Updates and news for the week of August 16 – August 22, 2022

Convocation, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

A big round of applause for the students of UTC

All students, faculty and staff are invited to Convocation at 10 a.m. this Friday (August 19) in the McKenzie Arena.

Convocation is our opportunity to welcome students to UTC once they have moved in and are settling into campus life. We would love to have a great representation of faculty and staff there to make our students feel supported and encouraged by their new Mocs family.

Volunteer for Welcome Week

Welcome Table from Welcome Week includes staff members showing Power C's and swag

The Office of Student and Family Engagement is seeking volunteers for Welcome Week. There are two opportunities to volunteer and help welcome our new and returning Mocs to campus:

  • Oak Street Roast this Sunday (August 21): Oak Street Roast has been the kickoff to Welcome Week for over 25 years. Volunteers are needed to help with various aspects of event management, as more than 1,500 student attendees are expected to participate. Click here to volunteer for Oak Street Roast.
  • Welcome Tables on Monday (August 22) and Tuesday (August 23): Welcome Tables are set up in various locations around campus on the first two days of classes. Volunteers will distribute Welcome Week information, giveaways and water and help direct students around campus. Click here to volunteer for Welcome Tables.

Mentoring the ‘Westies’ of West Campus

Liz Hathaway (pictured), a UC Foundation assistant professor of kinesiology who assumes the West Campus faculty in residence post as the fall semester begins, said she was drawn to that post because “I specifically wanted a predominantly freshman dorm.” She’ll spend her days in class and her nights at home inside a West Campus apartment, just like her students.

“I’m big on taglines, so for West Campus, ours is going to be ‘Optimizing opportunities,’” Hathaway said. “I’m also big on nicknames, so for West Campus, ours is going to be the ‘Westies’ and, hopefully, that will come to be known along with the culture we will develop this year.”

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An Invitation for Today’s engAGING Communities Tennessee Open House

Kristi Wick, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in her Metro office.

Kristi Wick, Vicki B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology and assistant professor in the UTC School of Nursing.

Leaders of faith-based and religious organizations and advocates for aging adults are invited to an engAGING Communities Tennessee open house event this afternoon (August 16) to raise awareness of and better coordinate resources for older people.

The come-and-go open house will feature presentations, information booths from support organizations and light refreshments. It takes place from 2-6 p.m. at the Camp House, 806 E. 12th St. Brief formal presentations will be held at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Registration is not required, but registering will help organizers better anticipate resources needed for guests. Register here.

Kyiv City Ballet Tickets Now On Sale

The Kyiv City Ballet's preview video of Swan Lake, courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet.

The Kyiv City Ballet’s preview video of Swan Lake, courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet.

Tickets for the upcoming Kyiv City Ballet tour performances at the UTC Fine Arts Center are on sale. The company, on its first U.S. tour, is scheduled for performances in the newly renovated Roland Hayes Concert Hall on October 5-7.

All revenue from ticket sales for these shows goes directly to the Kyiv City Ballet. Ticket sales are helping keep a group of artists who cannot return to their country and families financially solvent while they are refugees and guests in the U.S.

Tickets may be purchased at the UTC Fine Arts Center box office or through the Fine Arts Center’s online ticket site.

Calling all Summer Researchers: Virtual Fall Research Conference Submission Deadline is Sunday

Flyer announcing the UTC Virtual Fall Research Conference

Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor’s Virtual Fall Research Conference will be held via the Symposium by ForagerOne platform on August 25-26. Graduate and undergraduate students who participated in summer research are encouraged to present at the conference.

The presenter materials submission guide includes submission instructions, links to presentation templates and the link to submit presentation materials. The deadline to submit conference materials to the platform is this Sunday (August 21).

Honors College Announces Student Research Fellows Program

Alexander Guerry Center, home of the Honors College

In an effort to provide UTC faculty members with an additional source of research assistance, the Honors College is renewing its Student Research Fellows Program. Faculty members in need of an undergraduate honors student to help with research during the Fall 2022 term should complete the Honors College Student Research Fellow – Faculty Application on or before Monday, August 29.

