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College of Information and Communications

June 2018


Going Global 

Any time there’s a lull in classes — fall break, spring break, the summer months  life on campus slows to a crawl. Parking spaces are suddenly found in abundance. Fewer folks stroll the Horseshoe. And faculty and students are few and far between. 

But just because you can’t see us doesn’t mean we’re not busy. In fact, summer is one of the busiest seasons at the CIC because it’s when we get to travel.

So, where can you find us?

This year, five School of Journalism and Mass Communications classes packed their bags to trek around the country and the world. Internationally, we had classes in Cuba, Germany and even Malawi, Africa. There, students put their viscom, broadcast and writing skills to work finding and telling local stories. Stateside, we sent groups to New York City and Atlanta to tour advertising and PR agencies, get advice from industry professionals, and network with CIC alumni.

Maymester is a team effort  many of our faculty and staff took part in these trips, including our academic advisers, professors, our development team and me. I enjoyed meeting many of you at our alumni gatherings in Atlanta and New York. The development team and I will return to Washington, D.C., later this month as part of our Meet the Dean tour, so if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll make plans to join us for another fun alumni gathering.

It doesn’t end with Maymester. Dr. Lucy Santos Green might take the prize for most interesting trip  she traveled to Crete for the 2018 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference where she co-presented on a Systematic Literature Review for Synthesizing Research.

Drs. Shannon Bowen and Tara Mortensen are in Prague for the International Communication Association Conference, where they’ll be presenting research. 

Dr. Karen Gavigan is racking up the frequent flyer miles in Australia, where she’s a visiting professor with Charles Sturt University. 

And, Professor Keith Kenney is back in the Galapagos Islands this year. The islands’ breathtaking scenery make for a one-of-a-kind experience teaching photography to UofSC students. 

This is just a snapshot of our faculty’s travel this summer. Many of them will venture to every corner of the globe to share their research and participate in the exchange of ideas. And while these experiences are certainly fun, they’re also critical in the development of well-rounded, well-educated and innovative teachers. That’s important for a college that strives to prepare the sharpest alumni in the business.

I should note that the college is also taking on more online teaching than ever before this summer. Enrollment has soared because students like that they can take classes while interning or doing study abroad. It also gives faculty the flexibility to teach while traveling around the world.

And, as always, many of our students  both undergraduate and graduate  are sharpening their skills in a variety of internships near and far. Be on the lookout for photos and updates as they share what they’re doing with us. 

As you can see, summer is anything but slow at the CIC. It takes our faculty, staff and students on all kinds of adventures, adding credence to our reputation as one of the best schools in the country for education, research and innovation.

Of course, on the days we’re not jetting around the globe, we will certainly enjoy the extra parking spaces.

Go Gamecocks!

Tom Reichert


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