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Kick Off I-Comm Week VIII with Us

There was a radiant double rainbow over Columbia the other day after one heck of a storm. I’m perfectly content to extract all the symbolism we can out of that. Have we weathered the storm, and are the days ahead graced with a spectrum of brightness? I would never stretch the analogy or resort to cliché to speculate as to what might lie at the end of the rainbow.

But there are a few nuggets that lie ahead as the college prepares for its annual I-Comm Week, the eighth edition, on Oct. 3-6. The presentations cover all the disciplines of both our schools with an array of professionals, alumni, faculty and students participating. You’ll find a calendar of events herearrow

We love it when alumni such as Lou Kennedy and Stephen Brown return to campus to share their experiences in public relations, advertising and the corporate executive suite. We’ll tackle intellectual freedom, war and censorship, and the Pentagon’s information strategies. And we’re staging a homecoming for MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, returning to Columbia where his broadcast career was launched at WIS. Craig is this year’s Buchheit lecturer.

I-Comm Week — it’s “I” for information and “Comm” for communications — always seems to surprise us, even though co-chairs Lisa Sisk and Dr. Kendra Albright have been working for months to assemble the program. The fall calendar is just that busy. As I write, we are roughly a third of the way through the fall semester. The first four football games have all been Gamecock victories and nail biters. Auburn’s here this weekend. Hang on.

There’s construction going on in Davis College, preparing for the installation next summer of a new HVAC system for our really cool and famously hot School of Library and Information Science. We’ve cleared the first hurdle — the Board of Trustees Building and Grounds Committee — toward approval of moving the building for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications into the construction phase.

In short, we’ve been busy this fall. Things are happening here. Not somewhere over the rainbow.

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Alumni News

WagenheimWagenheim Hired as Publisher of Glamour

Advertising alumnus Jason Wagenheim, ’95, is the new vice president and publisher of Glamour. Prior to joining the Condé Nast-owned monthly fashion magazine, Wagenheim served as the publisher of Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly. Wagenheim is a former Outstanding Young Alumnus award winner from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Alumnus Scott Palmo Publishes First Book

Scott Palmo, ’09 MLIS, has had his first book published by Closson Press. In “Twisted Fury,” Palmo, a librarian at Sumter High School, tells the story of what happened in his native southwestern Pennsylvania on June 3, 1980 when seven tornadoes hit communities in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley.


BrownBrown to Oversee Cohn & Wolfe’s Atlanta Office

Stephen M. Brown, ’95 public relations, has been named executive vice president of Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations, a global public relations firm headquartered in New York City with clients ranging from Walmart to Smucker’s. Brown will serve as the managing director of the firm’s Atlanta office.

Brown also recently earned the Accredited in Public Relations credential from the Public Relations Society of America. He joins Cohn & Wolfe after previously serving as senior vice president for MSLGROUP.


JohnsonJohnston Hired as Director of Harvin Clarendon County Library

SLIS alumna Charlotte Johnston, '06 MLIS, is the new director of Harvin Clarendon County Library in Manning, S.C.

Johnston previously served as the children’s services coordinator for the Dorchester County Library System where she was responsible for planning and coordinating system-wide programs and services for children and teens.


Public Relations Alumna Publishes New Book

SartelleSusanne Dusenbury Sartelle, ’84 public relations, has written a new book titled “God People Money: Proven Ideas to Translate Your Faith Into the Workplace." Published by Evergreen Press, the book profiles business owners who integrate their religious beliefs into all areas of their lives, including work.

Sartelle has served as a chamber of commerce professional for more than 20 years, working in five cities throughout North and South Carolina. She now heads up 21st Century Leadership, a company based in Greenville, N.C., dedicated to helping businesses and communities.


LoftisLoftis to Serve as Union County Carnegie Library’s Interim Director

Benjamin Loftis, ’10 MLIS, has been hired as the interim director of the Union County Carnegie Library in Union, S.C.

Loftis previously worked at the Middle Tyger and Woodruff branches of the Spartanburg County Public Library.


smithSLIS Alumnus Named Director of Marion County Library

Philip Alan Smith, ’07 MLIS, is the new director of Marion County Libraries. Smith moves to Marion from Horry County Library System’s Socastee Branch Library.


College News

Annual Literacy Leaders Awards


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A high school student and two organizations were honored by the University of South Carolina and the state’s library community Tuesday, Sept. 13, for their work to improve literacy in South Carolina.

This year’s Annual Literacy Leaders Awards recipients are the Spartanburg County Public Libraries' Children's Department for its "Real Mommies Read" program, Junior Achievement of Central S.C. and 17-year-old Sarah Katherine DeVenny of Lancaster.

The Spartanburg County Public Libraries' program encourages teen mothers to develop their informational literacy as well as the literacy of their babies. It is funded by the Mary Black Foundation.

Junior Achievement was hailed for its work teaching students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

DeVenny was honored for developing and implementing a sustainable literacy project with community organizations in Lancaster. Her efforts included the launch of a family reading night and a book fair. She also worked with organizations to build bookcases, which were placed in a school, a food bank, a homeless shelter and literacy cooperative.

The fifth annual presentation of Annual Literacy Leaders Awards was hosted by USC’s School of Library and Information Science and Time Warner at the S.C. State Library, with USC journalism alumna and local anchor Darci Strickland as emcee.

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J-school to Receive Boost for Business Journalism Programs

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host a visiting business journalism professor next semester after being named one of four journalism schools nationwide to receive support from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. The Reynolds Center selected USC’s J-School as a recipient due to the priority the school places on increasing its emphasis on business journalism. Currently, the school has two endowments to enhance teaching of business journalism. In March of 2009, the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Fund was established to support teaching, research and other activities. Last year, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers established the David J. Morrow Scholarship. Read more arrow

Former SLIS Professor and Student Collaborate on New Book

Husid and WallaceRetired SLIS professor Virginia L. Wallace and current SLIS student Whitney Husid are co-authors of a book published by Libraries United.

