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On the road again

Maymester is an intriguing concept, one that compresses a semester's worth of experience in less than a month. If Maymester was not part of the academic calendar when you were at USC, here's a sense of what you might have missed. Immersion, apprehension, exhaustion, exhilaration.

Maymester graphicPersonally, I love teaching Maymester courses. I can block out three weeks, engage students in huge chunks of time — often including a major road trip — and never hit that mid-semester slump. Frequently, I teach a Media & Politics course that incorporates a week behind the scenes on my old political beat in Washington. Over the years, I've infected a few students with Potomac fever.

I'm not alone in this purposeful frenzy. Advertising professor Karen Mallia takes ad students to the agencies of New York, as the late Jon Wardrip did before her. Dr. Brooke McKeever and senior instructor Lisa Sisk cover strategic and risk communications in Atlanta. Professor Glenda Alvarado puts her students to work on a social media blitz to promote a charity golf tournament in the Upstate. We make the most of alumni contacts wherever we go.

For several years, visual communications instructor Scott Farrand has been leading our Multimedia Munich Maymester. Scott's persuaded me to be his partner this year, not that it took much persuading to return to Germany where I'd spent five years as a correspondent. Two days after spring commencement, 21 students, Scott and I will board a Lufthansa flight headed for a week each in Berlin and Munich. The student teams combine journalism, viscom, ad and PR students and have been researching and preparing their projects for weeks. The stories they've chosen will be crafted in broadcast, print and web versions.

Taking the students to Germany has several purposes. It meets the university's objective of creating beyond-the-classroom experiences. Meets it by a few thousand miles. It compels the students to function in unfamiliar environments where language and culture may be both stimulant and deterrent. It injects history into their experience. What happened in Munich in the 1930s or at the 1972 Olympic Games? How was Berlin divided in the half century of the Cold War? How has it evolved in the two decades since the wall came down?

It's also not a one-sided proposition for me. I've seen those German cities as a correspondent, but now I get to see them through the students' eyes. I'll let you know how it worked out in next month's letter.

Auf Wiedersehen,

Charles Bierbauer

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College News

Seniors honored at SJMC Honors and Awards Day

Outstanding students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored during a ceremony on April 18. For photos and video of the event as well as a list of all recipients, please visit our websitearrow


Trembach receives university research award

Stan Trembach, a doctoral student in the School of Library and Information Science, was one of 54 graduate students in the university to receive a Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Fellowship. Trembach's research project focuses on the impact the Cold War and the Soviet military industrial complex had on the development of scientific and technical information management systems in the mid-twentieth century United States.


Students win big in collegiate newspaper contest

The Carolina Reporter brought in four awards in the 2012 Collegiate News Contest, organized by the South Carolina Press Association. Chelsey Seidel placed first in the feature story category for "QuadSquad delivers;" Ryan Quinn was second in the news story category for "IRS wipes away thousands;" Brittani Coleman took third in the same category for "Cabbies say new rules put them in back seat;" and Jonathan Battaglia won third for page one design.


Now accepting nominations for the 2013 Annual Literacy Leaders Awards

Please help us identify those who have had a statewide impact on literacy by nominating individuals or groups for the South Carolina Annual Literacy Leader (ALL) awards for 2013.

The ALL awards are presented by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in the fall of each year to from one to three individuals and/or groups who have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. Recipients can be any individuals, agencies, organizations or corporations with a local presence in South Carolina, regardless of their primary place of residence or corporate headquarters.
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Visual communications students' work on display

A photography exhibit by visual communications students Jeremy Aaron and Lee Walker will be on display at the University of South Carolina Visitor's Center through the fall semester. The project, "A Portrait of South Carolina," was funded through the Magellan Scholars Program and highlights 12 photo subjects from all walks of life in the state of South Carolina. Aaron and Walker were mentored throughout the project by assistant professor Denise McGill.


Jordan Campbell photoCampbell receives Information Science Scholarship

Jordan Campbell, sophomore information science student, is the 2013-14 recipient of the SLIS Information Science Scholarship. Campbell, a Mountain Rest, S.C., native, is a dean's list student and member of Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society.

Campbell hopes to continue her studies after graduation by gaining an MLIS and becoming a school librarian. Read more arrow


The Carolina Agency wins 13th professional excellence award

Students of The Carolina Agency (TCA) competed against public relations, marketing and advertising professionals from across the state to win a Silver Wing Mercury Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA). This recognition represents TCA's thirteenth award for professional excellence since the agency's inception in 2005.

TCA's 2012 entry, "On Angel's Wings," was a direct mail/direct response device which netted the Midland's Ronald McDonald House Charities a total of $21,911.00 in gross revenue and a $78 to $1 return on investment.


Faculty Notes

Dr. Tara Buehner, visual communications, successfully defended her dissertation, "Threat, modeling and misconceptions: A coorientational study of professional photojournalists and citizen photojournalists' values." She will graduate with a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma on May 11.

Lisa Sisk, public relations, received a Two Thumbs Up award from the USC Office of Student Disability Services for "making a difference in the education of one or more of our students."



Public relations senior receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan award

Lauren NottoliThe University of South Carolina presented its highest student honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award to Lauren Nottoli, a public relations senior from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Nottoli is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia. Mentoring roles during her time at Carolina have included both the Emerging Leader and Greek Emerging Leader Programs, as well as service as a University 101 peer leader.

She served as president of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, during her junior and senior years and was named one of the top 11 presidents of her sorority nationally. Her involvement in Dance Marathon includes work as a dancer, Miracle Cup coordinator, external director and mini-marathon director. She was a top five finalist in this year's University Homecoming Showcase, and a finalist for USC's Outstanding Woman of the Year award.

"I am most proud of getting to know so many people and making an impact on them. I wanted to let them have a great experience like I have had here," she said. "One of the greatest contributions I have brought to this university is sharing my love for USC with high school students in the form of Dance Marathon."

After graduation in May, Nottoli will travel as a collegiate leadership consultant for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She plans to attend law school in fall 2014.

This is the second consecutive year that a public relations student has received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award; Christina Galardi won the honor in 2012.

Sullivan awards are given each year to one graduating woman and one graduating man for outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community. The award, given at 15 colleges and universities across the country, is named for the 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist.



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