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MAY 2020

An image of Dr. Ronald T. Farrar is on the right. To the left, the text has his name and these dates: July 3, 1935-May 18, 2020. This is all on top of a pale gray palm leaf background.

In memoriam: Dr. Ron Farrar


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. 
 

 
REMEMBERING DR. FARRAR
Doug Fisher, retiring SJMC instructor, wearing a hat with the American Copy Editors Society logo on it. The hat has a large fake pencil sticking out of either side.

The master of the 'thinking person's game'


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.
 

 
READ THE STORY
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2020 graduate profile: The other threads


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. 
 
READ THE STORY
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SLIS becomes School of Information Science


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. 
 
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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. 
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🏆 CIC honors stand-out faculty and staff


Outstanding faculty and staff were surprised in a special online awards ceremony on April 30. 
 
FACULTY + STAFF AWARDS

🏆 SJMC Undergraduate Awards Day


The School of Journalism and Mass Communications was unable to host its annual Awards Day ceremony, but that didn't stop faculty from honoring the school's best and brightest students. 
 
SJMC UNDERGRAD AWARDS

🏆 SJMC Graduate Student Awards


In virtual ceremonies, faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored three graduate students for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, teaching and research. 
 
SJMC GRAD STUDENT AWARDS
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🏆 Ad Team places second in national competition


Ad Team is always tough — long hours and hard work. Although this semester was especially challenging, it didn't stop them from taking one of the top prizes.
 
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🏆 Victoria Canada named PR Student of the Year


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.
 
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Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund


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. 

 
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ALUMNI NOTES 📝

 
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.

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