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September 2017


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 college.

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, Sept. 7. 
  • 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.

Go Gamecocks!


Tom Reichert

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