Blue Ribbon Winners 2015

Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?

You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction.

If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler (Melanie-Sadler@utc.edu), Human Resources Administrative Assistant, or mail to Dept. 3603.

All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year’s regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.

Blue Ribbon Winners, 2015

January

Cindy Williams, Assistant to the Associate Provost, is known around campus for her friendliness and helpfulness. She has been especially helpful to new employee, Madison Dell, Administrative Support Assistant for the Department of Integrated Studies, as she learned about her duties in her new position.

“In the last few months, Cindy has helped me learn how to do travel, how to do a purchase requisition, how to reconcile a procurement card, how to read and interpret ledgers–the list goes on and on! No matter how busy her schedule is, she always makes time to help others,” Dell said.

Dell also praised Cindy for her work ethic.

“No matter how busy her schedule is, she always makes time to help others. At this point in the semester Cindy is very busy with checking through every syllabus for every class on campus for SACS. However, she volunteered to help Dr. Rutledge with a search committee (for the Vice Chancellor of Research/Dean of the Graduate School) despite her already full schedule,” Dell said. “She has done a terrific job with the search, with the syllabi, and with everything else on her plate (and she does it all with a smile)!”

February

As Director of Operations for Mocs Football, Carter Crutchfield made an impression on Dave Snyder, UTC Director of Sports Medicine. According to Snyder, Crutchfield had to think quick when a third bus didn’t show right before the team’s seven-plus hour trip to South Carolina.

“In the midst of this trouble, Carter kept his composure and treated everyone involved in a very kind and professional manner. He represented UTC, the athletic department, and his family very well. This is just one example of the types of problems that pop up and Carter handles them with honor and class,” Snyder said.

“He works tirelessly to help our football program run in an organized and efficient fashion. His is a job that is very difficult and comes with little appreciation. Having observed the program prior to Carter’s arrival and seeing how it is now there is no doubt that he has made a substantial impact,” Snyder continued.


Faculty and Staff Achievements spring 2015

Dee Dee Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Development

Presented two presentations at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators held in March. The presentations were entitled: Strategic Planning for Student Affairs and Associate Vice Presidents Roundtable Discussion.

Was elected to chair the 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Associate Vice President Preconference session.

Susan J. Barlow, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Peer reviewed poster presentation for Neurology section at the Combined Sections Meeting held February 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. The title of my poster was “Identifying the brain region responsible for acute hypertonicity in patients diagnosed with a cerebrovascular accident”.

Candace Bishop, Faculty Coordinator, School of Nursing

Invited to present a poster presentation, “An Innovative Interprofessional Model to Decrease Heart Failure re-Admission” at the TN Hospital Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

Invited to present a podium presentation, “Implementation of a House Calls Program” at the Interprofessional Health Care Summit in Savannah, GA on April 10, 2015.

Amy Brock-Hon, Associate Professor, Physics, Geology and Astronomy

Attended 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada and presented work conducted by Geology undergraduate student Sarah Morgenthaler on clast dissolution in petrocalcic soils. Sarah’s research was funded by a Provost Student Research Award.

Robins, C.R., Deurlington, A., Buck, B.J., Brock-Hon, A.L., 2015. Micromorphology and formation of pedogenic ooids in calcic soils and petrocalcic horizons: Geoderma, v. 251-252, p. 10-23.

Was Technical Session Chair of Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America 64th Annual Meeting held in Chattanooga. Organized over 300 abstracts and jointly organized the meeting held at the Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center on May 18-20.

Frank C. Butler, Assistant Professor, Management

Book Chapter accepted: Harvey, P., Butler, F.C., & Brees, J. Propensity to perceive abusive supervision: Development of an affective trait-based measure. (Unconditionally Accepted at Understanding the high performance workplace: The line between motivation and abuse, edited by Neal Ashkanasy, Rebecca Bennett, & Mark Martinko. SIOP Frontier Series: Routledge).

Habte G Churnet, Professor and Head of Department, Physics, Geology and Astronomy

Chaired the Geology and Geography section of the 2014 Tennessee Academy of Science conference at Walters State Community College on Nov. 21, 2014. At that conference:

-Churnet, H.G,. presented the work on “Ramp folds in the Valley and Ridge: an example from the Wildwood exit of I-24 southbound lane, Georgia.”

