Updates and news for the week of July 11 – 17, 2023

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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Places Third in Worldwide Competition

From left: Jennifer Skjellum, Dr. Thomas Lyons, Dr. Michael Jones

From left: Jennifer Skjellum, Dr. Thomas Lyons, Dr. Michael Jones

At the recent Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities’ global Triple E Awards ceremony in Barcelona, Spain, UTC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team placed third in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team of the Year categoryThe team was comprised of Dr. Thomas Lyons, Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and professor of marketing and entrepreneurship; Commercialization Counselor Jennifer Skjellum; Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mike Bradshaw; and former CIE Director Libby Santin, who left UTC in January to start her own consulting business.

UTC was in prestigious company, coming just behind the London School of Economics and Political Science, which won first place in the category, and Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, which finished second.

Get Your Tickets While Supplies Last

Tickets are now on sale in the Mocs box office for the Nov. 18 clash against the University of Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in TuscaloosaFans must take one of two steps to purchase single-game seats in the Mocs section at Alabama:

  • Purchase season tickets for the five-game home slate at Finley Stadium, or
  • Join the Mocs Club at the starter level ($100 donation or higher), then click here to purchase

Tickets are on sale while supplies last through July 30. Seats are assigned based on Mocs Club priority points, putting a premium on the Mocs Club membership.

Calling all Mocs: Submit your events for Welcome Week 2023

A message from Student and Family Engagement …

Our goal for Welcome Week 2023 is to offer a calendar full of fun and engaging events that welcome our students to the start of a new semester, and we need your help.

If you are hosting an event or program during the first week of classes (Aug. 20-26), please submit your event to the official Welcome Week calendar found on the Welcome Week website. Click here to access the event submission form.

  • The priority deadline to submit events for the Welcome Week calendar is Friday, July 21.
  • More information about submitting an event for the Welcome Week calendar can be found here.
  • Contact laura-petrus@utc.edu with questions.

The outstanding people of UTC

Director of Music Therapy Katherine Goforth Elverd (pictured) was selected as one of Chatter magazine’s 2023 20 under 40. From her Chatter spotlight: “My 13-year-old self would be proud of me for selecting a helping profession with the ability to use music to enhance others’ physical and mental well-being. … Though I spend most of my time in the classroom, I cannot not mention my weekly clinical work, Trembling Troubadours, a therapeutic choir for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.”

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The Center for Career and Leadership Development invites campus to celebrate Donna Cooper’s retirement after 33 years of service to UTC. An “English Tea Party” will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, July 31, in the University Center Chattanooga Rooms A-B. Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP here by this Friday (July 14) for the event.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Dr. Gary Wilkerson, a professor in graduate-level athletic training and sports injury researcher for more than 30 years, was interviewed by the New York Times for a story about clumsiness and the underlying neuromuscular processes that might be modified to promote improved coordination.
  • UC Foundation Associate Professor of Accounting Nishani Vincent was interviewed for a Financial Management story titled “How to use digital technology to upgrade your supply chain.”
  • The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announced its membership roster for the incoming Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2024. The roster includes Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs Jeff Cogburn, Office of Equity and Inclusion Director Rosite Delgado, University High Principal Arielle Garcia Hayes and Hamilton County Schools Future Ready Students Director Olivia Bagby—who earned her doctorate from the UTC School Leadership program in 2020.
  • Six Mocs Athletics members were recognized in the College Sports Communicators 2022-23 end-of-year awards voting. Deputy Athletics Director JAy Blackman, Assistant Athletics Director Leah Gill and Assistant Athletics Director Jim Horten placed second in the Online Magazine/Special Events Programs, University Division for their work on the Southern Scuffle wrestling program. The crew of Tate Johnson, Abby Walker and Corey Belonzi earned fourth-place recognition for their Jan. 28 women’s basketball introduction in the Pregame/Hype Video, University Division.
  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Katelyn Hancock’s “Polyvictimization and Academic Performance: Findings From a National-Level Study of College Students” was recently published in Volume 38, Issue 3 of Violence and Victims.
  • Alumna Hannah Stubblefield, who received a history degree from UTC in 2018, is the new research manager at the Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center.
  • Mocs Athletics announced the additions of Amber Evans (assistant director, student-athlete academic enhancement) and Zane Goedderz (assistant director, strategic communications).

This week’s events

George C. Connor Professor of American Literature Aaron Shaheen is delivering a lecture at 7:30 p.m. tonight (July 11) at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. The lecture, which explores the ways in which prosthetic devices were designed, promoted and depicted in the U.S. during and after WWI, is based on the book Shaheen wrote titled, “Great War Prostheses in American Literature and Culture.”