Each fellowship will be funded for up to 100 hours of student work per semester. The Honors College expects to award around 15 fellowships for the Fall 2022 term.

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UTC’s largest federal DOT grant will create electric vehicle testbed in Chattanooga

Chattanooga will be home to the nation’s largest electric vehicle “living testbed,” thanks to $9.2 million in funding for a project proposed by the city and scientists at UTC with municipal, private industry and research partners.

The proposal was submitted by Chattanooga’s Smart City program and its development was led by Osama Osman, Chief Scientist and Smart Transportation Thrust Lead for UTC’s Center for Urban Informatics and Progress and CUIP Founding Director Mina Sartipi, also Guerry Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. CUIP Testbed Manager Austin Harris, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Vahid Disfani and Professor of Civil Engineering Ignatius Fomunung are key contributors to the project. 

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UTC Mail Services Needs Your Help

The UTC Mail Center is expecting record-breaking volumes of incoming packages this semester. To help ensure they can continue to process and deliver your packages in a timely manner, they are requesting that all faculty and staff use the correct shipping address for all incoming packages, including the physical street address of the building you would like the package delivered to.

Please do not use 615 McCallie as your shipping address on packages. Using this generic address causes package delays.

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The outstanding people of UTC

Greg O'Dea, left, and Linda Hill

Greg O’Dea, left, and Linda Hill

Greg O’Dea has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution by the National Collegiate Honors Council. O’Dea has moved back to faculty (in English) this fall after spending 25 years working with the Honors Program at UTC.

  • Professor Linda Hill, the nurse anesthesia program coordinator at UTC since 2005, has been inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.
  • Blake Pierce, a lecturer in Health and Human Performance and executive director of White Oak Bicycle Cooperative, was recently featured in a Times Free Press story.
  • Trumpet player Tizzy Smith, the brass-section leader of the Marching Mocs, was the subject of a Times Free Press feature.
  • 2014 biochemistry alum Janel Fields, now a private chef and a recruiter for biotechnology companies, won the Aug. 9 episode of “Supermarket Stakeout” on the Food Network.
  • Two of the Center for Professional Education’s spring 2022 Society of Human Resources Management Certification Exam Prep students—Akil Lloyd and Lyndsey Johnson—were recognized in a recent Southeast Tennessee SHRM newsletter for passing the exam and earning the designation. Akil is the director of human resources at Cempa Community Care. Lyndsey, a 2000 UTC alum and former Center for Career and Leadership Development staff member, is the human resources coordinator at the Tennessee Aquarium.

If you have news you would like shared in the Campus Weekly Newsletter, please email Chuck Wasserstrom in the UTC Division of Communications and Marketing.

Campus Updates

Among those receiving awards in July's ORSP report were Kristi Wick, left, and Hong Qin.

Among those receiving awards in July’s ORSP report were Kristi Wick, left, and Hong Qin.

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in July. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $2,894,295 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $6,607,422 in external funding, if awarded. Among those receiving awards in July were Kristi Wick (School of Nursing) and Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering).

Other recent additions to Campus Updates, a compilation of campus-related news and notes previously distributed via UTCINFO and UTCNEWS listserv emails, include:

If you have campuswide information to share in Campus Updates, please email Chuck Wasserstrom in the UTC Division of Communications and Marketing.

Looking ahead

We encourage you to use the University events calendar to share information. Events on this week’s calendar include:

The Division of Communications and Marketing will work with campus calendar users to ensure events are properly posted so they can be featured in UTC Campus Weekly.

Looking back

Serretta Malaikham was the subject of a video feature sharing her powerful story.

Serretta Malaikham was the subject of a video featuring her powerful story.

In “Journey to Freedom,” 2022 UTC graduate Serretta Malaikham documented the dangerous and terrifying journey her grandparents made when they fled their home in the Southeastern Asian country of Laos during the Vietnam War.

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

Teaching Teachers

As part of a School of Education partnership, teachers from Tyner Academy, Tyner Middle School and Bess T. Shepard Elementary came to UTC for a back-to-school event.

As part of a School of Education partnership, teachers from Tyner Academy, Tyner Middle School and Bess T. Shepard Elementary came to UTC for the back-to-school event.


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