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April 2019: Student News

SHAW, ALBRIGHT RECEIVE IRTS FELLOWSHIPS

Reed Shaw (MS C&I) and Jorden Albright (JEM) were two of 35 students nationally selected into the prestigious IRTS Summer Fellowship Program, which runs June 2 to Aug. 3 in New York City. Shaw’s internship will be with Katz Media Group, the largest media rep firm in the United States, and Albright’s internship will be with WABC-TV. Albright was named the IRTS University of Tennessee Fellow Sponsored by Larry Patrick (MS/C&I '73 and a member of the CCI Board of Visitors).


NFL Draft Experience in Nashville

JEM STUDENTS EXPERIENCE MEDIA COVERAGE AT NFL DRAFT

JEM Assistant Professor Mike Martinez accompanied JEM students Will Boling, Elizabeth Profit, Cory Sanning, and Tyler Wombles on an NFL Draft behind-the-scenes media experience April 24 in Nashville, Tennessee. The group was on hand for media interviews with NFL Network personalities, a taping of 10 Burning Questions with Daniel Jeremiah, and one-on-one time with Charles Davis (BS/Political Science ‘86), the former Tennessee Volunteer and noted television football analyst.


EUReCA AWARD WINNERS

At the annual EUReCA Awards, CS senior Dara Carney-Nedelman received an Office of Research and Engagement Silver Award and first place in the CCI award competition for “AUIGTROSAI (Acronym Usage in Groups: The Relationship of Socialization and Identification)” with faculty mentor CS Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz. CS senior Emily Caylor took second in the CCI division for “Family Communication Patterns and Advice Response Theory: How Emerging Adults View Parental Advice on Money” with faculty mentor CS Associate Professor Courtney N. Wright.


STUDENTS EARN SCIENCE, TECHNICAL WRITING HONORS

Technical Writing AwardsFive students, who studied science writing with JEM Professors Mark Littmann and Julie Andsager, won top honors for science writing and technical/professional writing from the Society for Technical Communication – East Tennessee Chapter. The annual J. Paul Blakely Awards were May 1 and included a cash prize and certificate.

JEM senior Abby Bower earned an Award of Distinction in the undergraduate science writing division for “ORNL Scientist Isolates Potentially Disease-Causing Microorganism.” Bower, who was recently named JEM’s top graduating senior, will start a science writing internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) this summer.

JEM junior Christy White received an Award of Excellence in the undergraduate science writing division for “Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve,” which chronicled a Fulton High School teacher’s environmental education program with the Tremont Institute. This summer, White will be starting her second science writing internship with ORNL in a different division.

Chloe Lash earned an Award of Distinction in the graduate science writing division for “The Invisible Drivers: Why We Should Care about What We Cannot See.” Lash is a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Megan Lilly took home an Award of Excellence for “Into the Quantum Realm.” Lilly is a doctoral student in energy science and engineering, a Bredesen Center interdisciplinary ORNL-UT doctoral program.

Evan Newell, a senior in chemical engineering, received an Award of Distinction in the undergraduate technical/professional writing category for “Polymers to the People: Making Polymer Science More Readable.”


NEW INDUCTEES INTO LAMBDA PI ETA

The School of Communication Studies inducted 19 members into the Alpha Gamma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society. New members include: Caroline Ambrose, Annie-Europa Ankamah-Asamoah, Chloe Bilbrey, Jessica Black, Isaac Carver, Max Davenport, Jennifer Edwards, Shannon Evans, Ellen C. Henson, Emily Kirk, Regan Lyrek, Hailey Manus, Jennie McBrayer, Olivia Motsay, Allie Norris, Nicole Payne, Ann Marie Simpson, Lilli Tillman, and Darby Wood.


McClung Speech Contest Winners

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR SPEECH COMPETITIONS

The School of Communication Studies’ Charles J. McClung Speech Contest, the largest public speaking contest in the Southeast, was held in April. The semi-annual contest features all students enrolled in CMST 210: Public Speaking. This semester’s top finishers included: 1. Jordan Henegar (Biological Sciences), 2. Jackson Long (Business Administration), 3. Jake Lester (Marketing), 4 Eugene (Gen) Kim (Business Administration), and 5. Seth Davis (Business Analytics).

The school also completed its second Smokey Talks speech competition featuring students from CMST 240: Business and Professional Communication. This semester’s event was organized by lecturers Kathy Braun and Lorna Keathley and was judged by more than 900 students enrolled in the course. 1. Maxwell Gustafson (Arts & Sciences Exploratory), 2. Kellie May (PR), 3. Allie Marcom (CS), 4. Nia Myrthil (JEM), and 5. Robinson Walsh (Kinesiology) and Bella Reed (English). 


ADPR in Atlanta

ADPR TRAVELS TO ATLANTA

Sixteen students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations took a three-day pre-professional development trip to Atlanta in April to gain understanding of different professional possibilities, including ones outside standard agency work. The group visited the digital media team for the Atlanta Braves: MELT, a full-service agency that specializes in sports and culinary business; United Way of Greater Atlanta; Edelman, the largest PR agency in the world; and the national headquarters for Home Depot. CCI Board of Visitors member Amy Corn hosted a dinner and attended sessions with the group.


MSIS STUDENTS ATTEND TLA CONFERENCE

Twenty-four master’s students from the School of Information Sciences attended the second-annual SIS School Trip to attend the 2019 Tennessee Library Association (TLA) Conference in Chattanooga. SIS covered the cost of transportation, conference registration and board for the student attendees.

“I would highly recommend students attend future SIS trips because they’re enriching in a multitude of ways," MSIS student Heather Doncaster said. “The knowledge gleaned from attending conference sessions, roundtables, site visits, behind-the-scenes tours, and receptions, was invaluable.”


ZHU AWARDED SUMMER GRA GRANT

SIS Assistant Professor Xiaohua (Awa) Zhu received a 2019 Summer Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) grant from the University of Tennessee Office of Research and Engagement to support MSIS student Amy Moore during summer 2019. The grant provides research support for Zhu to continue her work on digital ownership and possession.

“This is very helpful because I need someone to help me with data collection, literary review and data analysis,” Zhu said. “Moore can analyze the interviews to get a sense of how people feel, and what people say about this. We can then design a survey based on the interview data.”


CCI STUDENTS NAMED TO SEC WINTER ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

Two CCI members of the swimming and diving team were named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll: swimmer Ty Powers (CS) and diver Ana Celaya Hernandez (JEM). To be listed on the conference honor roll, a student-athlete has to be a non-freshman with a 3.0 or higher GPA for a year. Transfer students must be enrolled for an entire academic year to be considered.