The event can be viewed live via this registration link.

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Certified Financial Planner Celeste Friend, UTC’s local Optional Retirement Program and 403b Voya representative, will be on campus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today (July 11) in Room 429 of the UTC Library. She will be available to discuss your ORP and 403b accounts and what retirement looks like for you. To schedule a private and confidential consultation, email Celeste.Friend@Voyafa.com or call (423) 777-1591.

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Human Resources provided a series of July staff development opportunities, including a pair of webinars taking place today (July 11).

  • “Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t For Other People,” featuring Connie Podesta, takes you inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day. Click here to register for this webinar, which takes place from 2-3 p.m.
  • When we make assumptions about how other people expect to be treated, we can easily make a faux pas. A presentation and discussion titled “Business Etiquette,” which takes place from 3-4 p.m., will show how we avoid providing specific etiquette rules by instead exploring how to keep our antennae alert to what is appropriate for the setting in which we are working. Click here to register.

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In order to provide new transfer students and their guests with the most information in a limited time frame, New Student and Family Programs is holding a UTC Student Services Fair from 8-9 a.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room during check-in for all in-person transfer orientation sessions on Thursday (July 13) and Aug. 1.

If your office or area provides a service or program that would be beneficial to an incoming transfer student, please consider attending the Student Services Fair. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by emailing your name and program and/or department to Carrie-Sherbesman@utc.edu.

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The Testing Center is looking for individuals interested in helping with the administration of the ACT on UTC’s campus. This is a paid position, and proctors and room supervisors are needed for the test this Saturday (July 15). If you are interested in working, email cathy-jackson@utc.edu.

Campus Rec Invites You to Pickleball

Campus Recreation asks: Want to try the fastest-growing sport in the U.S.? Campus Rec is hosting a series of pickleball clinics this summer, and no experience is necessary for the beginner clinics.

The clinics are free to those with active memberships to Campus Recreation. Participants should bring their tennis shoes and meet at the ARC’s north basketball court; Campus Rec will provide the paddles.

  • Thursday (July 13): Beginner clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the basics and how to play.
  • Thursday, July 20: Beginner clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 24: Advanced techniques and strategies, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27: Beginner clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 31: Beginner clinic, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 3: Advanced techniques and strategies, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 7: Advanced techniques and strategies, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 10: Beginner clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the next Brown Bag Lunch

The next UTC Research Institute brown bag lunch will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, in the UTC Library Southern Writers Room. Each brown bag lunch is designed to engage faculty and staff across campus in identifying opportunities for collaboration.

Calling all kids to Scrappy’s Kids Club

Do you know a young Mocs fan? Now is their chance to join our team and get in on all the fun-filled action that Mocs Athletics has to offer.

Scrappy’s Kids Club is the official kids club of Chattanooga Athletics and membership is open to all kids in 8th grade and under for only $15. Memberships include Mocs swag, free tickets to select home athletic events, exclusive events and opportunities, monthly emailed newsletters and more. Click here to purchase a membership.

Volunteer for Operation Move In

Housing and Residence Life is seeking volunteers to assist with Operation Move In, which will take place on Aug. 16-17.

Volunteer assignments cover everything from greeting students and their families, parking and traffic, and unloading cars. This is a great way to welcome our incoming freshmen and transfer students to UTC and help them settle into their new homes on campus. Each faculty/staff volunteer will receive a free T-shirt and meal voucher that can be used at select campus dining locations.

The sign-up form can be found on the Operation Move In page or by using the link here.

Doing Business in Portugal and Spain

Space is still available in International Business Experience: Portugal and Spain, a fall 2023 course open to all UTC students. This course, which is being led by Professor Bento Lobo, has no prerequisite and includes a 10-day study trip to Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain.

Students earn three credit hours on the undergraduate level (MGT 4950) or graduate level (MGT 5950). Submit a course application as soon as possible to be considered. For more information, contact COBInternational@utc.edu or visit COB International Programs.

Campus Updates

This summer, UTC will be rolling out a new events calendar using software from Localist. The new UTC calendar will enable members of the campus community to easily share, manage and publicize events from a single, convenient platform. Event information shared via this platform also is accessible to the public.

In addition to enabling easily adding an event to the calendar, the platform will automatically incorporate events from other calendars—such as events hosted by Mocs Athletics, the UTC Library and more. The new calendar tool will offer:

  • Ease of use
  • Customizability
  • Possibility of improved engagement/turnout at campus events

Teams involved with the project are in the final stages of development.

