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March 22, 2013






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Friday, March 22, 2013

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Reminder:  Social Media Week starts almost immediately after spring recess.  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the kickoff breakfast on April 2.

Congratulations to all 19 CCI students who produced 13 entries presented in this year’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement.  The CCI judges, Professors Mark Harmon (JEM) and Roxanne Hovland (AdvPR), honored four entries as outstanding: Nathaniel Patton’s audio slide show “Changing Gears,” Lauren Beets’ audio slide show “Got Milk?,” the poster presentation “Mom Made Me: Students Respond to the Flu Shot,” and the video “Streetwise: Burn the Night.” 

Professor Rob Heller (JEM) acted as the faculty mentor for both slide shows;  Professor Ron Taylor (AdvPR) was the faculty mentor for Christine Copelan, Kristin Carver, and Lauren Gregg’s poster; and   Associate Professor Bob Legg (JEM) was the faculty mentor for Emily Blocher and Hannah Allen’s video.

“Streetwise” was the overall first place winner for CCI and one of the Best of Show winners in the overall competition. 



Associate Professor Michael Palenchar contributed two entries to the recently published Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, edited by Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler and Ryan Hagen and published by SAGE. His entries are “Public Relations” and “Shelter-in-Place.”

Palenchar has also been selected as a national board member for the Commission on Public Relations Education. According to their website, the Commission on Public Relations Education is composed of public relations educators and practitioners representing 15 professional societies in PR and related fields of communications. Since 1975, the Commission has presented recommendations on public relations education. Colleges and universities throughout the world have adopted these recommendations enhancing the relevance and quality of public relations master’s education. 

Palenchar and Karen Freberg (PhD/C&I ’11), assistant  professor at the University of Louisville, had their book chapter, “Convergence of Digital Negotiation and Risk Challenges: Strategic Implications of Social Media for Risk and Crisis Communications,” published in Social Media and Strategic Communication, edited by John A. Hendricks and Hana N. Al-Deen(England: Palgrave MacMillan). 

Palenchar and Freberg had another book chapter, “Conceptualizing Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Risk and Crisis Communication Practices,” published in Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics: The Challenges of Being Seamlessly Mobile, edited by K. Cumiskey and L. Hjorth (New York: Routledge).


Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir presented the day-two keynote for the “Beyond the PDF 2” Conference in Amsterdam on Mar. 19. Her talk was called “Shaping the Future of Scholarly Communication.” She flew to the conference from Australia where she is serving as a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney until May.

Associate Professor Suzie Allard and Assistant Professor Carolyn Hank both attended the invite-only Digital Curation Education Experts Meeting held Mar. 18-19, 2013, in Chapel Hill, N.C., on behalf of DigCCurr II, a four-year, IMLS-funded digital curation curriculum project based at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Both gave brief presentations based on their invited briefing papers. Hank’s was titled “More Sharks, digital curation and the ongoing education of information professionals.” Allard presented on three IMLS-funded projects at UTK-SIS: ScienceLinks, DCERC, and SciData. 

Hank also gave an invited keynote talk on developing a personal research agenda at Curate Thyself, a digital curation Ph.D. symposium held Mar. 17 in Chapel Hill, and hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-CH.



Assistant Professor Michael Martinez presented his research paper, “Just Because the Web Is Free, Doesn’t Mean the Content Is,” at Universitat Abat Oliba’s International Journalism Week 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the weeklong conference that drew scholars from around the world was “Entrepreneurship and Journalism Perspectives, Best Practices and Trends.” The presentations may be viewed at

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hendrickson was chosen by UTK’s Office of Information Technology to be a 2013-2014 OIT Faculty Fellow. The position will allow her to collaborate with OIT to enhance teaching and learning for faculty and students.

octoral candidates Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac and Iveta Imre won this year’s BEA (Broadcast Education Association) News Division Debut Paper Competition (second place). Their paper, “Believing the News: The Effects of Type of Journalist and Type of Sources on Reporter Credibility, Article Credibility, and Organizational Credibility,” will be presented at the BEA conference in Las Vegas, Apr. 7-10. 

Correction:  Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside’s “Issues in Sports Media” course was incorrectly described as a cross-listed, undergraduate/master’s course. The course will only be offered as an undergraduate course.



Mar. 22 – 29

Spring Break/Recess

Apr. 2

Hill Lecture, Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine Senior Science Writer

Apr. 2 – 4

Social Media Week

Apr. 15

CCI, AdvPR, JEM Honors Convocation

Apr. 26

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting

Apr. 26

CCI International Lunch hosted by SIS, Scripps Theater


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