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Peyton Manning Visits His Classroom

Peyton Manning Classroom

On Friday, April 20, Peyton Manning (BA / CS ’97 and 2007 recipient of CCI’s Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award) returned to Knoxville to be the keynote speaker at a banquet celebrating the successful conclusion of the Campaign for Tennessee. As part of his return to campus, Manning stopped by the College of Communication and Information to visit with CCI Dean Mike Wirth and School of Communication Studies Director John Haas and had his picture taken in the Peyton Manning Classroom. + read more

Comm Studies Makes the Grade

Comm Studies Graduates 2012

A successful Academic Program Review (APR) of CCI’s School of Communication Studies (CS) was completed during the 2012 spring semester. The team that reviewed the communication studies program was composed of faculty members from the University of Illinois, the University of Kentucky and UT Knoxville. The highly positive review report was a testament to the hard work that members of the communication studies faculty and staff have put into building the program over the last decade and in prior years.
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3 Cheers for 3 CCI Honorees

Dr. Sam SwanDr. Peter GrossDr. Catherine Luther

Three CCI professors recently received exceptional honors. + read more

New Faculty Join CCI


As of August 2012, two outstanding new faculty members have been added to CCI’s ranks. Abbey Levenshus joins AdvPR and Jonathan Pettigrew joins CS.   + read more

CCI Faculty Members Receive Promotions

Beth Avery

Three CCI faculty members were recently promoted. Beth Avery (AdvPR), Lisa Gary (JEM), and Virginia Kupritz (CS). + read more

CICS Receives IMLS and Sloan Foundation Grants

ITRL Grads

The College of Communication and Information’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) recently received three new grants – two from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and one from the Sloan Foundation.
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The Tombras Group in the Spotlight

Tombras Group at CCI Social Media Week

Charles “Charlie” Tombras II (BS / Adv. ’64) and his son, Charles “Dooley” Tombras III (BS / English ’97), were recently featured in a Knoxville News Sentinel story, “Ad man Charlie Tombras meets the challenge.” + read more

5 Things to Know about Video Production

5 Tips on Video

JEM Associate Professor and documentarian Bob Legg discusses 5 things to keep in mind the next time you break out the camera to produce a piece of video footage. Legg teaches both introductory and advanced video production classes. He also leads a study abroad class to Cyprus every summer. + read more