The journalism school's rooftop garden provided prime viewing for Columbia's total
Everybody loves Cocky
Freshman information science major LeAnne Davison has her first photo op with Cocky!
Prof. Bonnie Drewniany returned to campus to find more than 100 of her iconic ad characters
displayed on the second floor of the journalism building.
FROM THE DEAN . . .
New school year, new opportunities
Hello, CIC friends and alums.
We’ve kicked off the beginning of our 94th school year! This one promises to be bigger
— definitely bigger—and brighter than ever.
New School Year This year is bigger in that the college has record enrollment. We now have over 1,700
undergraduates, representing a 10 percent increase from this time last year. I credit
great teaching, wonderful facilities and in-demand majors that make us a destination
We also have nine new faculty to welcome to the college. They are an exceptional group
of individuals with strong credentials and experience. Our students will benefit from
their presence. We plan to feature them throughout the year so you’ll get a chance
to meet them through eNews.
You should also be aware that we have a new assistant dean for student services. Rushondra James joined us Aug. 1, replacing Cindy Justice. Cindy was difficult to replace but Rushondra
is up for the job. She handles student services and will help us manage all our new
majors while ensuring our present ones get the seamless educational experience they’ve
come to expect.
Alumni Engagement Last week I was honored to meet with our alumni steering committee. The committee,
led by this year’s chair, Liz McCarthy, is a dedicated group of alums honoring us
with their valuable time and energy. I was moved by their passion to ensure our students
get that value-added experience only alumni can provide.
How can you get involved with the college? Here are several upcoming opportunities:
Register for Mentor Match, our college-wide mentoring program that kicks off with Match Night on Thursday,
Join us for the Annual Literacy Leaders (ALL) Awards on International Literacy Day, Friday, Sept. 8. This year, we are once again partnering
with the South Carolina State Library to host the event. SJMC alumna Darci Strickland
will serve as emcee.
Mark your calendar for the CIC’s Homecoming reception, Gamecocks on the Green, on
Friday afternoon, Oct. 27. Details to come.
Also, CreateAthon@USC is now recruiting student volunteers and creative professionals to serve as mentors
for the 24-hour event on Nov. 3-4 in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Those that cannot volunteer are encouraged to donate food, beverages or funds to help
support the event. Apply online to be a mentor»
Support your college with a gift that will help create more opportunities for our
students and faculty. Read about a few of our funding needs here.
Finally, as mentioned last month, our goals will remain the same: have the best prepared
graduates; change the world with our scholarship; and, work to positively impact the
profession and community through our service. We’ll also continue to ensure that the
CIC gets the attention and respect it deserves. We look forward to working with you
to help us achieve these goals.
College News . . .
You are invited to a statue dedication and celebration of Cocky
Bring your families and join the Cocky’s Reading Express team at the dedication of
the new Cocky statue. There will be music, a chance for photos with Cocky (and his
new statue) and free books! The festivities will be held in front of Davis College
on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.