A number of Scripps College of Communication and Ohio University faculty members have donated several books for the 2012 SUSI scholars.
One such faculty member, retired professor Dr. Anne Cooper-Chen, has been involved with SUSI all three years that it has been hosted at OU. Last year, she acted as the research chair for the program and also gave away about 50 books, as well as one set of 25 years’ worth of Journal of Communication.
This year, Cooper-Chen donated a set of 30 years’ worth of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, which filled six boxes.
“I am retired and wanted the books and journals to get out to journalism schools around the world, since I no longer need them,” she said.
Other faculty members who donated include Dr. Eric Rothenbuhler, the associate dean of the Scripps College of Communication, and Dr. Steve Howard, the director of African Studies and of the Institute for the African Child, among others.
Many of the scholars were excited to receive and appreciative of the books.
Rwandan scholar Alexandre Twizeyumukiza, for example, picked books related to public relations and to journalism and media. He said that the books will greatly aid him in teaching as his country’s primary language transitions from French to English.
“I am sure that by reading them I will get additional information in those fields,” he said. “Also, the books could undoubtedly be useful to several other people.”
Scholar Guoping He, from China, said it is usually very difficult for him to get original English academic books at all. He chose books related to methodology, public relations and international communication.
He said that the books will aid him in his research, and also that he plans to donate some of the books to his school’s library so other scholars can benefit as well.
“It’s an unexpected pleasant surprise,” he said. “They are valuable gift for me.”
The SUSI summer institute — in which scholars from all over the world come to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at OU to study journalism and media — is funded by an annual renewable grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Study of the U.S. Branch in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs.