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Three with Ties to CCI Receive UT Alumni Awards

2018 UT Alumni Award WinnersThe UT Knoxville Alumni Board held its annual Alumni Awards celebration Friday, September 7, 2018. Among the 2018 UT alumni award recipients were three with ties to CCI.

  • Chris Grabenstein (BS/JEM ’77 & Emeritus CCI Board of Visitors (BOV) member) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Erin Hauck (BS/AD '07) received the Alumni Promise Award
  • Gregory Cox (BS/BA ’95; MS/Acct. ’96 & CCI BOV member) received the Alumni Service Award

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Time bestselling author and a 2010 UT Accomplished Alumni Award recipient. Prior to becoming an author, Grabenstein had a distinguished career as an advertising executive culminating with his work at Young & Rubicam NYC as executive vice president/group creative director. Grabenstein has written several screenplays including The Christmas Gift. He won an Anthony Award for “Best First Mystery” and is a four time Agatha Award winner for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel.

Erin Hauck is the founder and senior director of digital investment and senior director of audience planning of Hearts & Science, an OMD subsidiary. She developed the first US digital team for the ad agency. She received Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Digital Award Mentors Category and was selected for the Omnicom Global Talent Exchange Program. Hauck won seven awards for Pepsi Max’s “Test Drive” video.

Gregory Cox is senior analyst for Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta, Georgia. He received the 2010 UT Alumni Promise Award and the 1995 UT Torchbearer Award. He served as volunteer chair of the Hands on Atlanta Day in 2008. He serves as on the UT Foundation Board and formerly served on the UT Department of Accounting Advisory Roundtable. From 2011 to 2013 he was president of the UT Black Alumni Council and a member of UTK's Alumni Board.

“We congratulate these outstanding alumni and thank them for their willingness to give back to UT and CCI,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth.