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Homecoming at American universities tends to center around a football game. Gamecock football is the shared passion of many alumni, students and South Carolinians, at least those who did not attend Clemson. The NCAA, Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy! all credit the University of Missouri’s 1911 homecoming as the first centered around a parade and football game. That’s according to the Missourian, by way of Wikipedia. Five sources, though not all without a bias. Not surprisingly, there are other claimants.

Astonishingly, not everyone is into the grill, chill and thrill experience with 80,000 of your closest friends. But there’s more to homecoming than football and its trimmings. USC’s Homecoming even has a web site (http://homecoming.sc.edu) that tells us parade floats are back after a three-year hiatus. The Coliseum is the venue for this week’s Showcase and the Step Show. Greene Street activities are plentiful.

This year’s theme is “Crazy for Carolina.” What that implies is not spelled out. The 2010 election campaign ends two days before Homecoming starts. Hmmm.

Our college sees Homecoming week more as an opportunity to reflect on and recognize the accomplishments of our alumni. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications for some years had been holding its alumni awards dinner on Thursday before Homecoming. (See details below.) The School of Library and Information Science traditionally has its awards event in the spring. But the whole college welcomes alumni at our Gamecocks on the Green reception on Friday afternoon. It’s a great time to mix and mingle with faculty, classmates and friends of the college.

If all 14,000 or so alumni show up, we’d love it!

Journalism school alumni Jan Jeffcoat and Darius Rucker (yes, that Darius Rucker) will be honored by the university’s Alumni Association at its Friday gala.

We hope you will join us for Homecoming activities, or at least think about us. As always, we like to know where our alumni are and what they are up to, whether they are coming home or not.

And don’t forget about that football game. We’re serving Razorback.

Go Gamecocks!

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Alumni News

SJMC Alumni Award Recipients Announced

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will honor the following five alumni and a professor on Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Capital City Club.

Distinguished Alumni:

  • Rosalyn Durant, ‘99, Vice President and General Manager, ESPNU
  • Hank Gilman, ‘75, Deputy Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine
  • Kerry Northrup, ‘76, Cal Turner Professorship in Multimedia Journalism, Western Kentucky University

Outstanding Young Alumni:

  • Josslyn L. Aberle, ‘06, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for SHAPE NATO
  • Dr. Juan-Carlos Molleda, ‘00, Associate Professor, University of Florida

Excellence in Service Award Recipient

  • Jay Bender, SJMC Visiting Professor and Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair
Reception - 6:30 p.m.   Dinner - 7 p.m.

RSVP by November 2 to Nancy Twohey - twohey@mailbox.sc.edu
Cost is $35 per person. Alumni, faculty and friends are welcome.


Alumna Receives SCLA’s Outstanding Librarian Award

Davenport PhotoSchool of Library and Information Science alumna Pamela Davenport, ‘95, was recently awarded the South Carolina Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian Award at its annual conference held in Myrtle Beach. She is the director of the State Library’s Talking Book Services.

The award recognizes and honors a librarian who has initiated or developed an imaginative or creative program, service, or work of enduring value, for the effective use of or increased interest in libraries or a particular library. Such contributions include excellence in leadership, significant professional writing, instrumental role in building programs, or promotion of the profession through teaching or influence.

Davenport recently opened the third annual unveiling of the Talking Book Services Student Art Gallery. Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin spoke of the importance of the arts and thanked the students and State Library for their involvement.

The gallery features artwork from students who are blind, visually impaired, and physically handicapped from around the state. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 1430 Senate Street, Columbia. For more information about the State Library and its Talking Book Services program, please visit www.statelibrary.sc.gov.



Gamecocks on the Green

We hope you’re making plans to join former classmates, faculty and friends for Gamecocks on the Green, our college's Homecoming celebration and our tradition since 2005!

We'll gather on Gibbes Green near Davis College on Friday, November 5, from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Rain location: Campus Room in Capstone House, 900 Barnwell Street.

Library and Information Science alumna Amanda Brewer, ’06, will tell stories and play music with her acoustic guitar. Brewer is a reference librarian at Beaufort County Library.

RSVP to Elaine Taylor - taylorem@mailbox.sc.edu - by November 3. Bring the kids.

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ALA Spectrum Scholarship Raises Awareness

The Spectrum Scholarship Committee of the South Carolina Library Association raised more than $700 in contributions for the scholarship fund during a wine and cheese fundraiser and awareness event at its annual conference October 21. Those in attendance, both conference participants and vendors, enjoyed food and fellowship as they learned about the importance of the Spectrum Scholarship in encouraging increased diversity in the library profession. The American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship seeks to meet the changing needs of an evolving society by providing libraries with a new generation of culturally diverse librarians. The graduate scholarships for under-represented groups target individuals with financial need and a desire to make a positive impact as community leaders. Mentorship, career placement and leadership development are included in the Spectrum Scholarship Program. To support the scholarship, please contact Nonie Price at nonieprice@yahoo.com.


Call for Alumni Writers

Are you interested in showcasing your writing skills in an upcoming publication of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies?

The college is seeking alumni writers to contribute to various publications. Also, if you have a blog, we’d like to know about it. We will be featuring alumni blogs in future eNews issues. If you are interested, please contact Julie Scott (julie.scott@scchamber.net) or Mandi Engram (mengram@columbiaauthority.com).


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Keith Kenney

By Katie Haswell, SJMC Student

Dr. Keith Kenney, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications visual communications sequence, has been named project director for a $750,000 federal grant for graduate-level international exchanges over four years.

Keith Kenney PhotoThe grant will establish a partnership between SJMC and the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Department of State grant allows six of our faculty members to each teach one semester at CSJMM and three CSJMM doctoral students and one masters student to complete part of their studies here.

USC is one of 36 universities in the U.S to offer doctoral programs in journalism. Although the students from Georgia will not receive their doctoral degrees from SJMC, they will take classes here and have the opportunity to defend their dissertations through Skype to a faculty panel here.

Although he pursued the grant mainly for academic reasons, Dr. Kenney also has a few selfish reasons. One of them is to experience Georgia for the first time.

“In Georgia there are these 90-foot medieval towers, some of the oldest in the world, and it only takes about $3,000 to restore one. I have a vague dream of raising the money to restore one of them,” he said. Dr. Kenney said that he wants to video tape the restorations to boost interest and tourism to Tbilisi and other parts of Georgia.

“I enjoy working and teaching overseas. I once taught in India and had a wonderful opportunity to work with a faculty member who was assigned to me. I wanted to shoot a video of Indian puppeteers and she went out that day and found them for me. That is something I would never had the opportunity to experience as a tourist. Sometimes I find myself far off the beaten path and I meet someone who opens a door that I never would have known existed.”

In his spare time, Dr. Kenney has created a portfolio of pictures from his travels that mask the whiteness of his office walls. If students have never been to Dr. Kenney’s office, he or she has not experienced the stunningly real pictures of Ugandans that hang behind him. These pictures are just one example of the passion that Dr. Kenney will bring to his role of project director in the coming years.

“I like photographing people doing things, National Geographic-type pictures of culture and visual anthropology,” he said.

Dr. Kenney, who earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University, has been teaching at SJMC since 1988. He will teach at CSJMM as one of the six J-school faculty members when the program begins in fall 2011.


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Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 5
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Make plans to meet your former classmates, faculty and friends for our annual Homecoming celebration on Gibbes Green! SLIS alumna Amanda Brewer will join us as our musician again this year.

Gamecocks on the Green

Amanda Brewer and Cocky entertained Gamecocks of all ages at the 2009 Gamecocks on the Green.



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