Updates and news for the week of February 7 – 13, 2023

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Join campus colleagues for a fun Town Hall/QEP kickoff celebration from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the University Center Chattanooga Room. Click here for a video overview introducing “A Moc’s First Year.”

The Town Hall event will help introduce the campus to our upcoming SACSCOC reaccreditation visit (March 6-9) and UTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan. There will be gameshow fun, refreshments and prizes—and Valentine’s Day chocolate, of course. Come on out and be ready to have a great time!

Keep spreading the news about “A Moc’s First Year,” QEP and the upcoming SACSCOC visit

Weekly Roadshow sessions are taking place to educate everyone on campus about the UTC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), called “A Moc’s First Year,” and the upcoming SACSCOC On-Site Review Team visit.

This week’s Roadshow events in the UTC Library’s Southern Writers Room:

  • Wednesday (Feb. 8): 2 p.m.
  • Thursday (Feb. 9): 10 a.m.
  • Monday (Feb. 13): 4 p.m.

Click here for the full Roadshow schedule and a link to the QEP.

UTC celebrates Black History Month 

UTC Black History Month programming includes special events throughout February. This week’s events include:

  • Today (Feb. 7): Documentary Screening of “Eyes on the Prize,” Lupton Hall 119, 11 a.m.
  • Today (Feb. 7): International Tea Time, Lupton Hall, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday (Feb. 8): Documentary Screening of “Eyes on the Prize,” Lupton Hall 119, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday (Feb. 9): Documentary Screening of “Shared Legacy: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” University Center Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday (Feb. 13): Spirituals: Celebrating the Music, Life and Legacy of Roland Hayes, UTC Fine Arts Center Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Check the Black History Month events calendar for a complete listing of activities.

Apply for the Faculty-in-Residence Program

Housing and Residence Life is accepting applications for 2023-2025 Faculty-in-Residence program. A successful Faculty-in-Residence will be interested in living among students in a residential setting and engage residential students outside of the classroom. The Faculty-in-Residence will serve a two-year renewable term. While tenure-track faculty members are preferred, non-tenured faculty members are considered.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15. For more information and to apply, visit Faculty-in-Residence on the Housing and Residence Life page.

UTC Symphony Orchestra to feature four concerto students

Bassoonist Marlee Sanders

Bassoonist Marlee Sanders

The UTC Symphony Orchestra will present a free concerto concert, open to the public, at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 12) at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The concert features four student concerto winners and will be available to watch via livestream.

The four featured students are:

  • Senior trumpeter Meaghan Hibbs, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in humanities (international concentration) with a minor in music performance.
  • Junior bassoonist Marlee Sanders, who is pursuing a biology degree with minors in music performance and chemistry.
  • Junior percussionist Logan Brown, an instrumental music performance major.
  • Sophomore mezzo-soprano Paige Bush, a vocal music performance major.

Music, Life, Legacy of Roland Hayes

From left: Jackson Caesar (photo courtesy jacksoncaesar.com) and Roland Hayes (photo courtesy of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections).

From left: Jackson Caesar (photo courtesy jacksoncaesar.com) and Roland Hayes (photo courtesy of UTC Special Collections).

A renowned tenor is coming to UTC to perform a one-person show on the stage that bears the name of the musician who first presented the music.

Jackson Caesar will perform music by Roland Hayes in the style of Hayes in “Spirituals: Celebrating the Music, Life and Legacy of Roland Hayes” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 13) on the Roland Hayes Concert Hall stage. The free concert, open to the public, is sponsored by the UTC Department of Music and the Division of Diversity and Engagement.

The outstanding people of UTC

“Let’s Chatt” host Andy Santoro, Paige Bush and Logan Brown

Music majors Paige Bush and Logan Brown were live on WDEF-TV’s “Let’s Chatt” to talk about the UTC Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Concerto Concert on Sunday (Feb. 12).

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

Oh say can you sing

The Guthrie Quartet (from left): Will Lowery, Owen Langford, Ryan Berry and Gabriel Hubbard

The Guthrie Quartet (from left): Will Lowery, Owen Langford, Ryan Berry and Gabriel Hubbard

Before a recent Mocs basketball game at McKenzie Arena, Guthrie Quartet singers Will Lowery, Owen Langford, Ryan Berry and Gabriel Hubbard performed the National Anthem.

Leadership Recess: The Maze

Are you interested in participating in a fun group/team-building activity for your department, committee or organization that will help you further develop an appreciation for and a commitment to risk-taking? Do you think you can conquer the maze outside University Center 108 (Center for Career and Leadership Development) with the least amount of collective “mistakes?”

