Who is Elaine Arnold, and why is she sending me all these alumni
messages? Well, it's her job. But you used to know her as Elaine
Taylor, our alumni relations manager. Elaine and Brian Arnold — both
USC alumni — were married in North Carolina on September
8. Elaine's back on the job, of course, as we swing into a fall
season of activities.
We would also like to introduce you to Elizabeth Quackenbush,
who has joined the college as our senior director of development.
Elizabeth comes back to her alma mater with significant experience
in fund-raising for non-profit organizations in the Midlands, including
Harvest Hope Food Bank and Volunteers of America of the Carolinas.
For the past few months, eNews has been produced by Annie Lambert,
a 2008 visual communications graduate and now the development assistant
for the college.
That's our small, but indefatigable development staff. They work
so seamlessly that I'd nearly forgotten they are all relatively
new or, at least, have a new name.
Ace Sanders is probably someone I don't have to introduce, not
to Gamecock fans who watched him shred Missouri defenders on punt
returns and a touchdown reception. But what the CBS announcers
left out is that Ace is one of our visual communications majors.
If all Missouri saw was a blur, well, that's Ace's way of communicating
on the football field.
We sent 19 of our senior journalism majors to Charlotte for the
Democratic National Convention, where they worked for half a dozen
national and local news outfits. The campaign of 2012, unending
though it may seem, has been a terrific teaching opportunity for
many of our journalism classes. Our students' behind the scenes
stories and experiences are worth checking. http://jour.sc.edu/news/newsann/12Fall/dnc.html
Like the leaves of autumn, Cocky's turning colors. You may have
caught a glimpse of a more robustly garnet Gamecock on one of the
televised football games. On the road with Cocky's Reading Express™,
he's still the same reading magnet for South Carolina school children,
just not that old red rooster.
After a busy summer, my wife and I tucked in an early fall escape
for a week riding in the mountains of southern Colorado where the
aspens were turning golden, the sky was a cobalt blue and cell
phone service was nearly non-existent, except from one mountaintop
with a 30-mile line of sight to the nearest town. It's our recipe
for reinvigoration. As Ronald Reagan used to say, "There's
nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse."
I-Comm Week will take place Oct. 8-11. The following events are
open to the public:
Monday, October 8
Robin Roberts, president of National Media Research, Planning
and Placement, "The Era of Big Data: 2012 Political Advertising
Campaigns," 10 a.m., Russell House Theater
Associated Press Presidential Photo Exhibit in the Thomas
Cooper Library, open through Oct. 26
Tuesday, October 9
Corey Hutchins and David Axe, "Comics, Politics and South
Carolina: How We Turned Alvin Greene into a Cartoon," 6
p.m., Gressette Room, Harper College
Wednesday, October 10
Robert Newlen, deputy director of the National Law Library,
Resume Workshop, 2 p.m., third floor multimedia room, Thomas
Joyce M. Durant, dean of the library and professor at Francis
Marion University, "Journey to Librarianship," Reception
at 5:45 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m., Davis College room 112,
Panel to follow
IABC / PRSSA / SAF, Networking: It's
Who You know, 7 p.m.,
Capstone Campus Room
Thursday, October 11
Professor Denise McGill, visual communications, and Dr. Buz
Kloot, a research professor in the USC School of the Environment,
present their documentary, "A Better Place: St. Helena, South Carolina," 7
p.m., Public Health Research Center Room 114. Reception to follow.
Dr. Shannon Bowen, public relations, has been voted onto the Board
of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society. The Arthur W. Page Society
provides opportunities, initiates communication and collaboration,
and encourages research that contributes to the growth of the public
relations industry. The group's members include public relations
leaders in Fortune 500 companies, top PR agencies and leading academics
who have distinguished themselves teaching corporate communications.
Bowen will serve a three-year term, and hopes that her service
to the board will help students and alumni with job possibilities
and internships by raising awareness of the public relations program
in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The sixth Annual Literacy Leaders Awards were
presented by the School of Library and Information Science
on Sept. 11.
This year's honorees were Randy Akers, executive
director of the Humanities Council of South Carolina; Rudy
Mancke, professor, naturalist and host of SCETV's NatureScene;
and the South Carolina Book Awards Program.
PR Students Win Honorable Mention in National Competition
A project completed during professor Jeff Ranta's campaigns class
has earned five public relations alumni an honorable mention at
the PR News Platinum PR Awards. The group, made up of Corinne Burdette,
Katie Davis, Dezmon Gilmore, Jennica Justice and Amanda Wenk, was
honored in the marketing communications category for their campaign "The
Great Weiner War of 2011, Lulu's Hot Dogs," which was completed
for a local hot dog stand last year. They shared the category with
top brands such as Adobe Systems, InterContinental Hotels Group
and Downy. The awards ceremony took place during a luncheon on
Sept. 14 in New York City.
Read more and see campaign book
Alumna to Intern with The American Library in Paris
Brianna McCluskey, MLIS '10, has accepted an internship with the
Children's and Young Adults' Services department of The American
Library in Paris. During the three-month internship, McCluskey
will work closely with the children and young adult volunteers.
She will help plan and present programs, assist with collection
development, provide support for children's programming, help with
a new English-language outreach program to local schools and assist
with the social media outreach for children and teens.
J-school Faculty Members To Have Papers Published
Dr. Brooke McKeever, public relations, will have two papers published. "News
Framing of Autism: Understanding Media Advocacy and the Combating
Autism Act" will be published in Science Communication and
is currently available online. http://scx.sagepub.com/content/early/recent
Another paper, "Perceived Hostile Media Bias, Presumed Media
Influence, and Opinions about Immigrants and Immigration," will
be published in Southern Communication Journal this November.
Tara Buehner, visual communications, will have her paper, "Visually
assessing the First Lady in a digital age: A study of Michelle
Obama as portrayed by journalists and the White House," published
by the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.
Alumna's Charity a Finalist for Betty Jane France Humanitarian
By Ben Ortiz-Colon
Lorri Shealy Unumb, '90 broadcast, has been selected by The NASCAR
Foundation as a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian
Award. Unumb will receive $25,000 for her charity, the Autism Academy
of South Carolina, and has been entered into a national competition
for a chance to win $100,000.
Unumb's life was deeply affected when her eldest son, Ryan, was
diagnosed with autism in 2003. She learned that insurance companies
did not cover autism treatments and, thinking of all of the other
families this affected, Unumb started working with legislators
to create "Ryan's Law," which requires insurance companies
to cover autism treatments. The law went into effect in South Carolina
in 2008 and 31 other states have since adopted some form of "Ryan's
"Ryan's Law was really born out of this sense that the situation
was unfair, and that we could fix it," said Unumb. "I was fortunate
to have a good education and be able to go to law school. To be
able to put that to good use and do good for other people means
a lot to me."
The Unumb family has taken great
strides in other areas for the benefit of children with autism
in South Carolina. After noticing a need for more community
and academic programs for families with needs like theirs,
the Unumbs founded the Autism Academy of South Carolina.
This organization works educationally and therapeutically
with these children to meet their specific, individual needs.
The NASCAR Foundation Betty Jane France Humanitarian
Award winner is determined by an online vote.
Gamecocks on the Green Friday, November 9
For more information on these events, contact Annie Lambert
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