Updates and news for the week of September 20 – September 26, 2022

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It’s Free Application Week!

Faculty, staff and students. Know someone interested in applying to UTC as an undergraduate student? This is the week to apply for free!

The UTC undergraduate application fee is waived through Friday (September 23). Use “FREEAPP” as your discount code when you submit your application.

Chancellor’s 2022 State of the University

Chancellor Angle delivered his annual 2022 State of the University Address last Friday afternoon. The outdoor presentation at the Chamberlain Field Pavilion marked the first in-person State of the University address since COVID-19 struck in spring 2020.

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Crowning Achievement

The 2022 Homecoming King and Queen, Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo.

The 2022 Homecoming King and Queen, Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo.

The Homecoming Court was introduced to the crowd as part of Saturday night’s halftime festivities at Finley Stadium, culminating in the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen—Isaiah Owens, a theatre major and Innovations in Honors student, and Delali Gadzekpo, a vocal music education major and Brock Scholar.

Another pair recognized during halftime were seniors Emory Benson and Cornisha Barnes, the recipients of Public Service Awards from the UTC Alumni Board of Directors and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. They were selected for displaying the most distinguished service to the UTC campus and the Chattanooga community.

UT Promise Tour Comes to Chattanooga Area

UT Promise event at Cleveland High School on September 13, 2022

The UT Promise tour visited the Chattanooga metropolitan area last Tuesday, making stops at Cleveland High School and Central High in Harrison. Chancellor Angle joined UT System President Randy Boyd in meeting with high school juniors and seniors and talking about the availability of UT Promise.

The Central High School event included the announcement that a Chattanooga law firm is making a $1.2-million gift to the UT Promise Endowment to support graduates from 12 Chattanooga-area high schools attending an undergraduate UT system campus.

From left: Chancellor Angle, Tennessee Rep. Greg Martin, UT System President Randy Boyd, Scrappy and Jimmy Rodgers of the Summers, Rufolo and Rodgers law firm at the UT Promise event at Central High School.

From left: Chancellor Angle, Tennessee Rep. Greg Martin, UT System President Randy Boyd, Scrappy and Jimmy Rodgers of the Summers, Rufolo and Rodgers law firm at the UT Promise event at Central High School.

Flu Shots and COVID Boosters on Campus This Week

To speed the process, print and complete the vaccine form in advance and bring it with you. If you are getting a COVID booster, bring your COVID vaccine card.

  • Bring your health insurance card if you are insured.
  • Vouchers are available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Last Call for October Content

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The October edition of the UTC Parent and Family Association newsletter will be emailed to members on October 5.

If you have information you would like to share with the families of our students—such as upcoming events, important deadlines, helpful suggestions and departmental news—email details to hannah-turcotte@utc.edu no later than this Friday (September 23). This monthly newsletter is distributed to a database of more than 3,000 parents/family members; you can view the September newsletter here.

  • Please keep your message to one paragraph of 200 (or fewer) words.
  • If you have images or logos to accompany the paragraph, send those along as well.

Raising Awareness of Suicide Prevention Education

Take Care of Each Other signage found in the Center For Wellbeing, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 in the University Center.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Lucy White, assistant director for education and suicide prevention at the Center for Wellbeing, has been busy coordinating programming geared toward mental health and suicide awareness while educating people about resources, professionals and different organizations that can help them if there’s a mental health emergency.

This week’s events include:

  • Wednesday (9/21): “Step Up! For Mental Health” training, noon, Center for Wellbeing
  • Friday (9/23): Suicide Prevention Hike, 4-6 p.m., Stringer’s Ridge

WUTC Fall Pledge Drive

WUTC sign outside the station's offices in the 540 McCallie Ave. building

WUTC-FM 88.1 is Chattanooga’s NPR station, proudly broadcasting from the UTC campus and bringing the city and the Tennessee Valley essential, irreplaceable and found-nowhere-else news reporting, dialogue and entertainment. Individual listener contributions provide the great majority of funding for WUTC, and the station’s Fall Pledge Drive kicks off Friday (September 23) and continues through September 30. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount, and every headline, story, song and program you count on from WUTC is enabled by your support.

