Updates and news for the week of December 19-25 and December 26-January 1

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Season’s Greetings from the Division of Communications and Marketing!

Campus Weekly newsletter will be taking a break for the holidays. We’ll be in “back-to-school” mode for the new year beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Celebrating the Class of 2023

Nearly 700 undergraduates and 130 graduate students received degrees during UTC commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday. In addition, many of the 217 undergraduates and 96 graduate students who completed their degrees in August returned to campus for commencement festivities.

A Flickr link with hundreds of photos can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/utchattanooga/albums/72177720313397346/.

In case you missed them, here are the Livestream links to the three ceremonies:

Call to action! Get your event on the Winter Welcome Week calendar

During Winter Welcome Week Jan. 8-12, the Office of Student and Family Engagement offers a wide variety of events for students. If you are hosting an event or program during the first week of classes, please consider submitting your event to the official calendar found on the Winter Welcome website.

  • To submit an event, please complete this form.
  • The priority deadline for the Winter Welcome calendar is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The final deadline to submit events is 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5.

Email kidron-bullock@utc.edu with questions.

London calling, but if you’re not going …

The Marching Mocs will soon be heading to England for the London New Year’s Day Parade. The parade is expected to have more than 10,000 participants, a street audience of more than 500,000, and a global television audience.

You can watch the parade on WTCI-TV, Chattanooga’s local PBS station, beginning at 7 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1.

UTC MLK Day Discussion and Q&A with Dr. Bernice King and Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz

UTC will host its 11th annual MLK Day celebration on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium Walker Theatre—a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz, chairperson of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Faculty, staff and students should visit the MLK Day page to register for the event.

Ring in the New Year with the Southern Scuffle

Photo credit: GoMocs.com

Photo credit: GoMocs.com

The Mocs wrestling team is hosting the Southern Scuffle, one of the top in-season collegiate wrestling tournaments in the nation, Jan. 1-2 at McKenzie Arena. Duke, Indiana, Oklahoma, Stanford and Virginia Tech are among the visiting teams joining UTC in this year’s field.

Two-day reserved tickets start at $60 (100 level ends) and $75 (padded reserved), while upper deck general admission is $35. For just one day, prices range from $20 general admission to $40 padded reserved. All-session parking is also available for $20. Purchases can be made and downloaded on GoMocs.com.

The outstanding people of UTC

From left: Chattanooga State Professor Anita Polk-Conley, Chancellor Angle, Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, Dr. Steve Davenport and Dr. Sarah Einstein

UTC was selected as the recipient of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s “Community Impact Award,” which celebrates an organization or individual who has demonstrated a sustainable impact that elevates the community’s standard of living and contributes to the overall quality of life. UTC efforts have been spearheaded by Associate Professor Sarah Einstein and Assistant Professor Steve Davenport.

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Senior Caroline Colvin (pictured), pursuing bachelor’s degrees in communication and Spanish, placed seventh in the highly competitive Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing Competition for her Rising Rock story titled “The Road to the Medal.” Colvin, head editor of Rising Rock and editor-in-chief of the University Echo, is UTC’s first-ever winner in the Hearst Foundation writing competition.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Four Mocs volleyball student-athletes—Gylian Finch, Kate Neill, Elaine Redman and Morgan Romano—were named to the Academic All-District team by the College Sports Communicators. To receive a CSC Academic All-District distinction, student-athletes must possess a 3.4 cumulative GPA and either compete in 90% of their team’s matches or start in at least 66% of their team’s matches.
  • UTC communication alum Caleb Figgures was back on campus last week to cover Inventanooga for News 12 Now.

Search Committee Training Now Available Online via K@TE

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.

Mark your calendar

A town hall event will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to discuss DASH, a new ERP system being launched by the UT System and the UTC Budget and Finance Office on July 1. Click here to register for the event.

To learn about DASH, resources, the timeline and other information, visit UTC-DASH and sign up to become a Friend of DASH to receive email updates.

