Overall, I’m proud of the winter 2014 issue. In the next several posts, I will go into more detail about each article. Planning for this issue really got going in March 2013, when got an email from Rob Heller, a photojournalism professor in the UT Knoxville College of Communication and Information Science, about the 20th anniversary of a project called “Eyes on LaFollette.” Our fall 2013 issue was already full, so I thought this would be a good feature for the winter 2014 issue. I was not yet sure what the cover story would be. As the fall issue went into production over the summer, Alex (our intern) and I met with Rob. The photos looked good, and it seemed like a really intriguing story. The gist is that students in Rob’s advanced class go to LaFollette, Tenn., to take pictures that capture the essence of the town. The best photos are published in a special issue of the town’s newspaper. He sent me some photos in August, and I knew this was cover-worthy. Alex wrote the story about the project, and Laura, our designer, chose the outstanding photo for the cover. I had originally picked a different one, but I’m glad she did a mock-up of the one she chose because it is compelling. There’s more about the cover photo in the next post. Laura came on as our designer on Nov. 5, 2013, which is about three weeks past the time we would have normally started design on the magazine, but she assured me we would still meet deadline. Laura made quick work of our 52-page magazine. We went to the printer on Dec. 10, a day ahead of schedule! You may not notice any big design changes on the cover of the magazine except for that awesome bright green, but the inside has a more updated style. I’m not a designer, so I don’t know the technical terms for most things. But I like what I see. There are new typefaces for headlines, for instance. There is a mix of stories in this issue that I hope appeals to many readers. The cover feature is the Eyes on LaFollette piece. The other two features are about interesting inventions by UT faculty and a profile of writer Jon Manchip White, who also was an English spy during World War II. This issue’s spotlights feature an alumna from UT Martin, Beth Corum, and an alumnus from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Gayle Tate. Our special report is a story about research materials donated to UT Knoxville from a man who survived Operation Tiger, another World War II-related piece, which I will discuss in a later post. Then we have a story from the Institute for Public Service about work by the Center for Industrial Services to help local governments save money by making “green” improvements. You can check out fellow alumni in the photo collages in Association News, and the Last Word is written by an alumna who is an author.