We're back. Fall semester classes already have a week logged.
Freshmen and undergraduate enrollments are up in both schools.
We'd had an inkling the numbers would increase. This is the fourth
consecutive year that the university has sought to enroll a larger
freshman class. The intent had been to raise enrollment by about
200 freshmen each year and then plateau at the increased level.
The university has overachieved.
Admissions at USC are centrally administered. We get involved
when admitted students express an interest in one of our schools
or majors, providing information about our programs and welcoming
visits. The critical numbers the university watches are applications
— those numbers keep increasing, acceptances
— yes, we want
you to become a Gamecock, yield
— the percentage of those accepted
who commit to attending, a check holds a place in fall classes,
melt-no-shows who for one reason or another decide not to come
(and forfeit their check).
The USC admissions team has it down to a near science, with
a measure of alchemy and crossed fingers that the numbers work
out. The ever-increasing number of applicants and arrivals shows
the university has become a desirable destination.
Let's see what else we can harvest for this late summer's note.
We've added only one new faculty member, Dr. Robert McKeever
in the journalism school's public relations sequence. Dr. Lance
Holbert will join us in January as director of the journalism
school's graduate program. But we have launched multiple searches
for next year's crop of faculty in both schools.
May and August graduates have fanned out across the country.
I've heard recently from former students in states as far flung
as California, Colorado and Washington. We appreciate hearing
from alumni young and old as you move, advance careers or just
reminisce about your college days.
Cocky's Reading Express had a busy summer rolling across the
state to combat summer slide
— the gap that opens if young readers
don't stay engaged over the summer months. Dr. Michelle Martin's
Camp Read-a-Rama fought the same good fight for literacy in South
We had lengthy meetings with the architects, technicians and
project manager scouring the details of the building plans for
the future School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The
project goes out to bid this month. Construction is scheduled
to start in January. (Insert your own appropriate exclamation
of delight here. I'm going with "It's about time!")
Students to be matched with alumni mentors at annual event
On Sept. 10, students from the College of Mass Communications
and Information Studies will get the chance to develop professional
connections with alumni, begin building their networks and get
coached by industry leaders. This free, year-long mentor program
is open to students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
and the School of Library and Information Science. Alumni are
encouraged to register to be mentors. More
Doctoral student honored by Black Caucus of ALA
Jason Alston, a doctorate student at the University of South
Carolina's School of Library and Information Science, was honored
with the Dr. John C. Tyson Professional Development Award by
the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
While working on his master's degree, Alston conducted a study
to determine factors that deter African-American undergraduate
students from considering librarianship as a career.
Storyteller to visit University of South Carolina
Grammy award-winning artist Bill Harley will bring his songs
and stories to the University of South Carolina campus Sept.
5 for a free concert and storytelling performance. An author,
playwright, performing and recording artist, Harley uses song
and story to paint a vibrant, humorous picture of growing up,
school and family life. He is a regular commentator for NPR's
"All Things Considered," and has been featured on PBS. "Harley's
audiences are families, but it's hard to tell who enjoys him
more — parents or children," writes the Los Angeles Times.
The event, at 7 p.m. in the Rutledge Chapel on USC's Horseshoe,
is open to the public; tickets are not required.
Experience is sponsored by the School of Library and Information
Science and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and
Literacy. More information
CreateAthon@USC recruiting volunteers for inaugural event
The first CreateAthon@USC, a 24-hour creative blitz dedicated
to helping South Carolina nonprofits and the people they serve,
is recruiting volunteers for its kickoff event this Oct. 25 and
Students will work together over a two-day period to produce
advertising and marketing communications materials that improve
the community. They will be assisted by volunteer mentors in
the industry. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications
will host CreateAthon@USC, but volunteers from throughout the
university community are invited to participate.
Bedingfield, Sid, et al, "Thinking About Romney:
Frame Building in a Battleground State in the 2012 Presidential
Election," Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly,
accepted for Spring 2014 publication.
Bowen, Shannon, et al (2013). Dictionary of public relations
measurement and research (3rd ed.). Gainesville, FL: Institute
for Public Relations.
Bowen, Shannon (2013). Ethics at the core: Building authentic
reputation with publics that matter. Webinar for the International
Association of Business Communicators. San Francisco, California.
McKeever, Brooke (2013). From awareness to advocacy:
Understanding nonprofit communication, participation, and support.
Journal of Public Relations Research, 25, 307-328.
Wei, Ran, "Texting, tweeting, and talking: Effects of smartphone
use on civic discourse engagement in China," Mobile
Media & Communication.
Bruce Konkle: A Voice for Scholastic Journalism
By Liana Miller, communications intern
Bruce Konkle, an associate
professor of visual communications, received
the Laurence Campbell Award for the top paper in the scholastic
journalism division at the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C. in
His paper, "A Preliminary Overview of the Early History of
High School Journalism in the U.S.: ~1775-1925," is one of
16 papers that Dr. Konkle has written for the division over
the last 10 years.
Dr. Konkle previously received the Laurence Campbell Award in
2004 for his paper about Campbell, who Dr. Konkle says was the
grandfather of the research that he conducts today. He plans to
continue this research in hopes of writing a more in-depth monograph
or book on high school journalism.
Since his years teaching at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne,
Ind., Dr. Konkle has maintained a strong interest in scholastic
journalism. In 1985, he began teaching at the University of South
Carolina and served as the director of the South Carolina Scholastic
Press Association (SCSPA) for seventeen years. In 2002, he stepped
down as director to focus on his scholastic journalism research.
"I really am passionate about how participating in high school
journalism can really be one of the most exciting times in a student's
early education," Dr. Konkle says. "It also helps get us some talented
students here at the J-school; many of them come to us because
of their high school journalism experiences."
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Storytelling Experience with Bill Harley
Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.
Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe
Open to the public
Mentor Match Night
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Capstone Campus Room
Register to participate
Annual Literacy Leaders Awards
Tuesday, Sept. 10
S.C. Center for Children's Books and Literacy
1430 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Atlanta Alumni Reunion and Networking Event
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Gordon Biersch of Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Gamecocks on the Green
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
For more information,
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or (803) 777-6791.
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