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rachelmclellandRachel Wedding McClelland, director of student media, joined UT this summer from Indiana State University where she advised the Indiana Statesman newspaper and yearbook publications.

Background: McClelland has taught university-level writing, journalism, public relations, theater arts, and honors courses since 2004. She has worked as a media relations director and a print news reporter. She served on the board of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and remains a regular contributor to a variety of publications.

Here are a few interesting facts about Rachel:

Hometown: I have called six states home over the years, so I don’t really feel as though I have just one. I am very happy to be calling Knoxville home.

Hobbies: I am a reader, an avid walker and a singer, actor, playwright and theater director. I LOVE live theater.

One interesting fact about you: One of my plays was performed at Chicago’s Second City.

Favorite place you have visited: Toronto, Canada

Favorite song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Favorite movie: Anything Hitchcock…”Psycho” and “Rear Window” top the list!

The most interesting thing you have learned about UT: The Center for Leadership and Service invited me to participate in Ignite this summer and the program is unlike anything I have seen at other universities. It engages incoming students and invests them in relationships as well as the institution before they ever arrive on campus. It’s a fantastic program that made me very proud to be a Vol.