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July 2017: Alumni News

Alumni News June/July 2017Monica Abbott (BA/CS ’08), professional fastpitch softball pitcher, was the subject of a Sports Illustrated @SInow article by Kelsey McKinney, “The Case for Monica Abbott.”
Cathy Ackermann (BS/PR ’71), president and CEO of Ackermann Public Relations and Marketing and CCI Board of Visitors (BOV) emeritus member, was recently selected to serve on SmartBank’s Local Board of Directors in Knoxville.
Dan Hellie (BS/JEM ‘97), NFL Network sportscaster will be one of the new broadcasters for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on Fight Pass.
Emily King (MS/C&I ’17) was an integral member of UT’s EcoCAR 3 team. Read about her unique learning experience at
Mark McNeely (BS/JEM ’70) and his team at MP&F were chosen as a Top Workplace of 2017 by The Tennessean. They are one of eight companies to have won this award five years in a row.
Mary Beth West (BS/PR ‘94), CCI Honorary Board of Visitors member, had her op-ed piece appear in the June 28 issue of the Wall Street Journal. The piece titled, “Trump Takes Flak from a PR School,” commented on the survey methods used in a study conducted by The Center for Public Relations at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School and the need to avoid bias when conducting scientific research (see and West’s blog piece on July 3 that provides more background on her op-ed at