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MAY 2021

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iSchool leadership changes announced

Professor Karen Gavigan will return from retirement to serve as interim director of the School of Information Science beginning July 16. David Lankes, who has led the school since 2016, will leave the University of South Carolina for an endowed chair position at the University of Texas.
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College mourns former journalism school dean

Judy VanSlyke Turk, former dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, died Sunday after a long illness. Turk took the reins in 1991, becoming the first woman to hold the position — and at 43, the youngest. 
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CIC Conversations: NewsGuard co-founder to discuss mis- and disinformation on May 27

Author, lawyer and news literacy advocate Steven Brill will join us for a virtual discussion on May 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Brill is the co-founder and co-CEO of NewsGuard, an internet browser extension that rates thousands of websites for trust and credibility. He also founded Court TV and The American Lawyer Magazine. He'll share his thoughts on misinformation and disinformation and answer questions. 

Join the Diversity Leadership Group

The Diversity Leadership Group is an advisory group of diverse librarians working to ensure that the profession reflects the communities it serves. This video featuring iSchool alumni Gerald Moore and Ray Turner explains the group's history and mission. Interested in joining? Send us an email to learn more. 
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Scott Farrand: Back on the cutting edge 📱

In the '80s, Scott Farrand helped develop the first versions of MacDraw, Adobe Illustrator and FreeHand for the Macintosh. Today, he's diving back into Apple technology and learning innovative ways to use his new iPhone 12 in the classroom. 
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iSchool alumna's new book gives children with limb differences a character like themselves 

School media specialist Alexis Cannon Hale (2010 MLIS) was disappointed when she found out about the underrepresentation of limb loss in children’s literature. Her discovery inspired her to write “It’s Me, Zoey!” starring her daughter as the main character.  
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CIC honors undergraduate students

The college was unable to host its annual Awards Day ceremony, but that didn't stop faculty from honoring the best and brightest undergraduate students. Read the story

SJMC students rack up multiple awards in one week

SJMC students earned a variety of awards from advertising, public relations and journalism organizations. Read the story

iSchool hosts annual awards ceremony

The School of  Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards ceremony on April 23. See who won
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Thank you for supporting our students

Your support on Give 4 Garnet helped us raise $25,000 for the CIC Student Experience Fund. This new fund will enable more CIC students to participate in valuable out-of-the-classroom experiences such as study abroad and professional conferences, ensuring that they enter the job market ready to succeed.


Megan Parrott Evans, BA, 2018, is in her second semester of the MLIS program at the iSchool and is a marketing coordinator at Midlands Technical College. She married 2017 College of Engineering and Computing alumnus Kendall Evans on Jan. 31. The two now reside in Chapin.

Dwayne Sutton, BA, 1986, along with his daughter Lauren, a 2021 CIC graduate, launched Black Alumni Report. The website highlights the significant achievements of Black alumni from any school, undergraduate and graduate, in the United States. It is published by Parrish Street Press, a digital media company, for which he is the C.E.O.

Hobson Powell, BA, 1998, joined LinkedIn in Omaha in 2020, leading Global Customer Operations.

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Join Gamecock Journalists on Facebook 

Gamecock Journalists is a Facebook group for students, alumni and faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Members share industry trends, career advice, job leads and other ideas about the profession. Join today! 
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