The team at WUTC encourages their UTC colleagues who enjoy the station’s original, local content; NPR news; or any of the many popular storytelling or music programs aired by WUTC to consider a gift of support to keep their favorite content coming. Give online anytime at www.wutc.org.

“Why Thomas Sowell Matters”

Jason Riley will be visiting campus on Thursday (September 22) for a discussion titled “Why Thomas Sowell Matters.” The event, which will also include a book signing and reception, begins at 5 p.m. in the University Center’s Tennessee Room. The event, open to the public, centers on Riley’s book “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.”

Attendees are requested to RSVP for the event. Those who register will get Riley’s book, “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell,” while supplies last.

Register to attend the September 23 Meet-Up for Researchers

Flyer for the September 23 campuswide Meet-Up for Researchers in the Mapp Building

Meet-up for Researchers is an opportunity to network and share your research interests and projects with other UTC faculty, staff and students. The next event is Friday (September 23) at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Mapp Building.

Register here to reserve your lunch choice. If you have questions, please contact jennifer-skjellum@utc.edu.

Coming Soon: Kyiv City Ballet

Kyiv City Ballet's Maryna Apanasenko. Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet.

Kyiv City Ballet’s Maryna Apanasenko. Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet.

Tickets for the upcoming Kyiv City Ballet tour performances at the UTC Fine Arts Center are on sale. The company is scheduled for three performances in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall on October 5-7.

Also that week, Irina Khmelko, UC Foundation professor of political science and public service, and Marina Peshterianu, executive director of Bridge Refugee Services in Chattanooga, will be participating in an October 4 panel discussion in the Honors College Reading Room examining the policies and politics surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, how that situation is impacting refugees from Ukraine and refugee needs in greater Chattanooga, and how we might be able, as individuals, to help.

Give Blood, Save Lives at Bloodanooga

Students donating blood at Bloodanooga

UTC’s bi-annual Bloodanooga Blood Drive, in collaboration with Blood Assurance, is taking place September 28 and 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the University Center’s Tennessee Room.

Blood donors will receive free food and an 80s Rock ‘n Roll themed t-shirt. As an extra incentive, all donors will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods. A single blood donation will save three lives in our community. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to another successful event.

Read to Achieve

Read To Achieve, UTC’s campus-wide reading program, needs your help selecting the title for the 2023-2024 school year.

The Read to Achieve Steering Committee seek’s a book that offers accurate and respectful portrayals of diverse cultures and identities; relevance to first-year students, current society, and/or our local community; possibilities for additional programming, especially inclusion in first-year courses or other areas of the curriculum; at a reasonable cost (less than $20) and manageable length (around 200-300 pages). If you know of a book that would make an excellent choice, please submit your ideas.

The outstanding people of UTC

Chancellor Angle and Heather Grothe, who was honored for reaching the 45-year service milestone at UTC.

Every year, UTC honors staff and faculty with service awards recognizing employees for reaching milestones in five-year increments. Last Tuesday, 193 faculty and staff were recognized for reaching significant service totals at the UTC Service Awards Annual LuncheonThe honorees included Heather Grothe, executive secretary in the Department of English, who is celebrating her 45th anniversary at UTC. Three others have reached the milestone figure of 40 years with UTC: Michael Parham in repairs and maintenance, Chief of Police Robert Ratchford and Department of Music faculty member Rebecca St. Goar.

  • Professor Joey Shaw in the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science and chair of the pilgrimage organizing committee, was interviewed about the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Former Moc and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens did the media circuit during his visit to Chattanooga for Homecoming Week, including a This ‘n That segment on NewsChannel 9.
  • Sally Halloran has joined the Division of Communications and Marketing as senior marketing director, and Jerrod Niles has joined the division as a videographer.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

The Tivoli Foundation has partnered with the UTC Division of Diversity and Engagement with a special deal for their upcoming show, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, offering UTC students, faculty, and staff $30 (plus fees) tickets for seven of the performances taking place between October 4-9 at the Memorial Auditorium.

Click here for the Campus Updates post, along with the ticket purchase link.

Mark your calendar: Blue and Gold Preview Day

Blue and Gold Preview Day Logo

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will be hosting the annual Blue and Gold Preview Day for prospective students and their families on Saturday, November 5. We anticipate hosting over 700 prospective students and their family members on campus for this 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.

