Celebrate.  Educate.  No Excuses!


Beginnings and endings are the nature of life’s cycles. Education celebrates the latter with a variety of graduation ceremonies and celebrations. Our college sent forth nearly 300 new alumni last month with their newly minted undergraduate and graduate degrees.


This past Friday, my youngest son Andrew graduated from high school here in Columbia.  Earlier in the week, my granddaughter Sarah “graduated” from pre-school in Alabama, cap and gown and all. We overdo some of these things, of course, though not when a granddaughter is in the picture. (Way to go, Sarah!) 


In only a few months, Sarah will get to ride the bus to school with her older sister Nicole. This week, Andrew is already in orientation for his next challenge as a freshman in our Moore School of Business. Opposite ends of the campus may be a good thing for father and son, as the venture is now his more than ours. Our paths will cross on the Horseshoe, I trust.


Andrew’s commencement speaker was Derreck Kayongo of CARE International, who told the Heathwood Hall Class of ’09 about his own experience as a refugee from Uganda. He spared no details—terror, executions, flight. Considering the privilege and opportunity of the education here, Mr. Kayongo told the Heathwood graduates that they have “no excuses” for not making the most with what they have been blessed. 


Nor do we collectively have any excuses for not ensuring that this country’s, this state’s, this university’s and this college’s education is as good as we can make it. That’s a challenge that should not be mitigated by budget cuts or physical constraints.


I’m in the classroom this summer, teaching a reporting course. For me, time with students is both a temporary refuge from administrative duties and a refreshing stimulus, reminding me how vital education is to our society’s success. No excuses!  





College News


Special Delivery: Cocky’s Express Mail


If you attended the Cocky’s Reading Express Red Carpet Premiere in February, you should soon receive some special “Express Mail,” asking for your financial support. Your gift will help fund trips to our state’s most underserved schools and purchase books that will be donated to every child we visit.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Cocky’s Reading Express by the close of our fiscal year, June 30. Make your gift online at www.sc.edu/giving.  You can also use the gift envelope enclosed in the next issue of Intercom.


For more information, contact Terry Dixon at (803) 777-6898 or tedixon@mailbox.sc.edu.



Cocky’s Friends Visit Barbara and George H. W. Bush


First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, Dean Bierbauer, Ellen Hinrichs, Tommy Preston

and Andrew Gaeckle, both former student government presidents and Cocky’s “reader leaders”, visited Barbara and George H. W. Bush at the Celebration of Reading in Maryland May 11. This celebration benefited the Maryland Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.




InterCom is on its way



Our spring edition of InterCom is making its way to your mailbox this month.  Features include Cocky’s Reading Express, Dean Bierbauer’s Annual Report and a recap of I-Comm Week 2009. Your feedback is always welcome. E-mail comments about the next issue to Elaine Taylor at taylorem@mailbox.sc.edu.


Alumni News


Alumnus Capt. Larry Thomas Makes


BP Buggy
Donation Possible



Thanks to SJMC alumnus and scholarship donor, Capt. Larry Thomas of Katy TX, USC was recently the proud recipient of a BP Solar Powered Bad Boy Buggy. The BP Buggy was presented to President Harris Pastides, May 16, during the baseball game against Georgia. Larry is the general manager of Government and Public Affairs for the Gulf Coast with BP America in Houston.


The BP solar buggy is equipped with two electric motors with 30 horsepower, delivering more than 170 pounds of torque and making it one of the most powerful all-terrain vehicles available in its category.




Face of Y’ALL Seeking Two New Graduates



The 2009 Face of Y’ALL campaign has officially kicked off and they are looking for two graduates of the last decade to represent Carolina’s young alumni. Last year’s winners were Emily Leaphart and Joey Bowers, both CMCIS alumni.


Visit www.thefaceofyall.com to read more, register to vote and apply for the Face of Y’ALL. June 17 is the deadline to apply. Young alumni who apply or register to vote will have a chance to win a Nintendo Wii.


Student News

See It. Live It. Tell It.




Once again, a group of journalism students traveled abroad to see it, live it and tell it during their Maymester class. Three classes took trips – one to Germany, one to Atlanta and another to New York. All are present and accounted for, but enlightened by the venture. “Our students had a fabulous time connecting with USC alumni in various New York City positions as they toured advertising, PR and media agencies and outlets,” said Assistant Professor Karen Mallia. “They were inspired to see how many alumni – especially some from just a year ago – are making it in the Big Apple.” Stay tuned to www.sc.edu/cmcis to see photos and videos from the trips.



The Carolina Reporter Receives Mark of Excellence Award



The Society of Professional Journalists recently announced the national winners of the 2008 Mark of Excellence Awards and the Carolina Reporter received “National Finalist” in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper category. This was the only University of South Carolina winner. These awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast during 2008. All winners can be found at http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=891#891.



Journalism Student Featured in New York Times Video



Second-year print journalism student Paul Bowers was featured in a New York Times video on May 19. Bowers and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof share about their encounters with malnourished children in West Africa. Click here to see the video http://video.nytimes.com/. You can read Paul’s blog from this journalism adventure at http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/paul-m-bowers/.


    October 23 - 24
    Details in a future CMCIS eNews.


    Have a Great Summer ’09!

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