Updates and news for the week of May 28-June 3, 2024

The UTC Campus Weekly newsletter is distributed every Tuesday morning. If you have news, events or announcements you would like shared with campus, please submit your information to peyton-l-schultz@utc.edu or chuck-wasserstrom@utc.edu in the Division of Communications and Marketing by 3 p.m. on Friday for placement in the following Tuesday’s newsletter.

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Olivia the Olympian

U.S. Olympic weightlifter Olivia Reeves

U.S. Olympic weightlifter Olivia Reeves

IF THE OLIVIA REEVES ANNOUNCEMENT HASN’T TAKEN PLACE, NEED TO KILL THIS NOTE

IF IT HAS TAKEN PLACE, ADD FIRST PARAGRAPH AND 2 LINKS

Reeves is looking to become the first UTC currently-enrolled student to participate in the Olympic Games—and is believed to be the first student in the University’s 138-year history to be selected for an Olympic team.


From the UTC Podlab: Tennessee Valley Crossroads

Computer science student William Bumcum and business management student Maggie Leslie

Computer science student William Bumcum and business management student Maggie Leslie

“Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-produced podcast that brings classmates together to have candid, unscripted conversations, fostering empathy and breaking down barriers between students from different cultures and backgrounds. Under the direction of Will Davis, students came to the UTC PodLab and opened their lives with stories about their families, their politics and their hopes for the future.

This week’s episode features a conversation between computer science student William Bumcum and business management student Maggie Leslie about gun control.

  • “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is inspired by StoryCorps’ One Small Step initiative, which brings together to find the humanity in each other.
  • You can listen to “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” on WUTC 88.1 FM every Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and subscribe to the “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

The outstanding people of UTC

For the second straight year, staff and faculty hit the road to spread the UTC name at numerous Hamilton County Schools eighth-grade promotion ceremonies. Two dozen UTC representatives participated in Middle School to Mocs Scholars events, presenting to more than 3,000 HCS students—including Stacy Lightfoot and Amy Hitchcock (pictured above) at the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts ceremony.

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Last Thursday night, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs Jeff Cogburn (left), Equal Opportunity and Accessibility Director Rosite Delgado and University High Principal Arielle Hayes graduated from Leadership Chattanooga.

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Graduate School Interim Dean Ethan Carver presents the Outstanding Community Partner Award to Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange's Scott Monterde.

Graduate School Interim Dean Ethan Carver presents the Outstanding Community Partner Award to Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange’s Scott Monterde.

The UTC Graduate School recently recognized the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange, P.C., with its inaugural Outstanding Community Partner Award—given to an organization that has demonstrated an outstanding relationship with one or more UTC graduate programs.

Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange (ACE), nominated by the School of Nursing graduate faculty, provides outstanding clinical experiences at Erlanger Health System.  ACE is considered to be a leader in student nurse anesthetist training in the Southeast. UTC is proud to partner with them for the betterment of our students.

The graduate awards committee consisted of Dr. Barry Kamrath (chair), Dr. Carolyn Padalino, Dr. Chris Cunningham, Dr. Jessica Hackathorne and Dr. Navid Aghakhani.


Mark your calendar

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the UTC Black Faculty and Staff Association are hosting UTC’s Juneteenth celebration from noon-2 p.m. on Friday, June 14, in the Lupton Hall first floor lobby. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and family.

Learn more about Juneteenth’s origins as we celebrate its culture and heritage. This is a family reunion-style event where we gather to learn, celebrate and engage with our campus community.

Food and T-shirts will be provided while supplies last. Attendees are asked to RSVP via MocSync by Wednesday, June 12.

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New Student and Family Programs will be hosting orientation sessions throughout the summer for all new students entering UTC in the fall, including the following dates in June:

  • Freshman sessions: June 6, 7, 17, 18
  • Transfer sessions: June 4, 21, 27 (online)

On average, the University sees over 6,000 new students and their guests throughout the summer program.

  • Click here for the “Save the Date” flier.
  • Click here for the schedule of events for freshman and parent/guest orientation.

All in-person orientations will have an information desk located in the University Center’s first floor gallery. Please direct anyone with orientation-related questions to the information desk.

Please contact carrie-sherbesman@utc.edu if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for making our orientation program a success.

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The Center for Wellbeing will be hosting a series of trainings for staff and faculty this summer. If interested, please sign up here. The Center’s staff is happy to schedule trainings for specific teams or departments at other times throughout the year. Reach out to megan-mcknight@utc.edu with questions or to request a training.

  • Wednesday, June 5: Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan (University Center 350), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, June 19: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, July 11: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (University Center 350), 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, July 18: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (virtual), 10-11 a.m.
  • Monday, July 22: Opioid Overdose Prevention & Narcan (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25: Mental Health First Aid (University Center 350), 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 31: Recovery Allyship: How to Support Students Who Are Struggling or Have Struggled with Substance Use (virtual), noon-2 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), 3-4 p.m.

Notice of Final Defense: Upcoming Research Presentations

The UTC Graduate School announced that the following students will be presenting their final works of research as advanced degree candidates. Everyone is invited to attend.


Campus Updates

Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.


Looking back

UTC orientation leaders at the first summer session last Wednesday

UTC orientation leaders at the first summer session last Wednesday

Communications and Marketing staff writer Peyton Schultz didn’t live on campus as a UTC student and always wished she could go back and tell her 18-year-old self the information to make her transition into college a little easier. So, with the help of UTC’s experts in creating the best student experience, Schultz compiled a list of what UTC first-year students need to know—beginning with “make the most out of orientation.”

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Dylan Rivera

Dylan Rivera

For many children, the monsters under their beds are real, and Dylan Rivera, a 2020 graduate of UTC, is working to help keep those monsters in check. As director of policy planning and implementation for the city of Chattanooga, his work directly influences Chattanooga’s minority neighborhoods by helping people “move up from where they are in their socioeconomic status” and making impactful changes for their families.


WUTC Spotlight: Co.MObility Summit

Eric Ries (photo credit: Julie Bushell Associates)

Eric Ries (photo credit: Julie Bushell Associates)

WUTC-FM’s “Scenic Roots” recently featured a conversation with entrepreneur and author Eric Ries, who pioneered the Lean Startup movement.

Last week, Ries was one of the keynote speakers at the CO.MOBILITY summit.


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Co.Mobility Summit 2024

Are you ready to join the movement? Come join 60-plus speakers, 25-plus talks, 10-plus interactive workshops, four happy hours and 20-plus hours of networking opportunities at CO.MOBILITY Summit 2024, taking place through Wednesday (May 22)—including events at the UTC Fine Arts Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science today (May 21).

UTC students, faculty and staff get free entry. Students should use the code STUDENT to redeem a free three-day pass, while faculty and staff should use the code FACULTY. Book using this link.

This event is one of the largest sustainable mobility events in the country, bringing together leaders in electrification, autonomous technology and infrastructure, quantum, smart city development, supply chain, micromobility and more.

Want to learn more? Click here to view the event agenda.


From the UTC Podlab: Tennessee Valley Crossroads

Communication student Sydney Banks, left, and music therapy student Jenna Puls.

Communication student Sydney Banks, left, and music therapy student Jenna Puls.

“Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-produced podcast that brings classmates together to have candid, unscripted conversations, fostering empathy and breaking down barriers between students from different cultures and backgrounds. Under the direction of Will Davis, students came to the UTC PodLab and opened their lives with stories about their families, their politics and their hopes for the future.

This week’s episode features a conversation between communication student Sydney Banks and music therapy student Jenna Puls talking about belonging.

  • “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is inspired by StoryCorps’ One Small Step initiative, which brings together to find the humanity in each other.
  • You can listen to “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” on WUTC 88.1 FM every Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and subscribe to the “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

The outstanding people of UTC

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in April. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $2,099,867 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $8,390,058 in external funding, if awarded.

Among those receiving awards in April was School of Education Professor Deborah McAllister, the principal investigator in receiving $1,691,885 from the National Science Foundation for the project titled “Graduate Yearlong Experience and Residency for Acquiring STEM Teaching Competencies.”

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Dr. Azad Hossain

Dr. Azad Hossain

Associate Professor Azad Hossain, an environmental geoscientist in the UTC Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science, was the principal investigator on award funding of $299,998 from NASA for the project titled “Remote Sensing of Water Quality in the Tennessee River.”

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From left: UTC Gilman Scholarship recipients Ashlyn Roberson, Bailee Fiste, Bryce Sanders, Kamila Vargas and Kylie Knott

From left: UTC Gilman Scholarship recipients Ashlyn Roberson, Bailee Fiste, Bryce Sanders, Kamila Vargas and Kylie Knott

Five UTC students are getting the opportunity to study overseas after being selected as recipients of the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

  • Rising junior Ashlyn Roberson, majoring in both Spanish and integrated studies (art history and philosophy), will spend the fall 2024 semester at the University of Salamanca in Spain after landing the John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship)—which awards $5,000 for dependents of U.S. military personnel.
  • Rising junior Bailee Fiste, majoring in humanities: international studies with a minor in communication, will be studying in Japan.
  • Rising senior Bryce Sanders is already in Europe visiting the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. He is majoring in psychology with minors in criminal justice and sociology.
  • Rising junior Kamila Vargas will be spending two months at the University of Alcalá in Spain. The Brock Scholar is majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish.
  • Rising senior Kylie Knott will spend six weeks in Florence, Italy. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and plans to pursue a career in art therapy.

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Police Chief Sean O’Brien (left photo) and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Police Chief Sean O’Brien (left photo) and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Sean O’Brien, a decorated police officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience, was sworn in as UTC associate vice chancellor for public safety and chief of police at a ceremony held in Patten Chapel.

Matthew Holzmacher, a member of the UTC Police Department since 2010, was sworn in as deputy chief.


Mark your calendar

The UTC Research Institute is excited to announce its next call for concept papers, seeking proposals from talented researchers across the campus community. This round of CEACSE funding is up to three years of support for a total amount up to $900,000 to start a new focus area.

A “Call for Concept Papers” information session will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday (May 23) in UTC Library Room 435. Refreshments will be provided.

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The Department of Chemistry and Physics will continue its Undergraduate Research Program seminar series this Friday (May 24) with a visit from Georgia Institute of Technology Regents’ Professor David Sherrill. The seminar will take place from 1-2 p.m. at Grote Hall 411.

While a student at McCallie School, Sherrill trained with UTC chemistry faculty and was part of the Chemistry Olympiad team that competed outside the U.S.

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New Student and Family Programs will be hosting orientation sessions throughout the summer for all new students entering UTC in the fall, with the initial one-day event taking place on Wednesday (May 22). On average, the University sees over 6,000 new students and their guests throughout the summer program.

  • Click here for the “Save the Date” flier.
  • Click here for the schedule of events for freshman and parent/guest orientation.

All in-person orientations will have an information desk located in the University Center’s first floor gallery. Please direct anyone with orientation-related questions to the information desk.

Please contact carrie-sherbesman@utc.edu if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for making our orientation program a success.

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The Center for Wellbeing will be hosting a series of trainings for staff and faculty this summer. If interested, please sign up here. The Center’s staff is happy to schedule trainings for specific teams or departments at other times throughout the year. Reach out to megan-mcknight@utc.edu with questions or to request a training.

