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National Award for Samoray & $20K Grant for Smith and Ruffin

BeckmanChris Samoray, a graduate assistant in Journalism and Electronic Media, received a national award from the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research.  He will travel–all expenses paid–to the organization’s annual conference in Irvine, California January 24 – 26, 2013 to write stories about research breakthroughs in treating macular degeneration under the mentorship of Barbara Culliton, a distinguished medical writer.  Only seven students nationwide were chosen for this honor and opportunity.
Boyd, Smith, Ruffin, Graves
Two CCI students, Anthony Smith (a senior PR major) and Justin Ruffin (a junior advertising major), are the creators of a screen printing company for campus organizations.  Their company, InHouse GFX, recently received a $20,000 grant from UT’s Boyd Venture Fund.  Read more about their entrepreneurship at