Updates and news for the week of September 13 – September 19, 2022

Sporting the Blue-and-Gold Spirit

Homecoming Week got off to a rousing start Monday with the Kickoff Pep Rally on Chamberlain Field, featuring the Marching Mocs, Cheerleaders, Sugar Mocs, Ladies of GOLD and Scrappy.

  • Dignitaries on the Chamberlain Pavilion stage included Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, Chancellor Steve Angle, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton, Mocs Football Coach Rusty Wright, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Yancy Freeman and a surprise guest—former Moc and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens.
  • Carmin Chambers, the Homecoming Student Steering Committee promotions coordinator, introduced the Homecoming Court. The UTC student body will have the opportunity to vote for their top candidates starting today via MocSync; voting will close at 9 a.m. on Friday (September 16).
  • UTC Alumni Board President Jay Dale served as the program emcee.

Happy Founder’s Week: A Celebration of the University’s 136th Anniversary

Old Main, the original building on University property

On September 15, 1886, Chattanooga University opened its doors for the first time with a teaching staff of seven and an enrollment of 118 students. The university was contained in one building named Old Main (pictured above).

  • As part of Founder’s Week festivities, the University honors staff and faculty for reaching longevity milestones with the UTC Service Awards Luncheon. During today’s event, 193 faculty and staff will be recognized for reaching significant service totals (in five-year increments).
  • Chancellor Angle will hold the annual State of the University address at noon on Friday (September 16) on the Chamberlain Field Pavilion. Following the address, tours of the recently renovated Lupton and Hunter Halls will be available.

Happy Homecoming Week: Fun “Under the C”

A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football helmet in the Secret Reef at the Tennessee Aquarium.

The UTC football helmet in the Secret Reef at the Tennessee Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Doug Strickland/Tennessee Aquarium.

The theme of Homecoming Week 2022 is “Under the C,” and highlights of a busy week’s worth of fun, games, food, music and swag include the following evening events:

  • Tuesday (9/13): Water Games in the ARC swimming pool, including a version of the board game “Battleship” in canoes—with a goal of sinking the other team’s battleship.
  • Wednesday (9/14): Lip Sync competition at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
  • Thursday (9/15): Headphone Dance Party on Chamberlain Field.
  • Friday (9/16): Homecoming Yard Show on Chamberlain Field.

Click on the Homecoming Week page for a full list of activities. Students should connect to MocSync for event updates. Alumni-related homecoming events can be found on the Division of Advancement’s Alumni Affairs page.

Saturday in the Park

The nationally-ranked Mocs, No. 10 in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll, play host to North Alabama at 6 p.m. on Saturday (September 17) at Finley Stadium.

If the combination of a Homecoming football game and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King at halftime wasn’t enough excitement, two annual student-centric events will also be held as part of the day’s Finley Stadium festivities—Mocs Flock Finley and Band Day.

  • Mocs Flock Finley, a campus tradition introducing new UTC students to Mocs football, gives freshmen and sophomore students to run across the football field before the Opening kickoff.
  • Band Day brings area and regional high school band students to be VIP guests of the Marching Mocs. Approximately 250 high school band members will be on hand to engage in gameday festivities and get a taste of what it’s like to be in the UTC marching band.

Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

Welcome Back Cookout, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 on Chamberlain Field.

UTC’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month begins with a kickoff celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday (September 15) at Lupton Hall. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15–October 15, a timeframe in which many Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain. This year’s theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.”

Hispanic Heritage Month is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with other campus and community areas.

The Center for Reflective Citizenship Presents Constitution Day

Portrait of the Constitution signing

“A Symposium: Religious Freedom, Economic Freedom, and the Constitution,” is the topic of the 12th Annual Dr. Richard Gruetzemacher Constitution Day Lecture Serieswhich takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (September 14) in the University Center Auditorium. Presented by the Center for Reflective Citizenship at UTC, the lecture also will be available via livestream.

