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Recognitions, May 17

Sarah Hillyer, director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, speaks to Senator Bob Corker at the ceremony for the Walter Roberts Endowment at George Washington University.

CSPS Director Honored by Senator Bob Corker in Washington DC

Sarah Hillyer, director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, last week participated in a ceremony at George Washington University celebrating Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s contributions to the field of public diplomacy.

Corker received the Walter Roberts Endowment from George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication for his outstanding diplomatic work as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Corker and Hillyer spoke alongside Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce about the importance of American diplomacy in the world.

Financial Times Ranks Haslam Third Among Publics for Custom Executive Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business is the third most highly-ranked public business school in the country for custom executive education, according to the Financial Times.

The college has risen two spots since last year, and also has grown in stature among national and international schools overall. Haslam gained three spots in the Financial Times custom executive education list to become the No. 10 most highly-ranked business school nationwide, as well as eight spots to become the No. 28 college worldwide.

UT Knoxville Has Another Record-Setting Year for Student Fulbrights

Setting a new record for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 19 students have been offered Fulbright US Student Program awards for the 2018–19 academic year to study, research, and teach in cities around the world.

In its history UT has had 77 student Fulbright recipients, with its first in 1959. This year, UT had 52 Fulbright candidates and 27 semifinalists, and 19 students have already been offered awards—all single-year records for the university. UT also has a student designated as an alternate who could still receive an award. A year ago UT had what was then an institutional best of nine Fulbright recipients, preceded by four (2016), four (2015), and two (2014).

“There is definite Fulbright momentum at UT,” said Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, which works with students as they apply for prestigious awards such as the Fulbright. “The quality of our student candidates—their ideas, their energy, their curiosity about the world—and these results have us comparing favorably with top research universities across the country. That would not be possible without a campus-wide network of faculty and staff who support students’ efforts to really stretch themselves in and out of the classroom. I think the Fulbright competition is bringing out the best of UT.”

UT Names 15 Stellar Students to Incoming Class of Haslam Scholars

One creates healthy meals for cancer patients. One tutors children of immigrants. They’ve spearheaded efforts to help children with autism and people living with AIDS. They are athletes, musicians, writers, and world travelers.

These are just a few of the accomplishments of the 15 high school seniors who will be enrolling in UT’s premiere academic program in the fall as Haslam Scholars.

Each year up to 15 first-year students are admitted to the Haslam Scholars program and become part of an intimate academic, service, and leadership cohort mentored by top UT faculty. Each receives an endowed scholarship to cover the estimated cost of in-state tuition and fees and the average cost of campus housing, along with funding to support independent research. Out-of-state Haslam Scholars receive a waiver granting them in-state tuition.

Public Health Nutrition Policy Team Are 2018 Howard Baker Center Grand Policy Challenge Winners

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) congratulates the Fresh Food for All Public Health Nutrition Policy Team from the Departments of Nutrition and Public Health in our college. Chosen unanimously, the 2018 Howard Baker Grand Policy Challenge winners include Chelsea Allison, Marleah Payne, and Marissa Black from the Department of Nutrition and Jennifer Russomanno from the Department of Public Health.

The award winning team presented a policy solution which focused on improving the 2018 WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) redemption rates in Knox County. They were awarded $3,000 which will go toward the implementation of their project.