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March/April 2019

An impact beyond words

Lisa Sisk, a senior instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is charting a new course for teaching after being diagnosed with a degenerative disorder that affects communication. Read more »

The Reichert Report: Project Literacy

On a cold, November morning, I pulled a T-shirt on over my work clothes and boarded a bus bound for Kelly Miller Elementary School in Winnsboro, South Carolina. As the CIC’s new dean, I wanted a first-hand look at what our literacy initiative, Cocky's Reading Express, was all about. Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Pamela Nash Davenport

Many librarians can only dream about working for the Library of Congress. But for Pamela Nash Davenport (MLIS, ’95), it’s a reality. Read more about Davenport here, then hear from her at the 2019 Deans' and Directors' Lecture later this month. Read more »

A seat by the window

Discovery is central to who Ernie Wiggins is — reflected in both his and interactions with his students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications  and is something he has valued in every stage of his professional life. Read more »

I-Comm Week returns 

Following the CIC’s merger in 2002, I-Comm Week was created to celebrate innovation, research and achievement in the college's two schools. Now, I-Comm Week will return April 15-18. Get the full schedule of events. Read more »

SXSW: A week in review 

Visual communications major Kristin Stitzlein recaps the CIC student trip to South by Southwest, a festival that celebrates innovation and technology. Here, she and five other undergrads from SLIS and the SJMC learned what's new and what's next in their industries. Read more »
Here at the CIC, we know that literacy has the power to transform lives. That's why we're asking YOU to support Project Literacy when you Give 4 Garnet on April 10. Donations will help Cocky's Reading Express put more books in the hands of more children in South Carolina AND help us launch a news literacy initiative, too. Visit our campaign page to learn more.



We're working with Berkeley Research Group to develop the college's strategic plan for the next five years. As part of that process, we're gathering input from alumni. Have 10 minutes? Share your thoughts with us. All responses are completely confidential.
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Conner Fassnacht (B.A., 2017) has joined Independence Blue Cross as the associate channel manager for consumer marketing and member engagement. 
Dr. Amanda (Colson) Sturgill  (B.A., 1990) is using her journalism degree in her career as a professor. She recently worked with Dr. August Grant from the SJMC and two colleagues at BYU-Hawaii to edit a major two-book set, "Religion Online: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray." This year, she is also on the board of directors for the AEJMC, the major organization for mass communication programs at colleges and universities. She and her husband, David (computer science, 1989), are proud Gamecock parents to a daughter and a nephew, both in the Carolina Band. 
Kourtney (Mott) Hanrahan (B.A., 2004) recently got married on Oct. 17, 2018, at New York City Hall. She is currently working for the 2019 President of the New York chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services.
Lorene Kennard (MLIS, 1999) is a university archivist and manager of technical services at the Brown Library at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. 
Margaret Hoynes (B.A., 2013) started a full-service marketing company called Twelve 31 Media in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
Padget (Singleton) Mozingo (B.A., 1990) has launched Padgett Communications, a consulting firm specializing in communications strategy, public relations, event planning and social media for nonprofits, small businesses and professional services.

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April 10: Give 4 Garnet See the Project Literacy campaign page
April 11: Cocky's Reading Express Family Literacy Night | 6 p.m. @ Saluda River Academy for the Arts

April 15: CIC USCreativity Design Challenge Presentation | noon @ Davis 110
April 15: SXSW Recap Presentation | 2 p.m. @ SJMC 318
April 16: Let's Be Frank: A Hot Dog Social | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. @ SJMC Rose Garden
April 16: Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards | 5:30-8 p.m. @ South Carolina State Library
April 17: Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture with Bloomberg's Karen Toulon | 7 p.m. @ SJMC Auditorium
April 18: CIC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. @ SJMC 318 | Register here

Check out the CIC's calendar for a full list of upcoming events.
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