College of Communication and Information News

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.

Haslam Aide Alexia Poe to Receive UT Alumni Award

Alexia Poe

Alexia Poe, director of communications for Governor Bill Haslam, will receive the 2012 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award at the spring commencement ceremony for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Communication and Information. The ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT Journalism Student Wins National Reporting Competition, Trip to Japan

Suzanna McCloskey

Suzanna McCloskey, a senior journalism and electronic media major, is one of the winners of the annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Nine winners from around the country were chosen for the high quality of their work, an essay about their interest in international affairs, and letters of recommendation. Each winner receives a nine-day, all-expense paid journalism study trip to Japan.

UT Social Media Week to Feature Speakers, Student Competition

The College of Communication and Information’s School of Advertising and Public Relations will host Social Media Week, April 25-26, in the Communications Building on campus. The two-day event, cosponsored by Dell Inc., will feature presentations, panel discussions, and open forums with social media experts from Dell, Scripps Networks Interactive, Cox Enterprises and McCormick & Company, Inc., as well as Knoxville-area advertising, marketing, and public relations agencies.

Sixteen UT Students Chosen to Intern with Tennessee State Legislature

Sixteen students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been chosen to participate in this year’s Tennessee Legislative Intern Program. The program, established in 1972, provides opportunities for Tennessee college and university students to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment.

UT Literature Center to Host Acclaimed Children’s Author

The School of Information Sciences’ Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, along with the Knox County Public Library, will present a lecture by critically acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Nina Crews at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. The event is free and open to the public, and Crews will be available for book signing following the lecture.

UT College of Communication and Information to Host Diversity Banquet March 2

The College of Communication and Information will hold its annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Bearden Banquet Hall. The keynote speaker is Avon W. Rollins Sr., director and CEO of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville, and president and CEO of Rollins & Associates, a management consulting firm. Rollins also will be presented with the 2012 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.

UT Symposium to Explore Communication Research

“Leaping Forward in Communication and Information Research” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-fourth annual Research Symposium on February 29 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.