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Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations master’s alumnus Josh Loebner (’99). Loebner recently landed a role he calls a dream job: global head of inclusive design for international marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson. It’s a position he has worked towards for the past 23 years by developing skills and interests at various jobs, as well as by attaining his PhD in rhetoric, communication, and information design from Clemson University. 

Loebner’s initial route to advertising was, as Read more “ADPR Alumnus Loebner Hired as Global Head of Inclusive Design at Wunderman Thompson”


Kevin Mallary (’22), who recently earned his PhD from the College of Communication and Information by successfully defending a dissertation that asked this very question.

Mallary’s dissertation, “Investigating Higher Education Institutions’ Influence on the Everyday Information Practices of Students with Autism,” recently earned him the inaugural Commission for Disability Graduate Student Award; the award is given to someone who is a “champion for support Read more “PhD Alum Aims to Change Academia’s Approach to Inclusive, Accessible Learning”


annual University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Alumni Awards Gala on Sept. 10 in the Student Union’s Pilot Company Ballroom.

Denton, known for his role as Mike Delfino in hit ABC series Desperate Housewives, received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and rising sports broadcaster Lyle, who worked her first Olympic Games last month, was awarded with the Alumni Promise Award.

J. Phenise Poole (’95), a member of the CCI Honorary Board of Visitors, led the ceremony as the current president … Read more “Denton, Lyle Honored at Annual Alumni Awards Gala”


UT Social Media Week virtually Feb. 23-25. This year’s event features eight sessions exploring communication topics in social media from women in sports journalism to the use of the platforms by both social justice and extremism movements.

Adam Brown (AD, ’94), executive strategist at Salesforce, will serve as the keynote speaker Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. with the presentation “NOT WORKING: Why 2010s Marcom Skills Won’t Be Successful in 2021 and How the Shift from ‘Right-Brain’ to ‘Left-Brain’ Marketing Reinforces the Responsibility of Ensuring Marketing Equality.” 

See the UT … Read more “2021 UT Social Media Week”


Men of the Hour, Justin Crawford (JEM ’18) realized he needed a team to help him build a sustainable, 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.

“What does a season look like? Who are the guests? What are the topics we wanted to cover?” Crawford said. “You have to have a team of people to support all the legs of the organization. I thought it was a good … Read more “UT Alumni Launch ‘Men of the Hour’ Podcast”