Click here for full details and to sign-up for a 45-minute time slot. You should expect a 2-3 minute overview, 20-25 minutes to conquer the maze, a 10-12 minute debrief and a 5-minute wrap-up. Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu if you have questions.

Learn about food systems over the lunch hour

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Environmental Studies program will present an interdisciplinary discussion titled “Food Systems” from noon-1:30 p.m. in the University Center Chattanooga Room.

Panelists Lucy Schultz (philosophy), Emma McDonnell (anthropology), Mark Johnson (history) and Amir Alakaam (health and human performance/Master of Public Health program), will discuss how their different disciplines explore the dynamic connections between food, health, culture and the environment.

Getting Gritty Resiliency Program

Getting Gritty, UTC’s resiliency program, is a six-week, non-credit course offered through Canvas with weekly group sessions. Through cognitive reframing, mindful awareness of self, healthy coping skills and identified supports, it is possible to overcome stress, trauma and adversity. This does not mean the journey to overcome these barriers will be easy, but the tools learned in this course will assist in the healing process and get students closer to achieving their personal and professional goals.

Students in the course will meet together from 2-3 p.m. every Wednesday through March 8 in the Center for Wellbeing (University Center Room 350). Participation in at least four of the six groups is a mandatory component of the program. Registration is open through Wednesday (Feb. 8). For more information, email megan-mcknight@utc.edu

Financial Wellness February

On Thursday (Feb. 9), the SMILE Fund Investment Strategy Meeting (ISM), an update on the SMILE Fund’s performance and economy/markets, will take place from 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m. in the University Center Raccoon Mountain Room. Everyone who attends is invited to a free networking lunch at Universal Joint (532 Lookout St.) following the ISM. For questions or information, email Hunter-Holzhauer@utc.edu.

The UTC Financial Wellness Center is inviting campus to participate in a month-long savings challenge. To participate, please complete this survey.

  • Once the survey is completed, participants will receive information about the challenge.
  • Everyone who signs up will be entered to win Tiffany Aliche’s (The Budgetnista) Get Good with Money and One Week Budget workbook.
  • Click here for more details.

Love Yourself, Love Your Future

All women of UTC are invited to “Love Yourself, Love Your Future,” a free personal and professional development event from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the University Center Tennessee Room. Register here for the event, which will feature a dozen women—faculty, staff and outside UTC—of varied career paths and progress available to answer questions about their fields and offer tips or advice. Participants will find an array of desserts and coffee they can enjoy while rotating among conversation tables, each hosted by a woman professional with her own, distinctive career path and length.

The free event is presented by LeadHERship at UTC, a women-led campus organization supporting women colleagues with skill-building and networking opportunities.

“Play4Kay” Campus Cancer Awareness Event

The UTC women’s basketball team will be sponsoring a “Play4Kay” game Thursday, Feb. 16, against Furman University. The “Play4Kay” initiative was started by former North Carolina State Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow to bring communities together and honor cancer fighters and survivors in the fight against all cancers affecting women. 

Athletics invites all campus cancer warriors to come to the game to be recognized and honored at halftime. For free tickets, email Laura Herron at laura-herron@utc.edu. Please click here to learn about the Kay Yow Fund. 

Coming soon: UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference

ReSEARCH Dialogues has been renamed the UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference, with the event taking place April 12 in the University Center. This conference provides a place for students to showcase their academic and creative endeavors. The event will feature displays, presentations and posters from UTC undergrads, graduate students and faculty. Community college students and community partners are also invited to present.

  • The submission deadline for poster/arts, oral and performing arts presentations or to convene a panel is 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.
  • To learn more about the program and to register for the event, visit the UTC Spring Research and Arts Conference page.

Chemistry and Physics Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry and Physics kicks off its spring seminar series this Friday (Feb. 10) with a talk led by Georgia State University Associate Professor of Chemistry Suazette Mooring on “The complexities of chemistry-specific mindset beliefs of undergraduate students.” The free seminar, which is open to the general public, takes place from 3-4 p.m. in Grote Hall 411.

Campus Updates

Announcement from the UTC Graduate School:

Rebecca Littleton will present doctoral research titled “Holistic Admissions Review in Physical Therapist Education” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 15) via Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend.

The 2nd Annual Fly for Researchers pitch competition for UTC faculty and graduate student innovators will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 19 at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Mapp Building. This event will spotlight ideas that have the potential to be commercialized or licensed. Applicants must have a validated proof of concept, intend to pursue commercialization or licensing opportunities and have submitted an invention disclosure in IDEA.

