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College of Information and Communications

  • Prof. Jay Bender left a final message on his office door in the Coliseum.

Moving out, moving in

Posted July 7, 2015
By Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Information and Communications
Photo: Jay Bender leaves a message on his office door in the Coliseum.


I've stricken the words "when we move to the new building" from my phraseology. I also won't be suggesting that we "get packing." The challenge now is unpacking.

The photo album in this issue documents our last days in the Coliseum and our arrival in the new School of Journalism and Mass Communications building.

This is a time long in coming. Thirteen years in my case. Much longer if you go back a couple of decades to the day when Dean Al Scroggins, having moved the journalism school into the Coliseum in 1969, reckoned that the place just wasn't big enough for us anymore.

You can now find us — the school and college — at 800 Sumter Street. That's in the middle of campus where a communications school ought to be. But you will be able to see for yourselves in the weeks and months ahead. We've talked too long about this. It will take some time, though, to savor the move and the possibilities of the new building.

In addition to the 1001 boxes (journalistic estimate) to be unpacked, there are still multiple screens and computers to be mounted, displays to be put in place, systems to be tested, and final touches to prepare for opening for fall classes. It will continue to be a busy summer.

If you can't get here for a while, we'll keep telling the story on this site in words and pictures.

Forgive the brevity of this month's message. I've got a few boxes to empty.

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