The UT School of Information Sciences will once again host an alumni reception at this year's Tennessee Library Association conference. The conference rotates host cities each year and this year will be held in Knoxville. Invitations have been emailed to all SIS alumni with a Tennessee mailing address and a valid email address. If you did not receive an invitation, please update your information at https://www.sis.utk.edu/alumni-update. The information about the alumni reception is below.
Congratulations to John P. Wilkin (MS/ IS '86). He has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.
Voting for the SIS Alumni Society Executive Board voting will take place from Thursday July 19, 2012 through 5 PM EDT Wednesday August 1, 2012. SIS Alumni can vote for one Vice President/ President Elect and one Secretary candidate. Votes can be cast for up to two Members-at-Large.
All SIS Alumni are eligible to vote however, only one ballot per person is allowed. A simple majority will determine the winners where there are contested offices.
Bob Conrad is a 1983 School of Information Sciences graduate, former SIS Advisory Board member, current College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors member, 2011 winner of the SIS Distinguished Alumni Award and Library Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. All of this has not been enough for Conrad. Add to the list 'True Volunteer'.
Current President Wil Hawk and the SIS Alumni Society Executive Board are busy preparing for the 2012 - 2013 term elections. The executive board consists of VP/President Elect—Martha Earl, Secretary—Lisa Travis, Advisory Board liaison—Franciel Linares, and members-at-large—Sheila Blackford, Sara Casey, Deborah Henry, and Daniel Redmon.
The board will seek nominations during June and the elections will be held in July for the new officers and members-at large. The newly elected board will take their positions on September 1, 2012.
At the 2012 SIS Hooding Ceremony, Daniel Redmon, member-at-large, represented the SIS Alumni Society as the presenter of the Alumni Awards.
Theresa Venable, librarian at the Children's Defense Fund Haley Farm's Langston Hughes Library and a 2003 graduate of the School of Information Sciences, recently won the 2011 Zora Neale Hurston award. This award recognizes significant efforts to promote African-American authors and literature.
SIS graduate Timothy Vasser is featured in a story on knoxnews.com about the "We Shall Not Be Moved" exhibit coming to the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Dandridge Avenue. See the complete story at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/feb/02/historian-helps-bring-civil-rights-exhibit-to/.
On February 9, SIS graduate, Sarah Searles, will proudly watch as her West High School library is honored as one of the top 35 school libraries in the country by the American Association of School Librarians.