We are sad to share that former SJMC faculty member Ron Farrar died on May 18. Dr. Farrar was a long-time associate dean for graduate studies and interim dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. We collected tributes and memories from alumni and former colleagues.
Doug Fisher has been described as a pain. As frank. Unceremonious. Even downright mean. But those qualities have carried him since the death of his father meant taking a job at the start of middle school. They paid his way through college and earned him his first journalism job. They are what Fisher has built a career on and what he hopes to infuse in his students.
When Sarah Massengale sat down with us to talk about her graduation profile, we agreed this wouldn't be a feel-good story — not when accessibility is still a work in progress and the job market for the blind is so bleak. But it would be a story about an opera singer turned public relations major who's working to change those things by challenging processes and sparking difficult conversations.
The School of Library and Information Science is now the School of Information Science, following a vote of approval by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. The new moniker will support continued growth of the school's undergraduate offerings, expand options for graduate students and bring it in line with peer programs that have already undertaken similar name changes.
Have you met CIC career services manager Shirisha Mudunuri? Mudunuri is a wealth of knowledge for recent graduates hoping to make the most of their job search. She's also a resource for alumni and industry partners looking to hire student interns and alumni. If you're navigating the job market, check out these tips from Mudunuri.
🏆 CIC honors stand-out faculty and staff
Outstanding faculty and staff were surprised in a special online awards ceremony on April 30.
The South Carolina Public Relations Society of America recognized Victoria Canada as the most outstanding public relations student in the Palmetto State. She was honored for her work both inside and outside of the classroom during a virtual celebration of the annual Mercury Awards on April 30.
What if you didn't have the technology needed to take your classes online? Or you couldn't afford to travel home when campus shut down? Or you lost the job that was paying your tuition?
To provide assistance for students affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the UofSC Educational Foundation has established the UofSC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Through this fund, we can help students facing financial hardship and other unexpected challenges related to COVID-19.
Randall Hawk, MLIS, 1989, has retired. He is having a blast working in his garden.
Drew Hill, BA, 2020, has accepted a job as a digital content producer with WINK News in Fort Myers, Florida.
Briana Ramirez, BS, 2020, has joined Capgemini as a technical analyst consultant.
Jacqueline Heydet, BA, 2020, has joined The Home Depot's corporate headquarters in Atlanta as a visual communication specialist. She'll work on content for the company's website, magazine and employee hub.
Jacob Sloan, BA, 2020, has joined KMID-KPEJ in Texas as a multimedia journalist and weekend weather forecaster.