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Dr. Carol Pardun is serving her final year as director of our School of Journalism and Mass Communications and associate dean of the college. We have begun a search for her successor and hope to have that person on board next summer.

Dr. PardunNow in her sixth year as director, Carol has made significant contributions to our program. Undergraduate enrollment in the journalism school has topped 1500 students this semester. We are at capacity. Under her leadership, the school has completed a detailed curriculum revision. It's responsive to the dramatic changes in the media environment and will provide students greater flexibility to shape their careers in that evolving milieu.

She's helped shape the future building for the school and shares my eagerness to start construction in the new year and excitement about relocating in 2015. Who knew we could find extensive meetings about wiring, ducting, plumbing and windows so fascinating. Well, we do have a fascination with the idea of actually having a building with windows.

Carol has attracted outstanding faculty to the program. It's a tribute to her that they wanted to have her as a colleague. And they will continue to. Carol plans to return to the faculty as a professor in our advertising sequence. She wants to get back to her research. I would point out, though, that even while serving as an administrator, Carol has just published the second volume of her book, "Advertising and Society."

I look forward to having Carol as a colleague for years to come. Working with her, library school director Sam Hastings and associate dean for administration Gayle Johnson is more fun than a dean is supposed to have.

Dr. Sandra Kelly from USC's psychology department is chairing the search for Dr. Pardun's successor. The position ad can be seen herearrow

Thank Carol when you see her, but she's not going away.

Charles Bierbauer

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College News

School of Journalism and Mass Communications to honor alumni

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will honor outstanding alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The Distinguished Alumni honorees are Stephen Brown and Jane Pigg. The Outstanding Young Alumni honorees are Kent Babb and Sally Brown. Van Kornegay will receive the Excellence in Service Award. Read morearrow

J-school alumni to be honored by My Carolina Alumni Association

Two journalism school alumni are among six to be honored by the My Carolina Alumni Association. These honors are among the highest given to University of South Carolina alumni and supporters. Lou W. Kennedy, '84, and Dr. Toby Jenkins Henry, '97, will be recognized throughout My Carolina Homecoming activities on November 1-2. Read morearrow

Get 'Up Close' with new members of the college family

The School of Library and Information Science welcomes Angela Wright as its new assistant to the director. Wright will support Dr. Sam Hastings with administrative, business management and other services for the school. Read morearrow

Dr. Robert McKeever has joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as a tenure track assistant professor. His research focuses on examining the persuasive effects of mass media content, specifically in topics of public health and advocacy. Read morearrow

The Storytelling Experience with Bill Harley

The School of Library and Information Science and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy hosted the second annual Storytelling Experience, Thurs., Sept. 5.

Bill Harley, an author, playwright, and performing and recording artist, used songs to tell stories about unique moments of his life. His stories included some of his fifth grade adventures with friend Glen, a high diving experience with his favorite lifeguard Christie, and a recent marathon run for which he had not prepared.

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Mentor Match Night pairs students with alumni

This year's Mentor Match program paired 78 students and alumni for mentoring relationships. The event took place on Sept. 10 in the Capstone Campus Room. Kesha Entzminger, career development coach in the Career Center, and Cassie Cope, '13 journalism, addressed the students. Both spoke of the importance of a mentoring relationship in career development and success. See photos of the eventarrow

Leeza GibbonsLeeza Gibbons to give this year's Buchheit Lecture

Leeza Gibbons, '78 broadcast journalism, is this year's Buchheit lecturer. The lecture will take place on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Law School auditorium and will be open to the public.

Gibbons, former host of Entertainment Tonight and Leeza, currently hosts the syndicated TV news magazine show America Now and weekly TV news show My Generation on PBS. She created the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza's Place and Leeza's Care Connection, all of which provide support to patients and caregivers touched by Alzheimer's disease.



Annual awards recognize outstanding literacy efforts

By Allie Papajohn, fourth-year public relations major

The School of Library and Information Science presented its 7th Annual Literacy Leader Awards on Sept. 10 to celebrate those who have "gone above and beyond" in the quest to eliminate illiteracy.

SLIS's own Reading Rooster, Helen Fellers, was recognized for her dedication to the library profession and for her work in local pre-school literacy programs. Jane Thomas, who recently retired as executive director of the Greenville Literacy Association, was honored for helping the association earn a rank in the top three percent of adult literacy programs nationally. The Trident Literacy Association received an award for its work in helping students achieve both academically and in their jobs. Watch videoarrow

ALL Awards Recipients

More About the Recipients

Helen Fellers
Helen Fellers is the personification of literacy. With her characterization as the "Reading Rooster," she has spread the message of reading and quality children's and young adult literature for years. In a career spanning decades, she has driven a bookmobile and managed a branch library for the Richland Library system. She was Library Director at both the Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter and the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort. In 2001, Helen came to the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy at the School of Library and Information Science at USC. She manages the collection, leads story times for neighborhood pre- schools and teaches a Children's Materials class.
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Jane Thomas
Recently retired as Executive Director of the Greenville Literacy Association, Jane Thomas led her organization to unprecedented success. The Greenville Literacy Association is the leader in delivering basic literacy instruction to adults in Greenville County. Each year, at five learning centers and other sites, 400 trained volunteers tutor more than 1,800 adult learners who wish to strengthen their basic skills, acquire computer knowledge, earn GEDs, learn English as a Second Language, and prepare for U.S. citizenship. As a result of Jane's leadership and her successful fundraising initiatives, Greenville Literacy ranks nationally among the top 3 percent of adult literacy programs.

Trident Literacy Association
Since 1972, the Trident Literacy Association has served 2000 students annually in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Their programs include Adult Basic Education, Computer Skills, ESL, GED Prep, Civics Classes, WorkKeys Job Skills, and Special Programs in Family Literacy, including Workplace Literacy, Health Literacy and Financial Literacy. As a result of the Trident Literacy Association's efforts, their students have succeeded in educational advancement, employment and job advancement and retention.



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Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 4 p.m.
Gibbes Green
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Buchheit Lecture with Leeza Gibbons
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Law School Auditorium
Open to the public

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




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