Updates and news for the week of September 27 – October 3, 2022

Students donating blood at Bloodanooga

Give Blood, Save Lives at Bloodanooga

UTC’s bi-annual Bloodanooga Blood Drive, in collaboration with Blood Assurance, is taking place Wednesday and Thursday (September 28-29) 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.

Coffee with the Chancellor

Coffee with the Chancellor will be held on Thursday (September 29) from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in Lupton Hall 120.

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.

Have a Heart

This Saturday (October 1), the American Heart Association is holding 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. You can register for the team here. If you have any questions, reach out to emma-sampson@utc.edu.

Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month

October is Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month (EIM-OC) at UTC, a social media-driven initiative that promotes physical exercise through activity challenges for students, faculty and staff.

Show us how #MocsMove during the week of October 3 by participating in the #MocsMove Social Media Challenge. Use #MocsMove and tag @UTCHHP in your Instagram stories for a chance to win a UTC Bookstore gift card.

  • Month-long activities include McKamey Mocs and Mutts; you can borrow dogs from McKamey Animal Center for afternoon hikes or morning coffee dates.
  • Activities for employees include an October Employee Step Challenge and an October 11 Introduction to Walking/Running for Fitness Workshop with faculty and staff registration links.

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Engineering Success

Medallion for Best Master's in Engineering Management

Online college research tool Intelligent released rankings for the top Engineering Management programs.  After assessing 199 universities and colleges and 384 education programs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Master’s in Engineering Management program was ranked No. 3 in the nation with the best thesis-based program.

The Department of Engineering Management and Technology is led by Burkett Miller Chair of Excellence Ahad Nasab.

Kitchen Encounters: Interior Architecture Student Places 3rd in National Competition

Interior architecture and design major Sarah Woosley (pictured) placed third in a nationwide contest hosted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Along with the tremendous portfolio boost of finishing third in a national competition, her prizes include a $1,000 scholarship; having her design featured in KBB Magazine, an official publication of the kitchen and bath business; complimentary registration and tickets to the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Expo in Las Vegas, including airfare and hotel accommodations; and admission to the 2023 Design Awards Ceremony, where she will be recognized for her achievement.

Get Ready for Mocs Give Day 2022

Mocs Give Day with photos of student orientation leaders

Mocs Give Day is one week away! With the goal of raising $500,000 in 24 hours from 750 donors, this year’s day of giving at UTC will be one for the record books. One of the exciting things about Mocs Give Day is the matching gifts that will be available to double your impact, including $1 for $1 matches up to $10,000 for each college, a $50,000 match for the Student Emergency Fund and a Mocs Club challenge that can unlock an additional $150,000 gift.

  • There’s still time to sign up to be a Mocs Give Day ambassador. As an ambassador, we’ll provide you with additional tools to help spread the word about this 24-hour day of giving.
  • Also on Mocs Give Day, the UTC Advancement team, along with student ambassadors, will be set up on Chamberlain Field handing out Mocs Give Day swag from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 in Lupton Hall

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.

Embracing and Engaging Our Diverse Community

MOC Forward logo

The UTC Division of Diversity and Engagement, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and MOC Forward Planning Committee are thrilled to announce MOC Forward Week. This initiative is a week of programming and events designed to move our campus forward to better understand how to engage with one another on hard subjects and embrace the diverse city of Chattanooga.

MOC Forward Week will be held October 10-17, and this year’s theme is “Embracing and Engaging Our Diverse Community.” For a list of events or to learn more about MOC Forward Week, click here. For questions, contact the Division of Diversity and Engagement at dde@utc.edu.  

Building Your Personal Brand

LeadHERship logo

Please join us for lunch October 17 to continue our UTC LeadHERship journey, as we remain committed to embracing and engaging our diverse community.

The luncheon session topic—Building Your Personal Brand—will be addressed with an engaging panelist discussion among women representing various perspectives of leadership and the journey of building a personal brand. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the UC Tennessee Room. Please register here by October 12.

Keeping Mocs Safe

Did you know that putting a pizza box in an oven is a fire hazard? Boxes burn, and if someone were to turn on the oven with the pizza box inside, it could start a fire.

Do a quick internet images search for “campus dorm fire” to see the devastation that we all can prevent here at UTC.

Picture Perfect

Study Abroad photo contest

Vote now for your favorite study abroad photo in the 2022 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Voting ends on Friday (September 30) and is open to all current students, faculty and staff. Winning photos will be featured in our 2023 calendar, be displayed at the Study Abroad Fair on November 9, and become a permanent fixture on our gallery wall in the Center for Global Education.

Want to enter your own photo in the contest next year? Sign up for Study Abroad 101 to find out how to make study abroad happen.

Hatch It! Pitch Competition

HatchIt! logo

Hatch It! Mocs Big Business Idea Competition is our fall pitch competition where a good idea can earn you some cash and start-up resources to get your business going. This year, we will have two tracks and the winners of each track will be eligible to compete in the SOCON Challenge pitch competition to be held at Mercer University in 2023.

We’re looking for all sorts of new venture ideas from across UTC. Students in any major at either the undergraduate or graduate level are welcome to apply. You don’t have to have all the details worked out, but you do need to prove that there is a market for your product or service, and that you are the right team to move this new venture forward. Applicants must be in a team of between two and four members.

Learn about the Environmental Studies minor

Sign reading, Fight Today for a Better Tomorrow

Learn about the new interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies at UTC.

