Mayan Calendar, Fiscal Cliffs and Jadeveon Clowney
Of the three, only one proved to be a real calamity and only for players not wearing garnet and black. Well, that's 2013, so far.
If you somehow missed the Outback Bowl, you've likely still seen Jadeveon's helmet-popping highlight a dozen times on ESPN, Twitter or YouTube. It may even be your screen saver by now.
The New Year's Day victory made many Gamecock fans proud. But the three days each year that make me most proud are when our students graduate. December's commencement day was no exception, even a tripleheader. (Is it a mixed metaphor if you change sports in mid-column?)
Ours started with the SLIS master's hooding in Rutledge Chapel, a short, but elegant stroll from Davis College. Catch alumnus and Spartanburg library director Todd Stephens's amusing and engaging remarks on the SLIS home page. At the doctoral hooding, Dr. Heidi Campbell joined the ranks of students earning a PhD. And a parade of SLIS and SJMC graduates received bachelor and master's degrees at the afternoon commencement. Former USC football coach Lou HoltZ — now officially Dr. Lou — advised them to make good decisions. We tell them they started making good decisions by coming to Carolina. We hope they feel the same about their choice.
I thoroughly enjoy those moments when I get to shake each graduate's hand. Sometimes, there's a high five; sometimes, a hug. It's also a time when many of us are helping to tweak resumes and write letters of recommendation. We start to hear from those who've found jobs or have been accepted to grad school. That's gratifying.
Graduates are more concerned about climbing the employment hill than they may be about the fiscal cliff. Well, Jadeveon may have to weigh the impact of what Congress finally decided, since he'll move to a higher tax bracket when he joins the pros about a year from now.
When the Mayans forecast the end of the world, they may have meant only the end of the world as we know it. And ours is changing rapidly.
The cliff, as it turns out, is more of a tumbling cascade before reaching a precipitous escarpment. The first ledge broke the fall, though Congress hasn't caught a foothold yet.
Fiscally and journalistically, 2013 will be a year to watch and ponder. We'll certainly want to know the impact on schools and libraries of federal and state spending decisions yet to come.
Happy New Year, nonetheless.
Cocky's Reading Express Tackles Childhood Literacy in Tampa
Cocky's Reading Express™ took its mission on the road for the new year when six volunteers and our staff headed to Tampa on Dec. 31. The CRE bus was featured in the Outback Bowl parade and volunteers handed out over 500 books to the kids in attendance.
On game day, the crew attended the My Carolina Alumni Association tailgate to share the program's mission and accomplishments with alumni from all over the country. On Jan. 2, another 500 books were donated to the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library and will in turn be given to students at a nearby underserved elementary school.
"A special thanks goes out to BP America for making this trip possible and to our wonderful staff and volunteers who work hard all year long," said Kim Jeffcoat, executive director of the S.C. Center for Children's Books and Literacy.
Washington Post Political Correspondent Coming to USC
Dan Balz, political correspondent for the Washington Post, is the speaker for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Buchheit Family Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The lecture, titled "The Political Landscape after 2012," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Gambrell Hall auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Balz will discuss the political climate in the aftermath of the 2012 election, touching on the meaning of the election for both parties and what the election did and didn't do to break the political gridlock in the country. Read More >
Journalism Alumnus Jim Davenport Loses Battle with Cancer
Jim Davenport, journalism '86, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31 after battling cancer for two years. Davenport began his journalism career at The State before moving to the Associated Press's South Carolina bureau in 1999. Read more about Davenport's life and career on The State's website. Read More >
Shafto Fellow Completes Feature on Business Journalism
Senior broadcast journalism student Jenni Knight worked with journalism professor Dr. Andrea Tanner to write an article and produce videos for a web feature on the business journalism initiative in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
As the 2012 recipient of the G. Richard Shafto Fellowship, Knight completed 200 hours of internship work in the WIS newsroom in addition to producing the business journalism feature.
Read the article and view the videos here >
Alumnus Named Dow Jones Trayes Scholar
Ryan Quinn, journalism '12, has been named the 2012 Edward Trayes Scholar. The award, which is endowed in honor of Dr. Ed Trayes of Temple University, comes with a $1,000 scholarship.
Quinn spent the summer as a Dow Jones editing intern at the New York Times Regional Editing Center in Gainesville, Fla. after training with Dr. Trayes. He is currently a reporter at The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky.
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