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Circle Park News: November/December 2016

Kupritz is Inaugural Swain Professor

Kupritz Swain Wallen
Communication Studies Professor Virginia Kupritz has been named the inaugural William H. Swain Professor. The professorship was made possible by a generous gift from Martha S. “Missy” Wallen (BA/CS ’74) in honor of her father, William H. Swain, who was also a UT alum. Find out more
Campaign Kickoff
CCI Gala Kicks off $15M Campaign
The College of Communication and Information launched the public phase of its $15 million campaign, “Investing in the Journey to the Top 25,” at the CCI Campaign Kickoff and Awards Gala on November 11, 2016. The gala celebrated CCI’s outstanding students, world-class faculty and cutting-edge facilities. Find out more.
Alumni Awards
CCI Honors School/Program Alumni and Faculty
CCI honored a notable graduate from each of its schools and programs at its campaign kickoff and awards gala on Friday, November 11. The 2016 CCI faculty award winners were also recognized at the event. Find out more.
Shelton Group
Shelton Group Donates $25K to CCI
The Shelton Group, a local Knoxville marketing agency that specializes in creating a market advantage for organizations working to create a sustainable, energy responsible future for its clients, donated $25,000 to CCI in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary. Find out more.
Potnis White
Potnis and White Receive Approval for Diplomacy Lab Projects
The US State Department recently approved Diplomacy Lab project proposals from IS Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and ADPR Professor Candace White.
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Ed Cortez
IS Professor Cortez to Retire
Information Sciences Professor and former director, Ed Cortez, will retire at the end of this year after 11 years of distinguished service. Upon his retirement, Cortez will become a Professor Emeritus. Under Cortez’s leadership, IS joined the iSchool organization to further strengthen its position as an integrated program serving the evolving needs of information science professionals. Academic research and scholarship thrived during his time as director, and several graduates have gone on to successful academic careers. Find out more
CCI Patio
CCI Patio Tailgate News
CCI used its new 3,000 square foot patio for two major tailgates in November. The patio provides a great location for a tailgate as it overlooks Neyland Stadium to the Northeast and the Tennessee River to the south. It offers the perfect backdrop for Vol fans to take photos and party prior to a game. Find out more
2016 BOG
CCI and the Big Orange Give
The Big Orange Give (BOG) raised $1,521,305 campus-wide. Included in the week-long campaign were VolStarters for the Ad Club’s NYC field trip and the Communication Studies Club DC field trip. Thanks to the 166 donors who contributed, CCI more than doubled its $10K goal reaching $21,174. This represents a 14% increase over 2015. See
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Entrepreneurial Journalism Students Challenge Extremism
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition, Challenging Extremism, co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The competition required students to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign had to resonate with the students’ peers as credible, authentic, and believable. Find out more
2016 Nov/Dec Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about our CCI Torchbearers, James Herbert, PhD (BS/Animal Science & JEM ’62), Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86), Josh Loebner (MS/C&I ’99; BS/Forestry ‘96), Cindy McConkey (BS/JEM ‘80), and Tracy McBroom Tramel (BS/JEM ’97; MS/C&I ’99) Find out more

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