Updates and news for the week of November 15 – November 21, 2022

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UTC Road Trip: The Power C Tour Returns Home

Scrappy in front of a UTC banner

Faculty and staff parents of soon-to-be college students, Vice Chancellor Yancy Freeman cordially invites you to the festivities when the UTC Road Trip: The Power C Tour comes home to campus. As the tour set out to visit the state’s four largest cities, the best—Chattanooga—was saved for last.

Please bring your Chattanooga-area high schoolers and join us from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (November 16) in the University Center Tennessee Room. You’ll find colleagues who can answer questions about college majors, student services, financial aid and more. In addition to taking in informative presentations and light refreshments, visiting students will have the opportunity to win prizes including:

  • Two $1,000 Power C scholarships
  • Two $500 housing stipends
  • Orientation registration discounts
  • UTC-themed prizes and gear

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Fall 2022 Commencement Information

Commencement photo; students sitting in caps and gowns at McKenzie Arena

UTC is excited to host Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies December 16-17 to celebrate graduates’ achievements. McKenzie Arena is undergoing construction, which limits attendance capacity; in order to accommodate guests, tickets will be required for entry.

Every person entering the arena will be required to present a valid ticket. Graduates will be able to claim 15 tickets (one for themselves and 14 for guests) through November 30. Beginning Reading Day (December 6), if there are still tickets available, graduates will be able to request additional tickets on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing the Arena Box office at mocsticketing@utc.edu.

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International Education Week

Flags celebrating International Education Week

The Center for Global Education is celebrating International Education Week through Friday (November 18) with special events celebrating cultural diversity, global awareness, and the value that international scholars and students bring to the UTC campus. This semester, 158 international students from 47 countries attend UTC, including 75 undergraduates and 83 graduate students.

Please visit the IEW page for more information on these upcoming events:

UTC Mock Trial team has grand ole time in Nashville

The Grand Ole Tournament-winning UTC Mock Trial blue team. Top row, from left: Taylor Johnson, McKenna Smythe, Giuliano Duva, Stephen Scott. Bottom row: Stacy Cunningham, Emma Denham, Sophia Kennon, Nicole Knight-Fallon. Photo courtesy of Mike Giglio.

The Grand Ole Tournament-winning UTC Mock Trial blue team. Top row, from left: Taylor Johnson, McKenna Smythe, Giuliano Duva, Stephen Scott. Bottom row: Stacy Cunningham, Emma Denham, Sophia Kennon, Nicole Knight-Fallon. Photo courtesy of adjunct faculty member/UTC Mock Trial coach Mike Giglio.

The UTC Mock Trial undergraduate student organization took home top honors in the Grand Ole Tournament hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Davidson County Courthouse in Nashville.

UTC entered two teams in the competition, and the blue team won the invitational with an overall mark of 6-1-1. Other institutions competing included Vanderbilt University, UT Knoxville, Brown University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Minnesota, the University of South Carolina, the University of Mississippi, the University of Maryland, the University of Alabama, Michigan State University, Rhodes College, Elon University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

Veterans Day: Thank you for your service

Fran Randolph, left, presented Quilts of Valor to Dr. Don Reising, UTC alumnus Ryan Baker, UTC Veteran and Military Affairs Associate Director Robert Dorsett and Capt. Stuart Allgood,

UTC celebrated Veterans Day with numerous events, including the Chancellor’s Annual Veterans Day Luncheon for students, faculty and staff who are veterans or active military.

  • U.S. Army Capt. Stuart Allgood, who oversees the UTC Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program as head of the Department of Military Science, provided the opening remarks.
  • UTC Director of Veteran and Military Affairs Sylvana Matthews introduced the luncheon’s keynote speaker, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Don Reising, who served in the U.S. Army from 1995-1999 and the Ohio Army National Guard from 1999-2005.
  • A Quilts of Valor presentation led by Fran Randolph (above), who awarded quilts to Reising, Ryan Baker (a 2018 graduate of UTC who spent four years in the Army), UTC Veteran and Military Affairs Associate Director Robert Dorsett and Allgood.
  • Dr. Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation professor of chemistry and the department head for Biology, Geology and Environmental Science, performed the national anthem.


