Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Circle Park News: February 2021

Join Us for UT Social Media Week

The 10th UT Social Media Week will be held virtually today through Thursday. Sessions are sponsored by the four schools in CCI. This year’s event covers a range of topics from women in sports journalism to the use of the social media platforms by both social justice and extremism movements to the music and entertainment industry’s response to the pandemic.

Adam Brown (AD, ’94), executive strategist at Salesforce, will serve as the keynote speaker about the future of marketing, and Ed Patterson (PR ’89), managing director, global head of public relations for State Street, will moderate a session on the importance of social media to the diversity and inclusion movement.


CCI Research Symposium to Hold New All-Virtual Format

The CCI Research Symposium is returning for its 43rd year on March 1 in a new virtual format to foster and facilitate audience interaction. Learn more about this year’s event.


Word Expert Anu Garg will Give 27th Hill Lecture Virtually

Anu Garg, world-famous expert on the origin of words, will speak about “Language Myths & Hoaxes: A Humorous Look at Language Misconceptions” when he delivers the 27th Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at the University of Tennessee. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place virtually on March 23 at 8 p.m. Read more about this lecture.


UT Alumni Launch ‘Men of the Hour’ Podcast

After developing one episode of the celebrity podcast Men of the Hour, Justin Crawford (JEM ’18) realized he needed a team to help build a successful show with an active community. He turned to his University of Tennessee roots to recruit fellow alumni Marcella Tocco (JEM ’20) and Tess Waibel (Marketing ’18) to do so. Read more about this podcast.


Four CCI Alumni Honored in Knox.Biz 40 Under 40

CCI alumni Ellie Amador (BS/PR ’04, MS/C&I ’10), Kathryn Hemphill (BS/PR ’09), Drew Rutherford (BS/PR ’10), and Ashley Saunders (BA/CS ’10) were named to the annual Knox.Biz 40 Under 40 Awards. Learn more about these award winners.


Big Orange Give Donations Help WUTK Stay on Air and Train Talent

WUTK 90.3 FM, which has been on the air since 1982, has served as a launch pad for great careers in broadcasting for Vols like Mike Keith, the radio play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, and Lelan Statom, the Emmy Award-winning meteorologist with NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. When COVID-19 hit, underwriting support from concert promoters and live music venues disappeared, putting the station in a tight spot financially. Learn more about WUTK’s efforts.


Q&A with Alissa Sommerfeldt

Alissa Sommerfeldt is working toward her master’s degree with a concentration in public relations, balancing the time commitment and dedication she gives to her graduate studies program with her full-time position at UT in the Office of the Provost as a communications specialist. Learn more about Sommerfeldt.


Additional News

• Carter Analyzed Social Media Buzz of Super Bowl Ads for The Conversation

• Students, Faculty, and Staff Commemorate MLK through Service

• SIS Assistant Professor Ben Horne to Moderate Panel on Social Media and the Rise of Extremism