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Three with Ties to CCI Receive UT Alumni Awards

2018 UT Alumni Award Winners

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

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

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author and a 2010 UT Accomplished Alumni Award recipient. He is a prolific writer who has won an Anthony Award for “Best First Mystery” and is a four time Agatha Award winner for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel. Grabenstein is a former advertising executive with Young & Rubicam in New York City where he worked with author James Patterson, and he has written several screenplays including The Christmas Gift.

Erin Hauck is founder and senior director of digital investment and senior director of audience planning for Hearts & Science in New York City. She developed the first US digital team for the ad agency. She received the inaugural Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Digital Award Mentors Category and was selected for the Omnicom Global Talent Exchange Program. Hauck has won numerous awards for her advertising work and was the 2017 CCI Advertising Alumna of the Year.

Gregory Cox is a senior analyst for Georgia-Pacific’s North American Consumer Business in Atlanta, Georgia, and he is a member of the UT Foundation Board of Directors. He received the 2010 UT Alumni Promise Award and was a UT Torchbearer in 1995. He served as volunteer chair of the Hands on Atlanta Day in 2008. From 2011 to 2013 he was president of the UT Black Alumni Council and was a member of the UTK Alumni Board. He also served on the UT Department of Accounting Advisory Roundtable from 2006-2013.

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