-Two groups of UTC students, one group co-authored by Dr. Ann Holmes, another by Dr, Down Ford, also presented their research works on the Bahamas at that conference and were elected the 1st and 2nd places from among student presenters.

Donna Cooper, Assistant Director, Career and Student Employment

Presented a webinar, “Combining Forces to Maximize Alumni Usage:  Working With Alumni Relations,” for The Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE), April 29, 2015.

Steven Cox, Professor and Team Lead, Special Collections & University Archives

Delivered paper at the Appalachian Studies Association conference at East Tennessee State University on “John T. Wilder: East Tennessee’s Industrial Entrepreneur” in March 2015.

Delivered paper at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Toronto, Canada on “The Literary Development of Emma Bell Miles” in May 2015.

Jessica Crowe, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

-Presented two short courses at the annual conference for the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association in September 2014; sessions were entitled “Falls Prevention Awareness Day: An interprofessional approach to community education” and “Techniques for screening older adults for cognitive impairment”

-Published in peer review publications:

Crowe, J. (2014). “Creating relational communities in long-term (LTC) environments using objects to facilitate social interaction. Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 37(4), 1-3.

Crowe, J. (2014). Professional reasoning and occupational therapist’s use of a multi-sensory environment for clients with dementia. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 32(3), 198-209.

-Published in periodical:

Crowe, J. (2015, February 23). Errorless learning and spaced retrieval training for clients with dementia. OT Practice, 20(3), 7-10.

-Invited to present at a community workshop:

Crowe , J. (2014, November). Activities & engagement for loved ones with dementia. Presented at the 2014 Fall Caregiver Conference for the Southeast Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Ooltewah, TN.

-Presented peer-reviewed poster presentations:

Crowe, J. (2015, April). The use of weighted adaptive equipment for clients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD): A review of the evidence. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.

Crowe, J. (2015, April). Using implementation intentions to enhance occupational performance for clients with mild cognitive impairment. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.

-Attended the Matter of Balance Master Trainer training in March 2015 located at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chris Cunningham, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Psychology

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Cunningham, C. J. L., & Morelli, N. (2014). Let’s correct ourselves and how we handle unreliability in performance evaluation. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(4), 535-538. doi: 10.1111/iops.12191

Cunningham, C. J. L., Manier, A. O., Anderson, A., & Sarnosky, K. (2014). Rational versus Empirical Prediction of Nursing Student Success. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(6), 486-492. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.03.006

Cunningham, C. J. L. (2014). Religion and spirituality as factors that influence occupational stress and well-being (pp. 135-172). In P. L. Perrewé , C. C. Rosen, & J. R. B. Halbesleben (Eds.), The Role of Demographics in Occupational Stress and Well Being (Research in Occupational Stress and Well-being, Vol. 12). doi: 10.1108/S1479-355520140000012004

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Neveu, J., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (co-chairs) (2015, May). Salutogenic approaches to occupational health management. Symposium to be presented at the 11th International Conference on Work, Stress, & Health: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations, Atlanta, GA.

Vijaykumar, P. B., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2015, May). Work-life balance, breaks, and identity salience in Indian

expatriates. Paper to be presented at the 11th International Conference on Work, Stress, & Health: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations, Atlanta, GA.

Benitez, L. W., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2015, May). Personal factors that influence meaning and prioritization in work-nonwork roles. Paper to be presented at the 11th International Conference on Work, Stress, & Health: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations, Atlanta, GA.

Wells, B. M., Boyce, A. S., Barr, R., Cunningham, C. J. L., Pickering, D., & Schmidt, D. B. (2015, April). Practical and ethical guidelines for dealing with messy validation data. Panel discussion to be presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Cooper, A. D., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2015, April). Grit: Additional construct validation. Poster to be presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Vijaykumar, P. B., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2015, May). Cross-cultural adjustment and expatriation reasons among Indian expatriates. Poster to be presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Nordbrock, M., Weathington, B., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2015, April). Can’t we get along? Goal orientation, relationship quality and communication. Poster to be presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Cunningham, C. J. L., & Tracey, J. B. (2014, October). Innovative solutions for human capital staffing in the hospitality industry. Presentation and workshop delivered at the 3rd Cornell Hospitality Research Summit. Ithaca, NY.

