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Robinson to deliver Phi Kappa Phi Tomlinson lecture at UT Martin


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Spring 2014 Muriel Tomlinson Lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.18, in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Boling University Center in the Watkins Auditorium. Dr. Richard Robinson will present the lecture “Beaker Street: Underground Radio from Little Rock to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.”

Robinson is a native of Conway, Ark. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Central Arkansas, a master’s degree in journalism (radio-television) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a doctorate in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Robinson joined the Department of Communications faculty at UT Martin in 2001, and teaches courses in broadcasting, public relations and public speaking. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the campus radio station WUTM, 90.3 “The Hawk.”

During his tenure at UT Martin, communications students and the radio station have consistently won numerous awards in state, regional and national broadcasting competitions. In 2012, WUTM was awarded the Abraham and Borst Award as the Best Overall College Radio Station in the Nation from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

Robinson received the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2007 and has been named an Outstanding Educator at UT Martin twice. He also works as a broadcaster, public relations and political media consultant. His research interests include media history, propaganda and media effects. Currently he is working on a book manuscript, a portion of which he will discuss during the lecture.

The Muriel D. Tomlinson lecture is presented every spring by a distinguished faculty member in the humanities. This lecture is in honor of Dr. Muriel Tomlinson, a faculty member and chairwoman of the Department of Modern and Foreign Languages from 1959-1976. Tomlinson created the language laboratory on UT Martin campus and was a staunch supporter of the ideals of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 127 at UT Martin, founded in 1971, honors students, faculty and staff who have reached high levels of academic success. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The public is invited to this event, and there is no admittance fee.

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