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College of Information and Communications


May 2018

FROM THE DEAN . . .

#Grateful4Garnet

We did it! With 222 donations and more than $234,000 raised, we surpassed our Give4Garnet goals in a big way.

Thanks to our donors — and to all the students, faculty, staff and alumni who helped us spread the word — we will soon be home to the Carolina Command Center, one of the most advanced social media monitoring operations in the Southeast. We’re grateful for everyone who gave for garnet to make our dream a reality.

Last month, I shared several examples of how a center like ours will better prepare students for the job market, enhance faculty research and position us as one of the nation’s foremost educational institutions for data and communications. It goes without saying that the Carolina Command Center is going to be transformational. 

But sometimes, hearing it from a student is what really drives it home.

On the morning of Give4Garnet, my team and I visited Davis College to get students and faculty pumped up about the university’s first-ever giving day. One of our information science majors dropped by, but she wasn’t there for a T-shirt or a doughnut.

“I just want to say I heard about this project, and I’m so excited you’re doing this,” she said.

This student is one of our rising stars — she has ambitions of one day managing the New York Public Library or becoming Librarian of Congress. And, she gets why understanding how to work with data is critical for our graduates.

After sharing her excitement with us, she said something that showed how much she truly understands the impact philanthropy can have on providing opportunities for students:

“Would it be possible for me to write a thank you note to a donor?” 

“Yes!” piped up Clara DuPre, our new alumni and donor relations manager. “We’ll have tables set up next week so that you and your classmates can do just that.”

For all 222 of you who donated to the Carolina Command Center on Give4Garnet, I hope you know just how much your support means to all of us, but especially to our students. You’ll be receiving a #Grateful4Garnet thank you card soon from one of our SLIS or SJMC students — maybe even one from her.

Go Gamecocks!

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Tom Reichert

P.S. Speaking of mail, InterCom hits the mail later this month. This issue will feature one student’s account of covering the Winter Olympics, an explainer on how SLIS is helping Charleston County schools fill much needed librarian positions, and much, much more. Watch the mailbox for yours.


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