Updates and news for the week of September 6 – September 12, 2022

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga mascot Scrappy poses in front of the Secret Reef exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Scrappy poses in front of the Secret Reef exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Doug Strickland/Tennessee Aquarium.

Homecoming Under the C

Let’s get Homecoming Week started in grand style at the annual Pep Rally on Chamberlain Field next Monday (September 12).

Show your support for the Blue and Gold and join the Marching Mocs, the Spirit Squad and our coaches and student-athletes in kicking off Homecoming festivities. The Homecoming Court will be introduced as part of the event.

The theme of Homecoming Week 2022 is “Under the C,” and a big shout out to the Tennessee Aquarium for creating some fun photo opportunities for Scrappy.

(Decorating) The Office

Founder's Hall, shown at a recent Homecoming Office Decorating Competition

The Homecoming Student Steering Committee is proud to sponsor an Office Decorating Contest for faculty and staff to display their UTC spirit while utilizing this year’s Homecoming theme, “Under the C.” Come together as an office/department to decorate your office suite or participate as an individual and decorate your individual office/cubicle.

The deadline to register is Friday (September 9) at 8 a.m. More information, including the registration link, can be found here.

Fun and Games

All faculty and staff members are invited to Mocs Games this Monday (September 12) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Chamberlain Field.

Come on out for food, treats and games!

A Call for Content: Send Your Parent and Family Newsletter Notes

UTC Parent and Family Association newsletter header

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 Friday, September 23. This monthly newsletter is distributed to a database of more than 3,000 parents/family members.

  • 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:

  • Today (9/6): Open Columbia Scale training, noon, Zoom
  • Wednesday (9/7): “Step Up! For Mental Health” training, noon, Center for Wellbeing
  • Thursday (9/8): Wear Purple Day; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple for suicide prevention and recovery awareness
  • Thursday (9/8): “Tomorrow Needs You” axe-throwing event and mini mental health fair, 6-8 p.m., Heritage Plaza

Mocs Recovery Open House

Learn more about Mocs Recovery, fall 2022 events and new mental health support groups today (September 6) from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Mocs Recovery Open House. The event is open to students, faculty and staff.

The open house will take place in the Mocs Recovery Lounge, located on the first floor of the University Center. Lunch will be provided.

Be Well Wednesdays

Be Well is a collaborative initiative that supports holistic wellbeing programs across campus. If you see the Be Well logo, you can be sure it will be a free or low-cost event aimed at improving student, faculty and staff wellbeing.

Be Well Wednesdays are a series of pop-up table events—taking place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month—that offer health tips and promote upcoming Be Well-sponsored activities. The first Be Well Wednesday is tomorrow (September 7) from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Chamberlain Plaza (adjacent to Starbucks).

United Way Impact Days

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 on September 16-17.

Sign up for a volunteer shift(s) with your UTC email address by Friday (September 9). Be on the lookout for follow-up correspondence, including an invitation to a “lunch and learn” event at noon on Monday, September 19, in the Signal Mountain Room.

Be a Safe Zone Aspiring Ally

Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2019 at the direction of Chancellor Angle and is part of the campus’s focus on diversity, inclusion and engagement at UTC.

Over the summer, the Chancellor and Executive Leadership Team approved the Commission’s recommendations for 2022–2023 work priorities:

  1. Explore alternatives to course learning evaluations due to biased nature toward women and minorities.
  2. Install changing stations in all family restrooms on campus, at least one per building.
  3. Provide more lactation stations on campus with signage in buildings and on campus maps.
  4. Review the process by which all important university information is delivered to staff whose roles do not include a computer and/or who do not own a computer at home.

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From Bellhop to Brickyard: Entrepreneur Cam Doody’s Journey

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship logo

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.

The event, which will take place from noon-1 p.m. on September 21 in the Mapp Building, is open to all UTC students, faculty and staff. Space is limited and lunch will be provided, so please register by September 15 to ensure you will receive lunch.

Workshop for Researchers

Flyer for an upcoming Commercialization Workshop for Researchers, taking place September 15 in the Mapp Building.

Learn more about the value of invention disclosures and research commercialization resources available at UTC during this upcoming Workshop for Researchers event September 15.

