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College of Information and Communications

May 2017

From the Dean . . .


In fact, you may have met Elaine Arnold before.  She was Elaine Taylor when she was the college’s assistant director for development from 2005 to 2012, helping to create the college’s alumni society and increase membership in the college’s Dean’s Circle.  Now, Elaine has rejoined the college as our senior director of development.  To be completely accurate, this is Elaine’s third tour with us.  She’s a 2003 public relations graduate.

Elaine spent almost four years on the major gifts staff for the athletics department where she raised nearly $3 million dollars and most recently was a director of regional development for USC.  But when Elizabeth Quackenbush recently took a position in the central office, Elaine decided it was time to come home to her college.

Home has changed a bit since she left.  But it’s more than the windows and new address that have brought her back.  As an alumna, Elaine has demonstrated that information and communications apply to a spectrum of endeavors.  It’s why our graduates find jobs in so many varied and fascinating places. 

On a recent trip to Washington, I met with alumni who head investigative reporting for USA Today, report from the White House for Politico, are dispatched hither and yon by ABC News and cover hockey for The Washington Post.  But I also met alumni who have worked at the Pentagon, for the US Postal Service, the Department of Agriculture and a tax policy group.  They are, in every sense of the word, strategic communicators. 

These monthly issues of eNews and the two issues of InterCom produced each year by our students are our primary means of keeping in touch with our alumni and friends around the world.  InterCom for spring/summer goes in the mail this week.  Veteran magazine editor Kathy Pettit teaches the course.  Alison Moons, a student one year when I taught it, is the design editor. Rebekah Friedman, our alumni relations and development coordinator (a SLIS student, too), oversees production.  If you don’t receive InterCom, please make sure we have your current mailing address.

Rebekah and Hope Branham, assistant director of development, make up the rest of Elaine’s team.  Their collective role is to maintain as many points of contact as possible with alumni, to keep you informed and engaged with what’s happening in our School of Library and Information Science and School of Journalism and Mass Communications, to pass along interesting stories about your former classmates and professors and, yes, to raise outside funding to support our programs, students and faculty.

Elaine, Hope and Rebekah are an impressive team.  You should meet them.  They’d like to meet you.

Charles Bierbauer


College News . . . 

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Student puts information science skills to the test

Senior information science major Michelle Sprague is putting her skills to use as an intern at local software company TCube Solutions. An aspiring school librarian, she sees her internship as an opportunity to expand her horizons and experience the role of information science in a different environment. 

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Creative team picks up Cocky Award from advertising class

Two members of Buick’s creative team visited campus last month to pick up the coveted Cocky Award for Best Super Bowl commercial. The duo won the award for their 60-second spot in the latest installment of the automaker's “That’s a Buick?” theme, this time featuring Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.


Journalism school honors outstanding students

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized and awarded for their involvement and academic achievements at an awards reception last month. Among those recognized at the ceremony were seniors selected by faculty for top honors in their academic sequences.


Master’s student lands coveted practicum at United Nations

Former Governor Nikki Haley isn’t the only South Carolina addition to the 61st Session of the United Nations. Maryam Agalarova, who is completing her master’s degree in mass communication at USC, landed her dream practicum with the U.N. in New York. 



It’s not too late! Make a gift to the CIC Alumni Society Scholarship Fund to say #ThanksCharles in honor of Dean Bierbauer’s 15 years. All money raised supports undergraduate scholarships for students in the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.