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Staff photosGeoffrey Hardee joined our college development staff in mid-January as assistant director of development and alumni relations coordinator. If you have already heard from Geoffrey, it would not surprise me. He's an early riser and a zephyr of energy.

With Elizabeth Quackenbush, the college's senior director of development, joining us in the fall and Annie Lambert, our development coordinator, joining us last spring, we've had a nearly complete turnover in the front office. My long-time administrative assistant Nancy Twohey and I are still here, though. And the whole team is energized, a bit like the early budding and blooming that occurs as South Carolina eagerly anticipates its early spring.

Geoffrey's primary development role is in building relations with our alumni, working with the college's own Alumni Society and managing the Dean's Circle Giving Society. He comes to us from a successful stint as director of a hospital foundation in his home town of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. His previous experience in broadcast journalism and public relations means he speaks our language. Geoffrey's reachable at hardeeg@mailbox.sc.edu and you can learn more about him at http://sc.edu/cmcis/admin/hardee.html.

As senior development director, Elizabeth is responsible for seeking major gifts for both schools. Her efforts are concentrated on naming opportunities in the new building for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, expansion of funding for the literacy initiative in the School of Library and Information Science and, as always, providing greater scholarship and fellowship resources for our students.

Annie, a visual communications alumna, has taken on responsibility of the production aspects for InterCom, our twice-yearly alumni magazine. She also produces this monthly electronic newsletter, leads our effort to improve our use of social media and coordinates events for the college.

Annie is also the collector of your news information, whether it's a change of address, new job or a Twitter handle. Let her know. Or me. Or the new guy.

Charles Bierbauer

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College News

Public relations student helps classmates gain internships

Kim BarrettSenior public relations student Kim Barrett spent her summer as an advertising sales intern with NBCUniversal in New York City for the summer Olympics. While there, she discovered the importance of networking and connections between students, alumni and their schools.

Barrett returned to the J-school in the fall as an ambassador for NBCUniversal's internship program. As such, she helps fellow classmates apply for NBC internships and write resumes, hosts information sessions, talks with classes and meets with student organizations across campus.

Read more about Barrett and her workarrow


Cocky's Super Ad Poll to critique, judge Super Bowl commercials

While the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers battle it out on the field Feb. 3, 100 J-school students and faculty will critique the famously creative ads and cast their ballots for the best Super Bowl XLVII commercial, evaluating them on likeability, persuasiveness and brand identity. Others not attending the screening can vote onlinearrow

Each year the advertising team that creates the winning commercial is invited to campus to receive the coveted Cocky Award and share behind-the-scenes stories in the making of the commercial.


Students display photo exhibit at Tapps Arts Center

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Visual communications students Jeremy Aaron and Lee Walker have displayed their photography exhibit, "A Portrait of South Carolina," at Tapps Arts Center on Main Street. It will be available for viewing through the end of February. Funded through the Magellan Scholars Program at USC, the exhibit highlights 12 photo subjects from all walks of life in the state of South Carolina.

Aaron and Walker were mentored throughout the project by assistant professor Denise McGill. "I think it was most rewarding to see how Jeremy and Lee reacted to seeing their work on the wall. I hope it gives them confidence in their work, and encouragement for whatever their next projects might be," said McGill.



Faculty News

Michelle MartinMartin to receive lifetime achievement award

Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy for the School of Library and Information Science, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation (SCICON) in Tulare County, Calif. Martin worked for the outdoor education school from 1988-90. While there, she wrote music that is still well known among students and staff.


J-school professors lead seminar on teamwork in the classroom

Associate professor Karen Mallia and assistant professor Dr. Brooke McKeever led a seminar through the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC on Jan. 23 discussing teams in the classroom and the disparity between professors' and students' interest in group work.

"It was great to get to meet other faculty from across the university and to hear about their experiences working with student teams in different disciplines. When Karen (Mallia) asked me to do this presentation with her, I wasn't sure I'd have much to contribute, but in the end, I think we learned almost as much from the attendees and participants as they did from us," said McKeever.


Albright and Gavigan receive research grant award

Albright and Gavigan photosDrs. Kendra Albright and Karen Gavigan received the 2013 Research Grant Award at the annual Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference in Seattle on Jan. 24 for their project, "Information Vaccine: Using Graphic Novels as an AIDS Prevention Tool for Young Adults."

The award of $5,000 was made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science.





Dan Balz

Buchheit Family Lecture with Dan Balz

Review by Ashley Honea

Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for The Washington Post, has more than three decades of political wisdom, eight presidential campaigns and numerous stops in this notoriously Republican and controversial state to draw on. Still, as he humorously told an audience at the University of South Carolina, "Your politics never cease to be interesting. South Carolina is the gift that keeps on giving."

A timely presentation, Balz's speech titled "The Political Landscape after 2012," came just three days after President Obama's second term inauguration. After acknowledging some of the most recent events — Sandy Hook and the fiscal cliff — making up a "remarkable year," Balz laid out the heart of his speech for his audience: "There's no way to ignore the fact that this is still a deeply divided country."

While recounting the president's "handsome victory," he attributed much of its success to Obama's campaign team and its ability to raise millions of dollars and operate at such finite levels of detail. Balz also discussed Mitt Romney's loss in the election and the "historic clash of visions" between the two candidates.

As for the future of the country, Balz spoke of glimpses of confidence in the president's "very robust" inaugural speech and noted that he seems to be "staking out positions that he avoided in his first term."

"This was not a speech that said let us reason together, this is a speech that said, 'follow me'," said Balz.

Balz acknowledged that the country is in a time of transition with government officials figuring out where they want to be and how to get there. Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential primary, he suggested that the successful candidate will be one who defines the party in a "new and fresh way."

"As I've talked to people since the election," Balz concluded, "there is one thing that comes through and that is people are looking for leadership. They're looking for leadership in Washington. Obviously that falls most heavily on President Obama, it falls also on the Republicans and it falls, in a sense, on us to try and do better."

Balz's appearance at Gambrell Hall on Jan. 23 was part of an annual lecture series funded by the Buchheit Family Endowment in honor of Phil Buchheit, former publisher of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Besides recruiting prominent and influential people to speak to students, faculty and the community, the Buchheit Family Endowment also provides scholarships to students of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.





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Cocky's Super Ad Pollarrow
Feb. 3
Vote online to help determine the winner of this year's Cocky Award!

Carolina Day at the State Housearrow
Feb. 8, 9 a.m., S.C. State House

Media and Civil Rights History Symposiumarrow
March 21-23
This event brings together civil rights and media historians to share scholarly knowledge on the vital relationships between civil rights movements and issues and various types of public communication in the modern world.

For more information, contact Annie Lambert at lambert@sc.edu
or (803) 777-6791.



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