The college is looking for a new alumni relations manager and
assistant director of development. So I am asking you to think
among your friends and colleagues, check your Rolodexes — if
you still have them — if not, your Facebook friends, or polish
up your resumes. You may be the best reference for the person who
links you and our other alumni to our schools, college and USC.
Elaine Taylor, now newlywed Elaine Taylor Arnold and now newly
on the development staff of the athletics department, held the
position for seven-and-a-half years. Elaine, a 2003 public relations
alumna, and the job both grew over those years. While we miss her
effervescence in the office and her enthusiasm for all things Gamecock,
we're proud of her accomplishments. She shaped our college alumni
society, tripled membership in the Dean's Circle of giving, created
the "street team" of student aides for college events.
But it was about time we shared Elaine with the rest of the university.
looking for someone to join the other recent arrivals on our development
team. Elizabeth Quackenbush became the college's senior director
of development in August. Annie Lambert, a 2008 visual communications
graduate, joined us as our administrative coordinator in May. We
hope you'll get to know them both. It's a lot of change for our
small staff in a short period of time. And it comes at a time when
the university is in a capital campaign and the college has major
fundraising goals for both schools.
So, we are looking for a colleague to continue building our alumni
relations and development efforts. The job description is online
at USCjobs.sc.edu. We expect to fill the position early in the
new year. Thanks for any help you can provide in finding the right
person for the job.
Elaine is one of 227 graduates of the college whom we have identified
in positions across the university. There are strong cohorts, of
course, in our School of Library and Information Science, School
of Journalism and Mass Communications and the university libraries
and communications staffs. But you'll find our grads in the administrative
offices in Osborne, on the athletics and coaching staffs, in development
and on the staffs of other colleges.
You'll read about some of them in the cover story of our Fall
2012 issue of InterCom, the college alumni magazine which is at
the printer and on its way to you shortly. We'd always like to
know more about how you are using your USC degree, wherever you
may be. We rather like the idea that we are pervasive, like kudzu,
but in a positive and productive way.
Pardun Travels to Tbilisi, Georgia
Dr. Carol Pardun, director of the School of Journalism and Mass
Communications, traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia, in November as part
of a federal partnership grant headed by visual communications
professor Dr. Keith Kenney. Pardun visited the Caucasus School
of Journalism and Media Management where she met with faculty and
administrators, sat in on classes and assisted in the school's
Read more about the partnership grant
"The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS" Calendars for Sale
The 2013 "Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS" calendar is
now for sale. Produced by the Library and Information Science Student
Association (LISSA), the calendar features photos of the men of
the School of Library and Information Science and are based on
The calendars are $15 each if they will be picked
up in Davis College, or $19 each shipped. The proceeds will support
LISSA members' attendance at state and national library conferences.
To purchase, contact Carolyn Delton at 803-777-3858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journalism Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
Advertising professor Karen Mallia was presented with a Mortar
Board Excellence in Teaching award during a ceremony on Nov. 1.
Mallia was nominated for the honor by senior advertising student
Each year, Mortar Board Honor Society members nominate professors
that made a significant impact on them and who demonstrate a motivation
to educate, enlighten and inspire their students. Thirty-six faculty
members were honored at the ceremony, which took place in the Gressette
Room of Harper College.
Students work with Curing Kids Cancer
Dr. Brooke McKeever's public relations writing students have spent
the semester writing fact sheets, press releases, social media
posts, newsletter articles and more. Instead of using a fictional
client, they have been working for Curing Kids Cancer, an Atlanta-based
charity founded by J-school alumnus Clay Owen and his wife Grainne.
In November, the class assisted at the charity's fundraising event "Battle
Kids Cancer with the Gamecocks." Read
Anitra Hall's article and see photos and video of the event
"Gibbes" Cocky a Home
Cocky is finally getting a place to rest, kick up his feet and
enjoy a good book. A variety of current and former student leaders
are raising money to memorialize Cocky in bronze at the heart of
campus on Gibbes Green. As a valuable part of USC's traditions,
service projects, and school culture, Cocky is an exemplary icon
for what it means to be a Gamecock. His work with Cocky's Reading
Express™ has helped elementary school children across South Carolina
gain access to quality books and literacy materials. Cocky's devotion
to childhood literacy will be immortalized on the statue, which
the university hopes to debut in 2013. For more information
and to donate
Homecoming Week Events
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored five
graduates at its Alumni Awards on Nov. 8. Read a recap of the event
and see photos and video
Gamecocks on the Green
The college's annual Homecoming reception, Gamecocks on the Green,
took place on Friday, Nov. 9 on Gibbes Green. More than 175 alumni,
faculty, staff and students joined us to celebrate. See video and
photos from the event
Remembering Hugh Munn
If you knew Hugh Munn, you know his love of teaching. You also
know about his earlier careers in journalism and law enforcement.
Each of his careers brought him great joy, and earned him the respect
of colleagues far and wide.
The public relations sequence faculty in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina are
establishing an award to honor his legacy. We wish to make annual
monetary awards to deserving public relations students in his honor.
Hugh was a beloved instructor in the journalism school. A former
student, Jesse Collin, said, "Mr. Munn was a great public relations
professional and a great teacher, but he was an even better man.
In class, he shared his life experiences and taught me the ins
and outs of how to respond during a crisis. But Hugh Munn's greatest
lesson was his life itself."
We have heard Jesse's sentiments echoed by many of Hugh's students,
and that is why we can think of no better way to honor him than
to make these awards to the students he so deeply cared about.
Please help us honor Hugh. Your tax-deductible gift of any amount
will carry his legacy to future public relations students. Please
make your check payable to USC Education Foundation and write "Hugh
Munn Award" on the memo line. Mail it to:
Attn: Annie Lambert
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
With deepest appreciation,
||Dr. Sei-Hill Kim, Public Relations Sequence Chair;
Dr. Shirley Staples Carter,
Dr. Ran Wei,
Dr. Thomas Klipstine,
Dr. Brooke W. McKeever,
Dr. Shannon Bowen
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Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Gambrell Auditorium
"The Political Landscape after 2012"
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Carolina Day at the State House
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