The featured speakers are Anne Rathbone Bradley, the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for economic education and vice president of economic initiatives at The Fund for American Studies, and UC Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science Kody Cooper.

“So you want to put your education to work?”

The CECS Speaker Series welcome Tim Rausch, chief nuclear officer at TVA

Tim Rausch, TVA’s chief nuclear officer and a College of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board member, will discuss “So you want to put your education to work?” from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. on Thursday (September 15) in the Engineering and Computer Science building’s Maytag Conference Room.

Rausch is responsible for oversight of seven reactors at three nuclear sites (Watts Bar, Sequoyah and Browns Ferry) which together generate enough carbon-free power for more than 4.5 million Tennessee Valley homes and businesses. TVA operates the third-largest nuclear fleet in the nation.

Mocs Recovery Retreat

The 9th Annual Southeastern CRC Fall Retreat takes place September 30-October 2 at Camp Cosby in Alabama. Participants will spend the weekend alongside those in other collegiate recovery programs enjoying canoeing, hiking, a ropes course, bonfires and more.

This is an all-expense-paid retreat, but only a few spots are available. To apply and begin the interview process, please contact Cassandra Riddle, the UTC collegiate recovery coordinator/substance misuse educator, at cassandra-riddle@utc.edu.

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of ’22

The UTC Athletics Department announced the inductees to the Class of 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame. Inductees and special award winners will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 21.

  • The Class of 2022: John Feldhacker (wrestling, 1982-85), Meg Glass Bandy (women’s tennis, 1988-91), Jonathan Hodge (men’s golf, 2006-09), Steven Kocsis (cross country/track & field, 2001-04), Ethan Reeve (wrestling coach, 1985-90) and Lacey Swarthout Paris (softball, 2004-05).
  • The Hall of Fame special award winners: Glenn and MiDori Allen (Gordon Davenport Award), Calvin Cochran (Joe Morrison Award), Emma Van Hee (Scrappy Moore Award) and Larry Ward (Harold Wilkes Award).

The outstanding people of UTC

Gear Up field games, Thursday, June 2, 2022, included students and GEAR UP Director Hunter Huckabay (right).

Hunter Huckabay, right, director of GEAR UP.

Congratulations to UTC faculty and staff who received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in August. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that faculty and staff attracted $3,016,507 in external grant and contract awards during the month and submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $2,337,606 in external funding, if awarded. Among those receiving awards in August: Hunter Huckabay (Center for Community Career Education) from the U.S. Department of Education for the “UTC GEAR UP Project.”

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

  • Assistant Professor of History Kathryn Taylor has completed a monograph entitled Ordering Customs: Ethnographic Thought in Early Modern Venice, which will be published in spring 2023 by The University of Delaware Press.
  • Sungwoo Yang, assistant professor in Civil and Chemical Engineering and founder of the UTC Solar Decathlon team, will be leading its members on a future trip to the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon in California. The UTC Solar Decathlon team is one of only 18 teams invited to the event. 
  • Lucy White, assistant director for education and suicide prevention at the Center for Wellbeing, was interviewed for a Good Morning Chattanooga segment about National Suicide Prevention Month.
  • MPH student Jillian Saraney and assistant professor Dawn Ford were featured for a story about the MPH program testing drinking water for lead in local licensed childcare centers thanks to a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant.
  • WUTC-FM radio host Richard Winham, who grew up in London, was interviewed about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II by Local 3 News and News 12 Now.
  • The Division of Advancement continues to grow, and recent additions to the staff include Molly Cooper, director of alumni affairs; Paul Niswander, senior director of development for the Gary W. Rollins College of Business; Brittney Holder, director of development for the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies; and Andrew Aslinger, director of advancement services.

Campus Updates

Would you like to know about UTC employee wellness programs and activities? Did you know there are wellness classes, challenges and programs throughout the year? If you would like to receive emails about these opportunities, please subscribe to the Employee Wellness listserv. Upcoming employee wellness events include a Suicide Prevention Hike (September 23) and Columbia Scale Training (September 27). Click here for information about both events.