Titled “Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning: School Librarians and Teachers Partner for Student Achievement,” the book is a step-by-step guide to collaborative lesson planning that promotes interactive learning among students of various ages and abilities.


Dr. Kenney Blogs From Georgia

Kenney Blog

During his year teaching at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia, J-School professor Dr. Keith Kenney is sharing his observations and experiences in the Eurasian nation via a blog on his personal website. Dr. Kenney's early postings include his classroom observations and encounters with Georgian culture, down to whether or not formal attire means tie or no tie. Dr. Kenney’s blog is at: http://keithrkenney.wordpress.com/blog/

Student News

SLIS Students Earn Honor from Google

A team of SLIS graduate students reached the semi-finals in the 2011 Google Online Marketing Challenge for their marketing research and campaign for the South Carolina Digital Library. The team, comprised of Grace Barth, Michelle Cloer, Anna Zacherl, Michael Lawing and Christiana Scott, all students in Dr. Ron Brown’s Seminar in Applied Information Systems for Information Specialists, scored among the top 100 teams globally and among the top 15 in the competition’s Americas Region. The challenge drew more than 4,000 teams and 35,000 students from 95 countries participated in the competition. Google’s challenge tests students’ abilities in advertising, ecommerce, integrated marketing communication, management information systems, marketing and new media technologies. Participants explore marketing strategies through Google AdWords.

Upcoming Events

I-Comm Week
Oct. 3-6

I-Comm Week is set for next week, Oct. 3-6! We’re bringing noted professionals in the information science and mass communications fields to campus to share their knowledge and expertise with our students, alumni and community partners.

Wednesday’s Buchheit Family Lecture will once again highlight the week with MSNBC anchor and NBC News correspondent Craig Melvin, a former anchor at Columbia’s WIS-TV, returning to his hometown to deliver his lecture titled “From ‘Craig Cam’ to MSNBC: How Technology and Viewer Tastes are Changing Broadcast News.” The lecture is set for 7 p.m. in Gambrell Hall auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The full schedule of events for I-Comm Week with speaker bios can be found here: http://sc.edu/cmcis/news/icomm/2011/index.html

Oct. 1-2
IT-ology, 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 200

SLIS is a major sponsor for this weekend’s “unconference” for the information community in Columbia. InfoCamp is an interactive, community-driven event where the participants create the agenda. Topics include user experience, information architecture, information design, library and information science, and more. For more information, go to www.infocampsc.info.

Gamecocks on the Green
Nov. 11, 4:00 p.m.
Gibbes Green

We hope you’re making plans to join former classmates, faculty and friends for Gamecocks on the Green, our college's Homecoming celebration and our tradition since 2005!

We'll gather on Gibbes Green near Davis College on Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00 - 6 p.m. Rain location: Campus Room in Capstone House, 900 Barnwell Street. RSVP to Elaine Taylor - taylorem@mailbox.sc.edu - by Nov. 3. Bring the kids.



Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde

By Joshua Joiner, SJMC Graduate Student

Throughout her career as a professional educator and researcher, Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde has worked with dedication in two areas.

During the 11 years she spent teaching at the middle and high school levels, Dr. Forde worked to educate students and improve scholastic journalism. In her current role as a media historian and assistant professor in the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, she focuses on teaching and researching the history of journalism and the effects media has on public life.

FordeDr. Forde’s dedicated work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In August, the National Scholastic Press Association recognized Dr. Forde for her continued service to scholastic journalism by naming her one of seven recipients of its Pioneer Award, the top honor given to individuals who contribute to scholastic journalism outside regular job requirements.

Also in August, Dr. Forde was named associate editor of American Journalism, a quarterly journal produced by the American Journalism Historians Association.

While Dr. Forde says that the close timing of the two honors is coincidental, she feels being recognized for her work in both areas indicates that she’s successfully upholding her responsibilities as a professor.

“It’s very rewarding to be recognized for your work,” Dr. Forde said. “Professors in higher education are meant to perform in three different areas; one is scholarship, one is teaching and one is service. These three broad areas are important in our careers and what it means to be a professor. To be recognized in two of the areas around the same time is very fulfilling, and it’s nice in a sense that it suggest that my work has had an important impact.”

The impact of Dr. Forde’s current work is seen in different forms. With her research of the history of journalism and media, Dr. Forde hopes to help the industry today and in the future. With a constantly evolving media landscape, Dr. Forde hopes her research will help media managers better deal with the issues the changing industry faces, while also better preparing current and future journalist on how to handle the unforeseen challenges of the future.

For all of this to be achieved, Forde says researchers must first start by studying the past.

“History is not only about the past; it’s about how the past informs the present moment,” she said. “Having that historical knowledge helps us think better when approaching the crises we’re facing in journalism today. Studying media history is an important way for us to begin grappling with some of these problems.”

While Dr. Forde always had aspirations of working at the university level, she didn’t always know she wanted to work in journalism and media. After studying English in both her undergraduate and masters degree work, it was her work on journalism projects at the high school level that kindled her interest in her current field.

“I always thought I would work with literature in an English department or in some similar role,” Forde said of her early career ambitions. “When I taught middle and high school English, I was involved in journalism and literary magazine projects. Over time I became more and more interested in the role of media and journalism in public life, and it’s become something I really enjoy researching.”

Dr. Forde joined the faculty of USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the fall of 2009 after four years as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her book “Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment” won the Frank Luther Mott-KTA book award and the AEJMC History Division award in 2009.


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