Updates and news for the week of July 12 – July 18, 2022

Hunter Hall renovation, Tuesday, July, 5, 2022

Hunter Hall pre-construction, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

Hunter Hall now and then: Photos taken in July 2022 (top) and December 2020 as part of the timeline of the renovation.

Out with the old, in with the new: Renovated Hunter Hall Unveils Its Modern Look

The hint-of-mint green wall tiles are gone. So are the iconic wall lockers.

The heating and air conditioning systems are more energy efficient. State-of-the-art technology takes advantage of the digital world.

The $13.9-million upgrading of the 65-year-old Hunter Hall, which began in December 2020, is almost complete.

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Young Alum’s Career Path Takes Her from UTC to D.C.

Fall '21 UTC grad Nicki Messer, standing in front of the White House, is now a congressional staff assistant in Washington, D.C.

Fall ’21 UTC grad Nicki Messer, standing in front of the White House, is now a congressional staff assistant in Washington, D.C.

Last December, Nicki Messer walked across the McKenzie Arena stage in receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science. Now, she walks to work in Washington, D.C., as a congressional staff assistant.

Messer is eager to share her experience with students who are considering careers in public service.

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The people of UTC

Kenyon Wilson, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 in the Roland Hays theatre in the Fine Arts Center

Kenyon Wilson (pictured) has been named interim head of Performing Arts, succeeding Stuart Benkert—the new dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Success at Colorado State University Pueblo.

  • New additions to the UTC music department include Robert Truan (assistant director of bands) and Christina Watson (clinical coordinator of music therapy).
  • Professors Henry Spratt (Biology, Geology and Environmental Science) and David Levine (Physical Therapy) recently sat down with Infection Control Today to discuss the posters they presented at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2022 Annual Conference.
  • Anthropology Assistant Professor Morgan Smith will give a virtual lecture on submerged archaeological sites in Tennessee on July 21. The lecture is part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Archaeology monthly series.
  • Former Mocs offensive lineman/New England Patriots first-round draft pick Cole Strange shared Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year honors. Strange earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in December 2020 and immediately began pursuing a master’s in engineering management, carrying a 3.83 GPA in the endeavor during two playing seasons in spring 2021 and fall 2021.
  • Renee Murley, director of the UTC School of Education, has been appointed head of school at Chattanooga’s Boyd Buchanan School, effective Aug. 1.

If you have people news you would like shared in the Campus Weekly Newsletter, please email Chuck Wasserstrom in the UTC Division of Communications and Marketing.

Campus Updates

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Looking ahead

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Looking back

During his time as a UTC student, Jerrod Niles, seen here standing in front of the UTC Library, chose the work of artist Amanda Brazier for his multimedia project, “The Field Below.”

During his time as a UTC student, 2022 graduate Jerrod Niles (pictured) chose the work of artist Amanda Brazier for his multimedia project, “The Field Below.” Niles placed in the Top 10 in the national Hearst Multimedia Narrative Storytelling Competition for college students.

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

  • Senior business management student Taylor Bean has created the What’sNxt app, which uses information from personality tests, personal interest quizzes, skills assessments and similar sources to offer career choice options.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Jermillya Farris, Erlanger Health System’s Christina Culbreath and critical care paramedic Larry Guess are among the adult students in the UTC Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Leadership degree program aimed at working adults.
  • Martha Summa-Chadwick, who earned a Master of Music degree from UTC in 1996, has been chosen as an Honored Artist of The American Prize for 2022—awarded to individuals and ensembles that have shown outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.

Watch/Listen: The Power of Music

Martha Summa-Chadwick sitting at a piano

A “Power of Music” concert involving UTC alumna Martha Summa-Chadwick, an Honored Artist of The American Prize for 2022, was recorded at Cadek Hall.


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