Endowed Professorship, Terrace Established in Honor of Patty Williams
Patty Williams on the third floor terrace at the Communication and Information Building, which has now been named after her.
Patty Williams always enjoyed sitting and reading out on the third-floor patio of the Communications Building when her husband, John Williams (‘71) would attend College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors meetings. Both of them knew their lives wouldn’t have been the same if it hadn’t been for their time at the college—John as a broadcast journalism major and Patty getting her certification from the School of Information Sciences to be a school librarian. CCI continued to play a … Read more “Endowed Professorship, Terrace Established in Honor of Patty Williams”
Comm Studies Alum Gives Back to the College That Felt Like Home
As a freshman, School of Communication Studies alumnus Drew Griggs (’12) was ready to follow through with his plan to eventually become a pastor. He figured the combination of communication studies classes plus religious studies would be the right precursor to a master’s in divinity, but the divine guided him in a different direction—and he couldn’t feel more grateful or blessed to have followed that direction.
“I loved UT, but really didn’t love school. Then I got into a couple of comm studies classes and fell in love, honestly, with a person: John Haas,” Griggs explained. “Just his teaching style, … Read more “Comm Studies Alum Gives Back to the College That Felt Like Home”
Claire Jordan: SIS Alum and Library of Congress Research Librarian
Finding a job that fuels multiple passions is rare. But Claire Jordan (’22) successfully did just that when she accepted a position working for the Library of Congress as a research librarian for the Congressional Research Service. After completing the master’s program at the School of Information Sciences, she returned to her old stomping grounds in Washington, DC, where she spends each fast-paced day doing vital research for members of Congress, helping to provide credible, crucial information that supports our country’s legislative process. Before Jordan entered the field of information sciences, however, she worked as a lobbyist on environmental policy.… Read more “Claire Jordan: SIS Alum and Library of Congress Research Librarian”
JEM Alum Travels the World for Almost 30 Years as CNN Photojournalist
Jerry Simonson, JEM alum, on a recent trip to cover the war in Ukraine.
If you want to hear riveting tales of what it’s like to be a photojournalist covering breaking global news, Jerry Simonson (’91) has almost 30 years’ worth. Whether it’s about the time he grabbed exclusive footage of hostages during the Iraq war or the challenges of uploading video during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Simonson can recount highlights from his career as if they happened yesterday. He is still a senior photojournalist for CNN, so some of his stories are quite literally from yesterday.
JEM Alum Janna Abraham on Coming Home to Tennessee
Janna Abraham in her booth at Southern Market in Knoxville.
Home is so many things: the place where family and friends are, the comforting landmarks from childhood, and the origins of where one grows, and thrives. For Janna Abraham (’01), Tennessee is home, and she’s come back to it at just the right time.
“This is where I’m from, this is who I am. I’m deeply rooted in Tennessee and I’m very proud of that. I’m proud of my parents and where I came from, the community that raised me, my grandparents, the ones I know and didn’t know, generations … Read more “JEM Alum Janna Abraham on Coming Home to Tennessee”
WUTK Gifted First Endowment by Alum Doug Alder (‘92) and Eric Middleton
Alum Doug Alder, right, and his partner, Eric Middleton, check out WUTK’s studios on a visit to the station.
After celebrating its 40th anniversary all year long, WUTK 90.3 “The Rock” has something else to celebrate: its very first endowment. This new source of funding for the radio station was established by School of Journalism and Electronic Media alumnus Doug Alder (’92) and his partner, Eric Middleton, who are thrilled to be a part of the station’s evolution and growth.
“I got chills walking in here for the first time since graduation,” Alder said during a recent visit to … Read more “WUTK Gifted First Endowment by Alum Doug Alder (‘92) and Eric Middleton”
CCI JEM Alumna Launches Women-Centric Radio Show & Podcast
Sami Kincaid, left, interviews Guz Malzhan, head coach for University of Central Florida football.
Sami Kincaid (’13) came very close to pursuing marine biology as an undergrad, but all it took was one appearance in front of a camera for her future as a sports journalist to be cemented. The School of Journalism and Electronic media alumna was a senior in high school when she was interviewed by a news station about her opposition to the basketball goals being removed from her neighborhood, and Kincaid’s poise during the interview made an impact.
“Everyone said, ‘Wow, you spoke really well in … Read more “CCI JEM Alumna Launches Women-Centric Radio Show & Podcast”
Two SIS Grads Lead the Newly Relocated World Data System
Two alumni of the School of Information Sciences master’s program have taken the lead at World Data System (WDS) International Program Office (IPO), which relocated headquarters to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this year after a successful bid to have the international institution move from Japan to East Tennessee.
Meredith Goins, who not only graduated with her master’s degree from SIS but is also a doctoral student at the College of Communication and Information, is executive director of WDS. Sarah Gonzalez, a UT employee of 20 years, earned her SIS graduate degree in 2020 and is program manager for WDS. … Read more “Two SIS Grads Lead the Newly Relocated World Data System”
Carolyn Potlock Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Becoming a UT Graduate
Carolyn Potlock, second from left, with her parents and son and her UT acceptance letter. From left: her father, Jay Potlock (’79); Carolyn; her son, Payton Potlock; and mother, Mary Kay Potlock.
Carolyn Potlock (’22) had dreamed of becoming a Volunteer ever since she was a little girl watching college football by her father’s side. Her father, Jay Potlock (’79) managed to transfer his VFL spirit to his daughter, and she clung to her hopes of one day attending his alma mater. Which she eventually did, though not as directly as she initially thought she would.
The Road to UT… Read more “Carolyn Potlock Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Becoming a UT Graduate”
Comm Studies Alum Says CCI Changed Her Life, So She Gives Back
Alexanderia Honeycutt’s (‘03) career has taken her around the world and into the offices of politicians and changemakers. It also allowed her to become a partner at a lobbying agency firm, and finally, to launch her own government relations and consulting firm, Honeycutt Strategies, in 2012. She says none of it would have happened if she hadn’t transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and landed School of Communication Studies Associate Professor John Haas as an advisor.
“I absolutely love what I do and I very well could have had a different trajectory for my path if … Read more “Comm Studies Alum Says CCI Changed Her Life, So She Gives Back”