Updates and news for the week of December 20, 2022 – January 2, 2023 (two-week end-of-year edition)

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

UTC Campus Weekly newsletter will be taking a break next week but will be back in full force for the new year, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3.

If you have news, events or announcements you would like shared with campus, please submit your information to chuck-wasserstrom@utc.edu by 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, for placement in the next newsletter.

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Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence

During UTC undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday morning, Chancellor Angle introduced Dr. Michelle Deardorff as the first recipient of the newly established Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence.

Before presenting the medal, Dr. Angle talked about the creation of the new award.

“Acknowledging the above and beyond the call of duty contributions is something I think we need to do, so I have taken the liberty of establishing the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence. It is my intention that this honor, the highest award I will distribute, will be given periodically at the chancellor’s discretion to a faculty, staff, alumnus or community member who has made extraordinary contributions to our University, to the character of the University, to the core of who we are.”

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Tip of the Cap to the Class of 2022

Fall commencement at UTC was celebrated with three separate ceremonies taking place last Friday and Saturday. In case you weren’t able to attend:

  • A gallery of photos captured through the lens of UTC photographer Angela Foster.
  • Friday (Dec. 16) Graduate Commencement Livestream link
  • Saturday (Dec. 17) Undergraduate Commencement: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering and Computer Science Livestream link
  • Saturday (Dec. 17) Undergraduate Commencement: Gary W. Rollins College of Business and College of Health, Education and Professional Studies Livestream link

Diversity and Engagement Art Gallery

Tamia Spinks, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UTC in May, is the first recipient of the Diversity and Engagement Art Fellowship.

Tamia Spinks, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UTC in May, is the first recipient of the Diversity and Engagement Art Fellowship.

Last week, the Diversity and Engagement Art Gallery was introduced, a collaboration between the Division of Diversity and Engagement and the UTC Department of Art.

In introducing her first solo gallery showing with six oil paintings, Diversity and Engagement Art Fellowship recipient Tamia Spinks provided an artist talk—an opportunity for an artist to talk in-depth about their work, process and influences.

University High Creates New Pathway for Students

Chancellor Angle and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson signed the Memorandum of Understanding agreement at a press conference announcing the creation of University High.

Chancellor Angle and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson signed the Memorandum of Understanding agreement at a press conference announcing the creation of University High.

A college pipeline for high school students who might not have considered a four-year university education is the goal of a new partnership between Hamilton County Schools and UTC.

Debuting in fall 2023, University High is a Hamilton County Schools initiative headquartered on the UTC campus serving students and their families at no cost to them. An initial cohort of 50 high school juniors will enroll in college-level courses taught by UTC faculty and directly supported by high school courses taught by Hamilton County School teachers.

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The outstanding people of UTC

Jay Dale, president of the UTC Alumni Board of Directors, and his daughter, Emma.

Jay Dale, president of the UTC Alumni Board of Directors, and his daughter, Emma.

As president of the UTC Alumni Board of Directors, Jay Dale is tasked with introducing new graduates to the responsibilities of being alums of the institution. Midway through his remarks to the graduates of the Gary W. Rollins College of Business and the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, he took a slight detour to talk about his daughter, Emma Dale.

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Sophomore exercise science major Olivia Reeves won a bronze medal at the 2022 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Jake Stephens, a graduate transfer on the Mocs men’s basketball team, was selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the fourth straight week and for the fifth time in the first six weeks of the season.
  • Congratulations and best wishes to two-time UTC alum and departing Diversity and Engagement coordinator A.J. Davis on his new position as vice president of community engagement for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.
  • The Mocs football team placed a school-record four student-athletes on the 2022 FCS Associated Press All-America team. Jay Person was selected as a first-team defensive lineman, while the trio of defensive back Kameron Brown, offensive lineman McClendon Curtis and defensive tackle Devonnsha Maxwell were second-team honorees.

A Call for Faculty and Staff Participants

Faiza Khan, a UTC grad student in Civil Engineering, is seeking participants from the campus community for her thesis research study titled “Human Factors in Car-following Models.”

This research aims to collect actual human driving data to model realistic human driving behavior. Research participants will contribute to the modeling of a realistic car-following model which can be used to improve autonomous cars and manual cars technology to improve driving quality and reduce crashes. Click here for the survey link.

