Mark your calendars! The third year of ReSEARCH Dialogues takes place April 3-4 and gives undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, the chance to present their research projects and describe how they can be used in real-world applications. It is well worth your time to attend one of the sessions to see the fascinating and important research, scholarship and creative activities taking place on our campus. For a full schedule of events, go to: https://www.utc.edu/research-dialogues/2018-event-info/schedule.php
UT System President Joe DiPietro presented his third annual State of the University address last week in Nashville. He promised that tuition increases in 2018 will mark the third straight year of 3 percent or less, the first time the UT System has experienced three straight years of record-low increases since it was created in 1968.
Good luck to three members of our wrestling team who are headed to the NCAA Championships on March 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. Seniors Scottie Boykin and Bryce Carr and junior Alonzo Allen all won individual titles at the Southern Conference Championships in Charleston, S.C., last weekend to earn automatic bids to the national tournament. Head coach Heath Eslinger won his 100th career dual match during the season, and hopes to guide one of these outstanding student-athletes to the podium next week.
In addition to our NCAA Division 1 sports teams, UTC has a dynamic group of intramural and club sport teams. Our new UTC Sports Complex will offer them a new place to practice and play. Scheduled to open in September 2018, the 22-acre park, located next to Engel Stadium on East Third Street, will feature several lighted multi-purpose playing fields for sports such as lacrosse, flag football, rugby, softball and Ultimate Frisbee. There will also be sand volleyball courts, storage space for equipment, training and locker rooms and pavilions for events. A walking track encircling the complex will be open to the campus and the public.
On the forefront of healthcare education, our new Master of Public Health program launches in the fall. The focus of our UTC program is chronic disease prevention and control, one of the fastest-growing health concerns in the world. UTC is one of a select few universities with this programmatic focus. For more information, or to apply to the MPH program, see https://www.utc.edu/health-human-performance/public-health/index.php.