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November 4, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016                                                                   

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Faculty and graduate students making research presentations at the National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia, PA, November 10-13, 2016, include:

Professor Michael Kent, “Rescuing social media for public relations: Combating encroachment from marketing and advertising.”

Associate Professor Michael Palenchar and doctoral candidate Laura Lemon (along with U. of Houston Emeritus Professor Robert Heath and Associate Professor Jae Lee), “Risk communication and emergency response preparedness: Contextual assessment of the protective action decision model.” This paper received a top research paper award from the public relations division.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Avery Foster and Sejin Park (PhD/C&I ‘16) have two papers: “HPV vaccination campaign fear visuals: An eye-tracking study exploring effects of visual attention on message informative value, recall, and behavioral intentions” and “Exploring the effects of visuals in HPV prevention campaigns: An eye-tracking study.”

Associate Professor Courtney Childers, Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho, doctoral candidate Laura Lemon (along with Abbey Levenshus (Butler U.)),  “Current students as university donors?: Determinants in college students’ intentions to donate and share information about university crowdfunding efforts.”



Associate Professor Bharat Mehra and Assistant Professor Wade Bishop organized the Small Business Community Information Exchange with KC Williams, Director of the Blount County Public Library, on November 4, 2016. The Exchange was sponsored by a Community Engagement Incentive Grant from the UT Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. The event provided an opportunity to engage with 30 small business and public library representatives to discuss a blueprint design and strategic action plan of a Public Library Small Business Toolkit.  

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis has been invited to join the Program Committee (PC) of the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2017). Conference sponsors include: the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; the National e-Governance Division (NeGD); the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV); and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



Professor Peter Gross is writing a monthly column for Transitions Online, a journal of politics, society and culture in the 28 formerly Communist countries of Europe and Central Asia, based in Prague, Czechoslovakia. His articles for August, September, and October are as follows.

“Not-so-phantom menace.Reporters without borders warns of increasing oligarch control over the media and the effect that is having on journalism in Eastern Europe and beyond” Oct. 3, 2016.

“War of words. Russia’s information warfare in Romania” Sept. 9, 2016.

 “Bad NewsMedia outlets in Central and Eastern Europe make a poor showing in international journalism watchdog reports, and there is plenty of blame to go around,” August 16, 2016.

WUTK will be celebrating National College Radio Day this Friday, Nov. 4 by soliciting donations to the WUTK Gift Fund all day on air, and on social media.  This is an annual event, nationwide, for college radio stations to celebrate what they do for students, as well as the quality programming they provide for their markets.  WUTK has a number of premium items to give out for donations including: UT Athletic tickets, concert tickets, and more.  A tax deductible donation can be made at the link, below.  Or, anyone can drop off cash or a check at P105 Andy Holt Tower between 9am and 6 pm this Friday.  Checks should be made out to The WUTK Gift Fund.

The 4th Annual WUTK Beer Dinner Fundraiser takes place this Monday, Nov. 7 at Sunspot Restaurant on The Strip, beginning at 6 p.m.  The five-course meal prepared by Sunspot’s new master chef Jay Vopatek, will feature seasonal craft beers and other flavors from YeeHaw Brewing Company.  The greeter course features a warm sharp cheddar beer cheese dip with pumpernickel crostinis paired with the Eighty Scottish Ale.  Other courses include a duck al pastor taco on sweet potato tortillas with tomatillo pico, paired with the pale ale.  And kielbasa with green tomato chutney and warm red potato salad, paired with the dunkel.   Cost is $45 per person, and you must be 21 years of age or older to attend.  All proceeds benefit WUTK, and there will be raffle items given out between each course.  Reservations can be made by calling The Sunspot at 865-637-4663.


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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