Taps Project trumpeters lined up at Chamberlain Pavilion

UTC Veterans Day events include the annual TAPS Project, a moving musical event in which the melody of “Taps” slowly makes its way across campus thanks to the strategic placement of trumpet players around University grounds. Despite the inclement weather, more than 30 trumpeters participated—including UTC students, faculty and community members.

The outstanding people of UTC

Paige Gallentine. Photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com.

Paige Gallentine (photo credit: Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com)

Mocs volleyball sophomore libero Paige Gallentine recently set a program record with her sixth career Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week award.

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

Nominations Sought for 2022-2023 All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Awards

Southern Conference logo

Each year the Southern Conference recognizes a faculty and staff member from each conference institution for their exemplary service to the university.

UTC faculty and staff nominations for the 2022-2023 All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Awards are due by noon on Friday (November 18). Nominations must include a brief description of the service the nominee has provided to the institution. Nominations should be submitted online by clicking on this link.

Read more for rules, eligibility criteria and past UTC recipients.

Romeo and Juliet

Maegan Whitlock, left, as Juliet and Bronwyn McEwen as The Nurse in the UTC Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Maegan Whitlock, left, as Juliet and Bronwyn McEwen as The Nurse in the UTC Theatre Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The UTC Theatre Company presents “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love against unfathomable odds, with six performances taking place tonight through Saturday (November 19) in the Fine Arts Center’s Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre.

The cast includes 14 UTC theatre majors or minors, one theatre alumnus and one theatre faculty member. Visit the UTC Theatre web page for ticket information.

Self-Proclaimed “Troublemaker” Coming to UTC

Simon Tam logo

An activist whose advocacy for a message of empowerment helped him win a landmark free speech case at the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—is coming to UTC to share his story. Author, musician and speaker Simon Tam will be featured at an event titled “Simon Tam: A Musical Account of a Journey to the Supreme Court,” taking place at 4:30 p.m. today in the UTC Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall. Admission is free, but registration is required.

In telling his story, Tam’s multimedia presentation includes both spoken words and music. The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the UTC Division of Diversity and Engagement.

Compost-O-Ween Smashing Pumpkins Event

Compost-o-ween logoA Compost-O-Ween pumpkin smash event, in conjunction with New Terra Compost, will take place tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Chamberlain Field.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their fall pumpkins and smash away some stress as we head into the final weeks of the semester, with New Terra Compost collecting what’s left of the pumpkins. Come on out for apple cider, snacks, trivia (with prizes) and composting fun.

Fall 2022 Quilts of Valor Nominations

Veteran and Military Affairs is asking for your assistance in identifying three military service members and/or veteran nominees for the Quilt of Valor award for the upcoming Fall 2022 Graduation and Holiday 4 Heroes Celebration on Friday, December 1. For more information about the Holiday 4 Heroes series of events or to RSVP, click here.

A Quilt of Valor is a civilian award to service members and veterans. Recipients are nominated based on service and sacrifice in defense of the nation.

  • Please review the nomination rules before submitting names.
  • Nominations must be received and processed by the end of business day on Friday (November 18).

Coffee with the Chancellor

Coffee with the Chancellor coffee mugs

The next Coffee with the Chancellor will be held on Monday (November 21) from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in Room 405 of the newly renovated Hunter Hall.

Please join Chancellor Angle for an informal discussion. This is an open-door event; feel free to drop by and chat for a few minutes at your convenience. The only agenda is meaningful conversation. Bring your creative ideas and any questions or concerns.

Campus Updates

Grateful Gobbler logo

The Annual Grateful Gobbler 5K Walk/Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning (November 24). Walkers will gather at Coolidge Park for festivities before the 8 a.m. start.

The Division of Diversity and Engagement is sponsoring Team UTC for this event. To register for the race and receive 50% off, click here and use the discount code 2022UTCTeam.

  • 100% of the proceeds from the walk will benefit the Maclellan Shelter for Families, an emergency homeless shelter located on site at the Community Kitchen on 11th Street in Chattanooga. The shelter, which features 13 units with 68 beds for families experiencing homelessness, provides a stable environment for families to remain together as they search for permanent housing solutions.

