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2015 Newsletters


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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.