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Alumni News: John, Evans, Conaway, Wilkin, and Hellie

Sharon JohnSharon Price John (BS/Adv ’86) has been appointed President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) in St. Louis.  John formerly served as president of Stride Rite’s Children’s Group.  BBW has more than 400 stores worldwide where customers are offered an interactive experience making their own stuffed animal. A recent New York Times article details John’s career path since graduating from UTK http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/jobs/build-a-bears-ceo-on-the-courage-to-branch-out.html?_r=2&.

Dan ConawayCongratulations to Dan Conaway (BS /Adv ’71), emeritus BOV member and current Memphis News columnist, on the publication of his book, I’m a Memphian.  The book comes out in October and is being published by Nautilus Publishing. 

John P. WilkinJohn P. Wilkin (MS/IS ’86) has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  He was associate university librarian at the University of Michigan and executive director of the HathiTrust prior to accepting the position at UIUC. 

Dan HellieDan Hellie (BS/JEM ‘97) has been hired as the host of the NFL Network’s “signature show,” NFL Total Access.  Prior to joining the NFL Network, Hellie served as sports director and anchor for NBC owned WRC-TV News 4 in Washington D C http://nflcommunications.com/2013/07/11/dan-hellie-joins-nfl-network/.