Updates and news for the week of July 9-15, 2024

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HighlightsPOWER C TOUR DATES ANNOUNCEDUndergraduate Admissions announced its Power C Tour dates for the fall semester:Oct. 3: MemphisOct. 23: KnoxvilleOct. 28: Nashville/FranklinNov. 13: ChattanoogaNov. 2: Blue and Gold Preview Day on UTC’s campus
______SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS FOR WELCOME WEEKOur goal for Welcome Week 2024 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. 18-24), please submit your event to the official calendar found on the Welcome Week webpage. Click here to access the event submission form. The priority deadline to submit events for the Welcome Week calendar is Friday, July 26.More information about submitting an event for the Welcome Week calendar can be found here. Contact Director of Student and Family Engagement Laura Petrus (laura-petrus@utc.edu) with questions.
______OPERATION MOVE INOperation Move In for incoming freshmen and transfers is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, and Housing and Residence Life could use as many hands as possible to make this day go as smoothly as possible for our newest residents.If you are interested in volunteering for OMI, please fill out the OMI volunteer signup form and share the link with others. Those who volunteer will receive a meal voucher for UTC Dining and a signature OMI T-shirt as a special thank you.
______HOUSE CALLS 2024House Calls 2024 will be Sept. 10. This is the department initiative for campus partners to help us check in on our students after living on campus within those crucial first six weeks of school. We will provide resources but also engage in meaningful conversations right at the resident’s door. We would love many different offices across campus to participate so our residents can have a versatile experience.
The training will be from 5-6 p.m. with dinner provided in the West Campus Multipurpose Room. We will be going to all resident spaces from 6-8 p.m. to check in with residents. Please fill out the form before Sept. 9 and communicate with Sabrina Sims if your plans have changed or if you have questions.
Outstanding People of UTCErin Yenawine is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program called “Data Science for the Social Good.”This summer, UTC rising junior Erin Yenawine is participating in an eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program called “Data Science for the Social Good” at Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas. The program has brought together a team of 12 undergraduate researchers from across the country to use data to address economic and environmental issues in Dallas.
______Larry Ward was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2022.Larry Ward, the iconic voice of Chattanooga Mocs women’s basketball, is retiring after 26 seasons. Ward, who was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2022, has called over 800 games, witnessing UTC win 70% of the time. Highlights of his career include 15 NCAA Tournament trips and the memorable 2004 win over Rutgers. Starting in the 1988-89 season, Ward played a pivotal role in bringing women’s basketball to the radio. 
______Check out these Mocs in the news:UC Foundation Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Interim Department Head Rick Dierenfeldt was interviewed about the arrest of former Chattanooga police chief Celeste Murphy by NewsChannel 9 and Local 3 News.Jay Dale, a two-time UTC alum, talked to the Times Free Press about his journey to becoming the new chairman of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.Dr. Chris Cunningham discussed the importance of company culture in a Times Free Press Edge Magazine article about remote and hybrid work.School of Nursing Director and UTC Chief Health Affairs Officer Chris Smith spoke to The Nashville Ledger about the School of Nursing amid the ongoing nursing shortage. Former Mocs infielder Kaili Phillips, now a member of the Chattanooga Steam, was featured in a gomocs.com article for her outstanding 2024 season, where she earned multiple accolades including two-time All-Conference selection, SoCon All-Tournament Team and the Pinnacle Award. She led the Mocs with 15 home runs and a .361 batting average.
Mark Your CalendarHuman Resources provided a series of July staff development opportunities—including a two-session Crucial Learning-hosted program taking place from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 30Click here for the complete list.
______The College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting a virtual graduate program information session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. Please RSVP through the Zoom link to learn more about programs in Engineering, Engineering Management and Computer Science.For more information, contact Mackenzie-L-Clark@utc.edu.
______Campus Recreation is running a faculty and staff summer pickleball league July 16-Aug. 1 from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the ARC’s basketball courts. Click here to register on imleagues.com.For more information, email Campus Recreation Coordinator of Intramural Sports Amy Slagle (amy-slagle@utc.edu).
______New Student and Family Programs will be hosting orientation sessions throughout the summer for all new students entering UTC in the fall, including the following dates:Freshman sessions: July 15, 16, 25, 26Transfer sessions: July 18, 23 (online) … Aug. 1On average, the University sees over 6,000 new students and their guests throughout the summer program.All in-person orientations will have an information desk located in the University Center’s first floor gallery. Please direct anyone with orientation-related questions to the information desk.Please contact carrie-sherbesman@utc.edu if you have any questions.
