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CCI's $10M Campaign Progresses

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The College of Communication & Information (CCI) is proud to be a part of UT’s successful and ongoing capital campaign, The Campaign for Tennessee. Yesterday, Interim UT President, Jan Simek, announced that the university-wide campaign has topped its $1 billion goal, 18 months ahead of schedule. However, there is still work left to be done in our college.

While celebrating this great billion-dollar milestone, CCI is still working towards its college goal of $10 million. So far, hundreds of donors have contributed to CCI during the Campaign for Tennessee for a total of $7.7 million raised, and it is with great zeal that the college’s development staff continues to cultivate and solicit new gifts that will continue to transform the college for years to come.

It is important to remember that approximately 98 percent of all Campaign for Tennessee gifts are restricted for a specific scholarship, professorship, program, building project or other objective of the donor’s choosing. These gifts are critical to fund their intended projects, and cannot be used to offset operational costs.

Fundraising efforts will continue through the campaign’s December 2011 completion and beyond as we work to reach our current goals within CCI, as well as, to find funding for new and unfunded priorities.

“The College of Communication & Information is poised to be one of the finest programs of its kind in the world. Our outstanding faculty, innovative staff, and excellent students will continue to thrive as long as we are able to raise the resources required to upgrade and sustain a great program. We thank everyone who has contributed to CCI’s Campaign for Tennessee since it began in 2005 and look forward to surpassing our goal of $10 million prior to our December 2011 deadline,” said Dean Mike Wirth.

There are many opportunities from which to choose if you would like to join those who have already contributed to this historic campaign. The College of Communication and Information is actively seeking funds for: faculty support including faculty chairs and professorships, scholarships/fellowships, a diversity programming endowment,  study abroad/ internationalization programs, a WUTK endowment, and the College Fund. Each of these projects is a critical part of the innovative, diverse education we value and contributions to these projects will have a significant impact on our ability to build a better, stronger College of Communication and Information.

If you are interested in being part of The Campaign for Tennessee, please contact Andrew Shafer, Director of Development, at, 865-974-3211, or find out more about our Alumni Affairs and Development efforts online at  We continue to travel across the country to help reconnect you with your alma mater, and we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the near future.