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April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

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The College of Communication and Information received the inaugural “Dr. Marva L. Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 23, 2014. The award was presented “in recognition of CCI’s exceptional work encouraging and advancing diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee.” Thanks to everyone who has contributed to CCI’s diversity and inclusion efforts with special thanks to CCI Director of Diversity Alice Wirth for her vision, leadership and dedicated service to advancing CCI’s diversity and inclusion program.


Congratulations to AdvPR Professor Mariea Hoy, IS Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis, and JEM Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside on being selected to participate in the UT Office of Research and Engagement’s 2014 Grant Writing Institute. SIS Associate Professor Suzie Allard will serve as faculty mentor for all three. Each has also selected a graduate student to participate. Working with Dr. Hoy will be CCI doctoral student Ivonne Rameriz; with Dr. Potnis will be SIS master’s student Michelle Schabowski; and Sport Management doctoral student Elizabeth Taylor will work with Dr. Whiteside. A total of 12 participants were selected campus-wide.


CCI is proud to announce its top winners of the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) awards.  

  • Robby Veronesi. Photo Essay “Big Orange, Army Strong.” Faculty Mentor: Rob Heller
  • David Fox McCarville. Photo Essay “Between the Stacks.” Faculty Mentor: Rob Heller
  • Sarah Zimmerman. Communication Campaign “Eco Car.” Faculty Mentor: Lisa Fall




The UT PRSSA Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter received a “Service to Students” recognition award at the spring Phi Eta Sigma Induction Ceremony. The chapter, whose membership nearly doubled this past year, is actively involved in an array of campus activities as well as community events. Associate Professor Lisa Fall is the organization’s academic advisor. Fall was recently recognized at the PRSSA national conference for her 10+ years of service – which includes previous advising for the Michigan State University and Georgia Southern University chapters.


Congratulations to Richard (Rick) Curry and Danijela Radic for successfully defending their dissertations. Thanks to their chair Professor Eric Haley and their other dissertation committee members for their service and commitment. Curry’s other committee members were: Associate Professor Lisa Fall, Associate Professor John Haas, and UT Graduate School Associate Dean Joy DeSensi. The title of his dissertation is “Online social networking sites: Meaning of SNS’s to gay men from non-accepting families.” Radic’s other committee members were: Professor Ron Taylor, Associate Professor Michael Palenchar, and CBA Assistant Professor Wanda Costen. The title of her dissertation is “Exploring employee-organization relationships in post-socialist transition: Local employees’ experiences in foreign-owned organizations in Croatia.”




Congratulations to Professor and Acting Director Virginia Kupritz on being selected for the 2014-15 UTK Leadership Program.  A total of 10 participants were selected to participate campus-wide.




Professor Dania Bilal is an invited speaker at the Lebanese Library Association/IFLA Annual Conference. The title of her presentation is “Information behavior in motion: The iUserDB in context,” Beirut, Lebanon, May 20-23. She will also be presenting a paper at the 6th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. Istanbul, Turkey, May 27-30.  The title of her presentation at the QQML is “Why the Web is difficult to use?”


Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass and Samuel Crawford (SIS M.S. student) submitted the winning photograph for the eighth annual spring cover contest held by the quarterly publication, Documents to the People (DttP). Inspired by recent events, the photograph is titled, “Education for YOUR Environment”. DttP is the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA).


Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis has been invited by The College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park to present his research on microfinance at the Guest Speaker Series organized by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information. The title of his presentation is “Microfinance 101: Fundamental concepts, challenges, and opportunities.” 


Congratulations to Todd Suomela for successfully defending his dissertation. Thanks to his dissertation committee chair, Associate Professor Suzie Allard, and his other committee members, Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, Professor Mark Littmann, and Associate Professor Harry Dahms (CAS) for their service and commitment. The title of Dr. Suomela’s dissertation is: “Citizen science: Framing the public, information exchange, and communication in crowdsourced science.”




Congratulations to Professor Mark Harmon for receiving a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication). He will receive his award on June 20 at SPJ’s 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism Banquet at the National Press Club.


Professor and Associate Dean Catherine Luther was the keynote speaker for the Third International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society that was held in Istanbul, Turkey from April 15-16. The title of her talk was “National security, surveillance technology, and privacy.” She was also interviewed by several Turkish news media outlets and a governmental agency during her stay.


Luther and doctoral candidate Ivanka Pjesivac’s article, “The framing of WikiLeaks in U.S. and French newspapers: Journalistic outlet or inciter of anarchy,” was published in the Newspaper Research Journal, 35 (1), Winter 2014.


Doctoral student Jodi Rightler-McDaniels and Luther presented their paper, “White people Wednesday: A forum for resisting or consenting?” at the annual Broadcast Education Association Convention in Las Vegas last week. Their paper won first place as the “best interactive scholar-to-scholar presentation.”


Professor Barb Kaye and Tom Johnson (U. of Texas – Austin) had their article “The shot heard around the World Wide Web: Who heard what where about Osama bin Laden’s death,” published in Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 19(3), 643-662.


Assistant Professor Amber Roessner will give a talk based on her forthcoming book. The talk is titled, “Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and the chemical warfare service.”  It will be held in the UT Humanities Center seminar room on the first floor (E102 Melrose Hall) on Monday, April 28, 2:30-3:30pm.


Esquire Magazine’s Tom Junod, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, spoke to Chris Wohlwend’s JEM 44
4 class last week, via Skype, about his approach to writing and reporting.





Apr. 28

Study Day

Apr. 28

CCI Speed Dating Workshop, Scripps Lab, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Apr. 28

CS Senior Reception, Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, Medallion Room, 6:00-8:00 pm

Apr. 29 – May 6

Final Exams

May 7

CCI Commencement Ceremony, Thompson Boling Arena, 4:30 pm

May 8

UT Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Thompson Boling Arena, 4:30 pm

May 9

SIS Hooding Ceremony, 10 am


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