GRANT AWARD:

Cunningham, C. J. L. (co-PI and evaluation consultant) & Panda, M. (co-PI) Transforming the culture of medical education: Integrating staff chaplains into an internal medicine training program. Grant funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation through 10/14/15 ($3408).

Michelle D. Deardorff, Professor and Department Head, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

American Democracy Now, fourth edition, 2015. Co-authored with Brigid Harrison and Jean Harris. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies.

“Transforming Climates for the Academic Woman of Color: Facilitating Greater Understanding in the Workplace Climate and in Social Structures,” with Loretta A. Moore, Evelyn J. Leggette, and Angela M. Kupenda, Excellence in Engineering to Enhance a Country’s Productivity: Proceedings of the 12th Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology, 21-24 July, 2014, Ecuador, funded by National Science Foundation Grant 1008708, Jackson State University.

“Reconsidering the Scholarly Conference for the Contemporary Academic,” as part of Symposium: The Scholarly Conference. PS: Political Science and Politics. 48(2) April 2015: 315-318.

“Working Group Moderator, Teaching Political Theory and Theories,” American Political Science Association’s Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science. Washington, DC, January 16-18, 2015.

External reviewer for Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Auburn University at Montgomery; National Endowment for the Humanities grant-review process.

Helen Eigenberg, Professor, Criminal Justice

Published two papers:

Eigenberg, H . and Whalley, E. (forthco

ming). Gender and Publication Patterns: Female

Authorship Is Increasing, But Is There Gender Parity?

Women and Criminal Justice

DOI: 10.1080/08974454.2015.1023882

Eigenberg, H . and Policastro, C. (forthcoming). Blaming victims in cases of interpersonal violence: Attitudes associated with assigning blame to female victims.

Women and Criminal Justice.

DOI: 10.1080/08974454.2014.997417

Jennifer T. Ellis, Assistant Professor, School of Education

PAPERS PUBLISHED IN REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Ellis, J.T., Cogburn, D. L, Arnone, M.P., & Levinson, N. (2015, January).   Developing and Evaluating an Accessible Cyberteaching Training (ACT) Program for Faculty via a Virtual Center for Teaching and Learning. Session conducted at the Advances in Teaching and Learning Technologies mini-track at the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-48), Kauai, HI.

Conference Workshops

Cogburn, D. L., Ellis, J.T. & Arnone, M.P. (2015, January). Accessibility, universal design, and implications for collaboration in global virtual teams and cyberlearning. In. D. L. Cogburn & M. Hine (Chair), Cross-cultural communication and collaboration in accessible cyberlearning and global virtual teams. Symposium conducted at the Global Virtual Teams mini-track at the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-48), Kauai, HI.

Research Trips

Conducted Accessible Cyberteaching Training for political science faculty members at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines with the Institute on Disability and Public Policy. March 30-31, 2015.

Josh Hamblen, Assistant Professor, Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

Coauthor in a journal article that was recently accepted for publication in Physical Review B. The title of the article is “Measurement of the scattering cross section of slow neutrons on liquid parahydrogen from neutron transmission.” A preprint is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2177

Presented a talk entitled “Characterizing the Hadronic Weak Interaction with the n-3He Experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source” at the April 2014 meeting of the American Physical Society in Savannah, GA.

Co-author on a journal article entitled “New measurement of the scattering cross section of slow neutrons on liquid parahydrogen from neutron transmission.” It has been submitted to Physical Review Letters, and a preprint is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2177.

Ann Holmes, Mildred Routt Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physics Geology & Astronomy

Coauthored and presented at the national Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

Attended Tennessee Academy of Science meeting in Morristown, TN with 3 undergraduate presentations, two of which received first and second place in their division

Debbie Ingram, Interim Director and UC Foundation Professor, Physical Therapy

Published “Testing accommodations: implications for physical therapy educators and students’ in Journal of PT Education. Presented Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities’ program at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA in Indianapolis, IN.

