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Circle Park News: January 2018

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JEM Emeritus Professor Herb Howard Dies at Eighty-nine

Herb Howard and Dean Writh
Journalism & Electronic Media Emeritus Professor Herb Howard passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the age of 89. He is remembered as a legendary broadcaster and educator. He served 44 years as professor of Broadcasting and Journalism, 18 years as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and one year as acting dean of the College. Find out more.
Cylk Cozart
Cylk Cozart Named 2018 CCI Diversity Award Recipient
The College of Communication & Information (CCI) will present actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Cylk Cozart with the 2018 CCI Diversity Award at the 10th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet on Friday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at Buddy’s Banquet Hall in Knoxville. Cozart, who will deliver the banquet keynote, has appeared in films such as 16 Blocks, Eagle Eye, Adrift and White Men Can’t Jump. He has more than 30 films and 20 television shows to his credit. Find out more.
Reggie Murphy
Facebook UX Researcher Honored with UT Accomplished Alumni Award
Facebook User Experience Researcher Reggie Murphy was presented with the University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumni Award on Friday, January 26, 2018 in recognition of his notable career successes and distinction in his field. Murphy, who began his time at Facebook as a user experience research manager in 2016, obtained his PhD in Communications from the UT College of Communication and Information (CCI) in 1998 and his Master’s in 1994. Find out more.
Eric Haley
Haley Takes Ad Club to NYC for 25th Time
ADPR Professor Eric Haley led the UT Ad Club on its annual trip to New York City January 15 – 20, 2018. This marks the 25th consecutive year he has guided students on this important networking and experiential learning trip to the media capital of the world. Find out more.
Beverly Dance
Dance Family Honors SIS Alum with Named Scholarship
The grandsons of Beverly Dance (MS/IS ’73; BS/EDUC ’50), Danny and Phil Dance, have established a scholarship in the School of Information Sciences in her memory. She graduated from UT in 1950 and returned decades later to complete her Master’s degree in library and information science. Originally from Memphis, Dance served as president of Delta Delta Delta sorority, editor of Mortar Board, and as an ROTC sponsor. She was chosen as a Torchbearer, UT’s highest undergraduate honor, in 1950. Find out more.
CCI Study Abroad Overview
CCI Study Abroad Students Light the Way
CCI study abroad students participating in the 2017 CCI Global Scholars program in Sydney, Australia were the subjects of several videos produced on behalf of UT’s Experience Learning. The video series was produced to promote study abroad programs at the University of Tennessee and can be viewed at; an overview video is available at CCI Study Abroad Overview Video.
Cindy McConkey Cox
Emeritus BOV Member Dies at 58
After a four and a half year battle with cancer, Cindy McConkey Cox (BS/JEM ‘80) passed away January 25, 2018. She was an emeritus member of the CCI Board of Visitors and retired Scripps Networks Interactive SVP for corporate communications. She most recently served as chief operating & marketing officer for Random Acts of Flowers.Find out more.
Fully-intergrated Internships
Moxley Carmichael, a cornerstone communications firm in East Tennessee for 25 years, provides valuable work experience to students through the company’s paid internship program. Since 1992, more than 140 interns have passed through Moxley Carmichael’s doors in downtown Knoxville, 80 of whom have been University of Tennessee students. Six interns have subsequently been hired as full-time employees. Find out more.
NY Times Sanger
NY Times Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Gives Talk at UT
New York Times senior staff writer David E. Sanger, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and current national security correspondent for the Times, visited UT on Thursday, January 25. He spoke about national security strategies used by recent administrations and how the current administration plans to deal with such challenges going forward. His appearance on campus was funded by the Student Programming Allocation Committee (SPAC) and was co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.
CS Senior Reaches National Competition
Baker Donahue, a communications studies senior, has reached the semifinals in the national Student Startup Madness (SSM) competition with his student startup company In With the Old. The social media-based clothing retailer repurposes and resells vintage collegiate apparel through online social auctions. Find out more.
Student News
Student News
Read the latest news about JEM senior Anais Duenas and JEM students working at the TPA winter convention. Find out more.
Faculty News
Faculty/Staff News
Read the latest news about CCI faculty and staff: Jenny Crowley, Joan Rentsch, Nadya Vera, Pamela Durban, Dan Greene, and Joe Pecor as well as news about WUTK. Find out more.
Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about Dallas Abel (BS/JEM ’14),and Annie Carr (BS/JEM ’15). Find out more.
CCI Study Abroad Overview
CCI Class Notes
Many CCI alums browse the Class Notes in each issue of Circle Park News to find out the latest on their former classmates. The notes are collected from alumni submissions on the Keep in Touch page located at This page also is the place to send us your updated mailing and contact information. What information should you send to the College? We receive a variety of different updates from alums such as announcements of new jobs, promotions, retirements, publications, awards, honors, celebrations, service news and more. Sometimes alums let us know when we have lost one of our own and will forward the obituary. When in doubt, share your news and stay connected with your College.
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes for January 2018 can be seen at

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