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Mariea Hoy Awarded Inaugural DeForrest Jackson Professorship

Mariea HoyMariea Hoy, a professor in the School of Advertising and Public Relations, is the inaugural recipient of the DeForrest Jackson Professorship.

The school’s first named professorship, the DeForrest Jackson Professorship was created earlier this year with a $500,000 gift from Suzanne Sackleh Masters of Atlanta, who received her bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations in 1989. Masters made the gift in honor of her favorite professor, DeForrest Jackson.

Advertising and PR Students Visit Disney's In-House Agency

ADPR trip to Disney Ad AgencyLast month advertising students with the School of Advertising & Public Relations visited Disney for a behind-the-scenes look with the Disney Youth Education Series. Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group is the in-house advertising agency for Disney Destinations, which encompasses Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and Adventures by Disney. The agency consists of a diverse and talented cast of writers, designers, artists, media buyers, and planners, specializing in all forms of marketing communications and media.

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UT students, professor produce documentary on refugees

Landgrant Films logoNick Geidner, JEM assistant professor, and his students have been working on another Landgrant Films documentary about refugee families resettled in the Knoxville area. Local Knoxville station WBIR-TV produced a news story about the project. To view the story about this unique learning opportunity, view the story at http://www.wbir.com/news/local/ut-students-professor-produce-documentary-on-refugees/451375262.

Eclipse 2017: Everything You Need to Know

Mark LittmannFlorence Andsager and her siblings were playing outside their Kansas farmhouse one afternoon in June 1918 when the cloudless sky began to darken and day turned to night. The children hurried inside and huddled with their parents, the whole family convinced that the world was coming to an end. It was before the days of radio and the family had no way of hearing about a total eclipse of the sun, nor did they know what to expect. Now almost a hundred years later, thanks to advancing technology, we can pinpoint not only the day but also the exact time of an eclipse.

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HGTV Founder Receives Honorary Degree, Tells Grads to Listen, Learn, Love

Ken Lowe receiving Honorary Degree

Ken Lowe, CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive and founder of HGTV, received an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the College of Communication and Information ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Lowe spoke to graduates about his own career and some of the life lessons he’s learned along the way.

“I’ve never regretted a single day since I dedicated myself to turning the dream of HGTV into reality,” he said, joking that he tried to get the network’s popular Property Brothers to come with him.

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