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KNOXVILLE — The College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will celebrate the completion of its auditorium renovation and the achievement of a major fundraising goal at a luncheon event Friday, April 1.

The event is set for 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium, located on the third floor of the Communications Building at Circle Park. Lunch in the Scripps Convergence Lab will follow the program.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and CCI Dean Mike Wirth will speak to the guests, and CCI alumnus Peyton Manning will deliver videotaped remarks. Members of the college’s Board of Visitors will be in attendance, along with CCI donors, alumni, faculty, staff and students.

“The opportunity to come together to celebrate our auditorium renovation and the passing of our capital campaign goal makes April 1 a red-letter day in the history of the college,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The generosity of all our donors has made this day possible.”

The newly renovated, state-of-the-art CCI auditorium provides seating for 98 and offers much-needed space for large classes, public forums and events for the college and for the university.

The college’s 2-year-old “Take-a-Seat” campaign has helped raise funds for the project. Campaign donors who contributed at least $2,000 were honored with the placement of a nameplate on an auditorium seat. Those nameplates have now been installed, and the donors and other attendees will have the opportunity to view them. A list of donors to the auditorium campaign also will be featured on a plaque installed at the entrance to the auditorium.

The college also will celebrate the success of its effort to raise $10 million as part of the “Campaign for Tennessee.”

To learn more about the “Take-a-Seat” program, visit For more information on the “Campaign for Tennessee, visit

For more information on the luncheon event or to RSVP, email

C O N T A C T :

Charles Primm (865-974-5180,