  • Wednesday, June 5: Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan (University Center 350), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, June 19: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, July 11: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (University Center 350), 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, July 18: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (virtual), 10-11 a.m.
  • Monday, July 22: Opioid Overdose Prevention & Narcan (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25: Mental Health First Aid (University Center 350), 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 31: Recovery Allyship: How to Support Students Who Are Struggling or Have Struggled with Substance Use (virtual), noon-2 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), 3-4 p.m.

Campus Updates

A reminder from the Office of the University Registrar with important summer 2024 registration information …

Faculty and staff, as you work with students, please keep in mind these important registration dates for Part of Term 1 and Full Term:

  • Today (May 21): Full Term: Last day to register for classes including to add a section or change sections. Last day to change from credit to audit.
  • Today (May 21): Full Term: Last day to drop a class before a W (withdrawal) is recorded.
  • Wednesday, June 12: Part of Term 1: Last day to withdraw on a course-by-course basis with a grade of W (one or more courses).
  • Tuesday, June 25: Part of Term 1: Last day to withdraw from the university (i.e. all courses) with grades of W in all Part of Term courses.
  • Monday, July 8: Full Term: Last day to withdraw on a course-by-course basis with a grade of W (one or more courses).
  • Tuesday, August 6: Full Term: Last day to withdraw from the university (i.e. all courses) with grades of W in all PT2 and Full Term courses.

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Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.


WUTC Spotlight: Scenic Roots

Every year, students in UTC’s Interior Architecture and Design program focus their senior thesis projects on a historic building. This past academic year, the students revisited The Jazzy Buildings—stretching from Market to Broad streets—in partnership with Preserve Chattanooga, the historic preservation nonprofit in Chattanooga.

A recent segment of “Scenic Roots” on WUTC-FM 88.1 featured a conversation with the program’s director, Associate Professor Jessica Etheredge; student Emily Ward, who graduated on May 4; and Todd Morgan, executive director of Preserve Chattanooga.


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Co.Mobility Summit 2024

Are you ready to join the movement? Come join 60-plus speakers, 25-plus talks, 10-plus interactive workshops, four happy hours and 20-plus hours of networking opportunities at CO.MOBILITY Summit 2024, taking place May 20-22—including events at the UTC Fine Arts Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science on Tuesday, May 21.

UTC students, faculty and staff get free entry. Students should use the code STUDENT to redeem a free three-day pass, while faculty and staff should use the code FACULTY. Book using this link.

This event is one of the largest sustainable mobility events in the country, bringing together leaders in electrification, autonomous technology and infrastructure, quantum, smart city development, supply chain, micromobility and more.

Want to learn more? Click here to view the event agenda.


Unum Group makes historic gift to School of Nursing

Photo by Omar Dedovic

Photo by Omar Dedovic

Unum Group, a leading international provider of workplace benefits and services, has made a $500,000 grant and become the School of Nursing’s Premier Mental Health Partner at the new Dorothy and Jim Kennedy Health Sciences Building, slated to begin construction later this year.

The partnership will leverage Unum Group’s expertise for their qualified Unum Clinical team to serve as adjunct clinical professors; contribute to community and mental health curriculum and programming; and provide tools, including resiliency training and/or support groups for nursing students.


From the UTC Podlab: Tennessee Valley Crossroads

Communication student Dixie Edmondson, left, and entrepreneurship student Andrew Meert

Communication student Dixie Edmondson, left, and entrepreneurship student Andrew Meert

“Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-produced podcast that brings classmates together to have candid, unscripted conversations, fostering empathy and breaking down barriers between students from different cultures and backgrounds. Under the direction of Will Davis, students came to the UTC PodLab and opened their lives with stories about their families, their politics and their hopes for the future.

The first episode features a conversation between communication student Dixie Edmondson and entrepreneurship student Andrew Meert discussing the effects of technology on Gen Z and Gen Alpha.

  • “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is inspired by StoryCorps’ One Small Step initiative, which brings together to find the humanity in each other.
  • You can listen to “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” on WUTC 88.1 FM every Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and subscribe to the “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

NCAA Tournament-bound

Photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Anthony Klotz/TKlotz Photography

Photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Anthony Klotz/TKlotz Photography

The top-seeded Mocs softball team won its 16th Southern Conference Tournament title in dramatic fashion over the weekend, winning three elimination games to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mocs are headed to the Tallahassee regional, where they will play Florida State University on Friday (May 17).


The outstanding people of UTC

Police Chief Sean O'Brien and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Police Chief Sean O’Brien and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Last Friday, Sean O’Brien, a decorated police officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience, was sworn in as UTC associate vice chancellor for public safety and chief of police. Chief O’Brien came to UTC after having worked for the Chattanooga Police Department since 2007.

As part of the ceremony, Matthew Holzmacher—a member of the UTC Police Department since 2010 and an administrative lieutenant since 2021—was sworn in as deputy chief.

The swearing-in ceremony was officiated by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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Associate Lecturer Catherine Meeks Quinlan, left, Associate Lecturer Lucy Schultz and Guerry Professor Jennifer Boyd

Associate Lecturer Catherine Meeks Quinlan, left, Associate Lecturer Lucy Schultz and Guerry Professor Jennifer Boyd

Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an environmental studies major at UTC is one step closer to becoming a reality. As part of an overarching announcement of nationwide grants, the NEH awarded a $149,957 “Humanities Connections” grant to UTC for the project titled “Implementing a Humanities-Informed Environmental Studies Major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.”

Catherine Meeks Quinlan (Department of English), Dr. Jennifer Boyd (Biology, Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. Lucy Schultz (Philosophy and Religion) were the grant’s principal investigators.

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Finn Beaty, left, and Emily Patton

Finn Beaty, left, and Emily Patton

A message to the UTC campus community from Dr. José-Luis Gastañaga …

As coordinator of the Humanities Program, it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the North Callahan Undergraduate Essay Prize. The jury, a group of professors from three different academic departments, decided to give an award of $500 each to two deserving essays: Finn Beaty’s “Gender in Pre-Modern Europe: The Story of Mary Read,” and Emily Patton’s “Spirituality and Environmental Philosophy.” 

I take the opportunity to invite all UTC undergraduates to send their essays in any discipline of the humanities to the North Callahan Undergraduate Essay Prize contest next year. You will see a notification in early spring 2025. 

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Peja Goold (photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano)

Peja Goold (photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano)

Mocs softball sophomore right-handed pitcher Peja Goold was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year. Goold is the 11th Moc to earn SoCon Pitcher of the Year honors and the first since Celie Hudson in 2019.

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This week, the Chattanooga men’s golf team is participating in the NCAA Golf Regionals for the 14th time in school history. The Mocs are the #7 seed in the Rancho Santa Fe Regionals, which started on Monday at the Farms in suburban San Diego.


Mark your calendar

We are quickly approaching the start of the summer orientation program and welcoming our newest Mocs to campus.

New Student and Family Programs will be hosting orientation sessions throughout the summer for all new students entering UTC in the fall. On average, the University sees over 6,000 new students and their guests throughout the summer program.

  • Click here for the “Save the Date” flier.
  • Click here for the schedule of events for freshman and parent/guest orientation.

All in-person orientations will have an information desk located in the University Center’s first floor gallery. Please direct anyone with orientation-related questions to the information desk.

Please contact carrie-sherbesman@utc.edu if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for making our orientation program a success.

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The UT System Business Intelligence (BI) team is here to support UT employees across the state. The BI team gathers, warehouses, models and visualizes data from multiple information systems across all University of Tennessee campuses and system administration. This team provides data for institutional research, strategic planning and assessment purposes.

The BI team now hosts a monthly drop-in session for UT System and campus colleagues. You’re invited to connect every third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. ET. Feel free to drop-in to ask questions, run an idea by the team, ask for help or just to chat. This Zoom link will be used each month: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/86317402797. You can also find more information on the drop-in sessions here. The next BI drop-in session is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday (May 16).


Campus Updates

Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.


Looking back

Photo courtesy of UL Research Institutes

Photo courtesy of UL Research Institutes

As part of a collaboration between Brainerd High School chemistry students and UTC engineering students and faculty, the high schoolers were exposed to real-world safety experiments shaped by world-class research from UL Research Institutes. From the start of the spring semester, Brainerd chemistry teacher Ethan Schubert brought UTC faculty into his classroom and took his classroom to UTC, where his students worked with UL Research Institutes’ Xplorlabs resources.

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In case you missed it: Processionals, gonfalons and the “Imperial March.” The pomp and circumstance of past UTC commencements was back. For the first time since 2019, commencement at UTC was held without the restrictions of COVID-19 and McKenzie Arena renovations. Three ceremonies were held over two days, with more than 1,300 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students presented for degrees.


WUTC Spotlight: Rising Rock Showcase

A special edition of “Scenic Roots” on WUTC-FM featured the student storytellers of Rising Rock and their stories from the spring 2024 semester.

Rising Rock features non-fiction stories about greater Chattanooga. The site is a combined effort of the Department of Communication and UTC’s student media, including The Echo (student newspaper), MocsNews (student video news program) and The Perch (student digital radio station).


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Pomp and circumstance: Celebrating the sights and sounds of commencement

Processionals, gonfalons and the “Imperial March.” The revelry of past UTC commencements was back.

For the first time since 2019, commencement at UTC was held without the restrictions of COVID-19 and McKenzie Arena renovations. Three ceremonies were held over two days last Friday and Saturday with more than 1,300 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students presented for degrees.

Click here for a Flickr gallery of commencement photos.

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From left: Arsen Martyshchuk, Nina Klimenkova, Nehemiah Antoine, Jannat Saeed

From left: Arsen Martyshchuk, Nina Klimenkova, Nehemiah Antoine, Jannat Saeed

Among the graduates being celebrated:

  • UTC Global Response Assistantship scholarship recipients Nina Klimenkova and Arsen Martyshchuk received master’s degrees. Before they said goodbye to UTC, the two reflected on their journey from Ukraine and their time in Chattanooga.
  • Triple major and Brock Scholar Jannat Saeed received bachelor’s degrees in history, humanities: international studies and software systems.
  • Nehemiah Antoine, a chemistry major and Innovations in Honors member, recently discussed his career path toward medicinal chemistry research.
  • At 20 years old, Madison Cothern was one of the younger graduates participating in commencement ceremonies. Despite her age, her list of accomplishments does not reflect a lack of experience—as she graduated with about 186 credit hours.
  • Communication major Ahok Wol spoke with Adjunct Instructor Mark Kennedy for a Times Free Press story about coming to America as a refugee from South Sudan.
  • Exercise major and Sugar Moc member Mallary Quaderer was selected to the NFL New England Patriots’ cheerleader team.
  • Emma Sprayberry, a highly decorated student who recently landed a Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan, received bachelor’s degrees in humanities: international studies and Spanish.
  • Members of the UTC occupational therapy doctoral program, including Mckenna Menard and Raven Smith, spent the spring semester participating in capstone projects throughout the Chattanooga area.
  • Entrepreneurship major Mitchell Hibbs, an Innovations in Honors member, spent his college years in the UTC Honors College alongside his twin sister, Meaghan. Meaghan Hibbs, a Brock Scholar, has already finished her degree in international studies; after adding a major in trumpet performance, she will graduate in December.
  • Communication major Kali Glover penned a tribute to her first college roommate, Rosie Robinson.

