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Circle Park News: November/December 2020

Statom Named 2020 CCI Hileman Award Winner

Award-winning meteorologist Lelan Statom (JEM ’86) was the recipient of the UT College of Communication and Information’s 2020 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest alumni honor given by the college.


2020 CCI School/Program Alumni of the Year

Brad Jacobus (AD ’06), Curt Maggitt (CS ’14), David Johnson (MSIS ’93), Teresa Walker (JEM ’87), and Jamie Lonie (PR ’10) were honored as the 2020 CCI school/program alumni of the year.


2020 CCI Faculty & Staff Awards

Five faculty and two staff members earned 2020 College of Communication and Information annual awards. This year marked the creation of four new awards: two for staff and two for non-tenure faculty.


2020 CCI Annual Report

The 2020 CCI Annual Report is now online, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college’s founding as well as the successful conclusion of the Join the Journey campus-wide fundraising campaign.


Collaboration is Key for Faculty Combating Substance Misuse

Communication Studies professors Jenny Crowley and Laura Miller are members of UT’s Substance Misuse Community of Scholars, a new research collective focused on issues related to opioid use, including youth prevention, recovery programs, and NAS. Crowley and Miller’s research has chronicled opioid users’ complex relationships with their families and romantic partners and how those relationships influenced their own usage and recovery.


Graduate Student Turns to Online Learning for Fourth Degree

After years as a deputy state librarian, John Metz decided that to ascend to the level of state librarian or to direct a museum or large library, he needed to add an information sciences degree to his PhD in American studies, his MA in anthropology, and his BA in history and anthropology.


SIS, CICS Team Awarded $399K Sloan Grant

As COVID-19 continues to affect the way people live, work, and learn around the world, researchers are beginning to gather data on how the pandemic is affecting society. One such research team is from the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) and the School of Information Sciences in collaboration with CIBER Research Ltd. in the United Kingdom.


‘The Library That Dolly Built’ Premieres Online

Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built was reimagined as a free live stream on Dec. 9. The Land Grant Films documentary tells the story of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.


Rachel Fleming-May Receives ALISE Teacher of the Year Award

Associate Professor Rachel Fleming-May’s practical approach to teaching, combined with a conscious effort to be responsive to student needs and to highlight diverse perspectives, has molded her teaching style for the 11 years she’s been at the School of Information Sciences. Her work earned her the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).


Additional News

Heller’s Media Graphics Class Creates Billboards for 2020 Election

Cherokee Stickball Documentary Lands TV, Festival Premiere

Generous Donors Give More than $2.5 Million for Fellow Vols

Preparing for a Holistically Healthy Break