Campus Updates

Due to a recent change in Chattanooga Police Department protocols regarding their response to traffic accidents, Transportation Services provided information for procedures to follow in the event of an accident.

UTC Parking Services reminds you that reserved parking permits for the spring 2023 semester are available on a first-come, first-sold basis. Click here for the link to the UTC Parking permit purchase website.

The Manage My Housing portal will be open until Jan. 1 for students to change their Spring 2023 residential meal plans. Meal plan eligibility is based on earned credit hours. If your Fall 2022 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 students have 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.

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. Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa State and Purdue are among the teams joining UTC in this year’s field. Tickets for the two-day event are on sale on GoMocs.com

The Office of Student and Family Engagement’s Welcome Week calendar for Jan. 9-13 is jam-packed with programs and events to help welcome everyone back. Follow @utc_engage on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on event details.

  • The priority deadline to submit events for the Winter Welcome calendar is Tuesday, Jan. 3. Events received by this date will be added to the Winter Welcome website before class begins. The final deadline to submit events is 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. Events received after that date are not guaranteed to appear on the Winter Welcome website.
  • Please complete this form to submit an event for the calendar.

A Grant Writing Workshop set for Feb. 2-3 will provide individual, technical assistance consultation sessions. This workshop is highly encouraged for new faculty or faculty who are new to federal proposal development. Click here to register for the workshop and here to register for 1:1 consultations.

Looking ahead

Don’t forget to update the University master calendar to have your events featured in future UTC Campus Weekly newsletters.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Wednesday (Dec. 21): Women’s Basketball at Marshall (Huntington, W.Va.), 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday (Dec. 21): Men’s Basketball at Georgia (Athens, Ga.), 3 p.m.

  • Thursday (Dec. 29): Women’s Basketball vs. Jacksonville State (McKenzie Arena), 7 p.m.
  • Thursday (Dec. 29): Men’s Basketball at The Citadel (Charleston, S.C.), 3 p.m.
  • Saturday (Dec. 31): Men’s Basketball at Mercer (Macon, Ga.), 2 p.m.
  • Sunday (Jan. 1): Wrestling—Southern Scuffle (McKenzie Arena)
  • Monday (Jan. 2): Wrestling—Southern Scuffle McKenzie Arena)

Looking back

The Isaacson family, from left: Jake, Josh, Jennifer, Emma, Jason and Lincoln. Photo provided by Jennifer Isaacson.

The Isaacson family, from left: Jake, Josh, Jennifer, Emma, Jason and Lincoln. Photo provided by Jennifer Isaacson.

Jennifer Isaacson has been going non-stop with four children, education and work—and now possesses a nursing degree.

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

  • Larry Guess, an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter flight paramedic, is a member of the inaugural class of the UTC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Leadership online degree program completing the curriculum and receiving a degree—15 months after the program started and 25 years after his college journey began.
  • “My life changes every four years, so I’m about to go explore some other place,” said Anuja Patel, who graduated with a degree in marketing from UTC.
  • Maggie Shaw, who received a bachelor’s degree in nursing, was a three-time all-Southern Conference first-team soccer selection and a two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year.

WUTC Spotlight: Live in the Library

On a recent session of Live In The Library recorded in the Chattanooga Public Library, WUTC-FM/88.1 host Richard Winham treated listeners to a generous helping of holiday songs from musicians Eric “E.T.” Turner and Jack Endelouz.

Be Well Tip of the Week: Family Boundaries

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be incredibly stressful, whether lonely and isolated or overwhelmed by difficult family members. Although challenging, it can be beneficial to set boundaries with family members (physical, emotional, intellectual, political, time, etc).

  • Value your time and ask others to do the same. Whether you have a prior commitment during a family gathering or can only attend an event until a certain time, setting clear boundaries on your time helps build mutual understanding.
  • Learn to say no. Saying yes when you really want to say no impacts your self-esteem and self-respect and can eventually lead to conflict and resentment.
  • Identify and avoid triggers such as behavior-altering substances, inappropriate topics of conversation and points of contention that lead to conflict.
  • Take a direct and kind approach. If you clearly and calmly explain your stance regarding troubling family behavior and the behavior stays the same, you may need to consider more drastic measures for enforcing your boundaries. 
  • Set realistic expectations for relationships. People engaging in toxic behavior are often resistant to change. It may come to a point to distance yourself from these family members.


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