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Circle Park News: January 2017

Masters Endows Jackson Professorship in School of Advertising and PR

DeForrest Jackson
With a gift of $500,000, Suzanne S. Masters, a 1989 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Advertising and Public Relations, has established the DeForrest Jackson Endowed Professorship, named after her favorite professor. The gift, tied for the second largest ever received by UT’s College of Communication and Information, creates the first professorship for the School of Advertising and Public Relations. Find out more
Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook
Middlebrook Named 2017 CCI Diversity Award Recipient/Keynoter
The College of Communication & Information (CCI) will present Reverend Doctor Harold Middlebrook with the 2017 CCI Diversity Award at the 9th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at Buddy’s Banquet Hall in Knoxville. Middlebrook, who will also deliver the banquet keynote, was a friend of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and a pastor in addition to playing an active role in the civil rights movement. Find out more.
Beverly Davenport
Chancellor Davenport Joins UT and CCI
Beverly Davenport will become the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on February 15. She is the first woman to hold the UTK chancellor’s post and the second woman to serve as chancellor in the UT system. Find out more.
Mark Geller
CCI Welcomes New Development Director
Mark Geller began his new role as CCI director of development at the beginning of January. He comes to CCI with 12 years of sales and marketing experience including: six years as Adidas sports marketing and NCAA manager (2010-2016) and four years as assistant director of marketing for Duquesne University’s Athletics Department (2006-2010). Find out more.
January Profiles:
Alumni: Kristin Luna
Kristin Luna
Kristin Luna (BS/JEM ’06) is featured in the “6 Big Orange Rabbit Holes” story in the current issue of Torchbearer magazine for her blog, Camels & Chocolate. Luna’s blog has been featured in publications like Redbook, Glamour, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living among others.
Faculty: Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez
JEM Assistant Professor Michael Martinez was interviewed by Olivier Laurent of TIME magazine for a story, “The Case for Donald Trump’s Official White House Photographer.” During the interview, Martinez pointed out the history and importance of appointing and providing broad access to a professional photographer to document a presidential administration.
Student: Claudio Coco
Claudio CocoJEM student Claudio Coco is a member of the UT volleyball team and worked during the fall as an intern with VFL Films, the official film production team for Tennessee athletics. Like many student athletes, Coco has learned that she can’t procrastinate if she wants to effectively manage her school work, sports commitments and internships.
Find out more about this month’s featured alumni, faculty and student.
NYC CCI Reception
CCI Students Trek to NYC for Annual Trip
Eighteen students along with ADPR Professors Eric Haley and Courtney Childers traveled to New York City, January 16 – 21, for the Ad Club’s 24th annual NYC field trip. The students visited with professionals from some of the top advertising agencies in the world in various stages of their careers. The agencies visited were: Y&R, Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis, DDB and Hearts & Science.
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Alexia and Charley Poe
Alexia and Charley Poe Establish New CCI Endowed Scholarship
Alexia (BS/JEM ’95) and Charley (BS/Poli Sc ’96; MS/C&I ’98) Poe recently established the Alexia and Charley Poe Endowed Scholarship in the UT College of Communication and Information. The scholarship is for undergraduate CCI students with financial need who graduated from a rural area East Tennessee high school.
Find out more
Wildfire Kids
SIS Leads Campus Effort to Aid Wildfire Kids
The School of Information Sciences led the UT camps effort to collect books for children in Sevier County who lost their possessions in the recent wildfires. In conjunction with an initiative of the Sevier County Public Library, SIS collected new books for children and teens at its office in Suite 451 of the Communications Building. The books were delivered to the Sevier County Public Library system on Friday, February 3.
Find out more
SIS Atlanta Reception
SIS Alumni Gather in Atlanta
School of Information Sciences’ alumni along with current students and faculty came together for an alumni reception at the Atlanta World of Coca-Cola on Friday, January 20, 2017. The event was positioned between the end of one professional conference (the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference) and the beginning of a second conference (the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting). Find out more
2017 January CPN Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about CCI alumni: Casey Fox (MS/IS ’15), Katie Oglesby Graham (BA/CS ‘00), Anne Holt Blackburn (BS/JEM ‘73), Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86), and Charlie Tombras’ (BS/JEM ’64). Find out more
January Faculty News
Faculty News: Potnis, Roessner, M. Taylor, and Greenfield
Read the latest news about CCI faculty: SIS Associate Professor Devendra Potnis, JEM Associate Professor Amber Roessner, ADPR Professor and Director Maureen Taylor and JEM honorary artist in residence Gloria Greenfield. Find out more
Student News
Student News
Read the latest news about PR major Kiah Albritton and JEM major Rebecca (Becca) Castle. Find out more










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