Connect with faculty and students who are passionate about environmental issues at an Environmental Studies social from noon-2 p.m.on Wednesday (September 28) in the Lupton Hall 1st floor common area.

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:

  • Today (9/27): Open Columbia Scale training, 3 p.m., Zoom
  • Wednesday (9/28): “Keep on Rollin’” roller-skating event, 6-9 p.m., Lupton Garage

One Week Away

Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet

Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet

The Kyiv City Ballet visits Chattanooga and the UTC Fine Arts Center next Wednesday-Friday (October 5-7). The company’s message of peace was recently featured by NBC News.

Kyiv City Ballet is on a 15-city U.S. tour in hopes of introducing Ukrainian culture to a wider audience. The company has not returned to Ukraine since the war started in February.

The outstanding people of UTC

Niky Tejero at a Hispanic Heritage Month event, "Our Stories: Nuestras Historias"

Niky Tejero (center), the Frances Hall Hill Professor of Music and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was a featured panelist during last Thursday’s Hispanic Heritage Month event, “Our Stories: Nuestras Historias.” Earlier in the week, she was interviewed by Local 3 News about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Check out these Mocs making a difference:

Campus Updates

Open Enrollment sign

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

WUTC-FM 88.1, Chattanooga’s NPR station, continues its Fall Pledge Drive through Friday (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. You can give online anytime at www.wutc.org.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics continues its seminar series this Friday (September 30) with a talk led by Cameron Brown, senior applications research chemist for Eastman Chemical. The seminar begins at 3 p.m. in Grote Hall Room 411.

The UTC Graduate School is pleased to announce that Sri Naga Sai Abhijith Medury will present Doctoral research titled, Design, Modeling, and Simulation of Secure Certificate Revocation as a Peer Service next Monday (October 3) at 3:30 p.m. in UTC MDRB, Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend.

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.

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.

The Southern Lit Alliance will offer a free book club discussion of William Faulkner’s readable third novel, Flags in the Dust (1929), on Tuesday, October 11, at 6 p.m. in the Arts Building at 301 E. 11th Street (second floor). The discussion will be led by UTC English professor Aaron Shaheen. Space for the free, in-person event is limited, so please use the link to register.

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.

Interested in implementing better sleep habits over the long term? Refresh Sleep is a weekly email-based sleep intervention available for students, faculty and staff. Register here for Refresh Sleep.

On October 19-21 from 6-9 p.m. each day, the UTC Police Department is offering R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) training at the Challenger Center Building Room #148 (755 Mocs Alumni Drive), across from the UTC Police Department. To register for this important training, you must RSVP and fill out the forms available on the UTC Emergency Services MocSync page

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.

UTSA HR is offering free “Virtual Safe Space” sessions to help employees manage stress they may be experiencing professionally and personally. These group sessions, hosted by a trained facilitator who is licensed as a mental health clinician, will initiate discussion and provide resiliency strategies to assist in managing stress. The next session is Wednesday (September 28) from 1-2 p.m. Individuals may register through K@TE.

UT System HR, EOD invites non-exempt staff from across the state to register for the second-annual NEXT Conference. NEXT is a one-day learning event designed to meet the specific needs of non-exempt staff on all campuses.

Jeff Flowers CRPC®, our Retirement Plan Advisor with Empower Retirement (aka Retire Ready Tennessee), the 401k and 457 will be on campus October 4, October 24, November 14 and December 13 for in-person retirement planning meetings. These meetings are beneficial for employees at all stages of their careers.  

Looking ahead

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

Braedon Wear and the men’s golf team are playing at the J.T. Poston Invitational. Photo credit: GoMocs.com.

Braedon Wear and the men’s golf team are playing at the J.T. Poston Invitational. Photo credit: GoMocs.com.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Tuesday (9/27): Men’s Golf at the J.T. Poston Invitational (Cullowhee, N.C.)
  • Friday (9/30): Women’s Tennis at the MTSU Hidden Dual (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • Friday (9/30): Soccer at VMI (Lexington, Va.), 4 p.m.
  • Friday (9/30): Volleyball at Mercer (Macon, Ga.), 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (10/1): Women’s Tennis at the MTSU Hidden Dual (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • Saturday (10/1): Women’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Cary, N.C.)
  • Saturday (10/1): Men’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Saturday (10/1): Cross Country at the Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Saturday (10/1): Volleyball at Samford (Birmingham, Ala.), 5 p.m.
  • Saturday (10/1): Football at ETSU (Johnson City, Tenn.), 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (10/2): Women’s Tennis at the MTSU Hidden Dual (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • Sunday (10/2): Women’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Cary, N.C.)
  • Sunday (10/2): Men’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Sunday (10/2): Soccer at UNCG (Greensboro, N.C.), 2 p.m.
  • Monday (10/3): Women’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Cary, N.C.)
  • Monday (10/3): Men’s Tennis at the ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)

Looking back

The UTC video team captured the excitement of Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo moments after they were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

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

Be Well Tip of the Week: The Why’s and How’s of Blood Donation

Why Should I Donate: Patients who experience things like traumatic injuries, cancer treatment, or pregnancy/labor and delivery may need donor blood.

How Should I Donate: Participate in Bloodanooga.

Before You Donate:

  • Aim for at least 7 hours of rest the night before
  • Consume some iron-rich foods (i.e. animal protein, seafood, beans, dark green leafy veggies) the days leading up to donating
  • Drink plenty of water the days leading up to the event, as well as after the event
  • Don’t plan on any major exercise/workouts on donation day
  • Bring a distraction with you such as music, books, handheld games, etc.

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