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October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016                                                                     

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Associate Professor Michael Palenchar presented his research, “Tired of reacting to (un)predictable crisis events? Drained from being in a position of weakness and defense during crises?,” at the professional luncheon of the Volunteer Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in Knoxville, TN. Palenchar also gave a research presentation, “Drained from being in a position of weakness during crises?: Consider the convergence of risk communication and issues management,to the local PRSA chapter at its monthly professional luncheon.



Associate Professor Bharat Mehra organized a workshop, “Rural libraries in the 21st century: Places that serve diverse community needs,” during the Diversity in Library and Information Science conference, at the University of Maryland, October 20-21, 2016. 



Professor Julie Andsager presented a paper, “Social media, elaboration, and public opinion,” at the Media and the public sphere: Empowered audiences in the digital age conference,” hosted by the University of Georgia October 20-22. A number of CCI graduate students also presented papers at the conference including:

  • Doctoral student Jamie Greig, “Floating the mainstream: Analysis of the term “mainstream media” by US media”
  • C&I Master’s students Elizabeth Hurst and Joshua Cunningham, “How Russia is using the Syrian refugee crisis: Framing and agenda setting in Moscow Times and TASS Russian News Agency,” and Cunningham’s paper, “Peculiarities of the media in Putin’s Russia: Gazprom oil concern’s role as a media giant.”


Professor Mark Harmon together with political science professor Mike Fitzgerald held a Q&A session following the screening of, “Best of Enemies at the Howard Baker, Jr. Center on October 25.

WUTK Volunteer Radio 90.3 The Rock was voted “Knoxville’s Best Radio Station” for the second year in a row by the readers of The Knoxville Mercury in their annual “Top Knox” awards.  This is the eleventh year in a row that WUTK has won this award when the readers’ polls of Metro Pulse, Blank News, and Knox Mercury are combined.  WUTK GM/PD Benny Smith was voted runner-up in this year’s Best Radio Personality category, just behind Mark and Kim from Star 102.1, and Hallerin Hilton Hill.



November 3

School of Information Sciences Open House, Scripps, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

November 11

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 11

CCI Journey to the Top 25 Campaign Kickoff Gala and Awards Ceremony, Knoxville  Convention Center, 6:30 p.m.

November 12

CCI Alumni Tailgate, CCI Lobby/Patio, 3 hours prior to the UT vs. Kentucky kickoff

November 16

C&I Master’s Program Preview Reception, CCI Lobby, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

November 18

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

November 30

CCI Faculty/Staff Holiday Party

December 1

Last day of classes

December 8

UT Graduate Hooding, Thompson-Boling Arena

December 9

UT Fall Commencement, 4 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena


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