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Circle Park News: April 2018

Larry Patrick to Deliver 2018 CCI Commencement Speech

Larry Patrick
Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73) will deliver the 2018 College of Communication and Information commencement speech at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in Thompson Boling Arena. He is managing partner of Patrick Communications, a media investment banking and brokerage firm based in Maryland with over $7.5 billion worth of deals to its credit. The firm has sold over 600 radio stations and 160 television stations. Patrick also owns Legend Communications, a group of 22 small-market radio stations in Wyoming, and an interest in 14 major market television stations. Patrick served as chairman of the board of ION Media Networks, a public company and operator of 60 full-power television stations across the country. He is also a former senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Find out more.
Justin Crawford
42 CCI Students Recognized at 2018 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet
Forty-two outstanding CCI students were recognized for their achievements at the 2018 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 17 including JEM Senior Justin Crawford who was named a Torchbearer. Find out more.
Student Profiles:
PR Student Byerly Credits Hard Work, Faith and the PR Faculty
Austin Byerly will graduate in May with a degree in public relations and a full scholarship to Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina where he will begin his Master of Divinity studies in August. He grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee where he set his goal of becoming a Volunteer in elementary school.
Oliver Found His Home as an Ad Man
Joshua Oliver dreamed of many careers as a kid growing up in Memphis – architect, actor, and ultimately, ad man. He found his home in the UT School of Advertising and Public Relations with a major in advertising and a minor in business with the guidance of a teacher/mentor at White Station High School.
Acknowledging Influence and Empowering Voices.
Laura Gamo was born in Colombia and moved with her family to Florida when she was six. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 2016, she started her master’s studies in UT’s School of Advertising and Public Relations as the graduate assistant to the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Laura is the recipient of a scholarship from the Sammie Lynn Puett Endowment in Public Relations.
AP Awards
Journalism Students Win Tennessee AP College Awards
JEM students won 14 awards from the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast and Media Editors College Division in Nashville. Students from 17 schools submitted more than 300 entries in the contest. Those who won Best in Show received an AP Style Book and a $150 stipend. Find out more.
Campaign Goals
CCI Surpasses $15M Campaign Goal
Dean Mike Wirth recently announced that CCI has raised $16M surpassing its “Join the Journey Campaign” goal of $15 million and making CCI the second UT college to exceed its campaign goal. Find out more.
PBS film
Documentary about Burundian Family Airs on ETPBS
The documentary 7 Days in America, produced by UT’s Land Grant Films, aired on East Tennessee PBS at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media produced the documentary, which follows a case worker from Bridge Refugee Services as she helps a Burundian family settling into life in East Tennessee. Find out more.
PBS film
2018 CCI/ADPR/JEM Convocation Honors
Undergraduate and graduate students from across the College of Communication and Information, the School of Advertising and Public Relations and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media were recognized on Monday April 16 at the College’s 2018 Honors Convocation. Similar recognition from the School of Communication Studies and the School of Information Sciences will be published in the May issue of Circle Park News. Find out more.
Poston Pays It Forward for UT Advertising Students
Each spring, when Advertising students are awarded the Carol Poston Scholarship they gain something much more valuable than a scholarship. They gain a lifelong mentor. CCI BOV member Carol Poston (AD ’81) is committed to paying forward all of the support and professional development she gained while at UT. Carol is the Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing Services at LifePoint Health in Brentwood, Tennessee. Find out more.
Nashville film
Students’ Documentary to Be Featured in Nashville Film Festival The Nashville Film Festival has announced Welcome Home Brother, directed by School of Journalism and Electronic Media seniors Isaac Fowler and Tim Morris, as an official selection in its short documentary category. The festival is an Academy Award–qualifying competition and received more than 6,000 entries for 2018. Find out more.
IS Students
IS Students Conduct UX Testing for USGS
Information science master’s students Alexa Carter and Olivia Frederick recently conducted usability testing for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) library in Reston, Virginia. The testing was part of National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018), which celebrated the many ways libraries lead through transformative services, programs and expertise. Find out more.
Advertising and Public Relations Students Travel to Nashville for Networking Trip
Twenty-five UT advertising and public relations students traveled to Nashville in April to network with alumni and learn about various types of advertising and public relations opportunities. Students were accompanied by Maureen Taylor, director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, and Lauren Ziegler, school coordinator. Find out more.
Student News
Read the latest news about Andrew Capps, Justin Crawford, Tristiny Bell, Laura Gamo, Josh Oliver, Natalie Shinault, Beverly Banks, Tyler Wombles, Land Grant Films students, Isaac Ward, Elle Johnson, Tiana Castillo and Cara Donahue. Find out more.
April 2018 Faculty News
Faculty/Staff News
Read the latest news about ADPR Associate Professor Courtney Childers, ADPR Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho, JEM Associate Professor Erin Whiteside, JEM Associate Professor Nick Geidner, CS Distinguished Lecturer Suzy Prentiss and CICS Research Associate Natalie Rice. Find out more.
Alumni News
Read the latest news about Alan Carmichael (BS/JEM ’69). Find out more.
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes for April 2018 can be seen at

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