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Circle Park News: September 2016

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CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week 2016
Law Enforcement Panel
The College of Communication and Information hosted its seventh annual Diversity and Inclusion Week September 26 – 30, 2016. Over 1,200 participants joined in the experiential learning sessions hearing from topic experts and engaging in dialogue and discussions. The 2016 theme was “Diversity & Inclusion: It’s Time,” and the daily themes were “The Culture Sphere,” “The Big Orange Sphere,” “The Public Sphere,” and “The Professional Sphere.”
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Driver, John, Baker
Three CCI Alumni Receive UTK Alumni Board of Directors Awards
Three CCI alumni were among the 17 honored by the UTK Alumni Board of Directors on September 16 at the UT Knoxville Board of Directors Awards Dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center. This year’s CCI award recipients were: Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86) who received the Distinguished Alumni Award, UT Knoxville’s highest alumni honor; Nannette Baker (BS/JEM ’78) who received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award; and Shannon Jamieson Driver (BS/JEM ’99 & MBA ’11) who received the Alumni Promise Award. Find out more.
Mike McCloud
McCloud Receives UT Accomplished Alumni Award
Mike McCloud (BS/JEM ’90), CEO and President of World Food Championships (WFC), received the UT Accomplished Alumni Award on Friday, September 23 at a reception held at UT’s Tyson Alumni House. Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) Professor Rob Heller provided his remembrances of McCloud as a student and shared his perspective on McCloud’s career. Find out more.
August Profiles:
Alumni: Chris Grabenstein
Chris Grabenstein
Award winning author and emeritus CCI Board of Visitors member Chris Grabenstein (BS/JEM ’77) announced in September that Nickelodeon is bringing his book, “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” to the small screen as an original TV movie. Grabenstein’s book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 94 weeks.
Faculty: Mariea Hoy
Mariea Hoy
ADPR Professor Mariea Hoy was invited to Washington DC along with Nate Evans (MS/C&I ’10; PhD/C&I ’14) to participate in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Putting Disclosures to the Test” workshop. The workshop focused on whether consumers understand privacy policies and consumer disclosure statements.
Students: Cookston & Simpson
Simpson and CookstonTyler Cookston (PR) and Kalee Simpson (AD) are perfect examples of the “early bird gets the worm.” Read about their unique opportunity with ESPN GameDay behind the scenes and how they were picked for the adventure by ADPR Associate Professor Courtney Childers.
Find out more about this month’s featured alumni, faculty and student.
CCI Research Group Provides Social Media Analysis of Debates
The Political Social Media Research Group (PSMRG), which consists of students enrolled in JEM Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor Stuart N. Brotman’s graduate political communication seminar, used sophisticated social media monitoring software to analyze public sentiment during the Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 presidential debates and the Oct. 4 vice presidential debate. Find out more.
Emily King with Connie Bezanson
EcoCAR3 Communication Team Wins Award
UT EcoCAR 3 Communications Manager Emily King (a second year communication and information master’s student focused on public relations) and her EcoCAR 3 team won second place for “Best Collaboration with a Clean Cities Coalition” at the EcoCAR 3 Year Two Final Competition in May 2016. Find out more
youth informatics
SIS Launches Youth Informatics Certificate Program
The School of Information Sciences (SIS) recently launched a new Youth Informatics Certificate Program. The program is open to all graduate level students across the UT system regardless of discipline and to those with a graduate degree in information sciences interested in obtaining continuing education credit or adding this certification. Find out more
ESPN GameDay Set
ESPN GameDay Provides CCI Students with Insider View
ESPN’s GameDay came to UT for the September 24 Florida game. As part of the visit, 50 journalism and electronic media students took a behind-the-scenes tour of the ESPN GameDay operation on Friday, September 23. Students toured the control room operations and the set followed by a talk from ESPN reporter and CCI alumnus Gene Wojciechowski (BS/JEM ’79). Find out more
Annual Report
CCI Lifetime Giving Societies and Dean’s Circle Donors Recognized in 2015 CCI Annual Report
CCI’s 2015 Annual Report recognizes members of the Dean’s Circle ($1,000+ in annual fiscal year cash giving to CCI) and members of its lifetime giving societies (i.e., the Circle Park Society ($100K+ in lifetime giving to CCI) and the Bickel Society ($25K to $99K in lifetime giving to CCI)). As we approach the season of gratitude, we sincerely thank everyone who has invested in CCI!
Torchbearer Fall 2016
CCI Highlights in Fall 2016 Torchbearer
The Fall 2016 edition of the Torchbearer ( contains a number of articles/content with CCI themes. Here is a walk through the magazine wearing ‘CCI glasses.’ Find out more
Faculty News
Faculty News: Andsager, Brotman, R.Taylor, White, Prentiss
JEM Professor Julie Andsager, JEM Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor Stuart N. Brotman, ADPR Professor Ron Taylor, ADPR Professor Candace White, and CS Senior Lecturer Suzy Prentiss all have news to share. Find out more


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