The outstanding people of UTC

From left: Rep. Harold Love Jr., Chamyra Teasley, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Director of HBCU Success Brittany Mosby and THEC Executive Director Steven Gentile at the annual Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award ceremony on Monday, April 29, at the State Capitol. Photo credit: Tennessee Photographic Services.

From left: Rep. Harold Love Jr., Chamyra Teasley, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Director of HBCU Success Brittany Mosby and THEC Executive Director Steven Gentile at the annual Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award ceremony on Monday, April 29, at the State Capitol. Photo credit: Tennessee Photographic Services.

Student Government Association President Chamyra Teasley has won the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award, given by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to 10 individuals in higher education throughout the state who demonstrate a lasting, meaningful impact through service; are valued by peers and community leaders; and embody the legacy of the late Rep. Harold Love Sr.—the namesake of the award.

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John Houk (photo credit: Todd Drexler)

John Houk (photo credit: Todd Drexler)

The Chattanooga men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Golf Regionals for the 14th time in school history. The Mocs are the #7 seed in the Rancho Santa Fe Regionals, which take place May 13-15 at the Farms in suburban San Diego.

Four Mocs men’s golfers received Southern Conference postseason honors. Seniors John Houk, Paul Conroy and Samuel Espinosa were named to the All-SoCon team while Ward Harris was selected to the league’s All-Freshman team.

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Credit: Chattanooga Athletics

Credit: Chattanooga Athletics

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team won the 2024 Southern Conference regular-season title for the 15th time since the program was founded in 1994. The SoCon tournament takes place Wednesday-Saturday (May 8-11) in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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The Mocs beach volleyball pairing of Morgan Romano and Julia Lawrence received American Volleyball Coaches Association Top Flight honors.

 

The AVCA Top Flight program, now in its sixth year of existence, recognizes beach volleyball pairs that have competed in at least 15 matches together at a specific flight and have won at least 75% of their matches. Romano and Lawrence received the honor in Flight 5 after going 17-1 for the Mocs on Court 5 (94.4%).


Mark your calendar

The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2024 Instructional Excellence Conference will be held today (May 7) and we still have room for the UTC community to register to attend the keynote address at 10 a.m. Click here to register.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Lang, professor of practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Notre Dame and an emeritus professor of English at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. A sought-after speaker and author of six books, he has given talks and workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 300 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. and abroad. His talks focus on topics such as the science of learning, distraction in the classroom and academic integrity.

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Human Resources’ May staff development opportunities includes an online workshop titled “Understanding Your Individual Conflict Dynamics Profile,” taking from from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (May 8). Click here for the Campus Updates post.

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Campus Recreation is running a faculty and staff 4 vs. 4 summer intramural sand volleyball league for the first time, with a three-week league taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 14-30 at the UTC Sports Complex.

  • Sign-up times are noon and 1 p.m.
  • Click here to register.
  • Registration ends on Friday (May 10).

For more information, email amy-slagle@utc.edu, Campus Recreation’s coordinator of intramural sports.

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The UT System Business Intelligence (BI) team is here to support UT employees across the state. The BI team gathers, warehouses, models and visualizes data from multiple information systems across all University of Tennessee campuses and system administration. This team provides data for institutional research, strategic planning and assessment purposes.

The BI team now hosts a monthly drop-in session for UT System and campus colleagues. You’re invited to connect every third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. ET. Feel free to drop-in to ask questions, run an idea by the team, ask for help or just to chat. This Zoom link will be used each month: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/86317402797. You can also find more information on the drop-in sessions here. The next BI drop-in session is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 3 p.m. ET.

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UTC Campus Recreation will kick off the summer with battleship, log rolling, pool games and snacks/drinks at Family Fest: Splash Into Summer, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Aquatics and Recreation Center. Come on out and meet Campus Rec staff while learning about Mocs Adventure Camp, swim lessons and family memberships.

Tickets are required for the event regardless of membership status, and everyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $12 per person. Click here to purchase tickets. Waivers are required for all attendees.

Please direct questions to colleen-demarco@UTC.edu or call 423-425-5672.

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Please join UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) for a free GIS workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 30, in the Multidisciplinary Research Building. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to access free GIS resources available to campus; how to implement GIS in the classroom, research or work activities; and connect and learn about other available services offered by the IGTLab.

This workshop, led by UTC GIS Director Charlie Mix and Assistant GIS Director Nyssa Hunt, is open to all user skill levels. Space is limited, so make sure to click here and register.


Campus Updates

Search committee orientation is a critical component of UTC’s hiring process. What was previously conducted via Zoom as search committee training has transitioned to a new and refreshed self-paced asynchronous online training module that can easily be accessed in K@TE through this link: Faculty and Exempt Staff Search Committee Orientation.

This shift ensures a more streamlined process, consistency in content, accessibility and convenience for all participants. It emerged as a collaboration between the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Human Resources and underscores our institutional commitment to continuous improvement in fostering an inclusive and equitable hiring environment at UTC.

Faculty and exempt staff members serving on search committees must undergo search committee orientation every two years if they plan to participate in the hiring process for positions at UTC. It is not required for non-exempt staff searches but is highly recommended. For more information, click here. Email oei@utc.edu with questions, comments or concerns.

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Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.


Looking back

Richard Zhang, far right, pictured in the 1991 Moccasin yearbook along with the other members of the Student Government Association. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Richard Zhang, far right, pictured in the 1991 Moccasin yearbook along with the other members of the Student Government Association. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

The featured speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies was UTC alum Richard Zhang, a Brock Scholar who graduated summa cum laude in 1992 with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, economics and accounting.

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Innovations in Honors students recently presented projects in the City Hall conference room.

Last August, the UTC Innovations in Honors program and the Chattanooga Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance agreed to collaborate on developing solutions to citywide challenges involving public housing and health during the 2023-2024 academic year. Before the semester ended, Dr. Chris Acuff’s students presented their policy recommendations for affordable housing in Chattanooga to a City Hall contingent.


WUTC Spotlight: CH-AI

The CH-AI initiative at UTC supports the investigation and potential application of AI discoveries as a strategic imperative of the University’s commitment to excellent education, research innovation and good stewardship of resources. Through the initiative, UTC also serves as a critical partner with the city of Chattanooga in providing expertise in workforce development, economic opportunity and engaged communities.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer Vicki Farnsworth, the lead for the CH-AI program, recently sat down to talk about the initiative on WUTC-FM’s “Scenic Roots.”


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The Roundhouse will be rockin’: McKenzie Arena set for commencement

For the first time since May 2019, McKenzie Arena will be filled to the rafters for commencement. More than 1,300 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students will receive their degrees. Included in those numbers are approximately 250 first-generation college students and 90 military-affiliated students (consisting of veterans, spouses and dependents).

Graduate School commencement takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday (May 3).

  • Dr. Edna Varner, a UC Foundation Board of Trustee and longtime member of the Public Education Foundation, will deliver the graduation charge. Livestream link

Two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday (May 4).

  • The College of Arts and Sciences/College of Engineering and Computer Science ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Livestream link
  • The Gary W. Rollins College of Business/College of Health, Education and Professional Studies ceremony starts at 1 p.m. Livestream link
  • The featured speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies is UTC alumnus Richard Zhang, who graduated summa cum laude in 1992 with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, economics and accounting.

The McKenzie Arena doors will open one and a half hours before every ceremony at Gates 1, 2 and 3 with easy access to the floor via the elevator.

This will be the 263rd overall commencement for the University, founded in 1886 as the then-private Chattanooga University. The first UTC graduation ceremony took place on Aug. 23, 1969, at the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Chattanooga.


Get your Exclusive Gold Cord Today

To all our Spring 2024 graduating Mocs, congratulations from UTC Advancement. As your status advances from student to alumnus, you have the opportunity to create a lasting impact here at UTC. By donating just $5 or more, you can receive an exclusive gold cord to wear at commencement that signifies your commitment to future Mocs. This small donation can go a long way in helping to fund scholarships and enhance academic programs all over campus. Plus, wearing the gold cord at commencement will set you apart as a proud UTC supporter. Donate today and leave a legacy for future students at your alma mater.

Students can pick up their gold cord at the Alumni House (551 Oak St.) weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


A first for UTC

Photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com

Photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com

The Mocs beach volleyball team won its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference tournament title on Saturday, earning the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA beach volleyball tournament is set to take place Friday-Sunday (May 3-5) at Gulf Shores (Alabama) Public Beach.

After a historic regular season that culminated in Chattanooga beach volleyball capturing the team’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference title, the Mocs came away with 14 honors and awards—including a sweep of the conference’s four major awards in Player of the Year (Neva Clark), Freshman of the Year (Corina Vale), Pair of the Year (Clark and Vale), and Staff of the Year (head coach Darin Van Horn and assistant coach Juliana Van Horn).


The outstanding people of UTC

Vinny Nguyen and Lauren Graves

Vinny Nguyen and Lauren Graves

A pair of UTC students have created paths to learning new languages after landing national competitive scholarships. Lauren Graves, a senior English major and Brock Scholar in the UTC Honors College, has received the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) scholarship, which brings university graduates to Japan as assistant language teachers. Vinny Nguyen, a sophomore political science and public service major, is the recipient of the CLS Spark scholarship. He will spend eight weeks in an online course learning Mandarin Chinese.

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The premiere of music composition/instrumental music education major Tyler West’s three-movement work, “The Empress of Ireland,” highlighted the UTC Symphony Orchestra’s recent spring concert in the Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

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At the recent Tennessee Geographic Information Council annual meeting, the IGT Lab was recognized with several awards. Student Mimi White received second place in the “TNView” remote sensing competition, and won “Best Spatial Analysis” in the map gallery for her work analyzing land cover change in the Chattanooga region from 2001-2022. The IGTlab also won first place for best web map with its ongoing work with the city.

In addition, at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, Assistant GIS Director Nyssa Hunt presented a poster on her work within GeoAI for predictive modeling on barking tree frogs and GIS Director Charlie Mix had a paper presentation on using GeoAI to assess urban tree canopy and tree equity for Chattanooga.

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Dr. Angelique Ramnarine, senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, was the 2024 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching in General Education award.

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Mckenna Menard works with children in the Downside Up class at White Oak Methodist Church in Red Bank.

Mckenna Menard works with children in the Downside Up class at White Oak Methodist Church in Red Bank.

UTC occupational therapy doctoral students spent the spring semester on their capstone projects throughout the Chattanooga area.


Mark your calendar

The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2024 Instructional Excellence Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 7, and we still have plenty of room for the UTC community to register to attend the keynote address at 10 a.m. Click here to register.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Lang, professor of practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Notre Dame and an emeritus professor of English at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. A sought-after speaker and author of six books, he has given talks and workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 300 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. and abroad. His talks focus on topics such as the science of learning, distraction in the classroom and academic integrity.

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Human Resources’ May staff development opportunities includes an online workshop titled “Understanding Your Individual Conflict Dynamics Profile,” taking from from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Click here for the Campus Updates post.

