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Alumni News: Burdick, Carter, Grabenstein, John, Masters, Rice

Ashe honorsLady Vols Cierra Burdick (BS/CS ’15) and Andraya Carter (BS/CS’15) were named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars 2015 Women’s Team. The list is selected and published by Diverse Issues in Higher Ed magazine.

Christopher Grabenstein (BS/JEM ‘77) published two new young reader books, “Treasure Hunters Secret of the Forbidden City” and “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics.” Grabenstein received the UT Accomplished Alumni Award in 2009.  

BBW @ NYSESharon Price John (BS/ADV ‘86), CEO and president of Build-A-Bear Workshop, and her executive team rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on September 9, 2015 in honor of National Teddy Bear Day. John received CCI’s Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and is a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors.

Troy Masters (BS/JEM ‘86), founder and long-time publisher/editor of Gay City News in New York City, has joined Mirror Media Group to launch The Pride L.A., a new biweekly gay publication.  Masters is the publisher/editor, which published the first issue October 9 in Los Angeles, http://thepridela.com/.

Dean Rice (BS/CS ‘94), chief of staff for the Knox County Mayor, was recently featured in a story on WBIR-TV in Knoxville. Rice serves as a Global Security Fellow for UT’s Institute of Nuclear Security. In June, he traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees to learn first-hand about the crisis. The segment can be viewed at http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2015/09/13/local-syrian-expert-visits-refugee-camp–midst–crisis/72235666/.