SJMC Director Search
Dr. Carol Pardun is serving her final year as director of our
School of Journalism and Mass Communications and associate dean
of the college. We have begun a search for her successor and
hope to have that person on board next summer.
Now in her sixth year as director, Carol has made significant
contributions to our program. Undergraduate enrollment in the
journalism school has topped 1500 students this semester. We
are at capacity. Under her leadership, the school has completed
a detailed curriculum revision. It's responsive to the dramatic
changes in the media environment and will provide students greater
flexibility to shape their careers in that evolving milieu.
She's helped shape the future building for the school and shares
my eagerness to start construction in the new year and excitement
about relocating in 2015. Who knew we could find extensive meetings
about wiring, ducting, plumbing and windows so fascinating. Well,
we do have a fascination with the idea of actually having a building
Carol has attracted outstanding faculty to the program. It's
a tribute to her that they wanted to have her as a colleague.
And they will continue to. Carol plans to return to the faculty
as a professor in our advertising sequence. She wants to get
back to her research. I would point out, though, that even while
serving as an administrator, Carol has just published the second
volume of her book, "Advertising and Society."
I look forward to having Carol as a colleague for years to
come. Working with her, library school director Sam Hastings
and associate dean for administration Gayle Johnson is more fun
than a dean is supposed to have.
Dr. Sandra Kelly from USC's psychology department is chairing
the search for Dr. Pardun's successor. The position ad can be
Thank Carol when you see her, but she's not going away.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications to honor alumni
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will honor
outstanding alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday,
Oct. 31, 2013. The Distinguished Alumni honorees are Stephen
Brown and Jane Pigg. The Outstanding Young Alumni honorees are
Kent Babb and Sally Brown. Van Kornegay will receive the Excellence
in Service Award. Read more
J-school alumni to be honored by My Carolina Alumni Association
Two journalism school alumni are among six to be honored by
the My Carolina Alumni Association. These honors are among the
highest given to University of South Carolina alumni and supporters.
Lou W. Kennedy, '84, and Dr. Toby Jenkins Henry, '97, will be
recognized throughout My Carolina Homecoming activities on November
Get 'Up Close' with new members of the college family
The School of Library and Information Science welcomes Angela
Wright as its new assistant to the director. Wright will support
Dr. Sam Hastings with administrative, business management and
other services for the school. Read more
Dr. Robert McKeever has joined the School of Journalism and
Mass Communications as a tenure track assistant professor. His
research focuses on examining the persuasive effects of mass
media content, specifically in topics of public health and advocacy. Read more
The Storytelling Experience with Bill Harley
The School of Library and Information Science
and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy
hosted the second annual Storytelling Experience, Thurs.,
Bill Harley, an author, playwright, and performing
and recording artist, used songs to tell stories about
unique moments of his life. His stories included some of
his fifth grade adventures with friend Glen, a high diving
experience with his favorite lifeguard Christie, and a
recent marathon run for which he had not prepared.
Mentor Match Night pairs students with alumni
This year's Mentor Match program paired 78 students and alumni
for mentoring relationships. The event took place on Sept. 10
in the Capstone Campus Room. Kesha Entzminger, career development
coach in the Career Center, and Cassie Cope, '13 journalism,
addressed the students. Both spoke of the importance of a mentoring
relationship in career development and success. See photos
of the event
Leeza Gibbons to give this year's Buchheit Lecture
Leeza Gibbons, '78 broadcast journalism, is this year's Buchheit
lecturer. The lecture will take place on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7
p.m. in the Law School auditorium and will be open to the public.
Gibbons, former host of Entertainment Tonight and Leeza, currently
hosts the syndicated TV news magazine show America Now and weekly
TV news show My Generation on PBS. She created the Leeza Gibbons
Memory Foundation, Leeza's Place and Leeza's Care Connection,
all of which provide support to patients and caregivers touched
by Alzheimer's disease.
Annual awards recognize outstanding literacy efforts
By Allie Papajohn, fourth-year public relations
The School of Library and Information Science presented its 7th
Annual Literacy Leader Awards on Sept. 10 to celebrate those who
have "gone above and beyond" in the quest to eliminate illiteracy.
SLIS's own Reading Rooster, Helen Fellers, was recognized for
her dedication to the library profession and for her work in local
pre-school literacy programs. Jane Thomas, who recently retired
as executive director of the Greenville Literacy Association, was
honored for helping the association earn a rank in the top three
percent of adult literacy programs nationally. The Trident Literacy
Association received an award for its work in helping students
achieve both academically and in their jobs. Watch video
More About the Recipients
Helen Fellers is the personification of literacy. With her characterization
as the "Reading Rooster," she has spread the message of reading
and quality children's and young adult literature for years. In
a career spanning decades, she has driven a bookmobile and managed
a branch library for the Richland Library system. She was Library
Director at both the Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter
and the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort. In 2001,
Helen came to the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and
Literacy at the School of Library and Information Science at USC.
She manages the collection, leads story times for neighborhood
pre- schools and teaches a Children's Materials class.
Recently retired as Executive Director of the Greenville Literacy
Association, Jane Thomas led her organization to unprecedented
success. The Greenville Literacy Association is the leader in
delivering basic literacy instruction to adults in Greenville
County. Each year, at five learning centers and other sites,
400 trained volunteers tutor more than 1,800 adult learners who
wish to strengthen their basic skills, acquire computer knowledge,
earn GEDs, learn English as a Second Language, and prepare for
U.S. citizenship. As a result of Jane's leadership and her successful
fundraising initiatives, Greenville Literacy ranks nationally
among the top 3 percent of adult literacy programs.
Trident Literacy Association
Since 1972, the Trident Literacy Association has served 2000 students
annually in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Their
programs include Adult Basic Education, Computer Skills, ESL,
GED Prep, Civics Classes, WorkKeys Job Skills, and Special Programs
in Family Literacy, including Workplace Literacy, Health Literacy
and Financial Literacy. As a result of the Trident Literacy Association's
efforts, their students have succeeded in educational advancement,
employment and job advancement and retention.
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Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 4 p.m.
Buchheit Lecture with Leeza Gibbons
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Law School Auditorium
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