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Circle Park News: May 2017

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HGTV Founder Receives Honorary Degree, Tells Grads to Listen, Learn, Love

Ken Lowe
Ken Lowe, CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive and founder of HGTV, received an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the College of Communication and Information ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Lowe spoke to graduates about his own career and some of the life lessons he’s learned along the way. Find out more
Palenchar Named CCI Associate Dean
Advertising & Public Relations (ADPR) Associate Professor Michael J. Palenchar has been appointed as CCI’s new Associate Dean for Academic Programs effective July 1, 2017. Palenchar is an internationally known scholar whose research and teaching interests include risk and crisis communication, issues management, community awareness of emergency response protocols and manufacturing risks, community right-to-know issues, front groups, and social media during risk situations. Find out more.
Larry Patrick speaks to students
TAB Brings Radio Talent Institute to JEM
The inaugural Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) Radio Talent Institute was held in CCI’s Scripps Convergence Lab, May 15 –24, 2017. Twenty-five student attendees from UT, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay University and the University of Mississippi gained invaluable information, skills and networking contacts as part of a unique 10-day experience. Find out more.
2017 CCI Commencement
2017 CCI Commencement Highlights
After the presentation of an honorary degree to SNI CEO Ken Lowe (see above) and his commencement address, UTK Chancellor Beverly Davenport conferred degrees on 331 CCI spring and summer graduates. Find out more.
Summer Research
CCI Faculty Receive Summer Research Funding
Seventeen CCI faculty members received funding support to work on a variety of summer research projects. “Having the block of time in the summer to focus on research projects is critically important to our faculty,” said CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard. “This research work will lead to publications and grant proposals well beyond the summer projects.” Find out more.
2016 CCI Annual Report
2016 CCI Annual Report Now Available
The 2016 CCI Annual Report is available in digital format on the college webpage and includes interactive links. 2016 represented an extraordinary year for faculty, student and alumni achievement. Read more about some of those achievements in the online version, 2016 CCI Annual Report (pdf).
May Student News
Student News
Read the latest news about Claudia Coco, Baker Donahue, Trennie Williams and seven CCI student athletes who made the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Find out more
Faculty/Staff News
Faculty/Staff News
Read the latest news about CCI faculty and staff Stuart N. Brotman, Mike Martinez, Erin Whiteside, Rob Heller, Barb Kaye, Nick Geidner, Cindy Welch, Gary Peterman, and Wilbert McDaniels. Find out more
Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about CCI alumni: Julia Bonner, Jackie Cavnar, Jerry Ehrlich, Whit Lee, Peyton Manning, Mark McNeely, and Wendell Potter. Find out more
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes from May 2017 along with archived Class Notes from 2015 – present can be seen at

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