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Circle Park News: September 2015

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CCI’s Diversity and Inclusion Week 2015

Hodges session
The College of Communication and Information hosted its sixth annual Diversity and Inclusion Week September 28 – October 1. Over 1,100 participants joined the discussions, dialogue and learning across the week’s 9 sessions, two keynotes and the Diversity Festival. The 2015 theme was “Unifying and Transforming Our World” with daily sub-themes of Unifying and Transforming: “Our Self,” “Our Home,” “Our Community” and “Our Workplace.” (See for a complete list of the week’s sessions, keynoters, panelists and moderators). Find out more

Accomplished Alumni Awards

Abbott – Trivial Pursuit Inventor
On September 10, 2015, CCI Dean Mike Wirth presented Scott Abbott (MS/C&I ’78), best known as the co-inventor of the incredibly successful board game Trivial Pursuit, with the UT Accomplished Alumni Award.

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Maier – Retired Frisch’s VP/Board Member
Karen Maier (BS/JEM ’74), recently retired vice president of marketing and board of director’s member with Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants in Cincinnati, received the UT Accomplished Alumni Award on September 24, 2015 from CCI Dean Mike Wirth.

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Abbott Maier

More CCI News

Alan Wilson
Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite Dedicated in New Student Union
On Friday, September 11, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek dedicated the Alan and Wendy Wilson Career Development Suite on the top floor of the new Student Union. The suite was named in honor of Alan Wilson (BS/JEM ’80), chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Company, and his wife Wendy for their major gift to the Center for Career Development. Find out more
Andsager AEJMC
Journalism Professors Chronicle Custer Myth in New Book
Although what really happened to Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his command at the Little Bighorn remains a mystery, the man behind the myth is as inscrutable as his final battle, claim two UT journalism professors, Ed Caudill and Paul Ashdown, in a new book.
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Baker Center
Baker Center Becomes Diplomacy Lab Partner with US Department of State
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been selected as a partner in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program, which harnesses the knowledge of students and faculty at universities across the country to study issues of worldwide importance.
Proposals from two CCI faculty were selected to participate: JEM Professor Catherine Luther and IS Associate Professor Bharat Mehra.

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CCI Patio
CCI Patio Opens
After three years of planning, CCI’s new patio opened for business on September 11. The patio, which is adjacent to CCI’s Lobby on the Circle Park level of the Communications Building, provides CCI with 3,000 square feet of outdoor community space. Find out more
Big Orange Give
Big Orange Give 2015
The goal of Big Orange Give (BOG), October 19 – 23, 2015, is to raise $1 million dollars for UT Knoxville including $7,500 for the College of Communication & Information with the focus on new and repeat alumni gifts of any size. Find out more
2014 CCI Annual Report
CCI Students Excel
The 2014 CCI Annual Report highlights several student activities and achievements. Some are familiar like the Eyes on LaFollette project and some are more recent additions like Social Media Week. Likewise, CCI students continue to capture top awards such as Torchbearer. See the most recent annual report and prepare to be impressed! 2014AnnualReportWEBb.pdf
JEM Students Collaborate with ESPNU For Game
ESPNU was in town to cover the Volunteers’ game against Western Carolina. Sixteen JEM students assisted with the production of the game, courtesy of ESPNU’s Campus Connection, a program designed to give ESPNU viewers the latest student-generated news from college campuses around the country. Find out more
WBIR-TV covered their experience in the story linked here,
Alumni News
Alumni News: Burdick, Carter, Grabenstein, John, Masters, Rice
Read the latest news about Cierra Burdick, Andraya Carter, Chris Grabenstein, Sharon Price John, Troy Masters, and Dean Rice.
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Faculty News
Faculty News: Swan, Harmon, Geidner
Read the latest news about Sam Swan (JEM), Mark Harmon (JEM), and Nick Geidner (JEM). Find out more
Student News
Student News: Elmore, Marley, and Baker
A documentary created by JEM graduate student Clinton Elmore along with students Hannah Marley and Maxwell Baker won Audience Favorite in the Documentary Short segment of the 2015 Knoxville Film Festival ( “Teach a Man to Fish”, a twelve minute documentary about Project Healing Waters, tells the story of this amazing organization and its participants.
Erin Whiteside
5 Tips for Empowering Women in Sports
JEM Associate Professor Erin Whiteside shares five tips for empowering women in sports. Find out more


  • UT rose three spots to 47th in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings.
  • CCI Tailgate will be 3 hours before the Homecoming game – North Texas, November 14, in the Communications Building Lobby.
  • The BIG ORANGE GIVE will be the week of October 19 – 23 – are you ready?


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