If you have questions or would like to know more about DASH, contact Loman-Martin@utc.edu.

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The Manage My Housing portal will be available through Monday, Jan. 1, for students to change their spring 2024 residential meal plans. Meal plan eligibility is based on earned credit hours. If your fall 2023 credits will change your student classification, please wait until final grades are submitted before you attempt to make a change.

The University classifies undergraduate students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors according to the number of credit hours completed:

  • Freshman: 0-29 semester hours
  • Sophomore: 30-59 semester hours
  • Junior: 60-89 semester hours
  • Senior: 90 or more semester hours

The meal plans are listed by student classification. Please click here for more information.

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The New Student and Family Programs Office is excited to offer several orientation sessions next summer for new students starting in fall 2024. In addition to multiple in-person orientations, we will offer two online sessions that will be open to transfer students, adult students (23 years of age or older) and freshmen by exception. Registration for fall 2024 orientation will begin Saturday, Jan. 20, and can be found here.

If you are talking with students and/or parents and they have questions about orientation and enrollment, please direct them to call 423-425-5220 or email Orientation@utc.edu.

Campus Updates

University Health Services is offering free COVID-19 antigen testing to all faculty, staff and students while testing supplies last in UHS’ Maclellan Gymnasium offices across from the Mocs One entrance to the University Center.

UHS walk-in service is available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Thursday (Dec. 21). Testing takes 15 minutes and results will be given to you before you leave.

Important Note: If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19, please call UHS at 423-425-2266 to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information on COVID-19 symptoms, isolation and exposure.

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Announcing the Harris Chair Innovation Mini-Grant Program, a new opportunity for all faculty and staff at UTC to support innovative ideas and solutions. Applicants must have the intention to pursue commercialization of their work through licensing or entrepreneurship. Proposals for funding up to $5,000 will be considered. Click here to apply.

Who is eligible?: UTC faculty and staff from all colleges whose innovative ideas have the potential for commercialization or entrepreneurial endeavors. Early-stage innovations are eligible.

Application process: Interested researchers must apply by Wednesday, Jan. 31, for up to $5,000 in internal grant funding. Please note that direct compensation to the awardee is unallowable. Awardees can use these funds for supplies, travel or other reasonable and allowable expenses under UT policy to accelerate the success of their ideas, innovations and commercialization objectives. Awardees will be announced by Feb. 20.

Contact Thomas-Lyons@utc.edu or Jennifer-Skjellum@utc.edu with questions.

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The Undergraduate Admissions Office will be hosting the annual Blue and Gold Preview Day- Spring Edition for prospective students and their families on Saturday, March 23. Blue and Gold Preview Day-Spring Edition includes a tour of campus, an academic department fair, a student organization showcase and a residence hall open house.

Looking ahead

Mocs basketball player Randy Brady recently earned Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors (photo courtesy of Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com).

Mocs basketball player Randy Brady recently earned Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors (photo courtesy of Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com).

Upcoming Mocs home athletics calendar:

  • Today (Dec. 19): Men’s basketball vs. Gardner-Webb, McKenzie Arena, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 1: Wrestling/Southern Scuffle, McKenzie Arena, all day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 2: Wrestling/Southern Scuffle, McKenzie Arena, all day

Looking back

Dr. Tony Galloway is hooded by Dean Valerie Rutledge, left, and Dr. Beth Crawford during UTC Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Tony Galloway is hooded by Dean Valerie Rutledge, left, and Dr. Beth Crawford during UTC Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

During Friday’s Graduate School commencement ceremony, 72-year-old Tony Galloway participated in a doctoral hooding ceremony as the recipient of a doctorate in Education: Learning and Leadership (Ed.D.). Galloway was UTC Professor Beth Crawford’s high school history teacher; Crawford was on stage for the ceremony.

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

WUTC Spotlight: The Rising Rock Special

A special edition of WUTC-FM’s Scenic Roots featured the student storytellers of Rising Rock.


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