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The UT System Business Intelligence (BI) team is here to support UT employees across the state. The BI team gathers, warehouses, models and visualizes data from multiple information systems across all University of Tennessee campuses and system administration. This team provides data for institutional research, strategic planning and assessment purposes.

The BI team now hosts a monthly drop-in session for UT System and campus colleagues. You’re invited to connect every third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. ET. Feel free to drop-in to ask questions, run an idea by the team, ask for help or just to chat. This Zoom link will be used each month: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/86317402797. You can also find more information on the drop-in sessions here. The next BI drop-in session is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 3 p.m. ET.

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UTC Campus Recreation will kick off the summer with battleship, log rolling, pool games and snacks/drinks at Family Fest: Splash Into Summer, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Aquatics and Recreation Center. Come on out and meet Campus Rec staff while learning about Mocs Adventure Camp, swim lessons and family memberships.

Tickets are required for the event regardless of membership status, and everyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $12 per person. Click here to purchase tickets. Waivers are required for all attendees.

Please direct questions to colleen-demarco@UTC.edu or call 423-425-5672.

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Please join UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) for a free GIS workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 30, in the Multidisciplinary Research Building. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to access free GIS resources available to campus; how to implement GIS in the classroom, research or work activities; and connect and learn about other available services offered by the IGTLab.

This workshop, led by UTC GIS Director Charlie Mix and Assistant GIS Director Nyssa Hunt, is open to all user skill levels.

Space is limited, so make sure to click here and register.


Campus Updates

Search committee orientation is a critical component of UTC’s hiring process. What was previously conducted via Zoom as search committee training has transitioned to a new and refreshed self-paced asynchronous online training module that can easily be accessed in K@TE through this link: Faculty and Exempt Staff Search Committee Orientation.

This shift ensures a more streamlined process, consistency in content, accessibility and convenience for all participants. It emerged as a collaboration between the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Human Resources and underscores our institutional commitment to continuous improvement in fostering an inclusive and equitable hiring environment at UTC.

Faculty and exempt staff members serving on search committees must undergo search committee orientation every two years if they plan to participate in the hiring process for positions at UTC. It is not required for non-exempt staff searches but is highly recommended. For more information, click here. Email oei@utc.edu with questions, comments or concerns.

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Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.

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Walks just got more spirited for you and your furry friend with our limited-edition Power C Leash and Collar set. Whether you’re strolling through campus, exploring the city or just enjoying a quiet walk in the park, let your Chattanooga pride shine.

Limited edition Power C pet collars ($12) and leashes ($16) are available individually or purchase a set for $25. With each purchase, you’re contributing to the UTC Campus Excellence Fund which fosters student aspirations and nurtures a brighter tomorrow. Your support enables students to access exceptional learning experiences, learn from renowned faculty and engage in top-ranked academic programs. Click here for more information and purchase options.


Looking back

Scrappy and University Archivist Noah Lasley

Scrappy and University Archivist Noah Lasley

University Archivist Noah Lasley works to acquire, arrange and describe official UTC records and other valuable materials for documenting the University’s history and functions—such as the history of campus mascots. The library’s current exhibition, titled “‘Crowd-Energizing Mission’: A UTC Mascot Retrospective,” brought Scrappy to Special Collections and the display cases in the UTC Library’s Roth Grand Reading Room that Special Collections curates.

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Senior Lecturer Meg Kiessling’s path to math began after obtaining electrical engineering degrees from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Here are some other recent UTC stories featured in the Newsroom:


WUTC Spotlight: May Pang on her photos of John Lennon

John Lennon with his son, Julian, a photo taken by May Pang; WUTC's Richard Winham with May Pang

John Lennon with his son, Julian, a photo taken by May Pang; WUTC’s Richard Winham with May Pang

Last week, May Pang—a former music executive and writer—was in Chattanooga for a special ArtsBuild exhibit showcasing her private candid photos of John Lennon.

While in town, she visited the WUTC-FM studio for an extended conversation with host Richard Winham.


Sean O'Brien (photo courtesy of Chattanooga Police Department)

Sean O’Brien (photo courtesy of Chattanooga Police Department)

Sean O’Brien, a decorated police officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience, has been selected as the new University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and UTC Police Chief. O’Brien, who has worked for the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) since 2007, will join UTC effective May 1, 2024.

In a related move, Matt Holzmacher has been appointed UTC Police Deputy Chief. Holzmacher, a member of the UTC Police Department since 2010 and an administrative lieutenant since 2021, has been serving as interim police chief since November 2023—when longtime UTC Chief of Police Robert Ratchford announced his retirement.

O’Brien is the recipient of a graduate-level certificate in executive protection from Henley-Putnam University (San Jose, California) and a master’s degree in human resources leadership and development from Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey). His career in law enforcement includes a seven-year stint as a state trooper with the New Jersey State Police.

“This is a win-win for Chattanooga and UTC. Sean O’Brien is one of the finest officers at CPD, and he is incredibly deserving of this step up into departmental leadership,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “CPD is a national leader in effective and responsive policing, so it’s no surprise that UTC looked to our police force to fill this position. The partnership between UTC and city government is crucial in all areas, but especially public safety. Both UTC and the City of Chattanooga will be safer and more responsive to the needs of the public thanks to this hire.”

Currently a lieutenant in the CPD’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau, O’Brien is the commander for the downtown Chattanooga area and is responsible for the delivery of police services in coordination with 12 shift supervisors and more than 60 police officers.

During his time with the CPD, he has served as Homeland Security Coordinator and actively partners with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to teach and present strategies related to active shooter response. He has served as president of the Fraternal Order of Police, representing 500-plus members in Hamilton County while developing and maintaining budgetary and parliamentary procedures to improve the sustainability of the organization.

O’Brien was the recipient of the Top Cop Award for acts of bravery during the July 16, 2015, terrorist attack in Chattanooga. His list of awards includes Chattanooga Police Department Officer of the Year (2019), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tennessee Big in Blue Brother of the Year (2017), and National Association of Police Organizations Citizens’ Choice Award (2016).

Former Chattanooga Police Department Police Chief David Roddy, now Hamilton County Government’s chief operating officer, served 26 years with the CPD before retiring in 2022.

“Sean O’Brien is one of the finest people and leaders I have ever known and lucky enough to call a friend,” Roddy said. “I could not be more proud for Sean or more excited for the students and staff of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.”

Glenn Scruggs, the director of security and safety for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, spent 29 years with the CPD—rising to executive chief of police before retiring in November 2023.

“Having a leader like Sean there on campus, you’re going to have a steady hand at the wheel. You’re going to have someone well-versed in a plethora of disciplines and someone who can answer the bell when something happens,” Scruggs said. “UTC has a top-notch chief. He’s going to take care of you for many years to come, and I’m excited to see him get this opportunity.”

Col. Dereck Stewart, a teaching associate in the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center, retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2020 after 33 years of service.

“I just want to say what a tremendous choice UTC has made. You are really getting an exceptional leader,” Stewart said. “I met Sean last year at the Southeastern Leadership Academy and—from day one—I knew that he was a steadfast and strong member of the class. What I recognized about him right away is his calmness in how he goes about doing his business. It really shows a lot of confidence and strong leadership.”

O’Brien’s training and expertise in emergency management, community policing and active shooter response will be crucial as the University enhances its public safety plan.

The appointment will be finalized upon transferring his POST commission from CPD to UTC.

Last November, UTC Public Safety was reorganized to modernize the University’s strategy for mitigating public safety risks, streamline protocols and processes, reduce administrative costs and increase operational capacity.

UTC Public Safety includes UTC Police, Clery Compliance/Records Management, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Physical Security.

Join UTC in celebrating some of our most exciting moments over the past year. Click the video to view #10.

Join UTC in celebrating some of our most exciting moments over the past year. Click the video to view #10.

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Countdown to Commencement

We are excited and looking forward to our spring commencement ceremonies with McKenzie Arena back to full capacity.

Graduate School commencement takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Dr. Edna Varner, a UC Foundation Board of Trustee and longtime member of the Public Education Foundation, will deliver the graduation charge.

Two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 4. The College of Arts and Sciences/College of Engineering and Computer Science ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The Gary W. Rollins College of Business/College of Health, Education and Professional Studies ceremony starts at 1 p.m. The featured speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies is UTC alumnus Richard Zhang, who graduated summa cum laude in 1992 with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, economics and accounting.

The McKenzie Arena doors will open one and a half hours before every ceremony at Gates 1, 2 and 3 with easy access to the floor via the elevator.


Happy Reading Day!

To support students during finals week, the UTC Library is offering extended hours through the end of April. Click here for the full schedule on the Library’s webpage.

  • Today (April 23)—Reading Day: 7:30 a.m.- 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday (April 24): 7:30 a.m.- 2 a.m.
  • Thursday (April 25): 7:30 a.m.- 2 a.m.
  • Friday (April 26): 7:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Saturday (April 27): 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Sunday (April 28): Noone-2 a.m.
  • Monday (April 29): 7:30 a.m.- 2 a.m.
  • Tuesday (April 30): 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Get your Exclusive Gold Cord Today

To all our Spring 2024 graduating Mocs, congratulations from UTC Advancement. As your status advances from student to alumnus, you have the opportunity to create a lasting impact here at UTC. By donating just $5 or more, you can receive an exclusive gold cord to wear at commencement that signifies your commitment to future Mocs. This small donation can go a long way in helping to fund scholarships and enhance academic programs all over campus. Plus, wearing the gold cord at commencement will set you apart as a proud UTC supporter. Donate today and leave a legacy for future students at your alma mater.

Students can pick up their gold cord at the Alumni House (551 Oak St.) weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Applied AI: Making the Technology work for you

Plan now to attend one of two sessions of Applied AI: Making the Technology Work for You—at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.—on Monday (April 29) in the University Center Auditorium. All you have to bring are your questions and your interest in making AI work for you.

The 10 a.m. session will focus on AI uses to benefit faculty but is open to any member of the campus community. The 2 p.m. session will focus on more staff-applicable AI uses but also is open to any member of the campus community.

Vanderbilt University Professor Jules White will lead these free, in-person, interactive sessions that will show you how to use AI to save time, boost productivity and more. White is a Vanderbilt University professor of computer science and senior advisor to the VU chancellor for generative AI in education and enterprise solutions.

Email questions to: UTC-AI@utc.edu. For more information, visit utc.edu/ai.


The outstanding people of UTC

Emma Sprayberry

One of the most highly decorated students in recent UTC history has received another prestigious award before her time as an undergraduate comes to a close.

Senior Emma Sprayberry, an Innovations in Honors student majoring in both humanities: international studies (with an emphasis on Asian studies) and Spanish, along with a minor in anthropology, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan for the 2024-2025 academic year.

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Emma Roy was one of the UTC scholarship recipients recently celebrated at the Division of Advancement's Annual Scholarship Luncheon.

Emma Roy was one of the UTC scholarship recipients recently celebrated at the Division of Advancement’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon.

Emma Roy, currently completing her junior year at UTC, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. Beginning in mid-September, she will spend 25 weeks—the equivalent of an academic year—at National Taiwan University in an immersive Mandarin program as part of the International Chinese Language Program.

