Wendell Potter, a veteran journalist, public relations executive, author, and advocate for health care and insurance reform, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday. The 1973 journalism graduate was honored by UT with the award. The Accomplished Alumni program recognizes notable alumni.
College of Communication and Information News
“Does Diversity Really Matter?” is the theme of this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Week, September 30 to October 3, hosted by the College of Communication and Information. The four-day event will feature panel discussions on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues.
Did you know that a UT journalism professor is sparking an industry trend in textbooks? Jim Stovall has the big idea of converting journalism textbooks to a multimedia platform.
Sharon John, 1986 communications and advertising alumnus, shares her success story with the New York Times. John is the CEO of Build-A-Bear. “After high school, I enrolled in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I majored in communications and advertising.,” she said. “I liked advertising because it meshed two of my favorite subjects, art and
School’s out, and vacation time is upon us. Whether the family is planning a vacation or staycation, kids can do some vicarious globetrotting this summer by reading books. Teachers, libraries, and parents can learn more about great books for kids at The Best New Books 2013 workshop on July 19 at the East Tennessee History Center. “Summer reading is important for kids so their skills stay sharp and they’re ready to hit the ground running again when school starts back up in the fall,” said Miranda Clark, director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The center is co-hosting the workshop with the Knox County Public Library.
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’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.
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.
Monica Langley, senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the commencement address for the College of Communication and Information at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena.
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.