Blue Ribbon Winners, 2018

Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?

You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction.

If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler (, Human Resources Administrative Assistant, or mail to Dept. 3603.

All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year’s regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.

Blue Ribbon Winners, 2018


When Carla Mason heard a scream from a student, she didn’t hesitate to jump into action. She was completing her custodial work in Hooper Hall when she raced into the bathroom to check on the student. When she found the upset student, she described “just grabbing her and hugging her.” Once the student calmed down, she said, “I needed that. I so needed that. Thank you so much.”

Jean Rice, accounting specialist in the UTC Office of Budget and Finance, was so moved by Carla’s action that she nominated her for a Blue Ribbon Award. “Considering that some of our students are away from home, it was extremely nice that she showed empathy and support to the student that she helped,” she said.


Late on a Friday afternoon, a few engineering students visited Tim Pridemore’s office with an unusual request. As members of the UTC Chem-E car team, they needed to ship hazardous chemicals to the location of their next competition. Tim, a longtime employee of the UTC Office of Safety and Risk Management, dropped what he was doing to help the students.

“Tim did not put them off. Instead, he told them that he would stay as long as he was needed because students come first. Tim’s help and guidance were instrumental to the success of the team’s entry into the competition. Without his willingness to stay as long as it takes to get the chemicals properly sealed and mailed, the student entry might have been delayed,” Bob Jackson, UTC Director for Safety and Risk Management, said. “Tim’s passion for UTC’s mission is a success story, as it has been every year and every day in his support of students.”


Robie Robinson isn’t one to hesitate when someone needs help. As the Executive Director of Emergency Services at UTC, he’s used to jumping in and fixing problems. He did just that when a water fitting ruptured on the fourth floor of the EMCS building.

Robinson directed the efforts of the UTC Police and Office of Facilities Planning and Management, the Chattanooga Fire Department and a contractor called upon to assist with clean up. For Susan Cardwell, an employee in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the time, Robinson’s leadership resulted in a prompt clean-up and return to regular operations.

“His calm and comprehensive decision making and attention to details ensured that the classroom areas and labs affected would be ready for classes to resume for the spring semester,” she said.

“Although this type of response is required of his position, Mr. Robinson went out of his way to assist with the cleanup and with helping with any necessary follow up,” she continued. “His dedication to the University and commitment to its students, faculty, and staff were evident in his actions in this situation. We are fortunate to have him as our colleague.”







New Direct Deposit Requirement

In the past, employees have been encouraged to attach a voided check or letter/form from their bank with their bank account number written out when establishing direct deposit or a change to their bank account. Effective immediately, in an effort to prevent fraud, the UT payroll office will not accept new direct deposit forms or changes to direct deposit without a voided check or letter/form from the employee’s bank.

We ask for your cooperation while this change is implemented.

For Your Benefit – Fall 2017 Newsletter

For Your Benefit is a newsletter addressing the benefits offered to you as a UT employee. This newsletter provides an opportunity to communicate information and issues that directly affect you.

This issue includes a comprehensive summary of health, dental, vision and other benefits that are part of the annual open enrollment and transfer period, which runs through Oct. 13. We also have information about the new UT News app, a new PDQ form, and Who is K@TE?  Read MORE…

2017 Service Award Honorees

For the past 37 years staff and faculty have been celebrated for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Recipients will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Program with a luncheon on September 12th at 12:00 PM in the Tennessee Room of the University Center.

Notification of all Employee Terminations

Aligned with the ongoing need to ensure compliance with UT system policy and IT system security best practices, notification of all employee terminations must be sent to Human Resources at least 24 hours prior to the employee’s last date worked in their University role. University audit procedures has identified an inconsistent compliance with proper termination notifications across campus, which could put the responsible work unit and the University at great risk. As previously recommended , all employee terminations must be immediately reported to Human Resources according to the process outlined below.

Per policy HR0160-Termination of Employment, “Termination from the University of Tennessee shall be officially documented in such a manner as to establish a clear record of action, both as a service to the terminating employee and to the university.” Employee termination categories include: Resignation, Discharge, Reduction in Force, Death, Non-Reappointment, Retirement, and Student Termination. In addition to completing the required ZPTERM000-Termination Request in IRIS for workflow approval of those separating from the University without continued employment in another campus work unit, a notification of all terminations should be sent to UTC Human Resources at  with the subject line TERMINATION NOTIFICATION. Please include the following required details for each termination notification:

  • Employee Name,
  • Employee Personnel Number or UTC ID,
  • Termination Date (Last Date Worked),
  • Contact Information for Supervisor of Terminating Employee,
  • Name of Department,
  • Termination Category (as defined above in HR0160).

Human Resources will coordinate the termination notification to critical off-boarding units to ensure University debts are resolved, UTC Library property is returned, and access to University systems, software and programs is discontinued in a timely manner to protect the legal and fiscal interests of the University. This required notification process is necessary for all Regular or Temporary Faculty and Staff positions as well as Student employees of all types. The home department of terminating employees will be responsible for ensuring all departmental property is returned prior to the employee’s termination date (e.g., laptops, equipment, uniforms, keys, etc.).

The UTC Office of Human Resources, Division of Information Technology, Technology Advisory Council (TAC), UTC Library, and other critical off-boarding units will continue to collaborate towards implementing an official University procedure statement associated with the off-boarding termination notification process for full implementation in 2017. Please assist in this critical effort by ensuring that all terminating employees within your work unit are reported to HR as requested. You may direct any questions about this reporting process to Laure Pou, Executive Director of Human Resources.

Thank you,

Dr. Richard Brown
Executive Vice Chancellor of Finance and  Operations


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