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March 25, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Inside CCI – The newsletter for College of Communication and Information faculty, staff, and students.
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 Kaitlyn Barrett, senior in public relations, will be presenting her research entitled “Political Communication in the Digital Age: Tea Party Elections and Social Media” at the University of Tennessee Honors Symposium this weekend. Her faculty adviser is Associate Professor Michael J. Palenchar. Members of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and other departmental and special honors programs will present their research in a day-long symposium.



 Communication Studies Club visits Washington, D.C.

Members of the Communication Studies Club traveled to Washington, D.C. from Feb 26 to March 2 to visit with alumni and leaders in business and public service.  Students had the opportunity to discuss career interests and develop personal networks with individuals across a range of career options.  The group visited with Tom Daffron, CEO of Jefferson Consulting;  Mark Johnson, Manager, Toyota Government Relations; Shannon Scott, Manager of American International Automobile Dealers Association; Marty McKay, President of Global Event Partners; Congressman Duncan; Congressman Roe; members of Senator Alexander’s staff; Ms. Claire Dunne, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, National Nuclear Security Administration; and members of the Chinese Embassy.

Faculty and Graduate Students Deliver Presentations at SSCA

The following faculty and graduate students delivered presentations at the 81st annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association in Little Rock, AR:

Hoyoung Ahn and Mike Kotowski, “A path analytic test of anti-binge drinking public service announcement effectiveness: Attitudes and intentions.” This paper was recognized as the Top Paper in the Applied Communication Division.

Leslie Deatrick, John Haas, Stephanie Kelly, Mike Kotowski, and Laura Miller, “Teaching research methods to the Modern Undergraduate.”

Amy Harp and Courtney Wright, “Suicide bereavement and the theory of motivated information management.”

Stephanie Kelly and Laura Miller, “Identification of high risk sun exposure groups and assessment of their presence in PSAs: The unique case of farmers, African-Americans, and outdoor athletes.”

Laura Miller, “Uncertainty management among couples coping with cancer survivorship.”



 Bonnie Hufford was recently named a Stakeholder for the American Cancer Society. Selected as one of 22 Stakeholders nationally, Hufford will serve a two-year term peer reviewing grant proposals in the Society’s Extramural Grants Division. She will help select which research grants the organization will fund, working on proposals from oncology nurses and social workers. Hufford has been an ACS volunteer for more than a decade, helping start the UT Relay for Life event in 2004 and serving as its adviser for four years. Last year the organization raised $55,000 for cancer research and was the top fundraiser in the Mid-South Division, earning a national “Hero of Hope” award. Hufford was filmed recently for four Relay promotional videos that will be posted to the ACS website soon.



CCI Dissertation Colloquium Featuring Doctoral Candidate Lei Wu – Monday, March 28, noon-1:30 p.m., Scripps Convergence Lab

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting – Friday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Scripps Convergence Lab

CCI Auditorium Dedication and Campaign Celebration, Friday, April 1, 11:30 a.m. (followed by lunch)

 Bi-Annual Ph.D. Professional Development Workshop, Thursday, April 7, 12:30 – 2:00 PM, Scripps Convergence Lab

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting – Friday, April 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Com 321.



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