Joanie Jackson, Assistant Professor and DNP: Nursing Program Coordinator, School of Nursing

Secured $15,000 through a Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga grant and a donation of $2,500 from the SE Area Agency on Aging in combination with the PACT4 School of Nursing HRSA grant – hosted a Matter of Balance Master Trainer Workshop for 20 participants

Attended and presented a poster at AACN Doctoral Conference in San Diego, CA

Attended and presented a poster at AACN Faculty Development Conference in Nashville, TN

Attended a Multiple Chronic Conditions Conference in Savannah, GA

Attended and presented a poster at the Interprofessional Conference in Savannah, GA

Awarded a full scholarship to attend ELNEC Palliative Care Workshop in St. Louis, MO

Kyle S Knight, Professor, Chemistry

Published three scientific papers:

“Crystal structure of 4,6-di­amino-2-(methyl­sulfan­yl)pyridine-3-carbo­nitrile,”€ S. K. Mohamed, K.S. Knight, M.K. Akkurt, B.R.M. Hussein, M.R. Albayati, Acta Crystallographica, 2015, E71, o197-o198.

“Crystal structure of N-[4-amino-5-cyano-6-(methyl­sulfan­yl)pyridin-2-yl]-2-chloro­acetamide,”€ S. K. Mohamed, K.S. Knight, M.K. Akkurt, B.R.M. Hussein, M.R. Albayati, Acta Crystallographica, 2015, E71, o169-o170.

“Crystal structure of N-[4-amino-5-cyano-6-(methyl­sulfan­yl)pyridin-2-yl]acetamide hemihydrate,”€ M.K. Akkurt, K.S. Knight, S. K. Mohamed, B.R.M. Hussein, M.R. Albayati, Acta Crystallographica, 2015, E71, o171-o172.

David Levine, Professor, Physical Therapy

Four papers published in Spring 2015

Hanks J, Levine D, Bockstahler B.

Physical Agent Modalities in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation of Small Animals.

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 2015 45(1):29-44.

Marcellin-Little DJ, Drum MG, Levine D, McDonald SS.

Orthoses and Exoprostheses for Companion Animals.

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 2015 45(1):167-183.

Drum MG, Bockstahler B, Levine D, Marcellin-Little DJ.Feline Rehabilitation.

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. 2015 45(1):185-201.

Marcellin-Little DJ, Levine D. Principles and Application of Range of Motion and Stretching in Companion Animals. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. 2014 16;45(1):57-72

Gary Liguori, Professor and Department Head, Health and Human Performance

Randles, A., Gust, A., and Liguori, G. Assessment of Healthful Food Choices and Nutritional Information on Kid’s Restaurant Menus’. International Journal of Health and Nutrition. (In-press).

Randles, A. and Liguori G. The effect of neighborhood socioeconomic status on food selection at neighborhood retail food stores. International Journal of Health and Nutrition. (In-press)

Randles, A. and Liguori, G. Nutritional information and healthy eating promotions in restaurants according to restaurant type and neighborhood socioeconomic status. International Journal of Health and Nutrition. (In-press).

Liguori, G., Lonbaken, B, and Schuna J. Alcohol Consumption and Academic Retention in First-Year College Students. College Student Journal: 49(1):69-77.

Jimenez A, Beedie C, & Liguori G. Health Behaviour: an overview of effects and issues (Chapter 2). The Future of Health & Fitness: A Plan for Getting Europe Active By 2025. The European Health Fitness Association. (In-press)

Liguori G & Johann, J. Exercise Prescription for Metabolic Syndrome, in ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th ed. Riebe D., Sr. Ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. (In-progress)

Heath, G.W., Liguori, G., 2015. Physical Activity and Health Promotion. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 18. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 91–99. ISBN: 9780080970868

ACSM Scientific Roundtable: Controversy in Pre-participation Physical Activity Screening. Expert Committee Member. Indianapolis, IN, June 2014

Elected to the American College of Sports Medicine Executive Council on Publications

Elected to the American College of Sports Medicine Executive Council on Certifications

Appointed to the American College of Sports Medicine Strategic Health Initiative: Behavioral Strategies national committee

Elected to the Editorial Advisory Board of Exceptional Parent magazine

Daniel Loveless, Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering

Awarded $73,888 on March 31, 2015 to sub-contract to Vanderbilt University, funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, to design radiation-hardened low-voltage analog and mixed-signal circuits in advanced semiconductor technologies.

