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Three CCI Alumni Recognized with UTK Alumni Board Awards

Chancellor Cheek with Alan WilsonThree CCI alumni were among the 19 honored by the UTK Alumni Board at its October 2, 2015 awards dinner held in Knoxville at the Knoxville Convention Center. Alan Wilson (BS/JEM ’80) received UTK’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Rachel Ramsey Cruze (BA/CS ‘10) and Rich Middlemas (BS/JEM ‘97) received the UTK Alumni Promise Award (see below).

McNeely Pigott and Fox Owner Mark McNeely to Receive UT Hileman Award

Mark McNeelyMark McNeely, owner and senior partner of McNeely Pigott and Fox, will receive the 2015 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Communication and Information at its awards and scholarship donation appreciation banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. 

The banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown at World's Fair Park, 525 Henley St.

Maier – Retired Frisch’s VP/Board Member Receives UT Accomplished Alumni Award

Karen MaierKaren Maier (BS/JEM ’74), recently retired vice president of marketing and board of director’s member with Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants in Cincinnati, received the UT Accomplished Alumni Award on September 24, 2015 from CCI Dean Mike Wirth. The ceremony took place at UT’s Tyson Alumni House.

Abbott - Trivial Pursuit Inventor Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

Scott AbbottOn September 10, 2015, CCI Dean Mike Wirth presented Scott Abbott (MS/C&I ’78), best known as the co-inventor of the incredibly successful board game Trivial Pursuit, with the UT Accomplished Alumni Award. Additional notable accomplishments by Abbott include: his work as a sports journalist with the Canadian Press and other journalistic outlets, his long-time ownership of the North Bay Battalion OHL junior ice hockey team (formerly the Brampton Battalion), his service as a member of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Board of Governors, his ownership of C.

Journalism Professors Chronicle Custer Myth in New Book

Inventing CusterAlthough what really happened to Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his command at the Little Bighorn remains a mystery, the man behind the myth is as inscrutable as his final battle, two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, journalism professors claim in a new book.

Their research reveals that Custer was a self-invented hero long before the fight that made him immortal, and the stories that emerged after his death served the interest of those who wanted to control his memory.