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Circle Park News: April 2021

SIS Grad Program Takes No. 1 Spot in the SEC, 10th Nationally

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Information Sciences was ranked as the 10th best library and information sciences program in the latest US News and World Report graduate school rankings report. Additionally, the SIS school library media program was recognized as 13th and the digital librarianship program as 14th in the rankings.


Scripps Lab Theater Named for Ed Ingle

The College of Communication and Information named the theater in the Scripps Convergence Lab for longtime Board of Visitors member and former chair Ed Ingle (BS/Communications ’83) during the virtual BOV spring meeting. Read the full story.


Courtney Wright Receives 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award

Communication Studies Associate Professor Courtney Wright was one of four University of Tennessee faculty members to receive 2021 Excellence in Teaching awards. The award is bestowed by the Office of the Chancellor and the Teaching Council of the Faculty Senate to honor outstanding work in the classroom. Learn more about the award winner.


Sam Swan Honored with TAB’s Distinguished Service Award

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters’ (TAB) Distinguished Service Award, TAB’s highest honor, was presented to JEM Professor Sam Swan for his service to the industry and community. Read more about the award winner.


Stephanie Walker on Path to Earning Degree in New SIS Major This Spring

Stephanie Walker is excited to be graduating from the University of Tennessee with her undergraduate major in information sciences, a new UT major established in fall 2019. Since its inception, the program has quickly grown, drawing in students such as Walker, who were looking for something a little different. Learn more about Walker.


Science Communicator Alumni Analyze Academic, Career Experiences

A number of alumni from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media have used their experiences in student media and internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to springboard into science communication careers. Explore these opportunities.


Foster, Childers Focus Work on Opioid Epidemic

Advertising and Public Relations Director and Professor Beth Avery Foster and Associate Professor Courtney Childers have approached the fight against the opioid crisis through academic research and classroom opportunities for students to learn through service and outreach. Learn more about this research.


MSIS Student Charlie Mix is Putting Conservation on the Map

Information is delivered in many forms, and for MSIS student Charlie Mix, maps are his deliverable of choice. He is pursuing his master’s degree while working at the Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Check out Mix’s project.


CCI Experience Diversity Banquet in Review

If you missed this month’s CCI Experience Diversity Banquet, you can watch video of the virtual event and read about CCI Diversity Award recipients Yassin Terou and Tyvi Small. Review the banquet.


Additional News

Chazni Darden Named MAIP Fellow

JEM Students Place at Southeast Journalism Conference

Jonathan Habashey to Become One of the First SIS Undergraduates to Graduate

MSIS Student Claire Jordan to Conduct Fellowship Research on Misuse of Scientific Information

Industry-Experienced Lecturers Bring New Perspectives


Vol Notes

Bruce Colbert (JEM ’70) released his 19th book, Mobile was a Catholic Town.

Paul Shamiyeh (JEM, ’88) owns Energy Control Consultants in Knoxville, which was named a 2020 3M Prestige Dealer of the Year.