College of Communication and Information News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

Big Orange Big Ideas

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.

UT Receives Grant to Study Trustworthiness of Scholarly Research Sources

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) has received a grant to study the trustworthiness of diverse scholarly information sources and channels. The $271,131 grant was awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The study will begin in September and continue until November 2013.

Journalism Professor to Watch, Not Work, This Year’s Olympics

Beijing opening

University of Tennessee journalism professor Mike Martinez will watch the Olympics this year like most of us—during his leisure time—rather than working the event. Martinez has been connected to chronicling the Olympics for more than eighteen years.

Workshop to Highlight Year’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults

Looking for some great books for your children or your students? Educators, librarians, and parents are invited to a workshop Friday that will highlight the best titles of the year. Registration is now under way for “The Best of the Best 2012 Workshop,” which is being co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.

Vines Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baker Center

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has established its first scholarship endowment thanks to a gift from Georgiana Vines, adjunct faculty member and Knoxville News Sentinel political columnist. Vines has established the Georgiana Vines Endowed Scholarship Fund to reflect her interest in journalism and public policy.

Student Team Wins Social Media Week Competition

Social Media Week

Melahnie Springfield, a graduate student in advertising, participated in UT’s first Social Media Week, April 25-26. Springfield and her teammates took part in a social media advertising campaign competition focusing on the Dell XPS 13 laptop computer. The competition was judged by Adam Brown, executive director of social media for Dell and a 1994 UT advertising graduate.

Alumni Memories: Alan Wilson

During commencement week, notable alumni are sharing their favorite memories from their time on Rocky Top. Alan Wilson, chairman and CEO of McCormick, Co., talks about how his education at UT prepared him to lead one of the world’s most well-known and successful spice manufacturers.

Margaret Morrison Named Director of Advertising and Public Relations

Margaret Morrison, professor and interim director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, has been named the permanent director of the school effective July 1. Morrison joined the UT Knoxville faculty in 1995 and completed her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia the following year. She is the current vice president of the American Academy of Advertising.

Scripps Networks Interactive CEO Ken Lowe to Address UT College Grads

Ken Lowe, chairman, president, and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., will deliver the commencement address for the College of Communication and Information. Lowe will address graduates and their families at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena.

UT Information Sciences Professor Receives Top SEC Award

The Southeastern Conference has awarded Carol Tenopir, professor and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, with one of its first Faculty Achievement Awards. The new SEC award program was created to honor professors from the SEC with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship.