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Hats off to Pat

Posted March 7, 2016
By Brandon Gann, first-year master's in mass communications student


The School of Library and Information Science will hold its annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Thursday, April 14. But don't expect a traditional lecture as this year's program will include a retirement celebration for Dr. Pat Feehan. 

“Hats off to Pat,” will be held at the Capstone Campus Room from 6:15-9:15 p.m. The event will include a reception, awards ceremony, Beta Phi Mu induction, musical performances, puppet shows, storytelling and more. It is free and open to the public.

“This evening is sure to be a memorable and fun experience for all,” said Kim Jeffcoat, chair of the school's Special Projects Committee.

Feehan earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Michigan University and her doctorate in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining the USC faculty in 1988, she held positions in libraries in Michigan, Oregon,Indiana and North Carolina.

Author of two books, Feehan has garnered numerous awards and grants for teaching and for her work with public libraries where she performs storytelling and puppetry. During her 28 years at USC, she coordinated the school's 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations and several commencement events in Maine, Virginia and West Virginia.

From presenting her work via seminars, papers and workshops and resourcery from Maine to Oregon, to walking the Great Wall of China and hiking to the top of Machu Picchu, Feehan says her career has allowed her to live out her motto, “We take the distance out of distance education” by teaching outside of the classroom. 

The School of Library and Information Science Deans' and Directors' Lecture honors the previous deans and directors of the school.

For more information, contact Angela Wright at wrightay@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-3858.