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Circle Park News: October 2012


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October 2012   

NFL’s Top Communicator Headlines PR Day

Paul Hicks, NFL

The top communicator for the National Football League (NFL) was the featured speaker at the CCI School of Advertising and Public Relations’ PR Day, October 19 at the UT Conference Center.
Paul Hicks, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, delivered the Ackermann PR Keynote Lecture at the event, which attracted almost 200 attendees. Hicks was hired to manage the football league’s communications in 2010, and previously spent eight years as a regional CEO of the Ogilvy public relations firm   Read more


Summar's Award

2012 Dwayne Summar Essay Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2012 Dwayne Summar Essay Contest were announced at PR Day on Oct. 10. The winners were: Kayla Witt (1st Place), Hannah Zehring (2nd place) and Caroline Hurd (3rd place). Witt and Zehring are juniors and Hurd is a senior, all are majoring in public relations at UTK.   Read more

New Web Site

CCI BOV Member West Presents Gift

Mary Beth West (BS / PR ’94) has operated her own business, Mary Beth West Consulting, LLC, for nearly 10 years. Her recent pledge of $10,000 is in celebration of that accomplishment and in honor of a former mentor, Sammie Lynn Puett. Read more


Message Effects Lab

Communication Studies Launches Message Effects Lab

John Haas, director of the School of Communication Studies, describes the new Message Effects Lab as a “game changer” for the School’s and College’s research program. Read more

Diversity Week 2012

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week a Great Success

CCI’s 3rd annual Diversity and Inclusion Week was a great success with 793 attendees at the week’s 8 panel sessions and 1 forum and 250 attendees at the Diversity and Inclusion Festival!   Read more

Distance Education

Distance Education: Closer Than You Think

UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has identified Distance Education as an important academic area to explore as part of UTK’s Journey to the Top 25. Read more

NEH Grant

Digitization of Tennessee Newspapers Continues

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant funding the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project (TDNP) has been extended for two more years. The goal of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) project, which began in 2011, is to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922.   Read more

Karen Robinette

Robinette Joins CCI as Annual Giving Coordinator

Karen Robinette recently joined CCI as its Annual Giving Coordinator. Past positions held by Robinette include: marketing and special events assistant and education director with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and assistant manager with Alumni Hall.  Read more

Patrick Powell

5 Tips Regarding Open-Source Software

This month’s ”5 Tips” comes from Assistant Professor Vandana Singh of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) who touts the benefits of using open-source software (OSS) – alternative software tools for a wide range of uses, from creating blogs to library systems to web development. Read more

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