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Photo Credit: Ryne Rickman/UT Martin Athletics

Photo credit: Ryne Rickman/UT Martin Athletics

For the first time in Chattanooga beach volleyball’s five years of existence, the Mocs can call themselves Ohio Valley Conference champions after UTC came away as co-regular season champions on Saturday at the OVC Weekend in Martin.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • For graduate students Nina Klimenkova and Arsen Martyshchuk, UTC has been a literal refuge.
  • UTC music composition/instrumental music education major Tyler West was recently on WDEF-TV’s Let’s Chatt to talk about the premiere of his three-movement work, “The Empress of Ireland.” The premiere was one of the highlights of the UTC Symphony Orchestra’s April 21 spring concert.
  • SGA President Chamyra Teasley and Associate Dean of Students Brett Fuchs were interviewed for a Tennessee Lookout story about food insecurity on college campuses.
  • Dr. Jordan King has been named director of the Innovations in Honors program. King will teach two Innovations Labs in the Honors College in the fall and will develop a faculty development program for those interested in exploring the innovation pedagogies utilized in them.
  • Department of Finance and Economic Adjunct Professor Casey Galanti was featured in a WalletHub story about credit cards for new businesses.
  • Junior communication major Mason Edwards placed ninth nationally in the Hearst Journalism Award Program’s Personality/Profile writing competition.
  • For many children, the monsters under their beds are real. Dylan Rivera, a 2020 UTC graduate, is working to help keep those monsters in check.

Mark your calendar

Please join the Department of Political Science and Public Service in honoring Dr. Michelle Deardorff’s 11 years of service as department head. The department will host a reception from 2-3 p.m. today (April 23) in the PSPS Department (540 McCallie Building, 4th floor). Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.

Please stop by to show your appreciation for Dr. Deardorff’s outstanding accomplishments and leadership during her tenure and congratulate her as she returns to teaching. All current and former students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

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Looking for a fun activity to do on Reading Day?

The COMM Showcase, featuring the best Department of Communication student work from the spring semester, will take place from 3-5 p.m. today (April 23) on the second floor of Lupton Hall.

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Celebrate Reading Day from 3-4:30 p.m. today (April 23) with the Department of Chemistry and Physics, as the Chemistry Club and the Society of Physics Students will sponsor Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Take a break from studying and load up on carbs at the Grote Hall main entrance.

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Attention departments with gas-powered University-owned vehicles or those that get fuel for mowers, carts, boats, etc. UTC’s current white WEX fuel credit cards expire next Tuesday, April 30. New cards will be available starting Wednesday (April 24).

The cards can be picked up in the Administrative Building at 400 Palmetto, 2nd floor, Room 228J, Debby Corey’s office. Office hours for card pickup are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Departments, please make sure that the person who comes over is allowed to pick up the new credit card, as they will have to sign a document before we release the card. Please make sure the person brings the old card to help us identify which card is needed.

Please call 423-425-5298 or 423-425-4521 with questions.

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Registration for the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2024 Instructional Excellence Conference is now open. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, is free for all UTC faculty. Click here to register.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Lang, professor of practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Notre Dame and an emeritus professor of English at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. A sought-after speaker and author of six books, he has given talks and workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 300 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. and abroad. His talks focus on topics such as the science of learning, distraction in the classroom and academic integrity.

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Please join UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) for a free GIS workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 30, in the Multidisciplinary Research Building. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to access free GIS resources available to campus; how to implement GIS in the classroom, research or work activities; and connect and learn about other available services offered by the IGTLab.

This workshop, led by UTC GIS Director Charlie Mix and Assistant GIS Director Nyssa Hunt, is open to all user skill levels.

Space is limited, so make sure to click here and register.


Campus Updates

Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.

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Walks just got more spirited for you and your furry friend with our limited-edition Power C Leash and Collar set. Whether you’re strolling through campus, exploring the city or just enjoying a quiet walk in the park, let your Chattanooga pride shine.

Limited edition Power C pet collars ($12) and leashes ($16) are available individually or purchase a set for $25. With each purchase, you’re contributing to the UTC Campus Excellence Fund which fosters student aspirations and nurtures a brighter tomorrow. Your support enables students to access exceptional learning experiences, learn from renowned faculty and engage in top-ranked academic programs. Click here for more information and purchase options.


Looking ahead

Baileigh Pitts was recently named the Southern Conference softball Player of the Week (photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano)

Baileigh Pitts was recently named the Southern Conference softball Player of the Week (photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano)

This week’s Mocs home athletics calendar:

  • Saturday (April 27): Softball vs. Furman (doubleheader), Frost Stadium, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sunday (April 28): Softball vs. Furman, Frost Stadium, 2 p.m.

Looking back

Dr. Karen Rogers speaks to a group of UTC students at the Erlanger Baroness Hospital job shadowing orientation.

Dr. Karen Rogers speaks to a group of UTC students at the Erlanger Baroness Hospital job shadowing orientation.

Not many undergraduate students can say they have been behind the scenes in an emergency room. After the spring semester, 76 students spanning 11 majors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will say they have.

Here are some other recent UTC stories featured in the Newsroom:


WUTC Spotlight: Thank You!

Thanks to generous support from listeners like you, WUTC achieved—and surpassed—its Spring Pledge Drive goal, with more than $56,000 in donations raised.

We are grateful for all the support from our listeners; guests across the UTC campus and the community who joined us on the air throughout the drive—which began during “I Love UTC Week;” and several matching gift challenges, which all propelled us to success.

Thank you for making this achievement possible for WUTC and enabling us, once again, to conclude our drive early on its final day. For listeners still waiting and wanting to give, you can give online anytime at wutc.org and the WUTC app and clicking on the donate button. From all of us here at WUTC: Thank you!


Be Well Tip: Finals Week

Finals are coming! Remember that stress is normal and, to an extent, can be healthy and a source of motivation. Ensure that stress remains manageable by prioritizing sleep, utilizing good planning and time management skills, allowing for breaks while studying, staying hydrated, nourishing your body and getting some sunshine.

Practice the following deep breathing exercises to remain grounded and calm:

  1. Place one hand on your chest and one on your stomach.
  2. Inhale slowly through your nose for 3-5 seconds, allowing your stomach to rise completely.
  3. Exhale even more slowly, if possible, allowing your stomach to contract.
  4. Repeat as often as needed.

The Center for Wellbeing is here to support you during finals. Check out our Instagram for a lineup of events happening in our space all week, including therapy dogs, massages, scavenger hunts and more.


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UTC Quantum Initiative Celebrates World Quantum Day 2024

A quantum particle in a superposition of states, symbolizing the inherent uncertainty in quantum measurements. Generative Ai.

A quantum particle in a superposition of states, symbolizing the inherent uncertainty in quantum measurements. Generative Ai.

In recognition of World Quantum Day 2024—April 14—the UTC Quantum Initiative kicked off the public launch of a compelling profile of the program that debuted at the American Physical Society’s annual global conference in March. It describes the crucial partnerships and spirit of collaboration behind the Quantum Initiative, and you’re encouraged to view and share the video here.

Also in observance of World Quantum Day, the UTC Quantum Initiative and its partners are offering six weeks of dynamic opportunities to learn about the impact of quantum technology now and in the future.

  • A three-part, weekly “Quantum Advantage” speaker series hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship leads these events, and starts Wednesday (April 17) with Dr. Joe Lukens, formerly with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and currently head of quantum networking at Arizona State University.
  • Lukens’ talk on quantum networking is free and open to the public. If you can’t attend in person, watch the presentation on livestream here.

Introducing Dr. Michael Williams

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to meet Dr. Michael Vinson Williams, incoming professor of history and director of Africana Studies, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 18) in the Guerry Center Reading Room. Williams will give a talk, followed by a Q&A and a reception. Refreshments will be served.

Williams will speak on “Recognizing and Feeling the Human Element of Civil Rights Activism: Medgar Wiley Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Collaborative Vision Plan for Africana Studies.” This will be an opportunity to learn more about Williams and how his work brings academic research, community engagement and program development together.

Click here to read more about Williams’s appointment. If you have questions or need to request accommodations, please contact Julia-cummiskey@utc.edu.


Last Call for Commencement Marshals

We are still looking for additional faculty and staff to serve as marshals at each of our Saturday, May 4, undergraduate commencement ceremonies. This is the first time since 2019 that we will be doing student processions and have a full arena.

We will need approximately 25 faculty/staff members to serve as marshals at each ceremony (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.).

  • Marshals duties include lining up students before the ceremony, leading students into the arena at the start of the ceremony and directing students from their chairs to the stage and back during the ceremony.
  • Marshals will need to arrive one hour before the ceremony starts, so please schedule accordingly.

If you would like to volunteer to be a marshal, please register here and indicate which commencement ceremony(ies) you are available to marshal. Questions or concerns related to commencement marshals should be directed to Charlene-Simmons@utc.edu.


Get your Exclusive Gold Cord Today

To all our Spring 2024 graduating Mocs, congratulations from UTC Advancement. As your status advances from student to alumnus, you have the opportunity to create a lasting impact here at UTC. By donating just $5 or more, you can receive an exclusive gold cord to wear at commencement that signifies your commitment to future Mocs. This small donation can go a long way in helping to fund scholarships and enhance academic programs all over campus. Plus, wearing the gold cord at commencement will set you apart as a proud UTC supporter. Donate today and leave a legacy for future students at your alma mater.

Students can pick up their gold cord at the Alumni House (551 Oak St.) weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Purchase your Power C Pet Leash and Collar

Walks just got more spirited for you and your furry friend with our limited-edition Power C Leash and Collar set. Whether you’re strolling through campus, exploring the city or just enjoying a quiet walk in the park, let your Chattanooga pride shine.

Limited edition Power C pet collars ($12) and leashes ($16) are available individually or purchase a set for $25. With each purchase, you’re contributing to the UTC Campus Excellence Fund which fosters student aspirations and nurtures a brighter tomorrow. Your support enables students to access exceptional learning experiences, learn from renowned faculty and engage in top-ranked academic programs. Click here for more information and purchase options.


The outstanding people of UTC

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in March. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $22,407 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $3,556,119 in external funding, if awarded.

Among those receiving awards in March was School of Education Professor Deborah McAllister, who received $17,500 from the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the project titled, “Inspiring NASA’s Next Generation through Building, Coding and Machine Learning Missions.”

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UTC chemistry alums Christine Rukeyser, left, and Bre-Anna Willis

UTC chemistry alums Christine Rukeyser, left, and Bre-Anna Willis

Recent graduates Christine Rukeyser, an Innovation in Honors student in the UTC Honors College who received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in December 2023, and Bre-Anna Willis, recipient of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in December 2022, have been selected for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program—a highly competitive program that supports outstanding graduate students in STEM fields.

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Dr. Chris Doneski and HAL

HAL® S5301, billed as the world’s most advanced interdisciplinary patient simulator, is a new addition to the UTC School of Nursing. HAL has artificial intelligence capabilities and can speak, mimic many different emergent situations such as strokes and heart attacks, and be utilized to practice numerous invasive procedures. Said Dr. Chris Doneski, “We can make him have a stroke. It can have full facial droop. You can change the eyeballs. It can sweat, it can cry.”

