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Winter 2017 Issue

The fall semester was a busy one for the COMM Department. In October we hosted the annual COMM Internship fair where students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with employers. More than 35 companies participated in this fall's internship fair. See event slideshow here. (You might recognize a few CofC COMM alumni on the other side of the tables interviewing the students.) If you are a local company looking to hire our students, please email to express your interest in participating in this annual fair. And, you can always feel free to email internship and job openings so we can further promote that to our COMM majors, minors, and alumni.

The Department’s Bully Pulpit Series led pre-and-post-election events for students, alumni, and community members. Students organized several days of Register to Vote efforts across campus in October. Post-election, the Bully Pulpit Series hosted two events –

  • Ballots & Brunch: A Review of the 2016 Presidential Election and Future of American Politics
    • This event was the signature academic event for the College’s Fall Alumni Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. It featured keynote speaker Joe Klein, an award-winning political columnist for TIME Magazine and author of seven books including the best-selling Primary Colors. Joe spoke to three trends that influenced the 2016 election. Prior to the keynote address, two panels of distinguished guests provided insider insight, expert commentary and engaging discussion. See full listing of event participants here:

Jaime Harrison, Chairman, South Carolina Democratic Party 
Jonathan Hoffman, Former White House Border Security Policy Director and Republican Consultant
*Moderated by Jordan Ragusa, Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of Charleston

Caroline Kenny, Digital Producer, CNN Politics and College of Charleston Alumni
Bubba Atkinson, Editorial and Social Media Director, “The Next Great Media Company” and College of Charleston Alumni
Schuyler Kropf, Reporter, Post and Courier
*Moderated by Jordan Ragusa, Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of Charleston

Joe Klein, Political Columnist, TIME Magazine and Best-Selling Author of Primary Colors, Charlie Mike, The Natural, The Running Mate, Politics Lost and Payback
* Moderated by Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director of Business Development, Clemson University Restoration Institute and College of Charleston Alumni

  • Film Screening of I Voted? Documentary and Q&A with Filmmaker 
    • On Dec. 1st the Department of Communication and SC Equality hosted the film screening of I Voted? The film is a thought-provoking, nonpartisan documentary from executive producer Katie Couric. I Voted? examines elections in America and presents surprising discoveries of our voting system. A discussion featuring the filmmaker, Jason Grant Smith, and Dr. Mike Lee (CofC COMM Professor) followed the screening. Dr. Lee is featured in the documentary.

Summer 2016 Issue

The 2016 campaign season was an exciting and busy one for the Bully Pulpit Series. The Series played host to several candidates for president, local political debates, major events for national news outlets, and served as a vehicle for leading student voter registration efforts.

COMM senior Becca Starkes participating in largest-ever CNN Focus Group, February 2016

A few highlights of the season:

  • An episode of Showtime’s The Circus featured our Bully Pulpit event with Chelsea Clinton. See video here.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made two campus appearances – one in November 2015 and the other in February 2016 – with impressive attendance at each event. CNN covered his November event while Sean Hannity's FOX News show came to campus to do a Cruz town hall. 
  • CNN visited twice during the primary season and the coverage resulted in two different videos (one featuring COMM senior Erin Dempsey) as well as CNN’s largest-ever focus group (70 people).

See photo, above right of COMM senior Becca Starkes interview ^^

Be sure to check out the great article about the dynamic experience the Bully Pulpit Series provides students in the spring issue of College of Charleston Magazine