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Masters Endows Jackson Professorship in UT School of Advertising and PR

DeForrest JacksonWith a gift of $500,000, Suzanne S. Masters, a 1989 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's School of Advertising and Public Relations, has established the DeForrest Jackson Endowed Professorship, named after her favorite professor.  

The gift, tied for the second largest ever received by UT's College of Communication and Information, creates the first professorship for the School of Advertising and Public Relations. 

Reading Expert: Books for Kids of All Ages to Celebrate Black History Month

Cindy WelchSIS Clinical Associate Professor Cindy Welch produced a list of recommended books for children and young adults in conjunction with the UTK Office of Communications and Marketing. The following is an exerpt from the article:

Kids of all ages can celebrate Black History Month through books that explore rich contributions that have been made by African Americans.


CCI Top 100 Graduate Fellowship Program

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Graduate School has initiated the Top 100 Graduate Fellowship Program 

The College of Communication and Information has been awarded several of these prestigious Graduate Fellowship positions to be awarded to top incoming PhD students. 

We will review applications received by February 1, 2017.  APPLY NOW!  

CCI PhD students awarded a Top 100 Graduate Fellowship will receive an additional stipend amount, will be supported with travel funds, will work with world-class CCI faculty, will work in CCI cutting edge facilities, and will participate in a cohort of Top 100 Graduate Fellows from across campus. 

For more information about the Top 100 Graduate Fellowship Program visit:

Journalism Students Cover World Food Championships

Inside the Food Fight

When the World Food Championships—sometimes called the Olympics of the culinary world—took place in Orange Beach, Alabama, Nov. 10-13, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was behind the scenes and on the sidelines.

Journalism and Electronic Media Professors Rob Heller and Nick Geidner took their students to Alabama to photograph and video record the World Food Championships, which included a military chef challenge and cooking competitions focused on bacon, steak, seafood, recipes, sandwiches, burgers, barbecue, chili and desserts.