On Friday, March 5, in conjunction with the college’s Spring Board of Visitors meeting, CCI held a ceremony to recognize and thank BB&T for establishing the BB&T/Martha S. “Missy” Wallen Dean’s Enrichment Fund. The $100,000 gift will be used to support a number of current and future needs of the college including visiting scholars, travel to disseminate faculty/graduate student research results and facility upgrades.
Wallen, the Tennessee state president for banking firm BB&T, is a 1974 alumna and has been a member of the College of Communication and Information’s Board of Visitors since 1999.
As an expression of gratitude, the college has named one of its classrooms, room 314, in their honor.
“This generous gift to name CCI’s ‘classroom of the future’ and to create the BB&T/Martha S. “Missy” Wallen Dean’s Enrichment Fund is a tremendous boost for the college,” said Dean Mike Wirth. “We are proud to have this technologically advanced group and team classroom bear the name of one of the Southeast’s leading financial institutions along with one of our most distinguished alums.
“Private donations such as this have a remarkable impact by allowing us to invest in the innovative programs and ideas required to remain at the forefront of communication and information education,” Wirth said.
Thanks to funds from UT students’ Facilities Fee, the room was renovated and redesigned to create a classroom for team-based teaching and learning. Student teams can cluster around six wall-mounted flat screen monitors, glass boards and computers that they can share and collaboratively control. Also in the room are movable tables for small-group projects; videoconferencing equipment; a portable lectern for the instructor; and dimmable lights.