Updates and news for the week of August 30 – September 5, 2022

Football gallery of photos, including running back Ailym Ford, cheerleaders, defensive tackle Devonssha Maxwell and the Marching Band

The countdown to opening kickoff

The 12th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs football team begins the season this Saturday night (September 3) with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Wofford at Finley Stadium. Not only is the team nationally ranked and picked to win the Southern Conference, but the Mocs are one of just five FCS programs with multiple players on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List to begin the season—offensive lineman McClendon Curtis and defensive tackle Devonnsha Maxwell.

Scrappy Wants Your Newsletter Submissions

Scrappy at the Grand opening of new waterfront docks Friday, April 29, 2022 on the Tennessee River.

The Scrappy Newsletter is a weekly email to students that highlights campus events and brief announcements/deadlines. This newsletter is distributed to all students on Monday mornings around 9:30 a.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters. All student organizations, university departments and offices are invited to submit events and announcements for the newsletter each week.

  • Events that exist in MocSync with visibility set as “The Public” or “Students and Staff at UTC” will be automatically included in the Scrappy Newsletter each week if they are added by the weekly submission deadline.
  • Events that exist outside of MocSync and announcements must be submitted via the Scrappy Newsletter Submission Form by 9 a.m. the Friday before the event occurs or the announcement should be included.

“WUTC is now in the clouds, high above the city”

Richard Winham works Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in the WUTC studio.

Richard Winham, one of WUTC-FM’s most popular and longest-running hosts, has been on the air at the radio station since 1987.

Just weeks after the 40th anniversary of its first locally produced program, WUTC-FM/88.1 continued the celebration with its first live broadcast from the radio station’s new home. WUTC, Chattanooga’s National Public Radio Station, christened its new state-of-the-art studio on Monday (August 29), going live from the top floor of the 540 McCallie Avenue building.

“WUTC is now in the clouds, high above the city,” were the first words spoken by WUTC-FM’s Richard Winham at the start of his 10 a.m. show.

Faculty Honors

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, we regularly celebrate the accomplishments of all our distinguished faculty members, and a multitude have recently been recognized for excellence with a variety of professorships, grants and professional leave opportunities and for achieving tenure, promotion or both.

You’re Invited to Make a House Call

Housing drone shots, Friday, April 29, 2022

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage students in their communities outside the classroom.

Housing and Residence Life is inviting faculty and staff to join them for their annual House Calls program on Thursday, September 8, starting at 1 p.m. in West Campus Housing. House Calls gives faculty and staff the opportunity to connect with first-year students early on in their educational journey.

Please register here if you are interested in volunteering. The signup deadline is Thursday (September 1) at noon.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

UTC Cares phone number: 423-425-2273

September is National Suicide Prevention Month—a time to remind the campus community about resources available through the Counseling Center and UTC CARES.

UTC CARES provides on-campus and public resources for students and employees, including a 24/7 crisis response hotline number—423-425-CARE (2273)—created for students experiencing a mental health crisis and allowing them to speak with a licensed professional counselor who can offer emotional support.

Seeking Student Conduct and Honor Code board members

The Office of Student Conduct is seeking faculty and staff members who are interested in serving as members of the Student Conduct and Honor Code Boards for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Service is open to all faculty and staff. Members will serve on boards as hearings are requested and schedules permit. Faculty/staff who have participated during previous academic years are encouraged to continue their participation; there are no limitations on years of service. If you are interested in serving, please click here to register.

Reminders from the Registrar’s Office

The Office of the University Registrar reminds you of a couple of important dates taking place this week.

  • Friday, September 2 (Full Term): Last day for currently enrolled graduate students, seniors, and anyone adding contract courses to finalize registration. Registration form(s) for Individual Studies Contracts or Senior and Graduate Student Registration Request approved by the instructor must be submitted before 5 p.m.  If any overrides are required, they must be entered by the department before the registration can be processed.
  • Sunday, September 4 (Full Term): Last day to drop a class before a grade of W (withdrawal) is recorded.

A list of important dates and deadlines pertaining to registration can be found by clicking here.

CPE Offering Faculty and Staff Workshops

The Center for Professional Education has announced dates for its Fall 2022 Microsoft Excel Workshops and its Fall 2022 Project Management Professional Exam Prep Course. Both courses will be taking place via Zoom.

Course department payment options are available for UTC faculty and staff. For more information, please click on the respective links:

Read to Achieve: How We Go Home

Book jacket for How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America

This year’s Read to Achieve text is “How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous America,” a series of oral histories collected by Sarah Sinclair. “How We Go Home” is available as an ebook through the UTC Library.

