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On the Move

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The timing was tight, but all our SLIS faculty and staff moved back into Davis College just moments — or so it seemed — before the start of fall classes. The final stage of renovations to provide Davis with a new HVAC system and technology upgrades was completed over the summer. Of course, when you start putting holes in the roof and floors to install one thing, you discover lots of other little things that need shoring up. But the $2 million project is done. Faculty and staff have returned from their summer diaspora. Davis is cool and well-cooled. You may not see all the change, but you will feel it.

You will see a change when you visit our South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy. It's moved. Started years ago as the BEST Center for evaluating children's books, the literacy initiative was long located in the South Carolina State Library on Senate Street — the building with the lions. We've moved across Bull Street to the other corner of Senate and into new and larger space on the main floor of the state's Archives Building — the one without the lions. We're the first university tenant in the building. Our literacy lab gives us a large teaching and event space, plenty of shelf space for books and displays, and staff offices.


SCCCBL — we affectionately call it "skibble" — includes the book evaluation program, special collections, and a myriad of outreach efforts. It's the base of operations for Cocky's Reading Express™, and the roost of our own Reading Rooster, Helen Fellers, whose book recommendations can be found on YouTube. Drop in on Helen, Christine Shelek and Kim Jeffcoat to see SCCCBL's new digs. Help them unpack their thousands of books. Reading Rooster Recommends arrow

Thousands of new students have also been on the move. I joined the brigade of campus volunteers and helped students at Maxcy College with their boxes, bags, TVs, computers, carpets, refrigerators, lacrosse sticks and even an ironing board or two. Move-in day is always a good Saturday morning workout and a chance to meet some of our incoming freshmen — including the Ellens. Ellen, the journalism major from Maryland, and Ellen, the journalism major from South Carolina. They are roommates. Didn't plan it. Someone in the housing office must have a sense of humor.

There are new faces among our faculty and staff, too. But it's time to move on. We'll introduce you to them in the weeks ahead. And you can keep up with the steps leading the journalism school's future move at http://uofscjournalismbuilding.com/

Let us know about your moves.

Charles Bierbauer

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College News

Konkle named Educator of the Year

Bruce KonkleJournalism professor Dr. Bruce Konkle received the David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) convention, held in Chicago at the beginning of August.

Konkle has worked in scholastic journalism for more than 30 years, contributing research and leadership to the field. Formerly the director of the S.C. Scholastic Press Association, Konkle remains active in high school journalism in addition to his work in the J-school.

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Camp Read-a-Rama Entertains, Educates Children

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Camp Read-a-Rama, led by SLIS' Augusta Baker Chair Dr. Michelle Martin, was a weeklong blitz of field trips, story time events and other camp activities designed to improve attitudes about reading among children and their parents. Read more arrow


Jack ClaypooleClaypoole Is Back Home at Carolina

After a stint serving two administrations in Washington, Jack Claypoole, '87 public relations, is settling in as the new executive director of the My Carolina Alumni Association. Alumni groups are not a new venture for Claypoole; he helped to found the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies Alumni Society in 2005.

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Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Honorees Announced

The sixth Annual Literacy Leaders (ALL) Awards, hosted by the School of Library and Information Science and emceed by journalism alumna Darci Strickland, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Hollings Library, located inside the Thomas Cooper Library.

This year's honorees are Randy Akers, Executive Director of the Humanities Council of South Carolina; Rudy Mancke, Director of Nature Programming for SCETV and adjunct professor in the USC School of the Environment; and the South Carolina Book Awards Program through the South Carolina Association of School Librarians.

Join us in honoring these literacy leaders.


Information Literacy Now a Core Course

Faculty in the School of Library and Information Science are teaching a new information literacy course for undergraduate students this fall. It has been approved as a Carolina Core course and will meet the new information literacy requirement for undergrads. "We hope some of these students will see our Information Science bachelor's degree offering as a possible major or minor," said Dr. Samantha Hastings, director of the School of Library and Information Science.


Connect with CMCIS on Social Media

The college is increasing its social media presence. Follow us on Twitter @UofSC_CMCIS and on Facebook at facebook.com/cmcis. We can't wait to connect with you!


Alumni Society Committee Begins New Term


The Alumni Society Steering Committee kicked off the new year with a planning meeting on Aug. 27. The committee creates programs for alumni from the college and both its schools and assists college staff with communications and development goals.

The 2012-14 committee is made up of: Chair, Chrysti Shain, '85 SJMC;Co-Chair, Amy Coquillard, '00 SLIS; Zack Moore, '08 SLIS; Thomas Maluck, '10 SLIS; Lauren Chess, '08 SJMC; Jen Madden, '05 SJMC; Melissa Gentry, '01, '03 SJMC; Jessica Kohout, '11 SLIS; Hilary Brannon, '08, '12 SJMC; Crystal Johnson, '06 SLIS; Mandi Engram, '03 SJMC; Julie Scott, '02 SJMC; Bianca Crawford, '03 SJMC; Talyse Burkett, '00, '03 SJMC; Alison Shuman, '04 SJMC; and Kristen Lawson, '06 SLIS.

To get involved, contact Elaine Taylor at taylorem@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-7118.




Carolina on King Opens with Alumna at the Helm

SlaneA School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna is leading USC's charge into Charleston. Ashley Canady Slane, '90 public relations, is the first director of Carolina on King, the university's new welcome center in Charleston, S.C. With more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Slane is enthusiastic about the new venture for USC.

"This off-site university welcome center concept is relatively unique and our location on the highly traveled King Street corridor will offer many opportunities to connect with people who have an interest in USC," Slane said.

Carolina on King promotes South Carolina's flagship university to lowcountry residents and visitors and is a resource for prospective students and their families, USC alumni and Gamecock fans. The center will also network with businesses, civic organizations and special events in the Charleston community. In addition, Carolina on King is a retail store, offering a selection of premium USC gift items and apparel, plus a wide array of Gamecock gear.


Grand opening week events begin Sept. 23 and includes activities and promotions that Charleston-area Gamecocks won't want to miss.

The center, already open for business at 258 King Street, is open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

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The Storytelling Experience Featuring John McCutcheon
Thursday, September 6,
4:30 - 8 p.m.
Rutledge Chapel

Children's book author, storyteller, and musical artist John McCutcheon will present a storytelling workshop for librarians and educators and a storytelling program for all ages.

For additional information on this workshop, please contact Karen Gavigan or click here arrow

Annual Literacy Leaders Awards
Tuesday, September 11
5 – 7 p.m.
Hollings Library

Alumni/Student Mentor Match Night
Tuesday, September 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

I-Comm Week
October 8 - 12

Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, November 9
Gibbes Green

For more information on these events, contact Annie Lambert at lambert@sc.edu, or
(803) 777-6791




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