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The Reichert Report - November

Posted November 12, 2018

Dear alumni and friends,

Whew! Just a few weeks ago, campus was teeming with folks in town for Homecoming, and students were huddled in every corner of Davis College and the J-school, poring over their notes as midterms approached. It’s still busy as we brace ourselves for final exams, but the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening:

A Gamecock in China

I was fortunate to attend a deans’ conference in Beijing in mid-October. The deans were primarily from the 500 or so Chinese journalism and communication programs. The theme was how to address — in curriculum and research  the disruption caused by the “internet of things” and today’s data-driven and technology-enabled communication. Needless to say, programs are struggling to adapt. But since our schools merged in 2002, we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the roles data and technology play in our fields. I’m more confident than ever that we are well-positioned to be a leader in this area.

Raising Our National Profile

At the end of October, we hosted 12 prospective members of a new, college-level advisory council. The council consists of professionals from South Carolina, Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Many are alums, but not all. We have great boards at the school level — and seek not to duplicate those efforts — but raising our national profile even higher is a goal. We can only benefit from more advocates talking up the good things going on across the college.

Gamecocks on the Green 

Even with our move indoors because of the rain, this year’s Homecoming was one of the best yet. Alum Mark Bryan (who you might recognize from a little band called Hootie and the Blowfish) performed a couple songs, and much fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who made this a great event — it is among my favorites. View photos»

An Update on David Lankes

Finally, as many of you already know, Dr. Lankes has been near Duke University to be closer to his team of doctors as he focuses on his health. I was in the area earlier this month and got to drop by and say hello. By the time you read this, he’ll be back in South Carolina – his recovery has gone well enough that he’ll be able to manage things from home. We hope he continues to progress, but in the meantime, Dr. Dick Kawooya is doing a phenomenal job of leading SLIS as interim director.

In closing, thank you all for your continued support of the CIC. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 

Best, Tom


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