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Political science majors Sophia Chrisco and Kristina Thompson both recently presented their original research at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago. The MPSA annual conference is one of the largest political science conferences in the discipline, with over 1,000 panels.
  • Physics major Landon Boone received a third-place prize in the student poster competition at the Tennessee Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers’ recent conference.
  • UTC men’s golf coach Blaine Woodruff has been selected to coach Team USA in this summer’s Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Tokyo.
  • The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) introduced Beverly Kemp as its new senior compliance officer focusing on research security. She will build upon and develop ORI’s capabilities in export control, research information security and research conflict of interest. She has over 14 years of research administration experience from Lamar University, where she managed research information technology infrastructure and implemented several software platforms to improve efficiency across the university.

Mark your calendar

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting two virtual graduate program informational sessions this week. During these sessions, you’ll have the chance to learn more about CECS master’s programs in Engineering, Engineering Management, and Computer Science—as well as the Ph.D. program and various certificate offerings.

We’ll cover everything from admissions requirements to the application process and beyond. Mark your calendars and join us to discover how UTC can empower you to reach your academic and professional goals.

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Death Cafés have taken off in the United States and around the world as a way to encourage open, honest conversations about death and dying. These events are typically characterized by a loose structure and are held in a neutral environment.   

Join the Honors College Death and Dying class as we host our third Death Café from 3-4:30 p.m. today (April 16) in the Guerry Center Reading Room. Our twist on the Death Café will include stations created and led by students where participants can play games, explore end-of-life decision-making, learn about the post-death body, and more. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Please contact Chapel-Cowden@utc.edu or Jenny-Holcombe@utc.edu with questions.

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The spring 2024 cohort of the Moc LEAD Leading Teams Experience has spent the last 10 weeks examining critical organizational operational areas, discovering new approaches, connecting with a network of resources, and creating a blueprint to help plan for positive changes in their organizations and communities.

Everyone is invited to celebrate and further support our students’ commitment to leadership development at the Moc LEAD graduation and reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today (April 16) in the University Center Chattanooga C Room. An RSVP is not required but is highly appreciated. Desserts and refreshments will be served.

A program beginning at 4:45 p.m. will include brief remarks from a Moc LEAD Leading Teams Experience graduate and others to recognize the students and volunteers.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about Moc LEAD or getting involved.

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The Gary W. Rollins College of Business will hold virtual information sessions about UTC’s Master of Business Administration, MS Data Analytics, MS Management, Master of Accountancy and Business Analytics Certificate graduate programs. The Rollins College of Business graduate degree programs provide flexible course options and exclusive career advancement resources to elevate your education and advance your career.

MSM Information Sessions

MSDA Information Sessions

Business Analytics Certificate Information Session

MBA Information Sessions

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On Wednesday (April 17), the Mosaic Program will host the Autistic Voices Panel, a student-led panel discussing autism spectrum disorder strengths and challenges faced in academia and career. The discussion will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room.

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and the event’s focus is to promote autism acceptance through lived experiences. The demographic of attendees should be leadership, faculty and staff who would like a better understanding of the autistic community; how to work with autistic individuals; and gaining an understanding of the Mosaic Program and the support we offer students and the UTC community. There will be a Q&A session and networking opportunities to ask transparent and difficult questions.

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Get ready to experience a fusion of rhythm, melody and student creativity when UTC hosts Mocaroo on Wednesday (April 17) at Chamberlain Pavilion, starting at 4 p.m. With a lineup featuring 10 student-based performances, Mocaroo offers a dynamic platform for showcasing the diverse musical talents within the UTC Department of Music. From soulful ballads to energetic ensembles, attendees are in for a treat as they witness the innovation and passion of their fellow Mocs.

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The Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship is hosting AI Conversations: An Innovation Exchange between Campus and Community, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday (April 17) at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Mapp Building. Lunch is included; click here to register.

AI Conversations is part of a new series hosted by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Designed to be an inspiring and collaborative forum for exchanging knowledge, ideas and innovations, we aim to foster collaboration, networking and knowledge exchange between academia and industry professionals.

By bringing together academia, industry leaders, government representatives and research enthusiasts, this event will serve as a platform for showcasing the groundbreaking discoveries and innovations emerging from UTC and learning more about the interests and needs of Chattanooga’s regional industry. For more information, contact jennifer-skjellum@utc.edu.

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Dr. Joe Lukens

Dr. Joe Lukens

What is quantum entanglement and what is the future of quantum applications?

The answers to these and other questions around quantum science will be answered by one of the nation’s pre-eminent quantum experts, Arizona State University’s Senior Director of Quantum Networking Dr. Joe Lukens, in a free public program at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 17). The event takes place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s James R. Mapp Building location and it can be watched online via livestream here.

In his talk, Lukens will introduce principles of quantum mechanics, including entanglement, network demonstrations and future applications. It is the first of a series of programming offered in conjunction with and following World Quantum Day on April 15. Lukens has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He served as a Wigner Fellow and Research Scientist in Quantum Information Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from 2015 to 2022.

Click here for more information on the UTC Quantum Initiative.

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The Department of Political Science and Public Service invites the UTC community to our spring Sweet Research series, where we share our research along with dessert. All events are on Wednesdays from noon-12:50 p.m. in 540 McCallie Building Room 462D (PSPS suite).

  • Wednesday (April 17): Dr. Christopher Horne, “Christian Public Administrators’ Integration of Faith and Work”

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The UTC University Club welcomes all faculty, staff and their families for an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Friday (April 19) at UTC’s Patten House, located at the corner of Oak and Palmetto (look for the cannons). Snacks will be provided. Members of the UTC Faculty Club and invited guests may bring their own drinks, with and without alcohol, to the gathering. We will have light fare, good conversation and a chance to meet one another in a social setting.

What is the University Club?  The University Club is a social club open to all UTC faculty, staff and retirees (and their families) and has existed in some form or fashion at UTC since the 1940s. Clubbers meet informally to share goodwill and society two Fridays a month. We hope you can join us! Email patrick-sweetman@utc.edu, the University Club president, if you have any questions.

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The Department of Art, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, is hosting the 2024 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition through Saturday (April 20).

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The UTC Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor Sandy Morris

The UTC Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor Sandy Morris

The UTC Symphony Orchestra will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday (April 21) in the Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

One of the highlights of the concert program is the premiere of a three-movement work, “The Empress of Ireland,” composed by UTC music composition/instrumental music education major Tyler West. West, a junior and graduate of Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia, also plays trumpet in the orchestra.

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The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

The public is invited to the Clarence T. Jones Observatory, owned and operated by UTC, for a free Star Party on Sunday (April 21)—the final Sunday night event of the season.

The evening’s topic will be “The Barnard Astronomical Society” and the featured constellation is The Big Dipper. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with a lecture and Planetarium show beginning at 7 p.m. and telescope viewing until 9 p.m. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

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Please join us for the 1st Annual UTC Earth Day Environment and Sustainability Showcase, sponsored by the UTC Environmental Studies Program, taking place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Monday (April 22) in the University Center Chattanooga Rooms.

Campus and community organizations focused on the environment and sustainability will be sharing information about their organization’s mission and work, and UTC Outdoors will raffle off a free semester-long bike rental. There will be fun giveaways, snacks and lots to learn. You won’t want to miss it. Click here to learn more about the Environmental Studies MocSync group.

Organizations attending include the Chattanooga Zoo, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, the City of Chattanooga Office of Sustainability, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Chattanooga Audubon Society, UTC Outdoors, Outdoor Chattanooga, Sunrise Chattanooga, Southeast Conservation Corps, the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Chattanooga Food Forest Coalition, City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, UTC Student Sustainability Society, and faculty representatives from UTC’s Environmental Studies, BGES and SORT programs.

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UTC Professor of Trumpet Erika L. Schafer and guest artist Brian Reichenbach will headline a trumpet duet recital on Monday (April 22) beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall. The free performance also features faculty members Emma Anderson (piano) and Ethan McDaniel (congas).

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The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) launched on April 1 and was distributed to all student email addresses. This well-being survey is integral to Student Affairs and Health and Wellness programming throughout the year and provides us with many valuable insights. The survey is online and confidential and asks questions about topics such as mental health, nutrition, sexual health, exercise, sleep, substance use and more.

We hope to get our best response rate ever this year so we have substantive data to guide development of responsive programs and services. Students who complete the survey will be entered to win prizes, including an iPad, ENO hammocks, GrubHub gift cards and weighted blankets.

The survey will remain open until Monday (April 22). If you have any questions, please reach out to megan-mcknight@utc.edu or jami-hargrove@utc.edu. We appreciate all your help!

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The UTC Library has used past survey feedback to increase hours, improve study room availability and purchase new materials. Now’s your chance to help make the library even better by clicking here and sharing your suggestions and feedback.

Bonus: you’ll be entered to win one of two $50 Starbucks cards when you complete the survey before Monday (April 22).

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Looking for a fun activity to do on Reading Day?

The COMM Showcase, featuring the best Department of Communication student work from the spring semester, will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, on the second floor of Lupton Hall.

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Registration for the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2024 Instructional Excellence Conference is now open. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, is free for all UTC faculty. Click here to register.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Lang, professor of practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Notre Dame and an emeritus professor of English at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. A sought-after speaker and author of six books, he has given talks and workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 300 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. and abroad. His talks focus on topics such as the science of learning, distraction in the classroom and academic integrity.

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Please join UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) for a free GIS workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 30, in the Multidisciplinary Research Building. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to access free GIS resources available to campus; how to implement GIS in the classroom, research or work activities; and connect and learn about other available services offered by the IGTLab.

This workshop, led by UTC GIS Director Charlie Mix and Assistant GIS Director Nyssa Hunt, is open to all user skill levels.

Space is limited, so make sure to click here and register.


Notice of Final Defense: Upcoming Research Presentations

The UTC Graduate School announced that the following student will be presenting final works of research as an advanced degree candidate. Everyone is invited to attend.


Campus Updates

Attention departments with gas-powered University-owned vehicles or those that get fuel for mowers, carts, boats, etc.

UTC’s current white WEX fuel credit cards expire on Tuesday, April 30. New cards will be available starting Wednesday, April 24.

The cards can be picked up in the Administrative Building at 400 Palmetto, 2nd floor, Room 228J, Debby Corey’s office. Office hours for card pickup are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Departments, please make sure that the person who comes over is allowed to pick up the new credit card, as they will have to sign a document before we release the card. Please make sure the person brings the old card to help us identify which card is needed.

Please call 423-425-5298 or 423-425-4521 with questions.

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A successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) rollout is more than just technical preparation; it’s a collective leap forward in how we operate, ensuring everyone using the system is ready and able to embrace our new technology to its full potential. While we are on a path of being “technically” ready for the DASH transition on July 1, we have thoughtfully determined that an extension is necessary to ensure we are “organizationally” ready to adopt the change. We will be beginning the DASH transition in January 2025.

There are two times a year that naturally fit beginning an ERP transition: fiscal year-end or calendar year-end. The former provides a clean cutover for beginning a new fiscal year but causes challenges for closing out the prior fiscal year and payroll processing. Beginning the DASH transition in January 2025 allows us to finish payroll processing, including creation of W2 forms, in IRIS. It also will allow us to close the prior fiscal year, prepare financial statements and complete the state audit in IRIS.