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The UTC women’s basketball program is holding a series of camps this summer. Kids Camp, which takes place July 17-20, is open to boys and girls 7-14 years old. Kids will get an opportunity to enhance offensive and defensive fundamental skills while learning from the 2023 Southern Conference women’s basketball champions.

Click here to register online. For more information, contact tyler-r-clark@utc.edu. Please note: Medical forms are required for all camps and can be found via the registration link.

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The UTC Volleyball program is offering a 10% discount to all faculty, staff and students for the following volleyball summer camps:

  • Middle School Day Camp: July 19-20
  • High School Advanced Camp: July 19

Click here to register online. For more information, contact julie-torbettthomas@utc.edu.

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UTC Campus Recreation is hosting a series of family nights at the Aquatic and Recreation Center this summer open to all faculty and staff, with the next event taking place Aug. 11. Come on out for games in the gym and try out the pool and the rock-climbing wall.

  • The cost for non-ARC members is $10 per person. Adult guests must show their UTC photo ID.
  • Click here to learn about Campus Rec memberships.
  • For more information, email colleen-houghton@utc.edu.

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The Institute of Internal Auditors Chattanooga chapter is hosting a networking event and student night from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, in 540 McCallie Ave. Building Room 104. The event is open to all business and computer science majors who are interested in learning about careers in internal audit. Dinner is provided and chapter members from several large employers will be in attendance, including those in the corporate, nonprofit and governmental spaces. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, particularly those majoring in accounting, finance or computer science, to learn about the industry and network with hiring managers in an informal setting. Seating is limited and registration is required. | Calendar Info

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“The First Amendment, the Academy, and the Media: Restoring a Marketplace of Ideas,” is the topic of the 13th Annual Dr. Richard Gruetzemacher Constitution Day Lecture Series, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the University Center Tennessee Room. The lecture series is presented by the UTC Center for Reflective Citizenship.

The featured speaker is Joshua Dunn, the inaugural executive director of the Institute of American Civics at the Howard H. Baker School for Public Policy and Public Affairs. For more information, contact the Center for Reflective Citizenship at crc@utc.edu or call 423-425-5603. | Calendar Info

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Mocs Card Services is issuing new ID cards to all faculty, staff, and students. As campus card readers are being replaced, this new card will be necessary for door access and use.

The ID Office summer hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please anticipate a higher-than-normal volume of customers on Orientation days.

What is the difference in the current Mocs Card and the NEW Mocs Card? The new Mocs Card is embedded with an RFID chip (tap technology) that will coincide with the installation of new card readers across campus.

  • Bring your current Mocs Card to the ID Office in University Center Room 262 to exchange for the new card.
  • If you do not bring your current ID, there is a $30 replacement fee. Replacement fees are processed in the Bursar’s Office (University Center Room 274).
  • Contact Mocs Card Services (423-425-5819) or the ID Office (423-425-2218) with questions.

Looking back

Katie Streber and her daughter, Joy.

Katie Streber and her daughter, Joy.

Katie Streber overcame drugs, jail and uncertainty to graduate summa cum laude from UTC in May with a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies, focusing on social work and criminal justice. She has been accepted into the UTC graduate school and plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.

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

WUTC Spotlight: Bonnaroo 2023

Maddy O'Neal at Bonnaroo (photo credit: Nessa Parrish/WUTC)

Maddy O’Neal at Bonnaroo (photo credit: Nessa Parrish/WUTC)

WUTC-FM’s Haley Solomon sat down for an extended interview with Denver-based electronic DJ and producer Maddy O’Neal at Bonnaroo 2023.

UTC Student Lens: Miss Nola’s Gumbo

From Rising Rock: If you happen to be rolling down Brainerd Road on a Saturday afternoon, you may find multiple generations of the Taylor family packed into their food truck, stirring up some authentic cajun cuisine. Tacia Taylor, affectionately called ‘Miss Nola’ by some in the community, runs Nola Girls Gumbo while also working a nine-to-five and running a nonprofit organization. Taylor is no stranger to the food industry; her parents opened their restaurant in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans when she was just thirteen years old.

“It is a family affair,” Taylor says. “Anytime you come on the truck, you’re gonna see myself, my husband, my sisters, my brothers, my children. We’ve learned that from my parents, of course.”

Click here to see Rising Rock’s Miss Nola’s Gumbo, filmed by Cassandra Castillo and Seth Carpenter.

  • Rising Rock features student-developed non-fiction stories about greater Chattanooga. The site is a combined effort of the Department of Communication and UTC student media—including The Echo (student newspaper), MocsNews (student video news program) and The Perch (student digital radio station).


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