information about our schools, career paths
that are open to them and information on our programs of study.
Students then register for classes and tour the buildings.
The School of Library and Information Science will welcome six
new undergraduate students and 80 graduate students in the fall,
while the J-school will see around 350 new undergrads and 22 new
Students receive library association scholarships
Jason Broughton and Tamara King were selected as recipients of
the 2013-14 Spectrum Scholarships by the American Library Association.
The Spectrum Scholarships are awarded to graduate students based
on their commitment to diversity, demonstrated community outreach,
academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.
Simone Horst is the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Library Association
scholarship. Recipients of this award are students pursuing a master's
degree in library science who have potential for outstanding achievement
in the library profession and strong academic excellence.
Malawi service learning class impacts students, organization
By Annie Lambert
|On June 3, eight University of South Carolina
students and two professors departed Columbia for Malawi,
Africa. Two weeks later, a family returned. Their adventure
included hiking, kayaking, a stay in a safari camp, volunteer
work and, most of all, the experience of a lifetime.
This service learning class put students on the frontlines
of nonprofit work in Africa. With Ministry of Hope, a non-governmental
organization, students worked at a crisis nursery for orphans
and set up a mobile medical clinic, documenting every step
of the way.
With only five minutes of internet access each day, the students
created posts for the organization's Facebook
page and produced stories and photographs for Ministry
of Hope's newsletter and website.
The students' multimedia stories focus on a broken water
pump that caused villagers to walk miles for clean water;
a five-year old boy with stage three malaria, which is often
fatal; a recent Ithaca College graduate spending her summer
volunteering in Malawi; and an orphan in a crisis nursery
who is too old to receive care much longer.
Video by USC students Daniel Shelly and
"Some of the videos produced by the students
have already appeared on the nonprofit's website and Facebook
page, and people are responding to that. They did a story
about a pump on a well being broken at one of the villages,
and people are already asking how they can donate to get
it fixed," said Van Kornegay, one of the two professors
who led the class to Africa.
Between volunteering, educational work and
once-in-a-lifetime adventures, these students experienced
and learned a lot in the short time they were abroad. But
the impact was not strictly educational. Before their departure,
the students were posed a question by the Dobson Fund, who
provided a grant to the program.
"They asked, what will the spiritual impact of the
trip be to you?" said Kornegay. "We had a contemplative
morning where we went off and wrote down what it meant to
us. There were some deep, heartfelt expressions that came
out. To me, that is more important than what they learned
journalistically. It's more personal. The trip touched everyone
in a significant way."
"You hear about third world countries in the news and
on television, but being there and experiencing it for yourself
is an amazing thing," said Lauren Laubach, a senior
broadcast journalism student. "It gives you an entirely
different perspective on life."
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