Extending the timeline for an ERP system is prudent and strategic when an organization recognizes gaps in change readiness and training. This extension will allow time for:

  • Comprehensive user education and hands-on training sessions,
  • Building a solid foundation of support within the organization, and
  • Developing tailored communication strategies to manage significant change effectively.

The DASH executive team has purposely decided the extra time will yield dividends with the long-term success of our transition.

We cannot adequately express our gratitude to the hundreds of people across the system who are giving time, energy and expertise above expectations to make DASH successful. In honoring their contributions, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is prepared, confident and ready for this change.

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Campus Recreation is hiring lifeguards for this summer, and interested college and high school students can apply now. Certification scholarships are available for UTC students willing to work full-time during the summer. Email Chelsey-Voigt@utc.edu or call 423-425-4222 for information about certification training and employment.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hiring student mentors for the GUIDE Mentorship Program.

The GUIDE Program encourages first-year student involvement on campus and in the greater community through personal goal-setting, leadership training, professional development, and mental and physical awareness. The guides (mentors and multicultural ambassadors) create opportunities for participants (mentees) to improve their self-confidence, communication skills and leadership abilities while serving as part of a close-knit and dynamic group. Click here to apply.


Looking ahead

Neva Clark and Corina Vale (photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com)

Neva Clark and Corina Vale (photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com)

This week’s Mocs home athletics calendar:

  • Wednesday (April 17): Beach volleyball vs. Eastern Kentucky, UTC Sports Complex, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday (April 17): Beach volleyball vs. North Alabama, UTC Sports Complex, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday (April 18): Men’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Thursday (April 18): Women’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Friday (April 19): Men’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Friday (April 19): Women’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Saturday (April 20): Men’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Saturday (April 20): Women’s tennis at the SoCon Championship, Champions Club, all day
  • Saturday (April 20): Softball vs. Mercer, Frost Stadium, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sunday (April 21): Softball vs. Mercer, Frost Stadium, 2 p.m.

Looking back

Photo courtesy of Dr. Takeo Suzuki

Photo courtesy of Dr. Takeo Suzuki

Dr. Takeo Suzuki is on a mission to spread the UTC name worldwide. He is also on a mission to bring the world to UTC. Suzuki, executive director of the UTC Center of Global Education, recently spent two weeks in India after being selected as a 2024-2025 Fulbright U.S. Scholar as part of the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program.

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The annual Scholarship Luncheon connected students with donors and honored the generosity of scholarship benefactors.

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Dr. Jose Barbosa

Professor Jose Barbosa was recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences’ Spotlight on Faculty Excellence series.

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Here are some other recent UTC stories featured in the Newsroom:


WUTC Spotlight: Scenic Roots

Student storytellers at UTC create more than one kind of media.

The Roost is a filmmaking club for UTC students and, at 7 p.m. on Monday (April 22) in the University Center Auditorium, will host “The Roosties: A Film Festival by Students for Students.”

A WUTC-FM Scenic Roots feature about the event included interviews with Roost President Lio Mercedes, Lili Ford and Marietta Song.


Be Well Tip: Movement

Movement of any kind is beneficial for both physical and mental well-being. From a physical health perspective, movement can strengthen the body and improve its immune response. From a mental health perspective, movement releases endorphins to reduce stress and is associated with an overall improved mood.

While it can feel hard to make the time to move, it’s important to remember that incorporating movement each day doesn’t have to be difficult. This could include a brief five minutes of exercise, a short break to take a walk, or even a small dance break while you jam out to music. However it looks, opportunities to move exist everywhere.

If you’d like to experience creative movement and the impact it can have on healing and mental health, drop by the Center for Wellbeing on Wednesday (April 17) for our Trauma-Informed Movement Workshop.


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The Day Has Arrived: UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference takes place on Wednesday

This year's Spring Research and Arts Conference will include four presentation sessions from 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. throughout each room in the University Center and creative presentations in the UC Auditorium.

This year’s Spring Research and Arts Conference will include four presentation sessions from 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. throughout each room in the University Center and creative presentations in the UC Auditorium.

The largest academic conference held on the UTC campus is here. The 2024 UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference will be held on Wednesday (April 10) in the University Center. Sponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor (URaCE), the event allows UTC students, faculty and staff to share their research or showcase their creative work with their peers.

This year’s highlights include:

  • More than 290 unique presentations from 650-plus presenters, including 11 students from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
  • Approximately 200 students participating in the Class Visit program, including the first cohort of University High students.
  • The Spring Research and Arts Conference’s first AI panel discussion.

WUTC Spring Pledge Drive Continues This Week

WUTC’s Spring Pledge Drive runs through Friday (April 12)A public service of the University, WUTC is home to National Public Radio programming in our area; local hosts Richard Winham, Ray Bassett and Haley Solomon; and learning opportunities for students on the UTC campus. More than half of WUTC’s funding comes from the community here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.

Please support WUTC by visiting the wutc.org website and clicking the red “Donate” button.


AI for Real: Artificial Intelligence panel discussion in conjunction with UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference

How is AI being applied in the classroom, the workplace and in research? Find out from three UTC faculty and three student researchers taking part in AI for Real, the first-ever panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence at UTC, taking place from noon-1:45 p.m. on Wednesday (April 10). Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch—beverages and snacks will be provided.

The event will take place in the UC Raccoon Mountain Room and is in conjunction with the annual Spring Research and Arts Conference. Faculty and student panelists with AI-involved projects in the Research and Arts Conference will talk about their work and its outcomes.

UTC Chief Information Officer Vicki Farnsworth will be panel moderator. Farnsworth also heads up coordination of the UTC AI Initiative and will provide a status update on the program. Plan to attend and also have an AI-enhanced profile portrait photo made for your use in career or social media purposes. For more information, email UTC-AI@utc.edu.


Bessie Smith Big 9 Music Fest

UTC is one of the major sponsors of this year’s Bessie Smith Big 9 Music Fest, taking place this weekend (April 13-14). The event is free and open to the public.

Our UTC community is welcome to participate. Please click here to learn more.

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Call for Commencement Marshals

We are still looking for additional faculty and staff to serve as marshals at each of our Saturday, May 4, undergraduate commencement ceremonies. This is the first time since 2019 that we will be doing student processions and have a full arena.

We will need approximately 25 faculty/staff members to serve as marshals at each ceremony (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.).

  • Marshals duties include lining up students before the ceremony, leading students into the arena at the start of the ceremony and directing students from their chairs to the stage and back during the ceremony.
  • Marshals will need to arrive one hour before the ceremony starts, so please schedule accordingly.

If you would like to volunteer to be a marshal, please register here and indicate which commencement ceremony(ies) you are available to marshal. Questions or concerns related to commencement marshals should be directed to Charlene-Simmons@utc.edu.


Purchase your Power C Pet Leash and Collar

Walks just got more spirited for you and your furry friend with our limited-edition Power C Leash and Collar set. Whether you’re strolling through campus, exploring the city or just enjoying a quiet walk in the park, let your Chattanooga pride shine.

Limited edition Power C pet collars ($12) and leashes ($16) are available individually or purchase a set for $25. With each purchase, you’re contributing to the UTC Campus Excellence Fund which fosters student aspirations and nurtures a brighter tomorrow. Your support enables students to access exceptional learning experiences, learn from renowned faculty and engage in top-ranked academic programs. Click here for more information and purchase options.


The outstanding people of UTC

Dr. Hamdy Ibrahim

Dr. Hamdy Ibrahim

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) provided its third-quarter report for the 2024 fiscal year, including a downloadable PDF: Q3 FY24 Report.

Among those receiving awards during the first quarter was Dr. Hamdy Ibrahim, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, who secured a National Science Foundation CAREER award for the project titled “Hybrid Surface Coating Toward Corrosion-Controlled Magnesium-Based Implants.” The project will be funded through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program.

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Deandra Schirmer (photo courtesy of GoMocs.com)

Deandra Schirmer (photo courtesy of GoMocs.com)

Deandra Schirmer has been named the Mocs’ new head women’s basketball coach. She joins UTC following a five-year stint as head coach at Valdosta State University. Schirmer amassed an impressive 114-31 record (.786 winning percentage), including an 86-19 mark (.819) in the Gulf South Conference. Her Lady Blazers earned NCAA Tournament berths the last four campaigns, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2022.

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The recent Social Work Day on the Hill was particularly memorable for a trio of UTC Bachelor of Social Work students. Kelli Webber won the statewide BSW Student of the Year award and the duo of Hannah Kean Davis and Emma Shavers won the state policy presentation competition.

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Junior biology major Elizabeth Chatard represented UTC in the College Club Swimming National Meet in Indianapolis April 5-7, qualifying for four events:

  • 50-yard breaststroke (11 seed)
  • 100-yard breaststroke (13 seed)
  • 200-yard breaststroke (7 seed)
  • 200-yard IM (9 seed)

Chatard, who transferred to UTC this academic year, serves as the UTC Water Mocs treasurer.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • On Sunday, Olympic hopeful and UTC sociology major Olivia Reeves won a trio of gold medals at a qualifying event in Thailand, establishing a trio of personal records in winning the 2024 IWF World Cup.
  • Dr. Michael Williams has been named director of the UTC Africana Studies program.
  • The newly elected Student Government Association executives for the 2024-2025 academic year are President Jordan Fall, Vice President Rachel Schreur and Treasurer Curel Jones.
  • Vice Chancellor of Research Reinhold Mann was featured in a Government Technology story about how universities are preparing for quantum computing.

Mark your calendar

This is your spring reminder to drop off any unused or expired medication and let us dispose of it for you. The Center for Wellbeing will have two locations from noon-2 p.m. today (April 9)—in Chamberlain Plaza, providing free Deterra medication disposal packs for home disposal, Narcan, fentanyl test strips and prescription lockboxes; and in Heritage Plaza, with resources from the Hamilton County Coalition and free Deterra medication disposal packs.

Why should you participate?

  • Flushing and throwing away medication pollutes our water system.
  • Leaving unused medications around provides an opportunity for misuse by others.
  • Sharing prescribed medication is illegal and dangerous.
  • It keeps you organized and frees space in your cabinets.

The collection process:

  • Please bring prescriptions in the original containers with your personal information crossed out.
  • Bring prescription, over-the-counter and even pet medication.
  • DO NOT bring needles, IV bags or radioactive medications. Contact your health care provider for information regarding the disposal of these items.

This initiative aims to provide our community with a safe way to dispose of expired or unused medication. UTC also has a permanent disposal box at the UTC Police Department year-round.

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Karlee Ming Jamieson, left, as "Inbetween One," and Maegan Whitlock as "Big One," star in Slawomir Mrozek’s "Out at Sea."

Karlee Ming Jamieson, left, as “Inbetween One,” and Maegan Whitlock as “Big One,” star in Slawomir Mrozek’s “Out at Sea.”

An absurdist tale of survival and democratic decision-making is taking place on the Fine Arts Center’s Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre stage this week. The UTC Theatre Co. continues its 2023-2024 season with its production of Slawomir Mrozek’s “Out at Sea.” Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (April 9-13), with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday (April 13).

