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Circle Park News: November 2009

College of Communication and Information

November 2009

College News

Giving Back – Prof. Emeritus Howard makes estate gift

Campaign for UT

The College of Communication & Information is proud to announce an estate gift from one of its most beloved faculty members. UT Professor Emeritus Dr. Herb Howard and his late wife (Alpha Day Howard) have made an estate gift that will establish the Dr. Herbert H. Howard and Alpha D. Howard Scholarship Endowment for the college. Read more…

Alumni Survey finds CCI degree relevant in careers

Alumni Survey

Alumni of CCI programs find their degree programs to be relevant both for their first jobs and their current jobs. On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being very relevant) CCI degrees earned a grade of 4.18 for relevance to graduates’ first job. For the complete story, click here.

Homecoming Open House a success


More than 50 CCI alumni and friends stopped in to visit the college during its Homecoming Open House on Saturday, Nov. 7. Guests received sneak peeks of the CCI auditorium, the Scripps Convergence Lab and the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature; and they were able to chat with college faculty, staff and students while enjoying refreshments.
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CCI welcomes 4 new BOV members

The College of Communication and Information officially welcomed four new members to its Board of Visitors at its Fall 2009 meeting: Beldina Auma, Tori Blase, Mike Costa and Michael Mabe. For the complete story, click here.

Alumni & Friends

Board of Visitor spotlight – Mark McNeely


In each issue of the Circle Park News, we will feature a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors through a Q&A session. Our first spotlight features current BOV chair Mark McNeely.

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Alumni Spotlight – Broadcaster Jack Ryan ’97


CCI Alumnus, Broadcaster Jack Ryan wins prestigious CMA Award. Jack Ryan, 1997 Communication Studies graduate, received the phone call of his life the evening of Oct. 13, from country music star Jamey Johnson. Johnson was in downtown Nashville when he called WIVK to tell Ryan that he had just been chosen as medium market personality of the year.

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Faculty & Research

CCI faculty win prestigious national awards

Swan Tenopir

Two of CCI’s most accomplished faculty members, Dr. Sam Swan and Dr. Carol Tenopir, have been recognized for lifetime achievement in their fields.

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Learning Curve: UT Distance Education Sees Huge Growth in Past Decade

Distance Ed

The growth of UT Knoxville’s distance education program in the past 10 years has been dramatic. In the 2000-01 academic year, there were 514 enrollments in distance education; in 2008-09, there were 2,613. And this fall’s enrollment is up 328 over last fall.

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CCI Receives $3.2 Million to be Part of NSF-funded Project

The College of Communication and Information will receive $3.2 million over five years — the largest grant award the college has ever received — to participate in a National Science Foundation project to help create a data network that will enable earth and environmental scientists worldwide to share and preserve their research.

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