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Circle Park News: February 2018

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Seventh Annual Social Media Week Hosts Experts from Sports, Entertainment, Media and More

Social Media Week 2018
The seventh annual UT Social Media Week (UTSMW), held Feb. 20 through 22, was a great success reaching 136,411 social media accounts, generating 142,881 impressions and with in-person attendance of 512.
UTSMW allows CCI to annually highlight and extend the progress made in the social media arena. “Thanks to CCI Board of Visitors member Adam Brown’s (BS/AD ’94) generosity and vision, the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center (ABSMCC) provides us with a wonderful tool to better listen to and analyze social media conversations,” said Advertising and Public Relations Associate Professor and ABSMCC Executive Director Courtney Childers. “The center provides us with unique opportunities to prepare our students for careers requiring extensive knowledge of social media tools. The annual Social Media Week augments our classwork and shows students how social media work in real world situations.”
Find out more.
Wang Mehra
SIS Professors Wang and Mehra Receive National Awards
At the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) held in February in Denver, Colorado, two of this year’s national awards went to UT School of Information Sciences professors: Peiling Wang and Bharat Mehra. Find out more.
Research Symposium 2018
Robert Heath Keynotes CCI 40th Annual Research Symposium
Internationally renowned public relations, crisis communication issues management, risk communication and business-to-business communication scholar Robert Heath served as the keynoter for CCI’s 40th annual Research Symposium on February 14, 2018. Heath, a professor emeritus at the University of Houston who has published over 100 journal articles and several award-winning books, highlighted the possibilities of research in the communication and information fields by sharing his insights about theory, methods and outcomes. Find out more.
Cozart Award
Cylk Cozart Provides Inspirational Keynote at CCI Experience Diversity Banquet
The tenth annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet on Friday, Feb. 23 provided poignant reminders of the need to foster greater understanding and empathy toward others. Actor, filmmaker, and humanitarian Cylk Cozart, the 2018 CCI Diversity Award recipient, delivered an inspirational keynote address that captivated those in attendance while focusing on this theme. Find out more.
Faculty Appreciation Week
Faculty Appreciation Week Features CCI’s Hoy and Miller
ADPR DeForrest Jackson Professor Mariea Hoy and Communication Studies Associate Professor Laura Miller were among the faculty featured during UT’s 2018 Faculty Appreciation Week, February 12 – 16. Find out more.
Olympic photos
Olympic Nostalgia: UT’s Mike Martinez Remembers Working at Past Games
This winter, UT Professor of Journalism Mike Martinez tuned into the Olympics from the warm comfort of his living room. But for six of the past 13 Olympic Games, he was much closer to the action. An assistant professor who teaches sports reporting and media ethics in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, Martinez covered the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. He worked for Olympic organizing committees in Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008. Find out more.
Danuta Nitecki
Nitecki Funds Interdisciplinary Research Endowment
Danuta Nitecki (MS/C&I ’76) has created the Danuta A. Nitecki Interdisciplinary Research Endowment in the College of Communication and Information to support faculty/faculty, faculty/student and/or student/student interdisciplinary research projects. Nitecki, dean of libraries and professor at the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia and a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors, earned a PhD from the University of Maryland, master’s degrees from UT and Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Nitecki has served as principle investigator for grants received from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Davis Educational Foundation and the Getty Foundation. She received the School of Information Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Find out more.
Student News
See the latest news about JEM senior Chet Guthrie and CS junior Lamonte Turner. Find out more.
Eric Haley
Faculty News
ADPR Professor Eric Haley has been elected Vice President of the American Academy of Advertising for 2018 – 2019.
Luke Lanzoni
Alumni News
Luke Lanzoni (BA/CS ’10) was recently featured in an Inside of Knoxville article about the unique concept men’s clothing business he is opening in downtown Knoxville. The article can be found at
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes for February 2018 can be seen at

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