Applications are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 24. For more information, email jennifer-skjellum@utc.edu.

Come learn about Innovations in Honors, UTC’s honors program for existing students, at a pair of information sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Requirements, benefits and other opportunities will be discussed during sessions taking place at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Guerry Center Reading Room. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions.

Click here for more information about Innovations in Honors or email juan-alonso@utc.edu.

Mark your calendars now for I Love UTC Week 2023, taking place March 20-24. This is a time to celebrate all that makes UTC special. There will be a variety of activities and special events for all members of the Mocs family, whether faculty, staff, student, alumni or friend. The full calendar of events will be shared soon. If your office is hosting a program during the week of March 20-24 that would be appropriate to include on the I Love UTC Week calendar, email laura-cagle@utc.edu.

The International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security—ISDFS 2023—will be held both online and in person at UTC on May 11-12. This symposium has been supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers since 2016. All papers approved by the referees and presented at the symposium will be sent for publication in the IEEE Xplore library. For information or questions, email Asaf-Varol@utc.edu.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting a Marble Roller Coaster engineering design competition for middle school and high school students on Friday, March 10. The event runs from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room.

Click here to register to attend. Email CECS-SuccessCenter@utc.edu for more information.

UTC Campus Recreation has opened registration for its Mocs Adventure Summer Camp, Summer Pool Parties and Summer Youth Swim Lessons. Slots are expected to fill up quickly, so don’t delay in booking your child’s spots. For questions or additional information, email CampusRec@utc.edu.

Mocs Adventure Summer Camp  |  Youth Swim Lessons  Pool Parties

The spring deadline applications for Experiential Learning Designation are Friday, Feb. 24, and Friday, March 24. The growing list of over 200 designated classes and experiences can be found at www.utc.edu/beyond, along with more information about the designation process. Email bengt-carlson@utc.edu with questions or to discuss how to develop an experiential opportunity for students and the resources available here at UTC for doing so.

The Humanities Program invites all UTC undergraduates to participate in the North Callahan Essay Prize, awarded each year to an undergraduate whose exceptionally fine essay addresses a subject related to the Humanities (art, music, philosophy, religion, rhetoric/literature, history, theater or interdisciplinary studies that combine these disciplines). Essays will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of professors. The prize carries a $1,000 award. Click here for information and entry requirements and email jose-luis-gastanaga@utc.edu with questions. Essays must be submitted by 3 p.m. on March 24.

The Center for Wellbeing is offering a weekly faculty and staff meditation taking place from 8:30-9 a.m. on Wednesdays. The guided 30-minute meditation, led by Cassandra Riddle, is available both in person (University Center Suite 350) or via Zoom (Meeting ID: 719 0768 8114; Passcode: 1hN5dd). For questions or additional information, email Cassandra-riddle@utc.edu.

Applications are currently being accepted for the summer 2023 cohorts of the Leadership and Instructional Practice (EdD) and Leadership and Decision-Making (Ph.D.) programs, both terminal, professional degrees with rigor and academic depth. Due to the cohort nature of the programs, new cohorts are only admitted in the summer. Minimum admission qualifications include a master’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution (in any discipline), a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all prior graduate coursework and a minimum of two years of professional experience—preferably in a leadership role. The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28. For details, visit www.utc.edu/lead.  

The Honors College invites faculty members from all colleges to submit proposals for special-topics general education seminars to be taught in the 2023-2024 academic year. The Honors College asks faculty to submit classes distinct from those taught in their home departments—classes faculty think would engage and transform students but might not fit easily into a specific degree program. The next deadline for proposals is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Though the application notes that this deadline is limited to Spring 2024 proposals, a few slots remain for Fall 2023 courses. Click here for the application and email William-Kuby@utc.edu with questions.

The School of Nursing will hold a free culturally inclusive care virtual conference titled “Reducing health disparities among indigenous communities, refugee populations, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and patients with disabilities,” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Register for the virtual event by clicking here. For more information, click here.

Jeff Flowers, retirement plan advisor with Empower Retirement (aka Retire Ready Tennessee)—the 401k and 457 provider—will be on campus Feb. 23 and March 20 for in-person retirement planning meetings. Meetings will be held in UTC Library Room 429. Click here to schedule an appointment.

How to Grow Your Research Program

A virtual event for UT System researchers is taking place Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, March 9, via Zoom. You can click here for the event brochure.

