Despite disappointment and disillusion, Cooper powers his way to graduation

  If you had to pick just one word to describe the way Marshall Cooper might be feeling on commencement day, that word could be “vindicated.” Or maybe  “validated.” As someone figuratively slapped in the face before turning his life around, maybe his journey can’t be summarized in just one word. Cooper, a linebacker on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team and a graduate-to-be majoring in health

Ana Rodas: Nothing is going to keep her from the kids

  A moment that almost didn’t happen will not be a moment too soon when Ana Rodas begins her professional nursing career two days after commencement. Rodas has wanted to be a nurse since her junior year at Nashville’s McGavock High School, where she was a strong student with more than her share of honors and recognition. Not only did Rodas discover her heart for service while on a

Measuring success: 18 hours a semester, member of volleyball team, 3.6 GPA

  When your nickname is “Dani Pants,” you’re showing the world you can laugh at yourself. And when your last name is tough to spell and even harder to pronounce, you often must put an exclamation point on that good sense of humor. During UTC commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14, Dani Szczepanski (pronounced zuh-PANT-skee, by the way) will be receiving her bachelor’s degree after double-majoring in criminal justice

Commencement ceremonies set for Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14

FAQs Graduate Commencement 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 McKenzie Arena Parking is available in any UTC parking lot. Livestream: Speaker: Christine Barakat-Bennett, Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology 2007; Senior Instructional Designer for Learning and Development at the Home Depot Christine Barakat-Bennett creates learning and development programs for more than 400,000 employees and leadership with Home Depot. She joined the company as a leadership development consultant in 2007.

His and history: Richard Rice discusses cartoons and cartooning

Art Exhibition What: Exhibition by the Mountain Arts Guild Where: Exum Gallery inside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. When: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 Admission: Free Information: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; exhibition runs through Jan. 12   Before he sends one of his single-panel cartoons to The Wall Street Journal for possible publication, Richard Rice hands them to his wife. “She’s my first editor,” says Rice, professor