Updates and news for the week of May 21-27, 2024

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Co.Mobility Summit 2024

Are you ready to join the movement? Come join 60-plus speakers, 25-plus talks, 10-plus interactive workshops, four happy hours and 20-plus hours of networking opportunities at CO.MOBILITY Summit 2024, taking place through Wednesday (May 22)—including events at the UTC Fine Arts Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science today (May 21).

UTC students, faculty and staff get free entry. Students should use the code STUDENT to redeem a free three-day pass, while faculty and staff should use the code FACULTY. Book using this link.

This event is one of the largest sustainable mobility events in the country, bringing together leaders in electrification, autonomous technology and infrastructure, quantum, smart city development, supply chain, micromobility and more.

Want to learn more? Click here to view the event agenda.

From the UTC Podlab: Tennessee Valley Crossroads

Communication student Sydney Banks, left, and music therapy student Jenna Puls.

Communication student Sydney Banks, left, and music therapy student Jenna Puls.

“Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-produced podcast that brings classmates together to have candid, unscripted conversations, fostering empathy and breaking down barriers between students from different cultures and backgrounds. Under the direction of Will Davis, students came to the UTC PodLab and opened their lives with stories about their families, their politics and their hopes for the future.

This week’s episode features a conversation between communication student Sydney Banks and music therapy student Jenna Puls talking about belonging.

  • “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” is inspired by StoryCorps’ One Small Step initiative, which brings together to find the humanity in each other.
  • You can listen to “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” on WUTC 88.1 FM every Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and subscribe to the “Tennessee Valley Crossroads” podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

The outstanding people of UTC

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Dr. Deborah McAllister

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in April. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $2,099,867 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $8,390,058 in external funding, if awarded.

Among those receiving awards in April was School of Education Professor Deborah McAllister, the principal investigator in receiving $1,691,885 from the National Science Foundation for the project titled “Graduate Yearlong Experience and Residency for Acquiring STEM Teaching Competencies.”

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Dr. Azad Hossain

Dr. Azad Hossain

Associate Professor Azad Hossain, an environmental geoscientist in the UTC Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science, was the principal investigator on award funding of $299,998 from NASA for the project titled “Remote Sensing of Water Quality in the Tennessee River.”

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From left: UTC Gilman Scholarship recipients Ashlyn Roberson, Bailee Fiste, Bryce Sanders, Kamila Vargas and Kylie Knott

From left: UTC Gilman Scholarship recipients Ashlyn Roberson, Bailee Fiste, Bryce Sanders, Kamila Vargas and Kylie Knott

Five UTC students are getting the opportunity to study overseas after being selected as recipients of the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

  • Rising junior Ashlyn Roberson, majoring in both Spanish and integrated studies (art history and philosophy), will spend the fall 2024 semester at the University of Salamanca in Spain after landing the John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship)—which awards $5,000 for dependents of U.S. military personnel.
  • Rising junior Bailee Fiste, majoring in humanities: international studies with a minor in communication, will be studying in Japan.
  • Rising senior Bryce Sanders is already in Europe visiting the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. He is majoring in psychology with minors in criminal justice and sociology.
  • Rising junior Kamila Vargas will be spending two months at the University of Alcalá in Spain. The Brock Scholar is majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish.
  • Rising senior Kylie Knott will spend six weeks in Florence, Italy. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and plans to pursue a career in art therapy.

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Police Chief Sean O’Brien (left photo) and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Police Chief Sean O’Brien (left photo) and Deputy Chief Matthew Holzmacher were sworn in by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough. Photos by Noah Camacho.

Sean O’Brien, a decorated police officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience, was sworn in as UTC associate vice chancellor for public safety and chief of police at a ceremony held in Patten Chapel.

Matthew Holzmacher, a member of the UTC Police Department since 2010, was sworn in as deputy chief.

Mark your calendar

The UTC Research Institute is excited to announce its next call for concept papers, seeking proposals from talented researchers across the campus community. This round of CEACSE funding is up to three years of support for a total amount up to $900,000 to start a new focus area.

A “Call for Concept Papers” information session will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday (May 23) in UTC Library Room 435. Refreshments will be provided.

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The Department of Chemistry and Physics will continue its Undergraduate Research Program seminar series this Friday (May 24) with a visit from Georgia Institute of Technology Regents’ Professor David Sherrill. The seminar will take place from 1-2 p.m. at Grote Hall 411.

While a student at McCallie School, Sherrill trained with UTC chemistry faculty and was part of the Chemistry Olympiad team that competed outside the U.S.

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New Student and Family Programs will be hosting orientation sessions throughout the summer for all new students entering UTC in the fall, with the initial one-day event taking place on Wednesday (May 22). On average, the University sees over 6,000 new students and their guests throughout the summer program.

  • Click here for the “Save the Date” flier.
  • Click here for the schedule of events for freshman and parent/guest orientation.

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. Thank you in advance for making our orientation program a success.

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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.

  • Wednesday, June 5: Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan (University Center 350), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 11 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, June 19: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Promoting Student Wellbeing: The Dimensions of Wellness (University Center 350), 11 a.m.-noon
  • 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.-noon
  • Thursday, 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, August 5: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (virtual), 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: Suicide Prevention Using C-SSRS (virtual), 3-4 p.m.

Campus Updates

A reminder from the Office of the University Registrar with important summer 2024 registration information …

Faculty and staff, as you work with students, please keep in mind these important registration dates for Part of Term 1 and Full Term:

  • Today (May 21): Full Term: Last day to register for classes including to add a section or change sections. Last day to change from credit to audit.
  • Today (May 21): Full Term: Last day to drop a class before a W (withdrawal) is recorded.
  • Wednesday, June 12: Part of Term 1: Last day to withdraw on a course-by-course basis with a grade of W (one or more courses).
  • Tuesday, June 25: Part of Term 1: Last day to withdraw from the university (i.e. all courses) with grades of W in all Part of Term courses.
  • Monday, July 8: Full Term: Last day to withdraw on a course-by-course basis with a grade of W (one or more courses).
  • Tuesday, August 6: Full Term: Last day to withdraw from the university (i.e. all courses) with grades of W in all PT2 and Full Term courses.

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Save the date! UTC is excited to participate in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s city-wide “Day of Caring” volunteer service initiative on Friday, September 20. Your serving hands are needed to represent, bring together and impact the residents and partners in Chattanooga.

Indoor or outdoor projects may include painting, moving debris or gardening. Interested students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate a preferred volunteer site, and transportation will be available. Additional details, including registration information, is forthcoming.

Email Daniel-Grzesik@utc.edu, the director of Leadership Development and Programs, if you have any questions about getting involved with this volunteer service initiative.

WUTC Spotlight: Scenic Roots

Every year, students in UTC’s Interior Architecture and Design program focus their senior thesis projects on a historic building. This past academic year, the students revisited The Jazzy Buildings—stretching from Market to Broad streets—in partnership with Preserve Chattanooga, the historic preservation nonprofit in Chattanooga.

A recent segment of “Scenic Roots” on WUTC-FM 88.1 featured a conversation with the program’s director, Associate Professor Jessica Etheredge; student Emily Ward, who graduated on May 4; and Todd Morgan, executive director of Preserve Chattanooga.


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