On the Move
The timing was tight, but all our SLIS faculty and staff moved
back into Davis College just moments — or so it seemed — before
the start of fall classes. The final stage of renovations to provide
Davis with a new HVAC system and technology upgrades was completed
over the summer. Of course, when you start putting holes in the
roof and floors to install one thing, you discover lots of other
little things that need shoring up. But the $2 million project
is done. Faculty and staff have returned from their summer diaspora.
Davis is cool and well-cooled. You may not see all the change,
but you will feel it.
You will see a change when you visit our South Carolina Center
for Children's Books and Literacy. It's moved. Started years ago
as the BEST Center for evaluating children's books, the literacy
initiative was long located in the South Carolina State Library
on Senate Street — the building with the lions. We've moved
across Bull Street to the other corner of Senate and into new and
larger space on the main floor of the state's Archives Building — the
one without the lions. We're the first university tenant in the
building. Our literacy lab gives us a large teaching and event
space, plenty of shelf space for books and displays, and staff
SCCCBL — we affectionately call it "skibble" — includes
the book evaluation program, special collections, and a myriad
of outreach efforts. It's the base of operations for Cocky's Reading
Express™, and the roost of our own Reading Rooster, Helen
Fellers, whose book recommendations can be found on YouTube.
Drop in on Helen, Christine Shelek and Kim Jeffcoat to see SCCCBL's
new digs. Help them unpack their thousands of books. Reading
Thousands of new students have also been on the move. I joined
the brigade of campus volunteers and helped students at Maxcy College
with their boxes, bags, TVs, computers, carpets, refrigerators,
lacrosse sticks and even an ironing board or two. Move-in day is
always a good Saturday morning workout and a chance to meet some
of our incoming freshmen — including the Ellens. Ellen, the
journalism major from Maryland, and Ellen, the journalism major
from South Carolina. They are roommates. Didn't plan it. Someone
in the housing office must have a sense of humor.
There are new faces among our faculty and staff, too. But it's
time to move on. We'll introduce you to them in the weeks ahead.
And you can keep up with the steps leading the journalism school's
future move at http://uofscjournalismbuilding.com/
Let us know about your moves.
Konkle named Educator of the Year
Journalism professor Dr. Bruce Konkle received the David Adams
Journalism Educator of the Year award at the Association for Education
in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) convention, held
in Chicago at the beginning of August.
Konkle has worked in scholastic journalism for more than 30 years,
contributing research and leadership to the field. Formerly the
director of the S.C. Scholastic Press Association, Konkle remains
active in high school journalism in addition to his work in the
Camp Read-a-Rama Entertains, Educates Children
Camp Read-a-Rama, led by SLIS' Augusta Baker Chair Dr. Michelle
Martin, was a weeklong blitz of field trips, story time events
and other camp activities designed to improve attitudes about reading
among children and their parents. Read
Is Back Home
After a stint serving two administrations in Washington, Jack
Claypoole, '87 public relations, is settling in as the new executive
director of the My Carolina Alumni Association. Alumni groups are
not a new venture for Claypoole; he helped to found the College
of Mass Communications and Information Studies Alumni Society in
Read the in-depth profile on Claypoole on the My Carolina
Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Honorees Announced
The sixth Annual Literacy Leaders (ALL) Awards, hosted by the
School of Library and Information Science and emceed by journalism
alumna Darci Strickland, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at
5:30 p.m. at Hollings Library, located inside the Thomas Cooper
This year's honorees are Randy Akers, Executive Director of the
Humanities Council of South Carolina; Rudy Mancke, Director of
Nature Programming for SCETV and adjunct professor in the USC School
of the Environment; and the South Carolina Book Awards Program
through the South Carolina Association of School Librarians.
Join us in honoring these literacy leaders.
Information Literacy Now a Core Course
Faculty in the School of Library and Information Science are teaching
a new information literacy course for undergraduate students this
fall. It has been approved as a Carolina Core course and will meet
the new information literacy requirement for undergrads. "We
hope some of these students will see our Information Science bachelor's
degree offering as a possible major or minor," said Dr. Samantha
Hastings, director of the School of Library and Information Science.
Connect with CMCIS on Social Media
The college is increasing its social media presence. Follow us
on Twitter @UofSC_CMCIS and on Facebook at facebook.com/cmcis.
We can't wait to connect with you!
Alumni Society Committee Begins
The Alumni Society Steering Committee kicked off the new year
with a planning meeting on Aug. 27. The committee creates programs
for alumni from the college and both its schools and assists college
staff with communications and development goals.
The 2012-14 committee is made up of: Chair, Chrysti Shain, '85
SJMC;Co-Chair, Amy Coquillard, '00 SLIS; Zack Moore, '08 SLIS;
Thomas Maluck, '10 SLIS; Lauren Chess, '08 SJMC; Jen Madden, '05
SJMC; Melissa Gentry, '01, '03 SJMC; Jessica Kohout, '11 SLIS;
Hilary Brannon, '08, '12 SJMC; Crystal Johnson, '06 SLIS; Mandi
Engram, '03 SJMC; Julie Scott, '02 SJMC; Bianca Crawford, '03 SJMC;
Talyse Burkett, '00, '03 SJMC; Alison Shuman, '04 SJMC; and Kristen
Lawson, '06 SLIS.
To get involved, contact Elaine Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-777-7118.
Carolina on King Opens with Alumna at
A School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumna is leading
USC's charge into Charleston. Ashley Canady Slane, '90 public relations,
is the first director of Carolina on King, the university's new
welcome center in Charleston, S.C. With more than 20 years of experience
in public relations and marketing, Slane is enthusiastic about
the new venture for USC.
off-site university welcome center concept is relatively unique
and our location on the highly traveled King Street corridor will
offer many opportunities to connect with people who have an interest
in USC," Slane said.
Carolina on King promotes South Carolina's flagship university
to lowcountry residents and visitors and is a resource for prospective
students and their families, USC alumni and Gamecock fans. The
center will also network with businesses, civic organizations and
special events in the Charleston community. In addition, Carolina
on King is a retail store, offering a selection of premium USC
gift items and apparel,
plus a wide array of Gamecock gear.
Grand opening week events begin Sept. 23 and includes activities
and promotions that Charleston-area Gamecocks won't want to miss.
The center, already open for business at 258 King Street, is open
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.
- 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
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The Storytelling Experience Featuring John McCutcheon
Thursday, September 6,
4:30 - 8 p.m.
Children's book author, storyteller, and musical artist John McCutcheon
will present a storytelling workshop for librarians and educators
and a storytelling program for all ages.
For additional information on this workshop, please contact Karen
Gavigan or click
Annual Literacy Leaders Awards
Tuesday, September 11
5 – 7 p.m.
Alumni/Student Mentor Match Night
Tuesday, September 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom
October 8 - 12
Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, November 9
For more information on these events, contact Annie Lambert
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