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College of Communication and Information Honors Ackermann with Hileman Award

Cathy AckermannCathy Ackermann, president and CEO of Ackermann PR, received the 2016 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Communication and Information at the college's campaign kickoff and awards gala on Friday, Nov. 11.

Ackermann founded her PR firm in 1982. It has grown to be one of the top 100 firms in the country, with client service offices headquartered in Knoxville. Ackermann began her career as director of corporate marketing and promotions for the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair.

College of Communication and Information Opens Public Speaking Center

Public Speaking Center

Public speaking is one of people's greatest personal fears, and a new facility in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Communication and Information provides tools to help students tackle their anxieties and become better communicators.

The Public Speaking Center, in Room 260 of the Communications Building, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

UT Student-Designed Billboards Encouraged People to Vote

Vote billboard

Students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, took on a special project to urge people to get out and vote in a big way.

Their messages were on billboards around the Knoxville area.

Rob Heller, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information, asked his media graphics students to design posters encouraging people to get out and vote in this year’s election.

UT PR Students Creating Campaign for Downtown Lenoir City

Professor Candace WhiteNineteen public relations students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are working on a PR campaign that will help get residents excited about revitalization efforts afoot in downtown Lenoir City.

The students are part of a class taught by Candace White, a professor in the School of Advertising and Public Relations in UT's College of Communication and Information.

Warning! UT Professor's Study about Branded Drug Website Risk Disclosure Gets FTC Attention

ADPR Professor Mariea HoyDo you take time to read the risk warnings on drug websites before you take the drug?

Mariea Hoy, an advertising professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has studied that question and determined that no, you probably don't.

Last month, Hoy presented her findings in Washington, D.C. at a Federal Trade Commission workshop titled "Putting Disclosures to Test."

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UT Group: Social Media Comments Skyrocketed During Second Presidential Debate

PSMRGSocial media exploded Sunday night as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over personal and policy issues.

The Political Social Media Group, composed of students in a political communication graduate seminar, have been using sophisticated social media monitoring technology to scrutinize the debates leading up to the election. Among their observations about Sunday night's town hall event:

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