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Recognitions, October 17

Record Number of Haslam Students Studying Abroad

An increasingly globalized market requires professionals with international knowledge and experience. The Haslam College of Business aims to provide the opportunities and support needed to gain such experience. Sara Easler, Director of the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad, leads the effort to increase student participation in faculty-directed, summer and semester-length programs The numbers demonstrate her team’s success.

“This past year we’ve seen 33 percent growth in our faculty-directed programming, while overall participation across all programs grew 20 percent to an all-time high of 367 students with an international study experience in a single academic year,” Easler says.

UT Center for Educational Leadership Recognized with National Award

The National Rural Education Association (NREA) has recognized the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Center for Educational Leadership with the 2018 NREA Exemplary Practices Award for its Administrators Planning Innovation for Rural Education (AsPIRE) rural school leadership initiatve.

The NREA Exemplary Practices Award is given to an individual or organization for demonstrating exemplary practice in one or more of the following areas: curriculum or staff development to provide more equitable educational opportunities for rural children, enhancement of communications within and among local school districts, promotion and development of state and rural delivery systems, curriculum planning and/or instructional strategies to utilize effectively the rural environment, and financial efficiency in school operations.

The award was received at the annual NREA Convention on Friday, October 12, by public school principals Christie Amburn and Ginny McElhaney, both participants in AsPIRE. Amburn is the principal at Loudon Elementary School in Loudon County, Tennessee, and principal at the Washburn School in Grainger County, Tennessee.

In Memoriam: Ed Cortez, Former Director of SIS

Ed Cortez, professor emeritus and former director of the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information, passed away on October 6 at his home in Tucson, Arizona.

All services will be private.

“Ed was a champion of the information sciences profession and dedicated to supporting the next generation of leaders,” said Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information. “He played an important role in leading the School of Information Sciences and in guiding its integration into the college. He will be greatly missed.”

In Memoriam: John Quinn

John Quinn, who served as chancellor of UT Knoxville from 1989 to 1992, passed away Monday, October 8. Quinn, a faculty member in the Department of Physics, retired from UT in 2015 after 26 years at the university. He was named chancellor emeritus upon his retirement.

“Dr. Quinn was a renowned physicist and dedicated campus leader,” said Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis.” His love for the University of Tennessee and his legacy as a researcher and educator makes us proud to call him part of the Volunteer family. On behalf of the university, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to his family.”