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October 2018

The Reichert Report

In his monthly column, Dean Reichert recounts the heartwarming story of a student in need whose life was changed by the generous donations of alumni and friends to the Dean's Excellence fund. Read more »

Souza gives emotional recollection of history at Buchheit Lecture

There were tears. There was laughter. And there were many rounds of applause. At the Buchheit Family Lecture, Pete Souza and his audience became bound by emotion as they experienced history through his lens.  Read more »

Alumna Eva Pilgrim to anchor Good Morning America Weekend Edition

ABC News has just announced that Eva Pilgrim will be an anchor for their Good Morning America weekend show. Pilgrim is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Read more »

Faculty Focus:
Amir Karami

With a mind for business and research but a heart for teaching, Dr. Amir Karami has found a job that allows him to tap into all of his interests — and his work is influencing how researchers are exploring big data to make even bigger discoveries.  Read more »

Bryan’s donations provide opportunities for current students

Jack Bryan credits his degree from the then-College of Librarianship for making his long career in public service possible and hopes that by giving back he can empower others to do the same.  Read more »

Pierrotti inspires students during week-long visit

Andy Pierrotti worked with journalism school students for a week during his professional-in-residence stay, teaching them the ins and outs of investigative journalism. Read more »

Grigg receives PR News award for leadership of The Carolina Agency

Ernie Grigg, an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the faculty advisor of The Carolina Agency, was selected as PR News’ 2018 Platinum PR Winner for Educator of the Year at their Platinum PR Awards luncheon. Read more »

SLIS professors receive highly competitive grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Vanessa Kitzie and Jennifer Arns, faculty in the School of Library and Information Science, grants for research focused on public libraries and their effect on local communities. Read more »




This 24-hour nonprofit creative blitz of pro bono volunteering unites dozens of students and professional mentors for social good. In our 6th annual event, students will be doing marketing communications — brochures, posters, social media, website design, whatever is needed — for nine deserving South Carolina nonprofits.

We need our alumni and friends to be both mentors and creative directors for the teams.  Register » 



Job Posting

Carolina Command Center Manager

Will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the College of Information and Communications’ state-of-the-art social media monitoring lab. The manager will serve as the college’s expert in the usage and implementation of the center’s monitoring and reporting software, training faculty, students and other users. More Details »


Alumni Notes

Anna Peterson (B.A., 2017), was hired full time as the communications specialist for the Columbia Chamber. She handles all of their social media accounts and their web presence, and recently has been promoted to coordinating the Chamber's monthly networking event called Partner Engagement. She also just received an award from the City of Columbia for winning their #LoveColumbia social media photo challenge on Twitter. 

Amy Love (M.C.C., 2000), has been hired as the chief marketing officer by Pareteum, a cloud software platform company. She will focus on developing the company's brand to make sure that it accurately represents the work the company does for its customers, and the larger investment community as a whole. 

Submit your News and Notes here »


October 25: SJMC Alumni Awards Dinner
October 26: Open House and Gamecocks on the Green |

November 1: SLIS Alumni Tea
November 2-3: CreateAthon@USC

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