  • Gregory Sechrist, associate technology manager from the UT Research Foundation, will discuss intellectual property basics, tech transfer for innovation and the process for filing invention disclosures through IDEA.
  • UTC Commercialization Counselor Jennifer Skjellum will share details on how to leverage UTC resources to help you navigate the path from invention discovery to intellectual property protection and commercialization.

Today’s History Lesson

Vintage photo of the old University of Chattanooga sign along McCallie Avenue.

The UTC Department of History has a plethora of faculty news and notes to share. Among the highlights:

  • Kira Robison is beginning work on her next major book project exploring the medico-magical practices of face- and palm-reading
  • Kathryn Taylor completed a monogram.
  • Mike Thompson has an upcoming visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • Annie Tracy Samuel’s busy summer included publishing a short article and participating in multiple discussions/interviews centered on her recent book about the Iran-Iraq War.
  • John Swanson spent last semester as a Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Germany, where he was also a Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union.
  • Awards, promotions and grant opportunities for Julia Cummiskey, Fang Yu Hu, Mark Johnson, Will Kuby, Carey McCormack and Kelli Nelson.

The outstanding people of UTC

Blue Ribbon Award winners John Johnson, Leslie Ellis, Jason Harville, holding photo of winner Nora Ketron, Tish Hubbard and Bill Floyd, from left, are honored Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 during a luncheon in the University Center.

Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Award winners (from left) John Johnson, Leslie Ellis, Jason Harville (holding photo of winner Nora Ketron), Tish Hubbard and Bill Floyd.

The Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Award recipients for the first half of 2022—Jason Harville (Student Success Programs), John Johnson (Parking Services), Nora Ketron (UTC Library), Bill Floyd (Challenger STEM Learning Center), Leslie Ellis (Senior Custodian) and Tish Hubbard (Student Outreach and Support)—were honored at a University Center luncheon last Tuesday (August 30).

  • Claudia Williamson Kramer was appointed by UT System President Randy Boyd to the recently established nonpartisan Institute of American Civics Board of Fellows.
  • Gary Wilkerson’s research using virtual reality technology to test response efficiency was featured on Local 3 News and News 12 Now.
  • Deborah Mullen was featured in the Times Free Press on the importance of having a medical home (and pharmacy).

Campus Updates

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

Looking ahead

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

The Mocs volleyball team begins the home portion of the campaign on Friday, hosting the Chattanooga Classic at Maclellan Gym. Photo by Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com.

The Mocs volleyball team begins the home portion of the campaign on Friday, hosting the Chattanooga Classic at Maclellan Gym. Photo by Ray Soldano/GoMocs.com.

This week’s Mocs Athletics calendar:

  • Wednesday (9/7): Volleyball at UNC Asheville (Asheville, NC), 6 p.m.
  • Thursday (9/8): Soccer vs. North Alabama (UTC Sports Complex), 6 p.m.
  • Friday (9/9): Volleyball vs. Duquesne (Maclellan Gym – Chattanooga Classic), 10 a.m.
  • Friday (9/9): Volleyball vs. Southern Indiana (Maclellan Gym – Chattanooga Classic), 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (9/10): Volleyball vs. Miami (Ohio) (Maclellan Gym – Chattanooga Classic), 11 a.m.
  • Saturday (9/10): Football at Eastern Illinois (Charleston, Ill.), 7 p.m.
  • Sunday (9/11): Soccer vs. Belmont (UTC Sports Complex), 2 p.m.
  • Monday (9/12): Men’s Golf at Streamsong Invitational – Day 1 (Bowling Green, Fla.)
  • Monday (9/12): Women’s Golf at Green Wave Fall Classic – Day 1 (New Orleans, La.)

Looking back

This summer, Gary Wilkerson and UTC athletic training program members used virtual reality technology to test response efficiency with Chattanooga-area high school athletes. Photo and video by Angela Foster.

This summer, Gary Wilkerson and UTC athletic training program members used virtual reality technology to test response efficiency with Chattanooga-area high school athletes.

Gary Wilkerson, a professor in graduate-level athletic training and a researcher in the field for more than 30 years, and the Boston-based REACT Neuro group are using virtual reality technology to evaluate response efficiency.

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

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