Updates and news for the week of July 25 – 31, 2023

The UTC Campus Weekly newsletter is distributed every Tuesday morning. If you have news, events or announcements you would like shared with campus, please submit your information to chuck-wasserstrom@utc.edu in the Division of Communications and Marketing by 3 p.m. on Friday for placement in the following Tuesday’s newsletter.

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Flip through the pages of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magazine

Stories of UTC and its devotion to community are highlighted in the new issue of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magazine, which is now available online. Click here to read the digital version.

You can view and download a PDF version of the magazine by clicking here.

UTC partners with College Pads to create online off-campus housing marketplace

UTC has launched the new Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) program for the 2023-2024 academic year. Housed in the Office of Student Outreach and Support, Off-Campus Student Services aims to help students find off-campus housing, educate students on their rights and responsibilities as renters, and assist with other needs they may experience living off-campus.

In addition, UTC has entered a partnership with College Pads, which provides an online tool to help students become more educated renters, compare off-campus housing options, and find potential roommates. The link to College Pads’ Chattanooga off-campus housing listings can be found here.

Dr. Sartipi goes to Washington

Dr. Mina Sartipi (pictured), executive director of the UTC Research Institute and a Guerry Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was one of just five distinguished university researchers recently invited to discuss their work with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and other members of the U.S. Congress.

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.

  • The deadline to submit events for the Welcome Week calendar is Friday, Aug. 11. Click here to access the event submission form.
  • More information about submitting an event for the Welcome Week calendar can be found here. Contact laura-petrus@utc.edu with questions.

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 clicking here.

The outstanding people of UTC

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in June. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $1,824,369 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $2,102,002 in external funding, if awarded.

Among those receiving awards in June was Melissa Laseter (pictured), who received $352,519 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project titled, “UTC Student Support Services Program.”

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Lynsey Lawson, left, and Chelleigh Bruce

Lynsey Lawson, left, and Chelleigh Bruce

The UTC Bookstore introduced Chelleigh Bruce as the new store manager and Lynsey Lawson as the new course materials manager.

Bruce has worked with Barnes & Noble Education for almost six years and was previously the course materials manager at UTC Bookstore. Lawson has worked with Barnes & Noble Education for 1½ years and was previously the assistant manager at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Associate Dean of Students Brett Fuchs sat down for an extended segment about campus housing and the creation of the new off-campus housing program with Local 3 News.
  • Center for Professional Education Workforce Development Specialist Will Watson was featured in a Local 3 News segment about CPE’s Medical Career Academy programs.
  • Richard Zhang Endowed Professor of Business Lisa Burke-Smalley facilitated a virtual webinar on emotional intelligence for an employee relations group of engaged U.S. Xpress employees last week.
  • UC Foundation Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Rick Dierenfeldt was interviewed for a Times Free Press story about the new Chattanooga police crisis co-response unit.
  • Mocs women’s basketball player Frode Flos van der Schans will have the opportunity to represent UTC on the international stage July 28-Aug. 6. The redshirt freshman from Amsterdam was named to the Dutch National Team for the upcoming FIBA (International Basketball Federation) U20 Women’s European Championship.

  • Two UTC football players, edge Jay Person and offensive lineman Griffin McDowell, were named to the Shrine Bowl 1000, while defensive back Kam Brown was named to the HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America team.
  • 1990 UTC alum Tom Waters, now a professor and assistant director of startups for the University of South Florida, was interviewed by the Times Free Press for an electric vehicle and battery plant feature titled, “Chattanooga poised to become the belt buckle of the battery belt.”
  • Chatter magazine’s 2023 “20 under 40” included La Paz Chattanooga Communications and Development Manager Lily Sanchez, a 2016 UTC graduate with a degree in communication.

This week’s events

With the summer portion of MOC Academy concluding at the end of this week, Student Sucess Programs invites campus to connect with this year’s cohort at a celebration event taking place from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesday (July 26) in the University Center Tennessee Room. MOC Academy, designed for incoming first-year students, is a year-long program for male students of color at UTC. 

The MOC Academy Scholars will present an assignment they have been working on as part of their USTU 1250 course. Scholars will have their own tables; you can chat with as many as possible. Feel free to bring business cards to share with them as you connect and dialogue about their experiences in the program.

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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.

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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. on Tuesday (Aug. 1) in the University Center Tennessee Room during check-in for all in-person transfer orientation sessions.

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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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 27): Beginner clinic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the basics and how to play.
  • Monday (July 31): Advanced techniques and strategies, 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.

Minority Health Fair Returns to UTC

Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Hamilton County Minority Health Fair, which takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, in the University Center. Known as the area’s largest health fair event, the Minority Health Fair was created to address an essential need: Providing free health services for the benefit of underserved communities in Chattanooga.

