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Circle Park News: January 2019

January 2019

Sophie Grosserode
JEM Junior Selected for Carnegie-Knight News21 Program
JEM junior Sophie Grosserode was selected to participate in the highly competitive 2019 Carnegie-Knight News21 Program. She will join top journalism students from 19 universities to conduct a major investigation into disaster recovery in the US. Their work will culminate in a series of multimedia articles exploring many angles to the story. Find out more.
Arnold Cohen
Arnold Cohen Named 2019 CCI Diversity Award Recipient
The College of Communication and Information will present Knoxville attorney and social justice pioneer Arnold Cohen with the 2019 CCI Diversity Award at CCI’s 11th annual Experience Diversity Banquet. The banquet will be held on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Buddy’s Banquet Hall in Knoxville. Cohen, one of Knoxville’s leading voices for racial justice, sees fighting discrimination on any basis as both a moral obligation and a strategic necessity. Find out more.
2019 NYC Ad Club Trip
ADPR Students Engage with CCI Alums on Annual NYC Trip
The UT Ad Club’s annual networking trip to New York City took place January 21 – 26. This immersive trip provides students with an insider’s view of advertising, public relations and media companies in the heart of the media capital of the world. Find out more.
Dr. Peter Gross
JEM Professor and Former Director Gross Retires
Journalism & Electronic Media Professor and former director (2006 – 2016), Peter Gross, retired at the end of January after 12 and one-half years of distinguished service to CCI and UT. Upon his retirement, Gross will become a Professor Emeritus. Find out more.
2019 Faculty Staff Changes
CCI Faculty/ Staff Changes
In this article, read more about changing roles for three faculty, Michael Palenchar, Suzie Allard and Carol Tenopir. Staff changes include one retiring staff member and one new staff member. Find out more.
Chris Grabenstein
UT Alumnus Behind Some of Your Favorite Stories
New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein earned his BS in communication in 1977 from the College of Communication and Information. While attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Chattanooga native acted in dozens of plays and contributed to the Daily Beacon as an editor, columnist, and cartoonist. It was this experience that propelled him to a stellar professional career. Find out more.
Student News January 2019
Student News
JEM student and Daily Beacon columnist Christy White details her experiences as a non-traditional student on a traditional college campus. Find out more.
Alumni News
Alumni News
Tom Satkowiak’s (BS/JEM ‘05) heroic battle with liver disease and the life-saving liver transplant he received, all while serving in UT’s Athletic Department, was chronicled in a Knoxville News Sentinel article written by Mike Wilson, “UT Vols: Tom Satkowiak’s liver transplant journey had dark times, Jesus and Rick Barnes.” Find out more.
In Memoriam
CCI In Memoriam
Huaqing “Harrison” Pang (MS/IS ’11) passed away on December 30, 2018. He is survived by his wife Dr. Jue “Rachel” Rui (PhD/C&I ’14, MS/C&I ’09). In Memoriam: Remembering CCI alumni and faculty who have passed away 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 January 2019 can be seen at

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