The Read to Achieve Committee chose this text because a lot of these histories touch on various topics covered in UTC courses. In order to help instructors who are teaching any of this history in their classes, a list of resources and support materials have been put together.

Meet the Advancement Team

The Division of Advancement, formerly known as Development and Alumni Affairs, is welcoming the new academic year with an open house event where you can meet new team members and learn about their collective approach to building connections and inspiring generosity for UTC.

This Thursday (September 1), Advancement House (located at 605 Oak Street) is hosting a “casual, drop-by-when-you-can” event from 3-6 p.m. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UTC, and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Donahue, senior director of marketing, at amy-donahue@utc.edu.

Seeking Public Service Award Applicants

A scholarship of $500 is awarded annually at homecoming by the UTC Alumni Board of Directors and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs to two individuals displaying the most distinguished service to the UTC campus and the Chattanooga community.

University service can include voluntary positions or positions accompanied by a stipend. Community public service can include volunteer work in hospitals, telethons, counseling, tutoring, environmental services, Red Cross, or any service that is not paid and does not receive academic credit.

Applications must be sent via email to jeff-cogburn@utc.edu or dropped off in person at the Alumni House (551 Oak Street)no later than 4 p.m. this Friday (September 2).

The outstanding people of UTC

Recent graduate Katie Crutchfield was interviewed for a Walker Center for Teaching and Learning Innovations in Teaching video

May 2022 UTC graduate Katherine Crutchfield (pictured), now an academic advisor in the Center for Academic Support and Advisement, recently shared her journey of becoming a first-generation college graduate. Crutchfield was interviewed in the latest installment of the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning Innovations in Teaching video series.

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • The Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Award recipients for the first half of 2022—Jason Harville (Student Success Programs), John Johnson (Parking Services), Nora Ketron (UTC Library), Bill Floyd (Challenger STEM Learning Center), Leslie Ellis (Senior Custodian) and Tish Hubbard (Student Outreach and Support)—will be honored at a University Center luncheon today (August 30).
  • Sherry Marlow Ormsby, executive director of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research (OPEIR), has been selected for the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute.
  • Sylvana Matthews and Felipe Holden were recently interviewed for a News 12 Now segment about the new Veteran and Military Affairs Student Ambassador Program.
  • 2020 UTC alumnus Ashwyn Sam was back on campus last week to share his experiences as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, a graduate student at Stanford University, and a competitive national scholarship award recipient. At UTC, Ashwyn helped lead the Rocket Mocs to a record-breaking launch and award in 2018. The mechanical engineering and mathematics undergraduate is now pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.

Campus Updates

Athletic trainers working on a test dummy football player

The UTC graduate athletic training program is having its first virtual information session of the fall tomorrow (August 31) at 11:30 a.m. If you’re interested in becoming an athletic trainer, make sure you register today.

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

Looking ahead

Events posted to this week’s University master calendar include:

Maggie Shaw and the Mocs soccer team plays at UTC Sports Complex at 6 p.m. Thursday night (September 1).

Maggie Shaw and the Mocs soccer team plays on the UTC Sports Complex pitch Thursday night (September 1) at 6 p.m.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Thursday (9/1): Soccer vs. Tennessee Tech (UTC Sports Complex), 6 p.m.
  • Friday (9/2): Cross Country at the Tennessee Tri-Star Invitational (Knoxville, Tenn.), 8 a.m.
  • Friday (9/2): Volleyball at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.), 10 a.m.
  • Friday (9/2): Volleyball vs. Presbyterian (Jacksonville, Fla.), 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (9/3): Volleyball vs. Georgia State (Jacksonville, Fla.), 11 a.m.
  • Saturday (9/3): Football vs. Wofford (Finley Stadium), 6 p.m.

Looking back

Goat Yoga video; the event took place on campus August 24

Goat yoga, a start-of-the-school year staple, took place as part of Welcome Week festivities last Wednesday on Chamberlain Field. If you haven’t seen Nigerian dwarf goats—ranging between 15 and 35 pounds depending on their age—serving as well-meaning exercise companions, then check out the video!

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

Watch and listen (if you can): The Loudest Party that can’t be heard

Holiday Reminder

Please remember that UTC is closed next Monday (September 5). Have a great three-day weekend!

If you have news, events or announcements you would like shared in the UTC Campus Weekly newsletter, Campus Updates and the University events calendar, please email Chuck Wasserstrom in the Division of Communications and Marketing.

  • Please submit your information by 3 p.m. on Friday for placement in the following Tuesday’s newsletter.
  • The Division of Communications and Marketing will work with campus calendar users to ensure events are properly posted so they can be featured in the newsletter.


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