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Circle Park News: March 2021

13th Annual 2021 CCI Experience Diversity Banquet

The College of Communication and Information will host the 13th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet virtually April 9 at 7 p.m. Civil Rights Pioneer Theotis Robinson Jr. will serve as the keynote speaker, and two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion will be presented with the 2021 CCI Diversity Award: Yassin Terou, owner of Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, and Tyvi Small, UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement.


Letter from the Dean

Dear CCI Community,

As a follow up to the UTK Office of Diversity and Engagement’s/UTK Center for Global Engagement’s Statement of Support to the AAPI Community, I’m sending this note to let you know that the College of Communication and Information Community stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) friends, including faculty, staff, students and alumni, who have experienced a significant increase in hate crimes, acts of violence and discrimination. We are here to support you in any way we can and want you to know that we condemn all acts of hatred, violence and bigotry that you have senselessly endured. Please know that we promise to redouble our efforts to provide a safe and welcoming place where everyone matters and belongs and where everyone receives the respect, dignity, and compassion they so richly deserve. We must work together to build a better world by treating each other like we would like to be treated. Remember, Vol Means All, and we are all in this together!

With deepest respect,
Dean Mike Wirth

P.S. Here’s a link to UTK’s “Resources for Supporting the AAPI Community.”


CCI Alumni in Inaugural Volunteer 40 Under 40 Class

Five CCI alumni were named in the inaugural class of Volunteer 40 Under 40: Nikki Burdine (JEM ’05), Brooke Fraser Drummond (JEM ’12), Jen Hendrich (AD ’08), Jamie Lonie (PR ’10), and Graham Thomas (CS ’08). Learn more about this class.


Commencement Moves to Neyland

University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman announced places for in-person commencement ceremonies in May in Neyland Stadium. The university graduate hooding is May 7 at 4 p.m., and CCI’s commencement will be May 7 at 10 a.m. Read about this year’s ceremony.


PhD Student Joseph Winberry Awarded Marva Rudolph Scholarship

While Joseph Winberry (MSIS ’19) has carried his research passion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in information for older adults into his PhD studies. His research was among the many reasons why he was recently awarded a Dr. Marva Rudolph Scholarship from the UT Division of Diversity and Engagement. Learn more about Winberry.


Informational Sessions for CCI’s New Online Master’s Program

Are you considering a master’s degree in communication? If you want to learn about how our new online degree in Strategic and Digital Communication can help you advance or change your career, join one of our information sessions on April 6 at 8 p.m. or April 7 at noon Eastern. Explore this program.


Q&A with Online Master’s Student Mikayla Flynn

Mikayla Flynn is currently pursuing her master’s degree while also balancing a graduate teaching assistant position and a part-time job. She finished her undergraduate degree in supply chain management before turning her studies to CCI. Learn more about Flynn.


Catching up with UT Social Media Week

Did you miss a few sessions of last month’s UT Social Media Week? Full sessions have been uploaded to the CCI Youtube channel. Check out the recordings.


43rd Annual CCI Research Symposium

The 43rd Annual CCI research Symposium was held virtually March 1. You can learn about this year’s student stars and watch presentations on the symposium’s site. Review the symposium.


Dr. Michael Hoefges Passes Away

Dr. Michael Hoefges, who taught from 2001-03 in the Department of Advertising (now the School of Advertising and Public Relations), died March 9 at age 61. He had served as an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2003. Learn more about Hoefges.


Additional News

Anna Galyon (MSIS ’09) on Working at One of the “Coolest Places in the World’ – ORNL’s Library
ADPR Celebrates International Women’s Day
Rachel Gammons (MSIS ’12) Finds Calling in Academic Libraries and Information Literacy
UT plans to offer full In-Person Campus Experience This Fall
UT Leads SEC in Producing Student Fulbrights