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CCI Development and Donor Recognition

CCI DevelopmentRenovated Lobby

The University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information (CCI) is relatively young by UT standards.  Formed by combining existing programs, the College evolved in response to the rapidly changing fields of communication and information. As new forms of media, communication formats and information needs emerged, the College continued to grow and expand. 

Today, the College has four schools and the CCI family includes a significant number of alumni from the majors previously housed in other Colleges.  Because the need to learn and grow does not stop with graduation, CCI recognizes that alumni of all current day CCI fields of study need to have the opportunity to associate with faculty, students and alumni who share their interests and areas of expertise.  The CCI Annual Report is available here.  It chronicles CCI's 2013 activities, achievements and goals for the future.

Many of CCI’s alumni give back to the College by sharing their knowledge and insights with our students through classroom lectures and special events.  In addition to giving of their time and knowledge, many CCI alumni choose to give back to CCI through monetary donations to reduce the financial barriers to education faced by many students and/or to providing the funding required to help CCI maintain the high quality of its programs and facilities. 

CCI alumni and their families are invited to contact us for a visit and/or to discuss ways you can give back to your alma mater in a meaningful and lasting way.

Mark Geller
CCI Director of Development

CCI Donor Recognition

In 2013 the College of Communication and Information created new annual and lifetime giving societies to recognize the generosity of CCI’s largest donors.  The new giving societies are as follows:

Lobby Donor Panels 

CCI Dean’s Circle

Annual Cash Giving – July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

CCI Dean's Circle

Frank Ahlgren Society
$5K+
1969 Society
$2.5K-$4.9K
CCI Leadership Society
$1K-$2.4K

David & Linda Bohan
Adam Brown
Bonnie Carroll & Roy Cooper
Je & Lissa Copesky
Kay Dempsey
Elsevier
ExxonMobil Foundation
Alan & Joy Greenberg
Dr. John & Cynthia Haas
Alisa Harrison
Ed & Arezu Ingle
Sharon Price John
Chuck & Aprill Jones
Karen Maier
Microsoft Corporation
Hilda & Lee Murray
Dr. Larry & Susan Patrick
Ed Patterson
Rex & Theresa Repass
Salesforce Foundation
Tim & Carrie Sellers
Gloria & David Sharrar
Patalia Tate
Drs. Carol Tenopir & Gerald Lundeen
Charlie Tombras
Missy & Joe Wallen
Mary Beth and Charles West
John & Patty Williams
Dr. Mike & Alice Wirth

Dr. Neil Adamson
Martha & William Boals
Alan Carmichael & Cynthia Moxley
Chris & Jennifer Grabenstein
Don King & Dr. Jose Marie Griths
Karen Cromer Isaac
Austin Whitfield Lee III
Wallene Leek
G.M. & Lee Lumpkin
Mark & Janis McNeely
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Phenise Poole
Joseph Scholz
Scripps Networks Interactive
Drs. Maureen Taylor & Michael Kent

Anne Holt & Kenny Blackburn
Lawrence Calvert, Jr.
Jackie & Steve Cavnar
Bob & Mary Clement
Frank & Betsy Costa
Jerry & Karen Ehrlich
Trey Fabacher
James Fitzwater
Stephanie Frazier
Dr. Peter & Vera Gross
Bruce Hight
Knoxville News Sentinel
Ryan & Erica McGee
Lessie Miller
Dr. Barbara Moore
Kathryn Morris
Randy & Glenda Neely
Lynda Newton
Nissan North American, Inc.
James & Wandena Norvelle
Travis Parman
Carol Poston
Jimmy Rayburn
Dr. William Smith
Sylvia & Col. Harvey Sproul
Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
Dr. Michelle Violanti
Martha Wilcox
Dr. Pat Wirth
Deb Woolley
Isaac Wright

Circle Park Society
Lifetime Giving of $100K+

Circle Park Society

Karl A. Bickel Society
Lifetime Giving of $25K - $99K

Bickel Society

Cathy Ackermann
Frank Ahlgren
BB&T
Karl A. Bickel Charitable Trust
Tom and Diane Ballard
Dr. Ben Bates
Karl & Madira Bickel
David & Linda Bohan
Tutt & Elizabeth Bradford
Adam Brown
Jackie & Steve Cavnar
Myron & Josephine Chambers
Frank & Betsy Costa
Elsevier
Judy Flanagan
Drs. John & Cynthia Haas
Kenneth & Dianne Hamrick
Tom & Julia Hill
Dr. Herb Howard
Hugh Hefner Foundation
Iavo Research and Scientific
Ed & Arezu Ingle
Barbara Goddard Johnstone
Chuck & Aprill Jones
Stephen & Nancy Land
Leslie Linebaugh
Peyton Manning
Edward Meeman
Hilda & Lee Murray
Dr. Larry & Susan Patrick
Ed Patterson
Carol Poston
Jane & Richard Ray
Janis & Dr. Bruce Robinson
Salesforce Foundation
Scripps Howard Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Drs. Carol Tenopir & Gerald Lundeen
Missy & Joe Wallen
John & Patty Williams
Alan & Wendy Wilson
Deb Woolley












Dr. Neil Adamson
Laura Arnett & Je Smith
Anne Holt & Kenny Blackburn
Karen & Fred Buchsbaum
Bonnie Carroll & Roy Cooper
Melissa Carter
Coca-Cola Foundation
Je & Lissa Copeskey
Kay Dempsey
Dr. Mickie Edwardson
Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Fdn.
Minnie Doty Goddard
Chris & Jennifer Grabenstein
Alan & Joy Greenberg
Alisa Harrison
Sharon Price John
Drs. Faye & WJ Julian
Kellogg Company
Don King & Dr. Jose-Marie Griths
Knoxville News Sentinel
Austin Whitfield Lee III
Dr. Kelly Leiter
Paul Lyle
Karen Maier
McCormick Foundation
Shelley McCoy
Wanda McMahan
Drs. Sally McMillan & James Fields
Mark & Janis McNeely
Microsoft Corporation
Sandra Plant
Phenise Poole
Eva Posner
Sammie Lynn & Eugene Puett
Betty & John Randt
Rex & Theresa Repass
Scripps Financial Service Ctr.
Tim & Carrie Sellers
Nancy Jane Shirley
Nancy & Paul Siler
Steve Slagle
Society of Professional Journalists
Steve & Lisa Spiro
Ed & Donna Spray
Sylvia & Col. Harvey Sproul
Patalia Tate
Charlie Tombras
Georgiana Vines
Charles & Mary Beth West
Sandra Whitener
John Noble Wilford
Dr. Mike & Alice Wirth
Christopher Wohlwend