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Recognitions, May 29

UT’s Fulbright Success Continues: 17 Students Offered Awards for 2019–20

UT is looking at another blockbuster year for Fulbright Student awards, with 17 current students and recent graduates offered fellowships and another eight named alternates. A year ago, UT had 19 Fulbrights.

“On the heels of being named one of the nation’s top-producing Fulbright Student institutions, we’ve enjoyed another fantastic showing in this prestigious national program,” said Andrew Seidler, director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. “I am so proud of these students and thrilled about the experiences that lie ahead for them. And I’m grateful for the tremendous faculty and staff support of our campus Fulbright efforts.”

See the students and recent graduates that were offered 2019–20 Fulbright awards.

Spring Dean’s List Announced

The spring 2018 dean’s list has been posted online.

To qualify for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must earn a term grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65 to 3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50 to 3.64 (cum laude). Students must complete at least 12 credit hours, not counting work taken on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, to be eligible.

The list is searchable by semester, name, hometown, state, and county (Tennessee only).

Abudayyeh Receives Inaugural Professorship

Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture Rana Abudayyeh

Asst. Professor of Interior Architecture Rana Abudayyeh has been named the recipient of the inaugural Robin Klehr Avia Professorship.

The professorship recognizes and awards faculty excellence and strengthens the faculty recruitment and retention program at the College of Architecture and Design. It was established by alumna Robin Klehr Avia, regional managing principal for Gensler, in February 2019.

“I am grateful for and humbled by this honor,” said Abudayyeh. “I will continue to work earnestly to advocate for the integral role design plays in shaping our lives, interactions and identities,” she said.

Haslam Honors Faculty, Staff

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announced its annual awards during a celebration held in April. The awards recognize outstanding faculty and staff accomplishments.

Haslam Students Complete More Than 40,000 Hours of Community Service

The first Haslam Volunteer Impact Recognition Ceremony honored 29 students who have performed 160 hours or more of service to the campus and local community. The event was held by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business at the foot of the Volunteer statue.

James A. Haslam II, the man for whom both the program and college are named, greeted the students as they arrived for the ceremony. He also interacted with students, faculty and staff at the after-ceremony luncheon.

Mark Willoughby, director of student engagement at Haslam and one of the organizers of the program, said that students were excited to see how engaged and invested the college’s namesake was in their volunteer work.

Of the students honored this year, several performed more than 160 hours of service. Senior Sabrina Florey finished 452 hours of service. During alternative spring breaks, she helped with hurricane relief work in South Carolina and Florida, built wheelchair ramps in Kentucky and also served at Thrive Lonsdale, an after-school program for children in Knoxville.

Florey says she was honored and humbled to be recognized for her volunteer work.

“I appreciate the way that Haslam is trying to encourage students to serve during their time in college,” she says. “I hope that others see those who received a Haslam Volunteer Impact award and realize that it is possible to give up time from all the business of college in order to help someone else.”