 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.

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 every Sunday at 5:30 p.m., with a lecture and Planetarium show beginning at 6 p.m. and telescope viewing until 8 p.m.

The Diversity and Intersectionality Chair for the Coalition Advocating for Student Empowerment Board is hosting This is Art: A Celebration of All Art from 6-8 p.m. tonight in Lupton Hall 120. This is Art celebrates student art of all different types along with the diversity of artists.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lunch and Learn logo

As part of its entrepreneurship lunch-and-learn series, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting Chris Cummings, founder of Pass It Down and Iconic Moments. Cummings will share how he’s helping museums survive and thrive by partnering with them to develop their collections into unique NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

The event, which will take place from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday (November 16) in the Mapp Building, is open to all UTC students, faculty and staff.

Join The Washington Center for a virtual information session to see how you can intern in Washington, D.C., while earning academic credit on campus. During a semester or summer with The Washington Center, you’ll gain real-world experience in your field, expand your professional network and prepare to launch a career you’ll love. Mark your calendar for noon on Wednesday (November 16) to find out about the Tennessee scholarship. Click here to register for the session. Please contact michelle-deardorff@utc.edu if you have any questions about the event or The Washington Center.

The Department of Political Science and Public Service invites you to a discussion on the 2022 midterm elections on Wednesday (November 16) from noon-1:30 p.m. in the University Center Signal Mountain Room. Contact jeremy-strickler@utc.edu for more information.

International Education Week logo

The Center for Global Education will host a faculty-led Programs Abroad Workshop on Thursday (November 17) from noon–1 p.m. as part of International Education Week. Faculty are encouraged to RSVP for this workshop to learn more about how to propose a faculty-led abroad program and learn about other global engagement opportunities. 

The Center for Women and Gender Equity is hosting Chosen Family Feast from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (November 17) in the Guerry Center Reading Room.

Students and staff are invited to join Housing and Residence Life and Student Success Programs for a Pfeiffer Hall Open House from noon-2 p.m. on Friday (November 18). Light refreshments for Pfeiffer Pflannel Pfriday will be served while supplies last.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics continues its seminar series with a talk from 3-4 p.m. this Friday (November 18) with Kristopher Amrhein, a UTC alumnus and Ph.D. candidate in the University of Memphis Department of Chemistry. The seminar, which will take place in Grote Hall Room 411, is titled “Dual Imaging Single Vesicle Technology for Exosome Characterization and Early Cancer Detection.”

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 email raga-ahmed@utc.edu or nsbeutc@gmail.com.

Poster for Center for Career and Leadership Development open house

The Center for Career and Leadership Development is hosting its fall open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday (November 21) in University Center Room 108. Join the festivities with fall-themed crafts, pies, apple cider and comforting entrees. Students, stop by the center to meet the staff and student workers who are here to support you in your career and leadership development journey at UTC.  

Poster for Unmasking: Now We Speak

UNMASKING: Now We Speak is a Mark Making visual art, creative writing and performance project focusing on men and women with addiction and mental health issues in the Hamilton County Trauma Track Re-Entry Program or have been or are now incarcerated at the Silverdale Detention Center. The participants’ art and stories are the result of a year-long workshop series in which they worked with storytellers and artists to tap into dark crevices and access the parts of themselves that house the pain and suffering both endured and committed. The project will culminate with a reception at ArtsBuild from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, where the participants’ art will be exhibited and their stories will be performed spontaneously by community actors. The event is free and the public is welcome.

UTC Parking Services has been made aware of an effort by the Chattanooga Parking Authority to enforce crucial yellow curb “No Parking” areas on streets through the UTC campus. This effort utilizes new camera technology within a small pole near these yellow curbs to monitor for vehicles in violation. Currently, these cameras are positioned at the bus stop yellow curb in front of the UTC Bookstore, a fire hydrant yellow curb near the UTC Bookstore and a yellow curb on Vine Street near the intersection with Houston Street which is critical for safe bus turning. These devices have the capability to monitor and, after review, issue Chattanooga Parking Authority citations for vehicles in violation. UTC Parking Services is proactively announcing the presence of these cameras in order to make the campus aware of their purpose.

