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APRIL 2021

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GIVE 4 GARNET | Support our students on April 21

Study abroad opportunities, conferences and memberships in professional organizations are high-impact ways to prepare students for the job market. That's why we've launched the new CIC Student Experience Fund. When you support the CIC next Wednesday for Give 4 Garnet, you'll help more students participate in valuable out-of-the-classroom experiences like these. 

But wait — there's MORE!

Donate $21 to our Give 4 Garnet campaign in April, and we'll send you a FREE CIC fanny pack while supplies last. 
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The second annual Augusta Baker Lecture is TONIGHT from 6-8 p.m. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:

1. This year's speaker is Caldecott Honor Book author Zetta Elliott. Register here

2. You can purchase a lecture tee here. Funds raised from shirt sales benefit Augusta Baker Educational Programs in the future.

3. Buy a copy of Elliott's book, Say Her Name. The first 100 people to purchase one will receive a signed copy. Get yours here.

Community health worker Kathia Valverde leans over a table of contraceptives and explains what they are to two people sitting in front of the camera.

Researchers to help LGBTQIA+ populations navigate barriers to health information

Health disparities are common in LGBTQIA+ populations, in part because discrimination makes health information harder to come by. Over the next two years, a team of researchers from the School of Information Science and Arnold School of Public Health will collaborate to recruit, learn from and develop specialized training for LGBTQIA+ community health workers. 
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COVID-19 Impact: Navigating communications during the pandemic

Brooke McKeever, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, discusses how we have worked through the communications challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Deans' and Directors' Lecture planned for April 23 

Crosby Kemper, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will headline the Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. This year's Beta Phi Mu inductees and iSchool award-winners will also be recognized during the online event.  
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Broadcast senior wins first place in BEA hard news contest

When broadcast journalism major Ward Jolles tied for first place in the Broadcast Education Association’s Faculty Festival of Media Arts in March, he didn’t expect to win. That’s because he didn’t even know he was nominated. Professor Laura Smith submitted the surprise nomination— she knew he had a shot to win big. Read the story

Lankes wins Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

iSchool Director David Lankes has received the 2021 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, the Reference and User Services Association's highest honor. The award recognizes his 30 years of visionary leadership in reference services, his national leadership in virtual reference, his ongoing work in expanding reference services and his excellence as an LIS scholar. About the award

UofSC students win creative awards

Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored with 14 awards at the virtual American Advertising Awards gala. Check out our winners in print, interactive and broadcast media.

iSchool alumni needed for podcast 

School of Information Science alumni and past/current employees are invited to share their memories as part of a Legacy of Literacy podcast series to celebrate the program's 50th anniversary. Please fill out this form to tell us what you can share. If you are chosen to participate, students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications will contact you in mid-May to arrange an interview. Interviews will take place between May 24-26 via Zoom (or potentially in person if you live in Columbia).

Help PRSSA develop its alumni newsletter 

The University of South Carolina's Public Relations Student Society of America is looking to build and strengthen its alumni relationships! If you were a member of PRSSA during your time at South Carolina or if you are interested in keeping up with an incredible group of SJMC students, please take a moment to complete the survey below. The survey results will assist the chapter in developing an alumni newsletter. All responses are greatly appreciated and will be incredibly helpful to UofSC PRSSA.


Stephanie Durso Mullin, BA, 2012, is creative director at Townsquare Media in Charlotte. Her co-authored thriller, The Family Tree, publishes in June. She and her co-author received a two-book publishing deal from the award-winning thriller imprint Avon Books with HarperCollinsUK off of a Twitter pitch contest during the pandemic, and their books will be published both in the United Kingdom and the United States. The Family Tree will also be published in Holland.

Brooks Hearn, BA, 2007, is the marketing and investor relations manager for Dorchester County Economic Development. In September 2020, she was named among the Best and Brightest 35 and Under by Charleston Business Magazine

Jonathan Battaglia, BA, 2012, has been named communications director of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a labor union representing more than 600,000 workers in the airline, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and other industries across North America.

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