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Circle Park News: August 2018

August 2018

Peyton Manning with Dr. John Haas Dr. John Haas
Peyton Manning’s Gift Establishes the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment
Peyton Manning (BA/CS ’97 and an honorary member of CCI’s Board of Visitors) has donated $1 million to UT to establish the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment. The gift honors John Haas, a longtime director and associate professor in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Communications Studies. As one of Manning’s professors and his UT faculty advisor, Haas played an instrumental role in Manning’s college education. “Exceptional teachers transform your way of learning by challenging and motivating you while teaching more than just a subject,” said Manning. “For me and so many others, that teacher was Dr. John Haas.” Find out more.
CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week 2018
The College of Communication and Information will host its ninth annual Diversity and Inclusion Week September 24 – 27. Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists is this year’s keynote speaker. The keynote will be delivered on Monday, September 24 in the Communications Building’s Patrick Auditorium. A reception will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the keynote from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Find out more.
Danielle Clark and others
Two JEM Students Experience IRTS Summer Fellowships
Two JEM students took part in the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation’s summer fellowship program in New York City. Justin Crawford (BS/JEM ‘18) served his fellowship with Cox Media Group (CMG) as a digital talent specialist and continues in that position for the next year. Danielle Clark (BS/JEM ’18) served her fellowship with the Sinclair Broadcast Group as a marketing, partnerships & ad sales intern. Find out more.
MAIP fellows
MAIP Fellowships Help Launch Four CCI Students
Four CCI students completed fellowships through the 2018 Multicultural Advertising Summer Intern Program (MAIP) of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA). Josh Oliver (BS/AD ’18) worked at Anomaly in New York City as an account manager and has been offered a full-time position. Laura Gamo (MS/C&I ’18) served as a public relations junior planner with Edelman in New York. Natalie Shinault (BS/PR ’18) worked as an account services intern for New Honor Society in St. Louis, Missouri. Advertising senior Tristiny Bell completed an art direction internship at Laughlin Constable in Chicago, Illinois. Find out more.
Internships 2018
Internships Provide Networking and Career-Defining Experiences
Many CCI students obtain invaluable real-world experience by engaging in internships and practicums. For example, JEM senior Savanna Jacoby’s summer 2018 internship at FOX News in New York City was with Mornings with Maria on the FOX Business Network where she worked on different aspects of production including editing, writing and booking. Find out more.
New Faculty Staff 2018
New CCI Faculty/Staff Join CCI
Two new full-time faculty members and a new staff member have joined the CCI family. The faculty members are: Advertising & Public Relations Assistant Professor Sifan Xu and Communication Studies Lecturer Jason Weaver. Hillary S. Meeks Tune has joined the School of Information Sciences as a communication specialist. Find out more.
2017 CCI Annual Report
2017 CCI Annual Report Now Available
The 2017 CCI Annual Report interactive version is now available online at 2017 CCI Annual Report.
August 2018 Faculty News
Faculty News
Read the latest news about CCI faculty Wade Bishop, Daine Kelly, Catherine Luther and Mike Wirth. Find out more.
Alumni News
Alumni & Friends News
Read the latest news about Bonnie Carroll (CCI Board of Visitors member) and Isaac Wright (JEM ’03 & CCI BOV member). Find out more.
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes for August 2018 can be seen at
In Memoriam
CCI In Memoriam (New section)
In Memoriam: Remembering CCI alumni and faculty who have passed away in 2018 can be viewed at To notify us when a CCI alum or faculty member has passed away, send us a link to their obituary at

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