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CCI Honors School/Program Alumni and Faculty

CCI honored a notable graduate from each of its schools and programs at its annual awards and scholarship donor appreciation banquet on Friday, October 13. CCI’s 2017 faculty award winners were also recognized at the event.

“CCI alumni provide significant contributions to their organizations and communities,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “It is an honor and privilege to annually recognize the accomplishments of some of our best graduates.”

2017 CCI Alumni AwardsThis year's honorees are:

  • Advertising Alumna of the Year: Erin Hauck, a 2007 graduate and senior director of digital investment for Hearts & Science in New York City.
  • Communication Studies Alumna of the Year: Amy Harp Donahue, a 2009 graduate with a 2011 Master’s. She is director of marketing and communications for River City Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Information Sciences Alumna of the Year: Kendra Albright, earned her Master’s in 1985 and her PhD in 2002. She is director of the School of Information Science at Kent State University in Ohio.
  • Journalism and Electronic Media Alumna of the Year: Steve Dean, a 1974 graduate, is owner of FamFive Productions and creator of WBIR-TV’s Heartland Series.
  • Public Relations Alumna of the Year: Kellie Davie, a 2011 graduate, is founder of KeyCom PR in Nashville.

Also during the banquet, the college's highest alumni honor—the Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award—was presented to Dr. Martha Rogers, best-selling author and founder of Trustability Metrix (learn more here).

2017 CCI Faculty AwardsEach year CCI also recognizes faculty members for outstanding performance during the prior year. This year’s award recipients are:

“Congratulations to Rachel, Beth, Candace, Stephen, Mark and Courtney on their excellent work, which earned them this special recognition,” said Dean Wirth. “Their contributions to the college and university are notable and greatly appreciated!”