This is our largest on-campus recruitment event and is successful, in part, due to the many UTC faculty and staff that attend and help show our guests the opportunities available to them as a member of the UTC community.  Over the next several weeks, we will be sending specific invitations to departments and programs to ask for your participation in this program. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our recruitment programs. If you have questions, please reach out to Carrie-Sherbesman@utc.edu.

Campus Updates

Open Enrollment Caution Sign With Autumn Road Background

Annual enrollment is your opportunity to choose benefits or make benefit changes that will become effective on January 1, 2023. The annual enrollment period for calendar year 2023 coverage is October 1-October 14

Due to an urgent utility project, two sections of Lot 23 have been blocked off, limiting access to Lot 12.

UTC is an official host institution of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s annual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. So, what does this mean for you? It means you get to attend for free.

The Honors College invites faculty members to attend an Honors Teaching Happy Hour at Barley Taproom and Cocktail Bar on Thursday (September 22) from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. You will be treated to food and drink as you mingle with other faculty members and brainstorm topics for interdisciplinary, team-taught courses. This is a great opportunity to meet colleagues and perhaps come up with an exciting new course to teach.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics continues its seminar series on Friday (September 23) with a visit from Daniel Baker, a member of the University of Memphis Department of Chemistry. The seminar will take place in Grote 411.

The Department of Political Science and Public Service is hosting an information session for students interested in the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program next Monday (September 26) at noon in the 540 McCallie Avenue Building (Room 462D). The program provides Tennessee students with an opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment. Interested students should visit the TLIP 2023 information page or contact Christopher-Acuff@utc.edu.

HOLA UTC and the 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.

On October 1, the American Heart Association is having its annual Heart Walk to fundraise for cardiovascular research and lifesaving equipment. The Heart Walk will occur at Coolidge Park from 9 a.m.-noon. There will be different fun stations along the “trail” and it is kid and dog friendly. Please join our UTC team and encourage your family and friends to participate as well. If you have any questions, reach out to emma-sampson@utc.edu.

Looking ahead

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

The Mocs football team travels to Champaign, Illinois, Thursday night for a nationally televised contest against the University of Illinois on the Big Ten Network. Photo Courtesy of Emily Baustert/GoMocs.com.

The Mocs football team travels to Champaign, Illinois, Thursday night for a nationally televised contest against the University of Illinois on the Big Ten Network. Photo Courtesy of Emily Baustert/GoMocs.com.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Tuesday (9/20): Women’s Golf at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Thursday (9/22): Football at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday (9/23): Women’s Golf at the Mason Rudolph Championships (Franklin, Tenn.)
  • Friday (9/23): Volleyball vs. Furman (Maclellan Gym), 5 p.m.
  • Friday (9/23): Soccer vs. Mercer (UTC Sports Complex), 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (9/24): Women’s Golf at the Mason Rudolph Championships (Franklin, Tenn.)
  • Saturday (9/24): Volleyball vs. Wofford (Maclellan Gym), 4 p.m.
  • Sunday (9/25): Women’s Golf at the Mason Rudolph Championships (Franklin, Tenn.)
  • Sunday (9/25): Soccer vs. The Citadel (UTC Sports Complex), 1 p.m.
  • Monday (9/26): Men’s Golf at the J.T. Poston Invitational (Cullowhee, NC)

Looking back

Last Friday, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Yancy Freeman (above) gave a progress update about UTC Divine Nine Heritage Park.

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

Be Well Tip of the Week: Snooze, Slumber and Snore—Your Guide to Great Sleep

Research shows that students with good sleep habits have a better GPA. You should aim to wake up and go to bed around the same time every day/night (even on weekends).

  • Sleeping 7+ hours per night helps reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Interested in implementing better sleep habits long term? Register for Refresh Sleep, a weekly email-based sleep intervention starting September 27. Refresh Sleep is available for students, faculty and staff. 

Learn about upcoming Be Well events on Wednesday (September 21) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Heritage Plaza.

If you have news, events or announcements you would like shared in UTC Campus Weekly, Campus Updates and the University events calendar, please email Chuck Wasserstrom in the Division of Communications and Marketing.

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  • The Division of Communications and Marketing will work with campus calendar users to ensure events are properly posted so they can be featured in the newsletter.


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