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Y-12 Leader Recognizes CCI Student for Outreach Project

Dave Beck, Sara Erdner, Dr. Suzie Allard, Dr. Mike WirthDave Beck, Y-12 vice president of program integration and operating officer of Oak Ridge High School’s (ORHS) Blankenship Field Revitalization Foundation, came to CCI on Feb. 11 to recognize Communication and Information Master’s student Sara Erdner for creating the communication materials required to raise $10 million for the revitalization of ORHS’s Blankenship Field, a multi-use venue for sports, music and community events.    The project came about when Beck contacted CCI Associate Dean of Research Suzie Allard, who works with Beck to identify CCI graduate students to work at Y-12, to see if see if she could identify a student to help create outreach communication materials for the foundation.  Allard approached Erdner who enthusiastically agreed to take on the project http://blankenshiplegacy.org/downloads/blankenship-brochure.pdf.

“Sara was able to quickly assimilate the messaging and incorporate it into clear, concise visual materials to help communicate the message,” said Allard. “She did a great job for the foundation on a very tight deadline.”

“The quick turnaround time needed for this project was an invigorating challenge,” said Erdner. “It was a great opportunity for professional development, and I really enjoyed working with the Blankenship Foundation Board Members.” Erdner is a triathlete from Huntsville, Alabama with an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her MS focus at UT is communication studies with a concentration in interpersonal communication.  She plans on completing her Master’s in May 2015, after which she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior.