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InterCom is the College of Information and Communications’ student-produced alumni magazine. Challenges presented by a global pandemic haven’t diminished the quality of our student work. Our staff worked tirelessly to bring readers compelling stories about the college and its people.  Read those stories and see the design and layout of the magazine by viewing InterCom in pdf format. Or you can read the articles online at the links below.

Tom Reichert

Four-hundred ninety-two

Dean Reichert discusses the online teaching challenges COVID-19 brought, as well as the many accomplishments it inspired despite everything.


Quick Takes

News and notes from the College of Information and Communications, which includes debunking deepfakes, a new breed of teaching assistants (canine) and information about insects to the iSchool.

Anna Wiederkehr

If you turned to the internet for insights leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Anna Wiederkehr’s work.

If you turned to the internet for insights leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Anna Wiederkehr’s work.

Jason Porter

Bridging the gap between students and real-world oportunities

When the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person classes in spring 2020, Porter launched his Let’s Get a Job podcast as a way to continue sharing guest speakers with students.  


A promising future

Advertising alumnus Johnathon Fuerte's future looks bright. Fuerte, who graduated in May, was named one of the American Advertising Federation's Most Promising Multicultural Students for 2021.


True Grit

MMC and health communication certificate alumna Sara Sinclair wants to help people live a healthy lifestyle and improve their food mindset through her business, Get Gritty Nutrition. 


Tori Richman scores big at the Super Bowl

Nearly 6 million Americans gathered to watch the 2021 Super Bowl as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought home the title. But as most people watched from their TVs, SJMC alumna Tori Richman watched through her camera lens on the sideline.


A lasting impact

After 20 years of teaching, Lisa Sisk has proven that she will leave not only a lasting impact on her students but also on the university. The SJMC and many alumni made the decision to honor Sisk by naming her office after her.


New book puts children in driver's seat for navigating information highway

Children have the internet at their fingertips with phones and tablets, but the ability to discern what’s fact and what’s fiction hasn’t kept pace with advances in technology and accessibility. Faculty and staff in the college are working to bridge that knowledge gap with a children’s book about news literacy.


Research rabbit holes

With boundless information at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost in curiosity. A simple search can lead to a page, which leads to another, which leads to several more until you're 10 tabs deep and 45 minutes short. MLIS alumna Jenna Strawbridge channels this same unique, relentless curiosity daily — and she's lucky enough to call it her career.


A chance on education

Alumnus Larry Thomas says he could have done a lot of things with his gifts to the university, but that there was no doubt he wanted to invest in underrepresented students.


Social Justice in the media

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones was the keynote speaker for the joint CIC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium and SJMC Media & Civil Rights History Symposium in March.


Partnership possibilities

A new partnership between the University of South Carolina and the Charleston County Public Library system will create learning opportunities for librarians in South Carolina and beyond.


From the city of dreams to the city that never sleeps

SJMC alumnae Jordan Grimmesey and Kathryn Stoudemire brought a piece of the University of South Carolina with them by moving together to New York City.


Reaching more patients in need

SJMC alumnus Murray Howard worked with The Carolina Agency, the school's student-run PR agency, to create a strategic communications plan for UofSC's Aphasia Lab.


Public relations to politics

When she graduated in December 2019, public relations major Claire Robinson jumped into the political big leagues — and The Carolina Agency played a part in helping her get there.


Teachers of the year

Teacher of the Year recipients Erin Long and Shelley Ward are prime examples of librarians who exercise their education in many more ways than logging book checkouts.


A leg up

For first- generation college graduate Emily Chavez, '19, being one of the first of three University of South Carolina students to earn the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations has given her resume an invaluable edge.


iSchool alumna's new book gives children with limb differences a character like themselves

School media specialist Alexis Cannon Hale (2010 MLIS) was disappointed when she found out about the underrepresentation of limb loss in children's literature. Her discovery inspired her to write "It's Me, Zoey!" starring her daughter as the main character.


Eight CIC faculty and staff retire in 2020

In December, eight longtime CIC employees retired: Jill Chappell-Fail, Ernest Wiggins, Madonna Stoehr, Cecile Holmes, Debi Wallace, Lisa Sisk, Karen Mallia and Carol Pardun. We caught up with a few of them to look back on their careers and find out what's next.

The many ways to give

Philanthropy has a tremendous impact on University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff. The generosity of our donors improves the lives of many, and for that, we are extremely thankful. To ensure that future generations can continue receiving the benefits of philanthropy, we offer the following ways to provide support. 

Alumni notes

Catch up with friends and classmates — marriages, births, awards, job changes and more!

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