I'd like to toot Hugh Munn's horn. He'd never do it himself. Oh,
he'd beep the little horn on the blue scooter that propelled him
around the Coliseum's race track corridors. That was for your sake
and safety, not his. Before he got the scooter, Hugh ambled on
crutches and never complained. Childhood polio didn't slow Hugh
down. Cancer led to his death at 70 last month. But Hugh's work
I got to know Hugh best when he led our program to a series of
significant grants to develop training for the nationwide AMBER
Alert system a few years ago. Hundreds of law enforcement officials
and journalists came to the college's IFRA Newsplex facility to
produce a stronger collaborative effort to rescue imperiled children
in the critical first hours of their abduction when AMBER Alerts
are most effective.
was the expert. In a sense, this utterly pleasant, mild-mannered
public relations instructor had an alter ego. He was a crusader,
no cape necessary. In his pre-university career, Hugh had been
the State Law Enforcement Division — SLED — spokesman for
26 years. His degrees in journalism and criminal justice blended
into a recognition that the law has a public face and a need to
communicate to the public. Sometimes, that is to explain what law
enforcement is doing. Sometimes, it is to enlist help. AMBER Alert
reflects one vital interface.
Hugh's expertise was in seemingly constant demand from agencies
and organizations across the country. The travel to frequent media
and law enforcement conferences took a toll on him physically.
Airlines were unwitting conspirators against him. As the airlines
switched to smaller planes, often the ones that served Columbia,
Hugh lamented that it had become more difficult for him to travel.
It's about the only complaint I can recall from Hugh. He was fine
if the plane were at the end of a jetway. If he had to climb those
narrow little steps from the tarmac to the plane, he had a problem.
He'd tell airline staff they'd have to carry him up the stairs.
The airlines did not seem to understand that Hugh was on a mission
and they were merely his first obstacle. He told me he probably
could not keep doing it. But I doubt that he turned down many invitations
to lend a hand to help protect children. "We'll get through this,"
was his motto.
You can read more about Hugh and his career on our web pages.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Hugh, please contact
Annie Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Alumni Awards Honorees Announced
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has announced
the recipients of its 2012 Alumni Awards. These awards identify
exceptional graduates of the school whose careers represent significant
The winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Richard D. Elliott,
'67 journalism; Catherine B. Love, '85 public relations; and Michael "Jeff" Charney,
'81 public relations. The recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumni
Award are Jonathan T. Bennett, '06 journalism; and Tracey E. Robinson,
The awards will be presented at the school's Annual Alumni Awards
dinner on Thursday, Nov. 8.
School of Library and Information Science doctoral student Karen
Miller was awarded the Special Interest Group Member of the Year
award at the American Society for Information Science and Technology
(ASIS&T) annual meeting in Baltimore, held Oct. 26-30. Miller
is a member of the Education for Information Science group, which
hosts workshops, panels and activities that prepare doctoral students
to enter their academic careers and updates current doctoral students
with new trends and methods.
School of Library and Information Science doctoral students Hassan
Zamir and George Shaw, Jr. serve as officers for the group, which
shared the Special Interest Group of the Year award.
SJMC Students Selected for Think Tank
Two senior advertising students, Ashley Davis and Maddie McDowell,
have been selected to serve on the Initiative Future board, a creative
think tank established by the American Advertising Federation and
Initiative Media. Davis and McDowell, who have been assigned to
the Arby's account based in Atlanta, will serve the board for five
months, gaining hands-on marketing experience while interacting
with agency executives and advertising clients.
Students Win Big in RTDNAC Awards
USC broadcast students swept the sports reporting category and
scored across the board in the Radio Television Digital News Association
of the Carolinas competition. Sam Davis won first in Best Student
Sports Story for "Kyle
Nunn's NFL Dream," and Mike Wadsworth
took second in the same category for "Lakeisha
Sutton"; Krista Bagley took first place in Best Student News Reporting for
her piece "Fake IDs"; Kyara Massenburg got second place
in Best Student News Feature Reporting for "The Three Little
Bears"; and Chelsea Parler won second place in Best Student
Photography for "Celtic
The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas
(RTDNAC) held its annual convention on Oct. 20 to honor the best
in broadcast journalism in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Owen Featured on My Carolina
Broadcasting alumnus Clay Owen, '82, was featured on the My Carolina
Alumni Association website in October. Owen and his wife Grainne
created the charity Curing Kids Cancer, which will be hosting a
fundraising event, "Battle Kids Cancer with the Gamecocks," on
Join the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
and the University of South Carolina for Homecoming weekend, Nov.
On Friday Nov. 9, be sure to join College of Mass Communications
and Information Studies alumni, friends and faculty on the lawn
of Gibbes Green near Davis College for Gamecocks on the Green from
4-6 p.m. RSVP to 803-777-6791 or email@example.com.
For more details
My Carolina Alumni Association has many other events planned:
Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Cheer on the Gamecocks at a pep rally on
Greene Street in the heart of campus. Celebrate homecoming and
cheer on the team as they prepare for Saturday's game.
Nov. 9, 3 p.m.
The annual Homecoming parade can be seen this year
from the Horseshoe gates on Sumter Street and along Greene Street.
Start your celebration by watching the student and alumni floats
and enjoying the band.
Alumni Awards Gala
Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.
This gala cocktail event honors some of Carolina's
most distinguished alumni.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
alumnus Don Barton, '49, has been selected as the recipient of
the 2012 My Carolina Love and Devotion Award, which is presented
to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated lifelong adoration
for Carolina. Join us in congratulating Barton for this recognition. For ticket information
Alumni Pre-Game Tent Party
Nov. 10, three hours before kickoff
Enjoy food and fun with your fellow
Gamecocks three hours before kickoff at the new Farmer's Market,
beside the Gamecock Walk.
Gamecocks vs. Razorbacks
Nov. 10, noon kickoff
To top off homecoming week, watch the Gamecocks
take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Williams-Brice Stadium.