UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
College of Communication and Information News
As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.
Carol Tenopir, a Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Information Sciences, is the first recipient of a new endowed professorship in the College of Communication and Information. The CCI Board of Visitors Professorship was made possible by generous gifts from donors, including current and former members of the college’s Board of Visitors.
Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor of science, technology, and health for Time magazine, will deliver the twenty-first annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at UT on Tuesday, April 2. Kluger will lecture on “Science as Civilizer” at 8:00 p.m. in the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Journalism professor Bonnie Hufford recently spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about her ongoing battle with cancer and her never-surrender mentality. The newspaper also spoke with several of Hufford’s former students for whom she has served as a beacon of hope.
The College of Communication and Information will host Social Media Week April 2-4 in the Communications Building on campus. The three-day event will feature presentations, panel discussions, and open forums with social media experts from Nike, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McCormick & Company, as well as advertising, marketing, and public relations agencies from Knoxville and the Southeast. Sponsors for the event include Coca-Cola, WBIR-TV, Calhoun’s, and Latitude 35.
Margaret Morrison, professor and director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, has passed away. A celebration of Morrison’s life will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue. Morrison served as director since July 2012. She joined the UT faculty in 1995.
Bill Galvin says the key ingredient to career success is perseverance. As CNN International’s vice president for business development and sports programming, Galvin says this “never say die” attitude was crucial to starting his career. The College of Communication and Information recently presented Galvin with an Accomplished Alumni award.
“Communication and Information Research in an Age of Convergence” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-fifth annual Research Symposium on February 27 on the UT campus.
Innovative teaching. Encouraging demeanor. A passion for the subject. Contagious enthusiasm. All of these traits help inspire students to great ideas. Dwight Teeter and Peiling Wang from the College of Communication and Information are recognized for their teaching, research, and community service, which are both inspired and inspiring.