Communication Scholarships Deadline April 1

Communication Scholarships

The deadline to apply for scholarships dedicated to COMM majors is Monday, April 1.  See the departmental web site under “Student Resources” for links to the applications. Students may apply for more than one scholarship.

  • Adolph S. Ochs Scholarship -Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in communication who plans to pursue a career in print journalism; overall and major GPA 3.0; minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation.
  • WRCB-TV / Sarkes Tarzian Scholarship – Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in communication who plans to pursue a career in television broadcasting; overall and major GPA 3.0; minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation.
  • Ralph & Donna Damon Dawn Scholarship – Awarded to a student majoring in communication with demonstrated successful academic performance and/or financial need, overall and major GPA 3.0; minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation.

Osovsky Family Scholarship – Awarded to a student pursuing a major in communication with a demonstrated financial need, overall and major GPA 3.0; minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation.

Internship application deadline Feb. 14

Students who want to do a summer or fall internship under Comm. 4850 must apply by Feb. 14.  Click the link on Jobs & Internships on the main Communication Department page.

Chatty Crafty looking for interns

September 2012

Chatty Crafty is seeking interns to help plan and promote an upcoming creative festival.  The internships are unpaid.  Students will get experience in media relations, public relations outreach, event planning, social networking and event promotions.  Send writing samples and your resume to


Weeks’ exhibit in Frist Hall

Award-winning photographer Billy Weeks’ work is featured in the second floor of Frist Hall this fall.  Weeks is serving as an adjunct instructor in the Communication Department this fall, teaching a course in photojournalism.

Weeks worked as a journalist for over 28 years. His career started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer.  In 1995, he became the Photo Team Leader, and in 1999 until 2010 he was the Director of Photography/

Graphics at The Chattanooga Times Free Press.As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America.  “Communication Arts” selected his photographs of poverty in Honduras as an Award of Excellence for editorial photography.  Additionally, he was awarded the Gordon Parks International Photography Award in 2011, published in B&W Magazine’s portfolio special issue five times, and has received many acknowledgments for journalism including the Freedom of Information award issued by the Associated Press.

Weeks has also been an adjunct instructor in photojournalism at Southern Adventist University for the last 25 years. He has been a visiting speaker at ma

ny universities, a two-time presenter at the Southern Short Course for photojournalism, and a traveling instructor for Southern Newspapers Association. He also has taught photojournalism workshops for CNN online and the University of Georgia.  He believes that not only should journalists cover their assignments, but they should also give something back to their profession.

He lives in Ringgold, Ga., with his wife, two daughters, and a beagle.



Summer interns share experiences


UTC’s Communication Department interns worked in a variety of professional areas in the summer of 2012, completing the Comm. 4850, Individual Internship course.  The interns said their experiences helped build their self-confidence and made them realize they can indeed make it in the professional world.  Eight of the 23 interns were offered full or part time jobs from their internships.

Krystyne Brown served at WTVF TV in Nashville, serving as a production assistant on “Talk of the Town.”  Brown also assisted with shoots in the studio and in the field.

Matthew Collum completed his internship at Randall House Publishing in Nashville.  He assisted with the planning and execution of two national conferences and did other project management.

Reis Costa learned public relations and marketing techniques in his internship with the marketing department at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  Costa wrote radio scripts and news releases and assisted in several large special events sponsored by the paper.

While interning at the Chattanooga Cat Clinic, Jessica Costner put her writing skills to good use.  She worked in social media for the veterinary practice, wrote stories for a newsletter and designed a brochure and other materials.

Sean Fernandezwas able to combine his faith with his communication skills while interning at Hope Church in Nashville. Fernandez created live video animations and also did graphic design for print publications for the organization.

Amelia Gunn prepares to photograph an item at Southeastern Salvage.

Doing photography work at Southeastern Salvage, Amelia Gunn found her passion.  Gunn photographed and created images of the retail outlets’ products that appeared in weekly advertisements in local publications.

Corey Honeycutt did her internship at Chattanooga Theatre Centre where she video taped rehearsals, conducted interviews from behind the scenes and created stories about the troupe.  She also worked with a summer kids’ camp, assisting with communication.

Casey Keelen wrote copy for some of the nation’s largest retail companies while at ARS Interactive, a Chattanooga advertising agency.  Keelen wrote copy for, and assisted with the company’s other clients.

Matthew Kenwright served his internship in the Nashville office of Mayor Karl Dean.  He attended media events, branding meetings and interviews.  He also communicated with constituents and conducted research.

While interning at Brewer Media, Grahm Long worked on ESPN Radio.  He edited commercials, designed logos and produced live radio shows.  He was exposed to all aspects of the Brewer stations, including programming and sales.

Chelsea Miller interned in marketing at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee.  Working in a corporate environment, Miller conducted research and did writing.  She also helped make important communication decisions at the insurance company.

Laura Milton flexed her design skills while at the Center for Community Career Education.  She updated the non-profit’s social media, designed fliers and other printed pieces and reaching out to area businesses that support the center.

Sandler Training was the learning ground for Emily Neutens.  At the sales and management training company, Neutens conducted research and wrote sales proposals.  She also worked with social media for the company.

At Chattanooga’s Arts and Education Council, Shawna O’Neal did a variety of tasks for the non-profit.  She researched and wrote news releases, produced podcasts and updated blogs.

Matthew Patterson worked in all aspects of video production while at Mindflow Media.  The video company provided Patterson with experience in research, shoot and editing video and working with clients.

Robert Prigmore assisted with marketing efforts for the Mocs Club.  In the athletic development group, he conducted research and wrote letters to donors.  He also assisted organizing and compiling data.

At WDEF TV, Jennifer Pukenas worked in the sports department. She helped out on field and studio production.  She helped write stories and scripts and did some on-camera work.

Lee Reese helped plan special events and did creative work for Transcard, a prepaid products company in Chattanooga.  He wrote copy for emails and fliers and he designed presentations for company executives.

Laura Richmond served her internship at Alexian Brothers Ministries in the development office.  While there, she designed marketing items and did research and writing for the senior-care organization.

Working in pre and post-production at Mindflow Media gave Bryson Simpson video experience.  He also learned how to work with clients and handle video field production.

Terisa Simpson did her internship at WTCI TV, Chattanooga’s PBS affiliate station.  She did video editing and assisted with shoots in the studio.  She learned new software techniques and shadowed editors.

Kendra Stickford interned at Volkswagen Group of American in the internal communication area.  She did research and wrote a variety of articles and helped design fliers and other literature for employees.  She also planned special events and worked with the public relations team.

While at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Jessie Wright wrote news releases, networked while attending special events and did research for the group that represents area businesses.




Communication Department

309 Frist Hall
Dept 3003
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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