Summer Reading, All Year Long


It’s hard to think of a greater personal pleasure than reading with children and grandchildren.  We’ve logged a lot of books over the years. But it gets better when the grandchildren start reading to me. 


We’re just back from a long weekend with my oldest son’s four girls in Alabama.  As I sat down to read with the 4-year-old twins one evening, Sarah, newly graduated from kindergarten, took over and did a great job reading for her younger sisters. 


I’d brought along USC professor Dinah Johnson’s new children’s book Black Magic. Grandpa always comes with books.  And we always read, sometimes a seemingly endless succession of books.  What a great stall that can be for bedtime.  Not that we complain when it comes to reading.  Nicole, the oldest, has reached chapter books and pores through them.


Books are one of the few things that we carry with us our whole lives.  Their portability—even if they’re on a Kindle—adds to their utility.  I try never to go to a doctor’s appointment without a book.  Too much good reading time there to waste, and we all know what the magazine choices are like.


Once or twice a year, I record a book for the Talking Book Service at the South Carolina State Library.  We’re just completing a recording of Pat Conroy’s earliest collection of Citadel impressions, The Boo.  Apparently, this precursor to The Lords of Discipline had never been recorded.  I try to keep an audio book in my car.  Those five-, 10-  and 15-minute jaunts add up to good “reading” time, too.


BierbauerBy now, you know my passion for Cocky’s Reading ExpressTM and our larger literacy initiative.  It’s one of the most gratifying and essential things we’ve created in our college. 


Typically, I’ve got three, four or five books that I’m meandering through at any time.  The pile by my armchair doubled this past week when the half dozen books arrived for the course I’m co-teaching this summer.  More on that next month.


Granted, I’m now as likely to read myself to sleep as the grandkids.  But I can read that chapter again tomorrow, perhaps with the same result.  Or wait for the girls to come read to Grandpa.



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Alumni News


Library Alumna Awarded Public Library Association Fellowship



Denise Lyons, ’04, a library development consultant with the South Carolina State Library, is the recipient of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Fellows scholarship for the Executive Management Program at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Read more >


Alumna Starts Weekly Radio Show



Many years after earning her broadcast journalism degree, Donna More Wesby, ’92, decided it was time to put together a broadcast to channel her passion for education. Last year, she started a weekly radio show, Education Matters, where she discusses education issues of Richmond and Aiken counties and national discussions. Her hottest topics include discipline and corporal punishment. Wesby is an Aiken County school board member and owner of The Greatest Gift, an all-occasion gift shop. Her show airs on WAAW (94.7) Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Read more>




Alumni Society’s Mentor Program Needs You!



Remember, our College’s Alumni Society welcomes your involvement in its Mentor Program. This is a great way to get involved and share your experiences and wisdom with our students. And, you will gain insight into the emerging workforce and challenges students face today. If interested, e-mail alumna Chrysti Shain for more information.



College News


Watch for InterCom



The next issue of InterCom will hit the mail this month. Watch your mailboxes and please send us your feedback. This is our second student-produced issue and we welcome your thoughts.


The Carolina Agency Takes Top Honors at Mercury Awards


The School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ student-run public relations agency, The Carolina Agency (TCA), won the 2009 SCPRSA Mercury Award in the Direct Mail/Direct Response category, for its work last semester creating the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ annual holiday season fund raising brochure, “On Angels’ Wings”.  TCA successfully competed against public relations professionals throughout the state.

Donor Spotlight


SLIS Fellowship Donor Leonard Price


By Emily Ko, SJMC Student


Leonard Price“Keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut and you’ll learn a lot,” advises Leonard Price as he looks over his 4,600-acre Kershaw farm.  The energetic 89-year-old is a self-made business success and community leader dedicated to helping young people reach their educational goals.


Price’s mother, Alma, was a teacher who encouraged her son to value education. The Gilbert native has shown his appreciation for academia by becoming a respected philanthropist to multiple schools, including the School of Library and Information Science. Price created the school’s Lenora Price Bicentennial Fellowship, in honor of his daughter, Nonie. Nonie is the school’s coordinator of alumni relations and continuing education program. Price has also supported SLIS’s Children, Libraries and Literacy Fund.


