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2016 Newsletters

November eNews

November eNews

Dean Bierbauer weighs in on what we’ve learned from the 2016 election campaign. Also in this issue: Register for our Nov. 4 Homecoming reception, Gamecocks on the Green; read about the newest “Read to Rebuild” book collection; and check out the School of Library and Information Science’s research from last year’s flooding.

October eNews

October eNews

This month, the college takes a moment to remember longtime scholarship supporter Tal LeGrand. Read more about Tal and his wife, Janet Tarbox, and their commitment to the college’s students. Also in this issue: Homecoming reception returns to Gibbes Green; Pulitzer Prize-winning USC alumnus to speak at Buchheit Lecture; a professor looks at how two local school libraries are recovering from last year’s flood; and SLIS celebrates its 10th year recognizing Literacy Leaders.

September eNews

September eNews

Dean Bierbauer has announced he’s stepping down next June. Read his letter to find out where the college will go from here. Also in this issue: Volunteers are needed for CreateAthon@USC and Mentor Match; an MLIS student has been named a Diversity Scholar; and a journalism professor has earned a lifetime achievement award.

August eNews

August eNews

Dr. David Lankes has joined the college as director of the School of Library and Information Science. Read about his vision for the school’s future. Also in this issue: Cocky’s Reading Express says thank you; Mentor Match registration has begun; SLIS has received a prestigious grant from the Library of Congress; and research papers from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ graduate students and faculty have been recognized nationally.

July eNews

July eNews

Supporters are chipping in to help Cocky’s Reading Express improve childhood literacy in South Carolina. Find out how you can join the crowd. Also in this issue: The college welcomes Dr. David Lankes; high school journalists get a crash course in reporting; and a former student wins big at the Emmy awards.

June eNews

June eNews

Did you learn to love reading as a child? Find out how you can share that experience with other South Carolina children through the Cocky’s Reading Express crowdfunding campaign. Also in this issue: Maymester classes take students around the world; the college is seeking two new staffers; and a journalism alumnus has been named dean at the University of Oregon.

May eNews

May eNews

Dean Bierbauer is half a world away conducting investigative reporting workshops in the Baltics. Read more about the work his team is doing overseas. Plus, get the recap from “Hats Off to Pat,” watch T-Mobile’s executives accept the coveted Cocky Award, and see which students took home awards at the end of the semester.

April eNews

April eNews

The Spring semester is winding down, and three beloved professors are marking the end of their careers. Plus, meet the new faces at the college, get the scoop on the 2016 CreateAthon@USC, and read how a group of donors is helping to plan for the college's future.

March eNews

March eNews

The South Carolina primaries might be over, but the lessons learned are still resonating with the CIC’s 32 student reporters. Plus, mark your calendar for several big events on the horizon, including a lecture from a figure in the Oscar Award-winning Best Picture “Spotlight,” and a celebration for SLIS professor Pat Feehan.

February eNews

February eNews

The J-school has more to brag about than just windows. Read the big news about our LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Plus, find out how you can help SLIS with flooding research and get the latest news on Reading Rooster book recommendations.

January 2016

January 2016

Christmas has come and gone, and the college is gearing up for 2016. Get the latest news on the director search for both the J-school and SLIS. Plus, find out what Dr. Amir Karami’s Twitter research can tell us about South Carolina’s attitude toward Syrian resettlement, and see who won the Student Ad Federation’s annual competition.


 

2015 Newsletters

December

Cocky’s Reading Express just put its 100,000th book in the hands of a South Carolina child. Read about how the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary. Also in this issue: SJMC professor debuts her latest book; the college’s student-produced alumni and donor magazine wins big; alumnus works to improve his community half a world away.

November

In the aftermath of last month’s flood, the university called on faculty to submit grant proposals to ensure the preservation of flood data. SLIS faculty are participating in four funded grants; find out how they will play an integral role in improving disaster preparedness. Also in this issue: SLIS announces fellowship to honor alumna Cynthia Graham Hurd; Cocky’s Reading Express celebrates 10 years; Spy biography author to speak at SJMC; Five accomplished alumni honored at SJMC’s annual awards; Workshop explores the big data behind social media.

October

A new name, a new home, and a slightly different Homecoming event — get the details on Gamecocks on Greene. Also in this issue: Find out how CIC students and alumni kept busy during the flood; in case you missed it: photos and a recap of the J-school dedication; SLIS doctoral student and alumnus recognized for their work; and Mentor Match builds relationships, sparks possibilities.

September

Are TV’s “live shots” too great a risk? — the dean’s reflection. Also in this issue:  Photo of the Month: Our new neighborhood; Meet new staff in development and student services; Registration open for Mentor Match event; SC’s Young Lawyers recognized for literacy efforts

August

School may have been out over the summer, but reading and writing is always in. In his column this month, Dean Charles Bierbauer discusses the Cocky’s Reading Express™ summer slide program, the First Year Reading Experience and summer writing. Also in this issue: Registration is open for Mentor Match event; New faculty members to start in August; College development staff changes; Not the only new building in town – alumni association moves into new home

July

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.

June

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.

May

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.

April

"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

March

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.

February

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.

January

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

December

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.

November

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.

October

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.

September

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.

August

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.

July

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.

June

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.

April

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.

March

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.

February

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.

January

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.