Updates and news for the week of January 2-8, 2024

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Happy New Year!

The Marching Mocs participated in yesterday’s London New Year’s Day Parade in front of a global television audience. You can watch a replay of the parade on WTCI-TV, Chattanooga’s local PBS station, from 2:30-6 p.m. today (Jan. 2).

Click here to read more about their trip across the pond.

Get your event on the Winter Welcome Week calendar

The Office of Student and Family Engagement’s Welcome Week calendar for Jan. 8-12 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 for the Winter Welcome calendar is 5 p.m. today (Jan. 2). The final deadline to submit events is 1 p.m. Friday (Jan. 5).
  • To submit an event, please complete this form.

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.

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.

The outstanding people of UTC

Internationally known musician, composer and arranger Dr. Roland Carter (pictured), who spent 23 years at UTC as a teacher and administrator before retiring in 2013, will soon be honored by Hampton University in Virginia. The Roland M. Carter stage in Robert C. Ogden Hall will be dedicated as part of the university’s Jan. 28 Founder’s Day ceremonies to honor the work of Dr. Carter’s 25 years at Hampton.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Max Teaford was interviewed by Fierce Healthcare for a story about virtual reality and behavioral health.
  • The UTC chapter of the Society of Physics Students has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is the first time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization—a designation given to fewer than 10% of all SPS chapters.
  • Several FCS All-America squads were announced prior to or during the holiday break, highlighted by accolades received by senior defensive end Jay Person—a seven-time All-America first-team selection.

Notice of Final Defense: Upcoming Research Presentations

The UTC Graduate School announced that the following student will present final works of research as an advanced degree candidate. Everyone is invited to attend.

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 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

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

This week’s Mocs home athletics calendar:

  • Today (Jan. 2): Wrestling/Southern Scuffle, McKenzie Arena, all day
  • Wednesday (Jan. 3): Women’s basketball vs. N.C. Central, McKenzie Arena, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (Jan. 6): Men’s basketball vs. Furman, McKenzie Arena, 7 p.m.

Looking back

Dr. Artanya Wesley (pictured) has been appointed the University’s next vice chancellor of enrollment management and student affairs. Wesley, who will assume her new duties on Feb. 5, comes to UTC from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she had served as vice chancellor for student affairs since 2019.

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A final look at fall commencement ceremonies through the lenses of UTC video team Mike Andrews and Sam Blevins and photographer Angela Foster.

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

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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 from the fall 2023 semester.

Rising Rock is a storytelling platform about Chattanooga as seen through the lens of students in the UTC Department of Communication and student media members of The Echo, MocsNews and The Perch.


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