After donating to his alma mater, Gilbert High School, Price sought to encourage its students, saying, “I just want to remind you that the only reason I was able to do this was that I got a good education from Gilbert High School. You are in the position to study and learn, and then you can get to my situation.”


Price is a firm believer in hard work and being the best in any job.  He recalls being the only grandson his grandfather would trust plowing his land and has carried that mentality throughout his life. A solid work ethic and loyalty to the produce business and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. earned Price his professional success.  He sees the fruits of his labor as blessings that should be shared.


Price thinks the world of business has not changed at all since he began working for Budweiser in 1945.  “Business is still business,” Price says.  “It is important for every employee, whether a waitress, a salesperson, or the C.E.O., to know the business from the ground up.”  For young people, he recommends appropriate dress, good manners, knowledge of the product and simply being a good person.


Not owning a computer does not stop Price from keeping in touch with friends and acquaintances.  Recipients of his generosity still phone him to say thank you. He is known throughout his community for his devotion to the people who live there.


Now retired, Price values his country life and relishes surveying his fields, ponds and flowerbeds from his picture window. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t active on his land. He learned how to rabbit hunt from his uncle and still enjoys his true passion, turkey hunting.


Most importantly, he loves spending time with his four daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  As his 90th birthday approaches, Price still sets goals for himself and expends the energy that he proudly says he inherited from his mother.


“Live every day like it’s the last day. I give my whole life to whatever it is, every day,” says Price.

Faculty Spotlight


SJMC Associate Professor Andrea Tanner


By Stephanie Warren, SJMC Graduate Student


Andrea TannerKnowing that a desk job was not for her, Associate Professor Andrea Tanner found broadcast journalism a great major at the University of Georgia. Broadcasting was where she realized she could incorporate what she enjoyed with her strengths. “I’ve always been a pretty good writer.  I love to read and keep up with current events. I enjoy the challenge of a deadline and working on several projects or tasks at once,” said Dr. Tanner.            


After graduating, Tanner worked at small market television stations in the Southeast as a reporter, producer and anchor. Following her time in the field, she came to USC to earn her master’s and PhD. Dr. Tanner teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  She also teaches in the newly created Health Communication Certificate program.


“I’ve always been interested in health issues. I’m kind of a health nut, and I love to exercise and do almost any outside activity,” Tanner said.  Getting to teach and research topics in the field of health communication allows her to blend her hobbies and lifestyle into the work that she does.


She noted that having a job where she has time to research is a nice benefit of teaching. When she was a television reporter, Tanner said, “I rarely had the opportunity to focus on a subject in depth.” Working as a professor has given her the time to explore topics in health communication, including how media present health information and how mass communication can be used to promote changes in health behavior.   


“I love working collaboratively when it comes to research and health and science education.  Not only is it more fun to work alongside my colleagues, but it also makes the end product stronger by integrating different ideas, theoretical perspectives and applications,” Tanner said.


She is currently the director of the Science and Health Communication Research Group, a multi-disciplinary, cross-campus organization. With the growth of health and science communications nationwide, she has worked to expand the program offered in the J-school in collaboration with the School of Library and Information Science, and the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior of the Arnold School of Public Health.


Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 14
5 – 7 p.m.

Join our School of Library and Information Science at the South Carolina State Library to meet our 2010 Literacy Leaders Awards recipients. These awards are given to individuals in South Carolina who are making an impact on literacy in our state. 

I-Comm Week
Oct. 4 – 8

Stay tuned to for details about our seventh annual I-Comm Week. We’ll be showcasing our College’s faculty, students and alumni with presentations and events throughout the week.  

Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 5
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Make plans to meet your former classmates, faculty and friends for our annual Homecoming celebration on Gibbes Green!

View photos from our recent events:

SLIS Celebrates New Masters’ Graduates with First Hooding Ceremony

Alumni Tailgate and Baseball Game

May Carolina Alumni Weekend

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