Register for free health screenings by calling (423) 778-6598 or online at minorityhealthfair.com.

Campus Updates

A message from the Office of the Bursar …

This message is for all students who are continuing the UTC experience. The process for completing payment of fees for fall 2023 has begun in the Office of the Bursar.

  • Students who have registered for fall 2023 should view their E-Mocs statement via your MyMocsNet account. The first E-Mocs statement was available on July 13. 
  • The last day to pay to avoid cancellation is Thursday, Aug. 10.
  • Cancellation of classes due to non-payment will occur at noon ET on Monday, Aug. 14.
  • Employees and dependents, ensure that you have submitted the proper documentation for the tuition waiver if applicable.
  • All students are encouraged to set up ACH/Direct Deposit for refunds through the student’s MyMocsNet account. Note that a paper check mailed to the permanent address on file can take 5-10-plus days via USPS. If assistance is needed in adding the refund account information, please go to utc.edu/bursar, click the “Video Instructions” tab in the middle of the page, and click on the video titled, “Bursar Series: Direct Deposit.”

If you have any general questions, please contact our office at (423) 425-4781 or email Bursars-Office@utc.edu. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Ensure that anyone permitted to discuss your account has a MyMocsPass Passphrase to receive specific information about your account.

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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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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 eighth 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.

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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 Friday, 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.

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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.

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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. 13, 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. | Livestream Link | 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.

Music to Our Ears

Listen as Alex Singleton (alto saxophone) and Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music Jonathan McNair (piano) perform The Decaying Tree, composed by UTC composition major Malik Norwood, at the spring Campus Composers Concert.

Looking back

UTC alum Hanna Bogner and Guerry and UC Foundation Professor of Psychology Chris Cunningham crossed paths at the NASA 2023 Occupational Health Operational Update conference in Langley, Virginia (photo courtesy of Chris Cunningham).

UTC alum Hanna Bogner and Guerry and UC Foundation Professor of Psychology Chris Cunningham crossed paths at the NASA 2023 Occupational Health Operational Update conference in Langley, Virginia (photo courtesy of Chris Cunningham)

Psychology, chemical engineering and dietetics wouldn’t seem to have much overlap. However, those areas of study came together when three individuals with ties to UTC recently met at a national conference held by NASA.

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

  • Stacie Grisham has been named interim vice chancellor of enrollment management and student affairs.
  • Bliss Murphy’s freshman year, along with the usual load of classes, was filled to the brim. During the academic year, she was a member or involved with 18 different on-campus groups or organizations, including the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Wildlife and Zoology Club, the Ecological Decisions for a Global Environment (EDGE), Healing Through Harmony music therapy group and Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor (URaCE).
  • Jonathan Rush, a 2022 graduate of the UTC Master of Public Administration program, exemplifies how the program helps aspiring public servants build meaningful and impactful careers in their local communities.
  • From University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magazine: The perception of an art degree is changing. While other areas of academic study may struggle in the wake of the pandemic, recruitment numbers are up in the Department of Art at UTC. Department Head Angie To credits some of that change in perception to the state of affairs in the modern world.

Tales from the UTC PodLab

Kendra Satterwhite, left, and Kerry Webb

Kendra Satterwhite, left, and Kerry Webb

“Tennessee Valley Across the Table” is a student-led podcast that brings locals, often strangers with different views, together to learn who we are as people. It is inspired by StoryCorps’ One Small Step program.

In 2022, community members came to the UTC PodLab and opened their lives with stories about their families, their politics and their hopes for the future. This year, UTC Honors students, under the direction of Will Davis, studied the recordings and chose the material that most resonated with them. This episode by UTC biology student Caleb Kulon features a conversation between Kerry Webb and Kendra Satterwhite.

You can subscribe to “Tennessee Valley Across the Table” on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

WUTC Spotlight: The Haley Solomon Show

Moon Walker performing on stage at The End (photo credit: Nessa Parrish/WUTC)

Moon Walker performing on stage at The End (photo credit: Nessa Parrish/WUTC)

WUTC-FM’s Haley Solomon sat down for an extended interview with Harry Springer, creator of the musical project Moon Walker.

Moon Walker performed on July 17 at The End in Nashville.

UTC Student Lens: Gender Equality in Tennessee: The Fight Continues

From Rising Rock: Last December, Elizabeth Watts found out that she was pregnant at the age of 19 and was immediately burdened with a heavy decision; to have her child or to have an abortion.

“I’ve always been pro-choice, but I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way I could go through with an abortion,’” Elizabeth said. “I don’t think I could handle that emotionally, but having got pregnant, it made me consider, ‘Does this kid have a future? Will I be able to take care of it? Will I be able to work?’”

Click here to see Rising Rock’s Gender Equality in Tennessee: The Fight Continues, filmed by Jacob Redfern and Madison Van Horn.

  • 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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