Alumni Q&A: Jim Sexton
Journalism graduate Jim Sexton (’81) has described his evolving media career as “long and winding,” and that path has led him once again to his hometown and alma mater.
At least for this week.
Sexton is now in his eighth year as vice president of digital for the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and is in town for Knoxville’s first hosting of the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, which will be held Friday through Sunday on the Tennessee River. He is in charge of generating and developing content for the organization’s website, mobile, and social platforms.
Rapid changes in technology radically changed … Read more “Alumni Q&A: Jim Sexton”
February 2019: Alumni News
Ballard Earns Award Named in His Honor
Tom Ballard (BS/JEM ‘69) was honored by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) with the first-ever Thomas B. Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award. The honor is named after Ballard for his contributions to TAEBC and will be awarded annually for exemplary leadership and success in championing, connecting, and strengthening Tennessee’s advanced energy economy. Ballard was a former board member and founding president of TAEBC. Click here for more information about the award and Ballard’s career accomplishments.
Tombras Group Takes Top 10 Social Media Ranking
Charlie Tombras’s (BS/ADPR ’64) company, the Tombras Group, … Read more “February 2019: Alumni News”
Paul Finebaum '78 Renowned Sports Journalist Honored
He has been called the “Voice of the SEC,” one of the most powerful people in sports media, the “King of the South,” and the “Oprah Winfrey of college football.”
Now, Paul Finebaum can be called a University of Tennessee accomplished alumnus.
The 1978 political science graduate was honored with the Accomplished Alumni Award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.
Finebaum, considered the leading sports authority in the South, joined ESPN in 2013. He does a regional radio show from Charlotte, N.C., and appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including … Read more “Paul Finebaum '78 Renowned Sports Journalist Honored”
PR Grad Selected for Prestigious JET Program
Roston Willis (BS / PR’13) has been selected as one of only eight U.S. college graduates to participate in the 2013 Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).
“The selection process is quite rigorous and requires even more effort than being admitted to UT,” said Willis. “I’m very honored to have been selected especially considering the small number of applicants that even make it to the selection interview process.”
The JET program has had over 4,000 participants from forty countries during its twenty-five year existence. After the initial application material is submitted, a small number of applicants are invited to meet … Read more “PR Grad Selected for Prestigious JET Program”
Two CCI Alums to Compete in 2012 Summer Olympics
Two of the eleven athletes with ties to UTK who are competing in the in the 2012 Olympic Games in London are CCI alums. . Both are competing on behalf of a country other than the United States. Jangy Addy will represent Liberia and Rhian Wilkinson will represent Canada.
The Olympics begin July 27 and continue through August 12. A schedule of the competitions can be found at here.
Jangy Addy, 27, will represent Liberia for the second time in this year’s Summer Olympics. Addy will compete in the decathlon, an event for which he won … Read more “Two CCI Alums to Compete in 2012 Summer Olympics”
Alan Wilson Featured in Alumni Memories
Alan Wilson (B.S./JEM ’80), chairman and CEO of McCormick & Co., talks about how his education at UT prepared him to lead one of the world’s most well-known and successful spice manufacturers. Wilson is the 2011 recipient of the Hileman Award from the College of Communication and Information.
Haslam Aide Alexia Poe to Receive CCI Hileman Award
Alexia Poe, director of communications for Gov. Bill Haslam, will receive the 2012 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award at the spring commencement ceremony for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Communication and Information.
The ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
“Alexia Poe has had a remarkable career in the area of public communications,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her distinguished public service, coupled with her communication work in the private sector, inspires our students to think big and pursue their dreams. We are proud of everything Alexia has accomplished and very pleased … Read more “Haslam Aide Alexia Poe to Receive CCI Hileman Award”