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Six Months and Counting . . . Eagerly

Carpet, tile, glass panels, writable walls. Dr. Carol Pardun and I met again this past week with the architects and project manager for the journalism school building. When we are talking about the finishings, the color palette — a little more blue, a little less gray — and even the design for the donor wall, the progress is palpable.

Our architects at The Boudreaux Group are putting together the massive collection of construction documents. Project manager Ann Derrick tells us the project will go out for bid in September, which means we should have a contractor by the end of November and start construction in January. That's just six months to go, and though we've waited
years — decades — for this, it's feeling very real.

 

Each meeting pushes the project forward. There have been plenty and there are many more ahead as we get down to the furnishings, technologies and decorations. We especially keep tweaking our direction on anything technological — media lab computers, studio cameras and the multi-screen centerpiece in the atrium that will reflect what's happening in our academic world and the world beyond. The challenge is to design in 2013 what we will turn on in 2015 and use for years. We want it to look like tomorrow, not yesterday.

 

   

Carol and I also saw a concept for a donor wall that will honor those who are contributing to making this building a reality after the long years of anticipation. Consider having your name etched on that important recognition of our supporters.

The Greenhouse Studio that will be adjacent to the journalism school building has received Budget and Control Board approval for its construction phase. The two projects are on a timeline that will converge by our completion date.

You can keep up with our progress at http://uofscjournalismbuilding.com/ where we are chronicling the development of the new home for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Meanwhile, our School of Library and Information Science is enjoying its first full summer in air conditioned comfort at Davis College. Dr. Sam Hastings says the HVAC project completed last summer is cool in every sense of the word.

Summer is a time when we tend to scatter to recharge, but also to research and expand our scholarly efforts. Students do internships, study abroad and often work to pay for next year's classes. Our scholarship lunch is a fall feature that brings donors and recipients together.

Cocky's Reading Express™ is on the road this summer. It's collaborating with the Arnold School of Public Health in "Get Ready to Read with Cocky!" This is an important pilot project in Calhoun County that will provide a year-long assessment of student reading progress. CRE is also leading a summer reading program funded through a grant from BP. And Camp-Read-A-Rama, led by Dr. Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, is in full swing at several locations in Columbia. Both programs are designed to fight the "summer slide" in children's reading skills.

Have a great summer. Read, especially with kids and grandkids. But don't write on the walls, unless they are writable walls.

Charles Bierbauer

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College News

Cocky's Reading Express™ receives community literacy grant

Cocky's Reading Express is the recipient of a $95,000 grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation for its program, "Get Ready to Read with Cocky." The program, a joint effort between the School of Library and Information Science and USC's Arnold School of Public Health, targets illiteracy through a pilot program initiated this summer in Calhoun County. The program takes a holistic approach that incorporates parental and caregiver training and education and offers free screening for speech and hearing conditions that can impede a child's ability to read and learn.

Baldwin establishes business journalism fellowship

Aaron MiddekeThe School of Journalism and Mass Communications has created a fellowship that will allow a business journalist to earn a doctoral degree thanks to a $500,000 gift from alumnus Kenneth W. Baldwin, Jr., '49.

The Baldwin Business and Financial Graduate Fellowship for Business Journalists is a teaching fellowship. While pursuing a doctorate, the professional will impart his or her knowledge of the field to students with an interest in business and financial journalism. This fellowship is an extension of the successful Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative, which launched the school's focus on business and financial journalism in 2009. Read morearrow

Scholastic Warehouse makes large donation to SCCCBL

The Scholastic Warehouse donated three pallets of books and literacy materials to the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy (SCCCBL) in June. The books and materials, valued at more than $36,000, will be used during the Cocky's Reading Express summer bus tour and over the next year in Calhoun County.

SIPA holds annual Carolina Journalism Institute

The Southern Interscholastic Press Association held its annual summer workshop, the Carolina Journalism Institute, June 12-16, 2013 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This intense five-day program gives high school students hands-on experience and allows them to learn from professionals in the field of scholastic journalism. This year, 60 students and 10 advisers attended. Students had the opportunity to choose from a selection of classes including broadcast journalism, journalistic writing, photojournalism, yearbook, online journalism, design and editorial leadership. Advisers who attended the camp had the chance to participate in a class focused on teaching scholastic journalism. The students produced photos, videos and design pieces, which can be viewed online at the new SchoPress website.

To see photos or learn more about CJI 2013, check out the SchoPress websitearrow

Orientation brings new students, parents to campus

Though most students left campus for the summer, the halls in the Coliseum and Davis College are far from quiet. Over the summer months, incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents descend on the Columbia campus for orientation. Parents and incoming undergraduates receive information about our schools, career paths that are open to them and information on our programs of study. Students then register for classes and tour the buildings.

The School of Library and Information Science will welcome six new undergraduate students and 80 graduate students in the fall, while the J-school will see around 350 new undergrads and 22 new graduate students.

Students receive library association scholarships

Jason Broughton and Tamara King were selected as recipients of the 2013-14 Spectrum Scholarships by the American Library Association. The Spectrum Scholarships are awarded to graduate students based on their commitment to diversity, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.

Simone Horst is the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Library Association scholarship. Recipients of this award are students pursuing a master's degree in library science who have potential for outstanding achievement in the library profession and strong academic excellence.

 


Feature

Malawi service learning class impacts students, organization

By Annie Lambert

Gorman photo feeding the orphans in Kwambha

On June 3, eight University of South Carolina students and two professors departed Columbia for Malawi, Africa. Two weeks later, a family returned. Their adventure included hiking, kayaking, a stay in a safari camp, volunteer work and, most of all, the experience of a lifetime.

This service learning class put students on the frontlines of nonprofit work in Africa. With Ministry of Hope, a non-governmental organization, students worked at a crisis nursery for orphans and set up a mobile medical clinic, documenting every step of the way.

With only five minutes of internet access each day, the students created posts for the organization's Facebook page and produced stories and photographs for Ministry of Hope's newsletter and website.

The students' multimedia stories focus on a broken water pump that caused villagers to walk miles for clean water; a five-year old boy with stage three malaria, which is often fatal; a recent Ithaca College graduate spending her summer volunteering in Malawi; and an orphan in a crisis nursery who is too old to receive care much longer.

 

Video by USC students Daniel Shelly and Jessica Gorman

"Some of the videos produced by the students have already appeared on the nonprofit's website and Facebook page, and people are responding to that. They did a story about a pump on a well being broken at one of the villages, and people are already asking how they can donate to get it fixed," said Van Kornegay, one of the two professors who led the class to Africa.

Between volunteering, educational work and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, these students experienced and learned a lot in the short time they were abroad. But the impact was not strictly educational. Before their departure, the students were posed a question by the Dobson Fund, who provided a grant to the program.

"They asked, what will the spiritual impact of the trip be to you?" said Kornegay. "We had a contemplative morning where we went off and wrote down what it meant to us. There were some deep, heartfelt expressions that came out. To me, that is more important than what they learned journalistically. It's more personal. The trip touched everyone in a significant way."

"You hear about third world countries in the news and on television, but being there and experiencing it for yourself is an amazing thing," said Lauren Laubach, a senior broadcast journalism student. "It gives you an entirely different perspective on life."

 

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