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November 2017

FROM THE DEAN . . . 

A Time for Giving Thanks

Hello CIC friends and alums,

My family has a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and share the things we’re most thankful for. Maybe your family does the same. While there is no Thanksgiving feast of turkey and dressing here at the CIC, we still enjoy taking a moment to pause to express thanks.

CreateAthon@USC
For starters, we’re thankful for everyone who made this year’s CreateAthon@USC a raving success. Nearly 120 volunteers — a mix of students, alumni, faculty, professional mentors and university staffers — pulled an all-nighter to craft top-notch marketing materials for seven deserving nonprofits. A big thank you to the event’s mastermind, Associate Professor Karen Mallia, and her co-conspirators Senior Instructor Scott Farrand and Dr. Haylee Mercado from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

Dean's Circle Society
We’re also grateful for our Dean’s Circle Society members. If you’re not familiar with it, the Dean’s Circle Society recognizes those who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more (or $500 annually for young alumni). These gifts support initiatives that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. For instance, we’re laying the groundwork to send undergraduates from both our schools to the 2018 South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, a unique opportunity that’s sure to inspire learning and innovation. 

Retiring Staff
We have to say thank you to our terrific staff members, particularly Nancy Twohey (CIC), Sandra Hughes (SJMC) and Theresa Masters (SJMC). If you haven’t heard, these three are retiring and we’re grateful for their combined 75 years of service with the University of South Carolina. There will be some new faces on the staff as we work to hire their replacements. Stay tuned for more details.

You!
Finally, we’re thankful for alumni like you. Many of you joined us for events this fall — the ALL Awards, the SLIS Alumni Tea at SCLA, the SJMC Alumni Awards dinner and Gamecocks on the Green. And, more than 70 alumni and community partners signed up to mentor CIC students as part of Mentor Match. We hope you’ll continue to stay connected in 2018.

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Tom Reichert


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