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CCI Honors School/Program Alumni and Faculty

CCI presented five school/program alumni awards and five faculty awards during its annual Awards and Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair.

“We are proud to recognize these alumni for their outstanding career accomplishments and service to their respective communities,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “It is a privilege to welcome them back to campus to acknowledge and honor them for everything they have achieved. Congratulations to Curtis, Heather, Sandra, Frank and Rebecca!”

Jupiter Entertainment CEO Stephen Land to Receive Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award

Stephen Land

Stephen Land, founder and CEO of Knoxville-based Jupiter Entertainment, will receive the 2018 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award from UT Knoxville’s College of Communication & Information at the college’s awards and scholarship donor appreciation banquet on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Knoxville Holiday Inn Downtown.

Land is among America’s most prolific television creators and producers. During his career, which spans over two decades, he has developed and executive produced series and specials for virtually every major media company.

Information Sciences Former Director Ed Cortez Dies at Sixty-six

Ed Cortez

Ed Cortez, professor emeritus and former director of the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information, died on Saturday October 6, 2018 at his home in Tucson, Arizona (see his obituary below).

“Ed was a champion of the information sciences profession and dedicated to supporting the next generation of leaders," said Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information. "He played an important role in leading the School of Information Sciences and in guiding its integration into the college. He will be greatly missed!”

Luther to Participate in Prestigious TV Academy Foundation Program

Catherine LutherCatherine Luther, director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information, is among 25 professors nationwide chosen to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2018 Faculty Seminar Program.

The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development industries from top entertainment professionals during a weeklong seminar in Southern California in November.