Updates and news for the week of June 28 – July 4, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of UTC Campus Weekly, an e-newsletter with updates and news about campus and events featured on our online events calendar.

As a reminder, in order to reduce the volume of bulk emails sent to campus, the Division of Communications and Marketing is assisting units in moving the majority of information previously sent through UTCINFO and UTCNEWS to the University’s events calendar or the Campus Updates page. Please visit these regularly to stay updated on campus happenings.

Cheers and More Cheers: Two Employees Honored with System’s Highest Award

2022 President's Award winner Carla Mason and UT System President Randy Boyd

2022 President's Award winner Frank Butler and UT System President Randy Boyd

Two members of the UTC family, senior custodian Carla Mason and management professor Frank Butler, were honored with President’s Awards—the highest accolade an employee can receive from the UT System. The award ceremony took place last Friday in Knoxville.

  • Mason won the President’s Award in the “Excel in All We Do” category, which honors an individual who commits to continuous improvement and outstanding performance by setting high standards, pursuing learning and growth, and recognizing and celebrating quality.
  • Butler, a Frank W. McDonald and UC Foundation professor of management in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, was selected for a President’s Award in the “Bold and Impactful” category. The award honors an individual who serves the state by tackling grand challenges, thinking big, making a difference and serving with purpose.

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Take One Small Step: New StoryCorps initiative is seeking participants

UTC Podcast Lab will be one of the sites for One Small Step

Tennessee Valley StoryCorps is the celebrated podcast and radio series from StoryCorps’ 2019 visit to Chattanooga to preserve and share our stories. At that time, StoryCorps piloted their One Small Step initiative on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s campus.

One Small Step is an effort to get people who disagree about politics to get to know each other through a StoryCorps interview. This year, StoryCorps is coming back to work intensively with UTC on One Small Step.

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Listen: Tennessee Valley StoryCorps

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Will Andrews and Zack Ridder participated in the piloted version of One Small Step that took place here in Chattanooga in 2019, an effort by StoryCorps to connect people so they can remember that people with whom they disagree are human beings.

The Tennessee Valley StoryCorps series was produced and edited by Will Davis and created at The PodLab at UTC.

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Campus Updates

Campus Updates is your new home for campus-related information—a place where you can easily find an updated collection of campus news and notes (items previously distributed via UTCINFO and UTCNEWS listserv emails). Be sure to bookmark this page and visit it regularly. Recent additions to Campus Updates include:

The people of UTC

Larry Guess, a critical care paramedic based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, is working to complete his undergraduate degree thanks to the UTC BAS-AL program.

The new issue of UTC Magazine brings stories of the wide-ranging life experiences, aspirations and passions our students bring to UTC and our community, including a profile on Larry Guess—a critical care paramedic based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, who is working to complete his undergraduate degree thanks to the Bachelor of Applied Leadership program.

  • Facilities Planning and Management is celebrating those who retired during the pandemic with a luncheon/reception this Thursday (June 30) from noon-2 p.m. at the UTC Administrative Building. Retirees being honored include: Linda Sue Stephens, Sonya Davis, Carolyn Edwards, Rex Key, Ruey Rhodes, Roland Sanders and Kyle Thurmond.
  • Best wishes to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Tyler Forrest as he departs UTC to assume his new role as president of Tennessee Wesleyan University this Friday (July 1).
  • Leah Gill, assistant athletic director for digital media services, recently was part of a five-person panel at the Sports Video Group Summit speaking about the Mocs’ ESPN+ broadcasts.
  • Mocs Athletics Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Anne Wehunt was honored by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, taking home second-place honors in the statewide Event Writers’ contest.

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

Looking ahead

UTC will host a public forum for Tennessee candidates for office in 2022 at 7 p.m. this Thursday (June 30) in the Tennessee Room of the University Center. The event is part of a series of candidate forums organized on UT campuses throughout the state by the UT System in partnership with the USA TODAY Network Tennessee.

Looking back

UTC remains the most affordable university in the UT system thanks to a zero percent tuition increase approved by the UT Board of Trustees at its annual meeting last Friday.

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

  • In his first 11 months after joining the UTC faculty, Director of Bands Randall Coleman has increased the total number of Marching Mocs students to 140—a 425% increase and the highest number in more than a decade.
  • For a third consecutive year, members of the SMILE Fund were triumphant in the nationwide Channelchek Research Report College Challenge.
  • 20 students from 20 different countries came to UTC this summer to study entrepreneurship and economic development as part of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders program—better known as SUSI.

Volunteer for Operation Move In 2022

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Housing is seeking volunteers to assist with Operation Move In, which will take place Aug. 17-18.

Volunteer assignments cover everything from greeting students and their family, parking and traffic, and unloading cars. This is a great way to welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students to UTC and help them settle into their new homes on campus.

All faculty and staff volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt and meal voucher that can be used at select campus dining locations.

Sign-up by visiting OMI Volunteer Sign Up.

Watch: The Star-Spangled Banner performed by the UTC Wind Ensemble

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Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Don’t forget: The University will be closed next Monday for the Independence Day holiday.


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