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Circle Park News: August 2017

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CCI Total Eclipse Retrospective

Totality 2017
Surrounded by family and about 500 hundred other enthusiasts, JEM Professor Mark Littmann experienced the total solar eclipse from Fort Fetterman near Douglas, Wyoming on Monday, August 21, 2017. Littmann selected the state historic site because it offered a high probability of clear skies and a wide open, unobstructed view of the eclipse. Littmann’s book on experiencing the eclipse, Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024, kept him in great demand for weeks leading up to the solar event. He was an East Tennessee eclipse rock star giving numerous talks and media interviews both locally and across the nation. Find out more
Crowley Mansfield Woo
CCI Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Three new full-time faculty members and two new full-time staff members have joined the CCI family. The new faculty members are: Communication Studies Assistant Professor Jenny Crowley, Advertising & Public Relations Lecturer Laura Mansfield and Communication Studies Assistant Professor DaJung (DJ) Woo. The two staff members are Center for Information & Communication Studies Assistant Director Jesse Cragwall and CCI Undergraduate Studies and Advising Center Student Services Specialist Margaret Taylor. “We are excited to welcome Jenny, Laura, DJ, Jesse and Margaret to the CCI family,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The ideas, energy and expertise they bring are a great addition to the college!” Find out more.
Bliss Zechman
Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow Zechman Helps Produce “Troubled Waters”
Bliss Zechman (BS/JEM ’17) completed her News 21 2017 summer fellowship project, “Troubled Water” alongside a small cadre of outstanding journalism students from across the country. The highly selective News21 program at Arizona State University focuses on an annual multi-faceted investigative reporting project. Find out more.
Nick Lewandowski
JEM Alum’s NYC IRTS Fellowship Experience
Nick Lewandowski (BS/JEM ’17) was one of 33 students selected from a nationwide pool of 1400 applicants to participate in the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) summer fellowship program in New York. The fellowship covers airfare and housing expenses along with a monthly stipend. Find out more.
2017 New BOV
New Members Join CCI Board of Visitors
At the October 13, 2017 CCI Board of Visitors meeting, Chair John T. Williams (’71) and Vice Chair Hilda Murray (’76) and their fellow board members will welcome six new members to the BOV. Meet them here. Find out more.
Ashlea Green
CCI Student Internships
Information Sciences master’s student Ashlea Green spent her summer as a reference intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA) in Washington, DC where she helped staff, students, and researchers navigate online databases, examine archival materials, and design research projects. She also had the opportunity to work on subject guides, oversee the research room, and contribute content to social media. Find out more.
Vietnam Documentaries
JEM Students Produce Documentaries about Local Vietnam Vets
Three short documentaries about local Vietnam veterans made by UT journalism students were featured at Knoxville’s First Friday event on September 1. They will air on East Tennessee PBS stations in conjunction with the broadcast of Ken Burns’s new epic documentary, The Vietnam War. Find out more.
Adam Brown Social Media Command Center
What’s the World Saying? Check Out the Social Media Command Center
Wonder what the world is saying about Hurricane Harvey and the havoc it’s wreaking on the Houston area and elsewhere? There were more than 470,000 social media mentions of #HoustonStrong between August 28 and 31. You can check out the chatter on whatever is trending on the displays in CCI’s Adam Brown Social Media Command Center. Find out more.
August 2017 Profiles:
Ashley Wilson
Ashley Wilson (MS/IS ’16) was featured in a Knox Mercury article for her discovery and preservation of nearly 250 historical family photographs. Using the knowledge she gained as part of her MSIS degree, Wilson digitally preserved and cataloged the images before donating the photos, many of Knoxville landmarks, to the East Tennessee Historical Society. See the article at
Alexa Carter
Alexa Carter, a second year MSIS student with an interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science, was selected as a diversity scholar by the Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW). She is also a 2017–2018 ALA Spectrum scholar, a UTK School of Information Sciences John C. Tyson diversity fellow, and a member of the Experience Assessment (UX–A) program at UTK, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Faculty News
Faculty News
Read the latest news about JEM professors Stuart N. Brotman, Bob Legg, Amber Roessner and Sam Swan. Find out more
Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about Fred Cowgill (BS/JEM ‘79), Natalie Manaeva Rice (PhD/C&I ’15; MS/C&I ‘10) , Mary Beth West (BS/PR ’94), and Shali Zhang, PhD (MS/IS ’88). Find out more
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes through August 2017 can be seen at

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