ADPR Student Trip Expands Knowledge of Career Possibilities
Students and faculty from the Tombras School of Advertising visited Memphis for a professional networking trip.
As the field of communications continues to evolve, so do the career options for those entering it. There is such a variety of job options and opportunities that course learning alone won’t expose students to all of it, said Assistant Professor of Practice Joe Stabb of the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations. That’s why the school and the College of Communication and Information’s Office of Career Development regularly organize trips and events for students to explore all the possibilities that await them … Read more “ADPR Student Trip Expands Knowledge of Career Possibilities”
CCI Faculty, Students Participate at National Communication Association Convention
Several College of Communication and Information faculty and graduate students are participating in the National Communication Association’s 108th Annual Convention this week by presenting papers, sitting on panels, and much more. Besides opportunities to expand professional development and learning, the convention also provides a chance for attendees to connect with other academics in the communication fields as well as with CCI alumni, said School of Communication Studies Associate Professor Michelle Violanti.
Violanti has a whole roster of events in which she will be participating and presenting, including a special presentation centering on one of her passions: accessibility. This presentation, … Read more “CCI Faculty, Students Participate at National Communication Association Convention”
Daria Podzolkova Moved from Ukraine to Tennessee to Become a Vol
It took more than 24 hours for Daria Podzolkova to travel from her hometown of Dnipro, Ukraine, to a Polish town at the border of the two countries. She had to use trains and other transport since the airspace over Ukraine has been closed to civilian travel ever since Russia launched a full-scale invasion into the country in February 2022. At one point, her train stopped for four hours as the passenger train preceding hers was bombed.
While it was a long and harrowing trip across the country to get the visa that would allow the College of Communication and … Read more “Daria Podzolkova Moved from Ukraine to Tennessee to Become a Vol”
ADPR Students Go Behind the Scenes at Moon River Music Festival
Beth Foster (fourth from left in back row), was joined by students, alumni, and other professionals who produced the Moon River U event. Photo credit: Ryan Carey
Sometimes the only way to truly understand what goes into launching a successful project is to get behind the scenes and see how it’s done. That’s why the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations provides immersive learning experiences for students, such as the recent trip several students took to meet various producers and public relations professionals at the Moon River Music Festival in Chattanooga.
Dubbed “Moon River U,” the event was a … Read more “ADPR Students Go Behind the Scenes at Moon River Music Festival”
ADPR Students Can Earn a Graduate Degree in One Year with 4+1 Concentration
For many students, adding several more years of education to earn a graduate degree can be overwhelming, both in terms of time and cost. But, earning a graduate degree can increase their value in the workforce and result in better job prospects. Faculty at the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations considered these factors and provided a solution: the 4+1 master’s program.
“The original goal of the 4+1 was to give students a chance to learn about the ‘other major’ in our school. Advertising majors will learn about the ideas driving public relations strategy. Public relations majors will learn … Read more “ADPR Students Can Earn a Graduate Degree in One Year with 4+1 Concentration”
Learning Through Service: PR Class Provides Real-World Volunteer Experience
At the College of Communication and Information, students are being prepared to
take on the next stage of their lives and launch their careers after they graduate. To do that, they need knowledge, experience, and a network of Volunteers and community support at their side. Their education often goes beyond the walls of a classroom and into the real world, which is part of CCI’s Strategic Plan Goal 5, which seeks for CCI to “connect with Tennesseans and with industries and communities around the world, securing support for the college and inspiring future Volunteers to join our community.”
Hands-on experiences … Read more “Learning Through Service: PR Class Provides Real-World Volunteer Experience”
Meet the Sanders, a Family of CCI Alumni
Siblings Ford (’20) and Cara Sanders (’16), aren’t just fourth generation Volunteers, but they’re second generation College of Communication and Information alumni who followed in the footsteps of their mother, Cindy Sanders (‘86). Drawn by a love of storytelling, Cindy earned her degree in public relations with a minor in journalism, and her children have also found their niche in the field, as well.
Cindy Sanders & Storytelling
Cindy started out at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as an architecture major. As much as she loved the idea of being an architect, she quickly realized her skillset wasn’t suited to … Read more “Meet the Sanders, a Family of CCI Alumni ”
CCI Summer Global Programs Trips Give Students New Perspectives
Twenty-two years ago, Professor Sam Swan established the very first study abroad program at the College of Communication and Information. That program grew and evolved into what is now Global Programs, which now consists of several trips every year that take students out of their comfort zones and into exciting new places.
Goal 1 of the CCI Strategic Plan is all about finding those unique opportunities to enhance student experiences and learning, and Global Programs is part of that. CCI faculty and staff will continue to build on the existing foundation that was first set more than two decades ago … Read more “CCI Summer Global Programs Trips Give Students New Perspectives”
PR Student’s Congressional Internship Inspires Him to Work in Public Service
When Derrick Banks started working as an intern for Rep. Steven Cohen of District 9 in Tennessee this past summer, he thought he wanted to become a lobbyist. He walked out of that internship with a completely different outlook and goal for his future.
“It was very eye-opening seeing the different issues that people in the city of Memphis have to deal with—things that a lot of people don’t even realize they have to deal with,” Banks, a Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations senior, said. “I wanted to be a lobbyist, but then I had this internship and … Read more “PR Student’s Congressional Internship Inspires Him to Work in Public Service”
CCI Welcomes 12 New Faculty Members in Fall 2022
The College of Communication and Information is welcoming 12 new faculty members to its ranks this fall to support its growing student body. These faculty members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to CCI’s four schools and will help CCI to continue achieving its mission and fulfill the goals in its five-year strategic plan. Here’s a little bit more about each of CCI’s new faculty members:
Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations
Assistant Professor Minjie Li
Li brings a passion for social justice issues in advertising to his work, and his research is in the areas of multicultural … Read more “CCI Welcomes 12 New Faculty Members in Fall 2022”