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Communicators Network Roundtables

Communicator roundtables are small-group, affinity-based meetings for campus communicators. Each of the four roundtables—content development, design, social media, and web developers—meets regularly with the goal of building communities of practice in support of the university’s communications and marketing objectives. Roundtables are co-facilitated by someone on the Office of Communications and Marketing staff and a member of our campus community. Below is a description of each of the roundtable group along with their meeting and communication details.

Roundtable Details

Content Development Roundtable

Ideal for campus communicators who plan, develop, write, and share feature and news stories with internal and external audiences. The group meets regularly to cover topics such as content strategy, writing memorable and UT-centric stories and articles, ideas for creative storytelling through various media, grammar and editorial usage, and more.

Meetings are 2 to 3 p.m. on the following dates through the 2021–22 academic year:

  • November 17
  • January 19
  • April 20

To receive Outlook invites to the content development roundtable meetings (including each meeting’s location), email Tyra Haag, co-facilitator and director of news and information in the Office of Communications and Marketing, at ttucker@utk.edu

Co-facilitator: David Goddard, coordinator of media relations for the Tickle College of Engineering, david.goddard@utk.edu

 

Design Roundtable

Ideal for designers and visual communication professionals who utilize the university’s brand identity to create communications for their units. The group meets every other month to share work among members, discuss challenges and opportunities, deepen professional connections between campus designers, identify design needs, and work together to develop tools and resources that elevate the university’s visual identity.

Meetings are 11 a.m. to noon on the following dates through the 2021–22 academic year:

  • October 12
  • December 14
  • February 8
  • April 12

To receive Outlook invites to the design roundtable meetings (including each meeting’s location), email Patrick Wolf, co-facilitator and director of creative communications in the Office of Communications and Marketing, at pwolf1@utk.edu

Co-facilitator: Kellye McMillan, associate director of creative communications for alumni and development, kmcmil12@utk.edu

The design roundtable also keeps in touch through a Slack channel. Email Patrick Wolf at pwolf1@utk.edu with a request to join. 

 

Social Media Roundtable (aka Big Orange Social)

Ideal for communication professionals from across campus who support their units and the university through official social media accounts. The group’s meetings are a place to ask questions, share tips, find opportunities for collaboration, get ideas, and even brag a little.

Meetings are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the following dates through the 2021–22 academic year:

  • December 7
  • February 1
  • April 5

To receive Outlook invites to the social media roundtable meetings (including each meeting’s location), email Rebekah Winkler, co-facilitator and social media manager for the Office of Communications and Marketing, at rwinkler@utk.edu

Co-facilitator: Meghan Jagnow, manager of marketing and communications for the Division of Student Life, mjagnow@utk.edu.

The social media roundtable group also keeps in touch through the Big Orange Social Facebook group. Request to join the group through Facebook or email Rebekah Winkler at rwinkler@utk.edu to get connected.

 

Web Developers Roundtable:

A community of creative technical professionals sharing ideas, problems, and solutions related to web development and digital communications. It is ideal for web designers, web developers, digital content managers, digital marketing specialists, and IT specialists. The group meets every other month to provide opportunities for digital communications professionals to connect with colleagues, learn best practices, and collaborate on shared university resources.

Meetings are 2 to 3 p.m. on the following dates through the 2021–22 academic year:

  • November 18
  • January 27
  • March 31
  • May 26

To receive Outlook invites to the web developers roundtable meetings (including each meeting’s location), email Michael Purdy, co-facilitator and assistant director of digital communications in the Office of Communications and Marketing, at purdy@utk.edu

Co-facilitator: Billy Williams, IT analyst for UT Institute of Agriculture,  bwilli33@utk.edu

The web developers roundtable also keeps in touch through a Slack channel. Email Michael Purdy at purdy@utk.edu with a request to join.