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Annual Alumni Awards

2019 School/Major Alumni Award Winners
Advertising  Leslie Osborne (’97) Chief Executive Officer
Watauga Group/CyBear Interactive
Communication Studies Graham Thomas (’08) Deputy Director of Partnerships
Information Sciences Zoe Hoyle (’94) Science Writer/Editor (retired)
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Journalism and Electronic Media Sharrie Williams News Anchor
WPVI-TV, 6ABC Philadelphia
Public Relations Ed Patterson (’89) Vice President of Communications
Madison Square Garden Company

2018 School/Major Alumni Award Winners

Advertising Curtis Rose (’03) Chief Operating Officer, EP+Co
Communication Studies Heather Fasano (MS ’15; BA ’12) Associate Sales Representative, Medtronic – Carolinas Region
Information Sciences Sandra Treadway, PhD (MS ’07) Librarian & State Archivist of Virginia, Library of Virginia
Journalism & Electronic Media Frank Gibson (’76) Public Policy Director, Tennessee Press Association (retired)
Public Relations Rebecca Huckaby (MS ’03) Vice President of Public Relations, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority


2017 School/Major Alumni Award Winners

Advertising Erin Hauck (’07) Senior Director of Digital Investment, Hearts & Science
Communication Studies Amy Harp Donahue (MS ’11; BA ’09) Director of Marketing and Communications, River City Company
Information Sciences Kendra Albright (PhD ’02; MS ’85) Director – School of Information Science, Kent State University
Journalism & Electronic Media Steve Dean (’74) Owner – FamFive Productions; creator – WBIR-TV’s Heartland Series
Public Relations Kellie Davie (11) Founder of KeyCom PR


2016 School/Major Alumni Award Winners 

Advertising Erik Izo (’87) Group Creative Director, mcgarrybowen, NYC
Communication Studies Tiffany M. Haverly  (’08) Communications Director, US Representative
Phil Roe (R/TN)
Information Sciences Gloria Sharrar (’82) Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations(retired), Bank of America
Journalism and Electronic Media Knight Stivender (’99) Director of Marketing & Business Development,Alcott Marketing Science; Co-Founder & CEO, Girls To The Moon
Public Relations Tiffany Utsman Carpenter (’96) Associate Vice President of Marketing,The University of Tennessee System

2015 School/Major Alumni Award Winners

Advertising Adam Brown (‘94) Executive Strategist,
Communication Studies Elizabeth Clement Webb (‘03) Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Information Sciences Dr. Danuta Nitecki (‘76) Dean of Libraries and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
Journalism and Electronic Media Tori Blase (‘93) Supervisor & Executive Producer, CNN
Public Relations Ellen Liston (‘84) Publicist, The Dollywood Company


2014 School/Major Alumni Award Winners 

Advertising Dana McCullough (’95) Vice President – Account Director, McCann Erickson
Communication Studies Tyler Summitt (’13) Head Coach, Louisiana Tech Women’s Basketball Team
Information Sciences Marcellus Turner (’88) City Librarian, Seattle Public Library System
Journalism and Electronic Media Viola Gienger (’84) Senior Writer, United States Institute of Peace
Public Relations Isaac Wright (’03) Vice President, American Bridge & Correct the Record 2016

2013 School/Major Alumni Award Winners

Advertising Kevin Kirksey (’98) Senior Director for Brand Communications & Digital, Nike North America
Communication Studies Dean Rice (’94) Chief of Staff, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
Information Sciences Dr. Shali Zhang (’88) Dean of Libraries & Professor, University of Montana
Journalism & Electronic Media Dean Littleton (’92) Vice President & General Manager, WATE-TV Knoxville
Public Relations Mary Beth West (’94) Principal, Mary Beth West Consulting