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Suzuki named Executive Director for International Programs

Takeo Suzuki

Takeo Suzuki

Takeo Suzuki has joined the administration at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as Executive Director of International Programs. Suzuki has most recently served as Executive Director for International Relations at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

“We are very fortunate to have Takeo joining our team here at UTC. He brings a depth of experience in international relations and an enthusiasm for working with students and faculty that will greatly benefit our campus,” said Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, UTC Provost. “It is critical that our students be prepared to function in a global marketplace. Enhancing our international programs will expose our students to new ideas and cultures and equip them for more successful futures.”

During his tenure at UAFS, Suzuki developed and promoted the campus’s five-year globalization plan which led to more students studying abroad and a significant increase in the international student enrollment. One highly successful initiative was a Maymester Domestic and International Program that allowed UAFS faculty and students to travel within the U.S. and to international destinations such as Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, England, South Korea, China, Japan, Ecuador, Greece, and Italy.

Suzuki’s own exchange student experience was at The University of Wales where he studied Business Information Technology as a British Council Honors Scholar. Suzuki holds a Master of Science in Global E-Learning from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He received his Bachelor of Marketing and International Business from Kobe University of Commerce in Kobe, Japan.

By earning over $1.1 million in grant support for study abroad opportunities, Suzuki has demonstrated his success and commitment to the students he serves. Suzuki improved the study abroad experience for students at UAFS when he created a successful system of mentorship for students studying abroad. Satisfactory rates soared when students had a mentor readily available, and weekly sessions for questions and support.

Suzuki will work with UTC faculty and staff to increase the number of international students attending UTC as well as expand the study abroad program, encouraging more students and faculty members to take advantage of international opportunities.

As a passionate leader, mentor, and advocate for international education, Suzuki is a great asset to our campus and international programs.

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National forum hosted by Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

National forum hosted by Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts hosted its third national “Arts & Education Forum: Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning” at the Chattanoogan.

Forum participants included 42 presenters who represented 43 organizations from 15 states and Trinidad and Tobago. National organizations included the College Board, Crayola, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Local institutions included the Creative Discovery Museum and Hunter Museum, Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Teachers and students from Barger Academy, Battle Academy, Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School, and Chattanooga Girls Choir also participated.

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Southeast Center for Education in the Arts hosts national forum

UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) will host its third national Arts & Education Forum: Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning at The Chattanoogan Conference Center on May 14-15.

“We live in an increasingly complex, globalized, media-saturated society. Education is being reinvented to meet the needs of our ever-changing 21st Century world. Students have to be able to function, create, and communicate personally, socially, economically, and politically in local, national, and international venues. Schools must subsequently develop an interdisciplinary culture of inquiry where teachers and students work independently and collaboratively, employing critical thinking and multiple intelligences for imaginative problem solving,” said Kim Wheetley, SCEA Executive Director and Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education.

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Professor receives patent for three-dimensional Periodic Spiral for chemical elements

Dr. Hinsdale Bernard
Dr. Hinsdale Bernard holds a photo of a model of
his patented three-dimensional Periodic Spiral.

It took thirty years for Dr. Hinsdale Bernard to achieve his goal of creating a three-dimensional Periodic Spiral for chemical elements that represent the buildup of the Periodic Table. This creative professor in the Ed.D. Learning and Leadership program in the Education-Graduate Studies Division in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies was recently rewarded with a U.S. patent.

“Teaching chemistry with a three-dimensional model is just like teaching about the human body,” Bernard said. “We needed something more attractive, a little more exciting than flat boxes.”

Bernard developed the foundational model of the three-dimensional Periodic Spiral as a 1977 entry to a national science exhibition while he served as a high school chemistry teacher and science chairman at Northeastern College, Sangre Grande, Trinidad, West Indies. The entry did not win the competition, and Bernard said the “idea lay dormant for 18 years until my son, Roald, remembered the model. (Bernard would take him to his class as a toddler occasionally.) Roald encouraged me to resume work on the model. We worked intermittently on its further development and refinement for eight years beginning in 1995. It soon became a family preoccupation and my wife Barbara, daughter Ishara, and daughter-in-law Hamdellia were also involved in the final phases of its design to varying degrees.”

This model seems to be more intuitive, Bernard said.

“Besides being very aesthetically pleasant to the eyes, this three dimensional rendition of the Periodic Table of the Elements (3DPT) could provide a hands-on teaching/learning model that can facilitate an understanding of the basics of the chemical elements, in particular, and stimulate interest in science, in general. This invention can be used by students and their instructors from Pre-K through college/university levels. As such, it can be produced as an individual teaching/learning kit for use in the classroom or at home, and even in the form of an exciting toy/game for younger children to play with at home and learn about the elements vicariously,” Bernard said.

Bernard is having conversations with manufacturers to produce his product. He says the language in the patent could allow discs, cubes, squares or lighted bulbs. The product could be motorized, and it also has great potential for interactive computer application.

Although he describes the process for obtaining the patent as “arduous, like doing a dissertation it requires skill, research and facing the many questions of ‘what’s there?’ and ‘how is the product different from others?’” Bernard said the end result is gratifying. He believes that his journey may not have started at all had it not been for the organization of the national science exhibition and an invitation by his science education professor, Judith F. Reay to submit entries.

“I credit her with challenging me to extend my love of the sciences to the art and science of teaching and learning. I firmly believe that this is when I truly became hooked on education as a career and never looked back,” Bernard said.

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