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Circle Park News: September 2017

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Four Notable CCI Alumni Received UTK Alumni Board of Director Awards

2017 UT Alumni Award Winners - CCI
Four notable CCI alumni were among the 19 UTK alumni who received 2017 UTK Alumni Board of Directors’ awards. This year’s award recipients from CCI were: Peyton Manning (BA/CS ’97), Charlie Tombras (BS/AD ’64), Martha “Missy” Wallen (BA/CS ‘74) and Sharrie Williams (BS/JEM ‘01). Tombras, Wallen and Williams received their awards on September 11 at the annual UT Knoxville Board of Directors Awards Dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center (KCC). Manning received his award on September 22 at a special ceremony at KCC just prior to UT’s Join the Journey Campaign Kickoff Gala. Find out more
Martha Rogers
College of Communication and Information to Honor Martha Rogers with Hileman Award
Martha Rogers, one of the world’s leading authorities on customer-focused business strategies, will receive the 2017 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Communication and Information at the college’s awards and scholarship donor appreciation banquet on Friday, October 13. Find out more.
Dania Bilal
Information Sciences Professor Bilal to Receive National Research Award
UT Information Sciences Professor Dania Bilal is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group (SIG) Information Needs, Seeking and Use (USE). Find out more.
Chancellor Davenport Mayor Rogero
CCI’s Diversity and Inclusion Week 2017 Recap
The College of Communication and Information’s eighth annual Diversity and Inclusion Week – September 25–28 – featured keynotes by UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, nine panel sessions and a diversity festival. Find out more.
Holt Blackburn and Poole
Blackburn and Poole Named to CCI Honorary BOV
Anne Holt Blackburn (BS/JEM ’73) and J. Phenise Poole (BS/JEM ’95) have been named as the newest members of the CCI Honorary Board of Visitors (HBOV). Find out more.
Big Orange Give
UT’s One-Day-Only Big Orange Give – November 8, 2017
Please save November 8, 2017 for UT’s one-day-only Big Orange Give. This important day offers all of our supporters the opportunity to pay it forward by making one gift of any size to help fund a variety of critical CCI needs including: student scholarships, faculty research, and student learning experiences through study abroad and field trips. Remember, 50% of all gifts received by the university are under $100. So, the Big Orange Give is all about everyone contributing what they can to this great college and university not about the size of the gift. Find out more.
September 2017 Profiles:
Top 100 Alumnus
More CCI Alumni Added to Tennessee Alumnus Magazine’s Top 100 The Fall 2017 issue of the Tennessee Alumnus Magazine added two CCI alumni to its list of 100 Distinguished Alumni – College Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (BA/CS ’97), and actor John Cullum (BA/Speech & Theatre ’53). Manning and Cullum were added to the four previously reported CCI alumni among the magazine’s Top 100: Spring 2017 edition – Alan Wilson (BS/JEM ’80) and Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73); Winter 2017 edition – Jim Herbert (BS/JEM ’62 and BS/Animal Science ’62) along with wife Judi and Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86).
Carol Tenopir
Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor and Board of Visitors Professor in UT Knoxville’s School of Information Sciences spent the 2016-17 academic year in Helsinki, Finland serving as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies.
During her time in Finland, Tenopir worked with colleagues at the Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation. “I have participated in shorter-term Fulbright positions in the past and found this one particularly satisfying,” said Tenopir. “Being in Finland for an entire academic year enabled me to work on research projects from beginning to end.”
Boatwright and Faizer
CCI doctoral student Brandon Boatwight and JEM Senior Lecturer Melanie Faizer were recently interviewed by WVLT-TV about the fake news circulating after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The story captures the interrelation and connection between the communication and information disciplines within CCI and highlights CCI’s Adam Brown Social Media Command Center. To top it off, the multimedia journalist reporting the story, Sarah Jane Anderson, is a 2015 JEM graduate. See the full story at
Faculty News
Faculty News
Read the latest news about JEM professors Stuart N. Brotman, Clint Elmore, and Amber Roessner. Find out more
Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about Chris Grabenstein (BS/JEM ‘77), Ryan McGee (BS/JEM ’93) , Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73), and Chris Slemp(BS/JEM ’90). Find out more
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes through September 2017 can be seen at

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