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Kristin Knight SS

Meet Kristin Knight

Kristin is a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, from Pleasant View, Tennessee. She is pursuing her degree in Public Relations, because she has always liked writing and brand promotion. She wanted a career that combined both of those interests and found Public Relations to a perfect fit.

Her favorite part about Public Relations is the wonderfully driven and talented people she has met throughout the program. Each student she meets has a different perspective that he or she brings to the table, which makes for a more stimulating classroom experience.

Kristin believes Dr. Levenshus to be one of the best educators she has had as a student, and believe she has greatly impacted her. She says that Levenshus is, “patient, intellectually challenging, and an expert in her field.”  She shares that her professor is always willing to lend advice to propel students into the professional world.

In her opinion, the public relations writing course is by far her favorite class in the major.  The writing course has taught her skills that she will use daily in any PR career she chooses.

Along with excelling in the classroom, Kristin is active in PRSSA and is the chapter president. She is also in the Chancellors Honors program. Kristin is an admirable student with a bright future ahead.

Fun fact: She has a knack for decorating specialty cakes


Steven Woods

All About Steven Woods

Steven is a Knoxville, TN native and is currently a junior at UT.

He came into the University as an undecided major, but knew he wanted to pursue a career in either Communications or Business based on his high school classes and clubs he participated in. He spent his first year meeting with professors, advisors, and career services before finding out what he wanted to do with his life. It worked out for Woods in the end, because it led him to take Dr. Haley’s ADV 250: Introduction to Advertising class.

After a semester of Haley’s entertaining and thought- provoking lectures, he knew advertising was where he belonged. 

What is his favorite part of the major? Easy, the faculty. He never wants to miss class, even for snow, because if he does, he fears he loses the opportunity to learn from the professors who know first hand what it takes to make it in the industry. Steven mentions, “They are always willing to drop everything to help students, whether it’s with career advice or how to write a business strategy. Not to mention, they are the sole reason why this is one of the best advertising programs in the country.” He now majors in Advertising and dual minors in Business Administration and Psychology.

He said it was difficult to choose one professor as his favorite considering they have all been essential to his education. When narrowing it down to two he chose Dr. Haley and Professor Blakeman. Dr. Haley has served as a mentor to Steven and he feels as though he has learned a lot from him. As for Professor Blakeman, he always leaves her class feeling like his, “brain expanded from learning,” but also exhausted due to her “high energy and information packed” lectures.

Having only completed three classes, his favorite so far has been the Advertising Design class. He enjoys the opportunity to create portfolio pieces such as: newspaper ads, magazine ads, brochures, and invitations. He also loved his end of semester project where he created a style guide for the organization of his choice.

Steven aspires to work in account management for a prestigious advertising agency in a large city such as New York City or London.

Along with having a 3.93 GPA, he works at the Daily Beacon, where he designs both ads and editorial content to be printed in the school newspaper.

Fun Fact: Summer of 2014, he studied abroad at the University of Cambridge and is now obsessed with English culture.

Advertising Trip to New York City


Advertising faculty and students gear up to travel next week to New York City.  These lucky advertising students will be spending the week exploring NYC, and meeting with major agencies.

In fact, a few students can even gain an internship at Young & Rubicam for summer.

In hopes of donations, the Advertising Club submitted a video to raise money for their annual trip. After raising over $2,000, the trip is well on it’s way to being completely funded.

We can thank VOLstarter, a new form of “Crowdfunding” for the success. At first the idea of numerous campaigns asking for donations to fund projects at the same time seemed unrealistic. However, UT’s VOLstarter has exceeded all expectations.

The exciting idea offers a way for students and departments to raise money for various projects. From providing funds for students to attend trips- to supporting a group that improves the homes of needy families. VOLstarter links donors with opportunities to support specific projects and initiatives.

Organizations are encouraged to make a video, or share a personal testimony as to why they would appreciate the funding.

Take a look at the advertising video, showcasing Joey Hathaway, for yourself.



Our first Advertising Student Spotlight goes to Joey Hathaway, from Glasgow, Missouri.

Hathaway is a Senior and pursuing a career in account management within an advertising agency.  From a young age Hathaway has been interested in advertisements placed in magazines and commercials.  He would always take his mom’s magazines and stare at them for hours.  Little did he know they would spark an interest for the rest of his life. 

He chose the UT School of Advertising and Public Relations, because it is considered one of the top in the nation. He says that it also has a great reputation within the industry.  The networking opportunities for Hathaway are top notch here at the University allowing him many opportunities for a successful career. His favorite part about the school, “The faculty of Course!” He says they are honestly the greatest.  He also says, “they do everything they can to ensure information, contacts, advice, and career opportunities."  They are very down to earth and he can carry on conversations with them and never get bored.

He likes all of his professors, but when asked to pick his favorite he said it would be a tie between Dr. Haley and Professor Blakeman.  Both of the professors have been stepping stones for Hathaway’s success.  They don’t just give him classroom advice, but they also give him life advice.  He is around on Tuesdays and Thursdays always talking to them in their offices.  After careful consideration he declared his favorite class so far to be account planning.  He says, “Even though I want to go into account management, I think figuring out how the target thinks and feels about a brand and then formulating a strategy based off of it is so interesting. It’s like playing a game!” 

Hathaway is a leader in the classroom and well- respected by his professors. We have no doubt he will be successful.

Fun Fact:  He used to be involved in an activity called Winter Guard International and made World Championship Finals.


 ssOur first Public Relations Student Spotlight, is Catherine Marie Willis from Murfreesboro, TN.

As a Senior here at UT she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Communication. She majors in Public Relations and minors in Business Administration. She hopes to continue her education at The University of Tennessee for graduate school. While in high school Catherine discovered she had a passion for working with others as well as a strong interest in media.  High school is where she found PR to be a great fit for her.

She has enjoyed the closeness among the students and professors within the school of Advertising and PR.  Willis has developed bonds with her classmates that have extended outside just the classroom. She believes this comes from the atmosphere in the classroom and the teaching staff. She talked highly of each PR teacher she has, but said that after studying abroad in Urbino, Italy with Dr. Candace White, she was able to develop a bond with her. She finds Dr. White incredibly knowledgeable in the field of PR and equally fun to travel abroad with.

Catherine is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Public Relations Intern at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC, and also serves as the PRSSA, Sammie Lynn Pruett chapter Co-Vice president. Catherine is a remarkable leader in and out of the classroom.


Fun Fact:  She has never broken a bone in her body.

Veteran's Day


UT will be honoring Tennessee veteran's who have fallen in the line of duty since the tragic event of September 11. The National day of Rememberance for these service men and women will be held on Tuesday November 11, 2014 in Circle Park.  

There will be a roll call and a memorial garden for those who would like to place a flag in honor of loved ones. This special event is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be open to the public. 

The University of Tennessee Knoxville will be partaking in a moment of silence at 2 p.m. along with other colleges across the country.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy