Updates and news for the week of November 1 – November 7, 2022

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Road Warriors

The UTC Road Trip: The Power C Tour kicks off this week with a stop in the Nashville area at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs from 6-7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday (November 3). UTC Road Trip: The Power C Tour is part of a statewide outreach effort to prospective students on academic programs, housing options, financial aid and campus life at UTC.

  • Representatives from the academic colleges, student services and the UTC Executive Leadership Team—plus current students and mascot Scrappy—will be on hand to answer questions and make connections in a fun, relaxed environment.
  • Upcoming stops include Memphis (November 8, DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis), Knoxville (November 15, Hilton Knoxville) and Chattanooga (November 16, University Center).

Blue and Gold Preview Day

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will be hosting its largest campus recruitment event of the year—the annual Blue and Gold Preview Day for prospective students and their families—on Saturday (November 5). More than 1,000 people are currently registered for the event.

Blue and Gold Preview Day includes a tour of campus, an academic department fair, a student organization showcase and a residence hall open house. Click here for a link to the online registration, and email carrie-sherbesman@utc.edu if you have any questions.

Dr. Roland Carter Street Dedication

For many years, the road in front of UTC’s Fine Arts Center has been known to all on campus and our community as Vine Street. On Friday (November 4) at 3 p.m., the street will be officially designated Dr. Roland Carter Street in honor of the internationally recognized composer and professor emeritus—with a reception to follow in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

The event, sponsored by the UTC Department of Music, the Division of Diversity and Engagement and the Chancellor’s Office, will include special performances by: UTC Chamber Singers, Singing Mocs, the Guthrie Quartet and the Chattanooga Society for the Preservation of African American Song.

Haunted Library

Halloween brings out the best—or worst—in costumes, and this year was no exception. The UTC Library held its annual Halloween costume contest for students on Monday, while University Events sponsored a prize for the best employee costume.

The outstanding people of UTC

Senior defender Maggie Shaw. Photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano.

Senior defender Maggie Shaw. Photo credit: Chattanooga Athletics/Ray Soldano.

Following one of the most successful seasons in UTC soccer history, head coach Gavin McKinney and senior defender Maggie Shaw earned top honors from Southern Conference coachesMcKinney was named the league’s Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Mocs to their first-ever SoCon regular-season title. Shaw earned her second SoCon Defensive Player of the Year award.

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Dr. Kristi Wick, the Vicky B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology and UC Foundation assistant professor in the UTC School of Nursing, was presented the Community Hero Award by the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability.
  • Three members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga family—Chris Brown, clinical experience coordinator for the UTC School of Education; Twyler Boykin, program director of the University’s Upward Bound Math Science program; and Dr. Belinda Lee, program director of the Upward Bound program—were recognized for their work as part of the Hamilton County Schools Partners in Education Breakfast last Wednesday.
  • Dr. Hong Qin’s work involves solving the mysteries of aging by searching for patterns in the way human genes work. He does that by using modern tools to examine human genome data from the National Institutes of Health. Put simply, he’s trying to peek inside our biological clock to see how it works.
  • Dr. Dawn Ford was interviewed by News 12 Now for a segment about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the work MPH students are doing to test water samples in childcare centers.
  • Professor of English and Creative Writing Richard Jackson, who retired last spring after 46 years at UTC, was part of a Writers in Residence program last week at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Another Badge of Honor for Nursing Program

For the second time in recent weeks, the UTC School of Nursing has received recognition from a national organization.

EduMed.org ranked UTC‘s program as the fifth-best school in Tennessee for online healthcare degrees and certificates for 2023, highlighting the nursing program’s overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success. A school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject to be eligible, and EduMed.org noted that only 8% of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.

Hatch It! Competition Hatching New Ideas

Join the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (November 2) in Mapp Building Room 213 for Hatch It!—a high-energy competition where students will pitch their creative business ideas. Register here to attend and cheer on your favorite team.

The following six teams will be competing for prizes:

  • Aqua Bella: Timothy Hawn (Music) and Adin Castle (Entrepreneurship)
  • College Cleaners: Brooke McFarlin (Communication) and Alayna Grover (Civil Engineering)
  • Instant Hem: Morgan Powers (Marketing), Kelly Jacinto (Finance) and Tierra Gwin (Marketing)
  • Last Call: Kate Barry (Psychology) and Andrew Crockett (Marketing)
  • Mocs Nest: William Baker (Marketing) and Jacob Cox (Marketing)
  • SinceBirth Apparel: Devin Lay (Business Management) and Jaytonn Hunter (Computer Science)

I Hear a Symphony

The UTC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sandy Morris, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday (November 6) in the Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The fall concert, which is open to the public, will also be available to watch via livestream.

The concert will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale,” written as a celebration of life in the country as Beethoven came to terms with his deafness. Also on the program is Dr. Kenyon Wilson’s “Songs of Distant Earth.”

Project Inspire

The UTC Office of National Scholarships and the Honors College invite you to learn more about Project Inspire—a teacher residency program from the Public Education Foundation that approaches teaching as a commitment to equity and social justice. All majors and class status levels are invited to attend. Two in-person sessions—at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.—will take place Monday (November 7) in the Guerry Center Reading Room, and refreshments will be provided. Come learn about how you could earn a free master’s degree plus certification and residency through this innovative, forward-thinking, local organization.

Notice of Final Defense: Upcoming Research Presentations

Announcements from the UTC Graduate School:

Laura Smith will present Master’s research titled, “The Different Shades of Liars: Four Chapters of Literacy Fiction with Craft Essay” on Friday (November 4) at 10:30 a.m. in Lupton Hall Room 372. Everyone is invited to attend.

Carissa Turner will present Master’s research titled, “Determining Habitat Preferences of Dasypus novemcinctus and Assessing Prevalence of Hansen’s Disease in Tennessee with Assistance from Community Science Data” on Monday (November 7) from 8-10:30 a.m. in UTC Library 118A. Everyone is invited to attend.

James Snuggs will present Master’s research titled, “A Computational Investigation of Predicting Wind Tunnel Results for Selected Hypersonic Wing Test Structures” on Monday (November 7) at 2 p.m. in EMCS and via Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend. 

Taking the Next Step with Jennifer Pharr Davis

From left: Jennifer Pharr Davis, JhéDienne Adams, Wendy Reynoso-Diaz and Lane Gutridge

From left: Jennifer Pharr Davis, JhéDienne Adams, Wendy Reynoso-Diaz and Lane Gutridge

Speaker, author, hiker and entrepreneur Jennifer Pharr Davis will be participating in multiple events on campus during a two-day trek to UTC next week (November 9-10).

Among the events is Taking the Next Step: UTC Pandemic Graduates Panel with Jennifer Pharr Davis, which takes place at 3 p.m. Wednesday (November 9) in the Guerry Center Reading Room. Young alums JhéDienne Adams, Wendy Reynoso-Diaz and Lane Gutridge will share stories and lessons learned from the trenches and mountaintops of being the first UTC COVID graduates, comparing notes with Davis. Refreshments will be provided, and the first 15 students arriving for the discussion will receive a signed copy of Davis’ latest book. The session will be moderated by Dr. Dawn Ford.

Workplace Perspectives

Join the Center for Career and Leadership Development and the Division of Diversity and Engagement for a panel discussion of workplace perspectives at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, in the University Center Tennessee Room.

Workplace Perspectives is a conversation centered on understanding your own experiences, culture and perspective, as well as the perspectives of others. This understanding is important to your success in college and as you prepare to start your career. Please RSVP through MocSync.

See Space for Yourself

 The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

The Clarence T. Jones Observatory is located at 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. in Chattanooga.

Look through Chattanooga’s historic 20.5″ telescope. View a show at the Planetarium. Learn about the latest astronomical research. Meet members of the Chemistry and Physics department and the Barnard Astronomical Society.

The Clarence T. Jones Observatory has reopened this fall, with events scheduled every Sunday through December 4. The observatory, owned and operated by UTC, is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with a lecture and Planetarium show beginning at 6 p.m. and telescope viewing until 8 p.m.

Veterans Day is on the way

Veterans Day is next Friday (November 11), a time for everyone to reflect on the commitments and sacrifices of our armed forces and the service they provide to our country. UTC festivities include the annual TAPS Project, a moving musical event beginning at 9:45 a.m. in which the melody of “Taps” will slowly make its way across campus thanks to the strategic placement of trumpet players around University grounds. Click here for more information.

Thanks to generous donations from partners and sponsors, UTC Veteran and Military Affairs will host Veterans Day food trucks on campus from 2-6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Compost-O-ween 2022

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are everywhere and it’s Compost-O-Ween time. You may have seen our pumpkins around campus helping to raise awareness for this event. This year it’s bigger than ever as we continue to grow this event.

  • Each year, over 1 billion pounds of Halloween pumpkins end up in landfills, where it may take a decade or more for them to fully break down. To help reduce this, EDGE will again be hosting Compost-O-Ween in partnership with New Terra Compost.
  • The event will run through November 16, including a pumpkin-smashing event November 15 at Chamberlain Field.

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CPE Offering New Freight Broker Professional Course

The Center for Professional Education has partnered with the nationally-recognized Transportation Intermediaries Association to offer a new course designed to accelerate freight brokers’ careers. CPE is also partnering with local logistics companies to offer eligible students tuition reimbursement, sign-on bonuses and job opportunities upon completion of the Freight Broker Professional course.

The course will be offered in Spring 2023. Learn more about the course on CPE’s website or by attending the course’s virtual preview event on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from noon-12:45 p.m. ET.

Campus Updates

The UTC Police Department is offering R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) training this Wednesday through Friday (November 2-4) from 6-8 p.m. at the Challenger Center Building Room 148, across from the UTC Police Department. Sgt. Rebecca Tolbert is a certified R.A.D. instructor with the UTC Police Department and is excited to be teaching this course to all interested. R.A.D. classes are offered at no cost, but please keep in mind that space is limited. To register for this class, please send an email to Captain John Boe at John-Boe@utc.edu.

Human Resources announced a series of November development opportunities.

The UT Concur Travel Team will be offering training on specific topics in November.  All sessions will be recorded and posted at Learn More About Concur and are eligible for HR128 credit. You can enroll by visiting the Concur Topics area of the K@TE learning management system; Zoom details, including the password, will be provided in the confirmation email. The list of topics and dates can be found by visiting the Campus Updates post.

The College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Studies Program is hosting an interdisciplinary panel on Environmental Justice from noon-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, in the University Center Chattanooga Room. Contact evst@utc.edu for more information.

The Study Abroad Fair takes place on Wednesday, November 9, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room. Stop by to talk to partners from across the globe, chat with study abroad alumni, eat food from around the world and grab some swag—T-shirts, magnets, stickers and more. Learn more by signing up here for the Study Abroad 101 Canvas course.

Discover what healthy food can do for you. In collaboration with the UTC Master of Public Health program, the American Heart Association hosts “Healthy For Life Cooking and Nutrition Classes” for students in the UTC Food Science Lab (Metro 305) on Wednesday, November 9, from 5-8 p.m. To register, email beth.wright@heart.org.

UTC Parking Services announced that December 5 will be the first day to purchase parking permits for the spring 2023 semester.

A forum hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Erlanger Hospital will focus on research related to ending and alleviating the health disparities associated with homelessness. The forum, which takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday (November 4) in the University Center, will include representatives from Erlanger, the City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition.

The Testing Center is looking for individuals interested in helping with the administration of the ACT at UTC. This is a paid position, and proctors and room supervisors are needed for the following 2023 dates: February 11, April 15, June 10 and July 15. If you are interested in working—for one session or all four—please email cathy-jackson@utc.edu.

A Grant Writing Workshop hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, set for February 2-3, 2023, will provide individual, technical assistance consultation sessions. UTC will again be partnering with The Implementation Group to bring valuable proposal development activities to campus. This workshop is highly encouraged for new faculty or faculty who are new to federal proposal development. New this year is a session on the National Institutes of Health R15 program. Click here to register for the workshop and here to register for 1:1 consultations.

The Honors College invites full-time faculty members from all colleges to submit proposals for special-topics general education seminars to be taught in the 2023–2024 academic year. “We’re asking for your ‘dream courses,’ classes you’ve always thought would engage and transform students, but that may not fit easily into a departmental program,” said Will Kuby, associate dean of the Honors College. Click here for more information, including the application process.

The Offices of Equity and Inclusion and Human Resources announced Search Committee Training dates for Fall 2022. Search Committee Training is mandatory for anyone serving on a faculty or exempt staff search committee at UTC, and the training must be repeated after two years. This Zoom training provides essential information and resources for search committee members.

Course Catalog

The following courses are advertising for the spring 2023 semester:

NSBE ACT Review Workshop

The UTC Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a free ACT Workshop from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Click here for registration information. For more information, please contact Dr. Raga Ahmed (raga-ahmed@utc.edu) or nsbeutc@gmail.com.

Looking ahead

Events posted to this week’s University master calendar include:

Rocky Jordan is one of five on the Mocs wrestling roster who have qualified for the NCAA Championships. Photo Courtesy of GoMocs.com.

Rocky Jordan is one of five on the Mocs wrestling roster who have qualified for the NCAA Championships. Photo Courtesy of GoMocs.com.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Today (11/1): Men’s Golf at Saint Mary’s Invitational (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
  • Wednesday (11/2): Men’s Golf at Saint Mary’s Invitational (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
  • Friday (11/4): Men’s Tennis at the SoCon Fall Invite (Belton, S.C.)
  • Friday (11/4): Volleyball vs. UNCG (Maclellan Gym), 6 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/5): Men’s Tennis at the SoCon Fall Invite (Belton, S.C.)
  • Saturday (11/5): Wrestling vs. Wisconsin (Jacksonville, Fla.), 10 a.m.
  • Saturday (11/5): Football at The Citadel (Charleston, S.C.), 2 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/5): Wrestling vs. Buffalo (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/5): Wrestling vs. Little Rock (Jacksonville, Fla.), 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/5): Volleyball vs. Western Carolina (Maclellan Gym), 6 p.m.
  • Sunday (11/6): Men’s Tennis at the SoCon Fall Invite (Belton, S.C.)
  • Monday (11/7): Women’s Basketball vs. Young Harris (McKenzie Arena), 7 p.m.
  • Monday (11/7): Men’s Basketball at College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), 7:30 p.m.

Looking back

Halloween Goat Yoga class, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 on Chamberlain Field.

Halloween Goat Yoga, presented by the Center for Wellbeing, returned to Chamberlain Field on Oct. 26—complete with goats getting in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes.

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

Food, Fun and S’mores

SGA Bonfire

The annual Student Government Association Bonfire on Chamberlain Field took place last week, and the event was captured on camera and by the video production team.

WUTC Spotlight: Live in the Library

Rachel McIntyre Smith speaks with Richard Winham for Live In The Library.

Rachel McIntyre Smith speaks with Richard Winham for Live In The Library.

From the moment she started school here at UTC, Rachel McIntyre Smith made up her mind to develop all of the skills demanded of a singer and songwriter. She could sing and play the guitar and she’d honed her skills as a writer, but she knew she’d also need the skills to market herself in the dauntingly competitive music business.

Smith, a 2019 graduate of UTC, was Richard Winham’s guest for Live In The Library.

Be Well Tip of the Week: Exploring Cultural Wellness

A culturally well individual is aware of their own background as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds. It also includes accepting, valuing and even celebrating the different cultural ways people interact in the world. 

How do I practice cultural wellness?

  • Create relationships with those who are different from you
  • Maintain and value your own cultural identity
  • Avoid judgment or stereotyping based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
  • Understand, acknowledge and accept the impact of the elements of diversity mentioned above
  • Research cultures other than your own
  • Engage in other cultures as much as you can, such as attending events on campus or following the Multicultural Center on Instagram
  • Study Abroad, travel, explore

Cultural Wellness Events coming up include:

(Spring Ahead) Fall Behind

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m local time on Sunday (November 6). If you are manually setting watches or clocks, don’t forget to move them BACK one hour.


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