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August 2015: Alumni News

Alumni News August 2015BOV member David Bohan (BS/BA ’70) and his BOHAN Advertising team won Ad Age’s 2015 Silver Award for agency culture in an international competition for small agencies. The award was announced at Ad Age’s Small Agency conference in Boston. Also this month, the agency received a Graphis gold award, one of only 100 from around the world, for its Dueling Grounds Kentucky Clear brand story, logo, bottle design and promotional packaging  http://www.bohanideas.com/.
BOV member Cindy McConkey (BS/JEM ’80), consultant for Effective Communication and Organizational Development Strategies, is a finalist in the Business and Professional Leadership category  of the Knoxville YWCA 2015 Tribute to Women Awards  http://www.celebrateknoxville.com/ywca-awards-women-leaders/.
BOV member Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73) was recently inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame – Class of 2015 http://www.michmab.com/ProgramsEvents/AwardsHonors/HallofFameLifetimeAchievementAwards.  He was also elected chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, an organization that provides training for minorities and recognizes outstanding public service initiatives by broadcasters to train future managers http://www.nabef.org/.  In addition, the August edition of Radio Ink published an extensive article about Patrick, his wife Susan and Patrick Communications, http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2961324&spid=24698#.Vc3a3lFwKqo.mailto.
Greg Pitts (PhD/C&I ’92) is the new Director of the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University.  Pitts served as professor and chair of the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama (UNA) for the past six years.
WBIR-TV recently highlighted Rosanna Royal (MS/IS ’90) for her volunteer work with a local community center to help at-risk children become better readers.  Royal used her considerable library organization skills along with her experience as a Knox County School librarian to make the center’s library a place of discovery and wonder to help children find the books that ignite their thirst for more knowledge  http://www.wbir.com/story/life/2015/08/13/retired-librarian-volunteers-time-passion–wesley-house/31647673/.
BOV member Charlie Tombras (BS/ADV ’64) and his team at The Tombras Group won Ad Age’s Silver Medal for National Agency of the Year for agencies with 76 to 150 employees at the 2015 Ad Age Small Agency Awards in Boston. Dooley Tombras, the agency’s executive vice president said, “We are incredibly proud that this isn’t an award for one piece of creative, one website or one client. Ad Age looked at our agency’s body of work for the entire year.” (http://tombras.com/)