Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning (BA/CS ’97) received the Lincoln Medal in a June 5, 2017 ceremony at Ford’s Theatre. The Ford’s Theatre Society awards the Lincoln Medal to individuals whose body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes embody Lincoln’s legacy. While attending a function at the White House prior to the ceremony, Manning ran across fellow CCI alum Ed Ingle (BS/PR ’83), Managing Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. Manning was also highlighted in local news stories in June when he was on campus to award scholarships to the recipients of his honors scholarship (see http://tntoday.utk.edu/2017/06/16/peyton-manning-awards-scholarships-incoming-freshmen/) and received many accolades for his work hosting the 2017 ESPY Awards on July 12 (see for example http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/12/peyton-manning-espys-highlights/ and http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/2017-espys-top-moments/story?id=48604574)
JEM Associate Professor Amber Roessner has been selected as a Kopenhaver Center Fellow for 2017. She will attend a workshop in August at the AEJMC conference in Chicago as a part of her fellowship. The fellowship is sponsored by the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University and the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women. The Kopenhaver Center is at the forefront of empowering women professionals and academics in all communication fields to develop visionaries and leaders who can make a difference in their communities and professions.
CS student Gatlin McPherson was featured in a WBIR-TV story because his fellow student, Ashytnn Gilmore, a senior in chemical engineering, is trying to help him obtain a replacement for his communication device. McPherson has special communication challenges due to cerebral palsy. He has worked as a webmaster and graphic designer. His goal is to become a motivational speaker to educate people about what it is like living with a disability. See the full story at http://www.wbir.com/news/local/ut-student-raising-money-to-help-friend-with-cerebral-palsy-communicate/452904834.