Retirement, I like to think, is a word not at all what it seems. We ought to, well,
When I came to South Carolina 14 years ago, some colleagues thought I’d retired.
It surely has not felt like it. And that’s a good thing.
Three of our faculty colleagues are venturing forth from the college at the end of
this semester. None of them strikes me as the retiring type, not based on what I know
of their personal styles.
We’ll send off Pat Feehan in a celebration of storytelling later this month. (See
item below.) Pat is herself a storyteller and puppeteer. She’s been in our School
of Library and Information Science since 1988. And she has stories to tell. Seems
there’s one about a boa constrictor. Another about a tarantula.
Tom Klipstine capped a 25-year career in corporate communications with General Motors
by getting a doctorate and joining our School of Journalism and Mass Communications
in 2002. He’s won two Mortar Board awards after being nominated by his students for
excellence in teaching. That mortar board will look jaunty on Florida golf courses.
Students treasure their “I survived Jay Bender’s Media Law class U.S.C.” coffee mugs.
Bender is a journalism school alumnus as well as a USC law school graduate. A First
Amendment champion, Bender joined the faculty as Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information
Chair in 2006. Jay’s also visited the four farthest corners of the contiguous 48
states. By motorcycle. In all respects, he’s had a great ride.
So, let’s get beyond that ‘R’ word. There are so many more. Rest, refresh, rejuvenate,
reactivate, reorient, reread, retool, retrain, retread, repair, restore, recalculate,
recreate, rededicate, reciprocate, redecorate, reverberate. And I haven’t even cracked
the thesaurus. Add your own.
Bon voyage to Pat, Jay and Tom. Send post cards. Tweet. Wherever the ‘R’ word takes
Holly Ott has accepted a faculty position in the SJMC as an Assistant Professor on the research
track in our public relations sequence. Ott is currently an assistant professor at
Shippensburg University and received a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in
Camea Cato has joined the SJMC as a first year adviser in the Student Services office. Camea
is an alumna of our school — she was an advertising major and had a successful career
in advertising before realizing her passion was in student services.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.