______The Center for Wellbeing will be hosting a series of trainings for staff and faculty this summer. If interested, please sign up here. The Center’s staff is happy to schedule trainings for specific teams or departments at other times throughout the year. Reach out to megan-mcknight@utc.edu with questions or to request a training.Thursday, July 11: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.Wednesday, July 17: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (University Center 350), 10-11 a.m.Wednesday, July 17: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noonThursday, July 18: Promoting Healthy Sleep Among Students (virtual), 10-11 a.m.Monday, July 22: Opioid Overdose Prevention & Narcan (University Center 350), 1-2 p.m.Thursday, July 25: Mental Health First Aid (University Center 350), 8 a.m.-4 p.m.Wednesday, July 31: Recovery Allyship: How to Support Students Who Are Struggling or Have Struggled with Substance Use (virtual), noon-2 p.m.Monday, Aug. 5: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 2-3 p.m.Monday, Aug. 5: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), 3-4 p.m.
______Photo credit: UT SystemJoin the UT System Institutional Effectiveness (IE) team for the 2024 IE Summit from July 9-11, where data practitioners across all UT campuses and institutes will explore the future of data-driven excellence. At a one-hour virtual session each day, participants will engage with colleagues through insightful sessions on AI technologies, data stewardship and the evaluation of our data dashboards.Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the next chapter in supporting the UT mission through data. Register now to be part of the conversation.
______NOTICE OF FINAL DEFENSE: UPCOMING RESEARCH PRESENTATIONSThe UTC Graduate School announced that the following student will be presenting final works of research as an advanced degree candidate. Everyone is invited to attend.Friday, July 12: Laure PouZoom, 10 a.m., Calendar
Campus UpdatesThe 3,000-plus teachers in Hamilton County need the community’s assistance in securing supplies for their classrooms and our future Mocs. The United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Emerging Leaders Group has organized and is promoting the Ready, Set, Supply Initiative through Wednesday, July 31, to help their academic year get off to a good start. Consider dropping off any of the below items outside Pfeiffer 207 by the end of the month or email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu to arrange an office pick-up. All your donations will be delivered to the Hamilton County School Teachers Supply Hub on behalf of the UTC community. All supplies should be purchased from personal funds. More information about this initiative can be found here. Items needed include wide-ruled notebooks, wide-ruled paper, Dixon-brand number 2 pencils, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, tissues, small glue sticks, pink erasers, blank notecards, and gallon/quart zip-close bags.
______The 2025 UT Grand Challenges Summit will take place Feb. 13-14, 2025, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.Join the UT System for an impactful summit aimed at addressing Tennessee’s most pressing issues. By convening a diverse group of experts and stakeholders to think in terms of wholes rather than fragmented parts, the summit’s goal is to foster innovative solutions and strategic partnerships to drive meaningful change across the state. This is a unique opportunity to delve into interconnected challenges and collaboratively explore ways to advance our communities.The Grand Challenge areas are overcoming addiction, advancing K-12 education, and strengthening Tennessee’s rural communities.The UT System also is seeking engaging presentations from University-affiliated faculty and staff for this summit. Share your insights and lead discussions by providing an overview of your work. Click here to apply to be a presenter; the submission deadline is Sept. 1.
UTC NewsroomRising McCallie School junior Joshua Kim recently presented his award-winning research at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.A pair of local high school students parlayed participation in a UTC-hosted competition into an opportunity to showcase their talents at an international competition. Joshua Kim and Rachel Chen presented their research at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles after winning the Chattanooga Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
______Dr. Aaron Shaheen (middle) stands between John Dos Passos Coggin (left) and Dr. Alberto Luca, the current owner of the Villa Ca’ Erizzo Luca in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, during the John Dos Passos Conference. Photo courtesy of Dr. Aaron Shaheen.Dr. Aaron Shaheen, the George C. Connor Professor of American Literature, and the UTC Department of English were co-sponsors of the fourth biennial John Dos Passos Conference, held May 23-25 in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. The conference celebrated the life, writings and enduring influence of John Dos Passos (1896-1970), an American novelist and artist whose contributions to modernist literature remain significant.
WUTCAn episode of “Scenic Roots” on WUTC-FM discussed rural entrepreneurship.The conversation featured Alex Green of Rhea Economic and Community Development, Audra Kelly from the Southeast Tennessee Development District, Lynn Chesnutt of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, and Allie Schrenker from The Company Lab, focusing on how Chattanooga’s innovation tools can support small businesses in the Tennessee Valley.

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