  • Register here for the Feb. 15 event, “Supporting Entrepreneurial Thinking through University/Industry Partnerships,” which takes place from 9-11:45 a.m.
  • Register here for the March 9 Zoom, “University Resources and SBIR/STTR Next Steps,” which takes place from 9 a.m.-noon.

Walk 30 Miles in 30 Days

The UTC Employee Step Challenge is taking place Jan. 23–Feb. 21. Everyone who signs up for the challenge and walks 30 miles in 30 days will be entered into a drawing for prizes. To sign up, visit this link or use the QR code above. 

Come view a Spring Star Party

Look through Chattanooga’s historic 20.5-inch telescope. View a show at the Planetarium. Learn about the latest astronomical research. Meet members of the Chemistry and Physics department and the Barnard Astronomical Society.

The Clarence T. Jones Observatory (10 N. Tuxedo Ave.) has reopened, with Sunday night events scheduled throughout the spring. The observatory, owned and operated by UTC, is free and open to the public. Gates open Sunday at 5:30 p.m., with a lecture and Planetarium show beginning at 6 p.m. and telescope viewing until 8 p.m. This week’s topic:

  • Sunday (Feb. 12): Europa the Ice Moon. Featured constellation: Taurus

March Madness

March Madness is right around the corner, a time to support the Mocs women’s and men’s basketball teams as they pursue Southern Conference titles. The tournament will take place in Asheville, North Carolina, from March 2-6.

SoCon Tournament week has become an annual rite of spring in the Asheville community, and it’s never too early to start making plans for the conference tournament. Here are website links for which include SoCon hotel rates.

Looking ahead

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

Emily Coltharp (photo credit: Mike Allison/Chattanooga Athletics)

Emily Coltharp (photo credit: Mike Allison/Chattanooga Athletics)

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Wednesday (2/8): Men’s Basketball vs. The Citadel (McKenzie Arena), 7 p.m.
  • Thursday (2/9): Women’s Basketball at Mercer (Macon, Ga.), 7 p.m.
  • Friday (2/10): Indoor Track and Field at the Samford Bulldog Invite (Birmingham, Ala.), All Day
  • Friday (2/10): Women’s Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky (Strang-Voges Tennis Center, McCallie School), 9 a.m.
  • Friday (2/10): Softball vs. James Madison (Charleston, S.C.), 10 a.m.
  • Friday (2/10): Softball at the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), 3 p.m.
  • Friday (2/10): Men’s Tennis vs. UNC Asheville (Strang-Voges Tennis Center, McCallie School), 5 p.m.
  • Friday (2/10): Wrestling vs. Gardner-Webb (Maclellan Gym), 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (2/11): Softball vs. Indiana State (Charleston, S.C.), 10 a.m.
  • Saturday (2/11): Softball at the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), 3 p.m.
  • Saturday (2/11): Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer (McKenzie Arena), 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (2/11): Women’s Basketball at Samford (Birmingham, Ala.), 5 p.m.
  • Sunday (2/12): Women’s Golf at Tulane Classic (New Orleans, La.), All Day
  • Sunday (2/12): Women’s Tennis vs. Presbyterian (Strang-Voges Tennis Center, McCallie School), 9 a.m.
  • Sunday (2/12): Softball vs. James Madison (Charleston, S.C.), 11 a.m.
  • Sunday (2/12): Wrestling vs. Campbell (Maclellan Gym), 2 p.m.
  • Sunday (2/12 Men’s Tennis vs. Georgia Southern (Strang-Voges Tennis Center, McCallie School), 2 p.m.
  • Monday (2/13): Women’s Golf at Tulane Classic (New Orleans, La.), All Day

Looking back

During the spring 2023 semester, students in Will Davis’ Honors College seminar will be involved in every aspect of editing, packaging, promoting and sharing a multi-episode serial podcast based on the Chattanooga “One Small Step” conversations.

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

WUTC Spotlight: Live in the Library

Big 50 performs in the library in downtown Chattanooga (photo credit: Nessa Parrish)

During a recent episode of WUTC’s Live In The Library, host Richard Winham talked to members of Big 50. Electric guitarist Andrew Gaultier and acoustic guitarist/singer Jake Gunter moved from Louisiana to Nashville with the dream of keeping honky-tonk country alive. The band they formed in 2020 is an attempt to mix Merle Haggard with Metallica.

Be Well Tip of the Week: American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. There are behavioral changes we can make to reduce the risk of heart disease and show our hearts some love. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a multitude of great resources, including guides for reducing stress, sleeping better, checking blood pressure at home, eating healthier and discussing health risks with a physician.

You can also attend the free Getting to Know #OurHearts webinar on Feb. 17 to learn more.


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