Other recent additions to Campus Updates, a compilation of campus-related news and notes previously distributed via UTCINFO and UTCNEWS listserv emails, include:

  • Learn more about the value of invention disclosures and research commercialization resources available at UTC during an upcoming Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop for Researchers event on Wednesday (September 15).
  • The Division of Diversity and Engagement and the Center for Career and Leadership Development are collaborating with the United Way as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary in Chattanooga. You are invited to join community members and UTC students in volunteering at one of the many projects throughout the city during United Way’s Impact Days this Friday and Saturday (September 16-17).
  • As part of its entrepreneurship lunch-and-learn series, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting Cam Doody—co-founder and general partner at Brickyard, a pre-seed venture fund, portfolio club and residency built around radical focus, and co-founder and chairman of Bellhop, a tech-driven relocation company—for a noon-hour event September 21. Please register by Thursday (September 15) to ensure you will receive lunch.
  • HOLA UTC and the UTC Honors College are hosting a Latino student panel in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Come hear the stories, insights, anecdotes, challenges and successes from 12 UTC Latino students during Meet, Greet and Learn: Mi Experiencia at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in the Guerry Center Reading Room.

Looking ahead

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

Carolina Hortian and the Mocs women’s golf team begin the season this week at the Green Wave Classic. Photo Credit: Donald Luzynski/GoMocs.com.

Carolina Hortian and the Mocs women’s golf team begins the season this week at the Green Wave Fall Classic. Photo Credit: Donald Luzynski/GoMocs.com.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Tuesday (9/13): Men’s Golf at the Streamsong Invitational (Bowling Green, Fla.)
  • Tuesday (9/13): Women’s Golf at the Green Wave Fall Classic (New Orleans, La.)
  • Wed (9/14): Volleyball vs. UNC Asheville (Maclellan Gym), 6 p.m.
  • Friday (9/16): Women’s Tennis at the Austin Peay Fall Invite (Clarksville, Tenn.)
  • Friday (9/16): Men’s Tennis at the Samford Invitational (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Friday (9/16): Cross Country at the NCAA Fall Preview (Huntsville, Ala.), 9:15 a.m.
  • Friday (9/16): Volleyball vs. Queens (Statesboro, Ga.), 12 p.m.
  • Friday (9/16): Volleyball vs. St. Francis (Statesboro, Ga.), 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (9/17): Women’s Tennis at the Austin Peay Fall Invite (Clarksville, Tenn.)
  • Saturday (9/17): Men’s Tennis at the Samford Invitational (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Saturday (9/17): Volleyball at Georgia Southern (Statesboro, Ga.), 4 p.m.
  • Saturday (9/17): Football vs. North Alabama (Finley Stadium) — Homecoming, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday (9/18): Women’s Tennis at the Austin Peay Fall Invite (Clarksville, Tenn.)
  • Sunday (9/18): Men’s Tennis at the Samford Invitational (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Sunday (9/18): Soccer at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 7 p.m.
  • Monday (9/19): Women’s Golf at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Looking back

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ROTC members place 2000 flags in front of Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in honor of 9/11.

Last week, members of the UTC ROTC placed 2,000 flags in front of the Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace in Chattanooga in honor of 9/11.

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

Be Well Tip of the Week: The Homecoming Safety Edition

Let’s Be Safe this homecoming weekend!

  • If you choose to drink, moderate consumption by taking it slow, avoiding drinking games, and taking breaks to eat food. 
  • Do not mix alcohol with prescription or illicit drugs. 
  • Use a sober/designated driver or rideshare if you plan to drink.
  • Look out for each other! Don’t be afraid to ask someone if you or a friend need help by contacting 423-425-CARE/2273.
  • Remember, anyone incapacitated by alcohol or other drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. More info here

Learn more by attending the Mocs Recovery table event today (September 13) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center Lobby and the Red Zone Carpet event on Thursday (September 15) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chamberlain Circle.

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