Q&A with PhD Student Mark Willoughby
Mark Willoughby is no stranger to Rocky Top. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Haslam College of Business and has been working full time for the college since 2007.
He is currently the Director of Student Engagement for the Haslam College of Business. After contemplating a PhD for several years, he enrolled in CCI’s program because the communication studies emphasis is a strong combination of his previous experiences in marketing and HR.
What made you choose to get your PhD in Communication Studies?
For the past couple of years, I have been contemplating the pursuit of a … Read more “Q&A with PhD Student Mark Willoughby”
Inside Global Programs: Raven Bailey
Raven Bailey (CS ’19) participated in the Communicating Across Cultures in Dublin program led by Associate Professor Laura Miller and Director John Haas during the summer of 2019. She is currently a master’s student in CCI.
Learn more about CCI’s Communicating Across Cultures in Dublin summer program.
Did you face any challenges in your decision to study abroad?
One of the biggest challenges was finding aid. Unfortunately, I couldn’t use my HOPE Scholarship toward the program, but that was because I didn’t do the research beforehand, so just make sure you speak with One Stop and the … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Raven Bailey”
Master’s Student Q&A: Diane Carr
A native of Midland, Michigan, Diane Carr completed her master’s degree in Communication & Information this summer with an emphasis in communication studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in human resources at Michigan State University and later joined the Peace Corps.
She began working at UT’s College of Nursing as a research information specialist in 2016, which rekindled her longtime interest in pursuing a master’s degree. She wants to continue working in communications and has a passion for environmental conservation and helping those less fortunate.
Why did you choose Tennessee and the CCI program for your master’s degree?
“I first … Read more “Master’s Student Q&A: Diane Carr”
Professors Teach Stress Reduction to Hospital Students, Employees
Working in the medical field can be stressful even in the best of times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has many medical professionals feeling overwhelmed.
To counteract this, professors Joan Rentsch of the College of Communication and Information and David Patterson of the College of Social Work are leading weekly sessions in mindfulness-based stress reduction with medical residents and employees at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The Zoom sessions include short guided meditation practices for the 25 to 35 participants, followed by time for discussion and teaching. Sessions usually finish in less than an hour.
“Mindfulness practices can aid participants … Read more “Professors Teach Stress Reduction to Hospital Students, Employees”
Peyton Manning Surprises CMST Students in Online Class
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students received a big surprise today when Peyton Manning dropped in on John Haas’ Communication Studies Senior Capstone class.
“I realize this a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year,” Manning said. “I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep doing what you’re doing, and try to take advantage of the little bit of extra time you have to accomplish something else or help out somebody in need.
“There are a lot people hurting out there during this time. Be thankful for what you have … Read more “Peyton Manning Surprises CMST Students in Online Class”
Student Blog: Networking Trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.
This January, students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations and School and Journalism and Electronic Media traveled to New York City to get an insider’s view of the industry. In February, the Communications Studies club ventured to D.C. to learn more about professional opportunities with a Communication Studies degree.
They were hosted by CCI alums and given the opportunity to further their knowledge outside the classroom. Three students, Laken Wright, Savannah Smith, and Hannah Dimon, gave a first-hand account of the trips.
Laken Wright (Advertising)
This January, I took part in a once in a lifetime opportunity to … Read more “Student Blog: Networking Trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.”
2020 Social Media Week: Q&A with Andy Bowers (CS ’17)
Andy Bowers (CS ’17) is the social media manager for the Philadelphia 76ers and shared his team’s approach to branding, content, and appealing to a mass audience in the session “#OnBrand.”
Bowers, a native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, interned with Tennessee Athletic Communications as a senior. He also interned with Morris Creative Group and Tombras before working as a digital and social content associate with the Atlanta Hawks.
Catch Bowers on social media @andybowers_.
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Haas and Wirth Discuss Peyton Manning’s CCI Legacy
As Peyton Manning and four other former Vols prepare to compete in Super Bowl XLVIII, WATE-TV reporter Drew Gardner asked John Haas, long-time director of UT’s School of Communication Studies and Peyton Manning’s academic advisor while he was at UT, and College of Communication and Information (CCI) Dean Mike Wirth to share their thoughts about Manning’s academic legacy at UT and the impact of his continued giving back to CCI and the University.
Medical Xpress Publishes Article Co-Authored by CCI's Michael Kotowski
CCI’s assistant professor of Communication Studies, Michael Kotowski has co-authored an article recently published by Medical Xpress.
Verbal Aggression: You May Have Picked it up in The Womb, Says New Study
Research on the communication trait of verbal aggressiveness, which includes behavior like name calling, ridicule, insults, racial epithets and threats, has tended to focus on its social causes.
The study, “The Effect of Prenatal Sex Hormones on the Development of Verbal Aggression,” was published in the Journal of Communication (Vol. 62 No. 5) and its authors include Michael R. Kotowski, assistant professor of communication, UT, and Franklin J. Boster … Read more “Medical Xpress Publishes Article Co-Authored by CCI's Michael Kotowski”