Had 6 papers accepted to the upcoming 2015 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference to be held in Boston, MA in July 2015.

Submitted a chapter for inclusion in the upcoming textbook “Ionizing Radiation Effects in Electronics: From Memories to Imagers”, CRC Press, 2015.

Presented a paper at the 2015 IEEE SoutheastCon in April 2015.

Deborah A. McAllister, UC Foundation Professor, School of Education

Participating in the LEGO Education Ambassador Program, 2012-present.

Jonathan McNair, Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music, Music

My work “Follow the Drinking Gourd” was performed eight times by the Marian Anderson String Quartet in venues in Texas, Georgia, Delaware, Brown University in Rhode Island, and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

My “Nocturnal Songs” for baritone voice and piano were performed at UTC and on the Southeastern Composers League Forum at Converse College (September and February).

My work “A Divine Image” for mezzo-soprano and piano was performed at the Manchester New Music Festival, Manchester University, Indiana (March 27).

My work “Immensity on the Loose” for alto saxophone and piano was performed at UTC (November 2014).

My song “Oh Karma, Dharma, Pudding and Pie,” for unaccompanied baritone voice with body percussion, was performed three times in the New York City area in February.

I hosted four concerts featuring guest artists.

Conducted the premiere performances of a new opera by Tim Hinck at the Chattanooga Theater Center (September 2014).

Rehearsed and conducted the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir for performance at the International Clarinet Fest, Louisiana State University (July 30, 2014), in a program including my work “A Wood-Carved River,” as well as a world premiere of a work by composer Roger Vogel.

Jonathan Mies, Robert Lake Wilson Professor of Geology, Physics, Geology & Astronomy

Presented the abstract, “The Costa Rican Field Experience at UTC: 20 Years in the Making”, at the 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition, Vancouver, B.C., 19-22 October.

Laura L Perryman, Administrative Specialist, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Finance

Passed the Certified Administrative Professional exam.

Angela M.T. Prince, Assistant Professor of Exceptional Education, School of Education

Katsiyannis, A., Yell, M.L., & Prince, A.M.T. (In Press). Sheltered Workshops: United States v. Rhode Island. Intervention of School and Clinic.

Prince, A.M.T., Plotner, A.J., & Yell, M.L. (2014). Postsecondary transition and the courts: An update. <I>Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25</I>(1), 41-47. doi:10.1177/1044207314530469.

BOOK CHAPTER

Yell, M.L., Delport, J, Plotner, A., Petcu, S., & Prince, A.M.T. (in press). Providing transition services: An analysis of law and policy. In B. Cook, M. Tankersley, & T.J. Landrum (Eds). <I>Transition of Youth and Young Adults: Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities</I>. London: Emerald Press.

PRESENTATIONS

Prince, A.M.T. & Huckabee, S.S. (November 2014). Post-school engagement of youths with disabilities and teacher education. Conference of the Teacher Education Division. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Huckabee, S.S. & Prince, A.M.T. (November 2014). Effects of the NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies training on pre-service teachers. Conference of the Teacher Education Division. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gregory Reinhardt, Coordinator of Maclellan Gym, Campus Recreation

Presented a NIRSA Pre-Conference Workshop on “Creating a Culture of Evidence for Health and Wellbeing” at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Sports Expo

Scott Seagle, Senior Instructional Developer, Walker Center for Teaching and Learning

Elected President of the Chattanooga Area Historical Association. Will serve two years in the position.

Scott Seagle, Mary Marr, Dawn Ford, Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Instructional Developer, Executive Director, Walker Center for Teaching and Learning

Presented at the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference at Dalton State University in March 2015. Presentation was titled, “Accommodating Angst and Anger in the Quest for Accessibility: A Learning Center’s Story.”

Jill Shelton, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Peer-reviewed publication:

Lee, J. H., Shelton, J. T., Scullin, M. K., & McDaniel, M. A. (in press). Anyone can do it: implementation intention strategy and cue focality in older adults with very mild Alzheimer’s disease. European Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Victoria S Steinberg, Associate Professor of French, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Invited to review _Africa’s Lost Classics_ (2014) by Bisschoff and Murphy for The French Review.

