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Alumni News: Wilson, Rice, Thompson and Topchik

Alan WilsonMcCormick & Co., Inc. led by its President, Chairman and CEO Alan Wilson (BS/JEM ’80), was recognized by the UT College of Business Administration as the Outstanding Corporate Partner for the year.  The award was presented at the fifth annual Alumni Awards Gala on October 18.

Bulletproof Congratulations to Barry Rice (BS/JEM ‘88) director of broadcasting for UT’s Athletic Department, and his team for the widely circulated video, “Tennessee Football: Bulletproof.”  The behind the scenes story and link to the video can be found at

Shelby ThompsonShelby Thompson (BS/PR ‘13) was crowned Miss Tennessee on June 22.  According to the Miss Tennessee website, “As the newly crowned Miss Tennessee, Kirkland’s Inc. sponsors Shelby as she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels 70,000 miles speaking to 40,000 school children about the Character Education Trait: Trustworthiness.  Throughout her year of travels across the state, Shelby also serves as a National Spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Official Friends of Children’s Hospital Board Intern, Volunteer Tennessee’s Honorary Board Chair, as well as the Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network for the state of Tennessee, home to five CMN hospitals.” 

Jack TopchikIf you missed the article, “Learning from the past and present,” by Jack Topchik (BS/ JEM ’67) in Tennessee Alumnus magazine, here is the link,  Topchik is a former editor at The New York Times News Service.