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October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Assistant Professor Abbey Levenshus served as a panelist discussing “Teaching digital media writing: Challenges, opportunities, and examples for public relations education” at the October 2014 PRSA Educators Academy Conference in Washington, DC.


Associate Professor Courtney Wright will give one of three special presentations during the TennTLC workshop series on engaging identities. Her presentation, “Exploring student identities and experiences of academic disappointment: Implications for conversations about grades,” will take place on Tuesday, October 28 from 3:25 – 4:20 pm in 213 Hodges Library. The workshop series is facilitated by the TennTLC in partnership with Vice Chancellor Rickey Hall and the Office of the Provost.



Professor Suzie Allard is co-PI on the planning grant, “Enhancing the data curation profiles to help bridge the gap between researcher and repository,” awarded to Purdue University Libraries and the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2). The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant will develop a roadmap for the next generation of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit (DCPT). The Principal Investigator is Scott Brandt (Purdue). Jake Carlson (University of Michigan) is also co-PI.



Assistant Professor Amber Roessner received the American Journalism’s inaugural Rising Scholar Award at the American Journalism Historian Association’s Annual Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The award was accompanied by a $2,000 research grant. Roessner and co-authors Jodi Rightler-McDaniels (PhD/C&I ’13) and C&I Master’s student Shiela Hawkins  also received an honorable mention for the Maurine Beasley Award for the Outstanding Paper on Women’s History for their paper, “Forgetting the ‘Mother’ of social justice: Cultural amnesia surrounding Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s women’s rights crusade.”

Assistant Professor Michael Martinez received a Joseph McKerns Research Grant Award from the American Journalism Historian’s Association. The $1,250 award will fund travel to conduct archival research at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas to study Yoichi “Okie” Okamoto, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidential photographer. This research is one part of a much larger project to study the photographers responsible for the image and memory of all the presidents from President John F. Kennedy to the present and the photographs they produced.

Jan Winburn, senior editor for enterprise at, recently spoke to two groups of Journalism and Electronic Media students. Taking stories from idea to publication, she demonstrated how journalists can create compelling features using multimedia platforms.

WUTK is hosting its 2nd Annual Beer Dinner this Monday, October 27th at 6:30 at Sunspot Restaurant, 2200 Cumberland Avenue.  Yazoo Brewing Company from Nashville will provide a different flavor craft beer with five different courses of food, all prepared by Sunspot’s Master Chef, Brandon Cruze.  Tickets are $50, each, and can be reserved by calling Sunspot at 865-637-4663.  All ticket sales benefit WUTK. Last year the station raised over $4000 from this event.  The entire menu and more can be found here:





Oct. 3 – Nov. 30

Rob Heller’s “Eyes on LaFollette Exhibit,” Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

Oct. 31

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Patrick Auditorium

Nov. 7

PR Day, 8:30-2:00, Communications Building

Nov. 14

Fall Board of Visitors Meeting

Nov. 14

CCI Awards & Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet, 6:30-8:30, Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

Nov. 15

CCI Tailgate Party, CCI Lobby, 3 hrs. prior to UT vs. Kentucky, Communications Building Lobby

Nov. 27 & 28

Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 2

Fall Semester Classes End

Dec. 3

Study Day

Dec. 3

CCI Holiday Party, Scripps Lab

Dec. 4-5 & 8-11

Final Exams

Dec. 12

UT Graduate Hooding

Dec. 13

UT Fall Commencement


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