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here and through the UTC Box Office—in person or by phone (423-425-4369). Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students (with proof of student ID) and seniors.

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Sponsored by the George C. Connor Professorship of American Literature and the UTC Department of English, the Take Five 2024 lineup explores what it means to be educated in the modern world. Take Five sessions occur Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in the University Center Chattanooga Room. Each session will offer a light dinner, and no RSVP is necessary. Upcoming spring dates:

  • Today (April 9):  Dr. Bryan Hampton presents Julie Schumacher’s “Dear Committee Members”

All books are available through online retailers and at the UTC Bookstore (423-425-4107). Contact Aaron-Shaheen@utc.edu with questions.

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The Center for Wellbeing has spots available for two remaining suicide prevention trainings for faculty and staff this spring. The training provides education on regional and campus mental health data, identification of warning signs for suicide, utilization of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) for identifying risk, and appropriate protocol and referrals for on-campus support. Register for an upcoming session here.

  • Wednesday (April 10): Virtual date; Zoom link will be sent to attendees, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 18: University Center Room 350, noon

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and sociologist Matthew Desmond

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and sociologist Matthew Desmond

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Access and Engagement invite everyone to a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and sociologist Matthew Desmond at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 11) in the University Center Auditorium.

The free public event will also include a Q&A, reception and book signing.

The UTC Bookstore will have copies of Desmond’s books available for purchase. Desmond’s latest book, “Poverty, By America,” reached #1 on the New York Times best sellers list shortly after its release; his book “Evicted” won a Pulitzer Prize. For more information about Desmond, click here.

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The Department of Art, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, is hosting the 2024 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition through Saturday, April 20.

Show 2 artist talks and opening reception: Friday (April 12), 5-6:30 p.m., Benwood Auditorium, Zoom option; reception follows until 8 p.m. in the ICA Galleries and Fine Arts Center lobby. Show 2 artists: Yamman Dean Azzouz, Maddie Benefield, Bryce Cullum, Lily Dixon, Joseph Goodman, Tred Hill, Eli Ladner, Manny Martin, Zoe Rye, Emma Soefker, Andy Tate, Angie Vasquez, Nico Wilcher, Emma Womble.

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The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

The public is invited to the Clarence T. Jones Observatory, owned and operated by UTC, for a free Star Party on Sunday (April 14).

The evening’s topic will be “The Moon is Going Through a Phase” and the featured constellation is Cygnus. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with a lecture and Planetarium show beginning at 7 p.m. and telescope viewing until 9 p.m. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

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The 2024 Technology Symposium, hosted by the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science, will be held on Monday (April 15) in the University Center Tennessee Room.

The Technology Symposium showcases innovative research projects conducted across multiple disciplines, including engineering, engineering technology management and computer science. Students at all education levels, educators, business and industry representatives, entrepreneurs and the general public are welcome. There is no cost to attend. Click here to learn more about this year’s event.

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting two virtual graduate program informational sessions next week. During these sessions, you’ll have the chance to learn more about CECS master’s programs in Engineering, Engineering Management, and Computer Science—as well as the Ph.D. program and various certificate offerings.

We’ll cover everything from admissions requirements to the application process and beyond. Mark your calendars and join us to discover how UTC can empower you to reach your academic and professional goals.

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On Wednesday, April 17, the Mosaic Program will host the Autistic Voices Panel, a student-led panel discussing autism spectrum disorder strengths and challenges faced in academia and career. The discussion will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room.

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and the event’s focus is to promote autism acceptance through lived experiences. The demographic of attendees should be leadership, faculty and staff who would like a better understanding of the autistic community; how to work with autistic individuals; and gaining an understanding of the Mosaic Program and the support we offer students and the UTC community. There will be a Q&A session and networking opportunities to ask transparent and difficult questions.

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The Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship is hosting AI Conversations: An Innovation Exchange between Campus and Community, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Mapp Building. Lunch is included; click here to register.

AI Conversations is part of a new series hosted by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Designed to be an inspiring and collaborative forum for exchanging knowledge, ideas and innovations, we aim to foster collaboration, networking and knowledge exchange between academia and industry professionals.

By bringing together academia, industry leaders, government representatives and research enthusiasts, this event will serve as a platform for showcasing the groundbreaking discoveries and innovations emerging from UTC and learning more about the interests and needs of Chattanooga’s regional industry. For more information, contact jennifer-skjellum@utc.edu.

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Dr. Joe Lukens

Dr. Joe Lukens

What is quantum entanglement and what is the future of quantum applications?

The answers to these and other questions around quantum science will be answered by one of the nation’s pre-eminent quantum experts, Arizona State University’s Senior Director of Quantum Networking Dr. Joe Lukens, in a free public program at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. The event takes place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s James R. Mapp Building location and it can be watched online via livestream here.

In his talk, Lukens will introduce principles of quantum mechanics, including entanglement, network demonstrations and future applications. It is the first of a series of programming offered in conjunction with and following World Quantum Day on April 15. Lukens has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He served as a Wigner Fellow and Research Scientist in Quantum Information Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from 2015 to 2022.

Click here for more information on the UTC Quantum Initiative.

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The Gary W. Rollins College of Business will hold virtual information sessions about UTC’s Master of Business Administration, MS Data Analytics, MS Management, Master of Accountancy and Business Analytics Certificate graduate programs. The Rollins College of Business graduate degree programs provide flexible course options and exclusive career advancement resources to elevate your education and advance your career.

MBA Information Sessions

MSDA Information Sessions

MSM Information Sessions

Business Analytics Certificate Information Session

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The Department of Political Science and Public Service invites the UTC community to our spring Sweet Research series, where we share our research along with dessert. All events are on Wednesdays from noon-12:50 p.m. in 540 McCallie Building Room 462D (PSPS suite).

  • Wednesday, April 17 (rescheduled): Dr. Christopher Horne, “Christian Public Administrators’ Integration of Faith and Work”

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The UTC Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor Sandy Morris

The UTC Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor Sandy Morris

The UTC Symphony Orchestra will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, in the Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

One of the highlights of the concert program is the premiere of a three-movement work, “The Empress of Ireland,” composed by UTC music composition/instrumental music education major Tyler West. West, a junior and graduate of Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia, also plays trumpet in the orchestra.

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Please join us for the 1st Annual UTC Earth Day Environment and Sustainability Showcase, sponsored by the UTC Environmental Studies Program, taking place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in the Lupton Hall first-floor common area.

Campus and community organizations focused on the environment and sustainability will be sharing information about their organization’s mission and work, and UTC Outdoors will raffle off a free semester-long bike rental. There will be fun giveaways, snacks and lots to learn. You won’t want to miss it. Click here to learn more about the Environmental Studies MocSync group.

Organizations attending include the Chattanooga Audubon Society, UTC Outdoors, Outdoor Chattanooga, Sunrise Chattanooga, Southeast Conservation Corps, the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Chattanooga Food Forest Coalition, UTC Student Sustainability Society, and faculty representatives from UTC’s Environmental Studies, BGES and SORT programs.

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UTC Professor of Trumpet Erika L. Schafer and guest artist Brian Reichenbach will headline a trumpet duet recital on Monday, April 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall. The free performance also features faculty members Emma Anderson (piano) and Ethan McDaniel (congas).

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Registration for the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2024 Instructional Excellence Conference is now open. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, is free for all UTC faculty. Click here to register.

The keynote speaker is Dr. James Lang, professor of practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Notre Dame and an emeritus professor of English at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. A sought-after speaker and author of six books, he has given talks and workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 300 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. and abroad. His talks focus on topics such as the science of learning, distraction in the classroom and academic integrity.


Notice of Final Defense: Upcoming Research Presentations

The UTC Graduate School announced that the following student will be presenting final works of research as an advanced degree candidate. Everyone is invited to attend.


Campus Updates

The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) launched on April 1 and was distributed to all student email addresses. This well-being survey is integral to Student Affairs and Health and Wellness programming throughout the year and provides us with many valuable insights. The survey is online and confidential and asks questions about topics such as mental health, nutrition, sexual health, exercise, sleep, substance use and more.

We hope to get our best response rate ever this year so we have substantive data to guide development of responsive programs and services. Students who complete the survey will be entered to win prizes, including an iPad, ENO hammocks, GrubHub gift cards and weighted blankets.

The survey will remain open until Monday, April 22. If you have any questions, please reach out to megan-mcknight@utc.edu or jami-hargrove@utc.edu. We appreciate all your help!

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hiring student mentors for the GUIDE Mentorship Program.

The GUIDE Program encourages first-year student involvement on campus and in the greater community through personal goal-setting, leadership training, professional development, and mental and physical awareness. The guides (mentors and multicultural ambassadors) create opportunities for participants (mentees) to improve their self-confidence, communication skills and leadership abilities while serving as part of a close-knit and dynamic group. Click here to apply.

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The UTC Library has used past survey feedback to increase hours, improve study room availability and purchase new materials. Now’s your chance to help make the library even better by clicking here and sharing your suggestions and feedback.

Bonus: you’ll be entered to win one of two $50 Starbucks cards when you complete the survey before Monday, April 22.

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Campus Recreation is hiring lifeguards for this summer, and interested college and high school students can apply now. Certification scholarships are available for UTC students willing to work full-time during the summer. Email Chelsey-Voigt@utc.edu or call 423-425-4222 for information about certification training and employment.


Looking ahead

John Houk (photo credit: GoMocs.com)

John Houk (photo credit: GoMocs.com)

This week’s Mocs home athletics calendar:

  • Today (April 9): Women’s golf at Chattanooga Classic, Council Fire Golf Course, all day
  • Saturday (April 13): Men’s tennis vs. UNCG, UTC Tennis Center, noon
  • Saturday (April 13): Women’s tennis vs. Mercer, UTC Tennis Center, 3:30 p.m.

Looking back

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson and Chancellor Angle shake hands following the signing of an MOU to extend the sponsorship of UTC’s Future Ready Institute in Teaching and Learning at Tyner Academy.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson and Chancellor Angle shake hands following the signing of an MOU to extend the sponsorship of UTC’s Future Ready Institute in Teaching and Learning at Tyner Academy.

UTC and Hamilton County Schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extend the sponsorship of UTC’s Future Ready Institute in Teaching and Learning at Tyner. The ceremony took place last Wednesday in Hunter Hall’s John Ebb Stewart and Mary Ann Stewart Instructional Technology Laboratory.

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Matthew Rivera proposes to Carly Jessup in the Peeps Sweet Suite. Photo by Mark Stehle Photography for Peeps®

Matthew Rivera proposes to Carly Jessup in the Peeps Sweet Suite. Photo by Mark Stehle Photography for Peeps®

Peeps—the chick-shaped, commonly yellow marshmallow treats are an Easter staple. The candy carries a more personal meaning for UTC alums Matthew Rivera and Carly Jessup. On March 25, Rivera proposed to Jessup in a Peeps-themed suite near Peeps headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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From Monday through Sunday April 1-7, UTC students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated what sets our campus apart from the rest during the annual I Love UTC Week festivities.

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Here are some other recent UTC stories featured in the Newsroom:


 

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