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Circle Park News: October 2018

October 2018

2018 Hileman Award Stephen Land
Jupiter Entertainment CEO Stephen Land to Receive Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award
Stephen Land, founder and CEO of Knoxville-based Jupiter Entertainment, will receive the 2018 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award from UT Knoxville’s College of Communication & Information at the college’s awards and scholarship donor appreciation banquet on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Knoxville Holiday Inn Downtown. Land is among America’s most prolific television creators and producers. During his career, which spans over two decades, he has developed and executive produced series and specials for virtually every major media company. Find out more.
Ben Bates
Journalism and Electronic Media Professor Ben Bates Dies at Sixty-four
Ben Bates, professor emeritus in CCI’s School of Journalism & Electronic Media (JEM), died on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California surrounded by his family. Find out more.
CCI’s Adam Brown Social Media Command Center Aids UT’s Baker Center/Nexstar in Final Senatorial Debate
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hosted the second and final debate in the Senate race between Representative Marsha Blackburn (now senator-elect) and former governor Phil Bredesen on October 10. At the remote viewing, UT System President Joe DiPietro provided opening remarks and representatives from UT’s Adam Brown Social Media Command Center provided live analysis. Find out more.
Job Fair
Employers from 43 Organizations Participate in CCI Job and Internship Fair
A total of 246 students took advantage of the opportunity to interview with 43 employers at CCI’s annual Job and Internship Fair in Thompson Boling Arena on October 17. Employers ranged from government agencies to retail/sales businesses, to broadcast and media companies. Many offered internships to students as well as after-graduation employment opportunities. Several of the organizations were represented by CCI alumni. Find out more.
Ed Cortez
Information Sciences Former Director Ed Cortez Dies at Sixty-six
Ed Cortez, professor emeritus and former director of the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information, died on Saturday October 6, 2018 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was a professor emeritus in the School of Information Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he served with distinction as professor and director for 11 years and retired at the end of 2016. Find out more.
John with PR Class
Build-A-Bear CEO & CCI Alum Sharon Price John Skypes into PR Class
Build-A-Bear CEO Sharon Price John (BS/AD ’86 and CCI Board of Visitors member), skyped into ADPR Associate Professor Courtney Childers’ Public Relations Research class on October 11, and amazed students with her keen insights and high-energy during her fast-paced presentation. Find out more.
Where Digital Literacy, Social Media, and Fighting Corruption Converge
Social media provide tools for people across the world to utilize in versatile ways – and in some cases, they can change countries. One aspect of this phenomenon was recently studied by School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and two SIS students, Hilary Jasmin and Lindsey McLennan. Their research, for the United States Embassy Nairobi Economic Affairs Section, focused on ways that people in countries with corrupt governments can use social media as a means for lasting, positive change. Find out more.
Veteran Documentaries
JEM’s Land Grant Films Creates Veteran Documentaries for East Tennessee PBS
East Tennessee PBS will air five microdocumentaries on area veterans created by UT School of Journalism students, Land Grant Films, and UT’s WUOT-FM. A release of the microdocumentaries began on Facebook and YouTube in late October. WUOT aired the audio versions October 29 through November 2 along with original content from interviews with East Tennessee veterans. The microdocumentaries will be compiled into a half-hour show that airs on East Tennessee PBS at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11, and 5 p.m. Sunday, November 18. Find out more.
Three Colleges Participate in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition
The Tickle College of Engineering, College of Communication and Information, and Haslam College of Business have been chosen to participate in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) managed by Argonne National Laboratory sponsored by the US Department of Energy, General Motors, and MathWorks. UT is one of 12 North American universities chosen to participate. Since 1988, UT has participated in 10 AVTCs. Find out more.
October 2018 Student News
Student News
Read the latest news about IS student Olivia Forehand. Find out more.
October 2018 Faculty News
Faculty News
Read the latest news about CCI faculty Maureen Taylor and Sally McMillan. Find out more.
Alumni News
Alumni News
Read the latest news about Baker Donahue (BA/CS ’18), Alexandra Harper (BS/JEM ’15) and Lacey Hayes (BA/CS ’14). Find out more.
In Memoriam
CCI In Memoriam
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
The New Class Notes
CCI Class Notes
Class Notes for October 2018 can be seen at

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