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Profiles in Academic Excellence

ACEJMCACEJMC Reaccreditation

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) Accrediting Council voted unanimously to renew accreditation of the undergraduate programs in advertising, journalism and electronic media and public relations for six years. As part of the reaccreditation process, the faculty and staff of the School of Advertising and Public Relations and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media conducted a comprehensive self-study by collecting data, writing narratives and preparing evidence important to receiving this external validation of the great work being done by the faculty, staff and students within these schools. The next accreditation cycle for ADPR and JEM will take place in AY 2022-23.

Society for Technical CommunicationScience Writing Success

Several students from JEM science writing classes were honored as part of the Society for Technical Communication-East Tennessee Chapter’s 2017 J. Paul Blakely Awards, an annual technical- and science-writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students in East Tennessee colleges and universities. The awards come with a certificate and a cash prize. The award winners were as follows.

JEM majors:

Undergraduate Division: Science Writing – Award of Excellence: Tom Cruise –for his Daily Beacon story, “The University of Tennessee Space Institute: 50 years in the making.”

Undergraduate Division: Technical/Professional Communication – Award of Distinction: Noreen Premji – for her story on homelessness in Sydney, Australia, which she wrote while studying abroad in 2016 as part of the CCI Global Scholars Program. Her article was published as the cover story for Peninsula Living, an Australian magazine.

Non JEM majors: Award of Distinction: Ernesto Zuleta (Energy Science and Engineering), Award of Excellence: Jordan Bush (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Award of Merit: Shannon Bayliss (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Award of Distinction: Grant Currin (Economic Sociology and Social Theory), Award of Merit: Savannah DeFreese (English)


McClung Speaking ContestCS McClung Speaking Contest

The semiannual McClung Public Speaking Contest was held April 25 in UT’s Cox Auditorium. The School of Communication Studies’ event is the largest public speaking competition in the Southeast. More than 900 UT students, who are currently enrolled in Communication Studies 210 Public Speaking, were asked to prepare informative speeches with an international focus in keeping with the university’s Ready for the World initiative. Finalists in the competition are determined based on a rigorous selection process that includes an outline review and a semifinal round. The judges for this year’s final competition were: CS Director John Haas, Associate Professor Michelle Violanti and Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz. The five finalists competed for cash prizes. Their placement and speech titles are below:

1. Jorden Albright (Junior, French & Francophone Studies) — “Sexual Education in France”
2. Mary Wilson (Sophomore, Nursing) — “Inemuri: A Japanese Practice
3. Kaleb Bishop (Freshman, Management) — “Norway’s Prison System” 
4. Holland Boerman (Senior, Africana Studies) — “Dutch Cultural Imports”
5. Alexa Stroh (Junior, Biological Sciences, Biology) — “A Little ‘Pizza’ History”