Alumni News

CCI Dedicates Hilda S. Murray Classroom

The College of Communication and Information will name a classroom in honor of CCI alumna Hilda Murray, an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive. A brief ceremony, part of the CCI Board of Visitors spring meeting, will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in Room 309 of the Communications Building. A plaque honoring Murray, which will hang outside the classroom, will be unveiled at the ceremony.

Cartoonist, ‘Peanuts’ Creative Director Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

From left, Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor for Alumni Affairs, Paige Braddock, and Theresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

While a student at UT, Paige Braddock cut her teeth as a cartoonist for the Daily Beacon newspaper. The budding illustrator went on to work at several major newspapers before being hired by the creator of the Peanuts brand. Braddock, now executive vice president and creative director of the Charles Schultz Studio, returned to UT Thursday and was honored with the Accomplished Alumni award. She is a 1985 School of Art graduate.

Alumnus, Football Player on Bravo TV Show

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UT alumnus Ray Austin is starring in a reality series on Bravo. Austin, a 1997 psychology graduate and former defensive back for the Volunteers, is part of the cast for the cable network’s 100 Days of Summer, which chronicles six young, successful, and ambitious Chicagoans as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal, professional, and social lives over one intense summer season. The show airs at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesdays.

Alumna in Sochi, Working Behind the Scenes at Her Third Olympics

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When the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, open on Friday, alumna Stephanie Garant-Jones will be backstage, helping the extravaganza unfold before the world. Garant-Jones, who earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2007, is part of the crew orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies.

Campus Doubles Goal of Big Orange Give

UT’s first Big Orange Give—a 125-hour online giving campaign—far exceeded its goals for fundraising and expanding its network of Big Orange donors. Held during homecoming week, the campaign doubled the $125,000 goal, raising $250,105 from more than 1,640 donors from all fifty states and abroad.

The Circus Comes to Rocky Top for “Cirque du Rocky Top” Homecoming

Homecoming stands out as the greatest orange-and-white celebration on the UT calendar for both students and alumni. This year’s festivities culminate on Saturday, November 9, when faculty, staff, and students from different colleges, offices, and organizations across campus welcome back thousands of lifelong Vol fans. “Cirque du Rocky Top” is this year’s Homecoming theme.

UT Kicks Off Big Orange Give Campaign Today

The campus kicks off an ambitious online giving campaign today. The Big Orange Give aims to raise $125,000 in 125 hours to aid the university on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university. The campaign begins at 4:00 p.m. today and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. The campaign will be driven primarily through its website and the social media channels of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

P. F. Chang’s CEO Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

Chairman and CEO of P. F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. Rick Federico has received the Accomplished Alumni award from UT. Federico, a 1976 sociology graduate, was honored with the award earlier this month. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.

Renowned Sports Journalist Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

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.