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2015 Newsletters


The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has officially moved into its new home at 800 Sumter Street. In this month’s eNews, click through a photo album of the move and read some of Dean Bierbauer’s thoughts on this long-awaited milestone.


The final countdown is on. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is set to move into its new digs at Sumter and Greene Streets by the end of June. Also, in this issue: Alumna Boo Major named National Coach of the Year; Alumna finds passion by combining J-school, LibSci degrees; Jim Haney: Going out with the Coliseum;Ten Years of Cocky Reads.


Journalism faculty and staff took time away from packing their offices for this summer’s move to re-take a photo from 1996. Try identifying the six that appear in both photos and you might win a treasure from the Coliseum catacombs. Also in this issue: Students, community leaders honored at annual lecture; Student PR team to compete in national competition; Coca-Cola creative team claims the Cocky Award; Student feature on the move to the new J-school building.


"We are part of the problem of perpetuated racism in this state and country, unless we are part of the solution." Read Dean Bierbauer's column in this month's eNews. Also in this issue: Two alumni named 2015 "Movers and Shakers"; PR student leads USC Dance Marathon in exceeding $500k goal; Donna Shannon honored with Distinguished Service Award; Student feature on the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium


Dean Bierbauer reflects on the shrinking of word counts in today’s media and the value of a picture in his column this month. Also in this issue: Alumna Leeza Gibbons wins NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice; SLIS holds spring retreat to prepare for re-accreditation; Three student teams win silver ADDYs for CreateAthon@USC projects.


Dr. Samantha Hastings is the new president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Read about Dr. Sam’s service and the other ways MCIS faculty are giving back to their disciplines and professions in Dean Bierbauer’s column. Also in this issue: Join us for an alumni happy hour in Charleston on Feb. 19; ESPN executive to discuss football and brain injuries Feb. 24; Six college faculty, staff receive Excellence in Teaching Awards; and Four alumni named top political journalists.


Classes are back in session for the last time in the Coliseum. Construction of the new SJMC building is scheduled to be completed this summer, allowing Fall 2015 classes to start in the new space. Also in this issue: Dean Bierbauer reflects on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the price of free speech; Construction to begin on greenhouse studio; BP America donates $25k to Cocky’s Reading Express.


2014 Newsletters


InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni publication for the college, won six gold awards and three honorable mentions in the 2014 MarCom Awards for two recent issues. Look for the most recent issue to hit your mailbox mid-December. Also in this issue: "Mildly Attractive Men and Women of SLIS" 2015 calendars now on sale; Broadcast students earn top honors in reporting awards; MLIS student using literacy to help homeless in the Midlands; Students named to AAF list of top 50 in the nation.


Randy Covington, instructor and director of Newsplex, was detained in Russia last month while teaching an investigative journalism workshop. In his column this month, Dean Charles Bierbauer explains what happened and relates it to a similar experience he had 30 years ago. Also in this issue: ESPN/SEC Network executive to deliver Buchheit Lecture Nov. 19; Cocky's Reading Express launches its tenth year; Gavigan receives distinguished service award; and photos and video from the SJMC Alumni Awards and Gamecocks on the Green.


Dean Charles Bierbauer discusses a few upcoming releases by Young Palmetto Books that he has put on his holiday shopping list. Read about the new books for young adults and children in this month's eNews. Also in this issue: Join us for Gamecocks on the Green Oct. 17; Accomplished alumni to be honored at SJMC awards dinner; Student curators organize “Scandal in the Stacks,” celebrating the freedom to read; Faculty named inaugural fellows to new USC professional development program.


Read along with Dean Bierbauer, who shares some interesting reads and recent news stories in his column this month. Also in this issue: M.M.C. students create integrated communications plan for national nonprofit; CreateAthon@USC announces nonprofits for 2014 event; Mentor Match program registration now open.


The college debuts its newly redesigned website this month. Dean Charles Bierbauer discusses the process and the new design. Also in this issue: Work is underway on Davis College historical renovation; Greenhouse studio given final approval; Cocky's Reading Express partners with USC Men's Basketball.


The journalism and mass communications administration is undergoing some big changes for the upcoming year. Dean Charles Bierbauer sums it up in his column this month.  Also in this issue: Ashleigh Holland wins Southeast Emmy for student production; Dr. Karen Gavigan promoted to associate professor; Alumna works to raise literacy rate in Afghanistan.


Dr. Carol J. Pardun is stepping down as director of the J-school at the end of the month. She writes about her six-year tenure In this month’s eNews. Also in this issue: The Carolina Agency wins SCPRSA award; Davis College to undergo historical renovation; Journalism faculty, graduate students to present at national conference.


Dean Charles Bierbauer took his class to Washington, DC for spring break. Read about the trip, including a stop at the Newseum, in his column this month. Also in this issue: Cocky’s Reading Express coordinator Christine Shelek receives civic engagement award; Dr. Tom Weir named interim director of the J-school; PR professor Dr. Shannon Bowen inducted into hall of fame.


SLIS doctoral student Sara Chizari discovered a different side to information studies after leaving Iran in 2008. Read about her research and SPARC grant in this month’s eNews. Also in this issue: Remembering Debbie Garris, 1951-2014; Dean Bierbauer’s photo gallery with Cocky’s Reading Express and J-school building news; SLIS to host Fast Track Webinar on earning an MLIS degree online in 18 months; CreateAthon student team wins gold ADDY.


The college celebrated the start of construction on the new building for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a “breaking ground” event on Monday, Feb. 3. Read about the event and construction updates in this month's eNews.


Palmetto Construction Group has received the contract to build the new J-school building. Construction begins Jan. 20. Also in this issue: Student, professor win competition at SCLA/SELA; The Carolina Agency achieves national certification; SLIS class teams up with Girl Scouts for literacy project.