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I-Comm Week

Celebrating Information and Communication

As the college prepares for its annual I-Comm Week, the eighth edition, on Oct. 8-11, we hope you’ll mark your calendars and drop in to hear some of our sessions. 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 here.

I-Comm Week — it’s “I” for information and “Comm” for communications — always seems to arrive quickly and surprise us, even though co-chairs Lisa Sisk and Dr. Kendra Albright have been working for months to assemble the program. But it also surprises us in other ways. Our students enjoy learning from the professionals. Our alumni and visitors love to see what we’re doing in the college. And our guest presenters always are pleased to share their time and expertise with us. Each year, we’re surprised — and delighted — by their growing enthusiam.

Check out the full schedule below. And please make a point to share in the I-Comm Week experience with us.

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Monday, October 8
10 a.m. - noon
Russell House Theater
"The Era of Big Data: 2012 Political Advertising Campaigns"
Robin Roberts, president and co-founder, National Media Research, Planning and Placement. As one of the most experienced political and issue-advocacy strategic media planning and placement professionals, Roberts has supervised media research and placement for more than 300 campaigns over the past 30 years. Especially pertinent during this election year, Roberts will discuss his work on multiple presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns and how research and strategy guide the process.
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Open through Oct. 26
Thomas Cooper Library
Associated Press Presidential Photo Exhibit
This exhibit shows American presidents at war and at peace, in victory and defeat, confronting national crises and personal scandal, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.
5 - 7 p.m.
1430 Senate Street
S.C. Center for Children's Books and Literacy Grand Opening
Tuesday, Oct. 9
9:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Harper College, Gressette Room
International Programs
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies faculty and graduate students will discuss their work in universities in other countries.
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6 - 7:30 p.m.
Harper College, Gressette Room
"Comics, Politics and South Carolina: How We Turned Alvin Greene into a Cartoon"
Corey Hutchins, reporter for the Columbia Free Times and a blogger at The Huffington Post who covers South Carolina politics
David Axe,
freelance writer and video journalist
Hutchins and Axe will take us through the process of creating their graphic novel, The Accidental Candidate, from the idea to the artwork, from the interviews with key people to publication.
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Wednesday, Oct. 10
10:10 - 11 a.m.
Carolina Coliseum, Room 1015
"Mitt Romney, Private Equity and the Robber Baron Myth: News Media, Business and the 2012 Campaign"
Rob Wells, lecturer and consultant for the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Wells will discuss media coverage of Romney, his involvement in the private equity business and the broader context of the robber baron myth in U.S. politics.
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2 - 4:15 p.m.
Multimedia Room, 3rd Floor
Thomas Cooper Library

LISSA Resume Workshop
Robert Newlen, deputy director of the National Law Library
Bring your resume on a thumb drive, or have it available via the cloud. After his presentation, Mr. Newlen will be available for questions and appraisal of your resume; work on polishing yours on-site!
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2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
PHRC, Room 114

"Journalism, business and survival in the age of digital media"
Chris Muldrow, chief digital officer, The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co
As chief digital officer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., Chris Muldrow is leading the company's efforts to build new digital businesses and grow its digital audience  on top of the existing newspaper and radio operations.
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6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Davis College, Room 112

"Journey to Librarianship"
Keynote speaker - Joyce Durant, dean of the library and professor, James A. Rogers Library, Francis Marion University
Panelists -
Cecilia Hem Lee, MLIS, Richland County Public Library, Community Outreach Services; Jessica Kohout, MLIS, Media Specialist, Meadow Glen Middle School; Virginia Blake, MLIS, Archivist, Research Library and Municipal Archives, City of Savannah; Autumn Johnson, MLIS Outreach Librarian, Reese Library, Augusta State University.

Dean Durant will speak about her professional journey, and give emerging librarians insight into the options available in the field. A panel of local librarians representing various fields will respond with perspectives on their specific fields.
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7 - 9 p.m.
Campus Room, Capstone


"Networking: It's Who You know"
IABC / PRSSA / SAF panel

Megan Plott, director of marketing and communications at YMCA of Columbia; Stephanie Jones, senior public affairs, SCANA Corporation; Amanda Wagasky, president-elect for IABC's professional chapter; Skot Garrick, communications manager, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Melissa Harper, art director/designer, SCANA Corporate Design
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Thursday, Oct. 11
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Harper College, Gressette Room

Graduate student poster sessions and presentations
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12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
PHRC 114
"Set Your Brain on Fire"
Greg Cordell, chief inspiration officer, Brains on Fire
Join Cordell for a brains-on-fireside chat as he addresses best practices in the advertising field: Things to embrace and accept. Things to avoid and ignore. Things to fight for. He’ll share case studies and creative work, and talk about what he and his colleagues wish they’d learned in college.
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2 - 3:15 p.m.
Carolina Coliseum, Room 3001

"Corridor of Shame"
Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo Jr
., producer and director of Corridor of Shame and 2012 Travelstead Award winner for courage in education. 

7 p.m.
PHRC 114

"A Better Place: St. Helena, South Carolina"
Dr. Robin (Buz) Kloot, research associate professor, associate director, Earth Sciences and Resources Institute
Denise McGill, associate professor, SJMC
Filmmakers spent a year on St. Helena Island, S.C., recording farmers and fishermen who keep their Gullah/Geechee traditions. Their documentary addresses the clash of land conservation, traditional culture and modern development. See the movie and meet the filmmakers, with a reception to follow. 
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