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Chancellor’s Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. The semester is coming to an end and commencement is just a few weeks away. Commencement is always the highlight of every semester.  Commencement is the culmination of our work, a time to celebrate the success of our students, faculty, and staff.  This year for the first time, we will have a separate Graduate Student Commencement on Friday, December 16th. There

The Tennessee Wildfires

This week we have witnessed devastation caused by wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We have also seen heroism displayed by the first responders working to save lives. This is especially difficult because it is happening in our home state, and some of those impacted by the disaster are a part of our UTC community. Our hearts go out to the families affected by the destructive and deadly fires.

The Woodmore Tragedy

This week, our community experienced an unthinkable tragedy. We mourn the loss of five Woodmore Elementary School children who died in Monday’s tragic bus accident. It is difficult to imagine the pain of their families as they deal with the loss of five precious young lives. Our hearts and prayers are with those who mourn this senseless loss of life. We also pray for everyone involved in the accident

Next Coffee with the Chancellor

The next Coffee with the Chancellor will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 7:30am to 9:00am in the new UTC Alumni House, 551 Oak Street (at the corner of Oak and Douglas Streets). Please join me for an informal discussion.  This is an open-door event; feel free to drop by and chat for a few minutes at your convenience.  The only agenda is meaningful conversation – bring your

Chancellor’s Update

Hard as it is to believe, Thanksgiving is only two weeks away.  It seems like the semester just began and here we are with Christmas just around the corner. Last week, UTC signed an Honors College Articulation Agreement with Motlow State Community College. Our partnership allows students in the Motlow State Honors Program to smoothly transition to our UTC Honors College.  We have similar relationships with Chattanooga State Community

Chancellor’s Update

Fall was here briefly, and we have returned to late summer weather.  At least we have beautiful fall colors presenting themselves, and November is coming next week.  Can fall be far behind? Wednesday night I attended Take Back the Night, a nationwide program that was sponsored on our campus by the Women’s Center, Campus Activities Board and Know More (UTC’s sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking prevention program).  During

Coffee with the Chancellor

The next Coffee with the Chancellor is Wednesday, November 2nd from 8:00am to 9:30am in the Blocker Lounge, Development House. Please join me for an informal discussion.  This is an open-door event; feel free to drop by and chat for a few minutes at your convenience.  The only agenda is meaningful conversation – bring your creative ideas and any questions or concerns. I look forward to talking with you.

What a Great Homecoming Week!

Our campus comes alive during Homecoming! Last week was filled with wonderful events that brought students, faculty, staff and alumni together. From the beautiful banners student groups designed and displayed at the University Center to the traditional Homecoming Kickoff Pep Rally, our Mocs spirit was on full display. We saw student teams racing tricycles around our new Chamberlain Field during the day and high energy performances at our nighttime

Coffee with the Chancellor

The next Coffee with the Chancellor is Wednesday, October 5th from 8:00am to 9:30am in the new Joseph F. Decosimo Success Center, located on the 2nd Floor of Fletcher Hall. Please join me for an informal discussion.  This is an open door event; feel free to drop by and chat for a few minutes at your convenience.  The only agenda is meaningful conversation – bring your creative ideas and

Chancellor’s Update

It is hard to believe we are finishing up our third week of classes! Students, staff and faculty alike are settling into the semester’s routine. The past couple of weeks have been a flurry of activities.   From Convocation on August 19th (view the event time lapse here) to the Mocs home opener and Mocs Flock Finley on September 1st (view the highlights here), Welcome Week 2016 provided many opportunities