College of Communication and Information News

Journalism Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach in Ethiopia

Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media and director of internationalization and outreach in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach this summer at two universities in Ethiopia. This is the second Fulbright grant Swan has received in the last year. He taught at the University of Zagreb in Croatia last December.

UT School Named to International Organization

UT’s School of Information Sciences has been named as a member of the iSchools organization, an international group of colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Perseverance Was Key to Getting Degree, 32-year-old Graduate Says

Working full time, being a full-time dad, and being a full-time student was more than a full plate for Luke Amos. But he made it, and today, thirty-two-year-old Amos graduates from UT with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. “I was determined to get the degree because I realized it was the only path to a better life for me and my son,” he said.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

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.

UT Offers Tips, Relaxation to Get Students Through Finals

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.

UT College Creates Endowed Professorship, Names Carol Tenopir as First Recipient

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.

Time Magazine Editor to Give Annual Hill Lecture

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.

News Sentinel: UT professor fights on against rare cancer

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.

Social Media Week to Feature National, Local Speakers

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.