A memorable Homecoming Week 2023 at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga came to a close on Saturday, Oct. 7, with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Mocs’ football game against Western Carolina—seniors Tred Hill and Dominique Harris.
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Hill, a graphic design major from Memphis, is involved in several campus organizations—including Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and First Gen Mocs—and serving as a resident assistant. His community involvement includes feeding people experiencing homelessness in downtown Chattanooga, highway cleanup in the Chattanooga area and making care packages for children.
Harris, a native of Jackson, Tennessee, is an exercise science major with minors in nutrition, biology and psychology. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Ladies of Gold dance team and the UTC NAACP. Her community involvement includes volunteering at the Chambliss Center for Children and being a mentor at The Howard School and in the STRIVE program.
Hill and Harris were crowned by last year’s Homecoming King and Queen, Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo.
Other members of the Homecoming Court included (name/academic major/hometown):
- John Adkins/marketing/Portland, Tennessee
- Jacob Morkert/secondary education/Ooltewah, Tennessee
- Jalen Redditt/finance/Clarksville, Tennessee
- Emaan Aziz/marketing/Memphis
- Tamiah Caldwell/pre-med sociology/Nashville
- Carmin Chambers/business marketing/Memphis
- Cece Gragg/exercise science/Franklin, Tennessee
The UTC Alumni Board of Directors and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs announced the two student recipients of Public Service Awards honored for their distinguished service to UTC and the Chattanooga community, seniors Anna Shrum and Emma Sprayberry.
“The Public Service Award was established to honor two students who have displayed extraordinary service to the university and community,” said Molly Cooper, UTC director of alumni affairs. “Sponsored by the UTC Alumni Board of Directors and Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the caliber of students who are nominated for this recognition is extraordinary, and this year’s winners are no different. We are proud to call them Mocs.”
Shrum, a business management/human resource management major, hails from Nashville. She serves as the vice president for programming for the Society of Human Resource Management student chapter and on the Gary W. Rollins College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. In the community, she has volunteered with Citizens of Heaven Church, the Chatt Foundation and the Girl Scouts.
She was recently part of a four-student undergraduate UTC team that won the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management Student Case Competition.
Sprayberry is a double major in Spanish and international studies with a minor in anthropology. An Innovations in Honors student in the Honors College, she is the founder and president of the Asian Student Association and served on the Student Conduct Board.
The Rossville, Georgia, native has had a highly decorated UTC career, landing the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and a Freeman-ASIA Scholarship to South Korea; both a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink and Killam Fellowship to Canada; and the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute Fellowship to Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in Pittsburgh.
From left: Public Service Award recipient Emma Sprayberry, Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Stacie Grisham, UTC Alumni Board President Ken Jones and Public Service Award recipient Anna Shrum.