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CCI Connects: Howe, Neely, Thornburg, Moussa

For many, the college experience includes laying the foundation for lifelong friendships and relationships with faculty mentors. CCI alums re-connect at events such as Social Media Week, CCI/UT alumni events and beyond. Take a look at these two very different stories of CCI grads re-connecting.  Do you have a CCI Connects story? Share it with us on Twitter @utcci or by email at

Bob Howe, Frank Thornburg, Randy Neely (l-r)Bob Howe, Randy Neely, Frank Thornburg

While visiting Florida, Class of 1966 grads Bob Howe and Randy Neely toasted their 50th graduation anniversary with retired journalism professor Frank Thornburg near Thornburg’s home in Bradenton.  Following military service and graduate school at American University, Howe spent the majority of his advertising career in New York City with Grey Advertising, BBD&O and DDB working with major national consumer brands and professional sports leagues.  He and his wife Candis live in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he founded Howe Marketing Works.  Neely spent his public relations career with NASA (Huntsville), Holder, Kennedy (Nashville), The Wenz-Neely Company (Louisville) and the University of Louisville College of Business. In 1996, he was inducted into the Bluegrass PRSA Chapter/Kentucky IABC Hall of Fame. He and his wife Glenda live in Louisville and in St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Thornburg, a former WWII pilot and Class of 1948 grad, taught principles of advertising, beginning reporting, graphic communications, newspaper law, and advertising copy and layout in the college for 30 years. He also was faculty adviser to the Daily Beacon. He retired in 1985.


Adam Moussa visit SMW and Powell High SchoolAdam Moussa (MS/C&I ’13), Programming Coordinator for ESPN X Games participated in the Sports and Social Media session of this year’s Social Media Week. His former high school coach Matt Lowe stopped by to sit in on the session and re-connect with Adam. While in Knoxville, Adam also took advantage of the opportunity to speak to a class at his alma mater Powell High School. During his time in school, Adam took advantage of a number of opportunities to enrich his knowledge with hands-on experience and to develop relationships with key mentors. In both presentations, Adam shared inspiring stories with students to help them recognize opportunities and to encourage them to reach out to those who can help them achieve their career dreams. As he said in a tweet before his Powell presentation, “I’m visiting my alma mater to breakdown my journey from Emory Road to ESPN.” That journey included a year on Circle Park Drive!