Presented my research on “harraga” in African literature and film at the Africa Conference at Tennessee State University on April 10, 2015

Gregory Stevens, Counseling Psychologist, Counseling and Personal Development

Gave a presentation titled, Dreaming new days: Transforming the mundane through interpreting everyday reverie, at the 2015 Spring Meeting of the American Psychological Association Division of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco, CA in April 2015.

Received a Division of Psychoanalysis Early Career Professionals Committee Scholars Program Award in February 2015

Rebecca St. Goar, UC Foundation Professor, Music

Performed two Duet Recitals (Two Plus One) at UTC and at MTSU with Christine Isley-Farmer and Joseph Walker, both at MTSU, August 2014.

Guest Master Class Clinician at MTSU in August 2014.

Served as TN NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Board Member.

Emily Thompson, Studio Librarian, Library

Association of College & Research Libraries 2015 conference poster “Crowdsourcing and Instructional Design for Developing Sustainable Video Tutorials” with Brandon West (SUNY Oswego).

LOEX 2015 conference presentation “Crafting a New Brew: Taking the Lead in Developing Specialized Instruction” with Brandon West and Michelle Bishop (SUNY Oswego)

Michael D. Thompson, UC Foundation Assistant Professor, History

Published a monograph entitled Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, April 2015).

Published a book chapter entitled ‘Some Rascally Business’ : Thieving Slaves, Unscrupulous Whites, and Charleston’s Illicit Waterfront Trade in Brian Luskey and Wendy Woloson, eds., Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2015).

Served as the chair and commentator for a panel entitled “Slavery, Immigration, and Migration in the Early 19th Century” at the Southern Labor Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C. (March 2015).

Accepted to participate in a two-week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute entitled “Slavery in the American Republic: From Constitution to Civil War,” to be held in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia (July 2015).

Augusta Toppins, Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design, Art

Was invited to speak at the Hunter Museum of American Art in response to The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition

Was invited to participate in the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

Exhibited art work in Project Passion at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN

Was invited to give an artist talk at and create a new piece for The Open Press with support from AIGA Chattanooga

Exhibited art work in Renaissance at Asheville Bookworks in Asheville, NC

Accepted into Hambidge Art Residency and will attend in May

Seth Waldecker, Physics Lecturer, Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

Accepted invitation to join the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board

David Welch, Adjunct Faculty, Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

Was a co-author of the paper “Solid friction between soft filaments” which was published in Nature Materials: http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmat4222.html


Join the Sick Leave Bank through June 30th

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you had an unexpected illness or injury that caused you to be unable to work? You still need a paycheck, but you can’t work…then your sick leave and annual leave are used up? Are you in the Sick Leave Bank?

The UTC Sick Leave Bank is a common pool of hours to which staff and 12-month faculty donate some of their accumulated leave. The sick leave bank shall provide emergency sick leave to member employees who have suffered disability due to unplanned personal illness, injury, or quarantine and who have exhausted their compensatory time and personal, sick, and annual leave balances.

Employees may join the Sick Leave Bank during the enrollment period (April 1 – June 30). Read MORE…


Employee Engagement Town Hall — Video

An Employee Engagement Town Hall was held Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Dr. Richard Brown, chair of the UT Compensation Advisory Board (CAB), outlined CAB initiatives and progress. Rich Boyer from ModernThink explained preliminary results of the UTC Employee Engagement survey.

ModernThink administered a statewide Employee Engagement Survey, available to all University of Tennessee regular faculty and staff who work 50 percent time or more. The survey took place from November 3-21, 2014. 


New Look, New Name! Great West is now EMPOWER Retirement.

The university’s 401k, 401k Roth, and 457 plans are administered by Empower Retirement, formerly Great West Retirement Services. Great West recently announced that their combined retirement business – Great West Financial, Putnam Investments and Great-West Financial Retirement Plan Services (formerly J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services) – has a new name: EMPOWER RETIREMENT.

Bob Rogers is the university’s Retirement Plan Counselor with Empower Retirement and can be reached via email at bob.rogers@greatwest.com or (423) 280-6719.


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