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June 2016: Alumni & BOV Awards

Spring and late fall are the seasons when many professional organizations honor those that have exhibited exceptional achievement. At CCI we always love to brag on our own. While it is impossible to keep tabs on every organization and every award, we have provided a glimpse below of three recent external honors representative of the accomplishments of our alumni and friends.
Help us keep tabs on as many alumni accomplishments as possible by letting us know of your awards or awards won by other CCI alums. The best way to let us know is by reaching out to one of CCI’s social media accounts or to one of the social media accounts of CCI’s four schools. We will then share your good news!
Cathy AckermannThe newly christened Gary McCormick Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Cathy Ackermann (BS/PR ‘71), president and CEO of Ackermann Public Relations and Marketing and CCI Board of Visitors (BOV) member, at the annual Volunteer chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awards ceremony held in Knoxville May12, 2016.
Ellen ListonAt the same event, the chapter presented the newly named Ellen Liston Rising Young Professional Award. The award was named in honor of Ellen Liston (BS/PR ’84) because of her longstanding commitment to the UT PRSSA affiliate chapter and her passion for working with students. Liston, publicist for the Dollywood Company, was CCI’s 2015 Public Relations Alumna of the Year.
Bonnie CarrollBonnie Carroll, founder and CEO of Information International Associates, Inc. and CCI BOV member, received an Enterprising Women of the Year Award, in the “$25 million to $100 Million in annual revenues” category at the 14th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year awards and conference, February 28 – March 1 in Miami, Florida. She was among honorees from throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and several other countries. The awards recognize the accomplishments of CEOs of fast-growth companies, community leaders and role models to other women and girls. A link to the conference can be found at