The UTC Center for Wellbeing, Human Resources and Employee Wellness are sponsoring a campus visit by Dr. Garland Vance on Tuesday, December 6, on the topic shared by the title of his recent book, Gettin’ (Un)Busy. He will provide a workshop for supervisors in the morning (invitation to supervisors forthcoming), and a workshop for faculty and staff in the afternoon. Click here to register.

Jeff Flowers, our Retirement Plan Advisor with Empower Retirement (aka Retire Ready Tennessee), will be on campus at the UTC Library Tuesday, December 13, for in-person 401k and 457 retirement planning meetings. These meetings are beneficial for employees at all stages of their careers. To schedule an appointment, please follow this link to see available times. Virtual meetings are also available on other days. 


  • UTC Parking Services announced that December 5 will be the first day to purchase parking permits for the spring 2023 semester.
  • 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 clicking here.
  • 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 one session or all four, email cathy-jackson@utc.edu.
  • A Grant Writing Workshop set for February 2-3, 2023, will provide individual, technical assistance consultation sessions. This workshop is highly encouraged for new faculty or faculty who are new to federal proposal development. Click here to register for the workshop and here to register for 1:1 consultations.

Looking ahead

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

Dalvin White. Photo courtesy of Laura O'Dell/Chattanooga Athletics.

Dalvin White. Photo credit: Laura O’Dell/Chattanooga Athletics.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Today (11/15): Men’s Basketball at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.), 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday (11/16): Women’s Basketball vs. Tennessee State (McKenzie Arena), 7 p.m.
  • Friday (11/17): Volleyball at the SoCon Tournament (Greenville, S.C.), TBA
  • Saturday (11/19): Volleyball at the SoCon Tournament (Greenville, S.C.), TBA
  • Saturday (11/19): Football at Western Carolina (Cullowhee, N.C.), 1 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/19): Men’s Basketball at Covenant College (McKenzie Arena), 2 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/19): Women’s Basketball at Murray State (Murray, Ky.), 7 p.m.
  • Sunday (11/20): Volleyball at the SoCon Tournament (Greenville, S.C.), TBA
  • Sunday (11/20): Wrestling at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday (11/20): Wrestling vs. Northern Illinois (West Lafayette, Ind.), 12 p.m.
  • Sunday (11/20): Wrestling vs. Cleveland State (West Lafayette, Ind.), 2 p.m.
  • Monday (11/21): Women’s Basketball vs. Kennesaw State (McKenzie Arena), 7 p.m.

Looking back

Devin Lay at Hatch It!

Three judges from local businesses awarded Devin Lay (pictured), a business management major from Memphis, the $1,500 first prize for his SinceBirth Apparel in the Hatch It! Mocs Big Business Idea Pitch Competition.

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

WUTC Spotlight

Musician Kendell Marvel. Photo credit: Laura E. Partain of Sacks and Co.

Musician Kendell Marvel. Photo credit: Laura E. Partain of Sacks and Co.

WUTC’s Mal O’Connell recently sat down for an interview with Kendell Marvel, a country music singer and songwriter who made his start in Nashville.

O’Connell, who hails from Malahide, Ireland, is a senior studying communication at UTC.

Be Well Tip of the Week: Volunteering

Be Well logo

Did you know that volunteering can improve your wellbeing? Some benefits include:

  • Broader social network. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people who share your interests.
  • Enhanced mental wellbeing. When you volunteer, the brain produces hormones, such as dopamine, that boost your mood, increase happiness, and reduce stress.
  • Physical health benefits. Many volunteer opportunities include physical activity (i.e. gardening, lifting boxes, etc) which may help increase strength, reduce blood pressure, etc.
  • Longer lifespan. Volunteering has been linked with helping individuals live longer.

Volunteering involves donating time. But you can always contribute other resources, like blood donations or financial contributions. Here are some ways to volunteer on campus and off campus. You can also learn more by attending the Center for Career and Leadership Development’s open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday (November 21) in University Center Room 108.


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