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Circle Park News: August 2020

Welcome Back!

The College of Communication and Information faculty and staff are excited to begin a new school year! Learn more about the University of Tennessee’s new safety practices and classroom policies during COVID-19. Read More


Foster Named New ADPR Director

Professor Elizabeth Avery Foster became the new Director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations on August 1. Read more about Dr. Foster.


Kelly Appointed UT Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Diane Kelly, who served as Professor and Director of the School of Information Sciences since 2016, has been named UT Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Professor Carol Tenopir was named interim director of SIS. Read the full story.


New Faculty, Staff for 2020-21

The College of Communication and Information welcomes seven new faculty and staff members for the 2020-21 school year. Read more about the new additions.


Marketing a Vol Hotel

Ben Weprin has developed a national brand on building and repurposing hotel properties in college towns to appeal to alumni. His latest project brought him back to his alma mater, and he gave students in the School of Advertising and Public Relations a chance to be part of the project. Read about the Vol Hotel.


Bilal Gets IMLS Grant to Create Institute on Artificial Intelligence

Information Sciences Professor Dania Bilal, along with collaborators at two other universities, received a $208,142 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to create the IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial intelligence (AI). Learn more about the grant.


Passek Uses Drone Service to Loan Students Books

Imagine students looking out their front door to see a drone hovering above them, a long tether attached to a box extending from the small flying machine. Inside is a library book. This little sci-fi adventure has played out in the Christiansburg, Virginia, area after middle school librarian and SIS alum Kelly Passek (MSIS ’11) brought the idea to fruition. Read more about drone library services.


Master’s Student Q&A: Kylie Julius

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Kylie Julius (CS ’18) is pursuing her Communication and Information master’s degree with an emphasis in communication studies. Read the full Q&A.


The Magic of ‘The Library That Dolly Built’

Working at the Library of Congress in February 2018, students on the Land Grant Films’ team began to understand that their project—a documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, tied to the milestone of Parton giving away her 100 millionth book—was a much bigger deal than they had realized. Learn more about the documentary project.


Class Notes

Jacqueline C. Cavnar (PR ’94, CCI Board of Visitors) was named to a three-year term on the UT Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors.

Bruce Colbert (JEM ’70) released his latest thriller novel, In the Blood, which traces the contemporary history of the American mafia.

Addie Morton (JEM ’20) is a digital coordinator working with DIY Network at Discovery, Inc., in Knoxville, Tenn. She is also working as a freelancer at Girlilla Marketing in Nashville, Tenn.

J. Phenise Poole (JEM ’95, CCI Honorary Board of Visitors) was named president-elect of the UT Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors.

Troy Provost-Heron (JEM ’16) was promoted to sports editor of The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn.

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Additional News Items

CCI Presents at 2020 AEJMC Conference
Four MSIS Students Receive John C. Winslow Memorial Scholarships
MSIS Student Kay P Maye Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarship
Vols Help Vols: 50,000 Wellness Kits Assembled
UT Commemorates 225th Anniversary with Celebrations and Service